Judge dismisses GreenTech suit in win for First Amendment

A federal judge in Mississippi last week threw out an $85 million defamation lawsuit brought by a politically connected corporation against a Virginia journalism non-profit. The procedural ruling drew little attention, and it could still be appealed. Even so, the dismissal represents a nice first-round victory for a news organization whose real crime was probably that it looked too closely at the business dealings of Virginia’s new Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Good.

via Judge dismisses GreenTech suit in win for First Amendment: Examiner Editorial | WashingtonExaminer.com.

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Scientists eliminate HIV from cultured human cells

However researchers from Temple University School of Medicine have found a way to cut the infected genes out, potentially eradicating the virus for good and negating the need for lifelong ARV treatment. Dr Kamel Khalili, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple calls it an “important step” towards the eradication of AIDS, though it is still years away from the clinical stage.

via Scientists eliminate HIV from cultured human cells.

Turkey: ‘Women Shall Not Laugh in Public’ says Erdogan’s Deputy

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc also urged women and men to be chaste during a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party AKP held during Turkey’s celebration of Eid, the day marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.”Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men,” Arınc said, according to Hurriyet daily newspaper.Praising traditional values, the 66-year-old politician listed some rules women should abide to, saying: “She will not laugh in public. She will not make display of her attractiveness.

mohammedanism is a method of high-control patriarchy.  To put it bluntly the stringent followers want to ‘control the pussy’; keep women uneducated and under the thumb.

If American feminists had the courage, they should concentrate their efforts on ending this abhorrent subjugation.  Alas, do not hold your breath, it is too easy to complain about ‘the glass ceiling’ in the US and besides ‘those people will cut your head off’. ‘

via Turkey: ‘Women Shall Not Laugh in Public’ says Erdogan’s Deputy.

Are Tax Cuts Working in Kansas?

And speaking of the deficit, it’s sure ironic that Professor Krugman is bemoaning one in Kansas when he’s spent the past five years bellyaching about the effects of deficit hawks in Washington who kept the stimulus smaller than he wanted it. When it’s deficits caused by liberal big-spenders, Krugman loves them. But when the threat of a deficit is the result of Republican tax cuts, Krugman sounds the alarm. Charlatans and cranks, indeed.
Nor is that the only irony. While The New York Times denounces as “ruinous” the Kansas tax cut, it is sitting in a state, New York, with a top rate of 8.82 percent. If all the government spending paid for by those high taxes were the panacea that the Times claims it is, you might expect New York to have a lower unemployment than Kansas. But check the numbers, and Kansas’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was a low 4.9 percent, while New York’s was 6.6 percent. “Ruinous,” indeed.

Yes.  Next question.

via Are Tax Cuts Working in Kansas? – Reason.com.

Lessons from the Death of the Aussie Carbon Tax

Rather, utilities passed their costs to households—whose energy bills soared by 20 percent in the first year. Other industries that face hyper-competitive environment such as airlines suffered massive losses. (Virgin Australia alone reported $27 million in losses in just six months.) The tax also made Australian exports globally uncompetitive, deepening the country’s recession economic slump.

China and India will be ignoring any cap/trade imposed on them.  Stop with the wink and nod and just end the blackmail of ‘you’re killing Gaia’.

via Lessons from the Death of the Aussie Carbon Tax – Reason.com.

“Religion of Peace” Murders Children and Grandmother

“Later, a crowd of 150 people came to the police station demanding the registration of a blasphemy case against the accused,” said one police officer who declined to be identified.

“As police were negotiating with the crowd, another mob attacked and started burning the houses of Ahmadis.”

=sigh=  Because someone posted a picture of the ‘holder of the sacred meteorite’ (Kaaba)

Kaaba-Go-RoundThe Kaaba-Go-Round

 

via Pakistani mob kills two children including a baby and their grandmother after ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post – Telegraph.

Is Every Speed Limit Too Low?

This is important because, as noted in a U.S. Department of Transportation report, “the potential for being involved in an accident is highest when traveling at speed much lower or much higher than the majority of motorists.” If every car sets its cruise control at the same speed, the odds of a fender bender happening is low. But when some cars drive 55 mph and others drive 85 mph, the odds of cars colliding increases dramatically. This is why getting slow drivers to stick to the right lane is so important to roadway safety; we generally focus on joyriders’ ability to cause accidents — and rightly so — but a car driving under the speed limit in the left (passing) lane of a highway is almost as dangerous.

Probably.

via Is Every Speed Limit Too Low?.

Model drone finds elderly man, missing for three days, alive

Meanwhile, the FAA continues to assert that flying model drones for virtually any other reason than for pleasure is a breach of flight rules. But Schulman has repeatedly maintained that the regulations are unenforceable. And he’s got at least one court ruling to back him up.
In March, a federal judge ruled that the FAA’s ban on the commercial use of drones was not binding because flight officials did not give the public a chance to comment on the agency’s rules. Congress has delegated rule making powers to its agencies, but the Administrative Procedures Act requires the agencies to provide a public notice and comment period first.

via Model drone finds elderly man, missing for three days, alive | Ars Technica.

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Hello to my thousands ….. er….. hundreds ….. umm….. my few family and friends.  I am going to open the comments up on CN and see what happens. 

To all the spammers and ‘get rich now’ accounts, you will have to create an account and log on.  If it gets too much I will just go back to pointing out interesting and neat stuff.

Keep your discussion and arguments logical and non-personal.  Otherwise, it is my ‘place’ and you will have to hit the road.

Federal Judge to Camera-Shy Austin Cops: People Have a Right to Record You. Deal With It.

This is not some newly discovered right that Oborski and his colleagues might have understandably overlooked. To the contrary, it rests on longstanding principles repeatedly recognized by the Supreme Court. “If a person has the right to assemble in a public place, receive information on a matter of public concern, and make a record of that information for the purpose of disseminating that information,” Kane writes, “the ability to make photographic or video recording of that information is simply not a new right or a revolutionary expansion of a historical right. Instead, the photographic or video recording of public information is only a more modern and efficient method of exercising a clearly established right.” He therefore concludes that Oborski et al. cannot claim qualified immunity by arguing that the right was not clearly established at the time of Buehler’s arrests.

via Federal Judge to Camera-Shy Austin Cops: People Have a Right to Record You. Deal With It. – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

Sen. Paul Trying to End ‘Policing for Profit’

“The FAIR Act would change federal law and protect the rights of property owners by requiring that the government prove its case with clear and convincing evidence before forfeiting seized property. State law enforcement agencies will have to abide by state law when forfeiting seized property. Finally, the legislation would remove the profit incentive for forfeiture by redirecting forfeitures assets from the Attorney General’s Asset Forfeiture Fund to the Treasury’s General Fund.”

via Sen. Rand Paul Wants to Make it Harder for the Feds to Take Your Stuff – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

Beretta USA Announces Decision to Move Its Entire Maryland Manufacturing Capabilities to Tennesse

“During the legislative session in Maryland that resulted in passage of the Firearm Safety Act of 2013, the version of the statute that passed the Maryland Senate would have prohibited Beretta U.S.A. from being able to manufacture, store or even import into the State products that we sell to customers throughout the United States and around the world.  While we were able in the Maryland House of Delegates to reverse some of those obstructive provisions, the possibility that such restrictions might be reinstated in the future leaves us very worried about the wisdom of maintaining a firearm manufacturing factory in the State,” stated Jeff Cooper, General Manager for Beretta U.S.A. Corp.
“While we had originally planned to use the Tennessee facility for new equipment and for production of new product lines only, we have decided that it is more prudent from the point of view of our future welfare to move the Maryland production lines in their entirety to the new Tennessee facility,” Cooper added.

via Beretta USA Announces Decision to Move Its Entire Maryland Manufacturing Capabilities to Tennessee – General – News.

Busted for Off-Leash Dog, Man Ordered Not to Leave SoCal

“The probation department doesn’t even take it seriously,” he snickers. “They deal with gangbangers, drug dealers, murderers. And here I am, for a dog leash.”

Your tax dollars at work, Proles.

via Busted for Off-Leash Dog, Man Ordered Not to Leave Southern California | News | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly.

Stop Segregating Sports by Gender

And that raises, once again, the question of why we segregate sports by gender. If a woman can play basketball or baseball well enough for a men’s team, then it’s hard to think of even marginally credible arguments for not letting her. Likewise, it’s hard to think of a good reason for separating male and female golf, or track and field, and so on.
The only plausible explanation for keeping women out of men’s sports is that it also keeps men out of women’s sports. If you let women compete against men, then you have to let men compete against women, and gender physiology makes it likely that a lot of women’s teams could soon become JV men’s teams instead. Men who couldn’t quite make the cut in the NBA, for instance, could try out in the WNBA — and some of them would elbow women aside.

via Stop Segregating Sports by Gender – Reason.com.

Stossel: Over-Policing America

It’s not because crime got worse. There is less crime today. Crime peaked around 1990 and is now at a 40-year low. But as politicians keep passing new criminal laws, police find new reasons to deploy their heavy equipment. The Washington Post’s Radley Balko points out that they’ve used SWAT teams to raid such threatening haunts as truck stops with video poker machines, unlicensed barber shops, and a frat house where underage drinking was reported.

Click forth and read all:

via Over-Policing America – Reason.com.

Border Agents Harassed My Family (Entered via wrong boarder)

“What is your relation to these children?” brusquely demands the young border guard who examines my two daughters’ passports and my own.
They do have their mother’s last name, and they do look somewhat Asian. I’m white. Maybe he’s curious. So I don’t give him any lip.
“I’m their dad.”
“Where is their mother?”
“At home, I guess.”
“Do you have a letter with her permission for you to travel with them?”

via Border Agents Harassed My Family, Forced Me to Delete Recording, ‘Because’ – Reason.com.