July 2nd, 2003

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Finally...

It looks like the release date for Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver is indeed firm at September 23rd. It was originally this January, and for a while I think Amazon had no date at all.

And here's hoping that Neal's finally figured out how to write an ending. :-)
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I hate when I miss the obvious

I've been saying that Glenbrook North's expulsion of the powderpuff participants was an abuse of their power. I compared their actions to similar moves by schools to squelch speech off-campus, which always get smacked down by the courts on First Amendment grounds.

Duh, this qualifies too. The Illinois state law the district claims gives them the power says that any school shall suspend or expel any student involved in a "public school fraternity, sorority or secret society" (105 ILCS 5/31-3)

Read the law. Note that it talks about students who join, or who solicit others to join an organization. It says nothing about beating the shit out of anybody. So it's a question of association. But wait! The First Amendment defends that too! I hate when I miss obvious details like that...
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