Executive branch officials must “offer genuine justifications for important decisions, reasons that can be scrutinized by courts and the interested public,” the chief justice wrote. “Accepting contrived reasons would defeat the purpose of the enterprise. If judicial review is to be more than an empty ritual, it must demand something better than the explanation offered for the action taken in this case.” … [Read more...] about SCOTUS Blocks Census Citizenship Question, but Rules Political Gerrymandering Constitutional
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“Every census question will decrease response rates,” said Mithun Mansinghani, the solicitor general of Oklahoma, which filed a brief supporting the Trump administration along with 16 other states. “For better or worse, every census has asked additional questions beyond enumeration and has contained an undercount. The 2010 census undercounted Hispanics at a greater rate than non-Hispanics.” … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court to Weigh In on Whether Census Can Ask Citizenship Status
While that bit of chilling potential precedent is still up in the air, Trump’s team is working to drop a shitty cherry on the legal immunity sundae they’re busy whipping up. Invoking another part of Clinton v. Jones, they’re arguing that the presidential immunity question should be split off and addressed separately from—and in advance of—Zervos and lawyer Gloria Allred’s actual sexual harassment complaints. The upshot would be to focus the conversation (potentially permanently) on a legal discussion of Constitutional law, and not the actual question of whether the president of the United States forced himself on a woman without her consent. … [Read more...] about Trump’s lawyers say the Constitution protects him from sexual harassment charges
What is your fixation with black-on-black crime? You repeatedly being it up as if black people aren’t aware of violence in our communities. Contrary to what you apparently hypothesize at the secret, global white-people meetings after you share banana-bread recipes and Pinterest posts, black people aren’t home cabbage-patching and clanking together Champagne glasses filled with grape Kool-Aid every time another black man falls victim to a violent crime by someone of the same race. It bothers us, too, but here is the thing: … [Read more...] about Open Letter to White People Who Are Obsessed With Black-on-Black Crime
“We understand that many third party websites have a ‘free’ method to see their video content, as well as a ‘premium’ membership service that allows for speedier viewing,” says Blizzard. “For clarity, please note that as long as the website that hosts your Production provides a free method to allow viewers to see the Production, Blizzard Entertainment will not object to your Production being hosted on that site, regardless of the site’s ‘for pay’ premium service plans.” … [Read more...] about Twitch’s New Subscriber-Only Streams Might Violate Game Publishers’ Terms Of Service
If everyone on earth lost their sex drive, people would still have sex. They would just have sex for reasons other than sexual desire—just like they do today. Of course, people in our current world do sexual things because they feel desire and because sexual activities (genital and otherwise) feel good, physically and emotionally. But people also have sex (of various kinds) in order to have babies, to feel close to people they care about, to demonstrate that they’re a particular type of person, to express their creativity, to relieve stress, to gain prestige among peers, to help them fall asleep, to please a partner, to exact revenge, to spark jealousy, to make money, and to dominate or feel power over others. Social scientists generally take the perspective that sexuality isn’t biologically “hard-wired,” at least not in any simple sense, but rather profoundly shaped by social and cultural factors. That’s why different societies have different … [Read more...] about What Would Happen If Everyone in the World Lost Their Sex Drive?