A Teenage Prank, a Text Message, and the Death of My Cousin Jacob

By libertyc
September 16, 2013 // 11 Comments

A week ago tonight, my 17-year-old cousin Jacob Meadows, a high school student in Ashland, Missouri, died by his own hand as the end result of an unfortunate chain of circumstances that were touched off by an ill-conceived cell phone text message. What happened, as I understand it from a letter [...]

The Suicide of Computer Genius Aaron Swartz: Time for presidential peacemaking in the online copyright wars

By libertyc
January 14, 2013 // 22 Comments

After Henry Louis Gates, Jr., an African-American Harvard professor, was erroneously arrested for breaking and entering, Barack Obama spoke up. The President at first overdid his criticism of the police, but in the end played the meritable role of peacemaker, inviting both Prof. Gates and the [...]

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