Archives for October 21, 2014

Skinnerizing Teachers

Day 21: Skin­ner Hor­ror Files The Skin­ner­iza­tion* of Teach­ers *DEFINITION of Skin­ner­ize: The process by which stu­dents, teach­ers, prin­ci­pals, admin­is­tra­tors, etc. — and any­one else for that mat­ter — con­form to B.F. Skinner’s mod­el, meth­ods, goals, process and sys­tem. To become Skin­ner­ized means one has adapt­ed them­selves, will­ing­ly or through com­pul­sion, to the entire modus […]

EFF Launches Updated Know Your Rights Guide

If the police come knock­ing at your door, the con­sti­tu­tion offers you some pro­tec­tion. But the con­sti­tu­tion is just a piece of paper—if you don’t know how to assert your rights. And even if you do assert your rights…what hap­pens next? That answer may seem com­pli­cat­ed, but pro­tect­ing your­self is sim­ple if you know your […]

Residents of Alamo Heights in San Antonio, Texas Win Support of City Council in “Spark Meter” Battle

Res­i­dents of Alamo Heights in San Anto­nio, Texas Win Sup­port of City Coun­cil in “Spark Meter” Bat­tle Dozens of res­i­dents speak to Alamo Heights City Coun­cil on Mon­day evening (Sept. 22, 2014) ALAMO HEIGHTS, TX— Mon­day evening, more than 20 res­i­dents spoke out at the city coun­cil meet­ing of this San Anto­nio, TX sub­urb where […]

The TPP may endanger world health, newly leaked chapter shows

Wik­iLeaks on Thurs­day pub­lished an updat­ed ver­sion of the nego­ti­at­ing texts of a con­tro­ver­sial and high­ly secre­tive trade agree­ment between the Unit­ed States and 11 oth­er mem­ber nations. Crit­ics warn that the inter­na­tion­al agree­ment, dubbed the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP), pro­pos­es sweep­ing changes to intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty norms that would sti­fle free­dom of expres­sion online and impose […]

Cyber-Espionage and Trade Agreements: An Ill-Fitting and Dangerous Combination

Yesterday’s (Oct. 16, 2014) leak of a May 2014 draft of the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship (TPP) agree­ment revealed the addi­tion of new text crim­i­nal­iz­ing the mis­use of trade secrets through “com­put­er sys­tems”, as men­tioned in our pre­vi­ous post about the leak. This is a sig­nif­i­cant rev­e­la­tion, because we also know that trade secrets are planned for […]

Alameda County: I-580 political signs spark free speech fight

CASTRO VALLEY — Prop­er­ty rights activist Michael Shaw says the free­way bill­boards he erect­ed this sum­mer are a warn­ing against a glob­al gov­ern­ment plot to abol­ish pri­vate prop­er­ty and crowd Amer­i­cans into dense hous­ing. Alame­da Coun­ty says the unau­tho­rized signs are “an assault on (the) visu­al sens­es” of Inter­state 580 com­muters. It wants them removed. […]