I just got around to updating the BME newsfeed for the day (sorry it's so late). Anyway, I wanted to draw people's attention to two main stories, and then one quick follow-up:

  • Does this mean we can't be drafted? The US Navy just released their new policy on body modification in the service, and to my surprise they specifically banned tongue splitting, implants, stretched piercing, and a number of other very niche activities. I guess this means we've really hit the mainstream, right?
  • Florida teacher fired for Wiccan tattoo (another and another link). I haven't seen the full details, but in some ways I agree with the schoolboard. I'm not entirely sure that it's appropriate to have a teacher with religious tattoos on their face, let alone one that's using the class as a forum to talk about his religious ideas. Separation of church and state, to me, implies that teachers can't use the classroom as a religious forum.
  • Reasons for banning piercings are unfounded. This is a follow-up to the current cover article on BME. Thanks to the person who wrote the letter!

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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