Legislating the Internet
(Government, Law) Megacorporations want to legislate the Internet to protect their own intellectual property. But eventually, this will work heavily against the denizens of the Internet.
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
(Government, Politics) Wish you could see the steam pouring out of my ears. The President has done something unprecedented. He''s claimed a ''recess appointment'' when the Congress wasn''t officially in recess. All so he could bypass Congress and place Richard Cordray as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Republicans have been holding "pro-forma" sessions every three days which met the constitutional requirement to avoid calling their winter break a recess.
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Prepare to vote
(Science, Society) Happy New Year! I plan on doing a weekly post here. We''re now fully into the election year -- just 11 months until we go to the polls. If you haven''t been doing it all along, please start studying the issues so, come November, you can intelligently cast your ballot. And if you''re someone who hasn''t diligently voting in every election, add that to your New Year''s Resolutions. Our nation doesn''t ask that much of us as citizens (short of paying taxes). It''s the least you can do.
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Separation of church and state
(Law, Society) Christmas is fast approaching, and once again we''re hearing the argument over whether it''s a Christmas tree or a holiday tree. Those in the holiday tree camp try to point to the First Amendment to support their case. Unfortunately for them, it does just the opposite.
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Obamacare
(Government, Health, Law, Politics) Even though it hasn''t been fully enacted yet, we''re already feeling the early fallout from this disaster of a law. Insurance premiums have already risen, thanks to parts of the law already being enforced. For instance, insurance plans must now extend their dependent coverage to children up to the age of 26, well into adulthood. There have also been some preventive care measures that must now be fully covered by all plans. It''s only going to get worse, people, as other parts of the law take effect.
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