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  • The English Language Unity Act: Big government that only a tea partier could love

    Tea partiers seem intent on throwing more and more of the American government overboard. Yet there's one area where both these wing nuts and many ordinary conservatives support more big government, not less: they want the government to make everyone in America speak English.

  • MSKGB? Microsoft and the Secret Police

    Sunday's New York Times reports that the Microsoft Corporation is helping the Russian police go after computers that may contain pirated Microsoft software. Software piracy is rampant in Russia, but the computers that the police are targeting just happen to belong to groups protesting Russian government policies, or to newspapers critical of government actions. Groups supporting the government have been left alone, even if they have pirated copies of Word or Excel on their machines.