House Republicans were seething Tuesday after two of the most ardent conservatives, Representatives Broun and Phil Gingrey of Georgia, voted against a House Republican bill that linked further government funding to a measure to deny federal subsidies to members of Congress and their staff, who must buy their health insurance on the health law’s new insurance exchanges. The proposal is unpopular with staff members who would have to cover the full costs of their insurance, unlike most public and private sector jobs where employers pick up part of the premiums.
They said the vote was unexpected because two weeks ago Mr. Gingrey stood at a closed-door party meeting and said members concerned about hurting their staff were misguided, since they would just go to lobbying firms “downtown” and make a half-million dollars a year.
"Ive shakes his head, and in a way that seems almost believable expresses a wish that he could just for a moment unlock the door to Apple’s Fort Knox-like design center and show off the incubating fruits of his labors. “It feels like each time we are beginning at the beginning, in a really exciting way, and if you could see what I mean it wouldn’t just be rhetoric,” says the man whose sense of aesthetics and taste has helped Apple sell some 700 million iOS devices to date. “It’s very easy to make something that is new, but it won’t be new the day after tomorrow. So we are trying to make things that are better."
— Jony Ive: The man behind Apple’s magic curtain
The line against Apple is that its pace of innovation is off, but Ive and Federighi dismiss that. The two are keen to point out not just new features, but also the deep layers of integration that went into each one. Of the 5S’s fingerprint scanner, Ive says, “there are so many problems that had to be solved to enable one big idea.” Without mentioning competitors (Samsung), it’s clear the two executives think some of what passes for innovation is illusory at best. “We didn’t start opportunistically with 10 bits of technology that we could try to find a use for to add to our features list,” Ive says.
Federighi jumps in: “New? New is easy. Right is hard.”
— Apple Chiefs Discuss Strategy, Market Share—and the New iPhones
"Nevada – Republican State Senator Bob Beers says he will submit a bill allowing school personnel to carry concealed firearms provided they complete training exceeding standards set for law enforcement. “The theory is that insane people don’t go on shooting sprees around people who have weapons,” Beers told Las Vegas Channel 8 News."
The NRA Wants More Guns in Schools. Could It Prevent Another Sandy Hook? | TIME.com
Isn’t insanity the condition where actions are completely divorced from consequences? Don’t most mass killers plan to die by their own hand anyway? And does a larger population of armed individuals really mean a smaller fatality rate?
I’m not going to say that this happened to my family, because of course I would know better — and communicate better with my kid. Let’s say it happened to a very, very similar family. One where the not-yet-thirteen-years-old elder child made the minor tactical error of informing Google that indeed, not-yet-thirteen is her/his age.
The results, as you might expect, were something like this. Account suspension, 30-day memory hole countdown, and general panic. Now, within 24 hours this family had figured out the same thing the Sutherlands did: the Google account age verification process costs you only 30 cents and your personal integrity. It forces you to tell a teensy white lie to preserve a child’s online existence.
This similar family didn’t want to be put in this situation — and indeed, could have avoided it by steering clear of Google’s ecosystem. But with Apps for Education and a child who has wholeheartedly embraced the Google cloud, it seems counterproductive to walk the chains backward due to policies that don’t account for mature kids or responsible parents.
COPPA may be a good law or a bad law, but it’s an inflexible law. Google, and other cloud providers, should work with parents and legislators to come up with a mode of compliance that doesn’t throw the files out with the young bathwater.
"In 2004, the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, conservatism’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, congratulated President Bush for “what by any measure is a decisive mandate for a second term” and exulted, “Mr. Bush has been given the kind of mandate that few politicians are ever fortunate enough to receive.” This year, examining similar numbers with different labels, the Journal came up with a sterner interpretation. “President Obama won one of the narrower re-elections in modern times,” its editorial announced."
— Mandate with Destiny : The New Yorker