You Got to Be Kidding Me!

Links for 10/22/2008

Posted in Politics, The Intrawebs by Stacy McMahon on October 22, 2008

*A thread on the Volokh Conspiracy RE the Canadian Human Rights Commission trials of Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant for offensive speech. If you haven’t heard of this, the CHRCs are basically administrative courts that hear discrimination complaints. The twist is that “discrimination” also includes complaints based on person A being horribly offended by what person B said, indirectly, about a group of people to which A doesn’t belong. And the punishments can and do include being banned from publishing certain opinions in Canada. Way to go on that whole free speech thing, eh?

* Funny Toyota Yaris commercial. Would be funnier had they actually fired it with the catapult, but this’ll do. Nice homage to their classic ad campaigns at the end, too.

* Car Lust discusses the pros and cons of owning an old car. I like tinkering and can do a reasonable job of fabricating small parts, but I think the single thing that would go farthest for me in reducing the pain of old car ownership is a great online forum. Luckily there are more and more of these now.

* A Slashdot thread on saving wet electronics. The advice on using pure alcohol (not diluted rubbing alcohol) is good, and I can personally vouch that thoroughly drying a device out can bring it back from the dead – as long as it wasn’t running when it got wet. If it was, hey might as well try anyway…

* And while we’re on Slashdot, the latest update from the Well, duh! department: “Red Hat CEO Says Economic Crisis Favors Open Source” Because it’s, you know, free.

* Damn, there goes the ski season.

* Fark: Dead goldfish in Chicago (of course) gets a voter registration form in the mail!

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