If your looking for a public nuisance, legally it sure wasn't Professor Gates, but we can make an argument that it might be the Blue Dog Democrats marking their territory on health care and maybe even the new cash for clunkers car subsidies (but maybe not). It has had some success in Germany. Like many nuisances the effect spreads and along the way we run into opposition to wind power, the denial of racism by many Canadians and the denial of global warming by people like Rex Murphy. Plus Matt reports on Mainers who declare the ecosystem a legal "person" and Stephen looks at airplane crash rates going up, the class troubles of getting assistance with suicide in Britain and German farmers who are driving their tractors 2000 kilometers to see the Pope about milk prices.
Related story links:
For Lowry Heussler's argument on the legality of the Gates arrest
Video of the Town of Shapleigh Maine giving rights to ecosystems
Video of U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner challenging the Republicans to put up or shut up on public health care
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