Young Christopher Machold has trouble understanding the English language (and, perhaps all language) when he accuses the NRA of using language in a “frightening way.” The Frightening Way the NRA Just Co-Opted the Term “Hate Speech”
When the lines of these categories are blurred and our understanding of what constitutes violence is so contorted, it becomes possible to unironically argue that the answer to speech you don’t like is hurting people.
It’s shocking that he makes the same case that the video makes that he is attempting to refute. He, like so many of his generation, confusedly assumes that somehow the video is a call for violence. If the young man understood English, he would see that the video makes the very case against violence that he mistakenly makes against his malformed idea of what the the video communicates.
The fact that young Christopher Machol does not like the NRA does not mean that the NRA constitutes a call to violence. If young Christopher understood language, he might understand that the natural right to be armed (protected by the Second Amendment) is a safeguard against violence.
“The viewer of television, the listener to radio, the reader of magazines, is presented with a whole complex of elements— all the way from ingenious rhetoric to carefully selected data and statistics— to make it easy for him to “make up his own mind ” with the minimum of difficulty and effort. But the packaging is often done so effectively that the viewer, listener, or reader does not make up his own mind at all. Instead, he inserts a packaged opinion into his mind, somewhat like inserting a cassette into a cassette player. He then pushes a button and “plays back” the opinion whenever it seems appropriate to do so. He has performed acceptably without having had to think.”
“How to Read a Book” by Charles Van Doren, Mortimer J. Adler
Take a moment to imagine another hypothetical situation. There is a rapist walking across campus looking for a potential victim. He passes two women in the dead of night. One of them is wearing a tee shirt that says “Glock.” The other woman is wearing a tee shirt that says “Pink.”
Mike Adams, “Pistols, Panties, and Personal Protection“
Michael Munger on Choosing in Groups EconTalk
Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book (co-authored with Kevin Munger), Choosing in Groups. Munger lays out the challenges of group decision-making and the challenges of agreeing on constitutions or voting rules for group decision-making. The conversation highlights some of the challenges of majority rule and uses the Lewis and Clark expedition as an example.
“Do You Have Blind Faith that Faith is Blind?”.
You might be wondering, “Why does it matter?” The answer is that whether you believe faith is blind or based on evidence, there is no escaping the fact that it is indispensable to Christianity. While there are different ways of understanding the passages mentioned above, it is hard to escape the meaning of Hebrews 11:6: “without faith it is impossible to please God.” So it is vitally important to know what the biblical view of faith is.
Schneier on Security: Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US.
We have one infrastructure. We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don’t. We get to choose a world where everyone can spy, or a world where no one can spy. We can be secure from everyone, or vulnerable to anyone. And I’m tired of us choosing surveillance over security.
Even the grades in college transcripts are dishonest today.
It has been common knowledge for years that people lie on resumes, but now, even your college transcript is a lie. What is the honest job seeker supposed to do?
Thing2: Hey, Dad! Whatcha doin’?
me: Just checking to see what you guys were up to.
Thing1: We’re up to no good!
me: Good, good.
Internet Citizens: Defend Net Neutrality:
This is wonderful!
I’ve never lost a phone, but this is a fantastic example of the industry solving a problem WITHOUT government intervention.
Timothy blooged, “The Counterfeit Bride” this morning. It is an excellent and insightful post, but there is a small part of that post that I want to not get lost…
We can be married to the person we thought what the perfect one for us, and still be unsatisfied. All because God never intended marriage to satisfy us. I know, this goes against popular thought. We hear preachers all the time tell us that if we find the perfect mate, or read the right book, we will have a marriage that satisfies. Usually, those preachers have something to sell us. Marriage wasn’t intended to satisfy, neither was the world.
All my life, people have dismissed me and told me that I am “paranoid.” I had to look up the definition as a young adult to make sure that I was using the word the same way.
2 : a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others
Here is what the NSA leaks reveal that my government has been doing to its citizens for years (source):
The NSA collects much more metadata about Internet traffic: who is talking to whom, when, how much, and by what mode of communication. Metadata is a lot easier to store and analyze than content. It can be extremely personal to the individual, and is enormously valuable intelligence. Continue reading