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Geeks missing the point

Posted on June 11th, by tac in Social Issues. 5 comments

Found on Slashdot:

Most people fear things that are very unlikely to happen:

-Death from terrorism
-Death from oppressive government

We rant and shout with each other over which one is the bigger threat.

Meanwhile, most of us die from lack of proper personal health (diet, exercise, etc) or automobile wrecks, all of which are 100% within our ability

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The use of torture against terrorism suspects

Posted on April 22nd, by tac in Current Events, Social Issues. No Comments

From Jonathan Turley we read that NY State Senator Greg Ball tweeted the following regarding the living suspect in the Boston bombing:

So, scum bag #2 in custody. Who wouldn’t use torture on this punk to save more lives?

After receiving some rightful flack over his tweet, his office issued the following statement:

Terrorists play by a different set of

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Posted on April 16th, by tac in Social Issues. No Comments

Piece in Slate on why legalizing polygamy is a good thing.  Frankly, I think my post was better.

Nice to see more on the subject though.


Eugene Volokh at The  Volokh Conspiracy writes in reference to the Slate article above:

Unfortunately, the column doesn’t discuss whether it’s fair to impose on others — such as employers or taxpayers

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Thinking about surveillance

Posted on April 4th, by tac in Politics, Social Issues. No Comments

Neil Richards’ draft paper The Dangers of Surveillance is a fairly exciting defense of anti-surveillance thought.  He rightly points out that most arguments against surveillance are nebulous at best, and does a good job of solidifying them.  In particular, he approaches the issue of surveillance not from a 4th Amendment position, but from the 1st Amendment.  He carefully explains the … read more

Rape and polyamory

Posted on April 4th, by tac in Social Issues. No Comments

Having waxed all enthusiastic about alternative marriages the other day, it didn’t take long for me to spot something to remind me why the vast majority of Americans will never take what I wrote – or more importantly the concept itself – seriously.

At the Good Men Project I read How Should I Handle a Rape That Happened in read more