malkingrey: ((default))
[personal profile] malkingrey
Because the people who want to control what the rest of us read just don’t ever stop.

(Confession time here. I’m a First Amendment purist, of the stripe which, if we were talking the Second Amendment instead of the First, would undoubtedly get me labeled a “free speech nut” and have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms searching my house. And I regard with a cold and fishy eye the sort of statement that begins, “Of course I’m in favor of free speech, but….”)

Judging by the American Library Association’s Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 list, children’s and young adult books tend to get hit the hardest — unsurprising, since everybody agrees that Protecting the Children is important, as is Molding Young Minds.

This year’s top ten list is mostly full of books that were challenged by people who wanted to protect the children from LBGTQ characters and issues. Presumably, they’re afraid that reading about such things will cause their offspring to “turn gay”, which is unlikely (as Mayor Jimmy Walker of New York observed about a censorship issue of an earlier day, “I have never yet heard of a girl being ruined by a book”) — or maybe they’re just afraid that said offspring will find validation in those books for something about themselves that they already know.

Support your local library, people. They’re fighting the good fight to keep books on the shelves for the readers who need them.

Reposted from my editorial blog.
[syndicated profile] lifehacker_feed

Posted by Patrick Lucas Austin

Avid gamers are most likely using the digital marketplace and multiplayer matchmaking app Steam to play their games library on the big screen, even if it’s just the battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. But Steam and its TV-friendly streaming console Steam Link (favored by users who aren’t playing on their…

Read more...

[syndicated profile] io9_feed

Posted by Charles Pulliam-Moore

Even if you’ve never seen Pennywise the Dancing Clown, you know what it’s supposed to look like. Scary, murderous clowns are a thing in our culture, the visual markers for which we’re all familiar with to varying degrees. Still, though, no two killer clowns are alike, and in a new behind the scenes featurette for this…

Read more...

[syndicated profile] io9_feed

Posted by Matt Novak on Gizmodo, shared by Cheryl Eddy to io9

The NROL-42 spy satellite was launched atop an Atlas V rocket from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base early on Sunday morning, Eastern time. And while we don’t know anything about the tech specs or what it will be spying on, it’s a safe bet to say that it’s part of the most advanced spying apparatus the world has…

Read more...

Gaining voters

Sep. 25th, 2017 11:28 am
[syndicated profile] bbcnewsworld_feed
What does Germany's controversial third biggest party actually stand for?
[syndicated profile] lifehacker_feed

Posted by Claire Lower on Skillet, shared by Claire Lower to Lifehacker

Greetings, and welcome to Will It Casserole?, Retro Week’s answer to Will It Sous Vide? Basically, instead of making whatever you want me to with my immersion circulator, I’m going to re-imagine whatever you want me to make into a casserole.

Read more...

[syndicated profile] bbcnewsworld_feed
Human Rights Watch found dozens of children died when aircraft bombed two IS-held towns in March.

Could You Win an OTW Trivia Contest?

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:57 am
otw_staff: 'Comms' and 'Claudia' written beneath the OTW Logo (Claudia)
[personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news
OTW 10th anniversary history

Would you like to find some OTW trivia? If so, we've got prizes for you! How many questions can you answer? https://goo.gl/A8bPvD
[syndicated profile] lifehacker_feed

Posted by Beth Skwarecki

Most of the Steelers sat out the national anthem on Sunday, after President Trump expressed an opinion on what players should do during the anthem. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, “We’re not going to play politics.” That is, however, impossible.

Read more...

[syndicated profile] ted_video_feed
How can disadvantaged students succeed in school? For sociologist Anindya Kundu, grit and stick-to-itiveness aren't enough; students also need to develop their agency, or their capacity to overcome obstacles and navigate the system. He shares hopeful stories of students who have defied expectations in the face of personal, social and institutional challenges.
[syndicated profile] bbcnewsworld_feed
Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says his country has the right to shoot down US bombers.
[syndicated profile] bbcnewsworld_feed
Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, shared a bodybuilding picture of himself with the caption "unrestricted paroxysm".

April 2017

S M T W T F S
      1
2345678
91011 12131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 25th, 2017 04:54 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios