SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein • Looking back at what caused the mistaken reporting of the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision, in a minute-by-minute breakdown. In case you need something very epic to read, here you go — Goldstein’s post, which he claims is his first effort at “real journalism,” is 7,000 freaking words long. Or, you know, longer than the usual article we link. (ht Dave Weigel)
The Philippine Supreme Court, in dismissing a libel case filed against Philippine Daily Inquirer publisher Isagani Yambot, editor-in-chief Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, managing editor Jose Ma. Nolasco, news editor Artemio Engracia, and senior reporter Volt Contreras in relation to an article published in the news daily about a supposed mauling incident involving a Makati Regional Trial Court judge. (via abs-cbnNEWS.com)
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Mars and Hershey are giving away the farm. Mars, the company behind M&Ms and Milky Way, has cracked chocolate’s DNA code and instead of immediately filing a truckload of patents to protect its intellectual property, they company is sharing it with the world. Its genome map of the cacao tree will be available on the Web for free to anyone — including its biggest competitor, Hershey. Oddly, Hershey is doing the same thing with its own map of a different variety of the tree. These two giants, who collectively account for more than $13 billion in annual chocolate sales, have funded dueling consortiums to break the tree’s genetic code and are explicitly prohibiting patents. Why? Because they want to enhance their natural capital — the natural resources a company depends on.
The fraternities at war yesterday must make the first move: surrender those responsible so that they may be prosecuted. Otherwise, they reduce ALL Greek-lettered societies, many of them legitimate, to nothing better than street gangs and organized criminal syndicates.
Other Greek-lettered societies must also do the right thing: more than just condemning the act and saying that “we don’t do things like that”, they must ensure that in admitting people into their ranks, they are absolutely certain that those with issues, those with homicidal streaks, those with anger management problems, those who are in fraternities for the absolutely “wrong reasons” should not be admitted; and if, somehow, some of these have made it into their number, that they are courageous enough to ensure that they are not let out into decent company, unless on an extremely short leash.