Alien Reptile Cults, E-Verify, and Organ Wait Lists

Weekend Reads: June 14, 2019

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill Declaring Children's Lemonade Stands Legal

Matthew Watkins | The Texas Tribune | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston

Just in time for summer, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill prohibiting cities or neighborhood associations from banning or regulating children who sell nonalcoholic drinks on private property.

US Job Openings Outnumber Unemployed by Widest Gap Ever

Sarah Chaney | The Wall Street Journal | Tweeted by Adam Thierer

In a historically tight job market, employers are having difficulty finding workers to fill open roles.

'A More Humane Country': Canada to Ban Keeping Whales, Dolphins in Captivity

Laura Howells | CBC News | Shared by Tyler Cowen

Three years after it was originally introduced, a bill that bans keeping and breeding cetaceans—including whales, dolphins and porpoises—passed the House of Commons. This could spell trouble for the country’s marine parks.

It Looked like a Simple Domestic Murder. Then Police Learned about the Alien Reptile Cult.

Kyle Swenson | The Washington Post | Retweeted by Veronique de Rugy

What appeared to be an open-and-shut case involved a bizarre backstory involving an extraterrestrial cult.

DJI’s New Drone for Kids Is a $500 Tank That Fires Lasers and Pellets

Ashlee Vance | Bloomberg Businessweek | Tweeted by Brian Knight

Drone maker DJI is unveiling a new product intended to get kids interested in robotics—not to mention it also fires lasers and pellets.

What Will the E-Verify Program Be Used to Surveil Next?

David Bier | Cato at Liberty | Shared by Donald Boudreaux

E-Verify, an electronic national identification system, is currently only used to monitor employment, but it could be expanded to gun sales, transportation, bank accounts, and more.

Trump Has Gotten China to Lower Its Tariffs. Just Toward Everyone Else.

Chad P. Bown, Euijin Jung, and Eva (Yiwen) Zhang| Peterson Institute for International Economics | Tweeted by Christine McDaniel

While China has been raising retaliatory tariffs on US exports, they have been opening up their markets to other countries.

Your Organs Might Not Make It to Patients in Need

Tonya Ingram, Angelo Reid, Melissa Bein, and Maddi Bertrand| The New York Times | Retweeted by Michael D. Farren

People on the organ wait list argue that the organ recovery system needs more oversight and transparency to overcome inefficiency and a lack of accountability.