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Sunday, February 18, 2007

You Deserve A Laugh

First, Iowahawk's excellent Marcotte series.

No one can take umbrage at "Vagina Day" quite like the Anchoress, but Fausta and Kathleen Parker gave it a good try. Men will not enjoy this topic, but for women, there are only two ways to deal with vaginal feminism (which sounds like a disease, and is, but one of the mind). You can either get outraged or you can laugh at them.

Since I have wandered into such topics, please let me offer a DU'r worrying about thought crimes:
A man who was fired by IBM for visiting an adult chat room at work is suing the company for $5 million, claiming he is an Internet addict who deserves treatment and sympathy rather than dismissal.
The original poster comments on the story
So, what kind of world are we living in? One where you can just kick a guy out on his ass because he broke some rule created by a some simpleton?
Several replies follow expressing skepticism of the lawsuit's validity. The original poster tries again:
8. Seems similar to a "thought crime" to me...

Come on, you already know my opinion from the OP, but think about it. WTF does this have to do with his job performance?!?!?

If his heart and soul is into benefiting the IBM corporation, then why fire him just because he likes sex?

Sex is necessary for humanity to exist!!!!

This, plain and simple, is a thought crime. It is very likely people will surf cyberspace in the future via thought alone. In 20 years do you want to get fired for THINKING about sex?

To me this issue is clear. Humans are sucking the humanity from one another.
Does anyone else get the feeling the OP spends a lot of time at work on such sites?

Now that I have done my part to lighten your mood, you might want to read this DU thread about Chavez threatening to nationalize the food stores and grocery distributors in Venezuela. What's going on is that they put on price controls, so now goods are disappearing from the stores. Anyone who remembers Jimmy Carter's epic presidency can get a feel for it.

I have a hunch that things are going to get ugly fast there. Once you get to this point you have to start either beating up or imprisoning large numbers of people to shut down the black market. Fausta follows the Venezuelan news quite closely; she calls this Cubazuela. Also see Publius Pundit, and read the comments.

Double thanks, MoM!

And now Hugo's shopping for submarines, too.
Because when the people can't get steaks, they have to eat subs, right?

After a while these types all act the same....
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