Muslim Group Upset that Fox Show 24 Depicts Accurate Terrorists
I find it despicable that people judge all Muslims based upon the actions of a relative minority. Not all Muslims are terrorists, and Islam itself is no inherent threat to Western culture.
Still, a show like 24 butters its bread with current events. If your show involves the One Man Against Terrorism formula, it is not inaccurate to depict terrorists as practicing Islam.
Also, organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations butters its bread with knee-jerk reactions to any negative light cast on the movement or ethnic group it defends. This is not just true of this particular organization – from the NRA to NOW, if a slippery slope is to be avoided, they must protest the smallest infraction.
Thus, while the news story above is no surprise to anybody, and I am loath to assign blame on anyone, I find it incredibly silly to, for instance, blame Spielberg for depicting Nazis as being German.
RFID Tags To Turn The World Into An Awesome Playground
Make sure you watch the video. I can think of a million uses for this technology, beginning with a pack of cigarettes that unleashes a hacking cough when you open the lid.
Kucinich To Reintroduce The Poorly-Named Fairness Doctrine
The Fairness Doctrine is essentially this: there are two opinions on either side of any issue, and the government should force broadcasters to tell you both of them.
That’s a huge, steaming pile of injustice.
Kucinich is a Democrat, and doesn’t like the fact that conservative opinionship is so successful. From O’Reilly to Limbaugh, the only voice broadcast en masse is a conservative, right-wing one.
Of course, he’s right. The liberal answer to this, Air America, has been plagued by a lack of funds and a very small portion of the listening audience.
So, instead of trying to win the war of words by playing by the same rules (as entertainment industries rise and fall based entirely on the appetite of the audience), Kucinich wants to leverage the power of the government.
While I agree that a few massive conglomerates owning all of the broadcast towers is a bad thing, I don’t think the government should be involved. I don’t like that the much larger power of the government is being used for purely political aims. I can think of no reason to enact this legislation that doesn’t rhyme with sour grapes.
The biggest threat I see is the slippery slope. If we decide that a radio station has to have one hour of liberal programming to every hour of conservative programming, it brings up some issues:
1) Who decides what is conservative and what is liberal? The only answer is the government, and I don’t want the government putting any kind of definition or metric on opinions.
2) There are never just two sides to any issue. How will the FD handle multiple sides?
3) How will this impact things like podcasts and blogs? Does that mean I have to start posting a Christian point of view to every post I make about atheism? Hell, will I have to post a blog about the Transformers movie isn’t going to suck?
I don’t like this one bit. If you want an excellent 45 minute illustration of why this sucks, listen to this episode of Penn Radio.
McDonald’s Opens Drive-Thru in China
I only include this because the photograph attached to the article depicts a fat kid standing, agape, in front of the golden arches. Of course.
Short Rant About Nutrition Mavens Wanting To Close Down Fast Food Restaurants: If you don’t want to get fat, don’t eat McDonald’s; assume that people are smart enough to know that.