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.
A “golden key” is just another, more pleasant, word for a backdoor—something that allows people access to your data without going through you directly. This backdoor would, by design, allow Apple and Google to view your password-protected files if they received a subpoena or some other government directive.
I don't allow my local police department to have a key to my house, "just in case", nor would I ever. Neither should a corporation own a key to my personal data. This shit has to stop.
I love Mastodon, because they are an incredibly melodic hard metal band, they have an excellent sense of humor about themselves, and they write great songs. I've been jamming to The Motherload all day:
118?!? The Vietnam special was one of the funniest, and also the most heartfelt "special" episodes they did. I'd give it a top 10.
This. This right here:
Do not start the presentation with an apology or disclaimer.
No matter how much more you had hoped to present, by the time you get in that room, whatever you have is exactly the right amount of work. Any resetting of expectations should have been handled before the meeting.
I worked with someone who routinely started client meetings with an apology. It used to drive me nuts. There are things on this list that I do sometimes when working a room, so I'll have to brush up on this before my next presentation.