Daily Archives: 2020-06-15

Lexington mayor issues moratorium on no-knock warrants

Source: Kentucky.com -- Fayette County

Article note: I've long been of the opinion that the standard for a no-knock raid should be "We're OK with everyone involved dying for this; suspect, police, known and unknown bystanders, everyone." To be used for decapitating organized criminal and/or terrorist organizations and similar cases, probably a few times a decade nationally. Not as routine shit because someone isn't obeying one of our various prohibitions.

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton issued a moratorium on no-knock warrants on Monday, less than five days after Louisville banned the controversial practice outright. No-knock warrants allow police officers to enter … Click to Continue »

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Remembering Windows 2000, Microsoft’s Forgotten Masterpiece

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Windows 2000 really was a lovely, consistent realization of a clean, simple, does-what-you-ask OS. XP was also quite nice for it's time, but more obfuscated and inconsistent. Server 2003 was all the modernity of late-XP with all the UX consistency and non-coerciveness of 2000, and, like many, I ran it off-label as a workstation OS for some time.
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Supreme Court rules it’s illegal to fire workers for being gay or transgender

Source: The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts

Article note: Good. Oddly, that wasn't as closely decided as everyone had reason to fear it would be. And it provides a handy tool to separate the textualists from the shameless bigots.

The Supreme Court has just issued a huge decision on LGBTQ rights.

The court on Monday ruled in a 6-3 decision that it's illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to discriminate against workers for being gay or transgender. "In Title VII, Congress adopted broad language making it illegal for an employer to rely on an employee's sex when deciding to fire that employee," Jusice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. "We do not hesitate to recognize today a necessary consequence of that legislative choice: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law."

Justice Gorsuch also wrote that when it comes to the question of "whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender," the "answer is clear." Chief Justice John Roberts joined Gorsuch in the decision, while Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas dissented. The Trump administration had argued the existing law protecting workers from being fired because of their sex "does not include sexual orientation."

NBC News' Pete Williams observed the decision was "a stunner, frankly, coming from this conservative Supreme Court."

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