Random News: June 7, 2011

News you might have missed.

Local governments going too far? Clayton County, Georgia’s local government had proposed to limit breastfeeding in public. Protests by “lactivists” swayed the local nudity police to drop the age limit. Apparently, the county government proposed limiting the age of a child who could be publicly breastfed. Now, I’m no expect, but breastfeeding has benefits to children. The government seeks to limit the benefits a child might enjoy for some arbitrary, puritanical reason. Individuals continue to have rights in this country, right? If the local government has some objection to how old a child can be to breastfeed, find another way to stop the weirdness.

Now, the breastfeeding controversy put in mind of another much bigger controversy, the proposition to ban circumcision in San Francisco. Another individual proposes to have the government infringe on the religious rights of individuals and the individual rights of parents to make health choices for their sons. In California, any person can propose a change in the law if enough signatures are gathered. Someone gathered 7,700 signatures which then requires the city of San Francisco to expend precious funds on vote that will in all likelihood be found unconstitutional. What happened to individual rights? What happened to choice? 7,700 people can propose to abridge the rights of community members because some crusader disagrees with a medical practice that has valid benefits and religious significance to some.

Will Bank of America pay attention? Friday, a Florida Bank of America branch was subject to foreclosure. Last week, a municipal court in Georgia threatened a Bank of America branch manager with jail time for contempt when the Bank failed to acknowledge ownership of a local eyesore. In Florida, not only did the wronged homeowners show up with a foreclosure order, their attorney closed the bank and began taking property. How can this company which shells out so much money for slick advertisements neglect the communities in which they function? How can this company over look the health, safety and well-being of their employees? Someone in Charlotte, or where ever their headquarter sit now, needs to wake up and smell the coffee. These stories are bad PR.

Jellyfish, reconsidered. Scientists spent time researching this bane of beachgoers’ existence. Very cool!

The Great European E.coli Hunt continues. Update, maybe it’s not the sprouts. Too bad, I dislike sprouts. A needle in a haystack has nothing on finding E.coli. Good luck, Germany!

Explanation of Cellphone-Cancer Link. Just read it. Don’t give up your cellphone. Just don’t live on the cellphone.

Disturbing. Glenn Beck is starting a fee based structure for access to his daily talk show and a higher rate for his web-based television channel. I’m not providing a link. If you want it find it yourself. Ugh!

Healthcare, Military style. Apparently, healthcare is expensive for the military. Oh, wait, it’s expensive for everyone. Why is it that we can’t do a better job of planning for and taking care of those who protected our rights?

Albee’s social commentary. Edward Albee generated some controversy when he essentially said don’t limit my work by labeling me. I enjoyed the interview. Highly recommend that you listen to it or read it.

Get ’em while they’re on sale.WalMart cuts price of iPhone 4, until July 1.

Be thankful for freedom. 47 doctors and nurses who treated protesters in Bahrain stand trial for aiding the protest. These people accused of treating patients are being tried for aiding a revolt. I just don’t want to comprehend this.

Ah, geez! The Royal silliness continues, Kate Middleton’s dress will be displayed at Buckingham Palace along with a replica cake. What next?

 

 

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