The President has issued an Executive Order that would have the Secretary of the Treasury suspend the assets of anyone suspected of posing "a significant risk of committing" an act of violence against the government of Iraq. There are some people who will say this is the President burning the Constitution in front of our eyes. I'm not willing to go quite that far, but I have a hard time understanding why, if this is really a problem, the President can't convince Congress to write a law about it, like the Constitution requires. If there isn't enough evidence for Congress to act, then should the President really be acting?
Gongol.com (my personal website) is still blocked by the "Great Firewall of China", the Communist government's effort to block the people from the information freely available to the rest of the world. Apparently, my bad rep has rubbed off on the station, since WHORadio.com is blocked, too. Fortunately, China's Communist rulers are finding out how hard it is to censor the Internet. In related good news, cable and satellite TV technology are helping an opposition television station get around Hugo Chavez's censors.
Britain's chief medical adviser wants to assume that everyone is an organ donor, unless they indicate otherwise. While it could save lots of current patients needing organs, it could also discourage the development of synthetic or bio-engineered organs.
The question of "presumed consent" for organ donation is a lot like the question of "opt-out" 401(k) plans, which make retirement savings a no-brainer. We really need more programs and websites like FeedThePig.org, which is an effort by American CPAs to convince young workers to put something away for the future.
Keywords in this show: bioengineering • censorship • Chavez, Hugo • Communism • Constitution • 401(k) plans • Great Firewall of China • Internet • Iraq • organ donations • organs • savings • separation of powers