Quick Hits from the Web

Here are a few things from around the web that I found interesting over the last couple of days. Should be back writing soon. Not really sure what will be coming next, but I’ll be at it soon enough like I said. Enjoy these until then.

Japan’s Prime Minister reneges on his promise to move the notorious US military base off Okinawa. The base has been the source of significant noise pollution and crime affecting the local residents. Read the story here at NPR. Chalmers Johnson’s book Blowback also gets into greater detail about Okinawa and its place in US foreign policy.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has a piece in the New York Times proposing reform in the way judges are appointed to state courts. Might be a worthwhile initiative if it actually gets citizens involved in the process of evaluating potential judges and their positions.

Martin Gardner, who I’d never heard of before, passed away this week. Gardner was a strong skeptic and his last column was a critique of Oprah’s constant endorsements of pseudo-medicine and baseless treatments, especially Jenny McCarthy’s psychotic anti-vaccine crusade. Read the piece here. Like I said, never heard of him, but based on this piece his death is a great loss.

According to this editorial by law professor David Crump, the now notorious Arizona immigration law requires that lawful arrests be made before anyone can be investigated for being illegal. Interesting take on the law, though I’m not sure why this fact hasn’t come up in any coverage, even from Arizona’s government. The impression given by most discussion is that “reasonable suspicion” is left to officers, so now I’m just more confused.

The Daily Beast has a fun little feature on the 11 Greatest Literary Feuds. Gore Vidal and Truman Capote seem to make enemies rather easily, a fact which doesn’t surprise me.

I’ll leave you with this utterly joyous and fun video from Montreal band Think About Life. Great tune as well. Take care.

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