Category Archives: law

Not nice language – International – Court upholds verdict on Hamas chant (the chant being “Hamas, Hamas, gas all the Jews” and the verdict being 80 hours community service) Earlier this year Amsterdam and Rotterdam mayors, Job Cohen and Ahmed Aboutaleb, threatened … Continue reading

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“You never know when he’ll need an alibi”

Schneier on Security: Robert Sawyer’s Alibis The point of this blog entry isn’t really to debate the topic, though. It’s to reprint the opening paragraph of Sawyer’s essay, which I’ve never forgotten: Whenever I visit a tourist attraction that has … Continue reading

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It’s electric! – International – Watch out – electric cars are coming to Amsterdam Apparently only electric vehicles will be allowed in Dutch city centers. In 2040.

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Way To Rub It In

Judge rules White House aides can be subpoenaed – International Herald Tribune Bates, who was appointed to the bench by Bush, issued a 93-page opinion that strongly rejected the administration’s legal arguments. He noted that the executive branch could not … Continue reading

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Listen to Charles Sing

Charles Manson has released a Creative Commons licensed album. Umm, wow.

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In Washington, a Split Over Regulation of Wall Street – New York Times The Treasury Department is rushing to complete its own blueprint for overhauling what is now an alphabet soup of federal and state regulators that often compete against … Continue reading

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“Oppressions Other Than Love: Pakistan in a Rainy Season”

My friend Qalandar has gone back to Pakistan and has been working for democracy. Below is the introduction to his editorial for the next issue of Naked Punch. I hope you enjoy it. A renowned poem of Faiz Ahmed Faiz … Continue reading

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Got To Love Republicans, They’re So Principled

“Why Can’t Ex-Felons Vote?” ( But last year Alabama Republican Party Chairman Marty Connors stated a bald truth: “As frank as I can be,” he said, “we’re opposed to [restoring voting rights] because felons don’t tend to vote Republican.” He … Continue reading

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Whistle blower site taken offline A controversial website that allows whistle blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US., as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California … Continue reading

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