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36% of high school students think... [Jan. 31st, 2005|02:08 pm]

the government should have to approve news stories before they're released to the public, according to the study cited in the article below.

Did I miss something? Is this communist Russia? I fear for the future of this country if kids aren't even learning about their most basic of freedoms in school. Apparently, dictatorship is becoming increasingly popular in the US.

--Tim, from AV&H

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2005-01-30-students-press_x.htm

The Article:

U.S. students say press freedoms go too far
By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY

One in three U.S. high school students say the press ought to be more restricted, and even more say the government should approve newspaper stories before readers see them, according to a survey being released today.
The survey of 112,003 students finds that 36% believe newspapers should get "government approval" of stories before publishing; 51% say they should be able to publish freely; 13% have no opinion.

Asked whether the press enjoys "too much freedom," not enough or about the right amount, 32% say "too much," and 37% say it has the right amount. Ten percent say it has too little.

The survey of First Amendment rights was commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and conducted last spring by the University of Connecticut. It also questioned 327 principals and 7,889 teachers.

The findings aren't surprising to Jack Dvorak, director of the High School Journalism Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington. "Even professional journalists are often unaware of a lot of the freedoms that might be associated with the First Amendment," he says.

The survey "confirms what a lot of people who are interested in this area have known for a long time," he says: Kids aren't learning enough about the First Amendment in history, civics or English classes. It also tracks closely with recent findings of adults' attitudes.

"It's part of our Constitution, so this should be part of a formal education," says Dvorak, who has worked with student journalists since 1968.

Although a large majority of students surveyed say musicians and others should be allowed to express "unpopular opinions," 74% say people shouldn't be able to burn or deface an American flag as a political statement; 75% mistakenly believe it is illegal.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 1989 ruled that burning or defacing a flag is protected free speech. Congress has debated flag-burning amendments regularly since then; none has passed both the House and Senate.

Derek Springer, a first-year student at Ivy Tech State College in Muncie, Ind., credits his journalism adviser at Muncie Central High School with teaching students about the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, press and religion.

Last year, Springer led a group of student journalists who exposed payments a local basketball coach made to players for such things as attending practices and blocking shots. The newspaper also questioned requirements that students register their cars with the school to get parking passes.

Because they studied the First Amendment, he says, "we know that we can publish our opinion, and that we might be scrutinized, but we know we didn't do anything wrong."
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This is important!! [Jan. 6th, 2005|03:04 pm]

Not One Damn Dime Day - Jan. 20, 2005.

The anti-inauguration!

Since our religious leaders will not speak out against the war in Iraq, since our political leaders don't have the moral courage to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is "Not One Damn Dime Day" in America. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending. During "Not One Damn Dime Day" please don't spend money. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Not one damn dime for nothing for 24 hours. On "Not One Damn Dime Day," please boycott Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target and Pepsico (Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, & Pepsi products). Please don't go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don't buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter). For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down. The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it. "Not One Damn Dime Day" is to remind them, too, that they work for the people of the United States of America, not for the international corporations and K Street lobbyists who represent the corporations and funnel cash into American politics. "Not One Damn Dime Day" is about supporting the troops. The politicians put the troops in harm's way. Now 1,200 brave young Americans and (some estimate) 100,000 Iraqis have died. The politicians owe our troops a plan - a way to come home. There's no rally to attend. No marching to do. No left or right wing agenda to rant about. On "Not One Damn Dime Day" you take action by doing nothing. You open your mouth by keeping your wallet closed. For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people.

Not One Damn Dime Day - Jan. 20, 2005.
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(no subject) [Dec. 15th, 2004|11:54 pm]

"We've got rules & maps & guns in our backs but we still can't just behave ourselves"
-The Shins
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Wow [Nov. 15th, 2004|05:16 pm]

Here's some eye-opening evidence for you:

COST OF THE WAR IN IRAQ: $142,708,000,000+

paid for- 18,900,000+ children to attend a year of head start.
insured- 85,400,000+ children for one year.
hired- 2,400,000+ additional public school teachers for one year.
provided- 6,900,000+ students four-year scholarships and public universities.
built- 1,200,000+ additional housing units.
fully funded- global anti-hunger efforts for 5 years.
fully funded- world wide AIDS programs for 14 years.
insured- that every child in the world was given basic immunizations for 47 years.
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Further Reflections [Nov. 15th, 2004|09:21 am]

I recently posted my thoughts in liberal and my personal journal about the celebration by some of the death of Yasser Arafat, which had an equal number of responses on both sides. Some people truly understood the post, while others decided to continue expressing their joy and jubilation.

However, I have one friend who really gave me pause to think, and it's because I always appreciate her thoughts and expressed feelings. I've always enjoyed and appreciated her talking points and comments, even now. However, I think I'll try to explain myself and clear up some overall misinterpretations she might have in this post and overall, and hopefully address others who have put forth similar comments or questions. I thought I'd share the post with my friends in peaceisfree.

I think she accidentally misquoted me and might have taken my previous post out of context a little, but I'll respond to her comments:


Arafat invented terrorism.Collapse )

Remember the Munich Olympics, and that planeload of Jews that went bye-bye?Collapse )

What about the opportunities he had to make peace, to obtain a large portion of land for Palestine, and refused to?Collapse )

What about their uni-vision: Death to all Israelis??? They will stop at nothing less! Collapse )

What about all those little kids being trained to be terrorists and being taught that Collapse )

I'm floored that in the face of all this, you and your Collapse )
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Want to Make A Difference? Plant a Tree [Oct. 8th, 2004|09:03 am]

Kenyan Deputy Environment Minister Wangari Muta Maathai Wins Nobel Peace Prize for Planting Trees.

I am overwhelmed with glee about this story. I've been using the mantra :::want to make a difference? plant a tree::: on my stationary, checks and e-mail signatures for years, so I'm glad to see that someone has won the Nobel Peace Prize for planting trees. See, you can make a difference.

Full StoryCollapse )

What are you doing to make the world a better place?

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End Corporate Dominance!!! [Oct. 3rd, 2004|10:00 pm]

Hey everybody... October is End Corporate Dominance Month!!!

We are all tired of having corporations control so many aspects of our life. Let's put an end to it this month by boycotting the "dirty dozen", the 12 most dirtiest corporations. These companies exploit their workers, rob the poor, damage the environment, murder animals and humans, discriminate, monopolize the business world, and cheat and lie to us, the consumer. Why should we put up with it any longer? I know it'll be hard to boycott all these corporations, that's why I'm asking you to only do it for a month. I know I will. Thanks a bunch and good luck!!! If you have any questions, post them here.

The Dirty Dozen:

1. Exxon
2. Mcdonald's
3. Wal-Mart
4. Halliburton
5. Nike
6. Clear Channel
7. Disney
8. Coca-Cola
9. Monsanto
10. General Motors
11. Gap
12. Starbucks

Other dirty corporations are: Microsoft, AOL Time Warner, Lockheed Martin, Shell, and Abercrombie & Fitch. Feel free to boycott them also if you wish. (I realize some of these are near impossible to boycott, like Microsoft)

You can make a difference!!!

Spread the word!!! Print this out. (Word of mouth works too)

And to end on a happy note, October is also Cookie Month.
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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2004|12:00 am]
awesome awesome hippy community

a mix of psychedelics and a search for higher conciousness

updating 3 things you are thankful for, anytime you want

talking about the chemistry of psychedelics and psycoactives

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STOP THE DRAFT!!!! [Aug. 30th, 2004|03:29 pm]

Everybody should check this site out!!!!!

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(no subject) [Aug. 27th, 2004|10:37 pm]
[mood |optimisticoptimistic]


I've created a "lovemark" for Kerry on the lovemarks website, and sent a link to all of my friends... I went to go look at how it was doing, and I was dismayed to learn that a bunch of nasty Bushies had gone to my page and voted "lose it" on it...YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. Anyway, it's nothing that will directly affect the election, but it's a fun website where you can nominate things that inspire you. I, of course, nominated John Kerry!!!!!!

So, for those of you who are fellow Kerry supporters, please consider taking a moment to SUPPORT OUR MAN. Here is the link:

Go to the lower left of the screen under Kerry's pic and vote "love it!!" You can also leave favorable comments about our guy. A lot of people from all over the world see this site. Unfortunately, I think some Bush supporters are deleting their cookies and voting over and over again, so I really hope I can get a lot of people to vote for Kerry!

Thank you again. If there is anything I can do to help any of you, like participate in a poll or visit your website, etc, let me know.
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