Enemies Of The State




A new Poll shows that some 43% of self-identified Republicans believe that “the president should have the authority to close news outlets engaged in bad behavior.” how you react to that poll says more about your political views than it does the actual poll. The reactions to the news are as predictable as a sunrise, but all of them miss the real point. Sure, the media conducted a poll to find out if people really do hate them as much as they report that the people do. But looked at in context, it provides us with an opportunity to test our values against our actions. Because the myth that we “love’ free speech is as pervasive as the idea that the media is the “enemy of the state.”

While we were all watching the Manafort trial and Felix Hernandez meltdown on the mound, Saudi Arabia and Canada have basically gone to war. Why?

Pretty much the same reason most PLRI Nations get riled up. Somebody said something that they were offended by, and this time it didn’t even involve the word “Mohamed.” It was simply about Canada’s commitment to equal rights for women – all around the world. This has led to a complete breakdown in diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia and at least one tweet threatening to fly jet passenger planes in the CN Tower in Toronto.

The effort to save J50 is intriguing to me. On the one hand, the Orca is a beautiful and magnificent creature. On the other hand, it is also the mortal enemy of the Great White Shark…


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