Mark is under the weather today, so, while he's convalescing, we hope you'll take the opportunity to catch up with some of his recent media appearances that you may have missed: here he is talking about provocation, transgression and The Road To Pyongyang in The National Post; and weighing the competing merits of Europe's no-go zones and the media's nothing-to-see-here zones on Sun News.
In the midst of his illness, here are a couple of pieces that caught his eye today:
~His old friend Claudia Rosett takes note of President Obama's rote pledge, after every western beheading by ISIS, to stand "shoulder to shoulder". In reality, Americans and Britons and Japanese are all on the floor lying head to head.
~The west's response to jihad is more monitoring and restraints on speech. Kathy Shaidle doesn't like the sound of the new Canadian legislation:
Police will be able to issue takedown notices, subject to the approval of a judge, to force website hosts based in Canada to destroy comments, blogs, or webpages that are found to promote or glorify terrorist organizations or attacks. People who have posted such material will be allowed to appear in court and defend their postings, although they will open themselves up to self-incrimination if they do so. If they don't appear in court, the judge can decide to order the information to be deleted anyway.
What's more likely? That police departments corrupted by years of multiculti outreach will use these new powers to target firebreathing imams? Or that they'll find it easier to use them against Blazing Cat Fur for posts linking to Marine LePen or PEGIDA?
~When he's back on his feet, Mark is planning to write something on the changing fortunes of The Vagina Monologues in an ever more transgendered age. In the meantime, Jim Goad's piece is a fun way to bring yourself up to speed.
~Apologies for the brevity of this update, but Mark hopes to be back at full strength shortly. If you haven't yet seen it, he's part of a new book (together with many eminent scientists and others who've pushed back against the climate mullahs) called Climate Change: The Facts. It's available in Kindle at Amazon outlets worldwide, as well as in Kobo and in Nook at Barnes & Noble. And, as always, we thank those of you who've continued to support Steyn's resistance to Michael E Mann's clime syndicate via SteynOnline gift certificates and other Steyn store purchases.