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Thursday Morning

I’ve felt for a long time that “Being There” (and the novella that inspired it) was unintended prophecy.

More self-inflicted fresh-water poisoning.

Increasingly, to have an understanding of science is to realize how poorly the profit motive is serving us in our interactions with reality, especially when combined with the failure to remember that governments are the entities funding forward-looking research.

There are few if any replacements for carbapenems in development, says Elizabeth Jungman, director of drug safety and innovation at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington DC. Companies lack economic incentives to develop new antibiotics, she says, and researchers have found it difficult to find new ways to get Gram-negative bacteria to take up antibiotics.

This makes me feel stabby.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court takes an interesting approach to “secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” An excerpt (linked from the story):

In sum, our review reveals no compelling reason to
interpret Article I, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution as providing greater protection with regard to warrantless searches of motor vehicles than does the Fourth Amendment. Therefore, we hold that, in this Commonwealth, the law governing warrantless searches of motor vehicles is coextensive with federal law under the Fourth Amendment. The prerequisite for a warrantless search of a motor vehicle is probable cause to search; no exigency beyond the inherent mobility of a motor vehicle is required. The consistent and firm requirement for probable cause is a strong and sufficient safeguard against illegal searches of motor vehicles, whose inherent mobility and the endless factual circumstances that such mobility engenders constitute a per se exigency allowing police officers to make the determination of probable cause in the first instance in the field.

SB: Egg on my face. According to ProfMTH (link to YouTube channel):

…it is well settled that people have a diminished expectation in privacy in cars and other vehicles. While the automobile exception is new to Pennsylvania law, it is not new to federal 4th Amendment jurisprudence–it’s been around since the 1920s. The federal bench realized long ago that if a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe a vehicle s/he has stopped is being used in the commission of a crime and/or contains evidence of a crime, it is unreasonable to send the officer off to obtain a warrant since the vehicle and the evidence it may contain are, to understate it, unlikely to be around when the officer returns. One of the hallmarks of the 4th Amendment is reasonableness.

Well all right then. Sometimes when I think things are getting worse, it’s just that I’ve become more aware of it as I grew older. Well that, and sometimes I’m just ignorant.

Rob Ford… just… stop, already.

Australia, what the hell are you doing?? Besides punishing the average person for putting all your chips on the commodities boom in China, of course. Note that the title syas “Wealthy to pay for own health care costs,” but the first sentence is “The middle class would be forced to cover their own health costs and Medicare would be left as a basic safety net under the commission of audit’s plan, cleaving universal healthcare in two.” Is this called “breaking it to you slowly?”

Grifters gotta grift. For the children!

TEPCO: Failing upwards in Japan.

Anybody else think the private sector could learn a few things from NASA’s unmanned flight operations team? Still going strong.

Some dark humor to start your day.

Monday Linkage

Just to get back into the habit of things, here are a few bits of crazy going ’round the world.

Those of you who have known me for years know that I’m no fan of DynCorp.  Their BS just isn’t losing them any business.

Anna Marie Cox (once known as Wonkette) reminds us that the NRA members are human beings, and that the organization (and its leadership) is well past crazytown.

Remember the DHS report from 2009 that proved to be remarkably prescient?  As prognostications go, let’s hope its long-term accuracy doesn’t compare to this about the right-wing noise machine, though I’m afraid it will.

China may be trying to drive a wedge between Japan and the other nations that experienced the Imperial Army’s Pacific Tour during the 30s and 40s.  Regardless, they certainly have brought things back to the surface Japan would prefer that we forget.  I’d very much like to know when those documents were found, and if they prove to be authentic.  I strongly suspect they are.

The Florida Legislature can fuck right off with its passive-aggressive non-rejection rejection of the ACA.

Oh hey, someone decided to see if they could make weapons safer and more under the control of the owner.  Of course, this caused many people to start channeling their inner William Wallace.  It’s the fight over integral gun locks, all over again.


A website that will make you go WOW!

Wanna prove that the job market started tanking before 9/11, and the tax cuts didn’t affect it one bit? That Bush’s predictions on job creation were and are pure hype? That Social Security is doing just fine, and that our National Debt is a nightmare that makes a visit from Freddy Kruger look like a trip to the Bahamas with a willing lovely of your preferred gender?? That the Republicans are flirting heavily with driving the U.S. into bankruptcy in order to kill Social Security? has some good working material, and jump off points for your own research. Get cracking!