Author archives: Jared Bridges

Blogs for Life Conference

by Jared Bridges

January 22, 2007

The Blogs for Life Conference is underway, and we’ve already heard from some challenging speakers. There’s more to come when the conference resumes at 2:30 PM ET, following the March for Life.

The live webcast will resume at 2:30 as well.

Also, live liveblogging the event are Tim from prolifeblogs.com, Katie Favazza from Townhall.com’s Elocutio blog, as well as Ivy Sellers from Human Events so be sure to check out their coverage.

Is China becoming the boys club?

by Jared Bridges

January 12, 2007

In the past, communist states were known for periodic shortages of things like eggs, milk, and toilet paper. However, the People’s Republic of China may have an even bigger problem on their hands — a shortage of girls. If officials’ predictions are correct, within 15 years there will be 30 million less women of marriageable age than men in the country.

The gender imbalance doesn’t appear to be due to growth of the “He-Man Woman Haters Club,” but to a rise in sex-selective abortions. The government’s encouragement of one-child per family has prompted a society with a traditional preference for sons to illegally abort girls.

As China has about a third of the world’s population, a gender imbalance like this will give rise to major problems not only for China, but the world. From the AP story:

The report predicted that by 2020 the imbalance would mean men of marriageable age especially those with low income or little education would find it difficult to find wives, resulting in possible social problems.

The problem is not just a rural issue, with the newborn gender imbalance also widening in cities. In the first 11 months of 2006, there were 109 boys born in Beijing for every 100 girls.

China Daily said one way to solve the problem would be to create a proper social security system so rural couples would not feel they needed a son to depend on when they get old.

Somehow a social security system doesn’t seem quite adequate an answer. Perhaps it’s time China revisits its population control polices before they lose their feminine side altogether!

I think ICANN, but I won’t.

by Jared Bridges

January 9, 2007

As if the internet didn’t have enough rough neighborhoods for web surfers to negotiate, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is once again revisiting the notion of creating a virtual red-light district on the internet. Ostensibly, this tactic will separate web pornographers from the rest of the internet, making it easier to filter out (or in) pornographic websites.

FRC opposed this action the first time around, on the grounds that it would be unenforceable — and grant a legitimizing status to the porn industry. While there have been a few revisions to the initial proposal, they don’t appear to offer much incentive for pornographers to leave the .com domain.

The domains that are available today including .com, .net, .gov, .edu, .us, etc., represent certain areas of societal value. The proposed revisions do nothing to address the fact that granting a niche business its own top-level domain name would be unique to pornographers, who would gain a status currently only available to groups like schools, governments, and nations.

Four links a-linking

by Jared Bridges

December 28, 2006

For those of you still reading the internet on this fourth day of Christmas, here are four links (plus a bonus):

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