Civil Liberties: October 15, 2012

These links represent a variety of violations to privacy, personal liberty, even truth.

Especially disturbing, the Contraception video, which seems to imply that our coming Baby Boom problem would be cured by breeding enough children to help us cope with the coming onslaught of elderly and sick, but which  fails utterly to discuss the realities of raising children specifically to care for their elders. How would this be any different from slavery?

Under Legal, racial profiling gone horribly wrong, not just for those whose rights have been violated, but for the officers forced to comply with the quotas. Turn these tables and imagine that these officers are teachers trying to keep their jobs and being judged for their students’ test scores, and you begin to see the problem with the assumption that the only way to know a public servant is doing her job is by the volume of reports she files each week.

Legal

The Hunted and the Hated
An Inside Look at the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy (Upworthy):
http://www.upworthy.com/meet-the-17-year-old-who-blew-the-lid-off-racial-profiling-with-his-ipod

US court says reading other people’s online email is OK, privacy be damned (Naked Security/Sophos):
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/10/15/reading-online-email-privacy/

The Lunatic Fringe

You Deserve to Know the Truth: Contraception
http://www.upworthy.com/wow-just-wow-anti-women-propaganda-at-its-finest

Christian Group Finds Gay Agenda in an Anti-Bullying Day (The New York Times):
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/us/seeing-a-homosexual-agenda-christian-group-protests-an-anti-bullying-program.html

Let’s Do Lunch! Religious Right Attacks Kids Making New Friends in School (Americans United):
http://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/let-s-do-lunch-religious-right-attacks-kids-making-new-friends-in-school

New Metro Ads Protest ‘Hate Speech’
Religious coalition calls on Metro to donate the money it received from a controversial ad campaign (NBC4 Washington):
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/New-Metro-Ads-174184471.html

Education

The School Voucher Crisis (Center for Inquiry):
http://www.centerforinquiry.net/advocacy/the_school_voucher_crisis/ and http://www.centerforinquiry.net/uploads/attachments/OPP_School_Vouchers.pdf

A kinder way to tackle truancy (The Guardian):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/apr/03/kinder-way-to-tackle-truancy

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