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Sex Workers Around the World Demand Decriminalization: Reason Roundup

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Today is what's known as the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. It takes place every year on December 17, marked now by both online campaigns and in-person rallies held in countries around the globe. It was launched in Seattle 15 years ago as a vigil for victims of "Green River Killer" Gary Ridgway, and it continues as a day of protest against high murder and assault rates against sex workers and inadequate responses from police and policymakers.

"Ridgway was initially convicted of 48 murders, although he has since admitted to murdering 71 women, almost exclusively sex workers," notes the activist and sex worker Christa Daring.

Until this year Ridgway was considered the most prolific civilian serial killer in the United States, however, tragically last month Samuel Little confessed to killing over 90 women, primarily femme sex workers of color between 1970 and 2005.

Each year on #IDEVASW, sex workers and activists aim to expose the ways criminalization of prostitution broadly and specific recent policies—like FOSTA in the U.S.—make sex workers more vulnerable to violence and exploitation. They also honor and remember colleagues who were killed in the past year. You can find this year's memorial list and information out about events around the world at december17.org, a site launched and maintained by the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP).

From the U.S. to Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Germany, Thailand, the U.K., Zambia and elsewhere, sex workers are emphasizing that the only way forward is to decriminalize consensual commercial sex and related activities (like advertising for it).

A huge new study published in PLOS Medicine underscores this wisdom. It analyzed previous research on the criminalization of prostitution and sex-worker safety, looking at nearly 150 studies dating back to 1990.

"As a sex worker myself, I can't begin to describe how it makes me feel to see people with whom I share a profession targeted and killed simply for doing the job that they have chosen to do," writes Kate Iselin, an Australian sex worker and writer. "Whenever you can, speak up for sex workers if you see us being used as punchlines or headline fodder. Show us respect. Demand decriminalisation. Our lives, quite literally, depend on it."

More from sex workers on the meaning of December 17 and the importance of decriminalization to their safety:

FREE MINDS

Is a free press illegal? asks Trump. Over the weekend, the president suggested on Twitter that it was illegal "collusion" for multiple TV news networks to run unfavorable coverage of him.

"A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live," Trump tweeted. "It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can't be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?" Ummmm… no.

FREE MARKETS

The ACA in court. Obamacare is unconstitutional—or at least that's what one federal judge ruled on Friday. If his decision stands, it could mean the end of the President Barack Obama's signature health insurance reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But "it's difficult to imagine that will happen, however, as the ruling is nearly certain to be appealed, and this particular case against the law has real weaknesses," writes Reason's resident ACA expert Peter Suderman.

The lawsuit, which was filed by a group of conservative state attorneys general, stems from last year's tax law, which set the individual mandate penalty to zero.

The Supreme Court previously ruled that the mandate was constitutional, but only as a tax. Since it now raises no revenue, the argument goes, it's no longer a tax, and therefore not constitutional.

That's fair enough, as far as it goes. The mandate, which is effectively eliminated already, probably should be stricken from the books.

The problem is that the case also argues that the rest of the law is unconstitutional because of findings made as part of the passage of the original statute which say that the mandate is not severable from the rest of the legislation. The basic idea is that Congress never intended for the rest of the law to exist apart from the mandate

More from Suderman here. And from law professors Jonathan Adler and Abbe Gluck: "A ruling this consequential had better be based on rock-solid legal argument. Instead, the opinion by Judge Reed O'Connor is an exercise of raw judicial power, unmoored from the relevant doctrines concerning when judges may strike down a whole law because of a single alleged legal infirmity buried within."

QUICK HITS

• Cindy McCain, her daughter Meghan, and her daughter's husband (and Federalist publisher) Ben Domenech are rallying against the appointment of Arizona Republican Rep. Martha McSally to fill John McCain's empty Senate seat. According to CNN, the criticism stems from Cindy thinking that McSally "was too quiet when President Donald Trump criticized" her husband.

• A new policy may make it easier for immigrants who got a green card through marriage to become permanent legal residents.

• A new Senate report on Russian social-media messaging in the U.S. during 2016 finds that Russian-sponsored Instagram posts "rivaled or exceeded" Facebook operations and that propaganda messages were also prevalent "on Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine, and Google+, among other platforms."

• Are millennials more broke than previous generations? When it comes to "income, spending, debt, net worth" or other measures, "millennials at age 30 are pretty similar to Gen X at age 30," notes Kevin Drum at Mother Jones. But The Week points out that "there is one big difference: homeownership. About 34 percent of millennials own their home, compared with the 50 percent of Gen Xers who did when they were the same age. Those who do have more expensive ones: a median value of $165,000, rather than $135,000 for Gen Xers, adjusted for inflation."

• Colleges are installing emergency-contraception vending machines, but we still can't get regular oral contraceptives available over the counter?

• For those keeping count:

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132 responses to “Sex Workers Around the World Demand Decriminalization: Reason Roundup

  1. Is a free press illegal? asks Trump.

    The press is using a BOR loophole that must be closed.

    1. Hello.

      Poor Mueller. Still waiting for Jack Reacher to show up and help out.

      Quite the assault on justice this whole racket, eh?

      1. So that would be the Reacher Round of investigations?

        1. The investigation will have a happy ending.

          1. This is why I love the commentariat at Reason!

  2. A new Senate report on Russian social-media messaging in the U.S. during 2016 finds that Russian-sponsored Instagram posts “rivaled or exceeded” Facebook operations and that propaganda messages were also prevalent “on Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine, and Google+, among other platforms.”

    Hillary didn’t stand a chance.

    1. I see what you did there.

    2. What? I was just told that free speech triumphs over all! Are we going to test the Russians in court?

    3. When you consider all the ways the deck was unfairly stacked in Drumpf’s favor ? Russian interference, a biased media, the Comey letter, rampant sexism ? it’s amazing Hillary Clinton still managed to win by 3 million votes. In fact, she got more total votes than any white male Presidential candidate in history. That’s because, as Vox’s Ezra Klein pointed out, Hillary Clinton is an extraordinarily talented politician.

      #StillWithHer

      1. Too bad she sucks at campaigning.

        1. Nothing about the 2016 election result is Hillary Clinton’s fault.

      2. “She’s just good at politics in a way we haven’t learned to appreciate.”

        Just not the way that actually, you know, wins elections.

  3. About 34 percent of millennials own their home, compared with the 50 percent of Gen Xers who did when they were the same age.

    I blame a lack of subprime mortgages.

    1. What could go wrong?

  4. There are *17* distinct investigations into Donald Trump’s world, as prosecutors probe almost every aspect of how money flowed in and out of his orgs.

    i dont know if i’m ready to applaud prosecutors smelling blood in the water.

    1. Did he pee in the pool again?

    2. But no “reasonable” prosecutor would have a problem with Hillary illegally keeping confidential documents on her own server…

      1. Or donations from foreign entities to her foundation. Large donations.

        1. “Or donations from foreign entities to her foundation.”

          That’s spelled “bribes”.

      2. Re: damikesc,

        But no “reasonable” prosecutor would have a problem with Hillary illegally keeping confidential documents on her own server…

        Well, she didn’t win. The issue now is that there’s someone even worse in the WH in terms of economic, foreign and domestic policy (with the sole exception of regulation – at least in that regard, DJT is much better than the rest of them).

        Budgetary constraint? Nah.
        Free markets? He constantly threatens companies for making sound financial decisions that wreck his promises of more jobs for everyone, because he takes everything personally, like that guy who thought the carpenter hammering away while fixing a roof was insulting him… in Morse code.
        Free trade? Yeah. He’s the free trader, all right. He’s Tariff Man! Man! Man! man… man…
        Sound money? Ha ha ha!
        The wall that Mexico was going to pay? Only his gullible supporters still cling to that.

        1. The issue now is that there’s someone even worse in the WH in terms of economic, foreign and domestic policy

          You know you’re factually incorrect on all three assumptions, right?

          Budgetary constraint? Nah.

          As opposed to Hillary “I cannot protect every undercapitalized small business in America” Clinton?

          Free markets?

          As opposed to Hillary “Let’s keep oil off limits AND bankrupt coal as well” Clinton?

          Free trade?

          Well, she is more blatantly on the take, so you can probably get good deals if you donate enough money.

          Sound money?

          The head of the party who claimed 4% growth is impossible?

          The wall that Mexico was going to pay?

          Taxing remittances 100% would fund for the wall with room to spare. Just sayin’.

  5. According to CNN, the criticism stems from Cindy thinking that McSally “was too quiet when President Donald Trump criticized” her husband.

    So you’re saying that’s not the actual reason.

    1. Perhaps she’s upset that her husband is being replaced with a successful pilot.

      1. “I like pilots who don’t crash their planes.”

    2. Is McSally against corrupt laws saying who can carry booze from point A to point B?

  6. Russian-sponsored Instagram posts “rivaled or exceeded” Facebook operations and that propaganda messages were also prevalent “on Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine, and Google+, among other platforms.”

    to be fair, they thought they were posting on Wine when they posted on vine.

    1. Please, wine is too weak for strong Russians, vodka only.

    2. Yes, Google Plus, long considered THE standard-bearer of opinion-making.

  7. I broke down precisely how many investigations are targeting Donald Trump?and what they are. Answer: There are *17* distinct investigations into Donald Trump’s world, as prosecutors probe almost every aspect of how money flowed in and out of his orgs. https://t.co/K162RATwsr
    ? Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) December 17, 2018

    The beltway will repel all invaders.

    1. I’m really suprised more isn’t coming up, honestly.

  8. “A REAL scandal is the one sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live,” Trump tweeted. “It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?”

    better damage could never be done to the idea of the fairness doctrine

  9. And from law professors Jonathan Adler and Abbe Gluck: “A ruling this consequential had better be based on rock-solid legal argument. Instead, the opinion by Judge Reed O’Connor is an exercise of raw judicial power, unmoored from the relevant doctrines concerning when judges may strike down a whole law because of a single alleged legal infirmity buried within.”

    Free minds, free markets, and socialized medicine. Striking down something wrongly ruled Constitutional despite it being an overreach of federal power? Fuck that. Icky people oppose Obamacare.

    Forget it Suderman, the Atlantic isn’t going to hire you.

    1. When judicial overreach advances liberal causes: Good.

      When judicial overreach advances non-liberal causes: Bad.

      What Adler and Gluck deserve: Several punches in the mouth.

    2. That’s right. What liberals don’t understand is that stare decisis is an essential, bedrock legal principle, but only in cases that result in what Antonin Scalia would have wanted. Scalia was a supreme patriot, a staunch opponent of Obozocare and its associated legislation. Therefore, stare decisis was rightfully discarded in this case to maintain consistency with Constitutional legal principles that are embodied by patriotic heroes like the Lion of the Law himself.

      1. Stare decisis is important, but it must not be treated(by either side) as so sacred in any case that it becomes impossible for the courts to correct past errors.

    3. You know you get the Lefties all upset when they troll under a similar named sock puppet.

  10. “A ruling this consequential had better be based on rock-solid legal argument. Instead, the opinion by Judge Reed O’Connor is an exercise of raw judicial power, unmoored from the relevant doctrines concerning when judges may strike down a whole law because of a single alleged legal infirmity buried within.”

    If the legislative branch wants something, who is the judicial to deny them?

    1. Better check (and balance) yo’ self

  11. I broke down precisely how many investigations are targeting Donald Trump?and what they are. Answer: There are *17* distinct investigations into Donald Trump’s world, as prosecutors probe almost every aspect of how money flowed in and out of his orgs.

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.

    1. He’s obviously guilty of something. Mueller will save us in 2019.

        1. #ItsMuellerTime
          #TrumpRussia
          #Impeach
          #Resist

      1. Mid-2025 at the latest.

  12. More depressing data on this terrible economy.

    1. Did you make an invisible link? Shit. I was gonna launch a, no doubt uproarious, witticism at the lack of link. When I clicked to post though I got linked to a tweet about housing prices.

      Is Reasons Webcode the Devil?

      1. I think the special graphic characters messed things up. I posted the correct link further below.

        See, this is what I meant by #UnbanPalinsButtplug. He’s better than I am at providing these links about how terrible the economy is doing under Drumpf.

        1. Why did he get banned?

          1. Probably the real Palin’s Buttplug complained that the poster was so bad, that allowing it to continue posting was defamation.

  13. Of Course: Provision to Give Monster Tech Companies Neutral-Platform Immunity Even If They Behave Like Publishers Snuck Into… NAFTA Replacement Trade Bill
    Less than two weeks ago, President Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement intended to be the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has attacked for decades. The White House says the agreement will “better serve the interests of American workers and businesses” and “includes the strongest digital trade… provisions of any United States trade agreement.”
    Unfortunately, an obscure article in one provision of the agreement only serves the interests of the largest tech monopolies by granting them special privilege to censor conservatives. Congress should demand the removal or amendment of this article before giving consent to confirm section 230.

    How did this happen? Big Tech lobbyists orchestrated the quiet insertion of a seemingly innocuous provision (Article 19.17) into the deal that is based on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230, much beloved by big tech, and an essential building block of their monopolistic dominance, holds that platforms like Facebook cannot be held liable as a “publisher or speaker” of their users’ content.

    1. How did this happen? Big Tech lobbyists orchestrated the quiet insertion of a seemingly innocuous provision (Article 19.17)

      Right. It was their fault.

      1. It was idiot.

  14. Where can you find a house for $165,000? That won’t even get you a closet around here.

    1. Western Massachusetts

    2. There are lots of them in bigoted, backwater, forgotten, ignorant flyover cities.

      Sorry, I’m new at this.

    3. Wisconsin. In fact, if you are willing to live in a very small inner city house on a very small lot, you can find houses for as little as $50,000

    4. Everywhere not controlled by Lefties?

  15. Whoa: Mueller Tells Judge in Mike Flynn Case to Go F*** Himself, Refusing to Deliver The Original Notes of the Flynn Interview As He Was Ordered To Do
    Mueller was ordered to turn over all notes of the Flynn interview and the orginal 302 filed by Strzok and Pientka. That is an interesting 302, because, of course, it has been reported that the interviewing witnesses said that Flynn did not offer any deception.

    But then seven months later, when Mueller’s looking prosecute Trump, a new 302 gets written that says Flynn did lie?

    And Mueller continues defying a judge, refusing to

    1. Mueller and his deputy Weissman are the textbook definition of rogue prosecutors.

  16. As a sex worker myself, I can’t begin to describe how it makes me feel to see people with whom I share a profession targeted and killed simply for doing the job that they have chosen to do…

    She means trafficked to do. She’s a victim, and that’s why authorities must use everything in their toolbox – including making the work so dangerous that no one will want or be left to do it – to help prostitutes.

    1. Yes, exactly the same. So it really doesn’t matter who is in the White House, shit happens. Who’d a thunk it.

  17. A new policy may make it easier for immigrants who got a green card through marriage to become permanent legal residents.

    … And thus become the “heads of households” that the staunchly anti-immigrant Center For Immigration Studies uses to OVER-state the number of immigrants (legal, naturalized and the other variety) who consume such government benefits like, uh, school lunches…

  18. You know what would be high-larious? Open borders extremists causing French democracy to die in darkness due to their refusal to compromise. Free minds, free markets, and a military coup.

    Macron accused of treason by French generals for signing UN Migration Pact
    General Antoine Martinez has written the letter signed by ten other generals, an admiral and colonel, and also includes former French Minister of Defense Charles Millon.

    They’ve given strong warning that Macron’s signing the U.N. Global Migration Pact strips France of even more sovereignty providing an additional reason for “an already battered people” to “revolt”.

    The highly decorated military co-signees assert that the beleaguered Macron is “guilty of a denial of democracy or treason against the nation” for signing the migration pact without putting it to the people.

    1. Re: LJ,

      They’ve given strong warning that Macron’s signing the U.N. Global Migration Pact strips France of even more sovereignty providing an additional reason for “an already battered people” to “revolt”.

      Never mind France’s extreme unionism and their exclusionist policies and the State’s penchant for pigeon-holing everyone. Nah, it’s dem Immigruntz Who Takum Er Democracy (and Jebz)!

      1. You’re an imbecile.

      2. Like I said, immigration extremists will ignore every warning sign until they get a worse outcome than a compromise would have been.

  19. Two Marines Testify On Harrowing Attack By Angry Antifa Mob

    I missed this story originally. A dozen Antifa thugs jumped two latino Marines in Philly, accusing them of being “Nazis” and “white supremacists” while calling them “spics” and “wetbacks” at the same time. https://t.co/B7ZFThAVfX pic.twitter.com/6uUC6ZGj7U

    ? James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) December 16, 2018

    1. It’s getting difficult to keep up.

    2. Filthadelphia. In an alternate universe without Antifa, it still would have played out exactly the same way.

      1. I just their was a universe where it didn’t exist at all.

  20. I saw on Derpbook today that the local lefties are planning a party for “the end of the Trump presidency” and they’re figuring to hold it in November of 2020.

    I wonder what they’ll do if he wins again…

    1. Same thing they do every night.

      #resist

      1. Try to take over the world?

        1. Do you have any references that aren’t stale and derivative? CMB has unfunny hack locked down already so there’s no market for you.

      2. “You mean like masturbatin’?”

        1. I’ve been adding more resistance to my masturbating, yes. I thought that was what the hashtag was about.

  21. Centralized power is divisive – everyone wants to control it.

    Donald Trump Is a Good President
    One foreigner’s perspective
    By Michel Houellebecq, John Cullen (Translator)

    Logically enough, President Trump was pleased about Brexit. Logically enough, so was I; my sole regret was that the British had once again shown themselves to be more courageous than us in the face of empire. The British get on my nerves, but their courage cannot be denied.

    …It seems that President Trump recently declared, “You know what I am? I’m a nationalist!” Me too, precisely so. Nationalists can talk to one another; with internationalists, oddly enough, talking doesn’t work so well.

    1. Merkel: “Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty”
      “In an orderly fashion of course,” Merkel went on to say. She even went so far as to condemn those in her own Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party who think Germany should withdraw from the controversial UN migration pact:

      “There were [politicians]who believed that they could decide when these agreements are no longer valid because they are representing The People”.

      “[But] the people are individuals who are living in a country, they are not a group who define themselves as the [German] people,” she stressed.

      1. The ex-Communist Youth is not making things better. She should stop Trumping, I mean talking.

        1. You should also stop Trumping then.

      2. She’s a stooge of Soros, which is why her fellow Sorosians such as Nick Gillespie and Matt “Weldhie Boy” Welch love her so much.

        1. “Weldhie Boy”

          Insulting Welch in Welsh?

          1. THAT is the stupid shit you came back to post?

  22. The Week points out that “there is one big difference: homeownership. About 34 percent of millennials own their home, compared with the 50 percent of Gen Xers who did when they were the same age.

    The same Gen X folks who later lost their homes after the banks foreclosed on them for violating that maxim that says “if you borrow to live like a king, you’ll end up begging as a pauper.”

    Perhaps these millenials are a bit wiser…

  23. Anyone who wants in can get in virtue signaling makes it unlivable, part 106

    Starbucks’ new bathroom policy not working out as hoped
    ?A half-dozen toilets were locked or barricaded for no clear reason. Others were closed for prolonged “cleaning,” which an insider said was needed after extreme soiling caused by drug-using, incontinent vagrants.

    “Letting everybody in has resulted in nobody getting in,” an employee at one branch fumed.

    “Rest Room closed,” declared signs at 399 Seventh Ave. (entrance on West 32nd Street) and at a branch at Pearl Street and Maiden Lane. At 252 W. 31st St., the road to relief was blocked by garbage cans. Furniture and boxes formed a barrier at 61 W. 56th St.

    A rope and traffic cones barred the way at 38 Park Row. When a desperate visitor asked if the loo would reopen any time soon, a barista directed him to a Dunkin’ Donuts nearby.

    1. The tragedy of the commons isn’t taught in school anymore.

    2. Who would have predicted this would happen? Nobody, that’s who.

      1. Nobody 12.17.18 @1043AM
        I approve of this post.

        (not going to bother changing the handle for one post)

    3. Serious question: Why does McDonald’s (or Dunkin’ Donuts) apparently not have this problem?

  24. Posting well-lit pictures of *actual* sex workers is good for ending violence… and business.

    1. Not exactly the top of the line models.

    1. That’s funny.

      Oh, wait, they’re serious???

    2. Well it was a burden lugging that 85″ TV to my new home in the SUV. I’m sure it’s better in other countries.

    1. I wonder if the Muslim women in the camps are enjoying better sex

  25. More from Suderman here. And from law professors Jonathan Adler and Abbe Gluck: “A ruling this consequential had better be based on rock-solid legal argument. Instead, the opinion by Judge Reed O’Connor is an exercise of raw judicial power, unmoored from the relevant doctrines concerning when judges may strike down a whole law because of a single alleged legal infirmity buried within.”

    So, it’s like the immigration decisions Reason has applauded the last two years?

    1. I’m not asking for a Libertarian Purity Test; I just want more than class snobbery and a desire for a bigger paycheck at another magazine driving articles here.

    2. Re: damikesc,

      So, it’s like the immigration decisions Reason has applauded the last two years?

      Like… Which?

    1. Well, from what little I read of this, I am apparently a homicidal maniac.

  26. It is SOOO important that we must do it NOW!!!!

    “Climate summit hammers out ‘rulebook,’ but key decisions put off for another year”
    […]
    “KATOWICE, Poland ? Almost 200 nations, including the world’s top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report their emissions and efforts to reduce them.
    […]
    “The majority of the rulebook for the Paris agreement has been created, which is something to be thankful for,” said Mohamed Adow, a climate policy expert at Christian Aid. “But the fact countries had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the finish line shows that some nations have not woken up” to the dire consequences of global warming as outlined in a report by the U.N Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC.”
    http://fntalk.com/economy/climate-summit
    -hammers-out-rulebook-but-key-
    decisions-put-off-for-another-year/

    1) Who ‘represented’ the US and what part of the US did they represent?
    2) Maybe those countrires have “woken up”.

    1. The majority of the rulebook for the Paris agreement has been created, which is something to be thankful for,” said Mohamed Adow, a climate policy expert [whut?] at Christian Aid [whaaaaaat?].

      It almost sounds like a line from The Onion.

      “The Irony” doesn’t even begin to describe it.

    2. Aren’t we the only ones ACTUALLY doing anything about it in the first place?

      1. Depends on a several definitions:
        1) If “we” means those of us using lower-emission fuels and higher-efficiency processes (since costs communicate preferences), then that “we” is “doing something” to lower emissions.
        2) If “we” means those of us jetting around the world to proclaim how serious the matter is (since feelz), then that “we” is “doing something” to signal virtue.

  27. The Chron headline had it that ‘Buses *WILL* be X-E by 2040!’; the Chron lies:

    be “With the right support and regulatory framework, we believe transitioning California’s entire transit bus fleet to zero-emission is achievable by 2040.”
    https://caltransit.org/advocacy/key
    -issues/zero-emission-bus-regulation/

    The bus companies are willing partners; if they lose money, they’ll get bigger subsidies.

    1. Nothing happens without the right regulatory framework. It’s just not possible.

  28. Prediction: New cabinet-level position under the next D POTUS:
    “Secretary of Allowable Tech Ease”

    “Analysis: Is tech too easy to use?”
    […]
    “”If you’re making the customer do any extra amount of work, no matter what industry you call home, you’re now a target for disruption,” Aaron Levie, chief executive of Redwood City cloud storage company Box, wrote in a 2012 essay.
    There is nothing wrong with making things easier, in most cases, and the history of technology is filled with examples of amazing advances brought about by reducing complexity. Not even the most hardened Luddite, I suspect, wants to go back to the days of horse-drawn carriages and hand-crank radios.
    But…”
    https://newslanes.com/2018/12/16
    /analysis-is-tech-too-easy-to-use/

    Tony, et al: ‘We’re all for the bill of rights, but…’

    1. You have to have the proper regulatory framework.

  29. “US kidnapped Japanese Peruvians to swap for civilians in WWII”
    […]
    “Some of those affected began to share stories when Washington began to track foreign-born Muslims after 9/11, or when President Trump floated the idea of taking citizenship from certain U.S.-born children, or separated immigrant families ? they sensed resonance with their own history.
    “It’s a slippery slope, ” said Shimizu. “These incidents of discrimination are connected.”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum
    /article/US-kidnapped-Japanese-Peruvians-to-
    swap-for-13469792.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    (fdr did it) BUT ARGLE-BARGLE TRUMP’S DOING SOMETHING ALMOST EXACTLY LIKE IT!!!!!! SORTA!!!! KINDA!!!! IF YOU LISTEN TO LEFTIES LIKE US!!!!!!!

  30. I give up. What is that Vancouver sex worker photo?

  31. Ron Paul: A 50% correction will spark depression-like conditions that may be ‘worse than 1929’

    “It’s so important to understand the original cause of the problem, and that is the Federal Reserve running up debt and letting politicians spend money,” he added.

    Audit the Fed!

  32. I’ve been boosting Signal around here for a long time–especially as a substitute for WhatsApp. In the face of that backdoor for encryption programs that Australia has been pushing, it’s been getting more attention. Here’s a choice quote from one of Signal’s developers:

    “By design, Signal does not have a record of your contacts, social graph, conversation list, location, user avatar, user profile name, group memberships, group titles, or group avatars,” Joshua Lund, a Signal developer wrote. “The end-to-end encrypted contents of every message and voice/video call are protected by keys that are entirely inaccessible to us. In most cases now we don’t even have access to who is messaging whom.”

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-po…..rypto-ban/

    Signal can’t give the government or law enforcement what they don’t have.

    Download it and try it for SMS communications alone (should require no configuration), and you may find you like it better than your native SMS program. Get whomever you’re communicating with to use it, and the communications between you are about as secure as software can make them.

    1. What’s your take on PGP, Ken?

      1. I use it. Having more safety is better. You shouldn’t rely on it alone.

        I understand it was compromised for a long time before anyone realized it.

        Your choice of email provider is extremely important. If you’re using a provider that will give all your data to the government and you’re in a five eyes (or 14 eyes) country, PGP probably won’t accomplish what you want.

        You want an email service in a country outside those areas (protonmail seems to be popular for that) or that is developing and using a protocol that prevents the email provider from having your data to hand over (like lavabit).

        All that being said, you’re safer with PGP than without it and you’ll never be 100% safe. A lot of this is like the argument about building the wall. Some people will tell you that if something isn’t 100% effective, then using it at all is foolish. Those people lock their front doors when they go on vacation. Locking your front door is better than not locking it, and the more you do, the better it gets.

        Signal as presently configured may be all but invulnerable to all the powers that be for the moment, but no one can assure you of that. The NSA isn’t issuing any white papers. PGP has been compromised in the past, but that isn’t to say that it’s useless either.

        1. Thanks! ProtonMail?

          1. The servers are in Switzerland (no Five eyes. No 14 eyes). If the U.S. sends Swiss courts a subpoena for your email records, 1) they’ll have to prove to a Swiss court that the offense under investigation broke Swiss law and maybe even that it happened in Switzerland, and 2) Protonmail doesn’t keep IP addresses or server logs. They won’t have anything to hand over!

            You have to pay for certain services like if you want to use it with a program like Outlook or Thunderbird or if you want more storage. Otherwise, it’s free. With their encryption service, the messages don’t even travel over the internet. You send an email with a password, and it sends a link to the recipient. The link takes them to the message on their server in Switzerland. The date on the message expires, and the message disappears. The message wasn’t intercepted because it never left their server.

            Protonmail will also host your own domain, which is to say that you’re not limited to John.Smith@protonmail Your email address could be anything you can register.

            1. I should add that the message can leave your server if you want it to. That was just one example of what you can do with it.

  33. “Sex Workers Around the World Demand Decriminalization: Reason Roundup”

    Contentious negotiations are won by the party with the most leverage. What happens to their adversaries if the prostitutes don’t get what they want?

    Isn’t murdering prostitutes illegal pretty much everywhere? And you don’t want the government swooping in to save supposedly innocent victims from evils of “sex trafficking”?

    The downsides of the drug war included gang violence and the enormous expense of financing the police, our prison system, and the rest of the drug war. What’s the downside of criminalizing prostitution for suburban taxpayers? It’s their support you need in order to decriminalize it.

    You need leverage. You might start hyping the potential for tax revenue.

    I maintain that the cultural acceptability of masturbation has changed things. When autoeroticism was considered a mental disorder, people got married straight out of high school and prostitution was considered a necessity–like food and water. Raping your wife wasn’t considered a crime! Nowadays, when pr0n is practically falling out of the sky and dating Rosie Palmer and her five sisters is perfectly acceptable, paying for it doesn’t garner the sympathy it once did. Your leverage evaporated with the internet and the sexual revolution.

  34. Finally, an issue where judicial activism is found to be undesirable, and it is in defense of a program based on corporatist economic principles and authoritarian decrees from on high.

  35. Cindy, Queen of Arizona.

  36. “It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?”

    Two open questions:

    1) It depends on what you mean by collusion. Is this the kind of collusion that keeps competitors from entering the market? Is this the kind of collusion that fixes prices?

    No.

    On the other hand, the White House press corps is collaborating in the hopes of destroying the president and his support through their shitty coverage. It’s also true that the model of the cable news networks leaves them with little to fear from competition. Is anybody in the accounting department of MSNBC or CNN telling the news chief to dial down on the anti-Trump bias because it’s costing them too much money?

    No.

    There is hope. You can stream live TV. Use Philo! A typical streaming service will cost you $45 a month for everything you’d normally get on cable. Philo costs $16 a month. They get to that low price point by stripping their service of the broadcast networks (I get ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CW from Tablo) and they don’t offer cable news (no CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, etc). Not a single fuck will be given about that loss. It used to be that you couldn’t get cable without paying through the nose for those stations whether you liked them or not. If the FCC stays out of the way, that is not your destiny. You can have cable stations without paying for cable news!

    Yes. That is the solution to collusion.

  37. Open question: 2) How serious is Donald Trump about this?

    Nick Gillespie (quoting someone, I gather) once said something to the effect that, “Trump’s critics take him literally without taking him seriously where Trump’s supporters take him seriously without taking him literally”.

    When some commenter here at Reason makes reference to a woodchipper, they aren’t actually threatening anybody. I can’t help but wonder if we’re being a little asinine about this the way that jackass Preet Bahara came after some of us.

    In some sense, we’re serious in our criticism of various public officials, but we all know not to take each other literally when we’re talking about woodchippers. How literal is Trump being when he’s talking about collusion? I’m sure he’s serious about them collaborating against him being reelected, but I don’t know that we should take his talk of the courts and collusion literally.

  38. NZ: “Everybody has the right to be safe and feel safe at work, whatever you do… it’s a basic tenet of human rights.”

    Where to start in the male-dominated professions…….construction, ironworking, soldier, stunt man……

  39. Political dynasties suck ass. The McCain Dynasty, all ego and bluster, sucks elephant ass. Who gives a crap what Cindy and/or Meghan think? Why should anyone care? Because daddy got elected? Why aren’t serious people asking for opinions from the Santorum brood? They are equally qualified.

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  42. When people are asked to use gut instinct to stop real but rare horrors, relying on racial stereotypes and other biases tends to rule.

    Is that why the cops pulled a gun on my friend the day I moved him and his babby mamma into my town. It’s strange how one of the other regulars at the Wellness Center died of a drug overdoes latter that night in the Wellness Center bathroom.

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