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

July 15, 2007

Senate Democrats Vote Against Free Speech

On Friday, the Democratic controlled Senate voted down a bill that would have barred the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the so-called Fairness Doctrine without Congressional approval: WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Friday blocked an amendment by Sen. Norm Coleman that would have prevented the return of the Fairness Doctrine, a federal rule which required [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 8:24 am || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Free Speech,Individual Rights,Technology
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June 2, 2007

Total Security = Total Paralysis

The Register (slogan “Biting the Hand that Feeds I.T.) is one of my favorite news sources on IT related matters. Skeptical, sarcastic, they do not suffer fools lightly. Today reading their rss feed, I came across this article: DHS: beware stink-bomb touting terrorists Unusual paranoia over chemical attack in the US takes many forms. It [...]

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May 24, 2007

When corporations fight proxy wars using governments

It is always depressing to see a political battle erupt where you know, no matter who wins, the average citizen will be screwed. One such slow motion train wreck is taking place in Massachusetts as we speak. I became aware of it when one of the groups put an ad on TV that was so [...]

Posted By: tarran @ 1:40 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Trade,Freedom of the press,Government Regulation,Monopolies,Property Rights,Technology
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April 21, 2007

Venezuela Launches Surveillance Blimps

The British have cameras, the Venezuelans have $465K dirigibles to do their surveillance: Venezuela launched a Zeppelin on Thursday to patrol Caracas, seeking to fight crime in one of Latin America’s most dangerous cities but also raising fears that President Hugo Chavez could be turning into Big Brother. Around the hot-dog stalls of the run-down [...]

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April 5, 2007

US Reaches H1-B Visa Limit On First Day

Each year, we’ve reached the cap of H1-B visa applications earlier and earlier. This year, we have met (and nearly doubled) the cap on the very first day the application process is open. US reaches visa cap, skilled workers out of luck Technology companies may face a shortage of skilled workers later this year after [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:32 am || Permalink || Comments (41) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Economics,Free Trade,Government Regulation,Immigration,Technology
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April 4, 2007

New Mexico — Taxing Their Way To Space Tourism!

N.M. Voters Divided Over Spaceport Tax A referendum in New Mexico yesterday on whether to raise a local sales tax to help pay for construction of the world’s first commercial spaceport remained undecided today, and won’t be passed or defeated until about 550 provisional ballots are counted later in the week. Dona Ana County election [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 3:29 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Taxation,Technology
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April 3, 2007

FBI Extending Jurisdiction to Virtual Worlds

FBI checks gambling in Second Life virtual world FBI investigators have visited Second Life’s Internet casinos at the invitation of the virtual world’s creator Linden Lab, but the U.S. government has not decided on the legality of virtual gambling. “We have invited the FBI several times to take a look around in Second Life and [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:18 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Legal,Technology,The Nanny State
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Russian Censorship And American Liberty

Over at Reason, Cathy Young relates a story about the increasing online censorship in Russia. Putin is tightening the screws, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Russia is slipping back into authoritarianism. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s steady rollback of hard-won press freedoms has entered a new stage. Not content with suppressing television, radio, and newspapers, [...]

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April 2, 2007

I’m Suing The X Prize Foundation

Because they stole my idea: The competition requires significant energy and emissions goals (most importantly, fuel economy) with at least 100 mpg or its equivalent. The guidelines are replacing the outdated MPG with this new standard, MPGe, which takes into account energy equivalents, no matter what the energy source. Production capability is another important requirement: [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:51 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Environment,Intellectual Property Rights,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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March 22, 2007

Judge To Feds: You Can’t Treat Us All Like Children

Today, a Federal Judge in Philadelphia struck down a 1998 law that made it illegal for online content providers to allow children access to “harmful” material: PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge on Thursday dealt another blow to government efforts to control Internet pornography, striking down a 1998 U.S. law that makes it a crime for [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:26 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Constitution,Free Speech,Individual Rights,Technology
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March 1, 2007

Satellite Radio, Monopolies, And Legislative Stupidity

Doug’s been doing a good job of keeping up with the news on the proposed XM/Sirius merger. As he’s pointed out, having one monopoly satellite radio is better than having two that go out of business. But something has been left out of the equation. What’s wrong with a monopoly in satellite radio? After all, [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 5:12 pm || Permalink || Comments (5) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Media,Monopolies,Technology
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February 16, 2007

The FCC Wants To Regulate Television Again

A new report from the Federal Communications Commission says that Congress should grant it the authority to regulate violence on television: WASHINGTON — Television networks are free to sprinkle their programs with shootings, slashings, torture and other gore because the government has no regulatory authority over violent programming. But a draft report being circulated at [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:33 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Individual Rights,Technology
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February 15, 2007

The Present And Future Of The Blogosphere

A few days ago, I reposted The Future Of Liberty, in order to set the stage for a post on the American’s article on Milton Friedman & blogging. Yesterday, though, Doug jumped in between steps A and B with his own post… But I think there’s more that can be said. A lot of people [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 10:57 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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February 13, 2007

The Future Of Liberty

I wrote this post back in January 2006 at The Unrepentant Individual. I’ve got a post I want to write in a day or two about blogging in general, but this post will lay the groundwork. —————————————————————— Since the American Revolution, and particularly in the past 100 years, we’ve seen a ceaseless growth of the [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:50 pm || Permalink || Comments (4) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Blog Discussions,Individual Rights,Technology,Theory and Ideas
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February 9, 2007

The Internet: Gateway To Freedom

Today’s Washington Post has a fascinating article discussing how China’s technology entrepeneurs are finding ways to surpass their country’s Great Firewall: GEDONG, China — There was no sign, but Gedong’s teenagers knew the way. Down a dusty alley just off Jicui Park and a few minutes’ walk from local schools, the curtained door beckoned. Inside, [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 7:35 am || Permalink || Comments (1) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Individual Rights,Technology
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February 7, 2007

Republicans Revive Internet Surveillance Bill

Republican lawmakers are renewing their efforts to turn Internet Service Providers into deputies of law enforcement: All Internet service providers would need to track their customers’ online activities to aid police in future investigations under legislation introduced Tuesday as part of a Republican “law and order agenda.” Employees of any Internet provider who fail to [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 1:24 pm || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Privacy,Technology
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February 6, 2007

Warrantless GPS Tracking Isn’t A “Search”

According to the 7th Circuit, cops can place a GPS tracking device on your vehicle, without warrant, based on a claim of suspicion. That claim doesn’t ever have to be justified to a judge, and since it doesn’t require a warrant, “probable cause” is whatever the officer thinks it is. From engadget: Earlier this month, [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 11:32 am || Permalink || Comments Off || TrackBack URI || Categories: Police Watch,Privacy,Technology,The Bill Of Rights
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February 3, 2007

They Don’t Need To Know Where I Am

Each day, electronics and wireless communication make the world a lot smaller. Benefits abound, as the world becomes more accessible from devices we carry in our pockets. RFID is one application with a lot of commercial applications. It’s been used by companies like Wal-Mart to further streamline their warehouse and inventory operations, along with a [...]

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 6:34 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Privacy,Technology
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February 1, 2007

The Dangers Of Government Provided Wi-Fi

In recent years, several American cities have implemented or announced plans to provide “free” wireless internet access to their citizens. Of course, there really isn’t any such thing as free internet access. Taxes will pay for it somehow. What is often overlooked, though, is the price that might be paid if the government is in [...]

Posted By: Doug Mataconis @ 12:12 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Free Speech,Individual Rights,Technology
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January 31, 2007

California’s Latest Dim Bulb Idea

In California, a state assemblyman has proposed, in the name of saving the environment of course, banning incandescent light bulbs. Decrying the inefficiency of the common light bulb, a Democratic Assemblyman from Los Angeles wants California to become the first state to ban it — by 2012. Assemblyman Lloyd Levine says compact fluorescent light bulbs, [...]

Posted By: Kevin @ 8:18 pm || Permalink || Comments (8) || TrackBack URI || Categories: Government Regulation,Technology
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