Archive for October, 2007

The Invisible Primary

Ars Technica has an interesting article up: POTUS 2008: Are you ready for some football? where they cover and summarize a report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy THE INVISIBLE PRIMARY—INVISIBLE NO LONGER

A new study out <snip> shows what readers of political blogs in either half of Blogistan already know painfully well: traditional media’s coverage of our political contests is dissatisfying and generally uninformative. The study, entitled “The Invisible Primary—Invisible No Longer: A First Look at Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Campaign,” also paints a clear picture of what’s wrong, laying out how the media focuses obsessively on the “horse race” aspects of political campaigns—tactics, strategy, positioning, and polling, while almost completely ignoring critical issues like the candidates’ actual records and the likely impact of the candidates’ policy positions on citizens’ lives.

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McCullagh’s Law: When politicians invoke the do-this-or-Americans-will-die argument | The Iconoclast – politics, law, and technology – CNET News.com

McCullagh’s Law: When politicians invoke the do-this-or-Americans-will-die argument | The Iconoclast – politics, law, and technology – CNET News.com

This leads me to propose McCullagh’s Law of Politics:
As the certainty that legislation violates the U.S. Constitution increases, so does the probability of predictions that severe harm or death will come to Americans if the proposal is not swiftly enacted.

Ah, Declan. From time to time your cold libertarian heart produces gems.

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A tale of two decisions or, how the FBI gets you to confess PsychSound by Steve Bergstein

A tale of two decisions or, how the FBI gets you to confess PsychSound by Steve Bergstein
So the opinion, while interesting, is much less interesting because now we dont know how the FBI extracts false confessions from people. Looking at things from another angle, we dont know how the FBI gets suspected terrorists to tell the truth. Except that we do know this, because the opinion is still available from the How Appealing website. The horse is out of the barn, and the classified portion of the opinion is embedded in the Internet for all eternity. Not only is this decision not to remove the premature opinion now a subject of debate (people tend to think that How Appealing did the right thing in keeping the opinion available), but now we can see the part of the ruling that the Court redacted

Go, go gadget Intertubes!

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Friday Cat Blogging

Yes. I have joined the ranks of the digitally enabled. For your viewing pleasure, we present:
Emergency Backup Cat:
Emergency Backup Cat
Primary Cat :
Primary Cat

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Copyright might follow U.S. model

Strangely, given their history, the National Post has a somewhat balanced article on the inclusion of copyright in the throne speech. It includes this gem from CRIA president Graham Henderson: “We’re concerned about hackers, the people who attack the business models,” said Mr. Henderson.

I wonder if anyone is going to pick up on that. CRIA wants a law put in place to protect their business model. Sigh. Techdirt has more reading on the whole Felony-Interfernce-Of-A-Business-Model is a not a real crime meme.

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