Saturday 20 August 2011

Link Tank 20/08

You know the score by now.

"I don't know, so I'm an atheist libertarian", by Penn Jillette

Policing the innocent, ignoring the riotous

Smoke marijuana, lose your kids

The 6 dumbest things schools are doing in the name of safety

Big businesses scramble to protect their brands from porn domains

Plain packaging policy disguised as science, but where's the proof?

The big, BIG breakfast

Mormon Utah gets even stricter towards beer

Have the riots prompted an exodus from London?

AC/DC launch their own brand of wine

Orangutans and iPads

Slideshow: A brief history of the bikini


Anonymous said...

Penn Jilette
What a total litle jerkoff
"atheist libertarian"
Short for,there's nothing bigger than ME,MY freedom is MY God.
If there is a God I doubt whether he/she is unduly concerned about
small town talking heads like this
overblown media tittle tattler.
As for libertarians generally
nice folk,pleasant ideals,worthy
aspirations ,,,but...
getting nowhere.
A bit more action and visibility would be nice

Crying in the wilderness

Sam Duncan said...

I don't know, so I'm an agnostic. Because that's what “agnostic” means. Other than that, great interview with Penn, and surprising, coming from CNN. This bit's brilliant:

“I don't believe the majority always knows what's best for everyone. The fact that the majority thinks they have a way to get something good does not give them the right to use force on the minority that don't want to pay for it. If you have to use a gun, I don't believe you really know jack. Democracy without respect for individual rights sucks. It's just ganging up against the weird kid, and I'm always the weird kid.”

I'd put my name to that.

The .xxx TLD is ridiculous. Already we've got people having to pony up good money to protect against cybersquatters, and it's (ironically enough) a censor's wet dream. Of course, as such, it will be totally pointless too: if .xxx domain blockage gains any momentum, as it probably will (place your bets on the first country after China to do it; my money's on Australia), pr0n sites will still see much of their traffic coming through .com. Bloody stupid idea.

Orangutans? Sounds about the right level for shiny fondleslab ownership, right enough...

Anonymous said...

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Karl Fasbracke said...

Smoke marijuana, lose your kids

1993 there was a criminal case in Germany which brought the whole desaster to public attention. Several families in the small town Worms hat been accused for sexual abuse of their children.

In the course of events, all families were found not guilty. The verdict began with the words "the cases of massive sexual abuse in Worms never happened"

Still marriages brokes up, families went bankrupt, several people died in pre-trial custody and children were taken away from their parents. Some of them never returned but were placed into a children's home.

Several years later it turned out that sexual abuse indeed did happen, but not with their real parents, but with the director of the children's home.

You really cannot say that this stuff isn't dangerous, nor that it is unimportant. If your curious google for "Wormser Prozesse".