I Concur

In an 1822 letter to Kentucky Lt. Governor W.T. Barry, James Madison wrote that “a popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both.” Madison’s letter, originally espousing a robust public education system for Kentucky, has since been used as an appeal for open government. “A people who mean to be their own governors,” Madison wrote, “must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” Today, the people appear utterly unarmed against the National Security Agency, which holds a incredible amount of knowledge about citizens while withholding essential facts about how it spies on them. That secret knowledge is secret power, which is anathema to democracy when in the hands of an unaccountable elite.



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Gutless Curs

Just look at this pants-shitting reaction to Boston:


Dear TD Five Boro Bike Tour Rider:
As the 36th TD Five Boro Bike Tour approaches, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston as they recover from the terrible events of April 15, 2013.
The number one priority of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour has always been and will always be the safety and security of our riders, volunteers and spectators.  We have been working closely with City, State and Federal agencies to ensure that all necessary security measures are in place for the 36th Annual Tour on Sunday, May 5. 
As part of this security plan, you are not permitted to bring the following:
  • Backpacks
  • Saddlebags/panniers (front and rear)
  • Hydration packs    
You are permitted to bring the following:
  • Water bottles
  • Fanny packs (small waist packs)
  • Small bike frame bags (under seat and handlebar bags) 
There will be checkpoints along the route to ensure compliance with these new regulations and confiscated items will not be returned. 
Please be advised that this year’s Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island will be strictly limited to registered Tour riders and will not be open to family and friends of participants or the general public. 
For more information about the security of the 36th TD Five Boro Bike Tour on May 5, please visit www.bikenewyork.org/security.
On behalf of everyone at Bike New York and our government agency partners, we wish you and all 32,000 riders a safe and fun-filled bike tour. We appreciate your cooperation. 

Ken Podziba
Right.  Great, great job, guys.  Really.  I feel safer already.  Fucking security theater…