Tech at Night: The NetMundal meetings against US stewardship of the Internet. Net Neutrality yet again.

Tech at Night

While Bitcoin is traceable, that process can be made very difficult by a determined attacker, because of the existence of sophisticated money laundering operations in the Bitcoin community, operations designed specifically to aid criminals. So I think it makes sense for the FEC to place cash-like restrictions on Bitcoin. As long as we’re stuck with these laws, it doesn’t make sense to give Bitcoin a special exception.

The quest to deliver the Internet from American-guaranteed liberty and into Russo-Sino-tyranny is on, down in Brazil. They call it NetMundial, but’s really a one country thing. It’s just an anti-American hate fest.

So corporatist ideologue Al Franken got his way, and he’s now looking out for Netflix’s regulatory interests, looking to give a sloppy wet kiss to the company in government, at Comcast’s expense.

The thing is, the arguments against the Comcast / Time Warner Cable deal are incredibly dishonest. Existing big government already creates a cable monopoly for most Americans. Merging two different monopolies won’t affect competition for people. They’re hoping sports fans will not know that and just fall for their lies.

They said the Bitcoin/Tor black market Silk Road was unstoppable, but now the newest criminals are in operation.

Just how responsible are mass online advertising services for the businesses of their customers? It’s easy to say “Google should know,” because in their case they probably can know, but it’s hard to generalize from that.

So the FCC has lost in federal court twice over Net Neutrality, and yet they try again. It’s an ideological obsession at this point. Imagine if Republican had abortion regulations thrown out twice, and went to re-pass them a third time. Imagine the outrage.

The FCC rigging spectrum auctions against some companies actually hurts the sellers, too, not just the public and the would-be buyers rigged against.

The Aereo case is huge and legacy providers are worried about innovation. The way Aereo is set up, is that it’s the same as having an antenna and VCR… just with your antenna hooked up over the wires of the Internet, instead of from your rooftop. It works the same. This is not a copyright matter. This is broadcasters angry that people using free over the air broadcasts makes them less money, but remember: it’s only because they have those over the air licenses that …read more    

Bruce Braley pushed IRS to crack down on Tea Party groups.

Of course he did: Bruce Braley is, after all, a liberal lawyer-loving Democrat.

Four days after the head of the Internal Revenue Service denied the agency was targeting conservative social welfare organizations applying for tax exempt status, Rep. Bruce Braley signed a letter urging a probe into the political activities of social welfare organizations.

Braley was one of 30 Democratic members of Congress who signed the letter, dated March 26, 2012, to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman urging him to investigate whether “any groups qualifying as social welfare organizations under section 501(c)(4) of the federal tax code are improperly engaged in political campaign activity.”

Braley later – as in, ‘after the 2012 election’ – called the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups ‘shameful.’ Which it certainly was: but they learned it from you, Bruce! They learned it from you.

Via the Washington Free Beacon.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

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Karen Handel for Senate

I have not wanted to take a position on the Georgia Senate race. I have several friends running. I have maintained that my heart is with Paul Broun and my head is with Karen Handel.

If I could will someone into the Senate, it’d be Congressman Paul Broun. He’s a terrific and profoundly decent person. But in the end my head has won out for a number of reasons. Early voting is starting in Georgia and I will be voting for Karen Handel.

Between Broun and Handel, Handel has momentum upward and has been increasing in fundraising. Broun has been running a grassroots campaign, but he will need more than that to penetrate the Atlanta market where Handel already has high name ID.

Handel, meanwhile, does a few things Broun does not do. First, she neutralizes the War on Women argument. Second, she is palatable to the deep pockets that Broun is not palatable to. There is going to be a runoff. Between Handel and Broun, Handel will not cause a deluge of funds coming from all the wrong people to help elect worse candidate. If Broun is in the runoff, while I’d gladly support him, I think you’d see the establishment pour every penny they have into crushing him. He’d either limp badly out of the runoff or we’d wind up with someone worse.

I’m proud to support Karen Handel. She has a compelling life story. She is a pro-life conservative. She has won the state of Georgia before — something Michelle Nunn has not done. She is a friend. And she’ll be an improvement in that Senate seat.

I hated to choose because of my friendship with Paul Broun and with Karen Handel. I hate to have to choose. But conservatives are having to deal with reality right now and the reality is Karen Handel can win and I don’t believe Paul Broun can.

I also believe Karen Handel is a strong choice who is not of the establishment and will be her own person in Washington. She and I may not always end up on the same side of each issue, but we have the same values, same world view, and share conservative convictions.

Lastly, unlike Michelle Nunn, we won’t need to reacquaint Karen Handel with the constitution. Karen understands Washington …read more