Stuff that I’ve read on the net lately.
Big news this week was the leaking of the ACMA blacklist to wikileaks.org of course Senator (minister who has no idea) Conroy said it wasn’t the real internet blacklist but you could still be charged with a criminal offence if you even linked to it. A brilliant WTF? moment if I’ve ever read one.
[Ed. Why has Australia had so many incompetent idiots in charge of ICT in this country? Every Minister for ICT over the last 12 years (at least) has been a complete incompetent moron when it comes to knowing anything about the internet and/or communications and technology]
Here’s a few links of the latest happenings:
The EFA has some updates about the leaked blacklist.
There’s plenty more where that came from, you just have to search for ACMA blacklist to find lots of articles.
Only In Texas
A Texan Senator wants “private school[s] that teaches creationism to grant a Master of Science degree in the subject.”
I don’t know what to say about this, it’s one of those things that is so stupid as to defy belief. Seriously I’m thinking the “men in the white coats” should be coming along any minute to cart Senator Leo Berman away. Not surprisingly he’s a Republican Senator.
Just Say No
I’ve forgotten how many time’s myself and numerous others have shown that abstinence-only sex education is a complete waste of time and money. Since president Reagan introduced it and with the support of “God told me to” G. W. Bush, the amount of funding for abstinence only education has risen to $175 Million per year (but still the rates of teen pregnancies and STDs has increased, such that the US has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancies in the developed world) and has totalled over $1.5 Billion!!
Well it looks like some sanity may be coming back to America’s education system.
But in an ominous sign for them [abstinence-only advocates], the new Congress is already shifting its emphasis. Louise Slaughter, a congresswoman from New York and a former scientist, has introduced a bill that would fund “medically accurate” comprehensive sex education in schools. It is likely to pass.
I’m thinking the “medically accurate” education will include the use of condoms and other preventative measures. Measures that have proven time and again to work, because no matter what you say or do most people will eventually have sex. So it is far better that they are prepared than ignorant.
Atheist to Battle Christians
Christopher Hitchens is scheduled to take part in what will likely be a very lively discussion at this weekend’s Christian Book Expo at the Dallas Convention Center.
now that’s a debate that I’d like to watch.
Hat Tips to tweeps on twitter for the links.