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One step forward…

…one huge fscking leap backwards for Alabama, that most maligned of the Southern States (well, ok…Mississippi certainly counts as well).

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A judge refused to delay a trial Tuesday when an attorney objected to his wearing a judicial robe with the Ten Commandments embroidered on the front in gold.

Yes, you read that right. Ten Commandments. On. His. Robe.


Clearly we have real issue with this whole “seperation separation of church and state” in AL. One more time for those in the back row:

“As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion…” – George Washington, Treaty of Tripoli, 4 November, 1796

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

2 replies on “One step forward…”

I know, Jas. It’s tough to believe in America with all these Americans
who don’t understand it living here. 🙂 Maybe we need to move northeast. -S

btw: english teacher note: sepAration (sorry, I can’t help it!)

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