Oh, irony*

Black Lives Matter seems to be following the Westboro Baptist playbook on protesting, which is a bad plan for so many reasons. Mostly because angering everyone is no way to win friends and influence people.

*probably. I make no promises, grammar nazis.

It comes earlier and earlier every year

It’s supposedly about the Starbucks Christmas cup, but really it’s an interesting look at the history of the most American of traditions, the commercialization of an idea, Christmas in this case.

This amuses me

Boldly going nowhere

How Star Trek explains the decline of liberalism. A bit long in the setup, but a good read.

What if Western Civilization already is meritocratic?

His solution is fascinating.

A lot of the resistance to this idea will come from a visceral dislike of anything that smacks of eugenics, for understandable historical reasons. But the main objection to eugenics, at least in the form it usually takes, is that it involves discriminating against disadvantaged groups, whether minorities or people with disabilities. What I’m proposing is a form of eugenics that would discriminate in favour of the disadvantaged.


Can’t argue with it

The unofficial car of Idaho is the Suburu Outback, which, from my observation is absolutely true.

What slippery slope?

Euthenasia, made legal in Belgium a decade ago, becomes common for more and more illnesses, some of which aren’t terminal.

There is a line between saving a life and not letting someone die by keeping them alive medically and once you cross that line it is kinder to end, rather than prolong, their suffering. But the mentally ill are, by definition, incapable of making that decision rationally.