Posted by news intern Al Jacobs
Family Planning for Free: The Philippines passed a new law that offers free access to contraception for citizens.
Crazy redneck sheriff Joe Arpaio says he plans to send an armed volunteer posse to patrol schools that fall under his jurisdiction.
Jay Inslee is shopping for cabinet members. I'm looking at you, future Employment Security commissioner.
Can't Buy Common Sense: A guy posing as an undercover cop in Volunteer Park is suspected to have stolen a credit card and cash after victims handed their wallets over for inspection.
Toward Justice: New Delhi police have charged six suspects accused of fatally raping a young woman aboard a moving bus.
Babes in Toy Land: If you've ever wondered what photos of people making toys in China might look like, Happy Saturday.
Obama signed the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, mandating that the State Department develop a confidential plan to stifle the dubious Iranian menace in Latin America.
More Airplane WiFi: The FCC stepped toward allowing even more commercial air passengers to tap into mid-flight wireless internet.
Thank Me Later: Craft your own bacon.
An effective program to curb global overpopulation (to reduce bidding up of scarce and depleted resources, parasitic rent-seeking, and exploitation of labor)
A return to considerably more progressive taxation, on both federal and state levels, including a progressive annual tax on wealth (to reduce the outsized power and influence of the super-rich)
A return to heavily subsidized, free or practically free high-quality public education at all levels
Greater public investment in productivity-enhancing and environmentally sound infrastructure
Greater public investment in and ownership of basic and applied scientific research (in health, energy, etc.)
Much greater federalization of labor, environmental, and tax law (to prevent interstate races to the bottom)
A much more extensive package of mandatory employee rights and benefits, including paid sick leave, paid family emergency leave, paid vacations and holidays, and limits on the at-will termination doctrine
A considerably higher minimum wage
Daily calculation of overtime, with no exemptions
Trade agreements with significant labor and environmental standards (to prevent international races to the bottom, protect labor and environmental gains in developed countries, and promote labor and environmental gains in less developed countries)
National, tax-funded single-payer health insurance (to put an end to the for-profit health sector's trillion-dollar-a-year protection-racket skim)
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