Human Rights

Members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kansas have just faced the unity of America, the power of the human spirit, and a taste of social justice. On Saturday the members of the (so called) church showed up at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester, Oklahoma to protest in [...]

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Normally I try to stick to consumer and constitutional rights in this blog, but I found myself moved by a story that I found today coming from Iran. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 2 weeks you would know that the results of the recent Iranian presidential elections has created [...]

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Yes, what is going on in Italy is about as frightening as that headline reads. Authorities in Italy have been attacking the internet on multiple fronts as of late with many moves that are eerily intrusive and controlling. First you may be wondering why such a drastic headline. I want everyone to know that I [...]

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Something rather horrible was just brought to my attention. It is the story about a 16 year old boy named Ashton Lundeby who was arrested in the middle of the night by a team of FBI and local law enforcement officers. Now an arrest of someone so young isn’t really news-worthy these days (shameful as [...]

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The other day I was emailed about a situation brewing in Washington, several members of Congress are trying to push through a bill that will make the administration end of farming so difficult that only the largest of distributors could afford to run such operations. This is, of course, all being done in the name [...]

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Pjerky on March 9th, 2009

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As absurd as it may sound, it turns out patents really can kill people. This is a first for me, but I found an appaling story about an abuse of the patent system that violates intellectual property rights, consumer rights, human rights, justice, and can lead to more deaths. Now you may be thinking just [...]

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This story I am torn on because while I certainly think the man should be prosecuted for such crimes (and severely) I don’t like the precedent it could set for 5th Amendment rights in the digital age. In the case at hand a man whom is suspected of owning child pornography on a laptop was [...]

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