We Cannot Let the Government Decide What is True

Anyone who has been reading headlines recently knows what’s up: Fake News. Whilst the idea of fake news isn’t news it certainly seems to be attracting an ever-increasing shitstorm of accusations, speculations, and memories of the cold war, where the Russians where under the bed of every child.

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The No-Fly List is an Abomination

(…)nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; (…)
– The Fifth Amendment

One of the main components of justice is holding people accountable for their actions. But what happens when somebody is falsely accused? That is why we have due process of law. So nobody can be deprived of their life, liberty, or property without just cause. Without due process of law, the State could find you Guilty for whatever crime for whatever reason, even if you were just doing things ‘they’ didn’t like.

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No, I Am Not Going to Learn 56 Genders

Facebook recently updated its gender settings on profiles, allowing users to pick between 56 different genders that range from Agender, Pangender, Two-Spirit, other, and a whole a variety of other options that I cannot tell the difference between. Now, I have absolutely no problem with someone choosing to identify with one of these 56 concoctions. If you want to be a Pangender, go for it. If you aren’t quite Pangender, and you’re more of a gender fluid person, awesome. You’re a Cisgender male, previously Cisgender man? Fine by me. My issue arises when someone expects me to know the difference between all of them.

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The Lazy’s Guide to Improving Your Privacy

You know the feeling. You’re reading an article about the NSA or talking privacy with a good friend. That guilty feeling that you haven’t done all the awesome security things that you know how to do but just, well, haven’t exactly gotten around to. Or perhaps deep down you don’t really enough about your privacy and whether the big government and big business giants have your data.

Here are a few, simple, easy, ways to make yourself more secure and private on the internet.

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The Death of Personal Responsibility

As children, our parents decide nearly everything for us; what we eat, where we go to school, where we live, etc. This is rather necessary as children are, usually, incapable of making responsible decisions for themselves. Children do not get to pick what to eat because they will eat candy three meals a day. Children don’t decide where they go to school because they would probably opt for nowhere. Children don’t decide where they live because they don’t possess the resources or knowledge to choose a place to live. Yes, as children we need our parents to make these important decisions for us because we cannot.

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