The Big Think

December 17, 2011

Principle

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:24 am

“The depressing part is how safe a bet it is that [people will] go back to being oblivious the moment their direct interests aren’t threatened. They’ll cheer for the next tax hike, the next round of environmental feel-goodism, the next political “fix” for the next transient market failure – and never notice that by doing so they’re creating the political conditions in which malignant growths like SOPAs inevitably flourish.

So here’s a clue: the only way to keep your freedom – on the Internet or anywhere else – is to defend everyone else’s freedom as well, by keeping your government tiny and starved and rigidly constrained in what it can do. Otherwise, the future you’re begging for is SOPAs without end.”

worth reading.

Pizza-Gun!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 11:11 am

“For the rest of the semester, a Rutherford County elementary student has to eat lunch at the “silent table” for allegedly waving around a slice of pizza some say resembled a gun…He’s being punished because “some students reported he was making some threatening hand gestures, that he was shooting other kids at the table and they reported it to a teacher…I realize some might say we are going overboard but the principal is just trying to use an abundance of caution and send the message that we don’t play about guns and it’s not something we joke around about,” he said.

To that, Taylor said her son knows he shouldn’t play with guns.

“We don’t have a gun in the house,” she said. “He plays with light sabers. He’s a big Star Wars fan.”

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But aren’t un-eaten slices vaguely knife-shaped? I mean, he was only making the pizza safer.

And wait… it’s bad to shoot someone, but gutting them is okay? Well, I’m glad that’s cleared up!

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