Over the course of my life I’ve had the experience of meeting and working with people who were by any measure, geniuses. A couple of Nobel prize winners, a surgeon who pioneered the science and techniques for heart and lung transplants, and people who were the world experts in their field. Ask them about what they were doing, and even if you’re fairly smart, the odds are you’ll be three steps behind them. But you know the one thing I never, ever, heard from them? How smart they were, or what their IQ was.
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As this year’s seemingly interminable primary season drags on, and we’ve yet to hit election season, I’ve come to realize how spoiled I was by 2012. That year, everyone knew who the Democratic candidate was going to be (frustrati stupidity aside), and we all got to sit back in stunned disbelief at what the Republicans were doing. This year showed that both parties nomination process is messy, and that the media gets things wrong more than ever. So here are some things I’d like to see in the future.
Bob Cesca has a great post up about the right-wing politicians and pundits, and their relation to Las Vegas shootings and the Atlanta courthouse shooting.
Did they really believe they could talk like this for so long and at such an urgent fever-pitch, encouraging armed revolution and Second Amendment solutions, and believe that no one would act upon the nonstop join-or-die hype? It’s not just Alex Jones, either. We’re also told by our elected leaders — those we’ve tasked with passing laws and safeguarding our liberty — that we should take up arms against domestic enemies.
To judge by their scramble to paint the shooters as “socialists” and to point the finger anywhere else but at themselves, the answer is “Yes, yes they did believe that.”
My previous post was about the misunderstanding of the “freedom of speech” clause in the First Amendment. That is, having the right to say something doesn’t shield you from the consequences of that speech. Which leads me to the title of this post, which is the famous first line in the Miranda warning that is a staple on every police show. It comes from the Fifth Amendment. Over the past few years of watching the blowback over various statements that have been made, as well as the counter-attacks attempting to mitigate the consequences under the “free speech” banner, I think that the “right to remain silent” is a much under appreciated (and necessary) right that some should be exercising. Yesterday was a sterling example, as the Justine Sacco fiasco took over Twitter.
I haven’t done one of these in a while, but I thought I’d look at what’s been happening over the past month. It’s been interesting, seeing the media change (without acknowledging that) their narratives from the initial reactions, as well as watching various Republicans spinning around trying to find something to push the media outrage button one more time.