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What I’ve Been Reading March 9

Arizona Senate approves bill on ‘wrongful births’: Now, if your baby is born with a major defect that you knew nothing about, you can’t sue the doctor. Because if a doctor thinks you might abort a baby, they should be allowed to lie by omission with impunity to make sure you maintain the pregnancy.*

Wow, this situation must have been really difficult to navigate. What would you do if your wife or husband said they were transgender after years of marriage and that they wanted to make the physical transition? Would you be able to maintain your relationship? Kudos to this family for staying to together. Must have taken very strong commitment and drive.

“After you eat, remember to go to the Great Hall to clap! Raise your hands! Clap! Raise your hands! Clap! Raise your hands!”

“Quick: What country jails the most journalists?”

List of Celebrity Atheists? Why not? Not that a celebrity holding an opinion makes it a more valid opinion, but it certainly helps to know that famous people share your disbelief and are still famous.

It would seem that you have to live in the United States (probably outside of certain areas) to understand what it means to be an atheist in the U.S. Nathalie Rothschild clearly doesn’t get it. After seeing responses to her first article on how pointless she thinks the Reason Rally is, she dug the hole a little deeper with the second.

An apartment building in Minneapolis is going to have its own solar system! Wow!**

The building will have a rooftop deck, a solar system and a business center, and Minn said that he hopes to attract people who work downtown and at the University of Minnesota who might want to walk to work.

Maybe they mean solar power system? It’s a necessary distinction.

The language in this article may be a little over-the-top, but the point that Americans really love and cherish our public land is very valid. I’m really thankful to past leaders for deciding to maintain so much land in the United States as untouched or barely touched wilderness. And that’s coming from someone who has easy access to 160 acres of private land to hunt and enjoy as I wish (in accordance with hunting season, of course).*** The trees are more than all right.

I like Kelly Clarkson and I understand why she tweeted about liking Ron Paul. He’s pretty libertarian in the sense of believing government should stay out of private lives and focus on fiscal issues. It’s unfortunate if he has said racist/homophobic/sexist/etc. things, but all she said was she liked him (not “VOTE FOR RON PAUL”).

*Sarcasm on my part. Unfortunately not sarcasm on the part of the supporters of the bill.

**Hope it’s clear I’m making fun of this mistake.

*** I don’t actually hunt, but that’s beside the point.

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According to Eric X. Li, Superior Government Means…

Oh look, an angering op/ed post about the superiority of China’s political system. It fails to account for people like myself who believe in inalienable human rights without having any faith in a higher power. The author may have a few intriguing points, but ultimately just sounds like a crazy person to me.

I’m pretty sure he said it’s okay for government to curtail individual rights severely (the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests were, according to this man, better than the alternative – so killing hundreds or possibly thousands of innocent civilians is better than…what, exactly?) if it’s in the best economic interests of a country. The United States has its flaws, but at least our government is based on the consent of the governed.

And yes, many Americans do have somewhat of a blind faith in human rights, but not every American does. Many Americans, myself included, view human rights as a very good “end” to aim for, not just because we’re told it is, but because living in a world where we are free to speak our minds without living in fear of the repercussions is a beautiful thing. A government free to curtail human rights is not a government for, by and of the people, and there is no guarantee that such a government has intentions that are best for the people. My government is not my father or my parent, allowed to ignore or suppress what I say because I’m too naive to know better, and I don’t believe people need a government that functions in that manner, although this author apparently does.

I’d rather live in a free state in decline than live in China, where political dissenters disappear and people can  be held in jail without being charged. Where the infrastructure is so fraught with issues that children die in their schools because of earthquakes. And where corruption is so rampant that schools aren’t even built to proper safety standards.

China’s political system is only superior to the United States’ system if superior means more likely to kill or imprison innocent civilians for speaking their minds.

 

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