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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Versus the Equal Rights Amendment

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Versus the Equal Rights AmendmentJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is probably the last person anyone would expect to stand in the way of final ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.No living woman is more closely associated with the decades-long push to enshrine gender equality into U.S. law than the 86-year-old jurist and feminist icon. But Ginsburg is no fan of the recent efforts to revive the ERA long after the expiration of a congressionally imposed deadline for adding it to the Constitution.“I would like to see a new beginning. I’d like it to start over,” she told an interviewer on Monday at a Georgetown Law School event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Ginsburg explained that there was “too much controversy” around the question of whether three-fourths of the states had actually ratified the ERA. Virginia this year became the 38th and seemingly final state needed,…


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New California privacy law may require Facebook to completely change how it does business

New California privacy law may require Facebook to completely change how it does businessThe company says its in compliance, but experts say a huge showdown over consumer privacy is brewing By Gary Guthrie of ConsumerAffairs February 19, 2020 All the makings of a firestorm between Facebook and the State of California are starting to fall into place, according to data protection experts. Jim Barkdoll, CEO of data classification company Titus, recently wrote an article for Security Infowatch in which he claimed that Facebook is taking aim at Californias new Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) by unabashedly arguing that data privacy isnt a priority. Specifically, theres the argument that its web tracker, Pixel, should be exempt from some of the more stringent CCPA protections around selling data, Barkdoll says. Facebook gives business free use of its Pixel code to track user interaction and, in turn, enables them to purchase ads based on…


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Where Have You Gone, Smedley Butler?

Where Have You Gone, Smedley Butler?This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. There once lived an odd little man — five feet nine inches tall and barely 140 pounds sopping wet — who rocked the lecture circuit and the nation itself. For all but a few activist insiders and scholars, U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler is now lost to history. Yet more than a century ago, this strange contradiction of a man would become a national war hero, celebrated in pulp adventure novels, and then, 30 years later, as one of this country’s most prominent antiwar and anti-imperialist dissidents. Raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and educated in Quaker (pacifist) schools, the son of an influential congressman, he would end up serving in nearly all of America’s “Banana Wars” from 1898 to 1931. Wounded in combat and a rare recipient of two Congressional Medals of Honor, he would retire as…


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How to Be Radical Without Being a Radical

How to Be Radical Without Being a RadicalCecilia CarlstedtIn the opening days of the Civil War, long before Saturday Night Live appropriated the idea, Louis Trezevant Wigfall earned the distinction in Washington, D.C., of being the Thing That Wouldn’t Leave. Elected to the United States Senate from Texas to fill a vacancy in 1859, Wigfall wasted no time in making himself obnoxious to his colleagues and the public alike. He was lavish in his disdain for the legislative body in which he had sought a seat. On the Senate floor, he said of the flag and, especially, the Union for which it stood, “It should be torn down and trampled upon.” As the southern states broke away, Wigfall gleefully announced, “The federal government is dead. The only question is whether we will give it a decent, peaceable, Protestant burial.”By then Wigfall had been appointed to the Confederate congress, and the…


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