Net Neutrality: forcing companies to pay attention to their networks. Ian Bicking: a blog (2010-08-18). I absolutely reject any proposal that Net Neturality ought to be enforced through government regulations; but this is as good a short explanation as I’ve read of why it is a good ideal for us to insist on, non-coercively, as a basic requirement for acceptable service from a network operator. (Linked Wednesday 2010-08-18.)
"Guys in Jail Are Going To Rape You" Radley Balko, The Agitator (2010-08-18).
An undercover New York City cop threatens a man taking cell phone video with arrest for being disrespectful. He then explains that an arrest means a weekend in jail, where he'll probably be raped. The confrontation appears to have occurred during an undercover bust of a suspected "illegal social club,"…(Linked Wednesday 2010-08-18.)
The Contradiction of a Conservative, continued. Sheldon Richman, Free Association (2010-08-18).
News Corp. (Murdoch, WSJ, Fox) gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association because the company “has always believed in the power of free markets and in organizations like the RGA, which have a pro-business agenda….”Not only are those not the same things, they are in conflict with each other….(Linked Friday 2010-08-20.)
- A New Old Problem with No Name. cherylcline, der Blaustrumpf (2009-10-30).
I read Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia when it was published 15 years ago, in 1994. I reread some of it on Saturday night. It was part of my futile never-ending quest to understand why and how some men exploit women and children and generally get to go on with their…(Linked Friday 2009-10-30.)
- Police Officer Suspended Without Pay. Radley Balko, The Agitator (2009-10-29).
If you follow with any regularity the police misconduct stories I post on this site, you're no doubt familiar with the phrase "paid administrative leave." No matter how serious the alleged misconduct, cops nearly always get paid while they're being investigated, a period that typically takes months. But last week…(Linked Saturday 2009-10-31.)
- Not your grandfather's Bill of Rights. Or anyone's for that matter. Campaign For Liberty Blog (2009-10-31). The thing is, that this rendition of the Bill of Rights. especially 1, 2, and 4 — “usually need permission!” — is more or less an exact rendition of the Bill of Rights as seen through the prism of legal interpretation by the best-protected precedents and the highest courts in the land. And that’s exactly why it’s a huge goddamned waste of time and energy to around pretending like appealing to the Bill of Rights is going to do a damned thing for vindicating your rights in most real-life, practical situations. (Linked Saturday 2009-10-31.)
- Armed to the Teeth: The Fight Over Rural Dental Care. Boing Boing (2009-10-31). Want to make sure poor people have better access to good dental care? Then stop calling in the government to shut down competition and ratchet up prices. (Linked Saturday 2009-10-31.)
- Let’s reform it out of existence. Kevin Carson, United States Pirate Party (2009-10-05).
Patents, historically, have played a central role in industrial cartelization. The exchange and pooling of patents (for example GE and Westinghouse at the turn of the 20th century) has been used to create stable oligopoly structures. Today it's hard to overestimate the importance of patents as a structural support…(Linked Saturday 2009-10-31.)