7 Quick Takes Friday (set #139)

This week: Live Action’s Planned Parenthood video highlights – see for yourself their real nature. Chris Stefanick looks at the life of St. John Paul II. Social media, anything but. Comcast, Verizon, et al want to erect Internet toll booths (hint: they get more of your money in the end). Boko Haram and our decisive (non-)response. Milton Friedman helps us understand the economics of immigration. You may be a racist – Andrew Klavan explains how and why.

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Live Action has done much to expose the true nature of Planned Parenthood over the years. This new video pulls together poignant clips that tell the story of lies, corruption and scandal:

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Chris Stefanick has a wonderful video looking at the life of St. John Paul II:

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“Social media” is often anything but. This video makes the case for some moderation:

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In the US, unregulated monopolies control Internet speeds and pricing. It is much better in other parts of the world, but at least we have gotten a usable service for our money. A huge push is on to change that. While no one would describe me as liberal, a big part of the problem is Republicans who think “market forces” should be allowed to do whatever they want in all circumstances. Clearly they are ignorant of what monopolies are and how damaging their activities are to the public good.

The issue is net neutrality, well understood in technical circles but not appreciated by the public at large. John Oliver has done a good service:

Please, let the FCC know what you think: FCC.GOV/COMMENTS (proceeding 14-28 ).

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Boko Haram has been in the news lately for their increasingly outrageous actions (murder and kidnapping). After the taking of 270 young girls, we have responded forcefully and decisively through “hashtag diplomacy.” I am certain this has caused Boko Haram to reconsider its actions…   (warning: some inappropriate language)

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Nobel Prize winner (economics) Milton Friedman made some good, common sense observations on immigration. Nothing here helps us solve the very bad situation we are in, but it does help to understand the big picture. At one time we welcomed all with open arms, that has changed because the situation has changed and the motivations of some immigrants has too.

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Are you a racist and how can you tell? Andrew Klavan offers some help:


Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!

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