Life Sheer Idiocy

I hope you can tread water

<![CDATA[BBC NEWS | UK | Antarctic’s ice ‘melting faster’:

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It is thought that over 13,000 sq km of sea ice in the Antarctic Peninsula has been lost over the last 50 years.]]>

Impolitic Life Sheer Idiocy

Not Good: High school kids with no wish to offend

<![CDATA[Boing Boing: High schoolers on free speech:

A new study reveals that far too many US high school students don’t seem to understand the meaning of free speech, aren’t taught about the First Amendment, or simply don’t care. A few choice excerpts from the AP story:

…When told of the exact text of the First Amendment, more than one in three high school students said it goes “too far” in the rights it guarantees. Only half of the students said newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories…

Three in four students said flag burning is illegal…

About half the students said the government can restrict any indecent material on the Internet.

Who is teaching these kids? Link

I was having a conversation with my wife about how kids are graded based on their willingness to stay inside well-defined lines just last night. What the hell have we done when our kids are less rebellious than a senile babushka in Stalinist Russia?]]>