The Null Device

2004/9/2

The US state of Kansas is taking on the goth problem in schools:

"Last week, a parent told me her two kids were talking about this at dinner," Crain said. "And one of them said 'I'm so glad Ms. Crain did this, because a Goth sat behind me last year and every single day he'd hiss at me like a snake.' And that impeded his learning."
"There's always been a policy in our dress code against gang or group-related clothing," Principal Cherie Crain said. "Because there's power in numbers. When a group looks alike, they terrorize other kids or intimidate them. Sixth graders in particular were very intimidated by the cultist look. "

Jocks and preppies, of course, are exempted from these regulations because they look normal.

(Aside: a friend of mine went to the US a while ago and bought in a thrift shop a T-shirt apparently made for wearing by school staff, which had the school logo, as well as words like "DRUGS", "GANGS" and "TARDIES", crossed out. Could the word "GOTHS" be soon joining these on such shirts?)

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Merlin "Free Th' Refugees" Luck has got an opinion piece in The Age, basically about how people need to start caring about what's going on in the world and doing something about it, rather than just apathetically consuming entertainment and lifestyle products:

There's a perception in my generation that if you care about human rights issues, you're some left-wing hippie extremist.I'm 24 years old. I have a bachelor of commerce. I go out all the time to see bands and DJs with my friends, without talking once about politics. I love watching the Swannies play over a beer with my mates, or going to the movies with a girl and having a nice evening out. I'm an ambitious and driven person. I'm happy, positive and energetic, but that doesn't mean that I can't have time in my life to think about the broader picture. That doesn't mean that I can't do my part in being an active campaigner and an informed, compassionate person.
You might think: "But how can I make a difference?" But it's all about another drop in the ocean. As the Dalai Llama once said: "If you ever doubt the power of one, try sleeping with a mosquito."

(via trayce@lj)

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The South London Underground, another fantasy tube map, this time flipping it about the Thames, so the north is underserviced, while in the south, it goes all the way down into Kent and Sussex. Though why does Dartford International Airport get 7 terminals rather than Heathrow's 4? (via Owen)

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