Friday, June 29, 2012
1. I have a general policy to focus on the
positive on my Friday posts, but I will not let yesterday's horrendous Supreme
Court ruling go without comment. Medicine will certainly suffer in the short
term. Much worse, our freedom to act has become far more precarious than it
already was. Some conservative commentators welcome the ruling since it places a limit on what
Congress can justify via the Commerce Clause and will intensify the debate the law started about the proper role of government.
Others note that the nature of the ruling strengthens the case for repealing the law. Perhaps, but
if the ruling does these things, they come at the cost of making anything the government
wishes to do permissible, if it is understood (and not even by the lawmakers themselves) as a
tax. In principle, rule of
law has ended in this country. Perhaps the best thing that can be said is this: We
still have a way out via the ballot box. Dum
2. Nearly 3000 Shades of Awful and Counting: If you've ever been mystifed by some of the things that "go viral" in the television/Internet/social media wasteland of epistemological egalitariansm, you might enjoy reading a few of the thousands of one-star reviews of Fifty Shades of Grey over at Amazon. Or not: It may be nice just knowing that, appearances to the contrary, there are lots of people with good taste and judgement out there. (HT: Snedcat)
3. Have you ever wondered why scotch smells like band-aids? Even if you haven't, this is an interesting read.
4. Heh! Does the success of a programming language depend on its creators being bearded? If you believe that correlation implies causation, you'll find this pictorial convincing.