All the July 4th Links You Wanted — And More!
* The Declaration of Independence has a typo; America is abolished. Happy Fourth of July.
* Like the Founders intended, an investigation into Blackwater was squashed after a top manager threatened to murder a State department official. Checks and balances. The system works.
I cannot accept this invitation, for I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever “fixed” at the Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers particularly profound. To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today. When contemporary Americans cite “The Constitution,” they invoke a concept that is vastly different from what the Framers barely began to construct two centuries ago.
* As a Canadian I rather like the idea of the American Revolution being aborted and our Yankee cousins staying within the Empire. Among other things it would have meant that slavery would have ended in America a generation earlier and without violence (the British outlawed the slave trade in 1807 and abolished slavery in 1834).
* Gynofuturism: Zoe Saldana says the best roles for women are in space.
* How Belgium built one of the top contenders for the 2014 World Cup, and what the team means to this fractious nation. How Tourette’s-afflicted Tim Howard went from international ridicule to World Cup history. Really, All Hail Tim Howard. How Spain Succumbed to the Innovator’s Dilemma. Why the last group stage game is played simultaneously. Who Won the World Cup of Arm-Folding?
* Zwarte Piets were once openly characterized as Santa’s slaves. Man, Santa’s legacy is complicated.
* Cop Keeps Job After Violently Shoving Paraplegic Man From Wheelchair. The search continues for something a cop can do that will actually cost them their job.
* The European Court of Human Rights has upheld the basic human right we all know about to see other people’s faces in public.
* A radical reply to Hobby Lobby: Take Away the Entire Welfare State From Employers. And another: Hobby Lobby, Student Loans, and Sincere Belief.
* Membership has its privileges: African leaders vote to give themselves immunity from war crimes.
* The arc of history is long &c: Oakland Raiders Will Pay Cheerleaders Minimum Wage This Season.
* American Gods is alive! It’s on Starz, but it’s alive!
* Scenes from the next Paolo Bacigalupi novel: An abandoned mall in Bangkok has been overtaken by fish.
* The UNC fake-classes scandal has gotten so outrageous even the NCAA has been forced to pay attention.
* The Hooded Utilitarian has been running an Octavia Butler Roundtable.
* Another Pixar conspiracy theory: the truth about Andy’s Dad.
* And some more good news! Bear rescued after head gets stuck in cookie jar. Happy Fourth of July!
Written by gerrycanavan
July 4, 2014 at 8:00 am
Posted in Look at what I found on the Internet
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