Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
Seattle Mayor-Elect Mike McGinn says he supports legalizing marijuana.
Obama administration looks at steep fines for long tarmac delays. I’ve written before that I support some sort of regulation in this area, particularly in cases where airlines unreasonably keep passengers hostage for hours on end. I don’t know that fines would work as well as a more uniform policy that if you’re stuck on a grounded plane for more than, say two hours, the airlines have to give you the option of de-planing. Unfortunately, part of the problem lies with how the airlines are regulated, and that part of course isn’t likely to get as much scrutiny.
Magnum photos of dogs in snow. I like mine better.
Chase Bank sets up a contest to fund non-profit groups, then changes the rules at the last minute to avoid funding two drug reform organization and a pro-life organization. It’s Chase’s money, of course. They can do what they want with it. But they got free advertising from these groups who promoted the contest. And I’m also free to call Chase a bunch of cowards for not backing their promotion because some of the winners were too controversial.
Oregon man freed after triple homicide conviction thanks to junk science and the state destroying the evidence in his case. As Gideon writes, it’s far from clear the guy is innocent. Which makes the state’s actions troubling for a whole other set of reasons. What’s unfathomable is that the FBI has admitted it’s comparative bullet lead tracing methods aren’t reliable, but refuses to release the list of cases where the methods helped put people in prison.