The British government is moving ahead with plans to track every private car by satellite, and charge a tax for every mile driven. If you think it couldn't happen here, you're ignoring history. London started the traffic camera craze that is now infecting this country. Radley Balko calls this the start of the surveillance society. He's right, but Orwell called it first.
I try not to write too much about the culture wars or, as Justice Scalia refers to them (illuminating his own particular deafness), the kulturkampf, but Ed Brayton spends a lot of time writing about them and fighting them. Brayton was mentioned at the end of a Washington Times article about a brewing court battle over the teaching of "Intelligent Design" in Ann Arbor. You should know a few things:
I took an online racial preference test suggested by Professor Tabarrok at MR and, I recall, also mentioned in Malcolm Gladwell's excellent book, "Blink". The test is intended to reveal unconscious racial preferences. My Implicit Association Test result was:
Your data suggest a moderate automatic preference for White relative to Black
I could have told you that without the test. It isn't one's inner preference that matters. It's how one acts. Being aware of my inner preference, I think, makes me less likely to engage in any behavior that would give effect to it. I think. I mean, I hope.