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Bastiat Prize 2013

31 Jul

Submissions to the 2013 Bastiat Prize are now open. To enter, please read the Rulesand complete the form below. Entries will be accepted until July 31, 2013.

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Chris Christie’s Bogus Attack on Rand Paul

31 Jul

Chris Christie’s Bogus Attack on Rand Paul

Fund the Defund effort

31 Jul
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Senator Lee is doing everything he can to defund, delay, and defeat ObamaCare. Sadly, GOP leaders like Mitch McConnell will not help. In fact, they are actively undermining Senators Lee, Paul, and Cruz’s fight to defund ObamaCare.
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Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz are standing up to Obama’s allies and the Republican Establishment. They’re fighting hard to save you from Obamacare. And WE cannot let them down. That’s why we need your support.
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Some think car crash death of reporter who took down ex-general could have been an assasination

31 Jul

Scientists have proven that cyber attacks against computerized cars make them easy targets to hack, control and use against a driver
Journalist and author Michael Hastings earned the wrath of ex-General Stanley McChrystal and his aides when he exposed the solder's disdain for the civilians who controlled him.
Journalist and author Michael Hastings earned the wrath of ex-General Stanley McChrystal and his aides when he exposed the solder’s disdain for the civilians who controlled him.
LOS ANGELES, CA – If the U.S. Department of Justice under President Barack Obama’s oversight is willing to investigate journalists, and has allowed the FBI to use drones on American soil to spy on citizens, is it possible that federal employees trained in espionage have the power to hack journalist Michael Hastings’ car to assassinate someone they thought  threatened “their” security?
The answer is a very resounding “yes” according to computer researchers who delivered a report called“Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Automobile” to a 2010 IEEE symposium on privacy and security.  What’s more, the researchers’ say, hacking a car’s computer and remotely controlling it is easy.  [Click here to read report].
“Indeed, we have demonstrated the ability to systematically control a wide array of components including engine, brakes, heating and cooling, lights, instrument panel, radio, locks, and so on. Combining these we have been able to mount attacks that represent potentially significant threats to personal safety. For example, we are able to forcibly and completely disengage the brakes while driving, making it difficult for the driver to stop. Conversely, we are able to forcibly activate the brakes, lurching the driver forward and causing the car to stop suddenly.”
Michael Hastings was burned to death inside his Mercedes C250 after the fully-computerized car crashed into a tree and turned into a bomb.
Michael Hastings was burned to death inside his Mercedes C250 after the fully-computerized car crashed into a tree and turned into a bomb.
Some conspiracy theorists won’t stop believing that BuzzFeed journalist Hastings’ death was anything but an assassination.  The speculation gained ground when Wikileaks tweeted a mysterious message that his “death has a very serious non-public complication” and promised more details later.
Hastings was burned to death on June 18 when his Mercedes C250 sped past by a cop at a red light on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, crashed into a palm tree a few seconds later and turned into a bomb that ejected the engine and threw it almost 100 feet away.  The cop’s dash cam recorded Hastings’ speeding car right before the fatal crash.
The journalist and author’s body was burned beyond recognition, and so was the computer data his vehicle’s on board system recorded before he died.
Hastings gained prominence when he interviewed General Stanley McChrystal who Obama had assigned to win ex-President George Bush’s war with Afghanistan.  The July 2010 article revealed McChrystal and his aides making derogatory comments about the civilians who oversaw them, including Vice President Joe Biden and Obama’s National Security Advisor, James L. Jones.
McChrystal delivered his resignation to Obama right before the article hit newsstands.  Hastings was supposed to have been working on another article that involved Paula Kelly, the woman who revealed General David Patraeus’ affair.  He also knew the FBI was investigating him according to a June 17 12:56 p.m. email he sent to editors
“The Feds are interviewing my close friends and associated.  Perhaps if the authorities arrive, BuzzFeed GQ, ir HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues.”
There is a term that’s been growing among computer privacy and security specialists which identifies the concept of “car cyber attacks.” Researchers have learned that these attacks give hackers total control of a car’s braking and throttling.  A hacker engaged in a car cyber attack can completely disable a driver’s ability to control their vehicle’s gas pedal or brakes.  This enables them to make the vehicle speed up or stop against the wishes of the motorist.
The technology has been around since at least the mid-1990′s when inventor David Vaughan filed for a patent on November 21, 1994 to register an invention that controlled vehicle speed by using the Global Positioning System (GPS).
“The present invention is unique because it allows one to control the vehicle speed by using the Global Positioning System to determine the vehicle location, and to use locally stored map database to match the vehicle location and speed with the maximum posted speed limit. Accordingly, the speed of the vehicle is controlled and the posted speed is enforced without using the police patrol,” Vaughan said in explaining his 1994 invention to the patent office.
In 2011 computer scientists delivered a report to the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board showing how they were able to hack the security codes that protected a vehicle’s installed cellular phone by inserting malicious software in it.  Hacking the cell phone allowed them to send instructions to the vehicle’s electronic control unit that overrode its controls.
New York Times reporter John Markoff wrote in 2011 that researchers refused to offer speculation about how hacking a vehicle’s cellular phone might cause it to crash.

This Dutch Activist Was Arrested For Even Talking About Gay Rights

31 Jul
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This Dutch Activist Was Arrested For Even Talking About Gay Rights in Russia
President Vladmir Putin’s government took yet another dark turn on human rights last month when Russia’s parliament unanimously passed a law banning gay “propaganda.” As sweeping in scope as it is troubling in content, the law criminalizes equating gay and straight relationships and bans distributing material about gay rights, including sharing any “propaganda” about “non-traditional sexual relations” with minors. It also imposes hefty fines and other penalties for individuals, non-profit organizations, media groups, and foreigners who break the law. Individuals who use the media or the internet to promote “non-traditional relations” can face fines of up to 100,000 roubles ($3,048), organizations can be fined up to 1,000,000 roubles ($30,481) and closed down for up to 90 days, and foreigners can be fined up to 100,000 roubles ($3,048), detained for up to 15 days, and deported. 
The international response to the Russian government’s latest LGBT crackdown has been encouraging, bizarre, and even a bit comical.
The U.S. State Department has said that it is “absolutely against” the new law and “very concerned by the overall direction in Russia” in regards to treatment of the LGBT community. The International Olympics Committee (IOC), which is preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, claims that it has “received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the [gay propaganda] legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games,” provoking the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to remind the IOC that it needs to try harder.
In the U.S., sex advice columnist Dan Savage has urged “queers and their allies” to “dump Russian vodka,” leading several gay bars to join the boycott of Russian vodka brands. The boycott, in turn, prompted Stolichnaya Vodka to profess its love for the LGBT community, while a leading Russian gay activist asserted that the boycott is “doomed to failure” because it fails to target homophobic lawmakers.
Meanwhile, inside Russia, LGBT individuals and organizations are already dealing with the brutal full force of the new law. Violence has ensued at several pride rallies and protests across the country, resulting in numerous detentions, injuries, and even deaths, including of a 23-year-old victim who was “raped with beer bottles and had his skull smashed with a stone.” Just last week, a Russian neo-Nazi group brutally bullied and tortured a gay teenager after falsely advertising to meet the boy for a date. 
Given this dangerous backdrop, one might wonder why even the most dedicated LGBT rights activist would travel to Russia, knowing full well that any discussion of the topic could result in detention, fines, or worse. But Kris van der Veen, a 33-year-old Dutch LGBT rights activist-turned-filmmaker, decided that the risk of having personal stories untold far outweighed any danger to himself. After being followed, detained, interrogated, fined, hauled into court, and nearly unable to leave the country, Kris explained to me why he made the trip to Russia on July 17th — and why, even after the ordeal, he wants to go back.
Read the rest at PolicyMic

Russian lawmaker: We will arrest gay athletes, tourists at Olympic Games

31 Jul

Russian lawmaker: We will arrest gay athletes, tourists at Olympic Games

Kennedy Book Party Thursday

31 Jul



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