Section 3 of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology’s substitution to H.B. 481

Section 3 of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology’s substitution to H.B. 481 begins “Chapter 2 of Title 1 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to persons and their rights, is amended by revising Code Section 1-2-1, relating to classes of persons generally, corporations deemed artificial persons, and nature of corporations generally, as follows:”  

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Should we find it disconcerting that at least some subset of us are now playing the game of life under a legislated “two classes of persons: natural and artificial”? To be a  “natural person”, one need merely be a human, “including [as] an unborn child”. To be artificial, look to those “creatures of the law”, look to those “subject to be changed, modified, or destroyed at the will of their creator”, look to those, “Corporations”. That, on the one hand, we persons are as meager as those with “steady and repetitive rhythmic contraction of the heart within the gestational sac [and who are] a member of the species Homo sapiens”. There, on the other, is the plain and hidden fact: “Corporations are artificial persons […] except insofar as the law forbids”.

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We are told of “a practice knot used in fishing” as having been the “rope resembling a noose found inside University Hospital” found a Thursday afternoon, late June, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The rope, “typically used for traction after surgical procedures” was tied in a “Uni Knot” an investigation by University of Michigan Division of Public Safety & Security concluded as of at least a Tuesday in mid-July.

An employee came forward to clear the air after the incident was reported” Heather Young, Division of Public Safety & Security, Director of Strategic Communications is to have said.

University Police do not believe that the incident was a hate crime, “based on multiple witness interviews and other evidence”. This having been conveyed a few weeks after the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the University of Michigan Medical School, Marschall Runge, said that “in one of our hospitals, a noose – a symbol of hate and discrimination – was found”, prompting an “investigation” into “an  act of hate [that] violates all the values [] we hold dear”. Division of Public Safety & Security Director of Strategic Communications Heath Young is to have added “there was no evidence to indicate that a crime, motivated by bias, had been committed.” This on the day (or approximately the day before that) in which the U.S. House of Representatives, by a tally of 240 to 187, voted to approve H. Res. 489, “strongly condemn[ing the] President[…]’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color”.

In clouds there is shade and silver linings. Sometimes rain.

Over time, enrichment, erosion.

Here find the clouds, here be the rain.