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The Supreme Court Logic That Could Destroy Privacy in America

It's dangerous for courts to continue adhering to Smith v. Maryland, a decision that was made before the advent of big data.<p>Many Americans reacted with outrage when they learned that the NSA stores details about phone calls made by virtually everyone in the United States. They felt a strong, if …

Associated Press News

Facebook, Google, Yahoo all being sued over message scanning

The right of technology companies to read the personal communication of their users is set to get a good run in the courts this year. Last week, two Facebook users filed a class-action lawsuit against the social network, claiming that it violates state and federal law by mining information from …

With Employees, You Should Love Them or Leave Them | Inc.com

Either tell your employees how you appreciate them or fire them.<p>Strange? Not at all. Your employees deserve to know that you appreciate their hard work. And if you don't appreciate their hard work, then why on earth are you paying them? Get rid of them.<p>Oh wait, your business can't operate without …

Employment

NSA statement does not deny 'spying' on members of Congress

The National Security Agency on Saturday released a statement in answer to questions from a senator about whether it “has spied, or is … currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials”, in which it did not deny collecting communications from legislators of the US …

Viewpoint: The Search for the Real Numbers Behind Marijuana Use

Where two major columnists— David Brooks of the <i>New York Times</i> and Ruth Marcus of the <i>Washington Post</i>— went wrong when they weighed in on the debate …

Yuppie Prohibition League Denounces Pot Legalization

David Brooks, Tina Brown and Joe Scarborough trot out the same old dumb arguments for our double standard on drugs<p>With all the other nonsense going …

Cannabis

The Great Marijuana Experiment: A Tale of Two Drug Wars

As Washington and Colorado create rules and regulations for selling legal marijuana, in many other cities across the country pot arrests are near …

Zero-Tolerance Policies May Make Schools More Unsafe, Report Finds

Zero-tolerance policies in schools may have zero point.<p>That's the conclusion of a recent report from the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit center that studies justice policy. The report, titled, “A Generation Later: What We’ve Learned about Zero Tolerance in Schools,” looks at existing …

FISA Court Reauthorizes NSA Phone Metadata Collection

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Friday reauthorized the National Security Agency's phone surveillance program, the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement. The reauthorization order was not immediately available, but the administration is undertaking a declassification …

David Brooks And The Not-So-Subtle Consequences Of Getting Stoned

There is much to mock in David Brooks’ screed against marijuana in the New York Times Friday. And many already have. But one of Brooks’ central …

How One Writer Tricked The Internet Into Believing He Smoked Pot With David Brooks

“Is this a great fucking country or what?”<p>Gary Greenberg, the psychotherapist who had unintentionally convinced journalists around the country that …

Two Dopes

(Optional Video AccompanimentTo This Post)<p><b>In my days of doing the blog</b>, I have pondered, often, the teleological conundrum of whether an omnipotent god could make a stick big enough to shove up his own ass. When this speculation becomes too difficult, I make myself a lesser case -- is it possible …

Hot Tip: "I Don't Do It So It Should Be Illegal" Is Not a Valid Political Stance for Anything

Should we be imprisoning people for bullshit just because our pride is showing? The answer is always no.<p><b>New York Times columnist</b> David Brooks wrote a column today about how he used to smoke weed, but doesn't really get around to it anymore, so sure, it should be illegal, then, why not? Because …

Do You Identify and Develop the Right Type of Leader? | Inc.com

<i>You try to find, develop, and build leaders. But are your leaders "network leaders"?</i><p><i>Here's another in my series where I pick a topic and connect with someone a lot smarter than me. (There's a list of previous installments at the end of this article.)</i><p><i>This time I talked to Michael Griffin, Executive</i> …

Human Resources

David Brooks: I enjoyed pot, but you shouldn't

Here's patrician blatherskite David Brooks with an "I smoked weed, but am happy to see you jailed for it" sentiment: Weed, Been There. Done That.<p>In …

Why Détente With Iran Is a Historic Game Changer

We are at a potential cusp, a transformational moment in the Gulf and the Middle East where détente with Iran could radically change the geopolitics and economics of the region. The opportunity should not be missed.<p>Iran was headline news last month after the P5+1 (shorthand for U.S.) reached a deal …

South Asia

What David Brooks Doesn't Understand About the Marijuana Prohibition

The real victims of marijuana prohibition aren't stoners who won't live up to their full potential, it's the tens of thousands of young men and women …

Fired for legally smoking pot: The coming Colorado crackdown

<b>Brandon Coats, right, with his attorney, Michael Evans, left. (AP/Ed Andrieski)</b><p>Even if your state starts letting you smoke pot, your boss might not. Here’s what happened to Brandon Coats<p>Josh Eidelson<p>January 3, 2014 1:30pm (UTC)<p>On New Year’s Day, Colorado became the first state in which it’s legal …

Why Secret Law Is Un-American

The system established by the U.S. Constitution requires an informed electorate.<p>In recent years, the National Security Agency has relied on secret interpretations of the law to justify its actions, as noted in <i>The New York Times</i>, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, the <i>Washington Post</i>, and a letter that 26 U.S. …

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(<i>via Bruce Sterling</i>)<p>Apropos of this.

Eliminating the Not-So-Nice People in Your Life for 2014

I couldn't help but re read the column I wrote last year about eliminating the toxic people in your life for a healthier 2013. Well, I'm back with an additional list, but unlike last year's list which was centered primarily around the alcoholic/addict in your life, this time I'm going to focus on …

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Associated Press News

The NSA's catalog of spy gear shows how it hacks computers

Over the New Year’s holiday the German newspaper Spiegel has published details about the gadgets the NSA uses to spy on people and companies. According to the newspaper the NSA has a special secret unit, called ANT, which specializes in creating tech related devices for eavesdropping and installing …

Surveillance