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Wow!! No matter your view on gay marriage, the majority justices have really overreached their constitutional authority on this one. The dissenting opinions are spot on. Here are some of my favorite comments by the dissenting justices...

Justice Alito: "Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent."

Justice Scalia: "This is a naked judicial claim to legislative — indeed, super-legislative — power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government. Except as limited by a constitutional prohibition agreed to by the People, the States are free to adopt whatever laws they like, even those that offend the esteemed Justices’ “reasoned judgment.” A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy."

Justice Thomas: "Our Constitution — like the Declaration of Independence before it — was predicated on a simple truth: One’s liberty, not to mention one’s dignity, was something to be shielded from — not provided by — the State. Today’s decision casts that truth aside. In its haste to reach a desired result, the majority misapplies a clause focused on “due process” to afford substantive rights, disregards the most plausible understanding of the “liberty” protected by that clause, and distorts the principles on which this Nation was founded. Its decision will have inestimable consequences for our Constitution and our society."

Justice Roberts: “But this Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be. The people who ratified the Constitution authorized courts to exercise 'neither force nor will but merely judgment.'”
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One of the most impressive devices I've reviewed. And I don't give those kinds of compliments lightly.

My two weeks with Dell's Venue 10 7000 tablet:
Premium hardware, a stunning display, and stellar software help make this convertible 10-in. tablet stand out for both productivity and play.
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Relevant, contextual information at your fingertips -- this could be useful!
 
Google Now on Tap will transform Android from a house of apps into a search-centric universe with Google at its core.

This is big, you guys. Really big.

A detailed look at the new system and how it'll change the way we interact with our devices:
Google's latest innovation is poised to change the way we interact with Android -- and there's far more to it than first meets the eye.
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Chris Martenson updated his entire crash course series and made it freely available on YouTube. This series is provides an outstanding foundation on the global economy, its future, and what we can do to prepare. 
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Fascinating window into history. I'm amazed how well the model T handled off-road conditions. 
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Fascinating!! +Ben Krasnow is a Hardware Engineer at Google[x]. 
 
Thanks for all of the shares!  I'm really glad everyone liked the phonograph needle gif.  I show how I captured it in this video.
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Google on Apple: The end is near.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/YtExb6 )

The chat room and social network religious wars between Apple and Google demand that you take sides. But I've always felt that the best experience includes a cherry-picking of Apple hardware, Google services and apps from both.

For example, on my MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone, my No. 1 application is Google Chrome, where I obsessively use Google Search, Google Photos, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google News, Google Maps, Google+, Inbox and more.

Yes, I use non-Google services, but eight out of the top 10 sites I use are Google services.

After the announcements at Apple WWDC last week, and at Google I/O last month, it's clear that the days of using Google services on Apple hardware are numbered.

Soon we'll be forced to choose between all-Google or all-Apple.

Here's what's coming: 

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2935492/apple-ios/google-on-apple-the-end-is-near.html

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"In Three-card Monte, a plant in the crowd wins, while real onlookers lose. Promise and distraction. The Gimme is the last bit to this moral marketing charade. Apple wants your money -- and what company doesn't? That's capitalism. So be a capitalist, Mr. Cook. Don't pretend to be something else."
 
Tim Cook's EPIC speech demands response. He claims moral authority, but there is no moral high ground in business. The high ground is quagmire, because all public companies -- Apple surely among them -- share a single, moral objective: Make profits for stockholders. Plain, pure, and simple.

Cook's moral stance reminds me of the Three-card Monte grifters I see on the streets of Manhattan. He plays a game of promise, distraction, and gimme.

#apple   #ethics  
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