Surprise, surprise, Wisconsin's Voter ID law caused some drama during Tuesday's primary elections, with students and people of color suffering the most. The problems described in the above article aren't as pronounced as the problems experienced by, say, Cleveland voters on Election Day 2004 or Arizona primary voters last month, but that's surely nothing to brag about! Yet I expect Gov. Walker will say the relatively high turnout means criticisms of Voter ID are overblown -- though the high turnout might be better explained by two close Presidential races, and we could just as easily speculate that turnout would have been even higher without Voter ID, and no American citizen should have any problems voting. Anyway, 2.1 million voters voted in Tuesday's primaries, but over 3 million voted on Election Day 2012, so on Election Day 2016 will likely give us a better picture of the havoc Voter ID can wreak.
Online messaging service WhatsApp has now encrypted every communication made on its service from end to end. As it happens, WhatsApp is more popular overseas than here, but that could change (especially now!), and in the meantime, one billion good folks, using all kinds of phones, can now communicate with each other without worrying about WhatsApp giving over their communications to our government. Let's repeat, though: using an encrypted service is not in and of itself grounds for suspicion. Even if our government wants you to think so.
The release of the Panama Papers has already toppled a Prime Minister, but Adam Johnson at FAIR points out that the journalistic consortium that made the release of the Panama Papers possible doesn't need to imply that Wikileaks was "irresponsible" back in 2010. And when journalists say they wouldn't want leaks to actually hurt innocent people, they ought to describe the times that's actually happened, rather than assume it sounds reasonable enough not to be challenged. After all, even a Pentagon review can't find any innocent people the Chelsea Manning leaks actually hurt, and I bet they were looking pretty hard.
Paypal scraps plans to open a new office, potentially employing 400 people, in Charlotte, NC, and its CEO specifically cites North Carolina's recent "religious liberty" law as the reason. Sadly, the city of Charlotte passed the ordinance allowing transgendered folks to use the bathroom of their self-identified sex, which "provoked" the hysteria resulting in HB 2. Some right-wingers would criticize PayPal for pulling out of the city that tried to do good, but you know what? Punishing evil isn't always fair, and letting the perfect murder the good is always a stupid idea.
Finally, some good news from the White House: the Department of Labor has finalized new rules imposing a "fiduciary duty" standard on retirement fund advisors -- meaning they will have to put your needs before their own when making investment decisions with your money. Banksters were fighting this, naturally, because greed, but if you took a stand and left a comment with the Department of Labor supporting the rules (a matter The Hill doesn't seem to think is as important as what the banksters had to say, for some reason), then go treat yourself. And then get ready for when Congress tries to nullify the rules, as they'll try to do, because moronic.