Author Archives: Tristan Blaine

What does it mean for the federal government to “recognize” same sex marriage?

Same sex wedding

As expected, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same sex marriages performed in the latest 6 states to get marriage equality. Now, the federal government recognizes (there’s that word again) such marriages performed in all 32 states (and DC) which currently have marriage equality [shown in blue in the map]. “Samesex marriage in USA” by Lokal_Profil – Vector

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In Sex Ed, Telling Kids to “Wait Until Marriage” Doesn’t Work. But What About “Wait a Few Years”?

Sex Education

It’s well documented that abstinence-only programs, which merely preach to kids about waiting to have sex until marriage, aren’t effective. The programs don’t actually reduce teen sexual activity, and because they don’t discuss proper use of contraception, they likely increase the risk of teen pregnancy and STDs. Despite this evidence, many states’ education policies still emphasize abstinence programs, and 46% of boys and 33%

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NY Finally Agrees to Fulfill its Constitutional Duty to Provide Adequate Public Defense

Gov Andrew Cuomo speaks

As of today, New Yorkers will be ensured access to a right that all people in the U.S. are entitled to. Which right is that? We all have the “right to counsel,” which in part means that if you are charged with a serious crime but cannot afford an attorney, the government must provide you with a defense attorney free of charge.* The basic

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You are 6 Minutes Away from Understanding the 6 California Ballot Propositions for Nov 4 Election

California bear flag

The words “ballot proposition” may not sound very fun or sexy, but it’s actually an awesome opportunity for each of us to play lawmaker for a day. Unfortunately it’s also an opportunity for this guy to play lawmaker: At least you can make sure to cancel out his votes. Here’s what you need to know to be an informed voter and not

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Report Shows Up to 72% of Airbnbs in NYC are Illegal; Govt to Step up Enforcement

Bnb bed and breakfast sign

A report released yesterday reveals that up to 72% of Airbnb listings in New York City violate state and/or city laws which prohibit renting out an apartment for less than 30 days.1New York state Multiple Dwellings Law and New York City Administrative Code 27-2004(a)(8) both prohibit most apartment buildings from being rented out for a period of less than 30 days. See also NY Attorney General Airbnb Report,

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Update #2 on Texas Abortion Clinics – They Can Stay Open For Now

Positive pregnancy test

We have been following the story on the 13 Texas abortion clinics that were forced to close a couple weeks ago due to a stringent law Texas passed in 2013, leaving only 8 operating in the state. Well yesterday the Supreme Court said those clinics can now remain open – that is, until the case makes its way through more legal process (see below).

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Open signup for Obamacare coming November 15

Healthcare is your right AND responsibility. In case you haven’t heard by now, you have the right to purchase “affordable” (affordability may vary!) health insurance, regardless of whether you have a preexisting medical condition. Not only that, but you are required to have health insurance, otherwise you could be fined at least $325. If you didn’t have healthcare insurance coverage this year (which may mean you

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Should hacking of Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos be considered a “sex crime”?

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: You have the right to protection against hacking, which includes unauthorized access of your computer, other devices, or cloud based data. The people who hacked and posted JLaw’s nude photos did all kinds of wrong, both morally and legally. First, it seems pretty clear that by hacking into her iCloud account, they violated the above described federal

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To resolve lawsuit over false advertising, Redbull to give cash or free drinks to customers

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: If you bought a Red Bull drink in the last 10 years, you are entitled to either $10 cash or $15 in free drinks.1 More refunds! Yesterday we told you about the government’s takedown of AT&T for shady business practices, forcing that company to give refunds to many of its customers. Now Red Bull is agreeing to settle

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