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In response to the Supreme Court's ruling that the Texas law prohibiting homosexual relations violates privacy rights, Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) says that he supports a proposed Constitutional amendment to ban homosexual marriage. Read more »
My main points were:
1) Nukes cannot be justly owned by anyone in a free society, as they are equivalent to the barrel of a gun pointing at anyone within many miles of them, and as such are a direct threat to their lives and property. Read more »
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville is a fantasy novel set in the gothic London analogue New Crobuzon. The rotund human scientist Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin spends his time dabbling with the applications of Crisis Theory. His secret lover, Lin, is a beetle-headed member of the khepri race. She is a sculptor of unusual technique who is estranged from her khepri roots and spends her time in the Bohemian city underground. Read more »
In Perry's attempt to meme-hack the term 'social individualist' into the political lexicon, he makes an important point about legal documents and their relationship to rights. He correctly points out that rights are objectively inherent to the individual as a consequence of his nature as a human being. In any free society, individuals should be allowed to pursue their self-defined ends, and this framework gives rise to the concept of rights - barriers against outside coercion which allow them to pursue their ends. Read more »
The first law is, do all you have agreed to do.
The second is, do not encroach on other persons or their property.
That about covers it.
An obesity litigation conference was held in Boston this past weekend to plan how best to sue the food industry successfully in the same manner that tobacco companies have been sued. Here are some choice quotes from the article:
"Remember, many social movements were kick-started by litigation," such as civil rights, environmental, sexual discrimination and tobacco laws, said John Banzhaf III, a conference speaker. [...]
There is an interesting transcript of a question/answer symposium on blogs and the media that was sponsored by ANWFA which included Ryan Pitts, Ken Layne, Jeff Jarvis, and Joanne Jacobs on Kevin Holtsberry's blog. [via Joanne Jacobs] Read more »
An article from last week from the NY Times details the growth of private security systems in department stores across the country. Macy's lost $100 million from shoplifters last year and runs a $28 million dollar a year security operation nationwide, including $4 for its Manhattan store. Accused shoplifters are detained in store 'jails' and interrogated. Verdicts are made as to guilt or innocence. Confessions are signed, and restitution is given by the shoplifter. Read more »
Tired of threatening his neighbors with nuclear annhilation and bored with using mass famine as a political weapon, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il has his sights on something more mundane. In a move sure to surprise many in the international community, Kim has decided to form a boy band with himself as the front man. The group will be named Kom-RADz, and Kim will assume the moniker Special K. Read more »
Radley Balko is joining the ACLU after being convinced that the greater threat to liberty comes from the right in the form of civil liberties violations rather than from the left in the form of economic regulation. After rightfully pointing out the expansion of government that has taken place under the Bush administration, Radley states that he is not simply choosing the 'lesser of two evils' in his slide leftward. Read more »