Category Archive: Current Events

New York City Arrests Subway Dancers

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New York City police have begun cracking down on subway dancers under the justification of “quality of life violations.” This is part of a general quality of life campaign conducted by Police Commissioner… Continue reading

SCOTUS Hobby Lobby ruling isn’t about Religious Freedom vs. Access to Care. It’s about the Individual and Employer Mandates.

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The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that under the protection of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), for-profit corporations that are “closely held” may not be forced by the… Continue reading

Response from the Webs: Is the Drone War “Total” War?

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Our recent post, Is the Drone War “Total” War? was shared last week on two different feeds on Reddit. I thought it would be fun to share some of the comments from the… Continue reading

Is the Drone War “Total” War?

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We tend to think of the use of drones as a limited form of warfare. It makes sense — after all, we are not faced with daily images of destruction and climbing American… Continue reading

Eric Cantor, We Hardly Knew Ye

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Who knew the midterms could be as riveting as Game of Thrones? And yes, I do think Game of Thrones is an appropriate metaphor for any situation. In the kind of shocking twist… Continue reading

FDA rules that cheeses may not be aged on wooden boards.

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  The FDA has begun moving against artisan cheese makers who employ wooden surfaces for aging their cheeses. Monica Metz, Branch Chief of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition said in… Continue reading

For Every Session, an Unsession — Undoing the Accretion of Bad Law

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The Minnesota legislature has just repealed 1,175 laws as part of Governor Mark Dayton’s “Unsession” plan. As twincities.com reports: It’s no longer a crime in Minnesota to carry fruit in an illegally sized… Continue reading

Protectionism and Paternalism Brewing in Florida – “I believe I know what’s best.”

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  The Florida senate has passed a bill, SB 1714, that would prohibit craft brewers from selling certain products directly to consumers.  Currently, many breweries in Florida operate “tasting rooms” abutting their facilities, through… Continue reading

Taxi Medallions and Economic Inequality

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We tend to think of government regulation of private enterprise as created for the sole purpose of ensuring the safety or well-being of citizens.  Certainly, this tends to be the only framing device… Continue reading