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"Two members of the feminist group Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government in the European court of human rights (ECHR) over their imprisonment for a 2012 'punk prayer' protest at a Moscow cathedral. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were given an amnesty in December after serving 21 months in prison and pre-trial confinement, are demanding €120,000 each in compensation, plus €10,000 in court fees. They argue that the investigation and prosecution violated their rights and amounted to torture." (07/28/14)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: July 29, 2014, 3:42 am
"A woman blew herself up at a petrol station in northern Nigeria on Monday, killing three people in one of three suicide bombings by females in Kano in two days, police said. The woman was in line with other women, all wearing traditional northern Nigerian dresses and long Muslim headscarves, waiting to buy kerosene for cooking when she set off the bomb, said Tijjani Isa, an attendant at the station." (07/28/14)
Author: R. Lee Wrights
Posted: July 29, 2014, 2:42 am
"Federal regulators are proposing a $12 million fine for Southwest Airlines (LUV) related to a skin-repair method that was used on dozens of its airplanes. The suggested penalty dates to 2006 on skin-sealing work Southwest hired a contractor to perform on 44 of its Boeing (BA) 737s to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum on the planes’ hulls. The contractor, Aviation Technical Services, did not follow approved procedures for replacing the skins and did not properly stabilize the planes when the work was being performed, the Federal Aviation Administration said." (07/28/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: July 29, 2014, 12:12 am
"Georgian prosecutors today announced they had charged former president Mikheil Saakashvili and several of his top lieutenants with abuse of power over the breaking up of anti-governmental demonstrations in 2007. The charges concern orders given that led to the violent dispersal of protesters trying to disrupt a military parade, and the 'fraudulent' seizure of the Imedi TV station in 2009. ... Saakashvili, who is in self-imposed exile in the United States, did not return to Tbilisi for questioning by prosecutors." (07/28/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: July 28, 2014, 11:10 pm
"A Venezuelan ex-military intelligence chief arrested by Aruba at the United States’ request on drug trafficking charges was freed Sunday and returned home to Caracas, authorities said. Retired major general Hugo Carvajal was detained late Wednesday on the southern Caribbean island, where he had been designated but not confirmed as Venezuela’s consul. 'It is a very brave decision by Holland to acknowledge diplomatic immunity was violated, and for international law to be restored. It takes clarity, good will and bravery,' President Nicolas Maduro said on learning of his release. Aruba, just 27 kilometers (17 miles) north of the Venezuelan coast, is an autonomous part of the kingdom of the Netherlands." (07/28/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: July 28, 2014, 10:08 pm

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"With relatively minor exceptions, real wages throughout the economic system simply do not rise from the side of higher money wages. Essentially, they rise only from the side of a greater supply of goods and services relative to the supply of labor and thus from prices being lower relative to wages. ... the increase in money wages that labor unions seek is not at all the source of rising real wages and that the source of rising real wages is in fact a rising productivity of labor, which always operates from the side of falling prices, not rising money wages." [editor's note: Good old Reisman -- "Markets for everything ... except labor, workers should just take whatever they're offered instead of driving the best deal they can for what they're selling" - TLK] (07/28/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: July 29, 2014, 4:10 am
"The newly elected chair of the Commons Health Select Committee, Sarah Wollaston, has quickly made a name for herself since being elected to parliament as a Conservative MP in 2010 -- as the most high-profile proponent of every fashionable lifestyle intervention by the state. ... for Wollaston, the government has a 'duty to intervene' in the name of health at every turn. She has called for primary-school children to be weighed every year so that any sign of obesity can be nipped in the bud. She also believes cigarettes should come in grotesque standardised packaging to discourage children from taking up the habit. So it’s no surprise that she also thinks that Something Must Be Done about food -- specifically, portion sizes." (07/28/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: July 29, 2014, 3:08 am
"This item is a little old, but I wanted to flag it because it really gets to the heart of the debate about what sexual consent is. Feminists are increasingly clamoring for an affirmative consent standard, where someone has to indicate, through language or body language, an actual desire to have sex. I call it the 'only kiss people who are kissing you back' standard. Anti-feminists disagree, arguing that feminists are trying to label all men rapists or police sex or some other horseshit." [editor's note: It still amazes me that this is even at question; "consent" means actively expressed consent ... period! - SAT] (07/28/14)
Author: Steve Trinward
Posted: July 29, 2014, 2:48 am
"You're now free to carry handguns in Washington, DC." [Flash video] (07/28/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: July 29, 2014, 2:07 am
"A foreign government that subsidies some of its firms is like a physician who routinely forces thousands of unseen and powerless people to transfuse excessive amounts of their blood to a handful of prominent and powerful patients. The blood received by the powerful patients is taken from others. (This fact remains true even if these powerful patients unfailingly pay in full the physician’s fee.) And just as it would be mistaken to conclude that any resulting increased vigor of the powerful patients means that society at large is made healthier by coerced blood transfusions, it is mistaken to conclude that any resulting increased vigor of subsidized firms means that the economy at large is made stronger by coerced resource transfusions. In both cases, quite opposite is true: the forced transfers weaken, rather than strengthen, the larger group." (07/28/14)
Author: Thomas L. Knapp
Posted: July 29, 2014, 1:51 am

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