Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Comments and Carnivals

John McKay notes a troubling pattern:
Every time the Bush administration decides that they have the right to mistreat foreigners in certain ways, they eventually get around to claiming the right to treat American citizens that way. Declare them 'enemy combatants' and hold them without charge, access to a lawyer, or notifying their family? Check? Tap their phones, read their e-mail, and rifle through their unmentionables drawer without a warrant? Check? Assassination? Check. Which 'right' to use against US citizens are they going to claim next: torture or pre-emptive nuclear strikes?
I'm guessing torture, unless gerrymandering, pandering, fearmongering, lying and vote rigging doesn't suffice to maintain their hold on Congress: then they might need to do a little "preemptive demographic adjustment." (Then they'll point to Waco and say "Clinton did it, too!")

And who could have imagined that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion could be a useful analytic tool in modern politics?


Carnivals!
Carnival of the Vanities includes one of my pieces, but so far it hasn't produced more than a few visitors. It's a pretty minimalist presentation this time. Comparative Desk Studies is interesting and this attempt to prove the non-existence of God is OK.

Grand Rounds is a really good collection, simply but clearly presented. This is my favorite, sweet and heartbreaking (actually, the whole blog's like that). This one is disgusting, funny, and deeply troubling (in an informative kind of way). Some really great writing going on in the medical community.

Tangled Bank is done as a tour of Seattle, though a bit more explication might have helped the liberal arts majors among us. Still, it's a very rich collection and well worth exploring.

Carnival of the Liberals is heavy on atheism, science and credos, which you'd expect from PZ Myers. An interesting thought experiment on real choice and privacy, a meditation on science and politics, and a lament for journalistic clearheadedness are my favorites.

I, however, am engaged in first-born fasting, de-leavening and poultry distillation. Yeah, Passover starts tonight: Chag Sameach, and may we all be free!

3 comments:

Melinda Casino said...

Happy Passover.

Congrats on being included in the Carnival.

Zeno said...

Yes, congratulations on being included in the Carnival of the Vanities and thanks for the plug for my article in the Carnival of the Liberals. I'm glad you liked my piece.

Ahistoricality said...

Melinda: Thanks and... .thanks?

Carnival of the Vanities is the oldest of the carnivals, but it's also the one with the lowest threshold for entry: people are supposed to self-select their "best work" but anything submitted is included. Hosts who've tried to impose anything other than topical organization schemes have gotten flamed pretty badly; editorial discretion is non-existent.

I enjoy the diversity of it: there are a few regulars, but there's also a completely random element. CoV has been somewhat dominated by its conservative origins; I'm waging a one-blog campaign to promote it (and the Carnivals of Satire and Comedy) in the liberal blogosphere and increase our participation.