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Archive for July 1st, 2014

Guns and alcohol: A bad combination, as New Orleans knows

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A shootout, thanks in part to Louisiana allowing concealed carry in bars. More here.

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1 July 2014 at 4:39 pm

Posted in Guns

Owners of corporations have the right to impose their religious beliefs on workers

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A good NY Times editorial:

The Supreme Court’s deeply dismaying decision on Monday in the Hobby Lobby case swept aside accepted principles of corporate law and religious liberty to grant owners of closely held, for-profit companies an unprecedented right to impose their religious views on employees.

It was the first time the court has allowed commercial business owners to deny employees a federal benefit to which they are entitled by law based on the owners’ religious beliefs, and it was a radical departure from the court’s history of resisting claims for religious exemptions from neutral laws of general applicability when the exemptions would hurt other people.

The full implications of the decision, which ruled in favor of employers who do not want to include contraceptive care in their company health plans, as required by the Affordable Care Act, will not be known for some time. But the immediate effect, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted in a powerful dissent, was to deny many thousands of women contraceptive coverage vital to their well-being and reproductive freedom. It also invites, she said, other “for-profit entities to seek religion-based exemptions from regulations they deem offensive to their faiths.”

The case involved . . .

Continue reading.

Later in the editorial:

Justice Samuel Alito Jr., read the act’s religious protections to apply to “the humans who own and control” closely held companies, an interpretation contradicted by the statute’s history, context, and wording. He then found that the contraceptive coverage rules put a “substantial burden” on the religious owners, who objected to some of the items on the F.D.A.’s list based on the incorrect claim they induce abortions.

UPDATE: And by all means read “The Illogic of Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance.” We’re barking up the wrong tree.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 July 2014 at 2:05 pm

Posted in Business, Law

Number of Backdoor Searches of NSA Data Too High to Keep Track Of

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Kevin Drum finds that the data that NSA has (illegally, in my view) collected on US citizens is search so frequently and so much that they cannot keep track of it. Read this post.

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1 July 2014 at 10:11 am

Facebook Added ‘Research’ To User Agreement 4 Months After Emotion Manipulation Study

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And the study included minors, who are usually even more protected in psychological studies (particularly, one would assume, studies that attempt to induce negative emotions in the subjects).

Facebook is VERY much in the wrong here, though it will never admit it—it’s even more sociopathic than most corporations—and I imagine the future of the two researchers, who were so cavalier about protocols and protection of subjects, is probably quite clouded—and justifiably so.

Here’s the article that shoots down Facebook’s (weak) defense.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 July 2014 at 10:00 am

Posted in Business, Science

Alcohol responsible for 1 in 10 U.S. deaths

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It continues to astonish me that people seem quite accepting of legal availability of alcohol, which is implicated in much violence and many deaths and truly is a “gateway drug,” and yet are almost frantic in their denunciations of marijuana, from which death toll from usage is zero or slightly above—certainly nothing like the toll exacted by alcohol or cigarettes, both of which are legal, regulated, and taxed.

Of course, few would maintain that people in general succeed well at rationality.

Here’s the brief article by Nora Daley from PBS Newshour.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 July 2014 at 9:53 am

Fine shave with Tiki Bar Vegan shaving soap

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SOTD 1 july 2014

A very nice shave today, mostly BBS. I did have to reload—I’m still mastering the new lathering technique—but the lather was quite good and I’ll use the soap again soon to verify.

Three passes with the Maggard Razor, a splash of Desert Rose aftershave from The Shave Den Store sample, and a new month is underway.

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1 July 2014 at 9:48 am

Posted in Shaving

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