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Friday Follies 1.17

I wonder if this will pop up if South Dakota’s smoking ban referendum [1] moves forward? A Canadian truck driver was arrested and fined for smoking in the workplace — his truck [2]. (Via [3].)

Polish and Russian legislators are suggesting dealing with pedophilia by using drugs to lower the sex drive of offenders.

Meanwhile, another Baltic country — Finland — makes 1-megabit broadband internet access a legal right [6] starting next July. (Via [7].)

I’m guessing she was stoned when she made this call. “Saginaw County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 54-year-old woman Sunday after she reported the theft of several marijuana plants [8] from her Brant Township home.” (Via [9].)

The judicial branch in Washington state is not an “agency” and, as a result, the state’s public records act does not apply to the judiciary [10].

A white Louisiana justice of the peace refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple [11]. Don’t worry, though. He told the Associated Press, “I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way.” After all, “I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.” I think letting them use the bathroom is especially nice.

Equality before the law is probably forever inattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges.

H.L. Mencken, Minority Report [12]

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