US Supreme Court Divided on Partisan Electoral Maps

Baltimore Files Antitrust Suit Against 10 Banks ; Human Contact Is Now a Luxury ; and More Picks

US Supreme Court, electoral districts
The author writes, “The US Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared divided along ideological lines again on whether the contentious practice of manipulating electoral district boundaries to entrench one party in power may violate the constitutional rights of voters, with Justice Brett Kavanaugh emerging as the potential deciding vote.” Photo credit: Joe Ravi (CC BY SA 3.0)
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Baltimore Files Antitrust Suit Against 10 Major Banks, Alleging Rate Inflation (Reader Steve)

From the Baltimore Sun: “The city is seeking class-action status for the federal antitrust lawsuit, saying the banks inflated costs for the city and other local governments, which Baltimore seeks to represent. That takes money away that could be spent on schools, police, roads, sewer lines and the like.”

Global Coal Use Up as Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rise (Chris)

From the Guardian: Greenhouse gas emissions from energy production rose strongly again last year, according to new data from the International Energy Agency”

Swedish MEPs Accidentally Push Wrong Voting Button, Wreck Internet (Chris)

The author writes, “This is the most significant piece of internet regulation ever undertaken by a democratic government (that is, excluding Russian and Chinese internet regulations). It will do untold damage to the whole internet. And it’s because someone pushed the wrong button.”

SPLC in Turmoil: As Problems Festered, Where Was Its Board? (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “What went wrong at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)? How does an organization dedicated to ‘fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society’ ignore the signs of hate and bigotry within its own culture? How did its professional and board leadership not know that things were toxic enough to drive many staff to flee for safer places to work?”

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury (Russ)

The author writes, “Screens used to be for the elite. Now avoiding them is a status symbol.”

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