South Carolina proposes law to block porn on computers bought in the state

South Carolina State Rep. Bill Chumley pre-filed a bill requiring retailers to install porn-blocking filters on computers sold in the state. However, Rep. Chumley added a part to the bill so the state would profit from people's porn use:

Both sellers and buyers could get around the limitation, for a fee. The bill would fine manufacturers that sell a device without the blocking system, but they could opt out by paying $20 per device sold. Buyers could also verify their age and pay $20 to remove the filter.

Chumley is also the guy who refused to vote to remove the Confederate battle flag from South Carolina State House, and told CNN that the victims murdered in the Charleston church shooting "sat in there and waited their turn to be shot, that's sad. Somebody in there with a means of self-defense could've stopped this." Read the rest

More parents deem vaccines "unnecessary"

Coinciding with a mumps outbreak on Long Island, a new survey by the American Academy of Pediatricians, has shown that increasing numbers of American parents deem vaccines "unnecessary."

Via WaPo:

The AAP paper's publication coincidentally comes during a week when there's yet another outbreak in the United States of an infectious disease we can prevent through immunizations. Since August, at least 36 people have contracted mumps — whose symptoms include puffy cheeks and possibly serious respiratory symptoms — in one Long Island town.

Health officials said that some of those infected had been vaccinated, leading them to wonder whether there is a new strain going around, but that they still believe immunization provides the best precaution and urged everyone in the area who has not gotten the measles, mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine to get it right away. "We're trying to prevent this from getting larger,"Lawrence Eisenstein, Nassau County health commissioner, told ABC News.

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