Last week, Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, who has billed himself as “an infantryman, historian and prolific writer,” wrote a blog post for Esquire, breathlessly exclaiming that a comprehensive gun-grab in the United States is long overdue. His argument is idiotic on its face.
In October, a Pennsylvania boy was suspended from school for playing make-believe with a classmate. The silly tale involves no props or weapons — just hands, imagination and the ruinous intervention of adults to quash what should be free, unremarkable and productive child’s play.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has asked the companies in its Who Has Your Back Program what they are doing to bolster encryption in light of the National Security Agency’s unlawful surveillance of your communications. Four companies are implementing five out of five of EFF’s best practices for encryption.
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Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Judiciary, believes that Intelligence officials who lied to Congress about government spying during Congressional inquiry in March should be prosecuted. Sensenbrenner was the original author of the PATRIOT Act, which opened the door for many of the surveillance abuses that the government carries out today. But recently […]
The New York Police Department will no longer allow local precincts to release to the media information about crime in communities they serve. Taking the place of that long-standing practice is a new one: talk to the PR guys at headquarters. News website DNAinfo New York reports that “the city’s 77 police precincts [are] to […]
Given that Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about the Federal government’s surveillance efforts in the wake of leaks providing evidence that the National Security Agency has abused its powers and routinely disregarded privacy protections, officials at the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office appear oblivious of current events or are simply unconcerned about the image they present to […]
The California Medical Association (CMA), the State’s largest physician’s organization, estimates that 70 percent of doctors won’t participate in Covered California, the State’s Obamacare health insurance exchange. That prediction comes after the CMA reviewed Obamacare coverage forecasts provided by independent insurance brokers, even though Covered California is touting an expected 85 percent doctor participation rate. […]
HYATTSVILLE, Md. (UPI) — U.S. pregnancy rates declined about 10 percent each for married and unmarried women since 1990, researchers say. Sally Curtin, Joyce Abma and Stephanie Ventura of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stanley Henshaw of the Guttmacher Institute found the U.S. pregnancy […]
PHILADELPHIA (UPI) — The influence of peers on adolescents’ reward-seeking behavior may be a hardwired, evolutionarily conserved process, U.S. researchers say. Laurence Steinberg, a professor of psychology at Temple University and Jason Chein found an inclination toward risky behavior in groups of teens also holds true for teen mice. “Most people attribute the peer effect […]