Monthly Archives: September 2014

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear

So governments should always welcome laws which force security officials to obtain warrants and which leave easily traced paper trail to prevent the possibility of abuse. After all, if they have nothing to hide, they should have nothing to fear. … Continue reading

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Social networking sites should be run as cooperatives

Social networking sites should be run as cooperatives. Each member gets one vote. Lifetime membership costs: $5, with alternatives to buy membership by filling out surveys. Then, operating costs can be covered by donation drives a la Wikipedia, where donation … Continue reading

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Ello

What happens when Facebook tries to turn the social networks of its users into commodities? What happens when they repeatedly mislead users in ways which infringe on their privacy and help advertisers to surreptitiously use data in highly opaque manners? … Continue reading

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How to know something’s worth doing (teenage logic)

Someone told you not to do it. So probably it’s worth doing.   I suggest an alternative approach. Rather than working primarily with lies, propaganda, and oppressive sticks and carrots, I suggest treating teenagers liking thinking and reasoning people, and … Continue reading

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I was hoping to read the Bible again some day

I was hoping to read the Bible again some day. At the rate I’ve been going in recent months (I tend to find myself highly distracted any time I try to read various alternative texts), I don’t think I will … Continue reading

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How to protect freedom (privacy of online activities)

Protect the privacy of everyone, criminals or no. If you cannot be assured of privacy, we cannot be assured of freedom. It would be naive to suppose that the technological capacity to spy on people would not be eventually abused … Continue reading

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Hate speech should not be tolerated on websites registered in Canada

Where is the line between free speech and hate speech? Is it legal in Canada to host a website which routinely states something to the effect of “Group A is evil and needs to be eradicated”? To me, that looks … Continue reading

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A case for a public role in creating large toolkits for educational service providers

It is generally recognized that private markets undersupply educational markets because they only go where the money is, instead of filling in gaps where there is maximum social gain. Acknowledging the significant public benefit of a highly educated public to … Continue reading

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BHJT 212

Why did you come to visit the people upstairs and then stand outside the laundry room door to mess with me? Harassment is real. The maximum penalty in Ontario is 10 years in prison.

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Signs that you might be a fundamentalist extremist

If someone suggests to you that there might be something decent about some other group of people, and the fact of that other group being the group that they are is sufficient for you to conclude that this person can … Continue reading

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