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Florida Senate fails basic biology, accidentally outlaws sex
Via Southern Fried Science:

Question: If your elected officials fail basic taxonomy, promote anti-science curriculum, and consistently attempt to undermine the fundamental unpinning of all biology, what happens when they start trying to legislate from this flawed view of reality?
The answer is this poorly-worded miasma of a law recently passed in Florida, which presumably was designed to prevent bestiality and promote animal welfare, but which has actually made it illegal, effective October 1, 2011, for anyone to have sex in Florida.

UPDATE: We received a kind correction from Jody at WNYC who pointed us to the ElectionLawBlog where Rick Hasen writes that the legislators do, in fact, distinguish between “persons” and “animals”. 
Teachable Moment: Minus one for publishing before verifying. Plus one for the speed with which communities can correct each other. — Michael

Florida Senate fails basic biology, accidentally outlaws sex

Via Southern Fried Science:

Question: If your elected officials fail basic taxonomy, promote anti-science curriculum, and consistently attempt to undermine the fundamental unpinning of all biology, what happens when they start trying to legislate from this flawed view of reality?

The answer is this poorly-worded miasma of a law recently passed in Florida, which presumably was designed to prevent bestiality and promote animal welfare, but which has actually made it illegal, effective October 1, 2011, for anyone to have sex in Florida.

UPDATE: We received a kind correction from Jody at WNYC who pointed us to the ElectionLawBlog where Rick Hasen writes that the legislators do, in fact, distinguish between “persons” and “animals”. 

Teachable Moment: Minus one for publishing before verifying. Plus one for the speed with which communities can correct each other. — Michael

Do We Got a Job for You

Via Mother Jones:

We want to add some talent to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune investigative team. Every serious candidate should have a proven track record of conceiving, reporting and writing stellar investigative pieces that provoke change. However, our ideal candidate has also cursed out an editor, had spokespeople hang up on them in anger and threatened to resign at least once because some fool wanted to screw around with their perfect lede.

We do a mix of quick hit investigative work when events call for it and mini-projects that might run for a few days. But every year we like to put together a project way too ambitious for a paper our size because we dream that one day Walt Bogdanich will have to say: “I can’t believe the Sarasota Whatever-Tribune cost me my 20th Pulitzer.”

As many of you already know, those kinds of projects can be hellish, soul-sucking, doubt-inducing affairs. But if you’re the type of sicko who likes holing up in a tiny, closed office with reporters of questionable hygiene to build databases from scratch by hand-entering thousands of pages of documents to take on powerful people and institutions that wish you were dead, all for the glorious reward of having readers pick up the paper and glance at your potential prize-winning epic as they flip their way to the Jumble… well, if that sounds like journalism Heaven, then you’re our kind of sicko.

For those unaware of Florida’s reputation, it’s arguably the best news state in the country and not just because of the great public records laws. We have all kinds of corruption, violence and scumbaggery. The 9/11 terrorists trained here. Bush read My Pet Goat here. Our elections are colossal clusterfucks. Our new governor once ran a health care company that got hit with a record fine because of rampant Medicare fraud. We have hurricanes, wildfires, tar balls, bedbugs, diseased citrus trees and an entire town overrun by giant roaches (only one of those things is made up). And we have Disney World and beaches, so bring the whole family.

Send questions, or a resume/cover letter/links to clips to my email address below. If you already have your dream job, please pass this along to someone whose skills you covet. Thanks.

Matthew Doig

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
1741 Main St.
Sarasota FL, 34236
(941) 361-4903
matthew.doig@heraldtribune.com

See this photo? It’s from a farm. In Florida. 
It was taken in 2008.
Now that it’s 2011, a Florida State Senator wants to make it a felony to take photos of a farm without the owner’s permission.
According to the New York Times, the bill introduced by Jim Norman reads:

A person who photographs, video records or otherwise produces images or pictorial records, digital or otherwise, at or of a farm or other property where legitimate agriculture operations are being conducted without the written consent of the owner, or an authorized representative of the owner, commits a felony of the first degree.

Cause photographers hate freedom, of course. Or at least environmentalists and activists armed with cameras do.

See this photo? It’s from a farm. In Florida. 

It was taken in 2008.

Now that it’s 2011, a Florida State Senator wants to make it a felony to take photos of a farm without the owner’s permission.

According to the New York Times, the bill introduced by Jim Norman reads:

A person who photographs, video records or otherwise produces images or pictorial records, digital or otherwise, at or of a farm or other property where legitimate agriculture operations are being conducted without the written consent of the owner, or an authorized representative of the owner, commits a felony of the first degree.

Cause photographers hate freedom, of course. Or at least environmentalists and activists armed with cameras do.