Story from the Western Standard.
In the spring, the Government of Canada introduced two pieces of legislation that would greatly expand the power of the state to monitor its citizens online activity. The legislation, known as the Investigative Powers for the 21st Century (IP21C) Act, would force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to install costly surveillance systems on their networks and give police wide ranging new powers that do away with judicial oversight.
…First, ISPs will be required to install costly surveillance equipment on their networks. …Second, the legislation would require that all ISPs give personal information to the government, including the names of their customers, as well as their IP, e-mail, and mailing addresses—on demand and without any judicial oversight.
Police will also gain expanded powers under this legislation. First, they will be able to obtain information about Internet-based messaging, including tracking what sites people are visiting and who they are communicating with. This information will be subject to a judicial order. Second, police will be able to order ISPs to preserve data on their customers. Third, police will be able to obtain a warrant to remotely activate tracking devices in technologies such as cellular telephones.
Surprising, because the Conservatives are in power in Canada.
Story from Science Daily. (H/T Verum Serum)
[I]n a new study from the Netherlands, scientists have found fetal short-term memory in fetuses at 30 weeks…
Based on their research, the scientists found the presence of fetal short-term memory of 10 minutes at 30 weeks. They determined this because a significantly lower number of stimuli was needed to reach habituation in a second session, which was performed 10 minutes after the first session. They also found that 34-week-old fetuses can store information and retrieve it four weeks later.
Verum Serum comments:
None of the articles mentions abortion, but the significance of the study to that debate is obvious. With viability and fetal pain as early as 22 weeks, this study only confirms that late term abortion is not the removal of a blob of tissue but the killing of a human being able to feel, learn and think.
How about this: let us agree not to undertake any actions for our own pleasure that may result in the death of an innocent person. There are other things we can do for fun with the opposite sex, like talking to them, caring for them and helping them to grow in their knowledge of God.
The video is up at Hot Air. (H/T 4Simpsons)
So what is the unemployment rate now? How well is Obammunism working?
WHTR News reports:
President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus bill to revive the economy is a staggering figure. So why then is there talk in Washington about a possible second stimulus package to jolt the American economy out of recession?
Economists say that only 10 percent of stimulus dollars have been spent and the president’s plan has been criticized for not creating enough jobs.
“You can’t justify it logically. You have to justify it politically and that’s what this comes down to. It’s political distribution of dollars,” said Matt Will, University of Indianapolis.
When the president signed the Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law in February, he said it would create new jobs. Yet unemployment now stands at almost 9.7 percent, the highest in over two decades.
When will voters learn that there is no way to stimulate an economy by spending? The right way to stimulate an economy is by creating jobs, by passing laws to encourage businesses to expand and hire more employees. For example, we could have spent 400 billion dollars and cut the employer portion of payroll taxes, so American workers would go on sale. The Democrat porkulus bills (1 and 2) did noting to create private sector jobs.
Remember, Democrats caused this recession and Republicans tried to stop them. Why should we trust Democrats to get us out of the mess they put us into?
This is just a round-up of a few issues that that will be of interest to those who would like to learn more about the challenges facing men today. These articles are all from this week.
And from earlier posts this week:
And some oldies-but-goodies:
And the Independent Women’s Forum’s introduction to Title IX, which discriminates against male athletics on the university campus.
Story from the Atlanta Journal-Constution. (H/T ECM)
Frank Hatley has languished in a South Georgia jail for more than a year.
The reason? He failed to reimburse the state for all the public assistance his “son” received over the past two decades.
The problem? Hatley is not the biological father — and a special assistant state attorney general and a judge knew it but jailed Hatley anyway.
Even after learning he was not the father, Hatley paid thousands of dollars the state said he owed for support. After losing his job and becoming homeless, he still made payments out of his unemployment benefits.
Hatley’s lawyer, Sarah Geraghty of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, said two independent DNA tests — one nine years ago and one just a few days ago — prove he is not the biological father.
“This is a case of excessive zeal to recover money trumping common sense,” she said. “What possible legitimate reason can the state have to pursue Mr. Hatley for child support when he does not have any children?”
It may be difficult for Hatley to get out from under the court order, said Atlanta family lawyer Randall Kessler, who is not associated with the case. “It’s definitely unfair,” Kessler said. “But at the same time, he’s dealing with a valid court order.”
This is yet another reason for Christian men to prefer chastity. Chastity is a higher calling for Christian men and feminism is so widespread that single men need to be very careful about discrimination, fraud and coercion by the marxist-feminist state. Men go to jail and/or commit suicide for failure to pay alimony, child support, etc. all the time. My advice: don’t get involved until they fix the problem.