Totalitarian discourse

Charles Krauthammer gives the name for handling disagreements by silencing and punishing those who hold opposing ideas:

The left is entering a new phase of ideological agitation — no longer trying to win the debate but stopping debate altogether, banishing from public discourse any and all opposition.The proper word for that attitude is totalitarian. It declares certain controversies over and visits serious consequences — from social ostracism to vocational defenestration — upon those who refuse to be silenced. [Read more…]

Encrypting the internet on the cheap

“Heartbleed” is the name of a major bug found in some encryption software that nearly everybody uses.  The thing is, that software–used by big corporations and the U.S. Government–is a free, open-source program that anyone can contribute to, including the designer of this bug.  The company that runs it has one employee and income from contributions of a mere $2,000.  But because all of these wealthy users are so cheap, the world’s passwords and financial data are at risk!  (Go here to learn how to see if your devices are affected and what to do about it.) [Read more…]

Feds back off in range war in Nevada

Tensions were high at a Nevada ranch, as owner Cliven Bundy asserted his right to let his cattle graze on public land while federal officials confiscated his lifestock and surrounded his home in what threatened to be a Waco-like conflagration.  Some 300 protesters gathered in support of Bundy.  But then on Saturday the feds backed off. [Read more…]

Letterman’s replacement will be Stephen Colbert

David Letterman, the late night talk show host on CBS, announced his retirement the other day, as of 2-15.  And now we learn that he will be replaced by satirist Stephen Colbert.   That would mean the end of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central, which has been the bane of conservatives though a very funny bane.  Reportedly, when he takes over Late Night, Colbert will set aside his faux-conservative persona that he used to such withering effect.

I’ve got mixed feelings about this.  What do you think? [Read more…]

Church of Norway says “no” to gay marriage

Surprisingly, the state church of Norway–unlike that of Sweden–has rejected same-sex marriage.  Pastors will also not be allowed to bless “civil unions.” [Read more…]

All 552 episodes of “The Simpsons”

How would you like to watch all 522 episodes of The Simpsons?  You will get your chance in a Simpsons marathon this summer.   Also with a Simpsons app. [Read more…]