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Another child dead because of anti-vaccers, copyright trolls skyrocketing in Sweden, and verification that Huawei has been putting backdoors in their systems.
Plus, the US State Department is turning the national archives into MiniTru, and Dera Davis of the Environmental Health Trust is suing the FCC for not looking at bogus studies about the long-debunked link between cell phones and brain cancer.
An update on the Iowa pentesters arrested for doing their job, and two more coronavirus stories, one on the bogus "HIV insertion" conspiracy theory, the other an astounding example of ignorant overreaction.
Plus, the UN takes Biggest Bogon Emitter for anomaly-hunting to try and prove the Saudis hacked Jeff Bezos's phone, and YouTube gets Idiot Extraordinaire for giving a copyright strike to a livestream that hadn't even started yet!
Two stories on Google data collection, one where it resulted in a man being falsely arrested for murder, the second on Google's plan to charge governments for this data and the privacy benefits it will give. And speaking of privacy, the UK will not be implementing Article 13!
Plus, a pair of stories about the coronavirus outbreak, one where Wilbur Ross commits a Broken Window Fallacy and another where government "damage control" causes more damage than the virus itself.
After a brief update on the William Barr/Apple story, we have a special episode focusing on the Second Amendment rally in Richmond, VA on the 20th, with particular attention paid to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, and the biased, near-libelous claims of the news media.
The first podcast of the new year as California tries twice to maintain their ultimate idiot status both putting a head tax on employment and trying to close down a charter school on diversity grounds, and we also look at some of the bogus DMCA notices filed against TorrentFreak last year.
Plus, Australia's fires are not caused by Global Warming, and Lindsey Graham exposes his anti-math authoritarianism.
Wrapping it all up for 2019! What were the biggest stories and most notorious idiots we covered, and who is 2019's Idiot of the Year?
Twitter finally disables phone verification after Dorsey was hacked, ex-cons in Mississippi demand the right to vote, and cops are taking footage from Ring doorbells and running them through facial recognition.
Plus, ICE uses completely bogus reasoning to justify its "sting" of perfectly legal immigrants, and Bloomberg says it won't investigate its owner and other Democratic presidential candidates—but they'll still do Trump, of course.
Verification of what we always knew: the case against Assange was 100% political as Sweden drops all charges. Also, major protests in Iran with possibly dozens of deaths.
Plus, can customs search your phone without probable cause? Can the FBI keep stonewalling FOIA requests about their social media monitoring? And if the police put a GPS tracker on your car and you remove it, is it theft? The courts seem skeptical of these claims.
Supreme Court opens door for bogus suits against gun manufacturers, copyright professors support Charter against the RIAA, and yet another officer's raid shows their noses are not probable cause.
Plus, Joe Biden spreads fear about Section 230, and the tariffs pushed by Trump and the GOP are backfiring on them in critical voting districts.
You won't believe how stupid this week's Idiot Extraordinaire is! Plus, YouTube creators to be hit their biggest blow yet because of COPPA, pen testers arrested by sheriff for trespassing because his courthouse failed the state-contracted tests, The Pirate Bay's Swedish criminal investigation gets dropped because the statute of limitations ran out, and Mozilla rags on ISPs who have been lying to Congress about DNS-over-HTTPS.
The IRS hides its cronyism with the tax industry, Israeli spyware firm spying on governments as well as for, and fixing processor flaws is slowing down our computing.
Plus, Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden try to blame Amazon for the CapitalOne breach, and a man fined by the Oregon Board of Engineers for practicing engineering without a license is vindicated as other engineers verify that governments do dangerously shorten yellow light times when they put up speed cameras.
A judicial blow to asset forfeiture, California makes life difficult for the self-employed to benefit unions, the BBC launches a mirror on the Dark Web, and Comcast is lobbying against securing DNS.
Plus, the Oregon Court of Appeals takes Biggest Bogon Emitter for going against precedent on forcing defendants to unlock phones, and the MPA and RIAA take a joint Idiot Extraordinaire for trying to paint Cloudflare as protecting pirates.
UK drops their idiotic plans for a universal age card but keeps other anti-porn goals, Edward Snowden pushes back against anti-encryption forces, and a case coming before the Supreme Court may decide school choice once and for all.
Plus, Biggest Bogon Emitter ABC news used fake footage to cover a Turkish attack on Kurds in Syria, and Idiot Extraordinaire West Virginia completely screws up their blockchain-based absentee voting system.
The FBI abuses NSA surveillance to the tune of 3 million people a year, ICE has a surveillance network of its own, and an ambulance-chaser rejects Section 230 and threatens a fellow attorney.
Plus, the LEGO Group issues takedowns of compatible 3D-printed files, and MN AG Ellison violates several Constitutional amendments in the name of LGBTQ rights.
Updates on Julian Assange, and they're not good. Sci-Hub grows as universities ditch Elsivier, and the Army finally gets rid of that stupid digital camouflage. Plus, the DoJ and their cronies at the New York Times attack encryption, and Nancy Pelosi pretty much ruins the Democrats' chances in 2020 by attempting to impeach Trump.