http://ccheadliner.com/news/unfriended-teachers-say-state-law-violates-first-amendment/article_de49f094-cdb1-11e0-b2d1-001cc4c002e0.html – Ever wonder why we call politicians demagogues?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/family-spokesman-for-elderly-woman-killed-by-atlanta-police-in-2006-sues-for-compensation/2011/08/25/gIQAq22aeJ_story.html – Another ugly chapter in a particularly sordid instance of police incompetence and malfeasance, never mind the evils of the no-knock warrant.
http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2011/08/aclu-campaign-schools-must-stop-blocking-kids-access-to-pornography.php – A conservative Christian’s take on the ACLU’s efforts to prevent public schools from filtering LGBT-related websites. Where the ACLU’s stated goals are straightforward, namely compelling schools to stop filtering sites such as coming-out guides and other “education resources,” Beliefnet senior editor Rob Kerby interprets the organization’s efforts as an attempt to promote porn, a subject the ACLU does not address. Apparently Kerby–the rare fundamentalist personality on Beliefnet, a site that plays host to iconic figures like Marcus Borg–and a few of his ilk are unaware that filters screen potentially objectionable content such as porn and LGBT advocacy sites separately. ACLU’s side of the story can be found here.
http://reason.com/archives/2011/08/25/reading-is-fundamentally-banne – Yet another First-Amendment-Free zone discovered in South Carolina. They’re popping up like mushrooms after a rainstorm.
http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/helloworld/27104/ – Next on the horizon (literally): floating city states. Some of you might be reminded of a Randian oceanic state portrayed in a certain computer game.