Update on The Popehat Podcast

I've written about it before, and I teased it in yesterday's flag burning post, but a Popehat podcast is getting closer. (I know, I said that last December.)

I have all the content ready for the first episode. I've been listening to a lot more podcasts and have gotten more of a sense of what I want to do with it.

Tentatively it will be titled "Make No Law: The Popehat Free Speech Podcast." It will focus on free speech issues, defined very broadly to include both legal and cultural questions. The first episode — "Fighting Words" — will delve into Chaplinksky v. New Hampshire, some surprising facts about the case that put quite a different spin on it, and how it is inseparable from another burning First Amendment question of that era — the right to refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance. First episode will be just me, but in future episodes I hope to include co-bloggers, guests, and interviews. Links to supporting written material will be provided on posts that appear here when the podcasts are released. It will be on iTunes.

The biggest barrier for me right now is the production aspect. I need recommendations for someone who can do some art to use for the Podcast (the logo, splash page, etc.). Also, through I have the equipment and software to record, I find the process of editing and finding and adding music and bumpers to be completely mysterious, so recommendations to indie producers (or companies that might take the podcast on) would be appreciated. Also there's the problem that, since my tape-recorded project on Venus in 1977, I've always found my own voice to be insufferable, but there's probably not much you can do about that.

FWIW, some of the podcasts that I like the most, and most inspire me to enter the field, include History of the World in 100 Objects, Criminal, Stranglers, History of the English Language, Lore, and Rex Factor.

All input welcomed, here or at ken at popehat dot com.

Get The Popehat T-Shirt

Do you want to virtue signal that you believe in liberty, are prone to making abrupt taint-related invitations, and may possibly erupt into an angry rant about some obscure point of law at any moment? Now you don't have to say a word! The first Popehat t-shirt is available at Cotton Bureau — one design for now, men and women, all sizes, three colors.

This is a test run. If there's interest, we'll be offering more designs. Requests and suggestions for designs are welcome (you can always email me at ken at popehat dot com).

We're not getting any money off of this initial run. I don't plan on using T-shirts as a revenue generator — right now our single ad and Amazon Associates (remember to order from Amazon using the link to your right!) generate enough revenue to cover hosting and such. If we do ever set prices to make a profit, that profit will be going to an announced charity.

Have fun!

Road To Popehat: Friendly Advice Edition

It's time for the Road to Popehat, the feature in which we check out the site traffic logs, see what searches brought you here, and revisit the dosage on our anti-anxiety medication.

Occasionally we are moved to try to be helpful to our visitors. Why not?

in new york state can you say something negative anout someone if its true: You totally can. Let 'er rip! I mean, unless it's about a pathologically sensitive billionaire or something.

when you call a lawyer's office what do you call him by the name? You can't go wrong with "sire."

your purchase comes to $11.23.you give the clerk a ten dollar bill and a five dollar bill.what is the proper amount of change to expect? $3.77. That will be $165, please. [.3 researched commerce calculation issue]

the court uses this standard to determine if a type of speech is protected and compares it to "yelling fire in a crowded theater." I will cut you.

can i sue my daughter for defamation on something that was posted via facebook Yes. I see no way this could go wrong. It seems productive and proportional. Do you know any good websites for shopping for a beach house?

will a judge ask you take off your hat in court? "Ask" is a bit of a softening, but yes. If you're lucky you won't get tased.

what can you sue a person for that sends you a threatening letter? Very occasionally, for declaratory relief.

could you be sued for calling someone a fat fuck in queensland/ Does Australia have laws like that? Wouldn't you just get shanked or something?

how to use lawsuit of slander and libel to shut idiot up It's going to be the most magnificent beach house ever.

if you are indicted by the feds will you be arrested That depends. Was the crime allegedly committed with a gun or with a pen or a computer? Is the AUSA in a good mood? Are you notorious enough that a perp walk would get good news coverage? Are you rich and white or poor and brown? All of these may help determine whether you get arrested or get a summons in the mail.

what kind of plaintiff lawyer do you need for death threats in california Well I find the plaintiff-side employment lawyers to be the most generally irritable but your mileage may vary.

what are the rights of the citizens against police officers You have the right to as much justice as eight people who watch Law & Order reruns and just ignored your videotaped beating feel like giving you today after the media has terrified them about how criminals will kill their children.

Clark's Farewell To Popehat

A few years ago Ken and Patrick invited me to write at Popehat because we shared a commitment to defending free speech and other virtues of the Enlightenment. While that's still true, it's become clear that our tactics and audiences differ and it makes sense for me to excuse myself from Ken's living room and write elsewhere.

I'll be at a new group blog formed by several e-friends called Status 451.

Meredith L Patterson jokingly pitched it as "He's a conservative Catholic ancap. She's a bisexual, polyamorous Euronerd anarcho-game-theorist. They write blogs!". This is true as far as it goes, but we've also got a politics / law / chess guy, some programmers, a pretend-economist, and more.

Topics will be an eclectic mix of math, politics, architecture (maybe buildings if I'm the one writing the post, maybe software if it's Meredith), tax policy, and so forth. The guiding principles of the blog, to the extent that it has any, are that no topics are beyond the pale, and we aim to discuss things at a systems level instead of object level. E.g. more "here is a thousand year history of the culture war behind gamergate" and less "These are the five people ruining games. Hate them. Now."

A few posts I've got in mind are

  • Disaggregation is next to Godliness
  • Science doesn't work
  • Chain of custody / chain of block
  • The book "Games People Play" and the social justice movement
  • Hunter S Thompson discovers neoreaction (welcome to crab country)

I'd like to thank Patrick and Ken once again for the opportunity to write here, and I hope to see many of you over at Status 451.

Popehat 2015 Year In Review

As the year ends, here's a small collection of the 2015 posts that got the most traffic, notice, abuse, or idiosyncratic fondness from me:

Reason commenters still haven't forgiven me: Our series on the Department of Justice's abuse of a grand jury subpoena to uncover commenters engaged in political hyperbole drew a lot of attention, as did the follow-ups.

Millennials are all our fault. They learned it by watching us.

Stubby golf pencils are hilarious in the right circumstances. Also, you can feel better.

How can I make my old-man cantankerousness about free speech idiocy more hip and "with it"? I know, a listicle! In which I attempt taxonomy of media blather about free speech issues.

Trollin' ain't easy. When a target of your satirical column shows up to emphasize that it's a satirical column, that counts as a win.

There are not enough fucks around here. How can we generate more fucks? I know! Let's invite Marc Randazza to join us! Here he is on the "Man in the High Castle" advertisements, the first of many First Amendment posts.

Also, how can I get us sued? That would be awesome. Adam Steinbaugh joins the 'hat and continues his tradition of savaging censors.

Entirely unsporting: Censors put down by Patrick stay down for good.

Old Faithful: Prenda Law will always be there for us.

The Popehat Week In Review: December 11, 2015

This week:

Sarah McLaughlin offered a guest post about a new reason that Gollum needs therapy.

Marc Randazza joined Popehat. I'm not sure how many fucks will be given, but clearly many will be said.

Marc immediately got busy giving certain commenters aneurysms by suggesting armed resistance to a modern government is impractical.

Ken Kensplained why we talk past each other about guns.

Marc praised Boston (the city and the band) at length in describing a good opinion vs. fact decision.

Marc lawsplained what claims Jeb! might have against Trump for cybersquatting.

Marc described what happens to a modern college student who writes something unpopular.

Marc mounted a vigorous attack on the tabloid no-privacy approach to modern politics.

Ken ridiculed the sentiment that calling Trump a bigot somehow impedes his First Amendment rights.

The Road to Popehat, as always, reflected bad life choices.

Marc will tell you who the REAL offensive one is, man, in the case of Man in the High Castle advertisements being removed from public transit.

Working On The First Popehat Podcast

So: We've decided to do a podcast. At least Patrick and I will contribute; other Popehat authors may as well. It will be infrequent — certainly no more than once per month.

There will be a few common themes familiar to Popehat readers: free speech issues, criminal justice issues, and lawsplainers, as well as the intersection of law and culture. We're open to suggestions and requests.

The regular features are still in development, but will likely include the following:

  • On The Case:  a look at the legal, social, and historical context of a well-known Supreme Court case, usually in the free speech realm.  In the first episode:  fighting words, and why Chaplinksy v. New Hampshire isn't really about them.
  • Lawsplaining:  you ask us to explain something about free speech law or criminal justice, and we bicker over it.
  • Who Are You And Why Are You Here?  Interviews with people we hope you'll find interesting.
  • . . . . and more about games, books, movies, and culture.

I've found the Lawyerist's guide to launching a podcast to be helpful, but I'd appreciate other suggestions for podcasting resources, especially in the area of finding open-source music & audio and integrating it. Suggestions, requests, and questions for Lawsplaining will also be welcome.

My goal is to launch early in January.

Welcome to the redesigned Popehat

We've fixed the place up some. Hope you like it. If anything isn't working right, feel free to leave a comment or else send me an email.

As you can see, the most recent post will always display at the top. Below that you'll see whatever relatively new post and old post we've chosen to sticky this week. The rest of the posts are below. You can also navigate some of our most popular tags and categories above, or navigate by author, date, or category on the right-hand menu down the page a bit.

We've removed the link to the forums while we renovate them.

You'll notice we've added Google ads. That's not so we can buy cocaine. All income from the Amazon Associates links and the Google ads will first go to pay out-of-pocket expenses like hosting. We're going to start featuring a monthly charity, and we'll give the excess to them.

Edited to add: Some people have been having problems with the front page not serving them the most recent posts. That's been an issue for a while. We think it's a problem with Cloudflare caching, and we're going to address it.

Adam Steinbaugh

We are pleased to announce that longtime Popehat friend Adam Steinbaugh is joining us as a contributing blogger. We are especially pleased because "Steinbaugh," the color after which Adam is named, is an especially rare one, having been described only in the fevered dreams of the damned Arabian scholar Abdul Alhazred, in his accursed and blasphemous Necronomicon.

For this and other obscenities, Alhazred was later devoured by demons in the now lost city of Irem, She of the 28 Pillars.

ADAM STEINBAUGH is not for everyone.

Adam Steinbaugh is a man of the people, but most especially a man for serious people, who think about serious things. Like Noam Chomsky, Adam Steinbaugh has arrived just in time, for this sorry age surely needs a man like Adam Steinbaugh.

When Adam Steinbaugh has finally been heeded by everyone, and everyone understands the serious things that Adam Steinbaugh is telling us, Adam Steinbaugh will be loved and admired by everyone.

You are on notice.

You will now follow Adam Steinbaugh on Twitter. You will hear what Adam Steinbaugh has to say, and you will be glad. This is not optional.

You are on notice.

Odds and Ends

Welcome back! The site is now available over http, as you can see. Supporting https will take a few days– a timeline defined not by me, but by our reverse-proxy/CDN service, which also handles TLS for us.

During the interim, don't worry about SSL errors; just skirt them by approaching us through http. Likewise, there may be small anomalies such as mixed content or the occasional missing piece of flair. Thanks for your patience. Once all the small pieces fall into place, we'll be good to go. Or to stay. Or whatever it is we do here.