Saturday, March 22, 2014

March 28 in Seattle: With Religious Liberty for All: A Briefing on the "Contraception Mandate" Cases

Federick Gedicks
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On Friday, March 28, 2014, the ACS Puget Sound Lawyer Chapter will host a briefing on Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, two cases that involve religious exemption claims raised by for-profit corporations and their owners to the provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires employers to provide preventive health care, including contraception, to employees without cost sharing. Both cases will be argued together before the Supreme Court on March 25th.  Our featured speaker, Prof. Fred Gedicks of BYU Law School, submitted an amicus brief in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which supports the U.S. government's position in that case. Additionally, he has authored an ACS Issue Brief on this topic. Prof. Gedicks is an active Latter-day Saint, however he rejects the use of the government to promote religion.
Title: With Religious Liberty for All: A Briefing on the "Contraception Mandate" Cases
When/Where: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm 1201 Third Avenue Tower 27th Floor Conference Room Seattle, WA RSVP TO ENSURE SEATING - THIS ONE MAY BE VERY POPULAR!
Speaker: Federick Gedicks, Guy Anderson Chair and Professor of Law; ACS Faculty Advisor, Brigham Young University Law School
By:
  • Puget Sound (Seattle and Tacoma area) Lawyer Chapter
  • The Puget Sound Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society
  • Legal Voice
  • Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.
Credit: 1.0 hours of CLE credit pending.
Cost: Free More Information And Registration

If Cats Can Co-Exist, Why Can't We?

I (and perhaps I may say "we") am frequently amused by the interactions of the cats in this home. The tabbies in particular are willing to co-exist so long as their boundaries are respected. Here they rest peacefully on my bed, carefully not looking at each other.
It could be a metaphor for something, or perhaps a good example for us humans.

Friday, March 21, 2014

In Which I Am A Guinea Pig For Science

We Also Serve Who Only
Lie Around And Metabolize!
I am midway through a study with the University of Washington on the relationship between diabetes and kidney disease. I am a "healthy control", which means that I don't have either syndrome and am for the purpose of comparing how my body reacts to stuff compared to the unwell.
In practical terms, this means that on two successive Mondays I fast starting midnight (not even coffee! but water's o.k.), go into the hospital (and I keep forgetting how awful traffic is at rush hour)  and hang around while they poke and prod and write things down.
Last Monday it was all about lying in bed with tubes in my arm. They would add insulin and watch my blood sugar fall. They would add dextrose and watch it rise. Up and down, up and down. Lots of blood samples. Nice people, and the Primary Investigator in particular loved to talk about the science of it (as much is possible to my limited understanding.)
The last time I was parked in a hospital bed for something like this I didn't have a smartphone, so I watch Star Trek episodes all day. This was not bad (were the special effects really that cheesy?) but this time I could do my email and carry on business, almost as if I was at home with some tubes in my arm and no coffee. If ever I had contemplated talking a day off to relax, skip coffee and inject saline into my arm, this experience has taught me it's not as exciting as they make it seem on TV ;-)
All this week I have been wearing an accelerameter so they have some idea how much activity I have. Yesterday through tomorrow I record everything I eat and (other than water) drink. Sunday I save everything I pee in a couple of special jugs that have to be kept refrigerated. They are sanitary, opaque, and a color and shape that matches nothing in the fridge. Still, if you come by my home, be warned! I do not customarily stock apple juice!
Monday I go in for more poking and prodding and a scan to see where I keep my fat (I asked ... they don't scan my head!) Eventually they'll publish a paper and email me the results and I'll go "huh!"
I don't have the head for science (....and they aren't going to scan it!....) but I can make my contribution this way. It's just my way of being in the Mad Science Auxiliary!
(And you can do it too. Use the google machine and you'll probably find lots of studies. I'd avoid the ones at Miskatonic University.)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

#pastrygate SCANDAL lol

Just when you thought the scandalmongers had run out of ideas: they really are attacking Michelle Obama because the White House pastry chef is going back to the private sector. #PartyOfStupid

Monday, March 17, 2014

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