This, from @jbouie, is exactly right. And what makes it worse is that the cultural values so many of these parents want to force upon schools are in fact bad and immoral and, to the extent they become more widely represented in our society, the lower and more vicious our society becomes. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/28/opinion/parents-rights-republicans-florida.html?unlocked_article_code=bJ_49bcVvUI_58WtG9TLPyBVR-D4ssqQ9bXTyhHytAtFaYiaj2hATf0GVVZZuhKqZ5P5d6POzOiAhigTPVibOgjMwnW2G4-loBvQh8J7lL8DMd12sDmHNGaAA7l6h7lsH9o-1Dq1xTwHOLyttVEblZAKlhS6AS5er2cBUk5zoZJfRg8KzyrwQiUFK8mmZ-WWdD5eXONkTnPOWn6_km8e0rP8ZF11W4kG7JMAQb1VZgXMrRoI3Jg0IpYbcsZtweZ9GgslP4BD8Ma6eN5xE5cr0JRfEiUXd5zPjh6DCiK80B5MmqPHWwKTicXtszXknKSnIOnYBZ1U8QcdRpOrDDJdIXMqz3D02aHbeV6QGQ&smid=url-share
Apparently there's going to be a new Three Musketeers movie with a Black D'Artagnan, and the usual suspects are doing the usual howling about wokeness and ahistoricity and so on. So here's your regular reminder the The Three Musketeers was written by a Black man. Dumas' father was the son of an enslaved African woman and a French Marquis (not a pretty story there), and he rose to become a hero of the French Revolutionary Wars and a General-in-Chief in the French army.
@brendannyhan The removals also appear significant. By removing directives to engage the public, it goes against Cardinal Newman's "Idea of a University" from the Victorian era. It's really regressive. It's not clear what woukd come of it; it would likely make thw state taxpayer not an injured party of a loss of services.
By removing an obligation to intellectually advise government officials, it would likely make the state itself not an injured party from further truncations. That's besides the damage it would do by not providing the advice. One area where university advice greatly helps people: agriculture.
They're setting up to shut down their state schools with these removals. The obligations removed would dampen legal challenges by creating a situation that would make it harder to show injury or loss. This would make it easier to defend against legal challenges by having rulings thrown out as a matter of procedure due to lack of standing.
DID YOU KNOW it's good practice, when writing a thread on #Mastodon
...to set the Privacy of your first post as "Public" and then any follow-up replies as "Unlisted"
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This means that only the first post gets listed in the timelines, and anyone who wants to read more can click on it to see the full thread.
Mastodon Flock is an excellent Twitter-to-Mastodon friend finder: all the functionality of Movetodon, but open-source and with a delightfully retro interface. https://mastodon-flock.vercel.app/
In other news, Tesla announces that it will puncture your tires if you buy a Ford.
Chief National Correspondent for VOA News Steve Herman was just suspended from Twitter. #JournalismPurge
Isn’t this the fellow who thought raping Russian girls was humorous?
RT @theserfstv Matt Taibbi tells Ben Shapiro that conservativism is appealing to young people because there's no sense of humor on the political left. He goes on to praise Matt Walsh's transphobic hit piece "What Is A Woman" as a good example of political comedy
You might have seen somebody using the proverb Vox Populi, Vox Dei. What was missing was the context in which it was used:
Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.
In case you do not speak Latin, it means in English:
And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.
Hey, @milburn I ran across this Twitter thread about the liabilities you take on when starting a Mastodon instance and how to protect yourself: https://twitter.com/rahaeli/status/1593819064161665024?s=61&t=pxjIS7LstC8x68Hx7-_1Yw
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