Govt says it's good news that tens of thousands are being killed in auto accidents



Driving is getting safer.

The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped about 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled tied a record low, according to government statistics.

A total of 32,719 people died in U.S. crashes in 2013, down from 33,782 in 2012, according to figures compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That's about 90 deaths per day, compared with 92 in 2012.

Now, the part of the story they didn't tell you--many thousands more were easily preventable. Many injuries occur because the government requires cars to meet certain fuel efficiency standards which in turns requires cars to be lighter and lighter. The lighter a car is, the less protection it gives a driver in an accident. The reason the government wants cars to be lighter? In part to fight imaginary global warming.

So people are dying on the roads to help prevent imaginary global warming. The government triumphs a 3% drop in fatalities when tens of thousands are still dying every year and hundreds of thousands are getting injured, many of which would be preventable if people were allowed to buy heavier cars. The Associated Depressed didn't see fit to mention any of this in its self-congratulatory piece. Why include facts that would ruin its conclusion?

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Vox reports fewer criminals in jail, but remarkably uncurious about one small detail


There are fewer Americans in prison, jail, probation, or parole than any time since 2003, Vox reports.

The number of Americans in prison, jail, parole, or probation dropped to less than 6.9 million in 2013, down 41,500 compared to 2012 and hitting the lowest point since 2003, according to a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Until 2008, the corrections population had been steadily growing for decades as all levels of government enforced tough-on-crime policies — particularly against drug offenses — that tied up more people in the criminal justice system. But states and the federal government, facing budget constraints brought on in part by the cost of maintaining large prison populations, began pushing reforms that reduced penalties for nonviolent offenders and diverted more people to punishments besides incarceration.


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Government making it easier to unionize independently owned restaurants


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That's not just significant because it concerns a huge corporation involved in a high-profile fight over wages; it's a big deal because the NLRB's general counsel recognized McDonald's as a "joint employer" of its fry cooks and cashiers, meaning the company is considered the employer alongside the smaller franchises where those people work.


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Bakers, photographers, wedding planners forced to participate in gay marriages


Jack Phillips is a baker whose evangelical Protestant faith informs his business. He will not make erotic-themed pastries — they offend his sense of morality. And he declines cake orders for same-sex weddings because he believes Christianity teaches that homosexuality is wrong. Mr. Phillips, whose refusal two years ago to make a cake for a gay male couple has led to a court battle now getting underway, is one of a small number of wedding vendors across the country who are emerging as the unlikely face of faith-based resistance to same-sex marriage.

The refusals by the religious merchants — bakers, florists and photographers, for example — have been taking place for several years. But now local governments are taking an increasingly hard line on the issue, as legislative debates over whether to protect religious shop owners are overtaken by administrative efforts to punish them.

In Colorado, where Mr. Phillips, 58, owns and operates a small bakery called Masterpiece Cakeshop, the State Civil Rights Commission determined that Mr. Phillips had violated a state law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in places of public accommodation. The commission ordered Mr. Phillips to retrain all of his employees, who include his 87-year-old mother, and to produce a quarterly report detailing any refusals to bake; in response, he has stopped accepting orders for any wedding cakes while he appeals the ruling to the state courts.


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