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On Monday, President Trump is expected to announce his pick for the next US Supreme Court Justice – a decision that will come with huge implications for technology and privacy. Given the current make-up of the court – and the fact that departing Justice Kennedy was often the swing vote in Supreme Court decisions – whoever is …

  1. a_yank_lurker

    Reading Tea Leaves

    Reading goat entrails to see how a future Nine Senile is probably appropriate. Too often the newest member shows a great deal of unpredictability.

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Well, the good news is that Trump's last appointment was pretty libertarian on police powers

    Judge Gorsuch actually voted against the recent police cell phone tracking decision, because he felt it didn't go far enough in protecting cell phone owners. So hopefully we will see a bit more of that in the new nominee.

    (Mine is not the black judicial robe on the hook over there.)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Well, the good news is that Trump's last appointment was pretty libertarian on police powers

      Yes, while actively striking down workers' rights. Corporations are taking, over the administration - just look at the ridiculous opposition against breast feeding because it impacts some big corp profits.

      But may also because people like Trump believe god create the female breast just as a toy for men...

      1. GrumpyKiwi

        Re: Well, the good news is that Trump's last appointment was pretty libertarian on police powers

        Workers rights? You mean the right of unions to steal from workers without them being able to opt out.

        Union rights =/= workers rights no matter how much some people may wish they were.

        New guy seems pretty good on the 1st and 2nd, meh on the 4th. Can't have everything I suppose.

        1. Schultz

          "Union rights =/= worker's rights"

          While the above statement is logically true, a quick look into the history books tells us that worker unionization is strongly correlated to worker's rights. Before unionization, workers had almost no power to influence their own working conditions and this correlation is still very strong today.

          So in the big picture of things, union rights == worker's rights.

  3. JBowler

    Interesting analysis, given that it's Brett Kavanaugh

    Has corporate american learned to ride Trump, or have the GOP decided not to fight the abortion fight before the mid-terms?

    So far as I can see anything that comes out of the current administration is opportunism, so I think the abortion fight allowed corporate america a way in to buy their own seat in the court.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Interesting analysis, given that it's Brett Kavanaugh

      They won't change abortion laws - even the most conservative Republican usually has a mistress who may need one to cover up. Sure, the wealthy one can send them abroad, but it's more complicated.

      Moreover, it's something that they can promise at each poll to get votes. If they no longer can show that bait, voters will think about other matters, and that can become dangerous.

  4. Frumious Bandersnatch


    Check out around the 19:00 mark.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If a single change to the membership of an institution represents a dramatic threat to democracy and freedom, perhaps it's time to consider the possibility that the institution has too much power.

    1. iron Silver badge

      The article is about the USA. Neither democracy or freedom have a home there.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      The biggest issue with democracy is it gives people the tools to kill itself - extreme partisanship can do it, for example. The partitioning of powers was designed to balance them and allow checks - partisanship and collusion of course kill that design, and there's little you can do when people get blind and can't see the abyss they're opening.

      Remember than nothing and no one can save you from yourself....

  6. Homeboy

    Women in positions pf power.

    Well you got the one you least wanted. No surprise was it?

    One thing I disliked about the article was the casual way you let your anti Pres Trump bias cloud your judgement. In the second last paragraph you wrote "....because she's a woman and it's fair to say Trump seems to have a big problem with women in positions of power." Which is b******t.

    So far he's appointed:

    Nikki Haley - UN Ambassador

    Ivanka Trump - Special Advisor to the President

    KellyAnne Conway - Counselor to the President

    Sarah Sanders - WH Press Secretary

    Gina Hasel - CIA Director

    Elaine Chao - Transportation Secretary

    Betsy Davos - Education Secretary

    Kirstjen Nielsen - Homeland and Security Secretary

    Linda McMahon - Small Business Administrator

    Mercedes Schalpp - WH Commuincation Director

    For a guy that "doesn't like women in positions of power" he's not doing very well at keeping them out of positions of power is he?

    Maybe you should think harder about your casual bias in future.

    Don't forget that 66m Americans voted for Pres Trump and many more folk around the world think he's doing a pretty good job getting his country back on track. In contrast, be honest, we don't exactly have much to boast about here in the UK do we?

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