This article does not impress me. It attempts to combat demagoguery by engaging in demagoguery. Fear is exciting to people, and clearly to the author.
Indeed, in financial terms it's "the politics of distraction."
But kudos to those filmmakers for an impressive piece of conservative activism. Sure they entrapped the ACORN employees, but how many liberal activists have been commended for chaining themselves to trees, attacking whaling vessels, or blocking military convoys with human chains? Civil disobedience is not the sole province of the Left, and it's impressive to see filmmakers willing to risk criminal charges to get their point across.
I say that as an ex-employee of ACORN with no axe to grind against the organization. Our tactics in Seattle in the 2004 elections were totally clean. We really did work on poor, minority, and youth voter outreach, and I find the actions of these particular ACORN employees reprehensible. Kudos to the filmmakers for forcing ACORN to clean house.
Prior to the internet, speech in the mass media probably wasn't as free. There weren't that many media outlets, even if you include cable TV. When you use a private media outlet, they have no duty to protect your speech. If they do, it's only because they choose to. Only the government is required to uphold free speech, not private persons or companies. Now that we have the internet, even a private person can theoretically reach everybody on the internet with their speech. The major news outlets have realized the power of the internet, and consequently take comments from viewers via the internet, lest their own proselytizing become marginalized.
Surely, you don't think the toxins for producing the microchips in the camera are anywhere near the quantity of toxins used for chemical film development? As for lasting longer, anybody's camera can be broken, lost, or stolen. Especially if you're a careless lazy consumer, not a photo professional buying high end gear that you guard with your livelihood. Mr. Careless can go to the pawnshop to buy back his stolen camera, resulting in no new ores to be mined. Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, lovely mines! Talk to the Romans about it. This wouldn't even be an article if you included any kind of quantitative comparisons at all.
Real cities have real transportation solutions in their downtown core to move people around quickly and reduce both traffic and parking congestion. Coming from Seattle, which has a downtown ride free zone, I'm amused by the whining on the part of suburbanites who expect a deliberately purposed route to go everywhere in the city for them.
What state are "the abused wealthy" going to go to? Is there a state that isn't raising taxes on the wealthy at this time? NC is still a much better deal than CA or NY.
People sure complain a lot, you'd think they're building this thing in Mayberry! Clearly the darkness movement in Arizona is driven by the vested business interest of the observatories in that state.
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