Vox: Why a federal court just ruled Obamacare subsidies are illegal in 36 states.
“The suit alleges that subsidies should only be available in states that set up their own insurance exchanges, based on the text of the Affordable Care Act. The government can still appeal, but if it ultimately loses the case at the Supreme Court, it’s possible that federal subsidies will no longer be available to help make insurance affordable in over thirty states.” And everything hinges on a single word. Who says proper English isn’t important?
TechDirt: FAA Investigates Congressman’s Use Of Drone To Help Videotape His Wedding.
“That brings us to today, where we get to read news about the FAA investigating the use of a drone to take sky-recordings of the wedding of a US Congressman who sits on the subcommittee that oversees the FAA.” Oh, this one’s worth watching, just for the entertainment value alone.
Mischiefs of Faction: Impeachable offenses are in the eyes of the beholders (part 1).
The question is, impeachable for what, exactly? Listed under “Psychology” for psychoceramic reasons.
BBC: French blogger fined over review’s Google search placing.
“A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results. The judge ordered that the post’s title be amended and told the blogger Caroline Doudet to pay damages.” Of note to bloggers. One of the hallmarks of (old school) blogging was matter-of-factness. The letter of the law may not appreciate unblemished opinion. This is France, of course; however, jurisprudence tends to stay aware of cross-border judgments.
Reason.com: Mom Jailed Because She Let Her 9-Year-Old Daughter Play in the Park Unsupervised.
Pffft. I walked by myself to kindergarten. Today, state-enforced helicopter parenting? Man, I’m so glad I grew up when I did.
Time: Bloggers, Surveillance and Obama’s Orwellian State.
“In some ways, bloggers use the same practices of 19th Century pamphleteers, where anybody with a hand-crank could stand on a corner and shout to a group of people.” I’ve repeated this metaphor countless times now … I should have trademarked it a decade ago.
Flytenow Blog: The Legality of Ride Sharing in Aviation.
Of general interest: “While we cannot speak to the practices of other companies, we would like to update you regarding our efforts on getting explicit FAA approval and provide our analysis of the law. After comprehensive research, we continue to believe that Flytenow is well within the FAR’s (Federal Aviation Regulations).” The concept of catching a ride somewhere in a private aircraft appeals to me.
Metafilter: Tsilhquot’in victory in the Supreme Court.
“The recognition of aboriginal title rings in a new era, after years of frustration over treaty negotiations …” So, we’re returning the Black Hills when?
The Atlantic: Corporations, Still Not People.
Ars Technica: IRS policy that targeted Tea Party groups also aimed at open source projects.
Worth watching. “You have a substantial nonexempt purpose because you develop software published under open source compatible licenses that authorize use by any person for any purpose, including nonexempt purposes such as commercial, recreational, or personal purposes.”
Las Cruces Sun-News: New Mexico bans text messaging by all drivers.
“A statewide ban on texting while driving takes effect Tuesday in New Mexico. Under the new law, drivers are prohibited from sending or reading text message and emails — even while at a stop light or temporarily stuck in a traffic jam. Motorists also will be banned from searching the Internet on smartphones or other hand-held wireless devices. However, the law does allow a driver to pull over to the side of the road to send or receive a text message.” Good. This habit has become a scourge.
NY Times: A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels BNP’s Illegal Deals.
Guardian.UK: Facebook emotion study breached ethical guidelines, researchers say.
Guardian.UK: Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protestors.
Guardian.UK: Earthquakes shake Oklahoma and Texas – and locals want to know why.
When considering the unexpurgated list of fracking’s costs, how do you value destabilizing the Earth’s crust?
Dazed: What’s behind India’s tide of sexual violence.
“Of course, while television is introducing a normalcy to sex, it has also furiously perpetuated the objectification of women, feeding the voyeuristic desires of millions who are sexually frustrated and lonely. [snip] Yet, what happens when reality strikes? Unfathomable rage.” Those who say media (tv, video games, etc.) are benign, need to read this.
The New Yorker: A Brief History of Oaths and Books.
“But the use of any text during a swearing-in ceremony is, if not exactly a gimmick, at least more style than substance. There is no constitutional requirement for any federal official—firefighter, ambassador, or President—to take the oath of office over a particular text or, in fact, over any text at all.” Using an e-text? Death of the practice within a decade.
Chicago Trib: Washington Redskins trademark canceled by U.S. Patent Office.
Would you complain about a team calling themselves any other racial epithet? Of course you would. There’s a simple fix, just switch epithets: The Washington Rednecks. There’s even an anthem available. Or does that hurt someone’s feelings? Think about it.
NPR: Eccentric Heiress’s Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block.
“She had three apartments on New York’s Fifth Avenue, all filled with treasures worth millions, not to mention a mansion in Connecticut and a house in California. But the enigmatic heiress Huguette Clark lived her last 20 years in a plainly decorated hospital room — even though she wasn’t sick.”
KRQE.com: Assayi Fire erupts near Gallup.
“Watson says the fire was caused by a man burning weeds and tumbleweeds at a camp nearby.” You’ve GOT to be kidding me. In these winds?
The Art Newspaper: Matisse painting in Gurlitt hoard was Nazi loot, researchers find.
“Even though it could not be documented with absolute certainty how the work came into [Cornelius Gurlitt’s father] Hildebrand Gurlitt’s possession, the task force has concluded that the work is Nazi loot and was taken from its rightful owner Paul Rosenberg.” And, who is Paul Rosenberg?
AP: Court - Searchable Books Database is ‘Fair Use.’
“The library lets the general public search for particular terms but shows only page numbers where the term is found, unless the copyright owner has authorized more extensive information.” Given the last manuscript I had read by commercial OCR provider, I think it will be in authors’ best interest to personally verify that any scans are accurate and correct … and that could end up an onerous and costly-in-time task.
KRQE: ABQ woman shot in face while driving.
Good lord. The entry point on the windshield is kinda low to come from a bridge and still hit her in the face, no?
ProPublica: Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?
“After Mindi started arguing, medical staff sent her for a psychological evaluation and notified local child welfare authorities, according to court records.” And, as per usual, everything went downhill from there. An important read.