Missouri Dives into the Rabbit Hole with Amendments 1 and 5

person standing in doorway to castle ramparts

Photo by Stefano Corso, used without edits, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Missouri's "Right to Farm" Amendment 1, and the gun support measure, Amendment 5, both won last night. The vote on Amendment 1 was so close that we'll have an automatic recount, but I think the result will be the same: a win for Amendment 1 by a very narrow margin.

The HTML5 longdesc attribute is finally home again

My HTML5 logo

I found out that the W3C had transitioned the HTML5 attribute @longdesc to Candidate Recommendation (CR) status from a tweet by John Foliot:

The Right to Drink Water

Alert sign for Harmful Algal Bloom

Photo Credit: Brenda Culler, ODNR Coastal Management CC by-NC-2.0

Don't think what happens in the farmland impacts you in the city? Not interested in taking the time away from Starbucks to go vote on Amendment 1 this coming Tuesday because of it?

Then think on this:

Koster's Right to...collect large campaign contributions from big Agribusiness Interests

Koster and Nixon

Photo of Chris Koster, left, and Jay Nixon by Missouri News Horizon, used without edit, shared under CC by 2.0

Who Keeps E-Mails?

fishing expedition
If you're following the BPI vs. ABC "pinkslime" lawsuit, than you might be aware that the company is attempting to subpoena emails from several journalists and food safety experts.

Mother Jones Fascinating Murder Mystery with an NRA Twist—and Documents

Photo of gun associated with early murder trial, included in Mother Jones story.

Mother Jones has a fascinating, longer look at an early murder mystery associated with none other than the NRA's general counsel, Robert Dowlut. It would seem that Dowlut was originally convicted of second degree murder, a conviction that was later overturned.

In an act I've come to expect from Mother Jones, the publication has also provided easy access to all of the documentation that provided the basis for the story.

Responding to Charity Navigator's DA on the Humane Society of the United States

circus elephants on parade

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

I was sent a link to a story and asked if it was true. The story noted that Charity Navigator, the charity watch dog group, had attached a Donor Advisory to the Humane Society of the United State's listing, specifically because of the lawsuits related to the Ringling Brothers circus.

Writing from the Bleeding Edge

a tangled mess

Photo by Jonathan Arehart cc BY-NC-SA 2.0

One of the challenges writing a book on technology is not only do you need to put words together in some form of coherent, possibly even interesting, manner, but you also have to understand the underlying technology enough to be able to explain it to others.

Do I look pretty? Web site design tedium

I think I need a new look for my web site. Singular, now, since I merged everything back into one space. I decided people find stuff via social media anyway, so why worry about separating topics into separate web sites.

Besides, what a pain to manage.

But now, I think I need a new look and I haven't a clue what I want. I see two trends in modern website design among the looks I've been exploring. I call them the Minimalist and the Maximalist.

The Minimalist is the design you see at the Node.js Blog and a lot of other primarily techie sites (though I am seeing it at New York Times and other major publications). It's centered, minimal, no sidebars, few graphics—clean and plain. These pages are so trim, they load before you even know you want to see them.

Who Owns the Law?

I follow several legal cases, most related to animal welfare, climate, the environment, or agriculture and food. Like others, I have a PACER account, which gives me access to most court documents at the federal level, but at a price. I'm not overfond of the cost, as I've noted in the past, but I am, at least, grateful for such simple access to the documents.

I also re-publish the documents for access by all, and that includes discovery material and and evidence exposed during a trial. If it's posted by PACER, it's public domain. When I pay for PACER I'm paying for access to the system, not the documents. So far, no cease and desist letters, knock on wood.

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