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Ironically, because of the importance of the sale weekend, some of those who are employed in the retail sector not only work on Labor Day, but work longer hours.

Labor Day, Wikipedia.

For years, people have been afraid that eating genetically modified foods would make them sick, and Shiva’s speeches are filled with terrifying anecdotes that play to that fear. But since 1996, when the crops were first planted, humans have consumed trillions of servings of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients, and have draped themselves in thousands of tons of clothing made from genetically engineered cotton, yet there has not been a single documented case of any person becoming ill as a result.

Seeds of Doubt, The New Yorker.

Ft Mason with bridge.  (at Fort Mason Center)

Ft Mason with bridge. (at Fort Mason Center)

at The Interval at Long Now

at The Interval at Long Now

at The Interval at Long Now

at The Interval at Long Now

Given the savagery of the Foley video, it’s easy in isolation to cheer for its banning on Twitter. But that’s always how censorship functions: it invariably starts with the suppression of viewpoints which are so widely hated that the emotional response they produce drowns out any consideration of the principle being endorsed.

Oakland terrified of itself.  (at Snow Park)

Oakland terrified of itself. (at Snow Park)

wedding drinking vessels

wedding drinking vessels

at San Francisco City Hall

at San Francisco City Hall

By any reasonable standard the product of government-funded research should belong to the public. And indeed, it DOES belong to the public, until the moment that authors assign their copyright over to journals. All the DOE has to do is forbid their authors from assigning copyright to publishers and instead place them in the public domain. This would not only ensure public access, but would also enable researchers and companies access to the full contents to develop new and interesting ways to use the results of publicly-funded research.