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'Ban the Box' signed into law

'Ban the Box' signed into law | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Find breaking political news & commentary from Minneapolis, St. Paul, the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota.
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Criminal records are no longer required for Minnesota job applications in an effort to make the job search easier for ex-felons.

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Joel Denney's comment, May 18, 2013 12:44 PM
I think this could be a good idea. Employers can still do background checks if they want, but they can't just rejects potential applicants based on a check mark. It at least gives ex-cons a chance without putting people at risk.
Paul Fiesel's comment, May 19, 2013 8:00 AM
Yeah I would imagine it being really hard to get a job with a criminal past.
Molly Petersen's curator insight, April 30, 2014 11:04 PM

This article is about how in Minnesota there is now no discrimination in the work place for people with criminal offenses. Some believe that this will help Minnesotans be only judged on their skills rather than just their past and that it will provide a larger pool of potential employees for employers to choose. But I disagree I believe that is would hurt the employers reputation to hire someone with a criminal record. This pertains to this class because it talks about a new policy that this state has put into play that will affect us in the future.

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Congressman Tears Into AG Holder Over Marijuana: ‘This Is The Time To Remedy Prohibition’

Congressman Tears Into AG Holder Over Marijuana: ‘This Is The Time To Remedy Prohibition’ | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
During a Wednesday House oversight hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder that overwhelmingly focused on the invasive government search of Associated Press phone logs and the IRS, one House member took the opportunity to grill Holder on another...
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Hey, I wrote a paper about this.  And I agree, we're spending too much money on a system that is not working at all.

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Microsoft to Reboot Windows 8

Microsoft to Reboot Windows 8 | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
A Microsoft executive is acknowledging what many tech watchers already knew: The company's flagship Windows 8 software hasn't met expectations, and Microsoft is turning itself inside out to respond.
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Even Microsoft admits that Windows 8 sucks. Or something like that. 

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Mouse study provides new clue to staying thin on a high-fat diet

Mouse study provides new clue to staying thin on a high-fat diet | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
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According to this study I may have a ridiculous amount of adipolin, which would be why I don't gain weight.

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Sony CEO and 39 other executives give up bonuses in ‘unprecedented’ gesture | The Raw Story

Sony CEO and 39 other executives give up bonuses in ‘unprecedented’ gesture | The Raw Story | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
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These guys obviously aren't from America.  They each gave up a several million dollar bonus to support their company.  

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Obama and Bush, distinct men with policy overlaps

Obama and Bush, distinct men with policy overlaps | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
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This goes to show you how much people don't do any research and just believe what they see on TV or read on the internet.  These are also the same people who vote for the guys and gals who govern our country.

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David Nickel's comment, April 27, 2013 10:14 PM
And this is why I don't like it when people say Bush is "the retardiest person evah" and calling Obama "genius beyond measure." Unfortunately, many people believe that seeing stuff on TV and reading stuff on the internet is legitimate research and nobody has bias and everyone is either on their side or wrong. Bonus, if you stare at that picture long enough, it kind of looks like Obama is in front of Bush, because the lapel lines up in a shoulder-like way.
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3-D Printing Will Soon Become a Routine Manufacturing Tool | MIT Technology Review

3-D Printing Will Soon Become a Routine Manufacturing Tool | MIT Technology Review | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
GE, the world’s largest manufacturer, is on the verge of using 3-D printing to make jet parts.
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I'm not sure how I feel about this.  As much as I love the idea of 3D printing, is the technology ready to create parts that can withstand something as strenuous as flight?

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Physicists To Test If Universe Is A Computer Simulation

Physicists To Test If Universe Is A Computer Simulation | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Physicists have devised a new experiment to test if the universe is a computer. A philosophical thought experiment has long held that it is more likely than not that we're living inside a machine.
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What would happen if we were actually in a simulation? Would we start finding ways to exploit it? It would be like a dream, except in real life, even though real life wouldn't exist, except it would. 

 

ssssssSKKKKKKBOOOOOOMMMMM

 

That was the sound of my mind exploding.

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David Nickel's comment, April 18, 2013 9:01 PM
While it would be cool to be a chosen one in the false reality we live in (providing this is true) and be all Matrix and superpowers because this isn't real, there is a high chance I would be a faceless person in the background of those physicists epiphany locating stuff. Also, I don't want to know what kind of crapsack world the real world is if they find it fun to simulate us.
David Nickel's comment, April 18, 2013 9:04 PM
Words me not good.
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House Votes to Shutter Labor Board Hobbled by Obama Recess Picks

House Votes to Shutter Labor Board Hobbled by Obama Recess Picks | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
The U.S. House passed Republican- backed legislation that would shut the federal agency that weighs disputes over labor law.
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Since of 3 of Obama's appointments to the NLRB were thrown out by a federal court, the House has voted to freeze any further NLRB actions until a full 5 members are named.

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Joel Denney's comment, April 13, 2013 2:39 PM
How does Obama, a professor of Constitutional law, make an unconstitutional appointment? Seems to me that he should know the document inside and out. We all make mistakes, but this seems a little odd to me.
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Colorado gun law now requires background checks to buy guns - Video on NBCNews.com

Colorado gun law now requires background checks to buy guns - Video on NBCNews.com | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joins The Daily Rundown’s Chuck Todd to talk about his state’s new, stricter, gun legislation and the president’s visit to Colorado.
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Background checks in Colorado stop 38 from buying guns who were convicted of homicides, 600 burglars, 1300 who committed felonious assaults, 400 had existing restraining orders were stopped, and 236 showed up to pick up their guns but were arrested because of existing warrants for violent felonies.  Yay, fewer crazy people with guns!

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David Nickel's comment, April 14, 2013 9:17 PM
It's always a good time when crazy people have less access to guns while sane, at least legally sane, people do not have limitations.
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Exxon’s Duck-Killing Pipeline Won’t Pay Taxes To Oil Spill Cleanup Fund

Exxon’s Duck-Killing Pipeline Won’t Pay Taxes To Oil Spill Cleanup Fund | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
A technicality has spared Exxon from having to pay any money into the fund that will be covering most of the clean up costs of its Arkansas pipeline spill.
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Sometimes loopholes can be awesome.  Other times they kill cute and fluffy animals.  And property I guess, but I like ducks more than grass anyway.  "Well, it's not ENTIRELY oil, so we don't have to pay for your destroyed property!" The ducklings (and homeowners I suppose) are not pleased with your shenanigans.

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Chardon High shooter TJ Lane wears 'KILLER' T-shirt, gives middle finger to courtroom at sentencing

Chardon High shooter TJ Lane wears 'KILLER' T-shirt, gives middle finger to courtroom at sentencing | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Chardon shooter TJ Lane is wearing a T-shirt reading killer Tuesday morning in court.
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This guy is the very definition of evil. Seriously, how has this NOT been in the news?  Watch the video if you can handle it, I just about punched him through my computer screen.

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Joel Denney's comment, March 22, 2013 5:24 PM
Wow. I didn't watch the video (Luke was in the room) but holy cow. How in the world does someone become so evil? I usually don't use that word to describe criminals--they normally at least have a financial or religious motive that makes it comprehensible--but this is horrible. No compassion, no shame. I doubt he'll last long in prison. If the prison doesn't put him in solitary he's toast.
David Nickel's comment, March 23, 2013 1:57 AM
Sometimes like this I wish the Porky end was possible. Make the person immortal, place them into a absolutely safe capsule- which cannot be destroyed by anything, and let them rot in the dark for all eternity. Hooray!
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Paul Ryan's Budget: Fact, Fiction And The Hole The House GOP Has Put Itself In - Forbes

Paul Ryan's Budget: Fact, Fiction And The Hole The House GOP Has Put Itself In - Forbes | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011.
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The TPC pointed out that the GOP's tax cuts would increase the deficit by $5.7 trillion in 10 years.  Republicans said they were 'smoking something.'  These are the people making decisions for our country.

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11 Governments Are Meeting in Peru to Figure Out How They Can Control the Internet

11 Governments Are Meeting in Peru to Figure Out How They Can Control the Internet | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been called the "biggest global threat to the Internet."
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Are they serious? Trying to control the internet is about as impossible as fighting a squadron of Jedi Knights using a paperclip and a rubber band.

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Paul Fiesel's comment, May 19, 2013 7:58 AM
People also like it when others try to control the internet. Seems to have worked well in the past too.
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Are Those North Korean Long-Range Missiles For Real? : NPR

Are Those North Korean Long-Range Missiles For Real? : NPR | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
When North Korea put its missiles on parade last year, experts were surprised to see what looked to be new long-range missiles that might be powerful enough to reach the U.S.
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Looks like North Korea's sabre-rattling with plastic swords.  And I'm not entirely sure how painting a MISSLE in camoflage would help at all.

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High court blocks Alabama immigration crackdown provision

High court blocks Alabama immigration crackdown provision | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court has refused to review Alabama's controversial immigration crackdown law, and whether a provision over harboring illegal immigrants conflicts with broad federal authority.
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Alabama tried to make it illegal to help illegal immigrants, but the courts have blocked that law.

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Suddenly, Google Plus Is Outpacing Twitter To Become The World's Second Largest Social Network

Suddenly, Google Plus Is Outpacing Twitter To Become The World's Second Largest Social Network | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
359 million active users.
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Wait, people actually use Google+?  Since when?

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MsHaeussinger's comment, May 5, 2013 6:37 PM
Older people, yes!
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16-Year-Old Girl Arrested and Charged With a Felony For Science Project Mistake

16-Year-Old Girl Arrested and Charged With a Felony For Science Project Mistake | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
No one was hurt. Noting was damaged.
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Wow, this is just sad.  It was a perfectly legitimate science experiment and she got ARRESTED.  Too far.

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Bacteria churn out first ever petrol-like biofuel - environment - 24 April 2013 - New Scientist

Bacteria churn out first ever petrol-like biofuel - environment - 24 April 2013 - New Scientist | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
Inserting the right combination of genes into E. coli makes the bacterium produce fuel that would be compatible with most modern engines
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Gasoline may become a renewable resource in the near future.  WOO, GO SCIENCE :D

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Joel Denney's comment, April 27, 2013 3:12 PM
Ok, that is cool. What would be cool is if they could engineer hydrogen-producing bacteria. Voila, we have CLEAN renewable energy, Until the bacteria mutate, that is...
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Japanese Fiber Internet Is Seriously Fast

Japanese Fiber Internet Is Seriously Fast | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
While everyone is talking about Google fibers 700mbs for 70$ per month, the japanese are enjoying something a bit faster. Japanese ISP So-net delivers 2Gbps fiber internet for 51$ per month.
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109 terabits per second? That's just completely insane, your web pages would load in a matter of attoseconds.  Sign me up.

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Joel Denney's comment, April 17, 2013 7:38 PM
Country internet is horrible, sign me up as well. On a high-traffic day, we're lucky to break a megabyte,
David Nickel's comment, April 18, 2013 8:58 PM
I WANT.
Paul Fiesel's comment, April 18, 2013 9:25 PM
I need this. Life is terrible with my internet connection. Hopefully other companies in America see the demand for fast internet and actually supply it for a cheap price like google is doing now.
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Drive for Gun Control Blocked in Senate

Drive for Gun Control Blocked in Senate | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
A wrenching national search for solutions to the violence that left 20 children dead in Newtown, Conn., in December all but ended Wednesday after the Senate defeated several gun-related measures.
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I'm all for making it more difficult for crazy people to get guns.  The Senate, apparently, is not.

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Video: North Korea threatens to strike Colorado Springs but doesn’t know where it is

Video: North Korea threatens to strike Colorado Springs but doesn’t know where it is | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
The latest propaganda video misidentifies the location of its target by almost 1000 miles.
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One would think that a nuclear country would at least be able to properly use a map.  So watch out citizens of Colorado Springs, Louisiana.

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Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water

Pentagon weapons-maker finds method for cheap, clean water | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A defense contractor better known for building jet fighters and lethal missiles says it has found a way to slash the amount of energy needed to remove salt from seawater, potentially...
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Graphene is going to revolutionize EVERYTHING.  It is an amazing capacitor, it's the strongest substance known to man, it's incredibly easy to produce, and now it can purify seawater!  I sense good things in the near future.

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Joel Denney's comment, April 4, 2013 6:58 PM
Oh, goody. Patents are good for inventors, but they do hinder the market. I have a feeling that once this becomes more public, a lot of big-name companies are going to start their own graphene development sector; it does a lot of public good and has potential for massive revenue generation.
Paul Fiesel's comment, April 6, 2013 10:08 PM
Funny how a weapons maker creates a method to save lives
David Nickel's comment, April 7, 2013 1:50 AM
It's really nice when a revolutionary new item is easy to make. Then people don't have to pay obscene amounts for things. Most other real nice stuff recently haven't been in this category. All the electronics and stuff.
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Five reasons why Colbert Busch could beat Mark Sanford - The Hill's Ballot Box

Five reasons why Colbert Busch could beat Mark Sanford - The Hill's Ballot Box | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
South Carolina's 1st congressional district leans heavily Republican, but the upstart Democrat has run a strong campaign. Former South Carolina Gov.
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This article explains why Elisabeth Colbert Busch could win South Carolina's house seat.  She has a strong campaign, Sanford lost respect, blah blah blah. We know the real reason she's going to win, she's Steven Colbert's sister! That's an automatic trump right there.  After all, it's not what you know, it's WHO you know.  Or what womb you came out of, works either way.

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ALL KINDS OF WRONG: CNN Pays Touching Tribute To The Rapists Who Attacked A 16-Year-Old Girl

ALL KINDS OF WRONG: CNN Pays Touching Tribute To The Rapists Who Attacked A 16-Year-Old Girl | Gov't and Law Current Events | Scoop.it
REALLY?!?!
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CNN is trying to make you feel bad for the two Stuebenville rapists, saying they had promising careers and they were actually good kids.  These kids violently raped a girl, why do they get sympathy and not the victim?

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Paul Fiesel's comment, March 22, 2013 2:20 PM
I heard about this and it makes me very unhappy. I don't see how CNN can even be sympathetic to the rapists.
David Nickel's comment, March 23, 2013 1:54 AM
I really didn't even catch anything about the victim. And, yes, CNN. Victim is v-i-c-t-i-m not r-a-p-i-s-t.
Joel Denney's comment, March 23, 2013 2:42 PM
Rapist: "My life is over. No one is going to want me now. [starts weeping]" NO WAY! Show a little concern for the victim instead of yourself, pig.