Poster tagget med United States

US Politics Have No Left Wing

En svensk blogger har oppdaget realiteten i amerikansk politikk: US politics often look absurd from a European perspective, since the entire bipartisan system maps onto the conservative half of European…En svensk blogger har oppdaget realiteten i amerikansk politikk: US politics often look absurd from a European perspective, since the entire bipartisan system maps onto the conservative half of European politics. A case in point is that the US «Left» is called «the liberals», while the Liberal Party in Sweden is part of the Right wing. How could it be otherwise?… Les mer

Iraq conflict has killed a million Iraqis

En spørreundersøkelse blant irakiske husstander viser at omkring en million irakere har mistet livet som en direkte konsekvens av krigen: The survey, conducted by Opinion Research Business (ORB) with 2,414…En spørreundersøkelse blant irakiske husstander viser at omkring en million irakere har mistet livet som en direkte konsekvens av krigen: The survey, conducted by Opinion Research Business (ORB) with 2,414 adults in face-to-face interviews, found that 20 percent of people had had at least one death in their household as a result of the conflict, rather than natural causes. The last… Les mer

The Airport Security Follies

En fin blog-artikkel fra The New York Times som i stor grad følger Bruce Schneiers tanker omkring de meningsløse sikkerhetstiltakene ved flyplasser. Noen utdrag: The folly is much the same…En fin blog-artikkel fra The New York Times som i stor grad følger Bruce Schneiers tanker omkring de meningsløse sikkerhetstiltakene ved flyplasser. Noen utdrag: The folly is much the same with respect to the liquids and gels restrictions, introduced two summers ago following the breakup of a London-based cabal that was planning to blow up jetliners using liquid explosives. Allegations surrounding… Les mer

The 2007 International Privacy Ranking

Each year since 1997, the US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center and the UK-based Privacy International have undertaken what has now become the most comprehensive survey of global privacy ever published….Each year since 1997, the US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center and the UK-based Privacy International have undertaken what has now become the most comprehensive survey of global privacy ever published. The Privacy & Human Rights Report surveys developments in 70 countries, assessing the state of surveillance and privacy protection. Se resultatene her. Norge kommer dessverre ikke veldig godt ut, men er… Les mer

Ten Steps To Close Down an Open Society

Skremmende interessant: Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list….Skremmende interessant: Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and… Les mer

The War on the Unexpected

Bruce Schneier er en vis mann. Les denne artikkelen om hvordan myndighetenes oppfordringer om å være årvåken og rapportere “mistenkelig aktivitet” eller “mistenkelige gjenstander” gjør mer skade enn godt. We’ve…Bruce Schneier er en vis mann. Les denne artikkelen om hvordan myndighetenes oppfordringer om å være årvåken og rapportere “mistenkelig aktivitet” eller “mistenkelige gjenstander” gjør mer skade enn godt. We’ve opened up a new front on the war on terror. It’s an attack on the unique, the unorthodox, the unexpected; it’s a war on different. If you act different, you might… Les mer

Westboro Baptist Church konkurs?

De syke, syke kristne gærningene i Westboro Baptist Church har gått på en skikkelig smell: A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church… De syke, syke kristne gærningene i Westboro Baptist Church har gått på en skikkelig smell: A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals in the belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. Albert Snyder of York, Pennsylvania, sued the Westboro Baptist… Les mer

2257 på vei ut?

A federal appeals court has ruled today that the 2257 record keeping laws that have beleagured the adult industry for years now are in direct violation of First Amendment rights,… A federal appeals court has ruled today that the 2257 record keeping laws that have beleagured the adult industry for years now are in direct violation of First Amendment rights, specifically in regard to the definition of “sexually explicit conduct”. Denne loven, på folkemunne kalt bare 2257, men hvis fulle navn er “18 USC 2257, the Federal Record Keeping and… Les mer

Flysikkerhet?

I USA har det nylig lekket en rapport fra Transportation Security Administration (TSA) som viser at de nå utfører mye strengere testing av sikkerhetskontrollene på flyplasser enn før: When covert…I USA har det nylig lekket en rapport fra Transportation Security Administration (TSA) som viser at de nå utfører mye strengere testing av sikkerhetskontrollene på flyplasser enn før: When covert agents test how well airport security screeners find homemade bombs, they pack a detonator, timer and battery inside a cluttered toilet kit, stuff it into a suitcase and carry it through… Les mer

Debbie Nathan tenker høyt om barneporno

Debbie Nathan skrev i fjor sommer i sin blogg om at hun mente journalister burde ha rettslig immunitet til å oppsøke og undersøke barneporno som en del av sitt arbeide….Debbie Nathan skrev i fjor sommer i sin blogg om at hun mente journalister burde ha rettslig immunitet til å oppsøke og undersøke barneporno som en del av sitt arbeide. Hun har i mine øyne svært mange gode poeng, bl.a: I’m worried that the government has declared an entire field of law enforcement and public policy off-limits from empirical critique by… Les mer