11-11: Blinded by Consumerism

The “Double 11” (AKA “Singles Day”) Chinese shopping holiday has been over for 10 days, but I think this is still worth sharing. This ad by Tmall remains the best (unintentional) metaphor for “blinded by consumerism” that I’ve seen: The mask is in the shape of Tmall‘s logo, a cat. Tmall’s Chinese name is 天猫 , which literally means “Sky Cat,” but it seems like it was chosen based on the English name (“T” for Taobao, which owns Tmall, and “mao” sounds like “mall” to Chinese ears). It’s funny...
Tags: Shopping, Advertising, Marketing, Society, Culture, Language, Linguistics, Taobao, Tmall

Scientists find a horrible new way cocaine can damage your brain

Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity. None A dangerous new substance that may cause brain damage has been found mixed with cocaine by Swiss researchers.After marijuana, cocaine is the second-most consumed illegal drug around the world. Unlike weed, however, it's usually ingested in an impure "cut" form, with drug...
Tags: Health, Medicine, Drugs, Society, Brain, Cocaine, Public Health, Chemistry, Medical Research, Innovation, Health Care, Psychiatric Hospital, Human body, University of Zurich UZH, Levamisole, Boris Quednow

At the Tuesday Night Café...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse

Insulin shortage could affect 40 million people with type 2 diabetes

Millions worldwide may be unable to access the drug by 2030, scientists predict About 40 million people who will need insulin to manage their type 2 diabetes in 12 years’ time will not get it unless access to the drug is significantly improved, according to new research.Diagnoses of type 2 diabetes are soaring worldwide, linked to the obesity epidemic. Not all of those diagnosed will need insulin, which is essential to keep people with type 1 diabetes alive, including UK prime minister Theresa M...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Obesity, Society, World news, Diabetes, Theresa, Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology

Everything You Need To Know About Bonus Season — See Also

So, Who Has Announced Their End-Of-The-Year Bonuses Today? Litigation boutique Holwell Shuster & Goldberg. Of course Milbank is paying market bonuses. Boutique Kaplan Hecker & Fink beat the Cravath scale. Fried Frank goes 30 percent over market for top billers. Skadden leaves a little something extra in senior associates' stocking. Proskauer and Debevoise also got in on the action.
Tags: Law, Milbank, Skadden, Proskauer, Debevoise, See Also, Holwell Shuster Goldberg, Kaplan Hecker Fink, Cravath scale Fried Frank

Compensation and Overtime: Texas Laws Regarding Compensation During Company Closures

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Texas Hello. I'll try to keep this quick. My employer closes up shop early around the holiday season for weeks at a time. They're also starting to close for additional days around holidays like 4th of July. Salary employees continue to receive compensation. Hourly employees have to use any PTO that they have or they will be docked pay. This same rule applies if they decide to shut down for a half day at random, or if there is...
Tags: Law, Employment and Labor, PTO, Texas Hello

Petitions of the week

This week we highlight petitions pending before the Supreme Court that address, among other things, the meaning of the phrase “law-abiding, responsible citizens” in District of Columbia v. Heller when determining whether a felon is entitled to lodge an as-applied challenge to the constitutionality of a felon disarmament law, whether a state law regulating pharmacy benefit managers’ drug-reimbursement rates is pre-empted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the proper standard of revie...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Arkansas, District Of Columbia, Ahmed, Columbia, Whitaker, Michaels, District, ERISA, U S Court of Appeals, Frosh, Heller, Rutledge, Goldstein Russell, 8th Circuit

Congratulations To The 2019 Skadden Fellows

These are exciting times for public interest lawyers -- and exciting times for Skadden Fellows.
Tags: Law, Public Interest, Pro Bono, Fellowships, Skadden Fellows, Skadden Fellowships

So, Your Organization Has Been Sued And You Need To Collect ESI . . .

Legal operations people faced with the prospect of collecting data for use in discovery need to keep a few primary objectives in mind.
Tags: Law, Advice, Ediscovery, ESI, Legal Operations, Mike Quartararo

Bond Retention Draws Proposed Suspension

An Illinois Review Board has recommended a suspension The Administrator charged Respondent in a four-count amended complaint with misconduct arising out of his retention of two clients' bond refunds. The amended complaint alleged that Respondent improperly changed a fee agreement... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Respondent, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Illinois Review Board

Looking For A Simpler Way To Manage Your Firm’s CLE? Check Out Lawline’s Newest Offering [Sponsored]

Manage your firm's attorneys’ MCLE requirements.
Tags: Law, Sponsored Content, Continuing Legal Education / CLE, Lawline

Respect For Due Process Can Be Brutally Tough, But Always Necessary

In cases of rape, due process is traumatic, and it makes the constitutional right often difficult to accept.
Tags: Law, Rape, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Due Process, Education / Schools, Tyler Broker

Copyright and the "male gaze": a feminist critique of copyright law

Film theorist Laura Mulvey coined the term "male gaze" to describe the "masculine, heterosexual perspective that presents and represents women as sexual objects for the pleasure of the male viewer": in a paper for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Southwestern Law School professor John Tehranian applies Mulvey's idea to the complex and often nonsensical way that copyright determines who is an "author" of a work and thus entitled to control it, and shows how the notion of authorship reflect...
Tags: Post, Gender, Copyfight, News, Law, Congress, Copyright, Feminism, Broadway, Scholarship, Jonathan Larson, THOMSON, Daniel Norton, Larson, Erin Andrews, Mulvey

"I was pleased — really totally surprised and flattered — to learn that Lewinsky had given the president her very own copy of my book."

"She was saying, I’m passing on my extremely personal page-turning experience to you. But the subpoena was just bad. Vox is a conversation between two people who are excited by the idea that they get to tell their private stories to each other. They get to tell stories and to be real to each other even while they have this artificial distance — they’re connected just by the phone. The book is trying to celebrate the secret hideouts that novels offer readers. And I love that about books. That kin...
Tags: Privacy, Law, Love, Atlantic, Bill Clinton, Vox, Baker, Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Monica, Lewinsky, Andrew Johnson, Kenneth Starr, Ann Althouse, Nicholson Baker, Kramerbooks

From Russia with Legal Tech: My Report from the Skolkovo LegalTech Conference in Moscow

I spent part of last week in Moscow, where I spoke at the Skolkovo LegalTech conference. I discovered that Russia has a vibrant emerging market of legal tech startups, several of them incubated within the Skolkovo Innovation Center, the massive, government-funded tech incubator where the conference was held. But I also found that adoption of these emerging technologies by legal practitioners is lagging. Law firms and courts alike have been slow to adopt legal technologies. The one place where te...
Tags: Law, Russia, Uncategorized, Moscow, Bob Ambrogi, Skolkovo Innovation Center

Obama looks and sounds weirdly woozy.

That is just very strange!According to The Daily Mail, Obama — speaking at "the Obama Foundation summit at the Mariott Marquis hotel in Chicago — said the world "badly needs remaking" and "'What prevents us from implementing most of the things that we would probably collectively agree would make the world better is not the absence of technological solutions, it's because there are humans involved and that the dynamics of the society" but — as you hear in that video — "the reason we don't do it i...
Tags: Law, Obama, Chicago, Daily Mail, Motherhood, Trump, Obama Foundation, Ann Althouse, Obama the ex-President, Obama rhetoric, Obama is tired, Daily Mail Obama, Mariott Marquis

Enjoy Your Bonuses Before The Associate Compensation Bubble Bursts And Biglaw’s Bottom Falls Out

It's bound to happen -- and perhaps sooner than later.
Tags: Money, Law, Bonuses, Biglaw, Quote Of The Day, Associate Compensation, Kent Zimmerman

Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam released from prison

Activist held since Dhaka gripped by massive student protests in August The award-winning Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam has been released from prison after more than 100 days behind bars, in a closely watched freedom-of-speech case.The 63-year-old was arrested on 5 August for making “false” and “provocative” statements on al-Jazeera television and Facebook during student protests. He was freed from Dhaka’s main jail late on Tuesday after being granted bail last week. Contin...
Tags: Facebook, Human Rights, Protest, Law, World news, South and Central Asia, United Nations, Amnesty International, Bangladesh, Freedom Of Speech, Dhaka, Sheikh Hasina, Michelle Bachelet, Shahidul Alam

Argument preview: Justices to turn again to rules for disestablishing tribal reservations

Carpenter v. Murphy has the Supreme Court once again reviewing the troubled history of the nation’s treatment of Native Americans. The specific question is whether the reservation once afforded the Creek Nation in what is now eastern Oklahoma remains a reservation for purposes of the Major Crimes Act. If it remains a reservation, then the state of Oklahoma was powerless to try Patrick Murphy for a murder he committed on that land in 1999, because the Major Crimes Act requires federal prosecuti...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Oklahoma, Tulsa Oklahoma, Creek Nation, Murphy, Oklahoma State, Carpenter, Patrick Murphy, Bartlett, GEORGIA ALABAMA, Merits Cases, Solem

Plea Bargaining: A Necessary Evil?

What can be done to improve this important and problematic practice?
Tags: Crime, Justice, Law, Federalist Society, Plea Bargains, Plea Agreements, Conferences / Symposia, Clark Neily, Stephanos Bibas, Greg Brower, Carrissa Hessick

The Thanksgiving Table Is The Perfect Forum To Discuss Estate Planning

Do not be a turkey -- gather up the courage raise these important topics.
Tags: Thanksgiving, Law, Estate Planning, Small Law Firms, Trusts and Estates, Holidays and Seasons, Cori A. Robinson

3 Reasons Hunting Is Food For a Man’s Soul

Editor’s note: This is a guest article from Eric Voris.  A few short generations ago, hunting was a common piece of many family’s experiences. Whether a man was a passionate outdoorsman or not, by and large, he had some connection with hunting. It was a familial affair, and at the very least he could expect that every fall he and the other men of his family — father, grandfather, uncles, etc. — would head to the woods in search of deer to enjoy both sustenance and camaraderie. A couple generat...
Tags: Outdoors, Life, Hunting, Manly Skills, YouTube Channel The, Eric Voris

Taking The Bar Exam A Second Time? What You Really Need To Know [Sponsored]

Whether you are retaking the exam for the second, third or even the twelfth time -- the first step to success on the upcoming exam is the same.
Tags: Law, Law Schools, Sponsored Content, Bar Exams, Marino Legal Academy

Biglaw Giant Rolls Out Bonuses — With Extra Cash Available For Senior Associates

We shouldn't be surprised senior associates are getting some extra love.
Tags: Money, Law, Bonuses, Biglaw, Skadden, Senior associates, Associate Bonus Watch 2018

5 Elements That Will Make Your Law Firm Newsletter Stand Out in the Inbox

There is nothing new or sexy about a law firm newsletter, but don’t let that distract you from the real benefit a newsletter delivers: keeping you in front of your clients and prospects every month. Too often, marketers get distracted by the latest shiny object and neglect the tried-and-true. Email still remains the most trusted form of communication, and is also one of the most cost effective ways to market your law firm. One of the greatest values of a newsletter is that it allows you to stren...
Tags: Law, Newsletter, Email Marketing, Email marketing for law firms, Law Firm Newsletter

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