Category Archive for: ‘Corporate Power’

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Hobby Lobby: Latest in Evolution of Corporate Consitutional Rights

The History of Corporate Constitutional Rights In light of this week’s Hobby Lobby ruling that corporations are persons under the law which can hold religious beliefs, I thought it would be good to revisit the origin and evolution of corporate personhood and corporate constitutional rights. While the word corporation never appears in the Constitution, the Supreme Court has been slowly expanding rights for corporations …

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Yes, You Can Spend $750 in International Data Roaming in One Minute on AT&T

Update: Thanks to Slashdot, BoingBoing and T-Mobile CEO John Legere for sharing this! Apparently it’s possible to run up a $750 international data roaming bill in one minute on AT&T. Last week, after driving across the Canadian border at Blaine, I got disoriented trying to double back to Highway 99. I pulled into an outdoor shopping mall, stopped into Notti Biscotti (couldn’t …

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It’s Time for a Populist Culture War on Corruption

The latest attack on net neutrality provides a perfect opportunity to reassess the operating integrity of our government and the effectiveness of our well-worn responses. Over the past week, I’ve seen requests to sign petitions, requests to call my representatives and requests to donate to relevant organizations to continue their work within the system. But, what if the system is fundamentally broken? …

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How Things Change as Constitutional Rights Contract and Expand for People and Corporations

People often ask whether a proposed Seattle law such as Initiative 103 could actually impact the Supreme Court’s interpretation of corporate personhood and speech rights. Well, it wouldn’t be the first time a law from Washington State turned the tide of Supreme Court precedent and history in the process. In 1935, a Wenatchee chambermaid Elsie Parrish and her husband sued the …

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Impassioned BBC Interview on Society with Russell Brand

Please watch the Russell Brand interview on the BBC about culture and politics. via Gawker: “I don’t get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people,” Russell responded. “I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity.” Follow Brand on Twitter here @rustyrockets.

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Business Groups See Loss of Sway Over House G.O.P.

Here’s the New York Times today on business leaders who bought the government but aren’t seeing it do its bidding: “There clearly are people in the Republican Party at the moment for whom the business community and the interests of the business community — the jobs and members they represent — don’t seem to be their top priority,” said Dan …

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GMail Alternatives in the PRISM Age: How to Host Your Own Email Server in the Cloud

Update: You may be interested in Filtered, my new open source IMAP-based mail filtering application which includes the capability to encrypt selected messages, removing them from your IMAP or Gmail account. I’ve posted a new tutorial called, How to Install Your Own Private E-mail Server in the Cloud. Background & Motivations The concept of privacy is rapidly under threat as technology …

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