Ah Saturday! No doubt getting that yard work done, spring cleaning, garden being prepared for planting. Well to quote that famous chocolatier: “So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.”
Well if you’ve been hiding in a cave, keeping the television off, not listening to radio or podcasts then you’ve never heard of North Carolina’s bill HB2 the so called “bathroom bill” (here is the bill in question) and of course immediately the celebrities have chimed in condemning it as prejudice and bigotry. And Bruce Springsteen announced that he was canceling his concert Greensboro because
“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
Well Dr. Michael Brown wrote an excellent letter to Mr. Bruce Springsteen and his band and you really need to read this letter it is a reasoned and balanced response to Mr. Springsteen.
And Open Letter to Bruce Springsteen and His Band
As a resident of North Carolina since 2003, I read with interest that you decided to cancel your April 10th concert in Greensboro because of HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.
In your statement you explained that, in your view, the bill is “an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress.”
You added that it was time for you and your band “to show solidarity for those freedom fighters” (speaking of transgender activists), and you ended your statement with these powerful words: “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
And here Lt. Governor Forest of North Carolina explains the bill.
So as I was researching things for Frenetic Friday I came across an interesting piece by David Harsanyi senior editor at the Federalist titled:
How The Media Attacks Religious Liberty.
Most of the media won’t acknowledge that Americans who refuse to participate in a gay wedding could have any sincerely held beliefs or good faith arguments. For the media, there is hate. And there is light. (read more here)
And lastly it has been awhile since we had a Robotic Overlords article and this one is a little bit disturbing. This in from Wired: The Scarlett Johansson Bot is the Robotic Future of Objectifying Women
Seems a Hong Kong designer called Ricky Ma spent $50,000 making a robot that he named Mark1 that looks like Scarlett Johansson. Using a 3D printer and software that he taught himself to use he created this robot:
Yes I am creeped out by this too. Basically what this designer has done is shown that any woman you fantasize about with money and software you can create that woman. And yes it isn’t flesh and blood, but that is the point. Flesh and blood gets in the way, you have to deal with emotions, feelings, conflicts, the normal every day things that happen when people interact with each other. Not any more now you have your very own toy to satisfy your every whim. Now of course this robot isn’t anywhere near what I would call a substitute for an real human being but it is obviously the first step.
And with that I will say good night and come back again.