Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Cruz, Paul, and Rubio Think Making It Easier To Buy a Gun In D.C. Will Make Us Safer

It will probably do wonders for the tourism bidness as well (boldface mine): The three leading senators pursuing the Republican presidential nomination — Ted Cruz (Tex.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) — have clashed recently on foreign policy … Continue reading

Posted in BANG! BANG!, Civil Liberties, Conservatives, Fucking Morons | 2 Comments

Self-Induced Abortions In Texas: No One Could Have Predicted…

And this in part can be laid at the feet of triangulation (boldface mine): Overall, 1.7% of women aged 18-49 [in Texas] reported that they had ever tried to end a pregnancy on their own. As noted above, since women … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Feminism | 1 Comment

A Different Kind of SWATing

For those who don’t know what SWATing is, it’s when someone, as a form of harassment, calls the police and tells them there’s an emergency–often someone with a gun–which then usually results in a heavily armed response against an unsuspecting … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Racism | 1 Comment

Tracking, Criminality, and Homelessness

In response to the charge that drug arrests for pot possession don’t lead to incarceration, I argued that those arrests can be thought of as ‘pre-criminal tracking’ (as in academic tracking, not surveillance): The good news is that ten percent … Continue reading

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Why Politically-Savvy Lawyers Should Never Be Allowed To Set Data Standards

I didn’t think Obama could appoint an Attorney General worse than Eric Holder. Clearly, that was a failure of imagination on my part (boldface mine): Attorney general Loretta Lynch says the federal government should not require police to report fatal … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Statistics | 4 Comments

Not Everyone Who Wants To Look At Genomic Data Is a Researcher

Well, this is disturbing (boldface mine): When companies like and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy advocates warned about the creation of giant genetic databases that might one … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Genomics

Reconciling Calls in D.C. For Vice Squads With Black Lives Matter

Last week, the president of the D.C. Logan Circle area Area Neighborhood Council (‘ANC’), in response to an increase in murders, called for the reinstitution of vice squads. I had some doubts: This works, until an innocent yet somehow suspicious … Continue reading

Posted in Civil Liberties, Racism