Assorted Links (6/16/2013)

Here’s a list of articles that I have been reading and videos that I have been viewing lately:

NSA Snooping and the Conservative Precautionary Principle

“Conservatives use the precautionary principle to justify domestic spying just as the left uses it to justify environmentalism. Neither is convincing.”

Noonan: Privacy Isn’t All We’re Losing

“The surveillance state threatens Americans’ love of country, Peggy Noonan argues.”

IRS taxing of tanning beds and other Obamacare absurdities

“The White House has scuttled the idea of individual conscience.”

Pop Stars And The Rise Of Inequality In America, In 2 Graphs

“What ticket sales tell us about what’s driving the gap between the 1 percent and everybody else.”

How the NSA Spies on Americans

“A leaked (and secret) court order and other documents reveal that the National Security Agency has been collecting phone records on millions of Americans for months at a time, spying on e-mail communications with the knowledge of large Internet providers and collecting a vast catalog of Americans’ credit card transactions. Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, discusses the revelations.”

Germans accuse U.S. of Stasi tactics before Obama visit

“German outrage over a U.S. Internet spying program has broken out ahead of a visit by Barack Obama, with ministers demanding the president provide a full explanation…”