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March 20, 2014
14:42 // 3 weeks ago
March 19, 2014
Lawyers representing Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer will launch a new effort to have the young man’s 41-month prison sentence overturned, arguing that his November 2012 conviction — for exploiting a public-facing web address to generate a list of thousands of iPad owners’ personal email addresses — will have serious consequences for internet freedom.  Auernheimer’s attorneys say his actions should not have been considered violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because he visited a web address that could have been visited by anyone with an internet connection. For its part, the U.S. government continues to insist a simple desire not to have the information accessed is enough for AT&T to claim that his actions were “unauthorized”, putting Auernheimer in direct violation of the CFAA. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Smith) source

Lawyers representing Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer will launch a new effort to have the young man’s 41-month prison sentence overturned, arguing that his November 2012 conviction — for exploiting a public-facing web address to generate a list of thousands of iPad owners’ personal email addresses — will have serious consequences for internet freedom.  Auernheimer’s attorneys say his actions should not have been considered violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because he visited a web address that could have been visited by anyone with an internet connection. For its part, the U.S. government continues to insist a simple desire not to have the information accessed is enough for AT&T to claim that his actions were “unauthorized”, putting Auernheimer in direct violation of the CFAA. (Photo courtesy of Gerry Smith) source

15:14 // 3 weeks ago
March 18, 2014
They cheated us again and again, made decisions behind our back, presenting us with completed facts. That’s the way it was with the expansion of NATO in the east, with the deployment of military infrastructure at our borders. They always told us the same thing: ‘Well, this doesn’t involve you.’
Russian President Vladimir Putin • During a 47-minute speech, delivered in front of hundreds of elected officials at the Grand Kremlin Palace, before signing a draft treaty to annex Crimea back into the Russian Federation. Putin repeatedly rebuked Western demands to remove itself from the ongoing situation in Ukraine, saying Russia’s actions followed the precedent set by NATO when Kosovo sought independence from Yugoslavia in the 1990’s. Though the decision is expected to draw additional sanctions from Western governments, few expect Putin to back down on the matter. source
15:44 // 4 weeks ago
March 13, 2014
Certain types of cases result in too many Americans going to prison for far too long, and at times for no truly good public safety reason.
Attorney General Eric Holder • While outlining a new proposal to the U.S. Sentencing Commission that would drastically reduce the amount of jail time being served by non-violent drug offenders. The changes include an 15 month reduction in the mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for felony crack and cocaine possession charges, and the combined changes should reduce the average drug offender’s period of incarceration by 17 percent. source
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March 6, 2014
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March 4, 2014
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February 27, 2014

Two major Hollywood actors spoke on Capitol Hill yesterday, Ben Affleck and Seth Rogen, but it’s Rogen’s testimony on the ongoing struggles of those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease that’s making the rounds on Thursday morning. As with most things Rogen does, the speech is sure to make you laugh, but also draws important attention to the daily difficulties faced by those with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. Sadly, it seems most of the Senate commitee that asked Rogen to testify didn’t feel the need to stick around for his remarks. source

14:07 // 1 month ago
February 26, 2014
17:44 // 1 month ago
According to a new poll from CBS News and the New York Times, eight out of ten Democratic voters would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016, nearly double the enthusiasm shown for any other candidate from either of the United States’ two primary political parties. Several potential candidates found support among just over 40 percent of their party, including Vice President Joe Biden and former Florida governor Jeb Bush; however, none of the figures in the poll came close to matching the approval of the former Secretary of State. (Photo courtesy of Angela Radulescu) source

According to a new poll from CBS News and the New York Times, eight out of ten Democratic voters would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016, nearly double the enthusiasm shown for any other candidate from either of the United States’ two primary political parties. Several potential candidates found support among just over 40 percent of their party, including Vice President Joe Biden and former Florida governor Jeb Bush; however, none of the figures in the poll came close to matching the approval of the former Secretary of State. (Photo courtesy of Angela Radulescu) source

16:15 // 1 month ago
This guy’s got the perfect foreign policy for the Victorian era. We’ve tried hiding behind two big oceans in the past. That doesn’t do you a lick of good in the fiber optic era. We live in a globalized world. International trade powers our economy. You either keep America out in front, or you don’t.
Anonymous GOP Staffer • In response to recent comments from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul — specifically, his assertion that U.S. politicians “stuck in the Cold War era" like to provoke Russian President Vladimir Putin — which several analysts and commentators have suggested is just the latest proof that Paul is unfit to pursue the Oval Office in 2016. Though regularly discussed as a possible GOP nominee in 2016, many conservatives apparently believe Paul’s strict isolationist policies will be what prevents him from ever carrying a majority of the party’s support. source
15:45 // 1 month ago