Friday, March 01, 2013

Let Them Eat S**t

Wow.  Some pretty darned arrogant government officials.Yes, I realize that is like saying water is wet.

1.  Savers should stop whining, and just start spending.  Thrift is selfish.  Or so say the British overlords of money.

2.  You'll take the sequester, and you'll LIKE it, says Congress.  After all, "It's not like anybody is cutting OUR pay, so it's all good!" according to the US Senate.

3.  University professor forced to apologize for questioning whether "taste in pictures" is cause for going to jail.  He might have gone to jail himself, just for expressing this view.  Full disclosure:  Flanagan is a friend of mine, and a Duke grad.  But it is my identification with him as a fellow academic that is relevant here.  For background, here is Chris A.'s interview with Flanagan.  It MUST be okay to question whether expressive acts are criminal, or else ALL expressive acts can be criminal, and then there is no academic freedom.  I'm not saying child porn should be legal.  I'm saying it has to be legal to question whether child porn should be illegal.  (Especially cartoon images, where no child is actually present, or exploited directly).  My own view is that I am confused about this.  I tend to think that cartoons can show pretty much anything.  I don't have to watch it.

Nod to Stephen W. and Chris A.


Anonymous said...

It will surprise no-one that Flanagan has "retired." It is too bad, as he was a fine academic. But the UC President, Liz Cannon, is a PCer who as Dean of Engineering (her previous job), signed off on the purchasing of chrome bumpers and stereo systems for a CRC Chair. I don't recall a "retirement" happening then.

John said...

This story and the recent Canadian supreme court ruling ( reinforce what I said almost 5 years ago: "The Freedom of Religion and Expression are dormant in Canada."

I should probably amend that and say that those freedoms are *dead* in Canada.

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