The people who have been wishing we had a president who is more like New Zealand’s prime minister must be into authoritarianism. The broad is downright scary:
In the wake of the attacks, the prime minister promised to keep the murderer “nameless,” and the internet promptly obliged by flushing the perpetrator’s identity down the memory hole. New Zealanders’ access to online material about him was blocked. In what has become standing operating procedure after mass attacks, social media accounts connected to the perpetrator disappeared. Internet service providers in New Zealand blocked access to sites like 4chan, 8chan, LiveLeak, and the file-sharing site Mega if the sites did not take down material related to the shooting.
This is worse than what Putin ever did in the aftermath of any terror attack or even state-sponsored murder.
The inane suggestions that this will somehow prevent similar crimes make no sense. What’s next, banning shooter video games because they “promote violence”? Violence comes from inside people, not from online material. The internet doesn’t “radicalize” anybody. Have you heard about Stalinism? Hitler Germany? The Khmer Rouge? Peter the Great, who slaughtered 20% of his country’s population? The Aztecs? How much time did they spend on 4chan?
This is all a dumb excuse for instituting censorship.
Of course, I immediately bought books.
Because it’s apparently not enough that I brought 3 books of my own, a Kindle and a stack of issues of National Review for a 3-day trip.
The used book store had nothing in Spanish and I already have Bauman with me, but otherwise the selection reflects who I am perfectly.
At least, in Alexandria I immediately found a used book store and an Indian buffet right next to the hotel, so I’m now more reconciled to the place.
The Indian buffet here doesn’t deserve to shine our local buffet’s shoes, of course. The tamarind sauce and the butter chicken look drab. The vindaloo is bland. The vindaloo! Bland! The only meat is chicken, and it’s dry. Back home we have veal and goat and always a fish option, cooked amazingly well. Here, there is nothing by way of seafood. And instead of eggs or fish pakora, they serve onion pakora. Bleh.
There is no masala tea included. No pappadam. Instead of the tea, you can order something called Indian coffee, whatever that is. All the food options are the same shade of brown. But even all this is better than no Indian place at all.
I’m now off to the bookstore. As if to mock my love of museums, there is a “surfboard store and museum” nearby.
The conference in DC is do badly placed that instead of DC I have to stay in some sorry-ass place called Alexandria, which Google says is only good for shopping and eating at fancy foodie places. Neither of which I want to do. I wanted to go to museums and eat at Mari Vanna, which, it turns out, is too far away from this useless place.
Has anybody heard anything good about Alexandria?
Compare and contrast two NYTimes headlines from today:
Michael Steinhardt, a Leading Jewish Philanthropist, Is Accused of a Pattern of Sexual Harassment
Italian Driver Sets School Bus on Fire After Kidnapping Students
There is no mention of the Italian bus driver’s religion and ethnicity, even though this is a crucial fact for understanding his crime, in the way that the Jewish philanthropist’s alleged misdeeds are not.
Also, the Jew’s misdeeds were deemed so important that I get pop-up notifications about them while there aren’t any for the terror attack in Italy. You’ll say it’s because people care more about domestic stuff but right now the front page on the paper’s app leads with 3 international stories.
Here is what Steinhardt’s alleged misdeeds were like:
Deborah Mohile Goldberg worked for Birthright Israel, a nonprofit co-founded by Mr. Steinhardt, when he asked her if she and a female colleague would like to join him in a threesome, she said.
Suggesting sex, in my opinion, is a normal human activity. Not taking no for an answer and continuing to pester is objectionable. But if everybody who suggests sex is an evildoer, then…. who really isn’t an evildoer?
This is the kind of majorly important stuff that the newspaper of record deems more important than an attempted mass murder of 50 kids.
And another cute piece of news:
In short, want an academic position in journalism? Be a dishonest ideologue and a dumb hack.
It’s a mystery why anybody would want to be in the EU at this point:
Despite some good intentions, the wholly problematic inclusion of Articles 11 and 13 mean that fundamental principles of knowledge sharing are overturned: in practice users and projects will have to prove they are allowed to share knowledge before a platform permits an upload. The EU Copyright Directive envisions a technical and legal infrastructure that treats user generated content with suspicion unless proved legal. We cannot support this—it is better to have no reform at all, than to have one including these toxic provisions.
What’s going on with Brexit, by the way? The vote was a long time ago, so where are the results?
What is the point of the EU anymore other than these totalitarian measures?