David Brin's notion that a panopticon America will be big fun so long as we can watch the police back, laid out at length in The Transparent Society, always struck me as a bit sanguine. Still, he always makes for interesting reading, so this updated essay on that theme is worth sitting through the annoying Salon ad. Even if you're less enthusiastic than Brin about the world he describes, he's probably right that this particular genie can't be rebottled, and we'd best begin thinking about how to live with these technologies.
Officials claim doing business is a revocable “privilege,” but many Americans see it as a right that they’ll exercise with or without licenses and permits.
He Wanted To Make Some Money for School Clothes by Selling Mexican Street Corn. The Government Says He Owes $1,415 in Permit Fees.
"I just wanted to help out my community and family," said Miguel Lozano.
Defer payroll taxes till December 31, 2020, and forgive them if Trump wins re-election.
Without 'Much More Aggressive Shutdowns,' The New York Times Warns, COVID-19 Could Kill 'Well Over a Million' Americans
That scenario seems highly implausible based on what we know about the epidemic.
DIY approaches to education—including homeschooling, learning pods, and microschools—are gaining popularity as public schools fold under pressure.