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Supreme Court video game ruling: Is it worse for a child to see pornography or graphic violence? – By Brian Palmer – Slate Magazine

Supreme Court video game ruling:�Is it worse for a child to see pornography or graphic violence? – By Brian Palmer – Slate Magazine.

Is it worse for a child to see pornography or graphic violence?

The Supreme Court struck down a California law regulating the sale of violent video games to children on Monday. Writing for the majority, Justice Scalia noted that, unlike sexual content, which can be regulated, violence has been part of children’s entertainment for centuries. History aside, do we know whether exposure to sex or violence is worse for children?

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Violent Video Game ban: Supreme Court strikes down California law that bans sale of Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto, Duke Nukem to minors.

Violent Video Game ban: Supreme Court strikes down California law that bans sale of Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto, Duke Nukem to minors..

Justices say California ban would violate children’s First Amendment rights.

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a California law that regulates the sale or rental of violent video games to children.

In a 7-2 decision, the court found that governments don’t have the power to “restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed.”

The ruling upheld an earlier federal appeals court decision that the state’s ban violated minors’ rights under the First Amendment.

Writing for the majority, Justice Antonin Scalia said that the California law was “unprecedented and mistaken” and argued that there is a difference between protecting children from depictions of sex, and placing restrictions on depictions of violence.

“Certainly the books we give children to read – or read to them when they are younger – contain no shortage of gore,” Scalia wrote, citing Grimm Fairy Tales like Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Snow White.

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Osama Bin Laden news reports: Read all you want, but read skeptically. – By Jack Shafer – Slate Magazine

How To Read the Bin Laden Coverage

Skeptically.

By Jack ShaferPosted Monday, May 2, 2011, at 6:34 PM ET

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The snuffing of Osama Bin Laden has already filled the Snake River Canyon with a torrent of coverage from newspapers, the Web, and television. The news output will only expand in the coming days, and as it does, remain skeptical about it. As we know from the coverage of other major breaking-news events—the Mumbai massacre, the death of Pat Tillman, Hurricane Katrina, the rescue of Jessica Lynch, to cite just a few examples—the earliest coverage of a big story is rarely reliable.

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Wahlbenachteiligung für Studenten in New Hampshire

Weil sie, wie der republikanische Sprecher des Repräsentantenhauses in New Hampshire, William O’Brien, liberal wählen, plant die republikanische Partei dort neue Wahlgesetze, die es Studenten in New Hampshire erschweren bis unmöglich machen, ihr Wahlrecht auszuüben. So sollen Studenten in Zukunft nur noch dann an ihrem Universitätsort wählen dürfen, wenn auch ihre Eltern dort schon vorher ihren ständigen Wohnsitz hatten. Andernfalls müsstne si an ihrem Herkunftswohnort bzw. in ihrem Heimatbundesstaat wählen – was für viele einen Ausschluss von der Wahlteilnahme bedeuten würde.

Diese Maßnahme, sowie auch die Einführung von Wählerindetifikationen, zielt nach Angabe demokratischer Politiker darauf ab, Kerngruppen demokratischer Wähler – klassischerweise Studenten und Angehörige von Minderheiten – von den Wahlen auszuschließen.

Mehr dazu im Slate Magazine und in der Washington Post.

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Chinglish

China verbannt den Gebrauch von Wörtern und Abkürzungen ausländischen Ursprungs sowie Mischformen aus Englisch und Chinesisch [“Chinglish”] aus schriftlichen Publikationen, auch im Internet, weikl diese die Reinheit der chinesischen Sprache beeinträchtigen, wie u.a. die BBC berichtet. Eine Kurzfassung dieser Meldung findet sich im Slate Magazine.

Kommt mir irgendwie bekannt vor. Hatten wir das nicht schon einmal in unserer “tausendjährigen” Geschichte? Dieses unseelige Bestreben nach der Reinheit der deutschen Sprache – ach, wenn es nur das gewesen wäre – das uns “Kraftbrühe” statt “Bouillon” bescherte, und die – satirische – Umformung von “Explosionsmotor” [ein ganz normaler Benzinmotor] ind “Zerknalltreibling”.

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meltdown-a-riffic

That’s what Jan Brewer’s [Arizona’s governor’s] performance on her first public debate was called by David Weigel of Slate Magazine.

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