Posts Tagged ‘liberty’

Boys given detention for refusing to pray

education / religion / security

In England:

Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and ‘pray to Allah’ during a religious education lesson.

Parents were outraged that the two boys from year seven (11 to 12-year-olds) were punished for not wanting to take part in the practical demonstration of how Allah is worshipped.

They said forcing their children to take part in the exercise at…which included wearing Muslim headgear — was a breach of their human rights.

This is what we were told would happen in George W. Bush’s America, right? Key points to take from this are that the children were forced to participate, and they were forced to participate in something that wasn’t Christian. I await the ACLU’s response.

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“A Love Letter to America”

politics / security

Why I Am Patriotic: A Love Letter to America:

I have a confession to make. I am truly, madly, deeply in love with America.

I love my country not because she is perfect, but because she wants so badly to be.

Longer post, but well worth the effort.

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One Nation

religion

One-Nation-Under-God.jpg

“One Nation” By Luis Garcia from CreativeMYK

This is the image I cropped to stick as the holiday banner (see it on the home page). Gonna use that as the default for all the more patriotic holidays.

Honestly glad to find this image to use, since I don’t really think I need to be using Charisma Carpenter wearing that flag any more. And by “honestly glad,” I mean, “I wish Charisma wasn’t wrapped in that flag, I wish she was wrapped up in some Suppa–Huggy Johnnie Bear!”

That would be me. I…would be…the Suppa–Huggy…thing.

Too much information. Note to self: learn to fight impulses.

But I am incredibly thankful for the blessings I do have, even if those blessings are relatively Cordy–free.

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The YouTube Privacy Debacle

judiciary / security / technology

YouTube sellout?

In yet another case of judiciary run amok, the Viacom v. Google case is really turning ugly for lovers of individual liberties. The story in a nutshell is as such:

  1. The judge rules that Google must divulge YouTube’s server logs, giving another entity access to private data.
  2. Privacy groups decry the ruling because (among other things) it may be in violation of federal law.
  3. The act of giving another company this type of information will do more harm for YouTube and more to help Viacom then the proprietary YouTube technology (that everybody already copied and made better in 2007).

Michael Arrington makes an excellent point at TechCrunch:

But perhaps one of his bright young clerks or interns could have told him that (1) handing over user names and a list of videos they’ve watched to a highly litigious copyright holder is extremely likely to result in lawsuits against those users that have watched copyrighted content on YouTube, and (2) YouTube’s source code is about as valuable as the hard drive it would be delivered on, since the core Flash technology is owned by Adobe and there are countless YouTube clones out there, most of which offer higher quality video.

YouTube’s core value is in it’s network effect – the library of content along with its massive user base.

The ramifications of this precedent aren’t clear yet, but it could mean that other companies could be forced to both store and be ready to hand over private data if any other companies sees an infringement of its copyrights. While I view copyright is important, it isn’t worth giving strategic enemies — fiscal or otherwise — another way to track movements of people.

There is one positive to take from this ruling. Since we know that people will continue to use whatever means to get the truth out, companies will have to learn to use strategies that both help them make money and keep their users alive.

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