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Sticks and stones may break your bones, but Charlie Hebdo cartoons will never hurt you.

Don't insult the Pope's mother, or he'll punch you in the face! In response to questioning about the Charlie Hebdo killings, the Pope stated: "If [you] say[] a curse word against my mother, [you] can expect a punch." Not only does the Pope mischaracterize the Charlie Hebdo speech as consisting of naked insults, but well educated thinkers also have tried to paint the speech as "brazenly racist." No matter how distasteful, such speech is clearly parody and is protected under U.S. law. Even if such speech was "brazenly racist," U.S. law would still protect it under certain circumstances. Read more » about Sticks and stones may break your bones, but Charlie Hebdo cartoons will never hurt you.

CISPA is back again. (Yes, again.)

Last evening we learned that Rep. Dutch Ruppersburger (D-MD) plans to again reintroduce the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) at the start of the 114th Congress.  Although it's impractical to speculate on the contents of the latest proposal without seeing its legislative language, if CISPA '15 simply is a mirror-image resubmission of last year's version (as I suspect it is) my previous comments about its shortcomings and controversies still remain relevant: Read more » about CISPA is back again. (Yes, again.)

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