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The Data Security Plan at My Daughter’s School

1. Take the data. 2. Put it behind a door. 3. Put a “data” sign next to the door. 4. Lock the door.

I bet the plan works.

No Need To Sit Through Shakespeare, Thanks To Statistical Exegesis

Your data may be impressively big, but wisdom does not just fall out of it, any more than wisdom just falls out of the night sky. [...]

New Americans Elect Handbook asks Presidential Campaigns to Build AE Personal Information Database. Why?

What is Americans Elect for? Literal thinking on the subject has it that the purpose of Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation with hidden funders, is to run the first-ever privately-run online presidential nomination in the history of America. But could the Americans Elect have an additional, commercially useful result? [...]

Criminalizing Dissent: 5087 Arrests of Occupy Protesters Confirmed… and Counting

“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Number of people confirmed to have been arrested in America, most for nothing more [...]

Governments Request More User Data from Google in 2011. Which Countries are the Biggest Culprits?

Earlier this month, I shared with you a map showing results from Google’s report on the number of requests for user data from the governments of the world, current through December 2010:

Google has just updated its report to include a new six-month period, January to June of 2011. The most acquisitive governments of [...]

World Governments Request User Data from Google. Which Ones and How Much?

After 1 year 5 months, still no Scientific Data released from Breatharian “Experiment”

One year and five months ago, Dr. Sudhir Shah was holding a worldwide press conference to announce the results of his experiment with the breatharian Prahlad Jani, who claims to have gone without food or water for seventy years. According to Shah, Jani was confirmed to have gone 15 days without food or water and [...]

They Pushed the Patriot Act Forward, and Data Privacy Day is Your Door Prize

Over the last decade, the Patriot Act has allowed a wide net of surveillance, search and seizure to be cast over the United States, purposefully targeting innocent people not even suspected of criminal activity. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits that, but the government has proceeded regardless. Documents show that the powers [...]

Entero, cocci! Behind the Maine Healthy Beaches Initiative

This morning, some visiting extended family members and I took a trip to the little-known pocket beach called Goodies Beach in Rockport, Maine. It was a sunny day, the water was warm enough to swim in with a bit of pluck, and we were all having a blast noodling about with buckets, shovels, splashes, hermit [...]

Prahlad Jani Update: PI Still Waiting for Data to “Come Through”

Do you remember the hubbub and hullaballoo this spring over claims that Prahlad Jani, an 83 year-old man of India, went for 15 days straight without eating a thing while under strict scientific supervision? Why, the scientists observing Prahlad Jani say he didn’t even take a single drink of water!

Of course, it’s turned out [...]

Illegal Immigration: Where’s the Fire?

Back in 2005, during the last border scare, Theo asked where the flood of illegal immigrants was to justify the calls for the restriction of our rights. There was no flood. Illegal immigration was actually ebbing at the time:

2003 was the last year of available data. Now data is available through 2008:

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