[T]he almost-Orwellian technology that enables the Government to store and analyze the phone metadata of every telephone user in the United States is unlike anything that could have been conceived in 1979. … The notion that the Government could collect similar data on hundreds of millions of people and retain that data for a five-year period, updating it with new data every day in perpetuity, was at best, in 1979, the stuff of science fiction.U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon, in his decision on the NSA’s wiretapping, citing a 1979 Supreme Court case, Smith v. Maryland, cited as a key case for allowing for the tracking of phone-service metadata.
Pope Francis, the pope for people who don’t like popes, argues in a new document that unbridled capitalism is a misdeed on the world, which should lead to a few turns at confession for the banking industry.
Speaking of religion, the Supreme Court is going to hear an Obamacare challenge regarding its birth control requirements for businesses who don’t wanna offer them for religious reason.
Not leaving jail anytime soon? O.J. Simpson.
Apparently, animals were harmed.
The Chief Information Officer in charge for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Tony Trenkle, has resigned from his post, claiming a desire to move to the private sector. (Though the obvious speculation is that it was actually because of this.)
Is prayer before a city council meeting a violation of the separation of church and state? SCOTUS ponders.
Want to buy TWTR? That’ll be $26 per share, at least to start.
Kagan said that a case involving violent video games prompted some of her fellow justices to try their hands at a few of the titles in question. “It was kind of hilarious,” she recalled.
Oh my goodness can you imagine all the Supreme Court judges getting together at Clarence Thomas’s place and ordering a bunch of pizza and playing Team Fortress and Counterstrike and Call of Duty all night to get perspective on video game violence? And Kagan and Sotomayor have both played for years and everyone else is terrible at it and they’re all just chilling out eating pizza? I want this to happen so badly. (via jakke)
LTMC: This ends with Sotomayor throwing the controller down and screaming “LAWYERED” at everyone while Clarence Thomas bitches at Scalia for eating the last of the wings and getting blue cheese on his Holy Cross hoodie.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s a gamer, but it wasn’t really her scene. Everyone knows RBG loves RPGs.