Dr. Watts guilty

Dr. Peter Wattsfound guilty of assaulting, resisting and obstructing US border guards. There’s not a whole lot to the article, other than a quick overview. Dr. Watts has posted about the verdict on his site. The press has frequently characterized the charge against me as “assaulting a federal officer”. The alleged (and discredited) “choking” episode ...

Big Brother is watching students (II)

BoingBoing is doing a fantastic job adding more and more to this already horrifically creepy story about school issues laptops being used to spy on students. I’m glad to know that the EFF and ACLU have gotten in on this now. Anyway, a couple highlights, about the district policy: * Possession of a monitored Macbook ...

Big brother is watching students

School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home – via BoingBoing. This is absolutely ludicrous. A school issues laptops to its kids, then proceeds to use those laptops to spy on them while they’re at home. And apparently in one instance, even disciplined a kid for something that they did ...

"The crime of having been punched in the face" 2

As a generally nerdy person, I read a lot of science fiction – and write a bit non-professionally. I would find this incredibly upsetting to begin with, but maybe it has hit me even harder because of that connection. Dr Peter Watts, Canadian science fiction writer, beaten and arrested at US border. Yes, we don’t ...

Words fail me.

Council bans parents from play areas Thank you, England, for reminding me that the United States is not necessarily the world leader in the Out Of Their F****** Minds arms race. I’m waiting for a town in the US to pick this one up; we can’t let the Brits stay ahead of us long when ...

Fear and Panic, Panic and Fear

Scientists try to calm ‘2012’ hysteria An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All It all boils down to people being afraid of something that they needn’t be afraid of, and other people getting fat off of it. The 2012 panic isn’t as bad as the anti-vaccination movement; it’s not going ...