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Thursday, January 22, 2004

 
TalkLeft: Goings and Goings On -- Oh, yea!
--Perc

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

 
A new ad from MoveOn MoveOn has raised more than $8 million for its campaign to raise awareness about President Bush's policies. The latest ad is about "the Bush Medicare sellout" -- a 30-second spot that counters the president's State of the Union spin on...

 
Book blogs on the rise A column in The Scotsman cites "the rise of the literary weblog" as "the most intriguing literary event last year." It declares, "Literary bloggers have begun to take the place of the little magazines and have subtly tilted the...

 
Leave no bride behind Arianna Huffington reacts to last night's State of the Union address, particularly the "Healthy Marriage" initiative, aka "The Leave No Bride Behind Act," in which the president plans to spend $1.5 billion protecting and promoting marriage, especially among poor,...

 
So, How's Your Union? Plastic::Politics::Politics:Dubya: Topics? The usual: stay the course in Iraq; tax cuts and PATRIOT Act good; gay marriage bad.

 
Florida Taliban (4) -- Rev. Dozier on the Glories of Dozier, Jeb Bush, and the Republican Party Looks like Rev. O?Neal Dozier knows what to say to keep Jeb Bush sweet: praise him to the skies and preach Republicanism from the pulpit. Here?s Dozier speaking on the occasion of Martin Luther King Day a year ago: The Rev. O?Neal Dozier, senior pastor and founder of The Worldwide Christian Center, went so far as to call [Jeb] Bush ?the greatest governor ever.? (Sun-Sentinel, January 21, 2003, Pride on Display; S. Florida Events Honor the Dream and Legacy of the Civil Rights Leader.) Consider Black S. Florida Preachers Carry on Fight Against Injustice , a story in the Sun-Sentinal?which until now I always thought of as a decent newspaper. This news story (that?s right, news, not editorial) printed a couple of days ago paints a glorious picture of Rev. O?Neal Dozier. It begins, The Rev. O?Neal Dozier lives the message of Martin Luther King Jr. every day. As pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, he uplifts the downtrodden by feeding them and paying their rent. In his sermons he preaches the importance of character. His leadership has transcended the pulpit to politics.Somehow this news article never gets around to mentioning that Rev. Dozier might be controversial,...

 
Privacy and Anonymity Take a Blow from the Second Circuit. On first reading, this Second Circuit decision in Church of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan V. Kerik is pretty awful. It?s not just that the court seems to have outlawed Halloween. No, it?s that the precedent is just waiting to be used to block the operation of anonymous remails and the use of strong cryptography. As we move to a world of mandatory ID cards and inescapable facial recognition, not to mention lie-detector specs, this case could really come back to, um, haunt us. I discuss the general issues in two papers, Anonymity in the Balance (book chapter in Digital Anonymity: Tensions and Dimensions (C. Nicoll, J.E.J. Prins & M.J.M. van Dellen eds. 2003), and The Death of Privacy?, 52 Stan. L. Rev. 1461 (2000). The more specific issue of the legal rules relating to strong crypto is discussed in the only very slightly dated The Metaphor is the Key: Cryptography, the Clipper Chip and the Constitution, 143 U. Penn. L. Rev. 709 (1995). You can also skip straight to my discussion of the earlier mask law cases. Update: For those who don?t want to load the slow .pdf case file, I should perhaps explain that the...

 
The 2004 State of the Union Address Drinking Game Sounds like a good idea to me. But if Bush happens to mention the deficit (not likely), it'll cost you three shots of tequila. (The much more probable "nukular" only costs one shot of beer, or whatever.) Details here....

 
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FBI: The 20th Hijacker Who Got Away Bump and Update: The Washington Post has the latest. *********** Original Post 1/18 9:00 pm Newsweek's Michael Isikoff and Daniel...

 
Bush Fatigue Grips the Nation We love The Horse. Go read the whole thing: CBS: "BUSH APPROVAL SINKING" BUSH APPROVAL LOWEST SINCE STEALING OFFICE DISAPPROVAL...

 
Boston Residents Fight New Immigrant Detention Center This is for real. We hope the Boston folks fight hard: Some Bostonians are up in arms over a Homeland...

 
State of our Hate Address I don?t want to comment much about Dubya?s speech last night, other than I found it hilarious when opponents and...
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And so the darkness spreads Freedom of press in Canada? Not for much longer it seems. What affect will this have on journalism in the land of the beaver?
And so the glorious idea of packing up the jalopy and ramblin' north are defeated...
 
State of the Union highlight This was, hands-down, the best moment of last night's (infuriating) State of the Union address:
GW Bush: "Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year."

Audience: [Applause]

GW: [Frowny face]

1.2MB DivX Link (Thanks, guerilla!)

 
Sleep makes you smarter! An AP article says that the first "hard evidence supporting the common sense notion that creativity and problem solving appear to be directly linked to adequate sleep" will be published in tomorrow's issue of Nature. Finally, proof that my nap habit is actually beneficial to my productivity! Link
Ugh.  Thank you.
 
The State of My Union Dear Friends, Last year, I sat down and watched President Bush's "State of the Union?" address and wrote a running...

 
Guaranteeing the File-Sharing Future A number of artists and songwriters seem to be doing their best to ensure that the free file sharing services...

 
Daring to Play God You know, I was thinking about writing today this big write up about the State of the Union speech last...