During the summer of 2012, Cody Wilson hung around J&J, a car-repair shop run by two "goofy" guys in their late 20s. The Austin warehouse was crowded with engine blocks, car parts and Pelican boxes that never seemed to have been opened, but the 24-year-old came as he pleased, with access to shop machinery. He had spent the larger part of his second year at the University of Texas Law School learning how to operate a 3-D printer. Familiar with the robust gun culture of the South from his Boy Scout years in Arkansas, he soon began to wonder whether he could create the first fully 3-D-printed, functional firearm. Wilson was not confident it was feasible. The technology was new, and printable materials were brittle and plastic. But Wilson was motivated by curiosity, hypothesizing that he could design a printable weapon and build a platform for users to download gun blueprints without government regulation. "Even I was glamoured by the magic of 3-D printing," he said, recalling when he … [Read more...] about Meet the man who might have brought on the age of ‘downloadable guns’
Violation of first amendment rights
Brett Kelman The Tennessean Published 2:24 p.m. UTC Jun 9, 2018 NASHVILLE — A Tennessee doctor who became a social media sensation because of statements on President Trump, racism and Colin Kaepernick — and who later sued the president over First Amendment rights — is losing his job at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Eugene Gu, 32, a Vanderbilt surgery resident, said Friday that Nashville's biggest hospital is ending his five-year residency after only three years. Technically, Vanderbilt has decided not to renew his contract with the hospital, Gu said, but he argues the effect is “no different than being fired." “The take-home message here is that there is an unwritten rule for surgical residents and that rule is, always make your program look good and always make your hospital look good, and often that means stay silent,” Gu said. “But as an Asian-American physician, unlike a white doctor, I don’t always have the same luxury … [Read more...] about This Tennessee doctor got political. Then he sued Trump and won. Now he’s out of a job.
On Friday, the Republic of Ireland overwhelmingly voted to repeal the eighth amendment to its constitution, which prevented abortion in almost all cases, meaning that women in Ireland were forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term, often to the detriment of their health and even threatening their lives. There is no doubt this is a huge success for pro-choice activists the world over. But before the dust had settled, the focus had shifted to Northern Ireland as now within Europe only Malta, San Marino and the Vatican have more draconian laws than part of the United Kingdom. The 1967 Abortion Act, which legalised abortion and offered it to women on the NHS, was never extended to Northern Ireland, where abortion is only allowed when the pregnant person’s life is at risk, or there is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health. If this sounds vague, it’s because it is. Fatal foetal abnormalities, rape and incest, for example, do not qualify as … [Read more...] about Finally the injustice of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws is being recognised – Theresa May must end this gross violation of women’s rights
President Donald Trump cannot block critics on Twitter as doing so violates their right to free speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution, a federal judge has ruled. The ruling from Judge Naomi Buchwald said that discussions arising from Mr Trump's tweets should be considered a public forum, as the messages are “governmental in nature". Judge Buchwald rejected an argument from the Justice Department that Mr Trump's own rights under the First Amendment aloowed him to block people with whom he did not want to interact with. Blocking users “as a result of the political views they have expressed is impermissible under the First Amendment,” Judge Buchwald wrote in the order, adding the president cannot use Twitter in a way “that infringes on the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him”. A handful of Twitter users had sued after the president blocked … [Read more...] about Donald Trump can’t block people on Twitter because of First Amendment, judge rules
By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) – A federal judge is expected to hear arguments on Thursday about whether President Donald Trump violated Twitter users’ free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution by blocking them from his account. The arguments before U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan are part of a lawsuit brought last July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and several individual Twitter users. Trump and the plaintiffs are seeking summary judgment, asking Buchwald to decide the case in their favour without a trial. Twitter lets users post short snippets of text, called tweets. Other users may respond to those tweets. When one user blocks another, the blocked user cannot respond to the blocker’s tweets. The plaintiffs have accused Trump of blocking a number of accounts whose owners criticized, mocked or disagreed with him in replies to his tweets. They argued that Trump’s Twitter account, … [Read more...] about Judge to weigh whether Trump’s Twitter blocks violate First Amendment