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Christian Schmidt
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The environment of the current U.S. Government shutdown provides "dreamland for foreign intelligence services to recruit." Isn't this a compelling reason to end the shutdown first and deal with political differences later ? 

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/02/20788300-top-official-warns-shutdown-is-dreamland-for-foreign-intel-services?lite
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To all who know to whom this memorial is dedicated:  I had a blast of a time here, learned a lot, enjoyed a truly first-class cuisine and the hospitality of new friends.  It's about time I start to learn a new language.
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A beautiful video of perception of beauty.
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"The reality is often not what we think it is."
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Do you believe that all people are born free and equal, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity?  I do. 
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The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (Pub.L. 104–199, 110 Stat. 2419, enacted September 21, 1996, 1 U.S.C. § 7 and 28 U.S.C. § 1738C) is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.
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The ruling can be accessed from the revised URL  http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-307_6j37.pdf.

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Senators from the Democratic Party rejected:

Substitute for Background Check Proposal http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/113/senate/1/98 

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Proposal http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/113/senate/1/100 

Proposal On Veterans Gun Ownership Rights http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/113/senate/1/102
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In the oral arguments exchanged at The U.S. Supreme Court, there was an apparent absence of a powerful argument lawyers could have used to further strengthen the arguments in favor of Edith Windsor's case:

Apparently, the government and Edith Windsor agree that DOMA is unconstitutional.  The government, however, enforces this statute.

On Page 7 (see the PDF version of the transcript), Justice Scalia points out:
"[...] I mean, the Government comes in and says "I agree" -- or if there was 
jurisdiction, why did the Court ever have to get to the merits?

 If you have a, let's say, a lawsuit on an -on an indebtedness and the alleged debtor comes in and says, yeah, I owe them money, but I'm just not gonna pay it, which is the equivalent of the Government saying, yeah, it's unconstitutional but I'm going to enforce it anyway.

 What would happen in that -- in that indebtedness suit is that the court would enter judgment and say, if you agree that you owe it, by God, you 
should pay it. And there would be a judgment right there without any consideration of the merits, right? Why didn't that happen here? [...]"

Does this mean that Justice Scalia basically begged Edith Windsor's lawyers to argue that the government simply abused its power?
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As stated in the release, "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, the first implanted device to treat adult patients with advanced retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The device, which includes a small video camera, transmitter mounted on a pair of eyeglasses, video processing unit (VPU) and an implanted retinal prosthesis (artificial retina), replaces the function of degenerated cells in the retina (a membrane inside the eye) and may improve a patient’s ability to perceive images and movement. The VPU transforms images from the video camera into electronic data that is wirelessly transmitted to the retinal prosthesis. [...]"  
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    Chemistry, 1989 - 1994
  • University of Rostock
    Biochemistry, 1995 - 1999
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