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Politics, Economics, and the Law

Link Roundup – 02/03/12

A British pair were arrested and sent home because of something they’d posted on Twitter. There are so many things wrong with this it’s hard to know where to begin.

Guess who owes a whole big ‘ol lot of back taxes? Federal employees.

An article conerning Newt Gingrich’s ties to neo-con think tanks, and his war-happy middle east policy.

The UK prepares for the coming Olympic games as only they know how.

Some commentary concerning the President’s admonition that we civilians be more like the military.

I’m not a regular reader of the Survival Blog, but the other day they had a good bit on Henry David Thoreau.

Wikileaks is considering moving equipment offshore. I’m glad the article points out the main problem with this: While this would put their servers beyond the reach of the law, it would also put their servers beyond the protection of the law. Annoy someone enough and they can simply torpedo you.

Speaking of servers, Facebook has built a new one in Oregon, to the tune of $210 million. And speaking of Facebook, in preperation for going public they put out an economic impact study.

Concerned about privacy? You may be a terrorist.

More news on our sudden pressing need to get out of Afghanistan. Partly as a side-effect, the U.S. no-fly list grows.

Israel is asserting that Iran is close to nuclear weapons capable of reaching the United States. To what degree can we trust the Israelis to provide us with reliable information, given their own interests? Israel would (perhaps) like to begin attacking during the spring, when the weather is just lovely, but could wait until June if they really must. Iran responded in their typical fashion.

Kim Dotcom is denied bail, as part of the ongoing Megaupload debacle.

Some Republican legislators in Washington state would like to shield their citizens from the NDAA.

Also in civil rights news, the ACLU is suing the Department of Justice, FBI, and CIA over drone strike assasinations of American citizens.

TechDirt opines on the massive increase in incarceration in the U.S.

The Oklahoma legislature, having already addressed the pressing need to keep aborted fetuses out of (human consumed) food, is now pressing for a tax on violent video games (HB 2696). Thank God someone is Thinking of the Children™.

The U.S. DOJ indicts the Swiss Wegelin bank for enabling tax evasion. I’ll need to read more about this. If the bank has a U.S. brach, and that is what has come under criminal investigation, that makes sense. If the American government is somehow indicting a truly foreign entity, I’m not sure what the legal situation could be. It would seem that, apart from political pressure on the Swiss government to do something, the bank would be out of reach. But this is the golden age of American hegemony, so there’s no telling. I’ll try and keep up with this and write more on the topic.

And that about wraps it up. Sadly, this doesn’t cover everything that I’ve been meaning to mention, but it does get a lot of it addressed.

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