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Freedom of Speech

Posted: Sunday, February 5th, 2006 @ 11:50 pm in Policy | Comments Off

Just when I thought I was going to be in complete agreement with George Bush on at least one issue, he manages to surprise me, yet again. I am truly confused. The Danish cartoon story is baffling to me in so many ways. It is, without any shadow of a doubt, a clear case of […]

Pedalling in the Mud

Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 @ 10:10 pm in Policy | Comments Off

Last night, I attended, in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, an ACLU “Emergency Townhall Meeting” regarding Bush’s domestic spying program. The participants were top notch, particularly Marc Rotenberg of EPIC and Representative Ed Markey. The arguments were calm, composed, and focused, only rarely straying into the anti-Bush diatribe one might expect from an ACLU meeting. But from […]

La Cigarette

Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2005 @ 8:58 am in Policy | Comments Off

On days when I’m truly bored, I cruise the conservative blogs.. you know the ones whose sole disagreement with the Bush administration is that Harriet Miers isn’t conservative enough. I’ve found one interesting pattern, which surely many have noticed: a good red flag that a blog is nutty is an unprovoked, instinctive, and consistent ridiculing […]

An Inspiration, Every Time

Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2005 @ 11:27 am in Policy | Comments Off

I’m back from a few weeks away, and what better way to start than to witness Hal Abelson – one of the most inspiring speakers I know – give a talk on open architectures for education – a most important topic in today’s world of increasingly intellectual-property-centric world. I’m sitting in a lecture hall, hearing […]

Fighting the Real Fight

Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2005 @ 3:32 pm in Policy | 1 Comment »

So the right wingers are quick to accuse anyone who opposed the War in Iraq of being weak in the fight against terrorism. This is, in no uncertain terms, a load of crap, and it needs to be made incredibly clear. Someone who truly wants to fight terrorism knows that overthrowing the Taliban and fighting […]

One Republican Senator on Women’s Role in Society

Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2005 @ 12:52 pm in Policy | 1 Comment »

Senator Rick Santorum, a “rising star” of the Republican Party, in his book: Many women have told me, and surveys have shown, that they find it easier, more “professionally” gratifying, and certainly more socially affirming, to work outside the home than to give up their careers to take care of their children. Think about that […]

Creative Commons is Kicking Butt

Posted: Sunday, June 26th, 2005 @ 2:03 am in Policy | Comments Off

I attended Creative Commons’s iCommons summit today (photographic proof). As I watched the presentations, looked around at the more than 80 representatives from the 70 countries that are now taking part in Creative Commons, I realized a simple fact that has snuck up on me: Creative Commons is kicking some serious butt. There are now […]

Shame

Posted: Thursday, June 16th, 2005 @ 12:02 pm in Policy | Comments Off

Below, an FBI report about Guantanamo cited by courageous Senator ChrisDick Durbin. Every freedom-loving American should be outraged and ashamed that this stuff is happening in our name: On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, […]

Stop Global Warming

Posted: Tuesday, June 14th, 2005 @ 7:07 pm in Policy | Comments Off

Global warming is real. Science should not be manipulated by partisan hackery. More on this later, but in the meantime, sign up to the Virtual March on Washington to Stop Global Warming.

A little more bread to finish the cheese….

Posted: Friday, June 10th, 2005 @ 12:58 pm in Policy | 1 Comment »

There is a classic French tale about a man eating his bread and cheese, and finding that he finishes the bread before the cheese. “Un peu de pain pour finir mon fromage,” he asks. And later, “un peu de fromage pour finir mon pain.” And later again “un peu de pain pour finir mon fromage….” […]