SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A raised eyebrow, loud guffaw, smirk or other facial expressions could all be banned in future political debate under new rules proposed for the city council in Palo Alto, California. In a bid to improve civility in the town's public discourse, a committee on the city council has spent hours debating guidelines for its own behaviour. 

'Do not use body language or other nonverbal methods of expression, disagreement or disgust,' a new list of proposed conduct rules reads...

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308 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 19 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you think it`s possible to enforce laws like this one, that measure something that has no standards?
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A raised eyebrow, loud guffaw, smirk or other facial expressions could all be banned in future political debate under new rules proposed for the city council in Palo Alto, California. In a bid to improve civility in the town`s public discourse, a committee on the city council has spent hours debating guidelines for its own behaviour.

`Do not use body language or other nonverbal methods of expression, disagreement or disgust,` a new list of proposed conduct rules reads...

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19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 8:24:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
what are they gonna do... shoot everyone up with botox injections before a debate?
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 8:28:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
That is just ridiculous. I think people should be mature enough to handle a raised eyebrow...why don't they just ban political debate? That would improve civility. *loud guffaw*
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/11/03 - 6:14:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/11/03 - 6:16:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why not just make everyone shave off all their hair and eyebrows? Then they'd look even more like mindless drones...
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/14/03 - 8:06:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
"In a bid to improve civility in the town's public discourse, a committee on the city council has spent hours debating guidelines for its own behaviour." I believe this time could be better spent debating how to improve education, better repair potholes or lower crime rates. This is phenomenally stupid.
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/7/03 - 3:14:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
what do you expect...it's california, and almost in SF
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/7/03 - 3:23:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
thats.......stupid
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/7/03 - 4:24:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
What is wrong with these people? Encourage discourse by discouraging body language? Who allowed these people to legislate?
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/7/03 - 4:50:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
how ridiculous!!
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/7/03 - 5:16:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Who allowed these people to legislate?" Voters
19 yrs ago - Wednesday 5/7/03 - 5:50:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
18 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 8/7/03 - 2:20:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
no way very silly ideas



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