Just reading this over from the Jack Rabbit Speaks (weekly burning man newsletter):
NO LEWD OR LASCIVIOUS BEHAVIOR IN PUBLIC. Yes, we know that “public space” is hard to define in Black Rock City. Use common sense. Do you really want to have to tell your friends and family that you got arrested for having sex in public? Our research indicates that simply being nude is not against the law. However, lewd and lascivious behavior in public is illegal. Again, act responsibly. Also, be aware of your surroundings. Be extremely mindful of families with children who are part of our community
1. Burning Man is not a “public” space because it is not open to the public. You can’t come in without a ticket and you can be ejected at anytime by the people running it. I hate, hate, hate that public is functionally defined as anything that the police can push their way into. 2. Obviously, fucking in public is so onerous of a problem that adults have to be protected from it. There is someone who’s whole job is to be freaked out that other people could be freaked out by people having sex within a private event. 3. If you bring your child to burning man you shouldn’t be surprised that people are fucking there. It’s like somebody waltzing into a bar with a toddler and demanding that everyone stop drinking.
This JRS topic is extremely important: all Federal, State and Local laws still exist at Burning Man. Any illegal action can lead to a citation (more common) or your arrest (rare). Law enforcement officers have a difficult yet important job, both on and off the playa. Please respect the valuable work that they do. It is the duty of all law enforcement personnel to enforce the law, and they are there to help protect our citizenry.
Keeping people from having sex and smoking weed is not valuable work nor should it be respected. It is a total waste of money and time that does not protect anyone. Law enforcement officers who arrest people for doing this need to be publicly mocked and resisted. That’s what we can and must do in a democratic society.
Look, I don’t want to have sex in public. And I don’t want to smoke marijuana at burning man, or in “public,” or anywhere at any time regardless of it’s legality. I hate that I have to preface my opinions on how society should be run by pointing out that I’m not self interested.
This seems like a good time to point out that the DEA has been using NSA data for purposes not at all related to terrorism and then trying to cover that up.
documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defence lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.
The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to “recreate” the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don’t know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence – information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.
“I have never heard of anything like this at all,” said Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011. Gertner and other legal experts said the programme sounds more troubling than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been collecting domestic phone records. The NSA effort is geared toward stopping terrorists; the DEA programme targets common criminals, primarily drug dealers. ”It is one thing to create special rules for national security,” Gertner said. “Ordinary crime is entirely different. It sounds like they are phonying up investigations.”
>>> Total Bullshit via Reuters >>>
The NSA looks like it has been able to crack tor, at least temporarily
Malware planted on the servers of Freedom Hosting—the “hidden service” hosting provider on the Tor anonymized network brought down late last week—may have de-anonymized visitors to the sites running on that service. This issue could send identifying information about site visitors to an Internet Protocol address that was hard-coded into the script the malware injected into browsers. And it appears the IP address in question belongs to the National Security Agency (NSA).