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So, does the Religious Right all have a heart attack now, or later?

The Fresh Ten

Recent events have made it clear that we are suffering from a broken moral compass.  People today could use some general guidance.

Since the original ten commandments seem somewhat narrow and obsolete (too much focus on livestock, servants, and jealous god issues), here is a modest first draft of a fresh set. 

  1. You shall treat all people with respect regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or national origin.
  2. You shall not kill, assault, nor intimidate with threats of physical violence.
  3. You shall not rape, sexually coerce, nor intimidate with threats of sexual violence.
  4. You shall cultivate intellectual curiosity, be open to new ideas, and  respect the scientific method.
  5. You shall not cheat, nor cheat others out of what is rightfully theirs.
  6. You shall not lie, deceive, nor spread lies about others.
  7. You shall not steal, that is to say take or use what rightfully belongs to another person in a manner that causes harm. (Stealing is a trickier concept than it once was. How do you say yes to Fair Use and no to software patents?)
  8. You shall keep your promises.
  9. You shall not waste natural resources nor pollute the shared environment.
  10. You shall take responsibility for your actions and their consequences.

This is from Communicatrix’s (?) aunt.  Very well said – I am an atheist but I can totally get behind every one of these commandments.

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Been to the library lately?

When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the Church, which belongs to God and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer. — Keith Richards

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I grew up in the library.  I read every single book on the children’s section floor before I was out of 6th grade and had to argue with the librarian to let me upstairs.  Books were my friends and my solace.  Books gave me the huge vocabulary that let me place so high on the standardized tests.
Go read the article in the link above, it’s depressing.  One of the tech guys I follow went to a (sparsely attended) SXSW talk and tells us a little about it.
Two of my favorite people are librarians.  Neither of them get to work in libraries anymore.  My (30 year old) stepson is going to school to become a librarian.  I am having difficulty understanding his thought processes about it.  Not that I ever understand him, anyway, but library science in this day and age seems like a dead end.
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Privacy: Voluntary Do Not Track

Are you using HTTPS when you browse Facebook?  You should be.   But only 2% of the FB users worldwide are. [Turn it on like this:  Top right corner:  Account, Account Settings, Account Security - Check the first box - Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible.]

Here’s another privacy tip – turn on the “Do not track” option in Firefox 4 and Internet Explorer 9.

Introduced in Firefox 4, the do-not-track option is fairly well buried.

Firefox 4 do-not-track preference

Internet Explorer 9 includes a do-not-track feature that is even better hidden. To enable this functionality, you need to click the Sprocket -> Safety -> Tracking Protection -> Your Personalized List -> Enable.

 

 

Why these settings aren’t enabled by default is beyond me.  No, really, it’s all about the money.  Advertising dollar$.

You’re welcome.</end privacy hygiene lesson>

 

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Amazing Architecture – doing more with less

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Labyrinth and the Convoluting Process

EHR= Electronic Health Records, which is all the buzz in IT Healthcare.
This SEEDIE  [The Society for Exorbitantly Expensive and Difficult to Implement EHRs] update seems like the perfect commentary:

http://seedie.org