EFF filed a brief today in U.S. v. Lowson, again arguing that public websites can not decide who is and is not a criminal.

For why you should care about what happens to a bunch of Wiseguys cutting the virtual line for ticket purchases, check out my blog post.

In my slate card, I mis-copied the SF Bay Guardian recommendations. In fact, the SFBG endorses a YES on all eight city props.

http://www.sfbg.com/2010/06/01/guardian-clean-slate

http://www.sfbg.com/2010/04/27/endorsements-san-francisco-ballot-measures

Vote early, vote often,

Jennifer

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GRANICK SLATECARD
STATEWIDE ELECTION, JUNE 2010

Friends, Romans, Republicans:

Welcome to the Granick Slate Card for the June 8, 2010 California Primary Election. The hot national issues are Drill, Baby, Drill and Arizona checking the IDs of suspected non-Amuricans, in other words “illegal” people. Will we confront these issues in this election? Not so much. Primaries are really about picking our best candidate for the general election and punishing those incumbents who’ve done us wrong. I’m a registered Democrat, so my picks are for those races. Unfortunately, time is short so my explanations are terse, or non-existent, but as usual I have lots of links to other authorities if you want to check my math. So, without further ado, the picks.

STATE OFFICES
Governor (Dem): Jerry Brown

Lt. Governor (Dem): Gavin Newsom
I’m not a huge fan of Newsom’s anymore. I think he started strong and then got personally ambitious and distracted, leaving a lot of San Francisco’s needs on the table. Still, he’s an interesting and smart politician and I think the job of Lt. Governor requires ambition if one is to make anything of it.

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You might be interested in EFF’s take on Google’s open wi-fi sniffing debacle.

Izz, Cal and I made sweet potato biscuits this AM using tubers from our farm box. A total success, except that all three of us and the floor were covered with flour. The dough is really sticky so definitely use a heavily floured surface or a baking cloth.

Help EFF and get a free trip to Vegas for Defcon in our First Annual Defcon Getaway Fundraising Contest!.

In Rehberg v. Hodges, we are asking the 11th Circuit to fix an earlier opinion wrongly suggesting that the contents of stored emails are not protected by the Fourth Amendment.

New Research Suggests That Governments May Fake SSL Certificates | Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Calista visits EFF

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Today’s SF Chronicle reports that state authorities are warning local bars that they cannot serve artisan infused liquors. Certainly, there’s a place for health regulation of on-site alcohol sales. But infused liquors are based on, yes, alcohol, and alcohol kills germs. That’s what’s kept me healthy ever since turning 21. So the health risks from a limoncello, or rosemary infused rye, or whatever they are serving at Bourbon and Branch or Starbelly this week, are nil. There’s an analogy to be drawn between the state rectification laws and the work I do with programmers and coders. Laws that were written to resolve a certain set of problems are being used to hinder creativity not connected to those social ills. For whatever reason, we aren’t seeing the kind of forbearance from enforcement that one would hope for in order to allow innovation to proceed. So we probably have to change the laws. In the meanwhile, in solidarity with the bartender community, I’m making up some homemade limon- and grapefruitcello in my kitchen pantry. Photos below.

LemonsGrapefruitsZested lemonsInfusing

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