BOISE, Idaho - A federal judge has struck down Idaho’s law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on beliefs held by physicians and others that the fetus is able to feel pain at that point.
U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled late Wednesday in favor of Jennie Linn McCormack, who was 33 at the time she decided to challenge the state’s so-called fetal pain law and other abortion laws.
Idaho was one of seven states to adopt fetal pain laws in 2011, following in the footsteps of Nebraska’s approval of the law in 2010. But those laws are no longer the most restrictive. This week, lawmakers in Arkansas overrode a veto of a near-ban on the abortion procedure starting from the 12th week of pregnancy.
In his 42-page decision, Winmill sided with McCormack and her attorney, Richard Hearn, declaring Idaho’s fetal pain law places an undue burden on a woman’s right to have an abortion. The judge also took the Legislature — dominated by Republicans in both chambers — to task for the motives driving adoption of the law, finding that efforts to protect a fetus don’t outweigh a women’s right to choose.
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Google continues to expand its use of legal-but-questionable tax shenanigans as a way to minimize its overseas tax burden.
According to Irish media reports Friday, in 2013 Google Ireland Limited paid an effective tax rate of just 0.16 percent on €17 billion ($22.8 billion) revenue, which came to a mere €27.7 million ($37.2 million). Google paid €11.7 billion in “administrative expenses,” which The Irish Times reports “largely refers to royalties paid to other Google entities, some of which are ultimately controlled from tax havens such as Bermuda.”
David Wilson, a London-based Google spokesman, confirmed the Irish figures to Ars.
Google and many other tech firms have recently come under increased scrutiny for using a quirky Irish tax law arrangement that allows organizations to incorporate in Ireland but legally route money through other jurisdictions, such as the Netherlands. It’s all done in the name of drastically reducing tax burdens. The general term is called “transfer pricing,” although specific tactics involve colorful names like the “Double Irish” and the “Dutch Sandwich.”
I was disappointed that this article did not mention renowned sculptor Eddie Dixon whose work the statue is. I was privileged to see the nearly complete clay form in Mr. Dixon’s studio a few months ago. It is beautiful, with all the subtlety of expression for which Eddie is so justly known.
Karen Kennard wanted to leave.
As news broke of her brother’s arrest for the rape of a Texas Tech student, Kennard didn’t want to study at the university’s law school anymore. She was going to transfer to SMU, where she got her undergraduate degree.
But her brother, Timothy Cole, told her to stay.
An innocent man behind bars, he sent Kennard a letter from prison. It read: “I still believe in the justice system, even though it doesn’t believe in me.”
“That’s what he wrote. That’s what I want people to get,” said their brother, Cory Session. “Even though an injustice happened to him, he still did not give up on the justice system. We still have the best legal system in the world. It is not perfect; there are flaws, but we still have to remain faithful and trusting.”
The Canada Revenue Agency (Canada’s equivalent of the IRS) has told OXFAM Canada that it cannot list ‘preventing poverty’ as a goal, only ‘alleviating’ it. The reason is “Relieving poverty is charitable, but preventing it is not.”
This is just one of many instances of Our Dear Leader using the CRA to punish critics for criticizing. OXFAM Canada opposes Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
Yet another example of so called conservatives showing their revolutionary goals.
Yuval Diskin, former Director of Shabak (Shin Bet) was interviewed by Spigel about the current situation in Gaza.
He’s not hopeful.
Most members and staffers of the US House of Representatives won’t be able to edit pages on Wikipedia for more than a week. Administrators of the popular Web encyclopedia have imposed a 10-day ban on the IP address connected to Congress’ lower house.
The ban comes after a series of wild “disruptive” edits that appeared following the creation of @congressedits, a bot that monitors anonymous edits from congressional IP addresses and announces them to the world via Twitter. The account was created just over two weeks ago and already has more than 23,000 followers.
Wikipedia editors explained their castigation for the IP address 188.8.131.52 on the user talk page. The 10-day edit ban follows a one-day ban imposed earlier this month, which apparently didn’t do the trick.
Be responsible with your flying Quadcopter/ GoPro. Respect the major airports and areas of official concern. The airspace is not protected as public areas like sidewalks are.
The link below will take you to an interactive map you can use to check out your area.
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