Thoughts, essays, and writings on Liberty. Written by the heirs of Patrick Henry.

April 5, 2009

Government and Cyber-Security

News came out this week of a deeply troubling new bill from Sens. Jay Rockerfeller (D – WV) and Olympia Snowe (R – ME): The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 introduced in the Senate would allow the president to shut down private Internet networks. The legislation also calls for the government to have the authority to […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 11:24 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Security,Technology,The Surveillance State
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March 7, 2009

The RNC’s New RFP to Fix Their “Series of Tubes”

Here’s a copy of the RFP the Republican National Committee just released for a redesign of their website. It’s obvious to this political web developer that GOP leadership still has absolutely no clue about this newfangled thang called the Internets. Dale Franks writes: Surely this is all some sort of elaborate joke. Perhaps on Monday […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 10:15 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Dumbasses and Authoritarians,Republicans,Technology
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January 21, 2009

NSA Spied on US Journalists — And You!

Here’s a chilling interview of former NSA analyst Russell Tice conducted by Keith Olbermann. While I’m not the biggest Olbermann fan in the world, he asked some important questions about how far the NSA went during the Bush administration. It’s a chilling interview. Hopefully restraining the NSA to 4th Amendment boundaries will be a priority […]

Posted By: Stephen Gordon @ 9:02 pm || Permalink || Comments (10) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Human Rights,Individual Rights,Privacy,Technology,The Surveillance State
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Open Thread – The Emergency Alert System

On my way to work today, my XM radio blared the ever-familiar “This is only a test” emergency alert system. As I tried to switch to a station other than Rawdog Comedy (where a good comedy bit was playing), I realized that this discordant tone was across the entire spectrum. And I was annoyed. Is […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:00 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Waste,Technology,The Nanny State
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Change Libertarians Can Believe In?

There’s no secret that most of the Obama Administration agenda is at odds with the Lockean rights of life, liberty, and property at almost every turn. Obama’s views on freedom are more along the lines of FDR’s so-called “Four Freedoms”. As disturbing as this agenda is, I thought it would be important to identify policies […]

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January 18, 2009

FedGov Can’t Even Plan A DTV Switch Given 2 Years!

Oh, this is rich: West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the new chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced legislation that would postpone the digital transition by almost four months. “I firmly believe that our nation is not yet ready to make this transition,” Mr. Rockefeller said in a statement. Congress began seriously considering delaying the […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:52 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Incompetence,Technology
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Microsoft Attacked By EU For Same Practices That Apple/Linux Use

Back in the day, antitrust regulators decided that including a browser with an operating system was an unfair competitive measure. But to this day, they’ve only ever enforced this against Microsoft, and the EU is still pushing: European antitrust regulators have told Microsoft Corp. that the company’s practice of including its Internet browser with its […]

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January 13, 2009

Quote Of The Day

Over at Reason: Hit & Run, Nick Gillespie on the regulation of the internet: One trend that’s making a comeback with the Obama ascendancy is the need for smart folks not to regulate the Net per se, but to, you know, come up with better rules that will help make sure that everything that’s so […]

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January 4, 2009

It’s not a privacy threat today…

Oregon is trying to devise a system to tax all those shifty, tax-evading environmentalists they have up there: Oregon is among a growing number of states exploring ways to tax drivers based on the number of miles they drive instead of how much gas they use, even going so far as to install GPS monitoring […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 11:25 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Privacy,Technology
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December 9, 2008

Open Thread — Off-Topic / Notebook vs. Netbook

This is somewhat off-topic, but as I know many bloggers and blog-readers are technophiles, I wanted to get advice from the best place I could. The time has come for us to replace my wife’s laptop. It’s about as old and decrepit as a laptop can be and still run Windows, and is a constant […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:49 am || Permalink || Comments (7) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Technology
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October 1, 2008

Question Of The Day

Which provision of the Constitution, propertly construed, authorized the Federal Government to do this: WASHINGTON — Congress has passed legislation that will require the government to keep closer tabs on who has access to the Internet and who does not. Supporters hope the Broadband Data Improvement Act will help policymakers better identify areas of the […]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:59 am || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Technology
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August 7, 2008

Open Thread — A Free-Market Solution To Spam

If the myriad of emails coming into my inbox every day are representative of reality, there are many reputable universities willing to offer an easy path to a degree, many “nice girls” would love to share their pictures with me, Africa is full of rich orphans looking for an escape (along with a nice reward […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:44 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Open Thread,Technology
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July 5, 2008

Recycling Bad Ideas: Bringing Back 55

Senator Warner has a brilliant idea how to reduce gas prices; force Americans to consume less at gun point: Sen. John Warner, R-Va., asked Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman to look into what speed limit would provide optimum gasoline efficiency given current technology. He said he wants to know if the administration might support efforts in […]

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June 14, 2008

Pie Vegetation In The Sky?

Seen on Colbert: Sounds like a very cool concept… But his use of terms like what “the plan we would like to see implemented” worries me. I’m a much bigger fan of letting the market decide, not relying on some collective implementation of a plan* (i.e. government). So I went and checked out the group’s […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:16 pm || Permalink || Comments (17) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Environment,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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May 22, 2008

The Amish– Behind Ahead Of Their Time

From the AP, sure to be an environmentalist’s wet dream: High gas prices have driven a Warren County farmer and his sons to hitch a tractor rake to a pair of mules to gather hay from their fields. T.R. Raymond bought Dolly and Molly at the Dixon mule sale last year. Son Danny Raymond trained […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:57 am || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Humor,Technology
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April 2, 2008

Cuba — Can You Hear Me Now?

Now, you’re not going to hear me defend Raul Castro very often, but he has at least made some slight easing on the restrictions of ordinary Cubans. Among other things, he’s lifted the ban on private ownership of cell phones. Most of the changes are very small, but typically freedom is an infectious organism, and […]

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March 30, 2008

Earth Hour — What They SHOULD Have Said

Allow me to engage in a bit of strawman-bashing. In the comments to Don Boudreaux’s excellent post at Cafe Hayek, a rather idiotic argument came up. It is the same argument that many of our own contributors received when we opposed Ron Paul, and commenters told us “If you don’t like Ron Paul, you must […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 12:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (9) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Energy Policy,Environment,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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March 28, 2008

The FBI Hyperlink Honeypot, and what you can do to stay safe

This post is intended to help internet users who make legitimate, non-criminal use of the internet avoid being caught by the FBI’s hyperlink honeypot. While there are methods that can be used to cover deliberate criminal activity on the internet, I will not post them here. Declan McCullagh brings scary news of the latest tactics […]

Posted By: Quincy @ 10:41 pm || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Technology
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March 24, 2008

Why Can’t Government Deal In Cyberspace?

As a member of the internet generation, I do more things online these days than offline. In the world of commerce, there are a host of simple and useful tools, created by companies, that make it very easy for me to accomplish what I want to accomplish. Need a map? Google. Need information on where […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:17 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Government Waste,Political Correctness,Politics,Technology
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February 28, 2008

Wake Up When The Alarm Clock Goes Off…

…or you just might find yourself supporting the American Socialist Party: For years the masses have told you that if you snooze you lose. You never believed them. You held your head high and slept in whenever you wanted to, always without fear of loss. Well, dear friends, the times have changed. The ingenious sages […]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 2:04 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Humor,Technology
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