Reflections on the Swartz case

A little over a week ago, the activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide. At that time, I wrote about my own initial reaction and the internet has been filled with others doing the same. Collectively, we have been shocked and dismayed by Aaron’s death and there have been increasing calls to “do something”. After a bit …

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Yesterday, we lost an inspiration

Thanks to an Ars Technica article, I just learned that Aaron Swartz has committed suicide. I’m writing this within moments of finding out. For those who hadn’t followed his career, he was one of the major drivers behind last years protests against SOPA, and was an activist for open access to academic publications. Most recently, …

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Vermont Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

According to the Associated Press, Vermont became the first state to legislatively enact same-sex marriage today. Impressively, the state legislature overrode a veto by the governor. Now that is what I call a solid base of support. Vermont is the fourth state with same-sex marriage. (Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Iowa are the other three.) From the …

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CT has marriage! (was: Connecticut marriage case to be announced shortly)

The case that has been before the Connecticut Supreme Court on marriage equality has been decided. They’re announcing the results within the next 1/2 hour. We don’t know what they are yet, but we know it was a very close decision. If you’re a person of faith, please join me in praying for a pro-equality …

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Nice to see some public officials have a backbone

I ran across the news story below and felt like cheering. Apparently, the banks have – no surprise – not being doing their legal duty before evicting people from foreclosed homes. The Cook County sheriff has essentially said “enough is enough!”. Frankly, I couldn’t agree with him more. I absolutely loved this quote from the …

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Good discussion of Credit Default Swaps (CDS)

If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard some mention of these things over the last couple of weeks, but had absolutely no idea what the heck they were. If so, I strongly recommend reading the article below. It provides a good overview of them in a way that I actually feel like I (somewhat) understand …

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Assorted News Articles

Rather than make a separate post for each of these, I’m stringing together a couple of interesting news articles and making one big post out of them. Judge OKs adult trial for teen suspect Attorney sought juvenile court for fatal shooting case By Raul Hernandez, Ventura County Start Friday, July 25, 2008 The judge responsible …

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