Declaration of Independence still not banned at Stevens Cree
Mon Feb 21, 2005 03:43


Declaration of Independence still not banned at Stevens Creek

As you may recall, the the Alliance Defense Fund falsely claimed that Stevens Creek Elementary School had banned the Declaration of Independence. As we later learned, the Fund was cynically drumming up publicity for a lawsuit by Steven Williams, a Stevens Creek teacher and serial proselytizer whose principle wouldn't let him teach from a religious tract that referenced the Declaration.

The parents of Stevens Creek are still struggling to set the record straight about their school and the machinations of the Alliance Defense Fund. To this end, they have created a website called We The Parents, an excellent source of information about the legal battles and the impact of the fake scandal on Stevens Creek and its students.

02/19/2005 in Politics, Religion | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
MDMA for our troops

Every once in a while the FDA takes a courageous stance:

Ecstasy trials for combat stress

American soldiers traumatised by fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are to be offered the drug ecstasy to help free them of flashbacks and recurring nightmares.

The US food and drug administration has given the go-ahead for the soldiers to be included in an experiment to see if MDMA, the active ingredient in ecstasy, can treat post-traumatic stress disorder. [Guardian]

The war on drugs has sidetracked this line of research for too long. The therapeutic applications of MDMA deserve serious investigation by randomized controlled trials.

[Via BoingBoing.]

Google says "Triumphalize this!"

Mithras has noticed a troubling development:

In the past few hours, Google apparently updated its database and moved blogs way, way down the list of search results. First Atrios mentioned it and thought it strange, and then Sisyphus Shrugged found it had happened to her. That prompted me to google my own site, and it's true for me, too: this blog was the first search result for "Fables of the reconstruction" and the third (I recall) for "Mithras" until now. Now, it is the 53rd result for "Fables of the reconstruction" and does not appear at all in the first 200 results for "Mithras" (although, strangely, my profiles on other websites do show up in those results.)

Strangely, this blog still has a google pagerank of 5 (out of 10), which is google's numerical way of denoting importance. [Read the whole thing.]

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