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24 March 2007

Many Americans see little point to Web: survey | Technology | Internet | Reuters

Many Americans see little point to Web: survey | Technology | Internet | Reuters: "MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (Reuters) - A little under one-third of U.S. households have no Internet access and do not plan to get it, with most of the holdouts seeing little use for it in their lives, according to a survey released on Friday.

Park Associates, a Dallas-based technology market research firm, said 29 percent of U.S. households, or 31 million homes, do not have Internet access and do not intend to subscribe to an Internet service over the next 12 months.

The second annual National Technology Scan conducted by Park found the main reason potential customers say they do not subscribe to the Internet is because of the low value to their daily lives they perceive rather than concerns over cost.

Forty-four percent of these households say they are not interested in anything on the Internet, versus just 22 percent who say they cannot afford a computer or the cost of Internet service, the survey showed." MORE

Give Me Liberty: The New Americanism by Nat Hentoff

Give Me Liberty: The New Americanism by Nat Hentoff: "For the past six years, more Americans have become aware of this fragility—as some of our basic liberties continue to recede, now reaching a new, especially dangerous development in the Military Commissions Act of 2006, spawned by the Bush-Cheney administration.

Among its 'chilling' provisions, Leahy says, 'inserted [by the White House] in the dark of night in the final days before the bill's passage,' is a greatly expanded definition of 'enemy combatants.' This expansion includes 'people that any group of decision-makers selected by the President decides to call 'enemy combatants' '—and put into cells.

If these prisoners are legal noncitizen immigrants in this country, they will have no habeas corpus rights to go into court to challenge why they are being held—and they can be 'detained' indefinitely. If American citizens are declared 'enemy combatants,' they can have lawyers in our courts, but the MCA severely diminishes their rights to due process." MORE

The Shape of Things too....

ID Refusniks To Be Prisoners In Their Own Country: "People who attempt to resist the forthcoming Big Brother ID card and database system in the UK will never be able to leave the country according to the Government official in charge of the scheme.

As the UK Daily Mail reported last weekend:

James Hall, the official in charge of the supposedly-voluntary scheme, said the Government would allow people to opt out - but in return they must 'forgo the ability' to have a travel document.

As of 2009 anyone who applies for a passport in Britain will also be issued with an ID card, for which they must also provide fingerprints, biometric details such as a facial scan and a wealth of personal details - including second homes, driving licence and insurance numbers.

When asked what would happen to ID card refusniks, Mr Hall stated: 'There is no need to register and have fingerprints taken - but you will forgo the ability to have a passport'."

The Truth: Top 10 Reasons for Attending a College

Want to know what your peers are saying are the most important factors when choosing a college? The answers are very interesting!

1. Your boyfriend/girlfriend goes to the school or wants to
2. It's a party school
3. Your best friend is going there
4. The student body(ies) look great!
5. The beach near campus or skiing/snowboarding is awesome
6. The tuition is cheap (relatively)
7. The campus looks beautiful online
8. Your parents went there
9. The school has a prestigious reputation
10. You want/don't want to be far from home

College should be a mix of social and educational stimulation. Make sure you get the best of both worlds -- don't be too much of a partier, or too much of a bookworm either. Do what makes you happy and live a well-rounded life.

What do you think? Why are you considering the schools you're looking at?

22 March 2007

Why Aren't We Shocked? - Volume 21 No. 2 - Winter 2006 - Rethinking Schools Online

Rethinking Schools Online: "'Who needs a brain when you have these?'
— message on an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt for young women

By Bob Herbert

In the shootings at an Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania and a large public high school in Colorado, the killers went out of their way to separate the girls from the boys, and then deliberately attacked only the girls.

Ten girls were shot and five killed at the Amish school in October. One girl was killed and a number of others were molested in the Colorado attack.

In the widespread coverage that followed these crimes, very little was made of the fact that only girls were targeted. Imagine if a gunman had gone into a school, separated the kids on the basis of race or religion, and then shot only the black kids. Or only the white kids. Or only the Jews.


19 March 2007

Financial Literacy Workshop

Free Lunch and $10 or $10 gas card at the YSP Financial Literacy Workshop

Your Money Counts

Adult Financial Literacy Workshop

Saturday, March 24, 2007 /10 am to 3 pm

Monumental Mission Ministries (Auditorium)

2228 Wylie Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA. 15219

3 ways to Pre-register

By faxing this form to Your Sister's Project, Inc. (412) 227-0922

By Calling Your Sister's Project, Inc. at (412) 377-3358

By e-mailing:

Pre-Registration ends March 17, 2007

There is no registration fee for the workshop and lunch will be provided for free

Regrets for Slavery by Walter Williams -- Capitalism Magazine

"Regrets for Slavery by Walter Williams (March 6, 2007)

Both chambers of the Commonwealth of Virginia's General Assembly passed a resolution saying government-sanctioned slavery 'ranks as the most horrendous of all depredations of human rights and violations of our founding ideals in our nation's history; and . . . the abolition of slavery was followed by . . . systematic discrimination, enforced segregation, and other insidious institutions and practices toward Americans of African descent that were rooted in racism, racial bias, and racial misunderstanding.' The General Assembly also expressed regret for the 'exploitation of Native Americans.' " MORE

18 March 2007

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: From Sex Workers to Restaurant Workers, the Global Slave Trade Is Growing


"Ten Million Children Exploited for Domestic Labor" -- this title for a 2004 U.N. study hardly needs explaining. The U.N.'s surveys found 700,000 children forced into domestic labor in Indonesia alone, with staggering numbers as well in Brazil (559,000), Pakistan (264,000), Haiti (250,000), and Kenya (200,000). The U.N. report indicates that children remain in servitude for long stretches of time because no one identifies their enslavement: "These youngsters are usually 'invisible' to their communities, toiling for long hours with little or no pay and regularly deprived of the chance to play or go to school." UNICEF estimates that 1 million children are forced today to sell their bodies to sexual exploiters. In a single country, Uganda, nearly 40,000 children have been kidnapped and violently turned into child soldiers or sex slaves.


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