We would still be honoring Queen Elizabeth as our monarch
That's worked pretty well for us, so far.
have a right to avoid unwanted speech
For the record, I hate the WBC but there is no such right, nor should there be.
Should an extremist somewhere on the other side of the world be able to dictate to me what I can and cannot say? No.
high school funding is based on attendance
No, the student has to be in class when the morning bell rings or they count as absent, even if they are present in another area of the school. The RFID is to ensure all students in the building are in their classes at first bell, and to capture evidence that this is the case. RFID tags do nothing outside the school building, and do nothing for attendance other than automate the recording of it.
This is being done solely to meet the definition of attendance as specified by the funding program. Operating costs do not go down proportionally with each student that is away - cutting funding based on attendance as a punitive measure on the schools is breathtakingly stupid. How about funding reform as a better solution than chipping each student like cattle?
If a poor inner city school has a 20% truancy problem, then the budget is cut 20% and the teachers are fired.
Perhaps then the solution is to change that policy? Good grief. Who on earth thought the solution was to tag every child like cattle?
* Adding it to his private collection of masturbation material
* Posting it on YouTube for everyone to enjoy a good laugh at your expense
* Modify the material and use it for blackmail/extortion/public humiliation
* Oh noes! Someone is jerking off to a picture of me and I don't like that so it must stop!
* See just about every YouTube video, ever.
* If you want to pick your nose and have nobody know about it, do it at home.
* EMMAGERD TEH CHILDRENZ
People's sensibilities != what is allowable
cannot come up with a better argument than this: "Well at least he's not Mitt Romney!"
It's the Spoiler Effect that is present in all first-past-the-post systems. You really are throwing your vote away, and the only logical response is to vote for your least-hated candidate. CCPGrey explains it best.
Rights are inherently in all the inhabitants
And unfortunately we cannot all agree on what those rights are. Hence charters and constitutions, to spell them out.
As well, rights are what we agree we have. Rights are no more real than money. It's only because we all decide to act a certain way that we make rights "real."
To iterate is human, to recurse, divine. -- Robert Heller