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Privacy invasion, yes, but this is downright silly: Searching for Details Online, Lawyers Facebook the Jury. I mean, most people try to get out of jury duty, yes? Post all kinds of crap to your facebook account and get out of it? I wonder if excessive Farmville playing would indicate to lawyers that the prospective juror was too distractible to serve on the jury. I mean, this is just WTF. On the other hand, it’s symptomatic of the same mindset that has this sort of thing happening: Government employer asks man for Facebook login during job interview. There’s more of this sort of stuff discussed here, as well: EFF warns Big Brother wants to be your friend. That’s one of the reasons why I maintain a Facebook profile — that’s the only place my name is online, and it’s a nice, uninformative, little space.

I’m going to say it again and again and again till I’m blue in the face, but EFF is right on the money. We need comprehensive legislation detailing rights to privacy online, that prohibit the sort of shenanigans like the above. Would help to start here: Senate Dems: Don’t defund net neutrality

In the meantime, Arizona continues its transformation into a true nightmare: Arizona immigration bills aim for bigger crackdown.

I haven’t covered TSA in a while, but yet MORE evidence (from TSA itself!) that their security precautions are… laughable: Undercover TSA Agent Sneaks Gun Through Airport’s Full-Body Scanners Five Times.

Well, seems people still care about unions! This just in: Uprising Spreads: Montanans Protest Republican Assault On Workers, Environment. While I’m sure many of you have seen similar graphs, but this always bears repeating: It’s the Inequality, Stupid. Mother Jones also delivers a scathing critique of what is really going on in Wisconsin: Plutocracy Now: What Wisconsin Is Really About. By the way, the governor of Indiana already did this in 2005, and he can’t explain the rationale behind union busting either: Asked Twice, Gov. Daniels Can’t Explain How Eliminating Collective Bargaining Reduces Deficits. Amazingly, the threat of violence is present, though thankfully the reaction to this is fairly negative, barring any stochastic responses: Indiana Official: “Use Live Ammunition” Against Wisconsin Protesters. A deputy attorney general no less…! Fortunately, he lost his job over that one. Even so, that’s not an isolated call for violence: Jay Bookman A call for armed counterprotesters to Atlanta labor rally.

This, by the way, is fairly illuminating about Walker & his motives: The Pwning Of Scott Walker. Seems someone called him up, impersonating one of the Koch brothers, and he fell for it: hook, line & sinker; even confirming publicly that he’d been so contacted, until the journalist involved revealed the prank. *facepalm* BTW, follow the money on the Koch brothers: Koch Industries.

This: Gov. Christie Brags About State Layoffs: ‘Unions Are Trying To Break The Middle Class’ plus this (not captioned, but again the summary’s pretty much there in the article’s title): Limbaugh: Spending On Education And Infrastructure Is “An Effort To Beat Down The Middle Class, Saul Alinsky Style”. The lies and untruths are just getting crazier and crazier… There’s lots of good analysis here in refutation: Are Government Employees Too Well Paid?.

Disturbingly similar headlines in different states: Detroit to Cut Number of Public Schools by Half, Providence to teachers: All jobs up for cuts. Just scan down this search on school cuts and closures. This is completely insane. Who do you think is going to be the next generation of workers, movers & shakers? Just the kids of the filthy rich who paid for private schools?

Look, this lays it out pretty well: Infographic: Tax Breaks vs. Budget Cuts

House leaders are unfortunately restricting their proposed budget cuts for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 to nonsecurity discretionary spending in an attempt to tame a $1.3 trillion deficit. This approach is especially shortsighted since the Federal Treasury loses twice as much revenue due to tax breaks than Congress appropriates on all nonsecurity discretionary spending.

This is why we get huge, huge deficits during tax cuts, and not during infrastructure and basic safety net spending (eg: Public debt).

This is what the filthy rich doesn’t want the rest of us to think about: 14 Ways a 90 Percent Top Tax Rate Fixes Our Economy and Our Country.

Some updates on Libya. As usual, much of the best information can be had at Al Jazeera (English). On International Intervention and the Dire Situation in Libya. Also, Yemen: Yemen MPs resign over violence.

I noticed some of this, particularly many of the chanted slogans rhymed, etc. And there was a lot of banter on the tweets, even combining both Arabic & English, which was neat: Laugh, O Revolution: Humor in the Egyptian Uprising

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