Posts Tagged ‘STATE’

Karen De Coster
LewRockwell.com
January 31, 2012

Public education, in its current state, is based on the idea that government is the “parent” best equipped to provide children with the values and wisdom required to grow into intelligent, functional adults. To echo what former first lady Hillary Clinton professed, these public school champions believe “it takes a village” to cultivate a society of competent human beings.

As Hebrew University historian Martin van Crevald points out in his book, The Rise and Decline of the State, nineteenth-century state worshippers who wanted to impose a love of big government ideals upon the youth popularized the archetype for state-directed education. Additionally, there was an overall appetite for discipline of the “unruly” masses that reinforced the campaign to take education out of the hands of individuals. After all, the self-educated masses might resist government decrees, and this kind of disarray would be undesirable in the move toward building a powerful, controlling state apparatus. Prussia’s Frederick William I and France’s Napoleon discerned this, as did a legion of other despotic rulers throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. In a recent article published on the American Daily Herald “Dumberer and Dumberest,” Glenn Horowitz writes:

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Nigel Morris
The Independent
January 26, 2012

A pioneering technique to predict crime before it happens could be imported from the United States to this country, a senior British police chief said yesterday.

Pilots of the scheme – under which officers are dispatched to crime hotspots identified by computer – have had early success in California.

The method of “predictive policing” was outlined at a criminal justice seminar in London by the US police chief, Captain Sean Malinowski, who has introduced it in a Los Angeles suburb.

Chief Constable Nick Gargan, the chief executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency, gave a warm welcome to the “exciting initiative”.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Standardized testing is a common method by which colleges and universities evaluate the competency of applying high school students. But an increasing amount of students are cheating on such tests, which has caused lawmakers in New York to consider actually harvesting “digital DNA” from students and applying it to special ID cards that students would be required to furnish both before and after taking the SAT or ACT exams to prove their identities.

The digital DNA card idea was birthed after a major cheating scandal at Great Neck North High School on Long Island. Students struggling with their studies and the standardized test protocol apparently hired Sam Eshaghoff, a former student who performed well on his own SAT exam, to take the test for them in exchange for cash (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/12/29/exclusive-teen-accused-in-l-i-sat-scandal-says-he-provided-reliable-service/).

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -Was a 76-year-old man beaten by police during a traffic stop?

Ruffing was stopped by police on Waddell Avenue because a man in his car was wanted by police.

“His injuries were facial fractures which included the orbital bone, the maxillary sinus. He also ended up with inner-cranial bleeding. He was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, I believe on Jan. 9, where they had to put a drain actually in his skull to drain the blood and take the pressure off his brain,” Behling said.

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BY JENNIFER LYNCH, Electronic Frontier Foundation

In the latest turn in our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for records related to the government’s use of social networking websites, the Department of Justice finally agreed to release almost 100 pages of new records. These include draft search warrants and affidavits for Facebook and MySpace and several PowerPoint presentations and articles on how to use social networking sites for investigations. (For more on what we’ve learned from the documents so far, see our earlier blog posts here, here, here, here, here, and here.)

The draft search warrants are particularly interesting because they show the full extent of data the government regularly requests on a person it’s investigating. This includes not just your full profile information but also who you “poke” (and presumably who “pokes” you), who rejects your friend requests, which apps you use, what music you listen to, your privacy settings, all photos you upload as well as any photos you’re tagged in (whether or not you upload them), who’s in each of your Facebook groups, and IP logs that can show if and when you viewed a specific profile and from what IP address you did so.

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By Greg Wilson

A man who spent two years in solitary confinement after getting arrested for DWI was awarded $22 million for suffering inhumane treatment in New Mexico’s Dona Ana County Jail.

Stephen Slevin was arrested in August of 2005 for driving while intoxicated, according to NBC station KOB.com. He said he never got a trial and spent the entire time languishing in solitary, even pulling his own tooth when he was denied dental care.

“‘[Prison officials were] walking by me every day, watching me deteriorate,” he said. “Day after day after day, they did nothing, nothing at all, to get me any help.”

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