"But some lawmakers are going the other way, backing measures that expand parental freedoms even in the face of mainstream medicine and science supporting vaccinations.
"Bills in New York State and Montana would add philosophical and personal beliefs to the current medical exemption, while proposals in Mississippi and West Virginia would add exemptions for ‘medical reasons or conscientious beliefs’ and on religious grounds, respectively."
"The storms will bring episodes of snow every 12-24 hours or so from northern Minnesota, upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey and New England."
(How terrifying is that?)
"City and transit officials did not sound grateful for the examination."
"RadioShack's bankruptcy filing caps a nearly century-old history of supplying useful and sometimes strange things to America."
And this: The great Trash-80
"For the third day in a row, Senate Republicans called a vote on a bill to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded. And for the third time, it failed to clear a Democratic filibuster.…
"Democrats were gleeful as, one by one, they flashed thumbs down to the Senate clerks and recorded their no votes."
"Diseases like rabies, distemper could spread."
"The information accessed included names, birthdays, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, such as income data, Binns said.
"'No credit card banking or financial information was compromised, nor is there evidence at this time that medical information such as claims, test results, or diagnostic codes were targeted or obtained,' she said."
Everything else is toast.
Noted by Some Guy in Seattle:
"Now, as technology makes more and more jobs unnecessary, maybe it's time for a different framing of work. Twenty years ago, Jeremy Rifkin estimated that about 75% of jobs in industrialized countries included tasks that could be at least partially automated, and as artificial intelligence and engineering improves, that number keeps getting higher."
I heard somebody from Scientific American make this point some 50 years ago. His answer was to find some way other than traditional work to certify people as consumers, perhaps expanding the definition of work to include such things as being a student, being a parent, posting selfies on Twitter. A guaranteed wage would have the same effect.
Or, the people with the money could just get busy and eat a lot more burgers. Spread it around.
"Green groups want the government to tell Americans that eating less meat benefits the earth. And they are lobbying to add what amounts to a climate-change warning to federal dietary guidelines."
The good thing about really big snows like we had earlier this week is that people do a better job cleaning their sidewalks than they do when it snows just a little. This snow, forecast for today and tonight, is right on the borderline between light and heavy. Could go either way. Just have to wait and see.
"The senator said he'd be fine with it, so long as businesses made this clear in 'advertising' and 'employment literature.'"
"Next year? Bring back the beer, boobs and bacon-burgers. "
"Staten Island Chuck emerged and didn’t see his shadow — so we can expect an early spring."
But we may need six weeks to get all this snow that fell yesterday melted.
"‘I’m not going to sacrifice the well-being of my child. My child is pure,’ Dr. Jack Wolfson said in the interview. ‘It’s not my responsibility to be protecting their child.’"
"Despite the German legend, Phil's handlers don't wait to see if he sees his shadow — as he likely would not have on such an overcast day. Instead, the Inner Circle decide on the forecast ahead of time and announce it on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which the groundhog is named, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh."
"Strauss-Kahn will appear in court alongside accused brothel owner ‘Dodo the Pimp.’ Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers are claiming that although he attended these sex parties, he did not realize the women were prostitutes. "
(Here we got six or eight inches of the white stuff overnight—more than we got in the Greatest Blizzard of All Time last week—and it’s still coming down. The weather service says another nine inches by the end of the day.
(First the birds, now this. Where did we go wrong?)
From the U.S. Department of State:
From The New Republic:
From The Hill:
Also public relations.
Oh, the humanity.
"A Fargo, N.D., man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of driving under the influence. The vehicle he was driving while alledgedly intoxicated? The Zamboni during a girls' high school hockey game."
"A massive storm stretching from Nebraska to Maine will dump snow, ice and freezing rain on Sunday, getting progressively worse throughout the night in the Northeast. Forecasters declared a blizzard warning for Chicago, predicted up to a tenth of an inch of ice on Ohio roads and up to 14 inches of snow in parts of Massachusetts.…
"Airlines had already canceled nearly 1,900 flights into Chicago-area airports and that figure was expected to grow throughout the day."
Gonna be a long slog home.
“…a window of opportunity for bad actors to do their dastardly, untaxable business."
"The United States is now experiencing what promises to be one of the worst outbreaks of measles since the virus was declared eliminated from the country in 2000…."
"How is that possible? Think of a trampoline. 'The weight of that person is going to make the trampoline sag beneath them,' explains Kathleen Compton, a graduate student in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona. 'If they hop off, the trampoline regains its shape. It's a similar phenomenon going on with the Earth. The weight of the ice is so much that it makes the surface of the Earth sag.'"…world-renowned (no kidding) geoscientist (no kidding) Kathleen Compton (really) makes a splash with all kinds of stuff about ice caps and volcanos and Iceland (we’re not making any of this up) in an interview on Public Radio international and in the Arizona Daily Star, Daily Mail Online, and TIME. (And here. Of course.)
If we can get a link to this paper we will put it in our Work Avoidance Hall of Fame. (Also, we’re looking into beachfront property in Iceland.)
"A winter storm warning was issued yesterday for late tonight into tomorrow with the National Weather Service calling for a ‘major winter storm’ that will dump 8 to 14 inches of snow across the state."
…New Englanders might have trouble getting home again, if the current weather predictions hold true. There’s going to be a lot of post airport stress disorder by the end of next week.