Sheldon: Biologically speaking, Howard is perfectly justified in seeking out the optimum mate for the propagation of his genetic line.

Howard: Thank you, Sheldon.

Sheldon: Now, whether that propagation is in the interest of humanity is, of course, an entirely different question.

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Looking at Twitter Friday Morning I see that it’s necessary to repeat some basic facts of the internet for the benefit of young people who may not know them. Consider this a public service to any person who uses the net.

1.  If you choose to enter the public debate, people will debate you.

It never ceases to amaze me is the expectation that one can enter public debate on the net and expect to not have to defend one’s positions against people who disagree with you.  If you are going to make a public debate on a subject being discussed be prepared to have folks intelligent or not, disagree.

2.  Whatever you say on the internet is inherently public.

Even if you aren’t debating the rule applies.  No matter what you do or say or chat.  If it is on the net on a blog, in a comment, on a forum or in a chat it is public.  Even a “private” post is only as private as the least discreet person you are dealing with.

3.  Whatever you say on the internet is forever.

It takes less than a second to screen capture something on the net.  Once you’ve said something or done something on the net one must assume that it will be there forever.

4.  The default setting of the net is “traceable”

It takes an effort to be truly anonymous, you have to not only mask your IP but if you are having conversations etc you have to mask your speech patterns, for example I use the word “Yet” a lot in writing so if I wanted to comment on something under a different name a person looking to find me could use a program to search that pattern.

5.  The only requirement for finding something “hidden” on the net, is patience.

If a person has the desire to find some information that was placed on the net and is willing to spend weeks or months doing so, they will invariably find what they are looking for if it exists.

6.  Reporters search for information for a living.

If you want to hide information the person you would fear the most is a reporter.  The job of a reporter is to find information that people want to hide and unless a reporter deliberately avoids looking for said info (read MSM concerning Liberals) they will find it.

7.  Nothing is more dangerous than a pre-internet reporter with net knowledge

There are four types of reporters two of which are dying out:

1.  Hard working reporters
2.  Lazy reporters
3.  Old pre-internet reporters who are not net savvy
4.  Old pre-internet era reporters who have become net savvy.

Of the four the most dangerous to a person hiding information is the pre-internet era reporter who is net savvy.  Such a reporter is used to doing research in the old-fashioned way, going to locations, questioning people, locating hard to find articles and books physically and then reading through them,  looking for stray documents that only exist on paper.

To that person used to the physical effort of the former,  hours or days of web searches is a walk in the park.

8.  Beware of obsessive enemies online:

There have always been crazy obsessive people out there, but in the old pre-net days their ability to cause trouble was limited to their driving range, with the net such a person is able, if they want, to make trouble to literally watch your every move for a mistake and pounce when you make one.

Now while all these rules are widely applicable to anyone they all lead to a rather specific conclusion:

9.  Don’t try to mess with or out Crazy Robert Stacy McCain.

What you have here is an obsessive, web savvy old school reporter of 30 years experience, intimately acquainted with libel law,  with a large following who knows how to search the web, recognize patterns and find things.  Furthermore because of his large following among other web savvy people if you choose to mess with him there are literally hundreds of people who will happily supply him with said info if they know it exists or point him in the right direction.

And if that wasn’t bad enough he has the patience to hold said info and release it in a snappy entertaining style that increases the likelihood that people will read it maximizing its effect.

The first amendment gives you the right to free speech, but it doesn’t protect you from the consequences of speech nor does your first amendment said right of another.

So if, for example you are Nicholas Edwin “Sarah” Nyberg and choose you make a public argument concerning say #gamergate which is a topic of current discussion and you react to biting critique from Robert Stacy McCain by say, aiding in his temporary suspension from twitter (a forum he uses to augment his readership and thus his income) it is perfectly reasonable to expect that if one said something in a chat room 10 years earlier that might be at best highly embarrassing or at worst legally actionable that Mr. McCain would not only discover it but tweet it out to his nearly 90,000 followers with screen shots and snark.

One might further expect that if you are someone on twitter like say @Auragasmic who chooses to defend Nyberg or believe his assertions that one might face creative embarrassment that will be retweeted to Mr. McCain’s followers or cause the promotion of slightly odd but devastating Youtube videos that might gather 43,000 views or more be followed up by a larger piece that says something like this:

A shocking new video released this week has brought new attention to claims of pedophilia made against a longtime critic of the #GamerGate movement. The video quotes Internet chat logs attributed to Sarah Nyberg expressing sexual interest in preteen girls

and perhaps get the attention of nationally known reporters with an international platform and

The story is currently working its way through Breitbart’s legal process. I hope to be able to share it with you all soon.

Bottom Line:  Going after Robert Stacy McCain is like poking a wolverine with a stick, you have a right to do it, but it’s unlikely to end well for you.

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Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) was nominated for Best Foreign Film this year. I can’t tell you whether it’s a better film than the winner, Ida (since I haven’t seen it), but I can tell you that I’m wild about Wild Tales.

There aren’t many Argentinian films that make it to our shores, but over the years three stand out: Nine Queens (Nueve reinas, 2000), The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos, 2009), and now Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes, 2014). All three are enjoyable, but Wild Tales is exceptional.

Anthology films carry short stories that may or may not be tied together.  In Grand Hotel (1932), the stories are tied under the same roof; in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), they are not. Wild Tales has more in common with the latter – starting with the opening tale, which takes place in an airplane.

Right after that opening tale, the credit sequence shows all the names next to photos of wild animals (the three producers with three elephants), adding a touch of humor. Actor Ricardo Darin, who stars in all three of the Argentinian films mentioned above, gets top billing and an eagle.

There are six tales in total,
1. The airplane
2. The roadside restaurant
3. The car trip (remember Duel? This will keep you on your toes, too)
4. The towed car
5. The accident
6. The wedding

The appeal of the tales is that they each can take place anywhere.

All the stories are brilliantly interpreted by an excellent cast, and beautifully executed with the photography, cinematography, soundtrack, and every other aspect striking the right note. The locations vary from claustrophobic to wide-open, depending not only on the tale, but on the plot twists.

I’m not going to spoil the film by giving away anything more. Just keep in mind that the official website describes its characters as

Una traición amorosa, el retorno del pasado, una tragedia, o incluso la violencia contenida en un detalle cotidiano, se presentan para impulsarlos al vértigo de perder los estribos, al innegable placer de perder del control.

A love betrayed, the return of the past, a tragedy, or even the violence in a daily event, propels them to the vertigo of outrage, to the undeniable pleasure of losing control

Yes, melodramatic as it sounds, it’s worth it.

Funny, astonishing, suspenseful. . . Wild Tales.

Rated R for language, violence, sex scenes, and adult themes, this is not a film for kids.

Argentinian Spanish with English subtitles.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Gandhi: …I will save the Court’s time, M’Lord, by stating under oath that to this day I believe non-co-operation with evil is a duty. And that British rule of India is evil.

Advocate General:The Prosecution rests, M’Lord.

Judge Broomfield:I take it you will conduct your own defense, Mr. Gandhi.

Gandhi:I have no defense, My Lord. I am guilty as charged. And if you truly believe in the system of law you administer in my country, you must inflict on me the severest penalty possible.

Gandhi 1992

Kim Davis has been jailed

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she repeatedly denied them marriage licenses, cited her religious beliefs and “God’s authority.”

The judge said his only alternative was to jail her because he did not believe she would comply with his order even if she were fined. She was escorted out of his courtroom by a deputy, although not in handcuffs, to be turned over to the custody of federal marshals.

And the left is slightly worried:

An interesting detail from BuzzFeed: Lawyers for the gay couples who want her to issue the licenses asked the court to fine her, not send her to jail. Since when do gay-rights supporters ask for leniency for a Christian who’s defying them on gay marriage? Since, I think, this case started picking up national media attention. They don’t want to make a martyr out of Davis. Locking her up does that in a visible way that hitting her in the wallet doesn’t.

They should be, from the very first Christians from St. Peter to St Paul and public officials like St. Thomas More all willingly went to jail and worse for Christ and rather than destroy Christianity it has made it stronger.

And anyways it’s part of the Job Description:

Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.

Now I’m a law and order guy and personally I would have resigned which is consistent with the actions of some Roman officials who converted but Ms. Davis stance is not inconsistent with others.

Her position takes a lot of courage and it’s likely why so many are so enraged at her.

I don’t know how long she will be in jail but I’ll tell you this in 100 years I suspect many of those who hate Ms. Davis today will hate her even more.

Update: At Instapundit Ed Driscoll has some has fun:

To borrow from Glenn’s tweet earlier today, alternate headline: Yet another Democrat official arrested for violating the law. (And thus, gay marriage comes full circle, with California Democrats breaking the law before Obergefell, and a Kentucky Democrat afterwards.)

Just remember all she asked was that her name be removed from the Document.