Print Story Hobby Lobby
By aphrael (Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 09:58:17 PM EST) (all tags)
The Supreme Court today handed down a decision in the case of three lawsuits challenging the rule, promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services, which required those companies to pay for employee health insurance which included free coverage for certain contraceptive techniques the companies objected to. The decision ignited a firestorm of controversy and outrage, much of it not responsive to what the Court was actually saying or ruling.

This decision does NOT say that, broadly speaking, companies can avoid paying for the health insurance of their employees. It does NOT say that, broadly speaking, companies do not have to pay for contraceptive care. It does NOT say that, as some commentators have had it, women are second-class citizens, that contraceptive care isn’t important or isn’t health care, or that only Christian religious beliefs are protected. It is a very narrow decision, as we have generally come to expect from Justice Alito, and it deliberately calls out many of the potential extreme extensions of the law as things which the decision does not hold.

That said, in my view, it’s also a deeply flawed decision which carries grave and serious risks if it is not carefully cabined.

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Print Story Naming conventions
By anonimouse (Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 11:45:04 AM EST) novel, slang, hahaha, law (all tags)
The current UK Chief Justice had a perfect name for the role - Igor Judge (known as Lord Judge)

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Print Story Inevitable.
By technician (Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 01:53:45 PM EST) (all tags)
I'm tired just thinking about it, but let's not get into it without at least understanding some things. About guns. In America.

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Print Story LHuSi drinks
By hulver (Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 12:02:44 PM EST) (all tags)
Unusually timed LHuSi drinks.

Sunday, 21st October. Starting in the afternoon sometime.

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Print Story CAMPING
By technician (Mon May 07, 2012 at 04:41:31 PM EST) (all tags)

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Print Story thinking about food security
By misslake (Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 04:08:04 PM EST) (all tags)
i've been thinking a lot about food security lately, attending toronto's food policy council meetings and getting ready for my trip to cuba.

ni and i like to make stuff ourselves, like bread and beer, wine and meals from scratch, and we like to grow our own food. it's fun to have made something all by myself.

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Print Story To those that give
By Gedvondur (Thu Dec 22, 2011 at 11:51:11 AM EST) christmas, food pantry, charity, love (all tags)
Remember them always.

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Print Story In Memoriam
By aphrael (Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 09:25:05 PM EST) (all tags)
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

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Print Story Eight days
By aphrael (Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 03:36:57 AM EST) (all tags)
I was nine when I moved to California, a small child fleeing (with his mother) from the tumult of a failing marriage with a querulous, unpleasant stepfather. California was the promise land, the golden escape from  terrors which, to this day, I cannot remember; a sanctuary from a nightmare I’ve all but blacked out int he joy of forgetfulness. (I say all but blacked out, but the scars lingered long; well into my thirties, my conflict-avoidance was pathological, I had a tendency to assume that anything which went wrong in the lives of anyone close to me was my fault, and I suffered from a constant fear that I would drive everyone away and live, alone and bitter, until the end of my days - all signs of emotional abuse the details of which I’ve squirreled away beyond all recall).

I have lived at least four different lives in California - the life of the miserable social outcast, the life of the arrogant nerd desperate to escape from home, the life of the socially awkward stoner computer programmer, the life of the moderately successful married computer programmer-cum-law-student. (In a different telling, these lives could stretch out to six, or maybe even seven, but I can’t shrink them to fewer than four).

My life in California is ending at the end of this month. I’ll be back to visit, but visiting is never the same, and distance changes even the strongest love (even if the connection remains strong, it is different, twisted somehow, and bears the marks of distance and the fact that your paths have diverged and that you are now at the same time both strangers and friends, bonded by an ancient glue which is no longer being nourished and renewed). It’s possible I’ll be back to live - today, I’d say I want to; my tribe is here, my friends and family, most of the people I love. But five years is a long time, and who can say what I will want in five years - and, who can say whether my tribe will still exist in five years to come home to? It cannot be counted on, it cannot be expected; it cannot, in some sense, even be hoped for. If I were to come back, I would be starting yet another new life, with shared scenery and some shared friends, I would not be resuming the life I have today. That life is over.

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Print Story Thoughts on the riots
By TheophileEscargot (Sat Aug 13, 2011 at 03:29:23 AM EST) Riots, economics, politics, society (all tags)
Some thoughts on the background, responsibility, causes of and responses to the English riots of 2011.

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