is a physician and a long-time blogger who alerted readers today about states that are considering enacting so-called “Right of refusal” laws for physicians. Or, as he so aptly put it, “right to bigotry and discrimination” laws. The idea being bandied about is that physicians and allied health care professionals will be legally permitted to determine which parts of medicine/nursing/pharmacy they wish, independent of considerations such as, say, professional responsibility. Personally, I would strip any pharmacist or physician who refused to perform any approved procedure of their ability to continue to practice. Immediately.
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and busy or high-profile websites: High volume flow. This is a problem with weblogs in general. Everyone has been touting them as the next generation in online community, which is true, but not because of the comments sections, though ironically this is the feature that most resembles traditional online communities such as the Well or Cafe Utne. The weblog world is community-like because of the give-and-take between and among “peer” weblogs via links-and-commentary posts, and it is in that respect that the weblog world is and encourages online community. The existence or not of the ability to comment has little to do, in my opinion, with the community-ness of weblogs.
The solution to the problem is simple and has existed for much longer than weblogs have existed: old-school online communities such as those mentioned above, with mandatory registration, active, consistent moderation, and persistent membership over time such that individuals have a social motivation to behave.
I have learned that a court in Nevada has ruled that Google ‘s cache is legal, or more specifically, that it constitutes Fair Use. This is an important issue because as we move forward into ever-more-complex relationships between writers, publishers, aggregators, and re-publishers, it’s important that there be a clear legal edifice for all of that activity to stand on – and with which people can assess the appropriateness and legality of new combinations as they are launched. You can also read the EFF’s Fred von Lohmann’s summary of the ruling.
the Accordion Guy published a great piece today on the Cowboy Junkies today prompted by the fact that Margo Timmins, the Junkies’ lead singer, is giving a solo performance at Sam Bulte’s fundraiser, being held tonight in Toronto. DeVilla notes that when the Cowboy Junkies second album was released independently, the buzz created by word-of-mouth and spreading around cassettes of the song is probably what propelled the band to a major label contract in the first place. There’s also this: A buck doesn’t go as far anymore, contrasting the $250 total that it cost the Cowboy Junkies to record The Trinity Session with the price per plate of the Bulte fundraiser.