Let us see, let us see…what is capturing my interest today?
I’m a nonsmoker, but I’m actually not that militant about it. I don’t mind catching a whiff of cigarette smoke outdoors. I think banning smoking from restaurants is good, but have no use for haughty non-smokers who freak out if a pedestrian 10 feet ahead of them is puffing on a cigarette.
It is a pet peeve of mine, though, that many if not most cigarette smokers seem to think butts somehow don’t qualify as litter. I don’t know that I’d like to see them hit with $1,500, but $100 fines given out liberally and often would get my approval and would hopefully deter transgressors.
I’ve written in the past about the moral ambiguity of drone strikes. Here’s a first-hand account of what it’s like to kill remotely: http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/06/18787450-former-drone-operator-says-hes-haunted-by-his-part-in-more-than-1600-deaths?lite
You may not have heard of these guys, although they’re getting a lot more press than they did a few years back: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10102168/Bilderberg-Group-No-conspiracy-just-the-most-influential-group-in-the-world.html
Here’s the thing: I can see both sides. Of course world leaders in politics and business see value in being able to have frank conversations that aren’t immediately transmitted around the world. But of course those of us not invited have the right to ponder what they’re discussing and have concerns about it. I dunno, on balance I think it probably is a little bit sinister, and elected officials who take part should be judged negatively for doing so, and governments shouldn’t be footing the bill, either. Private individuals can do what they want (although forcing locals to show passports just to enter their own properties is complete and total #@$%&%$!!!).
Purple heart and bronze star, and seven combat deployments. Hopefully this transgendered former Navy Seal can break some stereotypes: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/06/04/seal-team-6-transgender-memoir-warrior-princess/2388431/ (nice to see some former teammates showing support, too). By the way, you don’t have to understand it or even like it to be civil about it. Live and let live.
Looking for idiots? They’re here: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/health/parenting/discipline/11-year-old-maryland-student-suspended-talking-about-guns-bus
Check out the link at the bottom to the kid who got in trouble for having a lego minifigure gun. These people are EDUCATORS. How terrifying.
Doubt God? There’s a hotline, or will be if they get enough donations: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/06/05/atheists-plan-live-hotline-for-religious-doubters/
Listen, I straddle the line between atheism and agnosticism. I’ll definitely speak up if I think the theists start infringing on government. But an atheist hotline? I don’t really get the idea of organized atheism. I mean, I guess I’m glad someone is speaking up, otherwise the holy rollers would get what they want. But I don’t personally see the joy in joining my fellow heathens in “atheist-focused” activities. My guess is the hotline would be overwhelmed with Christian congregations flooding the lines to sabotage it.
People often say I look like this guy: http://mythbustersresults.com/photos/adam-savage-mythbusters.jpg
I guess I do. I looked more like him when the show first came out. His face has changed or my face has changed. Oh, and I’m shorter and fatter.
The wealthy just want to live forever argues this article: http://business.time.com/2013/06/05/buying-your-way-to-eternity/?xid=rss-topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+time/topstories+%28TIME:+Top+Stories%29
Maybe they’ll get a chance to? http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2009-10/nobel-jumps-onboard-unlocking-secrets-aging
Sad, sad, politically correct, sad little Californians: http://www.examiner.com/article/california-to-ban-beach-fires Flame good, that’s all I’ve got to say on the matter.