Daily Archives: May 31, 2006

Common Un-sense

Why is it our government feels the need to monitor our communications to protect us from the terrorists being financed by the gasoline we buy – for which our government feels no need to create alternatives?

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Walk faster, pay more

Dana Blankenhorn spots an essay (Sidewalks: Paying by the stroll) by Bob Frankston satirizing efforts by the Bell Companies to charge you for access (by quality of service) to the Internet.  This piece is worth a read.

As a continuation of a theme started by the first post of today — why would you consent to allowing someone else charge you access for infrastructure you paid to have built?

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Citizen, boss, employee?

Here is a classic thinking question for undergraduate political science students.

If you work in a government, and that government is run by officials elected by the public, are you your own boss?  Discuss why and why not.

So, the Supreme Court offers their answer in Garcetti et al vs. Ceballos (pdf).  The press is talking about the decision as one that is "anti-whistle blower".  I would tend to agree with that assesment given the tact the Bush administration took in their briefs on the issue. However, a look at the Court's opinion is persuading me otherwise.  More later.

But, where is the line drawn between you as a public employee and you as a citizen who has a right to critique performances of those you may report to and to discuss with your voting friends what may or may not be right in government?  And, should you expect any protection from retribution by your supervising fellow voters?

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