Texas Textbooks: ‘Ultraconservatives’ Approve Radical Changes To State Education Curriculum

Teachers in Texas will be required to cover the Judeo-Christian influences of the nation’s Founding Fathers, but not highlight the philosophical rationale for the separation of church and state. Curriculum standards also will describe the U.S. government as a “constitutional republic,” rather than “democratic,” and students will be required to study the decline in value of the U.S. dollar, including the abandonment of the gold standard.

“We have been about conservatism versus liberalism,” said Democrat Mavis Knight of Dallas, explaining her vote against the standards. “We have manipulated strands to insert what we want it to be in the document, regardless as to whether or not it’s appropriate.”

Following three days of impassioned and acrimonious debate, the board gave preliminary approval to the new standards with a 10-5 party line vote. A final vote is expected in May, after a public comment period that could produce additional amendments and arguments.
Decisions by the board — made up of lawyers, a dentist and a weekly newspaper publisher among others — can affect textbook content nationwide because Texas is one of publishers’ biggest clients.

Texas bigots have discovered another way to manipulate the populace via clever media strategy: just start lying to children!

Steve Wozniak to the FCC: Keep the Internet Free – Steve Wozniak – Technology – The Atlantic

We have very few government agencies that the populace views as looking out for them, the people. The FCC is one of these agencies that is still wearing a white hat. Not only is current action on Net Neutrality one of the most important times ever for the FCC, it’s probably the most momentous and watched action of any government agency in memorable times in terms of setting our perception of whether the government represents the wealthy powers or the average citizen, of whether the government is good or is bad. This decision is important far beyond the domain of the FCC itself.


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Woz on today’s FCC “Net Neutrality” hearing

R.I.P. Delicious: You Were So Beautiful to Me

The Library of Congress should have bought it, similar to the way it has now archived every Tweet ever tweeted.

So much value. So unappreciated. So tragically lost. Where will we all gather next, where our bookmarks can be centralized for maximum network effect? Perhaps this story demonstrates that’s not the right question to ask.

What are the other good services in this same market? I don’t even know where to ask that question anymore.

See also: Delicious’s Data Policy is Like Setting a Museum on Fire

I just can’t beleive Yahoo couldn’t find a business model for Delicious. I would have payed a small, nominal yearly fee for it.

News Corp. “Daily” iPad Newspaper Set For January Launch | Peter Kafka | MediaMemo | AllThingsD

Given that News Corp. has hired dozens of blabby journalists for the Daily, and interviewed many more, lots of other details about the app/service have leaked out already: It will come out daily, it will sell for 99 cents a week, it will use lots of video and it will have cool multimedia bells and whistles, including some kind of 3-D effect that lots of people are very excited about. And Apple CEO Steve Jobs may or may not participate in a launch event.

Most important for other media companies: The Daily is supposed to use a new “push” subscription feature from Apple, where iTunes automatically bills customers on a weekly or monthly basis, and a new edition shows up on customers’ iPads every morning.

Well, it’s coming. Let’s hope it revolutionizes journalism once again! There’s been a lot of that going around, hasn’t there?

Jon Stewart calls out John McCain on DADT – War Room

While entertainment media tends to gross me out with broad generalities, unsupportable facts, and unnecessary sensationalism, somehow John Stewart manages to always reign his hyperbole just in time when the facts support it.

John McCain is currently my #1 Bigot to Hate. Demonstratable Hypocrisy is just the tip of the iceberg.

WikiLeaks Archive – China’s Battle With Google

China: “The Web is fundamentally controllable.”

Click-through for the entire, excellent article. This a must-read for anyone concerned about internet privacy, international diplomacy, and what real terrorism looks like.  And why Wikileaks is an absolutely necessary component of today’s media landscape.

Like It or Not, WikiLeaks is a Media Entity: Tech News «

WikiLeaks is a publisher — a new kind of publisher, but a publisher nonetheless — and that makes this a freedom of the press issue. Like it or not, WikiLeaks is fundamentally a journalistic entity, and as such it deserves our protection.

This is the crux of the issue. People who would choose to obfuscate the debate with calls of terrorism and leglate against it as such, demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of how the internet operates. I’m talking @you, Lieberman. Whatever happened to your crusade for the rights of average citizens? Oh, I almost forgot – you’re now at the reigns of the Homeland Security department, and as we all know, power corrupts.

Woe for Joe. Woe for America.

Amazon and WikiLeaks – Online Speech is Only as Strong as the Weakest Intermediary | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression against government encroachment – but that doesn’t help if the censorship doesn’t come from the government.

The controversial whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, which has begun to publish a trove of over 250,000 classified diplomatic cables, found itself kicked off of Amazon’s servers earlier this week. WikiLeaks had apparently moved from a hosting platform in Sweden to the cloud hosting services available through Amazon in an attempt to ward off ongoing distributed denial of service attacks.

While it’s frustrating to think of any hosting provider cutting services to a website because it considers the content too politically volatile or controversial, it’s especially disheartening to see Amazon knuckle under to pressure from a single senator. Other Internet intermediaries should now expect to receive a phone call when some other member of Congress is unhappy with speech they are hosting. After all, it worked on Amazon.

Make sure to read the whole article. I almost didn’t even excerpt it.

WikiLeaks Archive — Cables Uncloak U.S. Diplomacy

The disclosure of the cables is sending shudders through the diplomatic establishment, and could strain relations with some countries, influencing international affairs in ways that are impossible to predict.

The White House said the release of what it called “stolen cables” to several publications was a “reckless and dangerous action” and warned that some cables, if released in full, could disrupt American operations abroad and put the work and even lives of confidential sources of American diplomats at risk. The statement noted that reports often include “candid and often incomplete information” whose disclosure could “deeply impact not only U.S. foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world.”

Is this really terrorism? It’s thinking you can keep hundreds of thousands of messages private in this day and age is the absurd part – and that’s entirely bad planning on our end. Especially, when the documents reveal disturbingly Machiavellian plots, to – for example – force our Abmassadors to collect biometric and other private data about the people they’re supposed to have above-board diplomatic relationships with.  That, to me, seems reckless and dangerous.

Who’s prosecuting Condoleeza and Hillary for forcing Federal employees to essentially break international law by acting as spies on our own Embassy soil?