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Yet another obligatory "Twitter has worldwide failure" open thread
Hot Air
by Ed Morrissey
July 26, 2012

Where were you in the Great Twitter Blackout of July 26, 2012?  Me, I was at my desk ... having to do status updates on Facebook.

Tragic. As of now, the Twitter website and the Tweetdeck services have been down about 20-25 minutes. Tech Crunch says Twitter is working on the problem. Maybe we can expect updates on their progress ... via Myspace.

Yet Another Anti-Supplement Sneak Attack from Blumenthal and Durbin
June 9, 2015

We suspected it would only be a matter of time before Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) launched his next broadside against supplements. Once again, Durbin and his allies, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

The bill this time is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an appropriations bill to fund the military for FY 2016. The House passed its version of the bill in May. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced what is called "an amendment in the nature of a substitute" to create a Senate version of the House-passed bill. The Blumenthal/Durbin amendments were introduced on top of the McCain legislation.

Yet another "safe harbor" e-mail account from ex-EPA chief? Really?
Hot Air
by Erika Johnsen
February 21, 2013

The plot thickens: The latest batch of (significantly redacted!) emails released last week revealed that, not only did former EPA chief Lisa Jackson make frequent use of an alias "Richard Windsor" email account to conduct government business, but that she supplemented that account with yet another account registered with the New Jersey government from her old job.

Yes, Your Content is Probably More Valuable Than Your Phone
by Jason
August 2, 2012

We recently did a study of Internet users around the world and found out something that didn't surprise us.

About 8 out of 10 people, 77%, believe that the videos, pictures and data on their phones are more valuable than the phones themselves. Our phones have replaces so many devices it's nearly impossible to count. They're our constant companion and probably hold more secrets about us than our best friends. Here's how to protect the content on your phone...

Yes, You Are a Suspect
Common Sense with Paul Jacob
by Paul Jacob
July 29, 2014

Sometimes the Internet makes a mistake.

The other day, one of my favorite websites embedded a Fox News video about NSA spying. Fox News entitles their video "Citizens Treated As Suspects." At the site showcasing Fox's story, though, the headline reads: "The NSA Grabs Information from Non-Suspects; Ninety percent of those spied upon are under no suspicion." Can this be right? When you're treated as a suspect, you are a suspect, aren't you? You're being suspected of ... something. At least of being somebody who might be up to something worth snagging in an all-embracing fishing expedition. If you're not guilty, somebody else leaving comparable data traces is, surely.

Yes, the feds are tracking your car
by Keegan Hamilton
August 2, 2013

A Seattle prankster points out the absurdity of a little-known program that's following where you drive.

One morning last week, 38-year-old software developer Phil Mocek was walking to work in Seattle when he paused to photograph what appeared to be civilian vehicles parked in a restricted area near a downtown federal building. He snapped a few pictures and began walking away, when a white truck whipped out of one of the parking spots and pulled up perpendicular to the curb. A large man wearing jeans and a gray T-shirt emerged from the cab and angrily grabbed the camera from Mocek, who hollered for help and fumbled with his phone to dial 911. Police quickly arrived on the scene, responding to Mocek's report of a possible robbery. The black male suspect identified himself as an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and told the officers that he was concerned about Mocek posting images of his vehicle online due to the nature of his job. The ATF agent explained that he had confiscated the camera and examined its contents because he "wanted to delete the picture that was taken of him." Nobody was arrested.

Yes, It Can Happen Here
by Paul Jacob
June 8, 2012

Take a moment from your regularly scheduled dose of daily optimism, and look on the dark side.

The recent political events in Greece, in which a stable government was not formed, requiring whole new rounds of voting, have received some attention on the nightly news. But there's still a feeling of "it can't happen here." That's a great disservice. Because it can happen here. And this is not just "political instability." We're not talking about a political hot potato going nuclear. We're talking about complete financial implosion. That's what happens when government is involved in everything.

Yes, Even Ads Critical Of Islam Are Protected Free Speech
CNS News
by Stacy Washington
October 2, 2012

In yet another case examining the correct application of the First Amendment, ads by conservative blogger Pam Gellar are going up on subways in New York City.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority was ordered by a Manhattan Federal Court to place "Anti-Jihad Savage" ads, starting early this week. The MTA had originally refused to accept the ads under their "No Demeaning Ad Standard" policy. After the ruling the MTA Spokesman said: "Our hands are tied." The ad copy states: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

Yep: Federal deficit officially tops $1 trillion for the fourth time
Hot Air
by Erika Johnsen
September 11, 2012

Just in case there was any doubt in anyone's mind - the Congressional Budget Office has released their monthly report, and with the government's fiscal year set to end on September 30th, they've officially announced that we'll come in with an above-trillion dollar deficit for the fourth year running.

Yep, The TSA Is Definitely Stealing iPads
October 2, 2012

An ABC investigation has found what you might have suspected all along; if you leave your iPad with airport security, a TSA agent might just keep it for himself.

The investigators went to 10 airports and put iPads through the screening machines in the little plastic containers, and then didn't claim them just to see what would happen. Nine out of ten iPads were immediately returned to their owner, but as you'll see in the video below, one TSA dirtbag walked away with the iPad. ABC filmed the theft and traced the iPad to the home of the crook. You almost feel bad for the jerk who stole the iPad when Brian Ross shows up at his house. Then you remember that this criminal is also in charge of making sure your plane doesn't get bombed by a terrorist.


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