tab dump Jan 8th

It's tempting to make today's post about the random nutjob in Arizona that decided to select a completely non-random target for his gun and how when one desensitizes people through violent rhetoric, one should not be shocked if some unstable random nutjob acts like a random nutjob -- but I've done enough of that on facebook today so instead here are some tabs open in firefox at the moment.
Article about A man that was sentenced last week to 33 months in prison for blog posts that advocated for violence and assassination of 3 Federal Judges.
An interesting view of the issues behind Net Neutrality
NYC Bike Portriats 2010
A long article looking at an important question: How far along the road to Fascism are we.
The word fascism is thrown around a lot lately, mostly by people that do not understand that they themselves are fascists.
The article clarifies the definition of fascism as "a system of political authority and social order intended to reinforce the unity, energy, and purity of communities in which liberal democracy stands accused of producing division and decline."
"a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion."
And on that note, today's photos are of an abandoned scarf and balls in a playground.