An unassuming string of 16 words tucked into the Constitution grants Congress extensive power to make laws that impact the entire nation. The Commerce Clause has allowed Congress to intervene in all kinds of situations — from penalizing one man for growing too much wheat on his farm, to enforcing the end of racial segregation nationwide. That is, if the federal government can make an economic case for it. This seemingly all-powerful tool has the potential to unite the 50 states into one nation and protect the civil liberties of all. But it also challenges us to consider: when we make everything about money, what does it cost us?
Podcast: Where the Sun Don’t Shine
Today we take a quick look up at a hole in the sky and follow an old story as it travels beyond the reach of the sun. We hear from some moon-peeping listeners and then, on the 40th anniversary of their launch, we check in with the Voyager space probes. We revisit the story of the romantic time capsules that were placed onboard, and a question we asked five years ago: where exactly is Voyager 1?
Bookmark: Breaking News
Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our most deeply held beliefs and rewrite the rules of credibility. Also, we release something terrible into the world.
Yet another brilliant podcast from Radiolab. The first time I heard about the jury system here in the US, I was pleasantly surprised. This was a concept I never knew existed and while weighing the pros and cons of the system, I could never really decide which side weighed more.
This talk runs along that fine ridge and broaches – jury nullification, yet another mighty ‘toolset’ the jury holds.
Source: Null and Void
Two controls at the very end of the command and none at the beginning..Watching the Ghazi attack this week and so much of this resonates!