Time for another LinkSwarm:
And remember that your taxes are due tomorrow…
Lots of news from around the world, where the global economy is handing like a Kia that’s just started losing traction on an icy hill:
Every time I hear someone say that feminism is about validating every choice a woman makes I have to fight back vomit.
Do people really think that a stay at home mom is really on equal footing with a woman who works and takes care of herself? There’s no way those two things are the same. It’s hard for me to believe it’s not just verbally placating these people so they don’t get in trouble with the mommy bloggers.
Having kids and getting married are considered life milestones. We have baby showers and wedding parties as if it’s a huge accomplishment and cause for celebration to be able to get knocked up or find someone to walk down the aisle with. These aren’t accomplishments, they are actually super easy tasks, literally anyone can do them. They are the most common thing, ever, in the history of the world. They are, by definition, average.
Amy Glass, come down and collect your coveted Trolly! (Hat tip: Instapundit.)
It’s in the 20s here in Austin, which for Texas does indeed count as cold. Here are a few links to keep you warm:
Fewer people know that he’s the greatest mass-murder in history, having killed somewhere between 65 million and 77 million of his own people. (Whether Hitler or Stalin comes in second depends on just how you apportion World War II deaths among them. Does the fact that Stalin waited a whole 16 days before helping Hitler dismember Poland absolve him of all blame for the final body count? I think not…) Between the mass collectivization famine of the Great Leap Forward, the subjugation of Tibet, and the Cultural Revolution, Mao was a very nasty piece of work indeed.
And his political heirs are still running China today.
Here’s a Friday LinkSwarm. I have a big piece brewing on the ObamCare battle I may or may not have out on Monday.
But don’t worry: If a knife gang attacks your average Chinese citizens in their home or apartment, they don’t need a gun, they can just call the pol—
Also, when armed gangs attack a police station, it’s not a “riot,” it’s something closer to an insurrection. Or Assault on Precinct 13, Chinese-style.
If confirmed, it would be one of the bloodiest incidents in Xinjiang since nearly 200 people were killed in the regional capital, Urumqi, in 2009.
The region, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been the scene of numerous violent incidents in recent years amid tensions between the large population of Muslim Uighurs and the ruling Han ethnic group.
You know, if 200 people were killed in an American city at one time, we’d never hear the end of. The mere fact that such things keep happening suggests that China has a much weaker grip on its hinterlands than the media usually suggests.
(Schtick hat tip: Dwight.)
So House Intelligence Committee leaders say that Edward Snowden is lying. They’re saying that he couldn’t possibly have had access to the records he said he did, that he lied about his past, etc.
You know what neither the House Intelligence Committee nor Obama seems to be denying? That the NSA gathers data on emails and phone calls for every American in general, or Verizon customers in specific. One need not believe that Snowden is telling the truth about everything, or that he’s a hero, or that everything he revealed (like details of our spying on various Chinese firms) needed to be revealed.
It’s the domestic spying on all Americans that’s the scandal: The United States government ignoring fourth amendment constitutional guarantees. The fourth amendment reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Government asking for “the email and phone records for every American” is, in fact, an unreasonable search and seizure, and “the servers of every major telecommunications and Internet provider in America” is an unreasonable place to be searched. That’s the scandal, not the handwaving Obama and congress have participated in to distract you from the fact that every single piece of electronic communications you participate in is being tracked by the government.
That’s the scandal. One of the many perpetrated by the Obama Administration (who have scaled up electronic eavesdropping and warrantless wiretaps far beyond what liberals screamed about George W. Bush undertaking).
That’s the NSA scandal we should focus on.
Time for another LinkSwarm!
Another Friday roundup of random news: