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‘“You just don’t expect this kind of behavior from a large company like this,” Mr. Passaro said, referring to his long battle for benefits.’
Maybe Mr. Passaro doesn’t, but I do. Anyway, this resistance to paying benefits to same-sex spouses is generally about the bottom line for corporations. Not to say that people in corporations aren’t biased against LGBTQ folks: they are. But corporations, which, despite multiple court rulings to the contrary, are actually not people and do not have opinions, beliefs or attitudes independent of the people who make decisions as owners or employees of those corporations.
However, I predict that the horrible ruling in the Hobbly Lobby case will soon be used by a corporation that has recently “seen the light” (meaning the flashing light on their bottom line, saying “do this to increase me”) to deny benefits to same-sex spouses.

Fascinating. If only the intelligence services would stick to promoting art rather than spying on everyone and chilling free expression. H/t Sam Sebren.

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Unfortunately, the ‘proposed definition of “waters of the United States”’ (on the Environmental Protection Agency page linked in the article) does not show the changes being made as a part of this clarification. It clearly does not imply that puddles in fields will be regulated under the new rule. However, it isn’t clear whether or not ditches that carry runoff from fields directly into navigable waters were considered as regulated before this clarification. I understand how a farmer would incur costs if they’ve got a ditch that runs right into the creek or stream, but the point is, their ditch runs right into that stream, so we don’t want the runoff from their fields to be full of nasty stuff. If this imposes a burden, we should find a way to help out with that so that farmers aren’t going to be wiped out.

Just more to ignore, I guess.

Some good points here about the relative merits of cap and trade proposals, carbon taxes and the EPA’s plan.

Let’s face it, though, the World Bank is not a reliable source on economic growth. It is an institution with a history of supporting free-market type policies that have in most cases increased the economic hardships faced by the rgeat majority of the people in the countries in which it’s meddled. All that being said, addressing the economic issues around global warming with analysis rather than sky-is-falling hysterics about economic doom resulting if we try to limit emissions is a welcome step forward from the World Bank.

"The real problem, alas, goes beyond the ineffective attempts of progressives to make the case for environmental regulations. The fact is that, in addition to all their other problems, the people most directly affected by the consequences of environmental degradation are also the people whose voices have been stifled most effectively, and who are the people most directly affected by our new sweet-tooth for voter suppression. To break out environmental issues from those other issues, is to betray the search for a solution to any of them."
well said.