24 April 2014

Celebrating Put Your Children To Work Day

Congressional Republicans today marked their annual celebration of free market child labor. Festivities were started by Ralph E. Reed Jr, who handed out “Put Your Children To Work Day” T-shirts manufactured in sweatshops in the Mariana Islands and labeled “Made in USA”. Guest speaker and noted Ayn Rand scholar Robert Hessen then gave a brief talk on the importance of child workers. “Today’s sweatshop children act as a stark reminder that we need total laissez-faire economics. ... Read more

20 April 2014

Compelling explanations

Ari Handel, screenwriter for “Noah”, in an interview: In that vein, while there’s a lot of diversity shown in the animal kingdom, there’s no racial diversity in the cast. Can you speak to that? From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. ... Read more

7 April 2014

Brendan Eich: Some talking points answered

Watching the Brendan Eich backlash backlash, I’ve been collecting stupid talking points. Some have been covered better by other authors, but not all of them. So here they are, numbered so I can refer to the response without needing to go through it again. (1) “It’s inappropriate to single out Mozilla in this way. What about other asshole CEOs?” People boycotted Domino’s Pizza because of the founder’s political donations. They’ve refused to shop at Whole Foods because of the CEO’s political views. ... Read more

6 April 2014

Why I bought a Mac (again)

While I use Linux for my day-to-day work, I have given in and purchased another Mac for my personal computing. I’m not wild about supporting Apple financially. They are horrible patent trolls, they are openly hostile to free software, their hardware is overpriced and cannot be upgraded, and their main interest these days is iOS. And yet at the same time, my new MacBook Pro is a beautiful piece of hardware. ... Read more

4 April 2014

No Champagne, thanks

One of the developers to pull their app from the Firefox web app store has this to say: I met with Brendan and asked him to just apologize for the discrimination under the law that we faced. He can still keep his personal beliefs, but I wanted him to recognize that we faced real issues with immigration and say that he never intended to cause people problems. It’s heartbreaking to us that he was unwilling to say even that. ... Read more

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