– 5 Easy Ways to Spot a B.S. News Story on the Internet. Anyone forward this to Drudge?
– The film Argo (about a CIA agent smuggling Americans out of Iran by pretending they are a film crew) could make foreign governments even more paranoid about Americans abroad, particularly film crews.
– Obamacare continues to produce unintended consequences: some companies are now dropping health coverage for spouses.
– Canada’s Supreme Court has upheld the nation’s stringent hate speech laws.
– A Michigan country club has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to the secular Center for Inquiry, which sued after the club cancelled a Richard Dawkins book signing because of Dawkins’ atheist views. The lawsuit was based on the statist fiction that country clubs are “public accommodations.”
– Minnesota State Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R-Glencoe) said yesterday that homosexuality is a choice and an “unhealthy, sexual addiction.”
– Alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning has pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him, while pleading not guilty to the 12 more serious charges, including “aiding the enemy.”
– The Arkansas state legislature has overridden Governor Mike Beebe’s veto, passing a law prohibiting abortions at 20 weeks.
– Daily Show host Jon Stewart on drones: “I like the president, but if he’s going to claim the right to kill me with a flying robot, don’t I at least deserve to know why?”
– Japanese police have arrested 27 alleged file-sharers in the first wave of arrests since the country passed one of the most draconian anti-piracy laws in the world.
– The British government is demanding that all photos of (or purporting to be of) convicted murderers Jon Venables and Robert Thompson be removed from the Internet, threatening to prosecute anyone who uploads them. The British apparently believe that once you are released from prison, the world should be forced to forget the crime or crimes that put you there. (In 1993, Venables and Thompson, then both 10 years old, abducted, tortured and murdered 2-year-old James Bulger.)
– And finally, senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) have formed a bipartisan alliance to take on the president’s use of drone strikes. I wish them the best of luck.