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Comment Not necessarily. (Score 1) 447 447

We wrote a contract together in order to place our marriage on an equal footing and replace all the hideous misogyny in common law. It wasn't about contemplating divorce, but about making the marriage itself a fairer one. (Neither of us owned any property we wanted to shield.)


TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes 702 702

Trachman writes The US Transport Security Administration revealed on Sunday that enhanced security procedures on flights coming to the US now include not allowing uncharged cell phones and other devices onto planes. “During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted on board the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening,” TSA said in a statement.

Comment Re:Just like seat belts in cars... (Score 1) 584 584

Most of the mechanisms proposed don't depend on fingerprints, but upon possession of a short range radio bracelet, so the sweat issue is moot. But generally speaking I don't want panicky civilians firing guns in any case. The correct default state of a firearm is "unavailable." I'm prepared to make exceptions for people who are professionally trained and STAY in training.

Comment Just like seat belts in cars... (Score 1) 584 584

We didn't "let the marketplace decide" whether to mandate seat belts in cars. They're a damn good idea, so we mandated them in new vehicles. But we didn't require that you retrofit them, nor that you get rid of your older car. The same will happen here.

Comment Re:The Religious Right will have your head on a pl (Score 2) 470 470

None of what you say say changes the fact that the Religious Right is vehemently opposed to teaching critical thinking and is using their political power to ensure that it is not taught in schools. Democrats may read tea leaves, but they don't insist that reading tea leaves be part of the science curriculum.

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams