Cory Booker gets it

Merely open borders oppress those who are more distant from the border. If we really want the world’s tired and poor, we must go get them; to Juarez at first; but soon our planes must fly all around the world to the tiredest and poorest, load them up, and bring them to America!

Since it’s a critical issue of social justice, none of the other Democratic candidates can afford to let Senator Booker get to the left of them. Senator Booker has gone to Mexico. Senator Harris can go to Guatemala; Sanders to, say, Namibia. To stay competitive, Elizabeth Warren will need to go to Yemen. The rest of the pack will have to scramble for the tired and poor from Chad, or the Central African Republic.

But, is the donor base prepared to pay for all these flights? Maybe not yet, but give it a few more months and I bet people will be prepared to send all the candidates, to Chad or anywhere else.

Cryptocurrency from Facebook

“Driven by profit and able to operate across national borders, they accumulated massive political power without feeling loyalty to any particular nation…”
Not the alumni of Harvard, but what Facebook et al. could do if Facebook’s new currency succeeds.

Sarcasm aside, it’s a good article worth reading.

Facebook will know what you buy, but Amazon, Google, the Red Army, Vladimir Putin, and the NSA already know what you buy unless you’re sneaking around using cash.

Tangentially, here’s a prediction: one of these days some company that paid billions to amass a trove of big data will realize that all that big data is basically worthless. Everyone will rush for the exits, and we’ll call it the Data Bubble or something.

An apparent dilemma

If some things trump freedom of religion, then whatever the state wants to suppress will be cast as one of those things.

If nothing trumps freedom of religion, then anything any depraved freak wants to do will be cast as a sacrament of his religion.

So it looks like we get either a depraved freak show, or repressive state-enforced orthodoxy.

But this is America; it turns out we can have both.

Lord Ahmed

Lord Ahmed of Rotherham?” I thought that was a joke — the nickname of a soccer player, or a crazy morning DJ or something. But it’s not a joke. Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed of Rotherham is a real British Lord. In the US he’d probably be a Senator or Congressman. Although to be fair, the House of Lords has less power than the US Congress, so maybe the joke’s on us.