I always seem to end the week with a ton of bookmarks still in the fridge — so, in the interest of keeping my bookmark levels down, here goes another set of Friday leftovers.
With all the news about police abuse recently, it’s tempting to put a camera on every cop so everything they do, while on duty, is recorded. Sounds great until you realize — hey wait, this is the cops you’re giving all this information to! Not that any of that video footage would be used to keep track of you, right? Can’t have people actually resisting the police for arresting them for, say, not having their dog on a leash.
We do want people to be really comfortable with surveillance, after all, so start early.
Have you ever noticed that companies who won’t be affected by new laws are always in the forefront of the fight to have them enacted? Like minimum wage, for instance?
Chimps have rights. No, really. Just ask this lady. I actually feel sorry for her — and not because of her little girl, or her chicken. Rather, I feel sorry for her because it takes a really special kind of derangement to walk into a restaurant and make this type of emotional appeal for people to get up and leave.
When the Mexican government pays to keep illegal immigrants in the United States, you really have to wonder what’s going on. Do they know something we don’t?
Go on, go out and get shot. Really. Joe Biden is looking for another victim to be a strong spokesperson for the movement to eliminate the private ownership of firearms. It’s okay if it hurts, or you actually risk your life; just think of the larger cause involved. Or is this another one of those moments where someone needs to actually think about people, rather than their pet cause?
Muslims who are actually, actively, cutting off people’s heads are all about peace. Christians, on the other hand — particularly those right wing fundamentalist ones — are just itching to take over the US and commit genocide. Oh, the original article was withdrawn? No matter, it still makes for a good story.
Same sex marriage slippery slope? What slippery slope? Nothing to see here. Just maybe a little incest — and only between siblings, never parents and children. After all, it’s perfectly natural, right?
If there’s one thing a totalitarian state can’t stand, it’s competition for power. As Putin says, “It is precisely from civil society that we expect active assistance in perfecting governance.” The state won’t rest until every part of society is yet another branch of government power.