The Heavy Hand of the State has been seeing a lot of action in the last twenty-four hours.
First, the &^%$#@! SCOTUS decision on Kelo.
The battle against eminent domain abuse now goes back to the state courts and the legislatures. The Institute for Justice, a group of libertarian litigators, has been working on this issue for years, and will continue to do so. IJ gets charitable contributions from me every year. Please consider supporting them. This is a cause that should unite liberals, conservatives, and libertarians. (Who's in favor of eminent domain abuse, then? Local governments and the real-estate developers who ply them with campaign contributions.)
Now I read on BoingBoing that a new law, U.S. Code Title 18, Section 2257, requires everyone who produces porn to keep track of personal data, including birth dates and Social Security numbers (!) on their models. Anyone who publishes porn must be able to access this data to prove they aren't purveying kiddie porn. This has caused a number of sites to go dark while they try to cope with the implications, such as rotten.com's ratemyboner.com and ratemyboobies.com.
Look, this is not the beginning of the end of the First Amendment. I think the slippery slope between ratemyboner.com going dark and the banning of the Federalist Papers actually has a fairly high coefficient of friction. One is unlikely to lead to the other. And if I had a sixteen-year-old, I'd be unhappy to find him posting his shlong to ratemyboner.com. But that's a parenting problem. It's just absurd for the full majesty of the federal criminal justice system to waste its time beating up on ratemyboner.
New feature: Words I Did Not Know. In looking up things, I
often discover words I am unfamiliar with. I will post them. You may now laugh at me
for not knowing English words that you doubtless use while half-asleep at the
breakfast table, and teach your three-year-old.
Nobble. transitive verb. Chiefly British. To disable (a racehorse), especially by
drugging. To win (a person) over. To outdo or get the better of by devious means. To filch or steal. To kidnap.
The word even sounds British, doesn't it? Like 'mathom'.
山峡== sankyou == (noun) gorge, ravine, gap
|Left radical is 'mountain' (山), right radical is a Non-General Use character meaning 'insert'. What is 'inserted' between mountains is a ravine or gorge. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'man' (夫) and 'out of' (八), and as a mnemonic: 'Man tries to get out of mountain gorge.'|