Simon Black’s tally of this week’s absurdities. From Black at sovereignman.com:
Are you ready for this week’s absurdity? Here’s our Friday roll-up of the most ridiculous stories from around the world that are threats to your liberty, risks to your prosperity… and on occasion, inspiring poetic justice.
Canada plans to punish hate speech pre-crime
If passed, a bill in the Canadian legislature will punish online or in-person “hate speech” with a fine up to C$20,000 (about $16,000 USD) if it targets a specific person.
The law states that “hate speech means the content of a communication that expresses detestation or vilification of an individual or group of individuals on the basis of a prohibited ground of discrimination.”
Nice and vague, just the way they like it.
The law also allows the courts to intervene if a person fears they will be the target of a hatred motivated offense.
So basically it’s like pre-crime. If a potential victim feels that you might hate them, they can apply for what is essentially a restraining order. What’s more, the judge can demand that you surrender weapons, wear a GPS monitor, remain under house arrest, abstain from alcohol, and submit to drug tests.
This is all without being charged, let alone convicted, of any crime.
And anyone who does does not follow the orders faces a year in prison.
Click here to read the full bill.
California city says “add lemon juice” to dirty water
Because of the drought conditions in California, the water in Sacramento (the state’s capital) is tasting a little earthy.
The city says this is because there’s a higher concentration of geosmin is found in the water due to the drought-induced low water levels.
Geosmin tastes like dirt.