Justice Department’s Demand for Extreme Secrecy in Reality Winner Trial Contested by Defense


Reality Winner’s defense lawyers accused the government of attempting to unfairly gag them from discussing issues vital to the case and the public at large.

Source: Justice Department’s Demand for Extreme Secrecy in Reality Winner Trial Contested by Defense

San Diego Comic Con Gets Gag Order On Salt Lake Comic Con | Techdirt

Last month, in covering some news about the case still going on, we added a long (longer than the post itself…) editor’s note about the truly weird situation in which SDCC had sent us a ridiculous subpoena demanding (among other things) any internal documents ever mentioning SDCC and implying that we had some sort of business relationship with the organizers of the SLC event (to be clear, we have zero relationship with anyone involved in either event — we just found a story written about the case and used that as the basis for our posts on the topic). We pushed back on SDCC and noted that it really appeared that their fishing expedition was an attempt to intimidate the press from reporting on this case. It was… really strange.And now, with SDCC happening right now, the Hollywood Reporter has the latest on the case, in which SDCC has filed for one of the strangest legal gag orders I’ve seen in a while. I mean, I’ve seen these kinds of gag order requests filed by pro se plaintiffs, but rarely by competent lawyers working at giant famous law firms.

Source: San Diego Comic Con Gets Gag Order On Salt Lake Comic Con | Techdirt

U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel


THE CRIMINALIZATION OF political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal. On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech.But now, a group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine.

Source: U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

It’s Not the Avocado Toast: Federal Reserve Finds Student Debt Reducing Millennial Home Ownership


The Fed has a hot take on housing and student loans. Except this one is based on empirical research.

Source: It’s Not the Avocado Toast: Federal Reserve Finds Student Debt Reducing Millennial Home Ownership

Copyright Troll Claims Texan Woman Downloaded Over 54,000 Torrents – TorrentFreak


Copyright holders have leveled some quite outrageous accusations over the years, but Malibu Media is taking it to the next level. The company is trying to convince a Texas woman to settle a piracy lawsuit over 15 downloads while accusing her of a further 54,000 downloads of content belonging to other rightsholders’ to increase the pressure.

Source: Copyright Troll Claims Texan Woman Downloaded Over 54,000 Torrents – TorrentFreak

Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward


Just as the House Republican bill to slash much of the Affordable Care Act moved forward, some lawmakers started trading health care stocks.

Source: Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward

It Gets Worse: Ivanka Trump Takes Her Father’s Seat in Meeting of World Leaders


By seating his daughter Ivanka alongside 19 world leaders, Donald Trump made it even more clear that he sees her as his de facto vice president.

Source: It Gets Worse: Ivanka Trump Takes Her Father’s Seat in Meeting of World Leaders

Android ‘forensic’ app pulled from Google Play after vulnerability report • The Register

If you use an app called eVestigator, billed as checking Android phones for compromise, delete it.That’s the word from someone signing their name as MaXe from InterN0T, who looked at what the Android app does.The app claimed to test Android phones to see if they’ve been compromised, but MaXe found it ran a connect() scan across every available TCP port – all 65,535 of them – and tell the user there are “87,375 threats” on their phone.The “report” button didn’t do anything much apart from sending the user’s external IP address back to the developer, “along with other details about the Android environment + user-entered details”, the advisory says.

Source: Android ‘forensic’ app pulled from Google Play after vulnerability report • The Register

Your Kickstarter Sucks: this guy wants €2800 to take some caged birds and…

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