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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 09, 2009 Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Illinois forfeiture law: The Supreme Court dismissed a case pitting innocent property owners against Chicago police and prosecutors who held seized autos and other property for years
QUOTE: The US Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to the Cook County State's Attorney and the Chicago Police Department when the justices unanimously dismissed as moot a challenge to Illinois' controversial forfeiture law.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 04, 2009 The electronic fink that will squeal if you drink
QUOTE: in the not-too-distant future, could you find yourself wearing such a device if you misbehave after having a few too many? Is this the first step towards a Big Brother age even more intrusive than that envisaged by George Orwell, where the authorities are automatically alerted whenever you consume any substance deemed undesirable? And is this kind of monitoring reliable?
New Scientist Dec 01, 2009 In Job Hunt, College Degree Can’t Close Racial Gap
QUOTE: there is ample evidence that racial inequities remain when it comes to employment.
New York Times Nov 29, 2009 Swiss Ban Building of Minarets on Mosques
QUOTE: In a vote that displayed a widespread anxiety about Islam and undermined the country’s reputation for religious tolerance, the Swiss on Sunday overwhelmingly imposed a national ban on the construction of minarets...
New York Times Nov 22, 2009 In Ethiopia, farmland is hot property
QUOTE: The scale and pace of the land scramble has alarmed policy makers and others concerned about its implications for food security in countries such as Ethiopia...
Washington Post Nov 16, 2009 A Case in Antiquities for ‘Finders Keepers’ (Findings)
QUOTE: These gestures [giving back artifacts to the original country] may make immediate pragmatic sense for museum curators worried about getting excavation permits and avoiding legal problems. But is this trend ultimately good for archaeology?
New York Times Nov 15, 2009 Racial rethinking as Obama visits: Increasing diversity, born out of boom, forces Chinese to confront old prejudices
QUOTE: As the country gets ready to welcome the first African American U.S. president, whose first official visit here starts Sunday, the Chinese are confronting their attitudes toward race, including some deeply held prejudices about black people.
Washington Post Nov 14, 2009 Muslim groups express concern about seized mosques: Federal authorities don't accuse the mosques, which were seized as property of the Iran-linked Alavi Foundation, of any wrongdoing...
QUOTE: The forfeiture action,[by the federal government] however, is raising concerns about religious freedom among Muslims, many of whom already say government counterterrorism efforts unfairly tarnish the vast majority of law abiding Muslims.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 14, 2009 Selling Lessons Online Raises Cash and Questions
QUOTE: Joseph McDonald, a professor at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University, said the online selling [of lesson plans] cheapens what teachers do and undermines efforts to build sites where educators freely exchange ideas and lesson plans.
New York Times Nov 14, 2009 Forest People May Lose Home in Kenyan Plan
QUOTE: The Kenyan government is gearing up to evict tens of thousands of settlers, illegal or not, from the Mau Forest, the Ogiek’s ancestral home and a critical water source for this entire country. The question is: Will the few thousand remaining Ogiek be given a reprieve or given the boot?
New York Times Nov 14, 2009 No Parade for Hans
QUOTE: The German men and women in Afghanistan set off for war without the support of the populace, and they know that when they return there won’t be crowds cheering in the streets, ready to make heroes of them. Germany has turned its back on hero worship. The soldiers fight alone.
New York Times Nov 08, 2009 Swine flu: Without paid sick leave, workers won't stay home: Many workers choose to work if they don't have paid sick leave. Now, partly because of swine flu, 15 states are considering laws to make paid sick leave mandatory.
QUOTE: Nearly half of all American workers do not have paid sick leave, and half of these are more likely to go to work feeling unwell – or send an ill child to school – rather than take an unpaid day off.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 08, 2009 Supreme Court to decide: What kind of innovations get a patent?: The Supreme Court on Monday takes up this fundamental question in patent law. The answer holds billion-dollar implications for the US economy.
QUOTE: The US Supreme Court on Monday takes up the most fundamental question in patent law: Which innovations deserve the protection of a patent?
Christian Science Monitor Oct 27, 2009 Can We Talk About Religion, Please? (Moral of the Story)
QUOTE: despite the risk of provoking the ire of believers, we should discuss the actions of religious institutions as we would those of all others — courteously and vigorously....it is disheartening that the editorial pages of our most important newspapers did not castigate the Vatican’s invitation to misogyny and homophobia.
New York Times Oct 27, 2009 Extremism Spreads Across Indonesian Penal Code
QUOTE: Most of Indonesia still lives up to its reputation for a moderate, easygoing brand of Islam... But how Aceh [an Indonesian province] went from basic Islamic law to endorsing stoning in a few short years shows how a small, radical minority has successfully pushed its agenda, locally and nationally...
New York Times Oct 26, 2009 Sidewalks become battlegrounds
QUOTE: The nation's crumbling sidewalks have disabled residents taking their wheelchairs to the streets, a potentially dangerous practice that has cash-strapped cities and disability-rights advocates at odds over how to fix the problem.
USA TODAY Oct 25, 2009 Gay marriage fight fuels debate over petitioners' rights
QUOTE: Is signing a petition and delivering it to the government a public act, like voting on a bill in the legislature or contributing money to a campaign? Or is it more like casting a secret ballot at the polling place?
Los Angeles Times Oct 25, 2009 Court case shows limits of anonymous blogging
QUOTE: US courts have historically looked on anonymous bloggers and commenters with a sympathetic eye, but there are exceptions.
Ars Technica Oct 24, 2009 With ban over, who should cover the fallen at Dover?: Few in media choosing to capture events, but military posts pictures
QUOTE: "Taking pictures of the returning casualties to Dover is a measure of the human cost of war," said Ralph Begleiter, a journalism professor at the University of Delaware... "Do you want the government ultimately to have control over what we see or not see? Or do you want independent observers, an independent press or media, relaying those images?"
Washington Post Oct 23, 2009 The Geek Defense: Do criminals with Asperger's syndrome deserve special treatment?
QUOTE: the legal system isn't always consistent in its treatment of criminals with developmental disabilities, and the sentences handed down to autistic defendants can vary widely depending on the court. Asperger's may prove even more challenging than autism, because it lacks the well-defined intellectual deficits that make the latter relatively easy to diagnose. How will a judge determine whether a given diagnosis of Asperger's is scientifically valid, let alone decide how the disorder relates to a particular crime?
Slate Oct 20, 2009 Should Photos Come With Warning Labels? (Moral of the Story)
QUOTE: Should ads using electronically altered images be banned?
New York Times Oct 19, 2009 Rights Watchdog, Lost in the Mideast (Op-Ed Contributor)
QUOTE: Human Rights Watch had as its original mission to pry open closed societies, advocate basic freedoms and support dissenters. But recently it has been issuing reports on the Israeli-Arab conflict that are helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.
New York Times Oct 16, 2009 Wellness Incentives Could Create Health-Care Loophole: Workers Who Fail Medical Tests Could Pay More
QUOTE: By more than doubling the maximum penalties that companies can apply to employees who flunk medical evaluations, the [new healthcare] legislation could put workers under intense financial pressure to lose weight, stop smoking or even lower their cholesterol,
Washington Post Oct 14, 2009 Schwarzenegger signs bill to crack down on paparazzi: The law will toughen existing regulations on paparazzi, but it could be challenged in court on First Amendment grounds.
QUOTE: Some legal experts agree that it [the new paparazzi law] raises First Amendment issues and could chill the gathering of information.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 14, 2009 Case of runaway convert leads to Muslim-Christian clash
QUOTE: the plight of Fathima Rifqa Bary, the Ohio teenager who says her Muslim father threatened her life after she converted to Christianity and ran away to Florida, is also part of a new and growing challenge to Western jurisprudence: How to reconcile restrictive Eastern cultural and religious codes with Western freedoms of religious expression and guarantees against gender discrimination.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 13, 2009 Latin America's worst wage gap for women and minorities? Powerhouse Brazil
QUOTE: ...Brazil sits at the bottom of a list of 18 regional countries when it comes to how much women and minorities are paid for the same job a white man does.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 12, 2009 A Question of When Dishonesty Becomes Criminal (Sidebar)
QUOTE: Critics of the honest services law say it has two essential flaws. It allows federal prosecutors vast discretion “to go after people they don’t like or people they disagree with politically,” said Julie Rose O’Sullivan... The second problem, said George D. Brown... is that prosecutions of state officials under the federal law may violate fundamental principles of federalism.
Oct 11, 2009 On Cluttered Ballots of India, Families Proliferate
QUOTE: political dynasties, large and small, have proliferated so rapidly [in India] that many analysts believe nepotism is corroding the political system.
New York Times Oct 10, 2009 Debate Follows Bills to Remove Clotheslines Bans
QUOTE: Proponents argue they should not be prohibited by their neighbors or local community agreements from saving on energy bills or acting in an environmentally minded way [by hanging laundry to dry]. Opponents say the laws lifting bans erode local property rights and undermine the autonomy of private communities.
New York Times Oct 10, 2009 The Gift of Life, and Its Price (21st Century Babies)
QUOTE: While IVF creates thousands of new families a year, an increasing number of the newborns are twins, and they carry special risks often overlooked in the desire to produce babies.
New York Times Oct 10, 2009 Argentina Enacts Law on Broadcasters
QUOTE: While many media experts have said the old[media] law [in Argentina] was outdated and in need of reform, analysts say the move by the Kirchner government seemed intended to give the executive branch significant discretion in the regulation of broadcasters.
New York Times Oct 09, 2009 Does Microsoft complicate its licensing on purpose?: Recent comments from the company's CEO suggest the company has little interest in simplifying its software licensing any time soon
QUOTE: remarks made recently by Microsoft's top executive, as well as suspicions raised by customers and software consultants, suggest that Microsoft keeps its licensing complicated for a reason, and that it has no plans to make it any simpler in the foreseeable future.
InfoWorld Oct 09, 2009 Too Much Information, Not Enough Common Sense
QUOTE: A new Oklahoma law will require the details of every abortion to be posted on a public website.
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) Oct 09, 2009 More women than men dismissed from military for being gay
QUOTE: Women were dismissed from the military for being gay at a greater rate than men last year...
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 09, 2009 Legislation targets those who bet on death: Some investors pay seniors for the right to take out life policies on them. Proposed bill in California has some industry support.
QUOTE: New efforts are underway in Sacramento to regulate how investors buy and sell existing life insurance policies, a practice that critics contend allows speculators to make money by wagering on when a person will die.
Los Angeles Times Oct 09, 2009 Marijuana Licensing Fails to Chase the Shadows
QUOTE: Those engaged in the experiment [by selling marijuana] here [now legal in New Mexico] never know if they will be arrested, because growing, selling and using marijuana remain illegal under federal law. And robbery is always a fear.
New York Times Oct 08, 2009 Letterman didn't violate his company's harassment policy: The scandal points to a gray area in office policies. Many businesses have yet to clarify guidelines for workplace relationships.
QUOTE: Americans generally say it's inappropriate for someone to enter sexual relationships with office subordinates... But such actions aren't necessarily grounds for discipline, although they can cause deep concern within organizations.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 08, 2009 Cuba bloggers test government limits
QUOTE: [Cuban] Bloggers - many of whom were born after the 1959 revolution - are trying to move debate away from the established official doctrine to exploring social and economic issues
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Oct 08, 2009 Lexington: Of debt and deadbeats
QUOTE: Arthur Brooks, the head of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think-tank, feels that the real culture war in America today is not about gay marriage or abortion, divisive though those issues are, but about capitalism.
Economist Oct 08, 2009 Chinese history textbooks: The fragility of truth
QUOTE: SCHOOL textbooks in China have a habit of bending the truth, to suit Communist Party dogma or to reinforce moral messages. Rarely does anyone challenge them. Exams require rote learning, and children are not encouraged to question received wisdom.
Economist Oct 07, 2009 Swine flu vaccine: Is it ethical to say no?
QUOTE: Does Americans' right to determine what is best for themselves and their families trump the federal government's efforts to head off what it believes could be a flu pandemic?
Christian Science Monitor Oct 07, 2009 Group Resists Korean Stigma for Unwed Mothers
QUOTE: Yet each year, [South Korean] social pressure drives thousands of unmarried women to choose between abortion, which is illegal but rampant, and adoption, which is considered socially shameful but is encouraged by the government. The few women who decide to raise a child alone risk a life of poverty and disgrace.
New York Times Oct 06, 2009 Report: U.S. Should Give Preference to Skilled Immigrants Over Relatives
QUOTE: The United States should cut back on the admission of immigrants who are extended-family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents to make room for more skilled workers, a new independent panel recommended Tuesday.
Washington Post Oct 05, 2009 Politics and Prison in Venezuela: Student Protester's Saga Shines New Light on Chávez's Approach to Dissent
QUOTE: human rights and legal policy groups say that even more worrisome is the growing number of government foes [in Venezuela] in jail for what they allege are politically motivated reasons.
Washington Post Oct 05, 2009 Childbirth at the Global Crossroads: Women in the developing world who are paid to bear other people's children test the emotional limits of the international service economy.
QUOTE: despite [Dr. Nayna] Patel's view of commercial surrogacy as a straightforward equation, it's far more complicated for both the surrogates and the genetic parents. Like nannies or nurses, surrogates perform "emotional labor" to suppress feelings that could interfere with doing their job. Parents must decide how close they are willing (or able) to get to the woman who will give birth to their child.
American Prospect Oct 05, 2009 Virtual world disputes heading for real courtrooms
QUOTE: Just as the digital revolution has facilitated piracy and copyright theft in other spheres, those who make a living running businesses in Second Life have seen their profits eroded by users who have found ways to copy their intellectual property (IP).
New Scientist Oct 05, 2009 Power to the Patients: The mantra has always been: Doctor Knows Best. But consumers need to seize control of their own health care. And they can, thanks to advances in science and technology.
QUOTE: Doctors and patients alike are accustomed to the firmly entrenched Doctor Knows Best status quo. But it is only by empowering patients... that health care can be made significantly more efficient and effective.
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) Oct 03, 2009 Will Books Be Napsterized? (Digital Domain)
QUOTE: With the new devices [electronic readers] in hand, will book buyers avert their eyes from the free copies only a few clicks away that have been uploaded without the copyright holder’s permission?
New York Times Oct 03, 2009 Kitty Stomping is Sick: But are depictions of animal cruelty the legal equivalent of child pornography? The Supreme Court will decide.
QUOTE: If the [Supreme] court reverses the lower court's decision and reinstates the law, images showing the intentional torture or killing of animals would be deemed illegal. But technically, so might depictions of bullfighting in Spain or fishing and hunting out of season.
Newsweek Oct 03, 2009 It's a touchy subject on campus: 'sexiled' students
QUOTE: Tufts, a liberal arts college near Boston founded in 1852, is believed to be the first university to explicitly forbid sex in the presence of roommates...
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