All posts tagged law

NerdAbsurd Scoops the New York Times?

About a month ago, NerdAbsurd interviewed John M. Barry of Restore Louisiana Now.  This weekend, the New York Times Magazine published a lengthy article about him. Remember, you heard it here first.

Episode 69: Yet Another Gun Discussion

Nick asks whether an article about a woman shooting her ex-husband is really a pro-gun article or just a sign that our justice system is broken.  Then we discuss a teen from a pro-gun family who was playing with a gun and almost accidentally killed herself.  Finally, we talk about risk perception and gun ownership. Click here to listen!

Partial Transcript: Episode 69 (Yet Another Gun Discussion)

Nick: It was a random story that made it on the Reddit chains.  I popped on and thought it was interesting. There was a story about a woman who shot her ex husband. Andrew: He was a real winner. Nick: The guy had been picked up by the police for narcotics.  He was drunk, has weapons on him, and he had an order of protection against him by this woman. Read More...

Partial Transcript: Episode 67 (Terrorism)

Nick: I hate this. Virginia: You brought it up. Andrew: I want to start with the case of Justin Carter. Virginia: How old is he? Andrew: 18.  He said something stupid on the internet, which happens every day.  Most of the time, no one thinks twice.  This guy gets thrown in jail. Leland: He wrote, “I’m fucked in the head all right.  I think Ima shoot up a kindergarten / Read More...

Episode 67: Terrorism

We discuss Justin Carter, the 18-year-old from San Antonio who was arrested for making terroristic threats following a Facebook conversation.  We discuss the differences between terrorism and general violence and how accidentally saying “bomb” in the airport can get you thrown in jail.  Finally, we talk about the role of fear in society and how to prevent these sorts of events from happening in the future. Click here to listen!

Episode 55: NSA

On this episode we discuss the recent NSA news and what it means for the average American.  We discuss the whole “if you have nothing to hide” fallacy, how the NSA is probably using citizens’ data to develop more intrusive surveillance, and how encrypted communications aren’t always foolproof.  Finally, we discuss how we’ll be changing our behaviors as a result of last week’s news (we basically won’t). Click here to Read More...

Transcript: Episode 55 (NSA)

Leland: NSA, if you’re listening, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter! Virginia: I thought you were going to say, “If you’re listening, give us a sign.” Andrew: They’re probably already following my email and probably Nick’s too. Leland: Earlier in chat at work, just to be a dick, I was spamming the word “Allah” and “bomb.” Andrew: Did you see on Funny or Die that the way to Read More...

Partial Transcript: Episode 52: (Anonymous)

Nick: It’s hackers versus cartels! Andrew: Anonymous versus the Zetas. Nick: Los Zetas! Andrew: The general gist of what happened is this: A member of Anonymous got kidnapped, so Anonymous put out a thing saying, “If you don’t release our guy, we’ll dox of all of your members.” Nick: For those who don’t know, doxxing is where they release the names, addresses, account numbers, and even social security numbers of Read More...

Episode 52: Anonymous

In this episode, we discuss a recent article that portrayed the group, Anonymous, as evil. In light of all the controversy surrounding the group, we discuss Anonymous’ tactics and whether or not they are “terroristic” in nature. Click here to listen!

Episode 51: Patents

Today we discuss the Supreme Court case regarding patents on breast and ovarian cancer genes and testing.  Then we broaden our discussion to patents in general.  Nick likes patent laws, Andrew doesn’t (although, for once, Andrew admits that there is potential for the government to become involved in R&D).  Virginia thinks that patents might not even be the issue.  Click here to listen!