This accumulation of wealth and power is getting worse and worse and worse. So, the cost is the loss of our democracy and the loss of our liberties. This was the basic truth that previous generations of Americans understood.
Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the contraception rule “would put these merchants to a difficult choice: either give up the right to seek judicial protection of their religious liberty or forgo the benefits, available to their competitors, of operating as corporations.”
Right. So minimum-wage female employees have to find some other way of affording expensive birth control in order to keep working, lest they lose their jobs or dare to use all six weeks of their maternity leave.
Two decades after Nevada’s founders proclaimed unswerving obedience to federal authority, Cliven Bundy’s family first settled the land where he and his supporters now make their heavily armed stand against federal power.
Because same-sex marriage is illegal in Ohio, and because the Supreme Court ruling left marriage bans at the state level intact, Arthur and Obergefell couldn’t marry here. The prospect of travel was difficult because Arthur is bedridden with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive neurological disease that robs patients of their ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe.
…Maryland required only one partner to come for the license. Then a 48-hour waiting period.
It was an hour and 10-minute flight.
This might work, they decided: A destination wedding in Baltimore.
It cannot be criminal to report a crime or an abuse of power. Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder Daniel Ellsberg argues that Snowden’s leaks could be a tipping point in America. This week he wrote “there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material,” including his own leak of the Pentagon Papers.
Update: Todd Akin got spanked by Claire McCaskill. Bye bye, douchebag! And the other rape-apology senator got whupped too.
I was proud to see one of the questions on my ballot this morning was for recognizing same-sex marriage here in Maryland, and it made me glad to live here. While I’m nervous to see the results of the overall election (right now it’s 157 – 153 in electoral college votes) I’m more nervous to see the local ballot measure results. We don’t need any more casino gambling, and as much as I worry about how things will get paid for, I believe everyone has the right to a quality education in this country.
From the Wirecutter/Sweethome: Helpful Gear for Any Emergency. I found a nice alternative to the $100 tactical flashlight I was recommended, as well as a highly-ranked first aid kit to replace the janky one I've had since 2000.
nailhed is a ruin-porn/history site based in Detroit, where the pickings are many and vast. There's so much history there that's just crumbling, and the author does a nice job of researching and contextualizing each site. Prepare to spend hours reading.
Don’t be late. There are no “extensions” in workshop-type classes; your deadlines are obligations to  other adults.
No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it.
No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment.
No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee.
I'm shocked it's taken this long to state these ideas so clearly, but YES.