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Thu, 11 Dec 2003

Michael Moore

Do people still take Michael Moore seriously? I thought everyone had heard about the creative editing in Bowling for Columbine, but it seems like I still, with a fair frequency, encounter people who seem to think he's a reliable, factual source of information. Is it just my hyperliberal Cantabridgian surroundings, or what?

On that note, I found this comment, made today by David Bernstein, interesting:

It's no coincidence that the five more liberal Justices voted yesterday to uphold rather draconian restrictions on freedom of expression, while the four more conservative Justices dissented. My just-published Texas Law Review article, Lochner's Legacy's Legacy, has a salient footnote:

One of the great turnabouts of recent constitutional history has been that
Supreme Court decisions broadly protecting freedom of speech from
government interference are now considered conservative. [...] For
discussions of this phenomenon, see Kathleen M. Sullivan, Discrimination,
Distribution and Free Speech, 37 Ariz. L. Rev. 439, 439-42 (1995), [who]
notes that left-liberal solicitude for free speech arose in part because
the great free speech cases for most of the twentieth century involved
left-wing constituencies under assault from the government. Anarchists,
communists, labor organizers, socialists, syndicalists, pacifists, and
civil rights activists all benefited from the First Amendment. Sullivan,
supra, at 439.
Today, by contrast, the left believes "speech cases are often won by
corporations, the media, and other powerful insiders....  Powerful private
actors, such as pornographers and the media, are free to control, suppress,
and distort the speech of others, and when they do, political processes
cannot redress it." Mary Becker, The Legitimacy of Judicial Review in
Speech Cases, in The Price We Pay: The Case Against Racist Speech, Hate
Propaganda, and Pornography 208 (Laura J. Lederer & Richard Delgado eds.,
1995).

Posted at 16:16 | /politics | (leave a comment) | permalink

Mon, 17 Nov 2003

Priorities

How fucked up is it that I find myself enraged on a daily basis by the doings of the RIAA, the MPAA, and the congressholes they have in their pockets, while I feel nothing but a dull acceptance of the political decisions that are getting Americans my age killed in shithole backwater countries across the globe?

I mean, the RIAA et. al. are obviously pure evil, and what they're doing is harmful to the very fabric of our society, and if I were a vengeful God, every employee and lawyer of theirs would be target #1 on my "let's bring back the Old Testament" list, but shit. Politic bits and I get angry; politic blood and I don't seem to feel a thing.

Maybe it's just that I've been watching Band of Brothers recently (recorded in a physical form the MPAA would strenuously object to, tee hee)....

Posted at 10:02 | /politics | (leave a comment) | permalink

Wed, 08 Oct 2003

Arnold

Let Arnold arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of Arnold!

But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before Arnold: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.

Sing unto Arnold, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, and rejoice before him.

A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is Arnold in his holy habitation.

Posted at 11:47 | /politics | (leave a comment) | permalink

Fri, 12 Sep 2003

EFF's first-ever congressional petition

"We oppose the recording industry's decision to attack the public, bankrupt its customers and offer false amnesty to those who would impugn themselves. We call instead for a real amnesty: the development of a legal alternative that preserves file-sharing technology while ensuring that artists are fairly compensated.

In signing this petition, we formally request that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), as representatives of the public interest, be included in any upcoming hearings regarding the proper scope of copyright enforcement in the digital age."

Go sign it. http://www.eff.org/share/petition/

UPDATE 9/15/03: 35k signatures already, far surpassing their goal of 10k. Take a moment to donate or join (or add them to your will )—you get a cool t-shirt that's guaranteed to pick up babes.

Posted at 15:13 | /politics | (leave a comment) | permalink

Thu, 21 Aug 2003

Elections, California-style

Just a great picture. (From the Yahoo Most Popular News Photos site).

carey and coleman

Yahoo caption: [Mary] Carey is seen with candidate Gary Coleman at a press conference in Los Angeles August 15.

Posted at 09:59 | /politics | (leave a comment) | permalink

Mon, 28 Jul 2003

Politics in Japan

This picture is great (from the Yahoo Most Popular News Photos site).

scrum

I really like:

  • the hottie up on the desk in tight skirt and high heels
  • the guy holding on to the other guy's leg
  • how everyone in the back is grinning and holding their hands up.

Yahoo caption: "Opposition lawmakers rush to the chairman to stop the passage of a bill allowing Japanese Self Defense Forces to be sent to Iraq."

Posted at 11:19 | /politics | (leave a comment) | permalink

Tue, 10 Jun 2003

Make Jobs Not War

I guess I'm a little late to be commenting on this, but I was reminded of it yesterday. During the Gulf War part Deux or whatever it was called, I kept seeing signs and stickers that said Make Jobs Not War. (Incidentally, there was a fantastic picture in the Economist recently that showed a protest with someone holding up a sign that said Iraq is French for Hollywood. WTF?)

Now I'm plenty pro-employment and anti-war, but seriously, what the fuck is that sign supposed to mean? I mean, it's a nice sentiment, but it doesn't reflect any kind of reality. Both of these things—jobs and war—are not made simply by willing them to be, nor can they be exchanged for one another in any kind of meaningful way.

One doesn't simply say here, I'll add 200 more jobs to my company and turn a knob and it's done. Jobs are a function of an incredibly complex system—the entirety of the global economy, at this point. Having the money to employ new people is a function of having the customer base to support it is a function of the customers' having money to buy your product/service is a function of them wanting your product, knowing about it, having a job themselves, etc.

And while war, at least, can hypothetically be turned on and off at the touch of a button, it's not without massive repercussions for either action. These signs were appearing in the middle of the war and pulling out would arguably have been worse than not going to war at all.

So I guess the upshot is that, while I agree with the basic sentiment that jobs are good and war is to be avoided, and I understand the need to express oneself in a sufficiently pithy manner that one can fit one's opinion on one's little sticker, seriously guys. It's just dumb.

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