Normally when you hear about bakeries as the subjects of discrimination lawsuits, it’s because a conservative Christian baker wouldn’t bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

In this case, a man says that a bakery discriminated against his religious beliefs because they wouldn’t bake a cake reading “God hates gays” and with a drawing of an “X” over two men holding hands. 

Azucar Bakery owner Marjorie Silva says she wasn’t discriminating against the customer, but against the product; she offered to sell him a plain cake and the supplies to decorate it himself. But Bill Jack, a Christian, says he was discriminated against for his religious beliefs. 

On the other side of the courtroom in both past cases — Masterpiece Cakeshop and Arlene’s Flowers — the American Civil Liberties Union represented the customers. Now the ACLU, which is also not directly involved in this newest case, supports the baker’s right to refuse service.

“Folks are trying to compare the Azucar Bakery story to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case… but in fact the two situations are quite different,” ACLU staff attorney Amanda Goad said in an email to BuzzFeed News.

The baker refusing service, she said, is “based on a neutral standard of taste that she would apply to any customer,” and is different from barring customers “not because of what the desired cake looked like, but because of who they are.”

Goad noted that the baker was willing to make a cake shaped like a Bible and said the case “shouldn’t lead anyone to support a law that would allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers.”

Rumor has it that Jack and some of his pals are going to be bakery-hopping, demanding blatantly homophobic cakes from assorted bakeries, and then filing religious discrimination lawsuits against them if they say no. Be prepared. 

Small Is Bountiful

Tim Wu explains why small businesses are starting to win again:

Independent bookstores (whose sales are actually rising) can’t beat Amazon on price or selection. But they can curate intensely and make the act of browsing for books an enjoyable experience that cannot be matched online. True, the differentiated product is often more expensive, but a craft beer or a fancy coffee, unlike, say, a Lamborghini, is not beyond the reach of the middle class.

Photograph by Eros Hoagland/The New York Times/Redux

Kaliza age 26, story of a Rwandan entrepreneur

For most young people, one must complete college or university education first, save or even borrow a lot of money and then start a business.

In other words, it is simply impossible to venture into the world of business or self-employment without capital; that is liquid cash.

But to some, like Ann Kaliza, doing business can never be just a product of circumstances, but rather an in-born character that manifests at a tender age.

At just 26, Kaliza already owns a fast growing multi-media business in the country, Malaika Media Rwanda.

Born in Kampala in 1988 to Tharcisse Kayihura and Cecile Mukankusi, Kaliza started doing business at an incredibly young age of 12.

She lost her parents when she was still a young child of three years and lived with grandparents; and later with an auntie who enrolled her in school.

For those of you who don’t know, two of my friends and I have started up a business here in WA. We’re called NoBull Foods and we make vegan coconut yoghurt and cultured cheeses, with plans on expanding into a full vegan delicatessen as we gradually add more and more products to our repertoire. We’re talking vegan cold cuts, sausages, kim chi, nut milks, whatever we feel there is a need for here in Perth. 

We’re brand new and so our range is quite small right now, but I’d really appreciate if you’d like and share our page and help us get off the ground!

Coconut yoghurt and our onion and chive cream cheese

A platter with our herbed soft cheese balls.

Route 66 - Lucille’s over the pumps style gas station, Hydro, Oklahoma.

Lucille Hamons and her husband Carl bought the neat little 1920’s gas station in 1941 where they lived dangled right over the pumps. But not happily ever after. Not long after the arrival of the interstate, which nearly wiped out the business, Carl bought a truck and took off in it, abandoning Lucille and the station. But the gritty Lucille persevered and ran the business for another 59 years, right up until her passing in 2000.

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What schools would be good for studying international relations worldwide?

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Doomsday Clock Set at 3 Minutes to Midnight

Doomsday Clock Set at 3 Minutes to Midnight

TEXT AND PICTURE FROM SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN DATED: JANUARY 24 2015

 

FROM CULTURE SCIENCE AND STYLE

That’s the grim outlook from board members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Frustrated with a lack of international action to address climate change and shrink nuclear arsenals, they decided today (Jan. 22) to push the minute hand of their iconic “Doomsday Clock” to 11:57 p.m.

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