Saturday, April 18th, 2009
I didn’t think it was possible, but the zero tolerance drug/tobacco hysteria in the schools just hit a new low. Next up: surgical masks for all students, less they pretend the air coming from their mouths on chilly autumn mornings is tobacco smoke.
London police delete digital photos from Austrian tourist couple’s camera. You know, because of the terrorism.
Speaking as an investigative journalist, I find the idea of a “national endowment for investigative journalism” fairly preposterous. And doling out the money according to circulation figures relies on the badly mistaken assumption that the best reporting is done by the publications with the most readers. Something also tells me that when the government starts funding investigative journalism, investigative journalists will be reluctant to go after the government. And government watchdog is the primary responsibility of a free press
The “de-baptism” movement is sort of amusing, but it strikes me as another example of smug atheists trying way too hard to assert their nonbelief. If you’re an atheist, baptism ought to strike you as an empty ritual performed before a nonexistent God on an infant incapable of consent. It you don’t believe as an adult, the fact that you were baptized means nothing. So if it really is meaningless, why make such a fuss about “undoing” it? (Disclosure: I waver between deism, agnosticism, and atheism.)
A palindromic video.
Maia Szalavitz looks at yet another problematic boarding school for troubled teens.
Some legal scholars are raising ethical questions about the new reality show that will follow Dallas DA Craig Watkins’ efforts to uncover and overturn wrongful convictions. I have a screener of the first episode, but haven’t yet watched it.