Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Podcast with Judge Richard Posner

Today we are speaking with Richard Posner, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, about his new book, Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency. Judge Posner discusses why the Constitution needs to stay flexible, fluid, and protean in times of national emergency. He also talks about surveillance, whether America should take a more "European approach" to terror (such as the MI5) and why the FBI, and law enforcement generally, are not up to the job of fighting terror.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hear an interview with Judge Andrew Napolitano, author of "The Constitution in Exile".

Here's something on him and his work:

12:48 PM, August 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another great podcast! Keep em coming.

1:11 PM, August 29, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the name of the song by The Nevers that you played at the beginning of the podcast? And do you have any idea where I can find it? The page Mr. Reynolds linked to leads to a dead end, unfortunately.

1:25 AM, August 30, 2006  
Blogger Mercurior said...

some info about MI5


Where does "MI5" come from and why is the Security Service still known by this name?
MI5 stands for "Military Intelligence [Department] 5". The Secret Service Bureau (SSB), formed in 1909 to counter the danger to Britain from German espionage, became part of the Directorate of Military Intelligence in 1916. A number of departments existed in this Directorate (see below), and the division of the SSB responsible for counter-espionage within the British Isles (as opposed to overseas) became Department 5, or "MI5". MI5 was renamed the Security Service in 1931, following amalgamation with the Special Section of Scotland Yard. The Service never completely shook off its old name, however, and is still commonly known as MI5 today

There were a number of departments within the Directorate of Military Intelligence (up to MI19) which dealt with a range of issues. For example, MI1 was responsible for code-breaking, MI2 handled Russian and Scandinavian intelligence, MI3 dealt with the rest of Eastern Europe and MI4 looked after aerial reconnaissance. The responsibilities of these departments were either discontinued or absorbed into The War Office, MI5 and MI6 and, later, GCHQ.

3:52 AM, August 30, 2006  
Blogger Mercurior said...

one of the benefits to have suffered and experienced so much, in so long, we have worked out a lot of the problems. ok we still make mistakes.. but.. we are better off for having made them.

information is key

3:56 AM, August 30, 2006  
Blogger Glenn said...


The song by "The Nevers" is called "Every Inch." Alas, it's from an unreleased demo that I got from Paul Noe, their bass player. (Also a former Judybat, and Doubters' Club member). I don't think it's available anywhere, alas.

7:26 AM, August 30, 2006  
Blogger Mercurior said...

yes graham i have said to many people america is a teenage country, they are trying things out acting out having temper tantrums, the uk and other european ones are more mid 20's, the whole middle east i think is a midlife crisis age of country.

i agree graham, there are some mistakes that eventually turn into good ideas, but.. at the moment it seems to me as a brit that theres more mistakes now.

4:46 AM, August 31, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Glenn. That's sad, because I immediately wanted to find the song and buy it after I heard it on the podcast. Alas...

1:15 AM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger Glenn said...

Don't give up yet, RG. I told Paul Noe about the strong reaction to the music -- lots of people had yours -- and there's now some movement toward releasing it. Stay tuned.

7:30 AM, September 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed, then. Thanks!

11:44 PM, September 01, 2006  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

OT two suggestions for interviews-

Coming from your husband's blog and I realized that one individual that would be interesting is Eric Flint. His insights into how Baen books' free online library of recently published works can increase long-term sales of actual printed books is an eye-opener. Of course his 1632 series and the collective community now writing the stories for that, involving a number of everyday people I would think exemplifies the 'Army of Davids' concept for writing cooperative fiction that has deep continuity and bonuses off of the knowledge of that interested community.

David Drake a co-author with Flint on the alt-history 'Belisarius' series would also be good on these topics as he came to the free library concept as an outsider and his experiences with that vice Flint's would be informative. His military, military SF and fantasy works are also wonderful for the background he brings to them.

Just a stray thought, sorry to intrude... if I didn't get it down it would be swallowed by Grey...

7:40 AM, September 03, 2006  
Blogger Helen said...

A. Jacksonian,

Thanks for the suggestions.

8:23 AM, September 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like right wing moral relativism at it's finest!

9:38 AM, September 04, 2006  
Blogger TMink said...

I am SO behind on the podcasts because I listen to them when I travel. I download them all, but save them for long trips in the car. They help the time go by faster than music for some reason, although my ipod cranks out the tunes too.

But TGAHS is my favorite. I also enjoy Coverville, a fun music show. Barenaked Ladies and They Might Be Giants also do entertaining casts. I have just started checking out the Bored Again Christian (diverse Christain music) and an Old Timey Music cast that I forget the name to.

So thanks, the kids watch a video in the back and I plug in and think my way to where ever we are going. Outstanding.


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