'The science, however, is clear: phone metadata is highly sensitive.'
Conservatives like to often bring up that we are a republican, not a democracy. Part of the reason is they never met a poly sci class they could pass, but the other reason i'm sure is they somehow want to equate the name of their party, "republican," as somehow innately better because it's named after what our founders called our form of government. They also like to point out that our founders, in various writings, explicitly talk about the negatives of "democracy," and did not want one in this country. This is where the lack of being able to understand the basics of government seem to drag them into intentional ignorance.
The only form of "democracy" around when our founding fathers set up the Constitution was what we now call "direct democracy." It's basically what Switzerland has, where everyone gets to vote on whether people, or smaller groups of people, have the same rights as everyone else.... which was a bad thing from our founding fathers viewpoint; they called this the "tyranny of the majority," because after a vote of all the people, there were no safeguards for any minorities rights. This "tyranny of the majority," it should be noted, is exactly what conservatives try to invoke when the ask to put same-sex marriage up for a vote so the voters can decide. THAT is tyranny.
Because of the way the world of politics and government has evolved, there are multiple types of democracy now. One of those types is a "representative democracy," which is what we have. It is the same thing as a "constitutional republic." We vote for representatives, who then are stewards of the country until they're out of office. They in turn vote for the various laws, rules, and regulations to govern our country. BECAUSE they pass a law you don't like, doesn't mean jack shit. If it passes constitutional muster (which the ACA HAS), it is not "tyranny of the majority," it is simply a law YOU don't agree with.
Now... my advice to you is, buy that dictionary, and go on back to high school and learn something.
In the "old" days (way back in the 60's and early 70's), your phone bill came with an extra charge that was MANDATORY called "phone rental." You were required to pay for renting the actual phone that sat in your house. You were barred from using any phone that was not provided by the phone company. There were lawsuits, and it was eventually ruled that a common carrier could not tether their service to rental of equipment that only they were allowed to provide.
In more recent times, the shift from government protecting consumers to government being bought by corporations has led to the whole locked cell phones and ISP's charging rental for modems they require you to rent from them.
Undergrad labs are filled with people of widely disparate skill levels, knowledge, and understanding, and as (chem students) progress, some of the things they learn are downright dangerous. I still remember an experiment that if the glassware hadn't been dried thoroughly, if there was any water present, the unwanted byproduct would be phosgene gas. Nothing like that to perk your attention up a little when it comes to safety.
It's great that there are labs coming around to enforcing safety more, but there should be little surprise that it was needed.
I was going to mod you, but there isn't one for "dumb fucking cunt."
....charged with two counts of attempting to secretly photograph a person in a state of partial nudity.
....state law "does not apply to photographing (or videotaping or electronically surveilling) persons who are fully clothed and, in particular, does not reach the type of upskirting that the defendant is charged with attempting to accomplish on the MBTA."
While your argument is that it should be cut and dry illegal; the reality is: this specific law does not make it illegal. It has nothing to do with the judge, and everything to do with the way the law is written. The judge doesn't need to be removed, the law needs to be better written considering current technology.