Chaos Patch (#24)
Saw Jesus Camp for the first time (and enjoyed it a lot). It should have been subtitled ‘A Study in Pwnedness’. There was the liberal anti-fundamentalist radio host who seemed to think America doesn’t have a State Religion. Then there were the radical evangelicals at the heart of the movie, who think their holy war is doing something other than sliding inexorably, culturally and politically, to the left. (Both sides were apparently convinced that the Pentacostal take-over of the SCOTUS was advancing smoothly according to the plan.) Some more recent debate about Christianity and politics here.
The rise of ODMS (On-Demand Mobile Services).
How Chinese Internet censorship works.
An involved discussion of corporate personality (and ‘rights‘) is long overdue.
I wanted this for a T-shirt, but couldn’t think of a way to sneak off with it:
"Which outside are you on?"
— Friedrice Nietzsche (@tinynietzsche) August 21, 2014
ADDED: I think the path to dictatorship Gödel feared starts with something like this: The President of the Senate declares that a rules issue is a Constitutional question. This enables a bare majority, exploiting the gaps in Article I, to rewrite the rules of the Senate. Such a rule change can enable the uncontested appointment of Federal judges. Those judges in turn can… Well, anyway, nothing like that would ever actually happen. (It’s not exactly the FDR approach, but it’s surely close enough.)
Some highlights from a week in chaos.