Email Privacy Laws, and Rep. Aaron Schock (E04)

We discuss legislation to bring our electronic communication laws out of the big hair era, the latest news on Rep. Aaron Schock, and how much he sets off our gaydar (the segment “Queen Please” is dedicated to him), why Bill Bratton should quit his job, and the fine print buried in your bank contract that denies you the right to your day in court should your bank rip you off.

Special THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our Indiegogo campaign to raise money to buy Kade a mic. The show sounds much better this episode because of you!

Ep 3: Problems with the Tsarnaev trial, Wall Street reform in 2015

Kade discusses problems with the Tsarnaev trial (United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev), including troubling secrecy and civil liberties violations. And Alexis talks about what we can expect in the realm of Wall Street reform in 2015, especially given the action-packed first week in the House of Representatives.

We also review which news producers really need to quit their jobs, and why the NYTimes editorial board, usually decent on civil liberties, earns a “b*tch, please!” for a December 30 oped on the NYPD.

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Ep 2: Virginia’s “The Wire” Room, and Wall Street’s “Broken Windows”

Why a Wall Street regulator embracing “broken windows” policing is a bad idea, and how surveillance info may be sitting in a “wire room” in Virginia.

Proposal for "Hampton Roads Telephone Intercept Sharing Network," obtained by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica
Proposal for “Hampton Roads Telephone Intercept Sharing Network,” obtained by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica

B**** Please goes to Secretary Arne Duncan of the Department of Education. And an editor at the Chicago Tribune earns our demand to “QUIT YOUR JOB.”

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Ep 1: Government Spying from the Sky, Obama (Still) Loves Bankers

In the inaugural episode of Humorless Queers, we discuss U.S. Marshalls spying on your cell phone from the sky, and President Obama’s latest banker nomination to Treasury. Continue reading Ep 1: Government Spying from the Sky, Obama (Still) Loves Bankers