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Author Archives: Matt Murphy
I see a lot of focus from young, working voters on the income tax implications of Bernie Sanders’ platform. Low-earning, vulnerable Bernie voters are in for a surprise on their paychecks, though, and it’s not the income tax. Sanders tax plan includes pre-packaged … Continue reading
DOT requires airlines provide shoppers with broad data about the performance of a particular flight, by number: what percentage of the time it arrived on-time, was delayed by 30+ minutes, or flat-out cancelled. The airline is required to provide the … Continue reading
Treating the internet as a public utility will entrench the billing practices of today, with ISPs billing lower-end users for the cost of infrastructure that only higher-end users benefit from. By denying ISPs and their backbone peers the right to … Continue reading
Joe Eskenazi of SF Weekly blasts the SFMTA’s Chinatown Central Subway project as a budget-busting (and foot-busting) nightmare: A map and chart obtained from Muni via a public records request breaks down this journey into what may well be the … Continue reading
Earlier today, Rand Paul sent a form letter from what he’s calling the ‘Pro-Life Alliance’. I found the letter so alarming that I had to publicize its existence more widely and share my response.
The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald broke a massive story this week by publishing a blatantly unconstitutional, secret court order that directed Verizon Wireless to disclose daily records of every phone call made by every single one of its customers. The administration has responded, claiming that it has the need and the right to monitor everything you do for no reason at all, so long as the government’s own secret courts agree it might prevent a terrorist attack. A lot of the reporting since has focused on the distinction between phone records (“metadata”) and calls themselves (“content”). That distinction isn’t worth the (classified) paper it’s printed on. Continue reading