YouGov poll finds a little over half of Americans think Guantánamo detainees should either face trial or be released. That's a little disappointing, actually, since the only alternative to trial or release would be to continue holding them there without charge. The good news, I guess, is that only 20% of Americans are willing to state for the record that they'd prefer those detainees to stay at Guantánamo, and since I've long assumed that around 25% of Americans are politically bat-guano crazy, maybe that's an improvement.
New Jersey government enacts law requiring state pension assets to divest from any corporation that supports the BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement protesting Israel's ongoing occupation of Palestine. I still don't agree that this bill is unconstitutional, because I do not believe a "First Amendment right to getting a state to invest in your corporation" exists. Still, I expect New Jersey's government will have trouble rooting out all the BDS supporters in its portfolio, investment being a lot more convoluted these days. Also, the state has embarrassed itself, which can only help the BDS movement in the long run.
Target customers present a litany of complaints about the store's pharmacy since CVS has taken it over. A lot of the complaints -- disappearing discount plans, new (and less courteous) personnel, fewer varieties of generic drugs -- you'd expect, not that they're excuses (and CVS may regard them more as features than bugs). But apparently Target pharmacies used to have unique prescription drug bottles, with color-coded collars and very easy-to-read labels, and CVS (despite owning the patent for those bottles now) doesn't use them. Sounds like one more reason mass production is fool's gold.
Just when you thought the "bathroom bill" controversy couldn't get any worse, here comes North Carolina Gov. McCrory, embroiled in a difficult re-election campaign, putting out an ad in which a child molestation survivor endorses Mr. McCrory's efforts to force transgendered folks to use the public restrooms that correspond to their birth gender. You've already guessed the catch, right? The woman was not molested in a bathroom by a transgendered individual, but by her brother, at home; perhaps we should ban children of different genders from living together, then? The right constantly conflates everything they hate with everything else they hate (child molestors and transgendered folk are not the same thing, after all), and I'm beyond sick of it. The right's program, clearly, is to keep stoking rage in people ad nauseam because, gosh, rage wears people out and so the right has to keep finding new people to enrage, but it's the kind of program that can hollow out a civilization. (And BTW, let's not excuse the woman who was molested by her brother -- it goes without saying that he wronged her, but that doesn't excuse her wronging transgendered folks by referring to her attacker as "a teenager" when he was plainly more than that, which is the only way the ad can link transgendered folks to child molestors in the minds of viewers.)
National Labor Relations Board reverses Bush Mobb-era ruling, and declares that grad students at private colleges are employees of those colleges, and thus can organize and collectively bargain for better wages and working conditions. This is wonderful news for grad students, who are some of the most underpaid workers on Earth, all because they're "still learning," as if workers at every job aren't "still learning." Columbia University, naturally, foists a bait-and-switch on us -- "the academic relationship students have with faculty members and departments as part of their studies is not the same as between employer and employee," they say, but colleges, not "faculty members and departments," employ grad students.
Finally, a jury acquits Anthony Wright of raping and murdering his Philadelphia neighbor, over 20 years after being convicted of that crime. Kudos to you if you advocated for his release back in June. DNA evidence exonerated Mr. Wright of the crime nearly two years ago, but the state still hesitated to release him, even though some of his biggest supporters came from the victim's family; possibly the state was still embarrassed that police had coerced a confession from him all those years ago. Mr. Wright lost nearly a quarter-century of his life to injustice, but now he has his freedom, and he still has a future.