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The Supreme Court decision striking down public matching funds in Arizona’s campaign finance system is a serious setback for American democracy. The opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. in Monday’s 5-to-4 decision shows again the conservative majority’s contempt for campaign finance laws that aim to provide some balance to the unlimited amounts of money flooding the political system.

For everyone who finds mathematics incomprehensible, boring, pointless, or all of the above, Glen Whitney wants to prove you wrong.

He believes that tens of thousands of visitors will flock to his Museum of Mathematics, to open in Manhattan next year, and leave invigorated about geometry, numbers and many more mathematical notions.



re: Miss USA

IMO, the winner is, Miss Indiana - "Math should just be removed from the equation."

re: first amendment upside down

Just last week, the Supremes ruled that individual states cannot ban drug manufacturers and data-mining companies from using information on the prescriptions most written by individual physicians.

According to Justice Anthony Kennedy, the law violates the free speech rights of drug makers and data mining companies. Writing on behalf of the court, he said, "...speech in aid of pharmaceutical marketing is a form of expression protected by the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment."

Guess we can fergit about Individuals rights to privacy. Did you notice that Kansas just passed a law banning abortions later than 5 1/2 weeks. If a gal misses one period, it's too late.... Not only do Corporations have enhanced Free Speech rights (from their big pockets) with the Arizona ruling, but now marketing firms have rights to datamine just about any old thing they want about you from your medical records. Mark my words, Roe V Wade (based as it is, on a presumption of privacy in one's uterus) is on the chopping block next.

Perhaps our only hope is for someone to take Corporate records for their own purposes. Then maybe the Supreme court will decide that those poor little Corporations should have some right to privacy. A bit of that might spill over to us real people.

5 1/2 weeks? Where did you hear that?

Sorry, we aren't in Kansas anymore, it was Ohio. Here are details:

"The Ohio House voted yesterday to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The so-called "heartbeat bill" does not make exceptions for rape or incest. The House voted largely along party lines, with most Republicans supporting the ban. The measure now goes to the Republican-controlled state Senate. If approved there and signed into law, the legislation would act as a challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. That ruling protects a woman's right to have an abortion up until the point of fetal viability. That usually occurs at 22 to 24 weeks."

Don't be concerned. Rich people will always be able to get abortions.


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