Need Help Selling or Buying a Pet?

Persian Kitten (Sasan Geranmehr)

Most people take adopting a pet very seriously. Animal sellers should too. Here are some tips for both the seller and animal adopter looking for a trustworthy dealer.

See “Five Ways to Sell a Pet — or Just About Anything” by Alden Loveshade

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U.S. Suing Texas Over Voter ID Law

United_States_and_Texas_Flags_croppedThe law requiring an ID to vote in Texas was supposedly to prevent voter fraud. It seemed like a reasonable law except for two things: 1) voter fraud is apparently extremely rare and has no effect on state- or nation-wide election; and 2) the law requires voters to pay for a certified copy of their ID.  Opponents see it as a way to discriminate against the poor and minorities.

The law was blocked for almost a year by a court decision, then another decision seemingly let it stand.

It’s interesting to note that leaders among Democrats, who rely on the votes of minorities, are generally opposed to such laws whereas Republicans, who rely on the votes of well-to-do Caucasians, are in favour. Does this come down to representing your constituents, or motivated self-interest?

Image of United States and Texas flags is public domain and cropped from the University of Houston Digital Library.

Forced Computer Tracking Over in San Antonio Schools

no666sAndrea Hernandez is back in high school in San Antonio after being expelled for refusing to wear “the mark of the beast.”  On October 1, 2012, John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School began forcing students to wear RFID tracking badges as part of the “Student Locator Project.”  The school claimed it helped them track students and keep accurate attendance records.

Hernandez was suspended from the school for refusing to wear the badge for religious reasons, linking it to the “mark of the beast” in the biblical book of Revelation.  The Rutherford Institute filed a suit on behalf of Hernandez, and on November 21, 2012, a judge tentatively blocked the suspension. Hernandez was expelled from the school in January 2013.  This week, the high school student was allowed to re-enter the school which had abandoned the RFID project.

One critical problem that seldom gets mentioned in these reports is this: if the government can track you, so can anyone who can access your signal.

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Bradley Manning: Leaking the Truth is Treason

Bradley Manning, who leaked government information to the press, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison. The judgment essentially equates revealing government information, including governmental abuse, as treason.  This could set a legal precedent: letting people know what the government is really doing is worse than torturing and killing innocent civilians.  Ben Wizner of the ACLU said:

When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system. A legal system that doesn’t distinguish between leaks to the press in the public interest and treason against the nation will not only produce unjust results, but will deprive the public of critical information that is necessary for democratic accountability. This is a sad day for Bradley Manning, but it’s also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.

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Preteen Gag Order: Welcome to Corporate America

462px-Young_girl_in_Mauritania_ForbiddenAt the age of 10 and 7, two American children had their freedom of speech legally truncated. By an agreement made by their parents, Chris and Stephanie Hallowich, a Pennsylvania boy and girl apparently cannot talk about fracking, shale gas drilling, for the rest of their lives.

While the $750,000 settlement was made in 2011, the terms were just now made public after a request by the Pittsburg Post Gazette.

The agreement was made between the Hallowich’s and three oil and gas companies in charge of drilling in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.  The family, who lived near the drilling and were opposed to fracking, claimed the process harmed their family’s health. Apparently the parents did not want their kids gagged, but otherwise could not get a settlement.

While gag orders are common for adults in such agreements, how can they be forced down the throats of two young children?

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