Random Thoughts: Internet Arguments

So, I’ve been reading the comments sections of posts while doing research for OKCBicyclist.com.  Some of them, like the comments in this article, just make my blood boil to the point where I sometimes feel the overwhelming urge to reply.  In times like that, I should remember the following quote from Neil Stephenson:

Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker’s game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.”

— Neal Stephenson (Cryptonomicon)

via Goodreads | Quote by Neal Stephenson: “Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet i…”.

The smart move is not to read them at all.


Rights or Privledges

I’m glad to see that the Courts have decided that the 4th Amendment is a geographic privilege and not an actual right.

A federal appeals court in Manhattan upheld the convictions on Monday of three Al Qaeda operatives in a ruling that bolsters the government’s power to investigate terrorism by holding that a key Constitutional protection afforded to Americans does not apply overseas.

The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit holds for the first time that government agents may obtain admissible evidence against United States citizens through warrantless searches abroad.

Via: Appeals Court Backs Warrantless Searches Abroad – NYTimes.com

I just find it amazing that this can be claimed from a text that reads so simply:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

It seems the constitution has become virtually meaningless in the face of the law-and-order mentality at this time.


Bob Barr Joins the Debates, Sort Of . . .

I’m not a big fan of the inclusion of Bob Barr into the ranks of Libertarians, but it will be refreshing to see some limited government responses to the upcoming debate questions.

As usual, the two major political parties are shutting out all third-party candidates from this season’s presidential debates, while trying to out-compete one another for how many government goodies they can promise to voters. Only this time, we have the technology to do something about it.

Via: Hit & Run > Watch Bob Barr Debate the Presidential Candidates, Live! – Reason Magazine