Sadly Too Many Have Failed to Recognize the Reality

They are us. These oppressive laws are not built on a secular or rational foundation, they are entirely the product of peculiar religious beliefs of a minority that we’ve encouraged to flex and grow.

Source: The corruption is next door. Wake up!

The situation is old, it’s been this way my whole 60+ years of life as explained to me before I was 10 years old by my American Baptist Minister Dad. He clearly taught me that many, sometimes a majority, of religious people want to have their peculiar beliefs forced on everyone else by government. We were Danbury style American Baptist so our faith included the absolute separation of church and state, unlike the regressive and oppressive majority of Baptists (southern & independent).

This is why I voted No on the last Right to Repair ballot question

Josh Siegel, an assistant professor of engineering at Michigan State University who studies connected-car security, says the automakers might be right, and the system envisioned by the law may not be technically doable. Siegel says the ballot measure may have been “well intentioned,” but it wasn’t written “with a full understanding of the complexity of automotive telematics systems.” Those systems give access not just to data about what’s broken and why but also to the driver-assistance systems that enable emergency braking and elements of the drive-by-wire system that helps drivers control their cars. Asking the automakers to pull together a safe and open telematics system in just a few months wasn’t realistic, Siegel says.

“I think that they could create a platform that would meet some of the requirements of what the legislation is calling for,” he says, “but I wouldn’t want it in my own car.”

Source: A fight over the right to repair cars turns ugly | Ars Technica

The Antivaccine (Anti-Science) Party

Although there is much that is very good in the story, the overall framing is one that I see all too often (and that annoys me), namely that it’s “unexpected” that the right would ally with antivaxxers. It’s not unexpected. It never was unexpected. But the mainstream media have long labored under this delusion even though it hasn’t been even remotely true for at least several years, if not much more than a decade.

Source: One more time: The Republican Party is the antivaccine party – RESPECTFUL INSOLENCE