Category Archives: Freedom

Appropriating Morality

Here is one of my favorite YouTube commentators, Theremin Trees,  regarding the tendencies of religions to claim credit and co-opt works, ideas, and philosophies that originated outside of religion. E.G. Prior to either Christianity or Judaism practices and concepts such … Continue reading

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Donald Trump Praises Saddam Hussein’s Approach to Terrorism — Again

While the GOP loves them some authoritarian dictators, I hope this Jack Bauer extra-judicial approach to terrorism doesn’t resonate with the public beyond the small circle of committed idiots that Trump has already cultivated. When he says things like this … Continue reading

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Facebook Biometric Snooping Called Illegal By LISA KLEIN

Noteworthy news on the privacy front: By Lisa Klein, Courthouse News Service: Facebook violated its users’ privacy to acquire the largest privately held stash of biometric face-recognition data in the world, a class action claims in Chancery Court. Lead plaintiff … Continue reading

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Microsoft Tells U.S.: The World’s Servers Are Not Yours for the Taking

Microsoft legal has a philosophy that local laws ought to apply to data — the only part that gets fuzzy under this approach is cloud data that is mirrored in multiple servers across multiple nations. This discussion and case is … Continue reading

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The Cycle of Prosperity – it Starts with Family Planning

The Cycle of Prosperity – YouTube.

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Putin Decrements Our Peace Dividend: U.S. Ground Troops Being Deployed To Poland

If you were looking to the wind down of the Afghan war as creating a potential peace dividend, that’s now unlikely due to Putin’s nationalistic moves on the Ukraine. Poland and the United States will announce next week the deployment … Continue reading

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Intelligence Gathering and the Unowned Internet – NSA, Berkman Center Panel Discussion

A good discussion on what’s right and what’s wrong with the current NSA rule sets and oversight. It starts dry but gets very interesting, please stick with it to the end. The long-term viability of an unowned, open Internet remains … Continue reading

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Justice Department Fights Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding Unconstitutional Surveillance

Putting aside all the allegations of a massive all seeing prism eye in the sky program, this is where the real breakdown of our constitution occurs. It’s a couple of Senate Democrats on the intel committee and EFF vs. the … Continue reading

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Let’s take back the Internet: Today’s Internet Censors and Arbiters

Rebecca MacKinnon: Let’s take back the Internet! | Video on TED.com.

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Qualia Soup: Good without gods??

Qualia Soup in the first of a series on why good does not require religion. YouTube – ?Morality 1: Good without gods??.

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