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Zivotofsky v. Kerry is a really interesting ruling by SCOTUS this term. The American parents of a young man born in Jerusalem apply for a US passport for him, listing Israel as a place of birth.

Not so fast!  Even though common sense would dictate that he is Israeli-born, noting so on his passport opens a sticky wicket of Congressional vs. Presidential authority over foreign policy. You see, the President doesn't officially acknowledge Israeli dominion over Jerusalem, but Congress does. 

So where was young Menachem Binyamin Zivotosky born? Jerusalem, not Israel, says the Supreme Court. President still controls foreign policy. 
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+soulfull M.​ you are entitled to your opinions. You are not entitled to have your opinions free of criticism when wrong. 
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UK Beers: A West Coast Style hoppy red from Meantime Brewery (from Greenwich, of course). A bit heavier than my usual lunchtime tipple but well-rounded and quaffable. A good food beer. Ezra liked it (or the foamy head of it, anyhow). 
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UK Beers: Theakston's Old Peculier

I was excited to try based on earlier recommendations (+Bob Calder?) but it was merely OK, not great-- a mild, middle-of-the-road malty red ale with perhaps a bit more punch than usual for this style, but no distinct flavors for me. Perhaps better out the cask? 
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I also recommended Old Peculier.  I think you have the right of it -- modern West Coast brewing favors the extremes in all regards.   If this is what you are accustomed to, everything else will seem rather bland and watery by comparison. 
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Casting scorn on the majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia wrote:

"These justices know,” Justice Scalia said, “that limiting marriage to one man and one woman is contrary to reason; they know that an institution as old as government itself, and accepted by every nation in history until 15 years ago, cannot possibly be supported by anything other than ignorance or bigotry."

The irony here is that this sarcastic statement is entirely correct. Scalia deserves to be remembered by history as an ignorant bigot by his own admission.
In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the court ruled, 5-4, that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
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I think I'm coming down with a case of not being able to tell the absurd from real life.

Either that, or I've only just now had the epiphany that there's no appreciable difference. My cheekiness says it's sorry, and deleted the rest of it's ribald attempt to hijack this post.
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I'm sure this isn't even so odd by Indian standards. +David Farris​?
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MedCity – London and the Greater South East of England – a world leading, interconnected region for life science research, development, manufacturing and commercialisation.
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Whole Foods Overcharging Customers page 1.
Dog Bites Man page 2.

Though this grift is particularly flagrant, Whole Paycheck has many more ways to squeeze money out of price-insensitive customers.

One of them is Organic labels and premium pricing on packaged foods that are produced identically to cheaper products which are also "organic" but are not blessed as such by Organic Priests.
 
NEW YORK –  Whole Foods supermarkets have been routinely overcharging customers by overstating the weight of prepackaged meat, dairy and baked goods, New York City's consumer chief said Wednesday.

The price on a package of coconut shrimp at the upscale market was too high by $14.84, said Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin. A package of chicken tenders was overpriced by $4.85, and a vegetable platter by $6.15, the department said.

"These overcharges are incredibly troubling," Menin said, alleging that they continued even after Whole Foods was informed of the city investigation, which began in the fall. The investigation checked the eight Whole Foods markets then open in the city. A ninth has since opened. In all, the Austin, Texas-based chain has 422 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

"We have been meeting with Whole Foods for months," the commissioner said, "but we repeatedly found problems that were incredibly pervasive."



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Whole Foods has long battled a reputation for high prices — some derisively call the store "Whole Paycheck" — and it recently announced plans for a new chain of smaller stores with lower prices.

The Consumer Affairs Department said it tested 80 different types of pre-packaged products and found mislabeled weights for each, with overcharges ranging from 80 cents for a package of pecan panko to the $14.84 markup on the shrimp.

The department said the findings suggest that many individual packages may not be weighed at all. In some cases, all the packages of a product were labeled with exactly the same weight when that would be "practically impossible," the department said, as with vegetables and seafood. Vegetable platters, all priced at $20 per package, represented overcharges averaging $2.50, the department said.

"As a large chain grocery store, Whole Foods has the money and resources to ensure greater accuracy and to correct what appears to be a widespread problem," Menin said.
Whole Foods supermarkets have been routinely overcharging customers by overstating the weight of prepackaged meat, dairy and baked goods, New York City's consumer chief said Wednesday.
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This may well be not a deliberate overcharge but simple laziness or dumbassery at their central distribution. When I worked meat counter and later deli at the Davis Food Co-op, the rule was you needed a code to set package tare weights, and only department managers set tares. Tare weight errors and prepack weight errors could get you write-ups and playing games with the scales would get you fired (happened to a geek friend of mine who thought it would be fun to hack a butcher scale and enter fake product numbers.) Retailers should, and do, take this dead serious. 
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UK Beers: Hastings Celeia Rye Saison. A light-bodied reddish farmhouse ale (i.e. full of weird funky notes) with a striking crispness/sourness that I found quite pleasing. 
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Meanwhile, back in London...
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This should be good. I will try to recap the discussion here.

 
For those wanting to civilly engage or ask questions of a Monsanto scientist on a reddit AMA:

26 June, 2015  Friday

From reddit:

For those of you who aren't aware, tomorrow's Science AMA is with Dr. Fred Perlak of Monsanto, a legit research scientist here to talk about the science and practices of Monsanto.

First, thanks for your contributions to make /r/science one of the largest, if not the largest, science forums on the internet, we are constantly amazed at the quality of comments and submissions.

We know this is an issue that stirs up a lot of emotion in people which is why we wanted to bring it to you, it's important, and we want important issues to be discussed openly and in a civil manner.

Some background:

I approached Monsanto about doing an AMA, Monsanto is not involved in manipulation of reddit comments to my knowledge, and I had substantial discussions about the conditions we would require and what we could offer.
We require that our AMA guests be scientists working in the area, and not PR, business or marketing people. We want a discussion with people who do the science.

We offer the guarantee of civil conversation. Internet comments are notoriously bad; anonymous users often feel empowered to be vicious and hyperbolic. We do not want to avoid hard questions, but one can disagree without being disagreeable. Those who cannot ask their questions in a civil manner (like that which would be appropriate in a college course) will find their comments removed, and if warranted, their accounts banned. /r/science is a serious subreddit, and this is a culturally important discussion to have, if you can't do this, it's best that you not post a comment or question at all.
Normally we restrict questions to just the science, since our scientists don't make business or legal decisions, it's simply not fair to hold them accountable to the acts of others.

However, to his credit, Dr. Perlak has agreed to answer questions about both the science and business practices of Monsanto because of his desire to directly address these issues. Regardless of how we personally feel about Monsanto, we should applaud his willingness to come forward and engage with the reddit user base.

The AMA will be posted tomorrow morning, with answers beginning at 1 pm ET to allow the user base a chance to post their questions and vote of the questions of other users.

We look forward to a fascinating AMA, please share the link with other in your social circles, but when you do please mention our rules regarding civil behavior.

Thanks again, and see you tomorrow.
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Autophagic porcine odalisque advertising alcohol. Could this possibly be more haram?
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Four-eyed fishes only mate on one side, right-"handed" males with left-"handed" females and vice versa.

Question for all you weird fish geneticists (a common profession, I'm sure): Is sexual chirality heritable and mendelian? I.e. do right-handed four-eyed fish father have both right-handed children and left-handed children? If so, which allelic variant is dominant? Or is there some other pattern of inheritance?

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...and Belyaev's work has fascinated me since I first learned of it in the early 70's. Who wouldn't want a tame fox for a pet? Also, canine genetic plasticity is amazing and weird in its own right.
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