Relax, Have a Beer — You’re Fired
(October 1st, 1998)
Having a beer with a co-worker at lunch is now a firing offense for 16,000 of Michigan's white-collar state employees.In response to a request from Gov. John Engler, Michigan's Civil Service Commission recently imposed a .02% blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for its non-union state employees during their...
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Prenatal Pregnancy Police
(October 1st, 1998)
By asserting in 1981 that no woman should drink any alcohol while pregnant, Surgeon General Edward Brandt himself gave birth to one of the most oppressive characters of the nanny state: the pregnancy police.Brandt's policy is still the official U.S. government line today, despite the fact that overwhelming scientific...
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