Wednesday Writs: Easterseals Society v Playboy, and Other Assorted Smut

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Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    L5: Dude. They *TOTALLY* plagiarized that riff.Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    L1: A lot of seemingly wholesome organizations have revealed themselves not to be wholesome in recent years. So I don’t think your old boss’ advice is necessarily sage. We might find that Girl Scout cookies are laced with cocaine. That’s why they sell so well.Report

  3. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    L7: I am utterly shocked that a bipartisan group of lawmakers don’t want citizens to be able to hide their communications from the government.

    I am amused that any of them truly think that such a bill would somehow stop end-to-end encryption.Report

    • The last time this came up seriously was back in the early 1990s when the government put software implementing strong encryption algorithms on the do-not-export weapons list. I recall Sun shipping software for their workstations with no encryption library, but with instructions on where to download it from Europe (Finland, I think) and which applications to run through the linker again. The DOD had enough sense to drop the ban quickly.

      I don’t think they’re trying to stop it entirely. They’re trying to stop dummies from using it. Keeping Apple from putting it in their phones, or Facebook from using it for voice and video calls, is probably sufficient for that goal. Keeping you and me from using it is a different degree of difficulty.Report

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