– The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled against a group of landlords and tenants who challenged the city of Red Wing’s rental inspection law, saying that the plaintiffs failed to prove that the law was unconstitutional. The Institute for Justice, which litigated the case, has vowed to fight on.
– A federal judge has issued a temporary order allowing a 10-year-old girl who will die without new lungs to be placed on the adult transplant list. (Under current law, children under 12 must wait for lungs from a child donor to become available.) Poor girl, I hope she gets those lungs.
– Bloggers in Singapore have started a “Free My Internet” Movement following the announcement of a new licensing scheme for websites. Under the new rules, any news website reporting on Singapore that receives at least 50,000 unique views a month must obtain a license and put up a “performance bond” of $50,000–as well as comply with government orders to remove content. Goddammit, Singapore.
– After a YouTube video of him dancing at his son’s wedding went viral, Tajikistan’s president, Emomali Rahmon, blocked access to YouTube in the country. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was watching the video when he fell off his horse.
– Mumbai, India is set to ban scantily-clad mannequins from shop windows as an anti-rape measure. City council member Ritu Tawde, who proposed the measure, said that mannequins could provoke men to attack women. Isn’t this just a more ridiculous version of the argument that porn causes rape? What’s next? Victoria’s Secret catalogs cause rape?
– And finally, a suburban Seattle teen says that she was turned away from prom for having large breasts. The girl’s parents are accusing the school of unfairly applying the same dress codes to all girls regardless of their bust size. As the girl’s mother pointed out, “All women are not created equal, and you can not compare a golf ball to a grapefruit.”