California Gov. Jerry Brown has stirred up the Golden State again by banning the word “alien” --- and this does not refer to an extraterrestrial or creature from outer space, notes Grumpy Editor.
The word, starting Jan 1, will be a no-no in California labor laws.
It follows a new California law this year that banned the terms “husband” and “wife.” Those words have been replaced with gender-neutral “spouse” to accommodate same-sex marriages, legal in the state.
“Alien” was inserted into various provisions in the California labor code in 1937.
That’s when “alien” referred to a resident born in or belonging to another country who had not acquired citizenship. In other words, a foreigner.
The federal government and other states continue to use “alien” to describe foreigners.
All this is making things difficult for dictionary producers.
Meanwhile, in still another California first, San Francisco --- in an action to combat public urination, a chronic problem in that city --- announced it will be coating walls of buildings with a liquid repellant that splashes pee back on offenders.
IN CASE YOUR FAVORITE NEWS OUTLETS MISSED THESE ---
While the focus lately has been on Iran, North Korea is acting up again, threatening to "retaliate against the U.S. with tremendous muscle" if it didn't cancel multinational military exercises scheduled to start today…The military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported more than 35,000 combat veterans have had their health care delayed by a Department of Veterans Affairs computer program that automatically put them in limbo, many for years…Apple Inc. has hired more than 11,000 women worldwide in the past year, a 65 percent increase from the prior year…An Associated Press analysis found federal review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has taken five times longer than the average for such proposals…Stretching the police beat to China: An Associated Press story reported a Chinese woman was stabbed to death and her French companion was injured by a 25-year-old Chinese man in one of Beijing's busiest shopping districts in broad daylight…Remember when a one percent gain in sales was considered small? A major Wall Street Journal story on Friday exclaimed U.S. retail sales shot up 0.6 percent last month…News releases good as gold? Hackers pocketed as much as $100 million from 150,000 press releases before public release via distributors Business Wire, PR Newswire and Marketwired…CNN reported a vintage Douglas C-47 transport aircraft used in World War II was weeks away from being dismantled when a donor and non-profit Dallas-based Commemorative Air Force, which preserves old military aircraft, raised $350,000 for its restoration…Expensive “ball field.” Los Angeles Department of Water and Power dumped 96 million four-inch plastic black “shade balls” (price: 36 cents each) into a reservoir to block sunlight from penetrating the 175-acre surface. Reason? To curb evaporation and prevent chemical reactions that can cause algae and other problems, said W&P. (By the way, white balls would be more effective in reflecting heat from the sun).
A newspaper job that is really going to pot:
The Oregonian, Portland, was seeking an “experienced cannabis consumer” to review marijuana strains and other weed-related products in covering Oregon’s “robust cannabis culture and marketplace.”
No indication if reviewing/writing would be done in a tightly-sealed private office.