Why is the broadcast lobby palling around with Communists?
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is one of my least-favorite industry lobby groups. They claim to support issues like “Protecting the Rights of Journalists,” opposing “advertising restrictions,” and supporting a “competitive marketplace,” but in practice they’re purely a rent-seeking body, completely integrated with the regulatory-industrial complex. There’s no easier way to see this than looking at NAB’s plans to engage with broadcasters in Cuba. | Read More »
The polls were wrong in Canada: Trudeau wins a majority
After what happened in the United Kingdom, I know many hoped the polls would be wrong in Canada, since they were predicting a defeat for the Conservatives, and a minority government for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. It turns out the polls were wrong. Trudeau has won a majority government. As Stephen Harper exits the scene, let’s look at how the man who built a small-c and | Read More »
Swiss voters take the moderate right to the woodshed over Open Borders
The issue of unchecked legal immigration is the hot button issue in Swiss politics. Literally for decades the country had kept the exact same parties in power, in the same proportions (the so-called Magic Formula), but once the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) began to rise on the issue of immigration, all that went out the window. The rest of the establishment has tried to hold | Read More »
Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party of Canada won the last three elections (2006, 2008, 2011) to make him Prime Minister of Canada for nearly a decade. But today it’s not looking so good. Canada votes again today, and it’s very likely we will see Stephen Harper move on after ten years of making the right people mad at him.
Nevada regulates Daily Fantasy Sports, effectively banning it
As I discussed previously, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is sports gambling made into an efficient commodity. They pretend they’re not, as does the NFL, but they are. Today the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the state’s gambling regulator, announced that all DFS sites must be licensed in order to operate in the state. In response, all the major DFS sites pulled out of the Nevada market.
The story of the bugged Selectrics shows why we need CISA
Protecting data is difficult. You can keep your data secure 99 times but the 100th time, if the attackers got in, then you failed. The story of the world’s first keylogger, installed by Soviet spies into US Selectric Typewriters, reminds us of how intelligent adversaries require intelligent and coordinated defense That’s why we need a bill like the Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA): to share | Read More »
Red China is building a dissident scoring system. Here’s why that matters.
The People’s Republic of China is instituting a new Communist correctness credit score. The score will be tied to people’s government identification cards. While this is a government program, two private companies will be running the system: Tencent and Alibaba. This public-private partnership of tyranny is important, because we need to watch both how US Democrats react to it, as well as how Wall Street | Read More »
Ding Dong, the Comprehensive Patent Reform witch is dead
America’s patent law situation is not perfect. The America Invents Act signed by Barack Obama was an attempt at a jobs program for patent lawyers. We do have a problem of ‘patent trolls:’ firms that exist not to invent things, but to sue inventors. However industry lobbyists tried to hijack patent troll reform, into a greater grab bag of comprehensive patent reform. Conservatives began to | Read More »
A selection of green left policy ideas from NumbersUSA’s Roy Beck
The websites founded by the late Andrew Breitbart (who used to go on Univision and support “immigration reform”) have been giving voice to Roy Beck of NumbersUSA. I write today to remind you that this is a desperate move, one that shows how difficult it is to find actual conservative voices to support their agenda. Roy Beck is no conservative, and he’s no ally of | Read More »
The government shut down today and nobody cared.
The angry left and the yellow-bellied GOP establishment agree on one thing, it seems: a “government shutdown” is the worst thing ever, the voters freak out about it, and Republicans must capitulate on everything they can in order to avoid it. But today the government shut down, and nobody cared.
Philip Bump is a Hack. Clinton’s email was at risk.
Philip Bump, Washington Post reporter, is ready to criticize or talk down every candidate for President not named Hillary Clinton. But her, he’s ready to stick up for. He claims that “our technical ignorance” is hurting her. Sorry, I’m not technically ignorant. I’ve personally set up email servers from scratch. And Hillary Clinton was negligent in keeping her email on servers far below the appropriate | Read More »
Matthew Keys is guilty and should go to prison for his hacking
Sometimes you can read a story about an alleged criminal, and it’s hard to tell if the person was actually guilty or not. But in the case of Matthew Keys, convicted of breaking into the LA Times website as part of a conspiracy with the online network Anonymous, it’s obvious he’s guilty as sin and deserves to be put away.
Gambling scandals like Daily Fantasy Sports need prosecution, not regulation
The Congress granted “fantasy sports” (betting on individual player outcomes, instead of team outcomes) an exemption to federal anti-gambling laws. The natural outcome of this was that fantasy sports gambling would be refined into a lively market, and that’s what we got the daily fantasy sports (DFS) world. We’ve now learned that one of the top DFS sites was breaking one of the cardinal rules | Read More »
Europe goes protectionist on data, ends Safe Harbor system
The European Union has this fantasyland idea that regulation can fix the privacy problem; or at least with respect to private corporations. EU Directive 95/46/EC on Data Protection, which took effect in 1998, prevents private businesses from sending data outside of the EU. The massive regulatory state does not have to comply with any of its privacy protections. However international commerce is greatly threatened by the | Read More »
“Banned books” are a lie told by leftists to feel good about themselves
A banned book is a serious matter. There have been books banned in US history. For example, a number of cities banned Elmer Gantry. Further, the federal government at times banned materials in the District of Columbia under the Federal Anti-Obscenity Act, which was better known for banning the use of the US Postal Service to send obscene materials. Those bannings, while rare, did happen. | Read More »