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Online Freedom of Speech April 29, 2007

Posted by marvinx in Politics, School.
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I’m doing a project for my government class on internet freedom of speech, and ran across this article. Some of you may find it interesting:

http://blog.stanford.edu/unofficial/2007/04/court_upholds_online_freedom_o.html

In a decision with repercussions for the burgeoning number of Facebook-ing and MySpace-ing teens, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled this week that high school students’ free speech is protected by both the U.S. and Indiana State Constitution, even if the students’ words are expletive-ridden or against school policy.

This is, of course, not at all a guarantee that anything can be posted online. There have been other cases where this sort of thing was ruled as being libel. Also, in this case, the sudent’s comments (while obscene) were not exactly libelous. But still, it is interesting that such comments could be ruled as political expression and be protected under the first amendment, especially coming from a high-school student.

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Stop and THINK!!!!!!!!!!! November 8, 2006

Posted by nukes in Life, Politics.
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Has anyone ever wondered as to why the world is ridden of pain, death, and hate? I think I have a possible answer. No one stops to think. For some odd reason, people, men and women alike, tend to have this overriding belief : an eye for an eye. Why is this? Why is it that the people in this world can’t simply stop, wait for their anger to dissipate, and then think rationally? The ability to think is what makes us human. It’s not the ability to love and hate, but to think. So many humans tend to forget that we ahve a brain. They let themselves be carried away by their emotions, often falling into a selfish state where they believe that they are the only wronged party. As an example, the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Why are they fighting? Is it for some scrap of desert? Is it because one of their grandfathers killed the others grandfather? Is it because someone decided that Jews must suffer? Is it because of some other sensless reason? All of these, if the participants simply stopped to think, even for a year, and considered, “Why the hell am I doing this?” I think that the world would end up a much finer place to be.

Revolution September 2, 2006

Posted by pagani in Politics.
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Revolution, is it good or bad? Does it cause the needless death of many, or does it give freedom to the oppressed? Does it rid a corrupt government, or does it place an even more corrupt government in power? Is it glorious like the one in America, or is it revolting like the one in Iran?

Now the one question we must ask our self is: What role will it play in our lives?

Spelling is cool August 28, 2006

Posted by pagani in Crazy Facts, Politics.
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If pro = good

then con = bad

therefore: progress is good

And also: congress (sounds like a branch of our goverment) is bad

Interesting quotes August 27, 2006

Posted by pagani in Politics.
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My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.
Harry S. Truman (circa 1962)

[Tony Blair] is like an actor who doesn’t really believe in his script himself but has the incredible skill to make everyone else believe in it.
Tom Conti

“When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.”
– Mae West (1892-1980)

“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it by not dying.”
– Woody Allen (1935-)

Follow-up to DOPA August 17, 2006

Posted by cmac in Politics, School.
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From a weblogg-ed:

Moreover, most solicitation incidents — almost 80 percent — happen on home computers. And fewer than 10 percent happen on a school or library computer.

Now if only our legislators would read the same blogs we do. Isn’t reflecting the populus what democracy is all about?

Deleting Online Teenagers August 13, 2006

Posted by cmac in Politics, School.
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Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA). Sounds good, right? After all, who wouldn’t support legislation that keeps ill-meaning people off of MySpace, AOL Instant Messenger and social networking sites?

You probably haven’t heard of DOPA; most of the frustration with it has been in the educational technology community, not in the student community. I find this rather interesting because DOPA doesn’t ultimately affect teachers, it affects students.
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