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Chinese scientist 'creates world's first genetically edited babies'

A Chinese researcher claims he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies - twin girls whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics. A US scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes. Many mainstream scientists ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, California, Stanford, China, Church, US, Society, Ap, Beijing, United States, Harvard University, Associated Press, University of Pennsylvania, Shenzhen, Rice


Chinese scientist claims to have created 'world's first genetically edited babies'

A Chinese researcher claims he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies - twin girls whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics. A US scientist said he took part in the work in China, but this kind of gene editing is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes. Many mainstream scientists ...
Tags: Hong Kong, News, California, Stanford, China, Church, US, Society, Ap, Beijing, United States, Harvard University, Associated Press, University of Pennsylvania, Shenzhen, Rice


Go West – Life Is Patently Unreasonable There

The potential of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) has long been touted by many of us as part of the solution to the access to justice problem in Canada, especially for low-intensity disputes. The first province to introduce ODR was B.C. in 2012 with the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act (the “Act”), followed soon after by Quebec’s Plateforme d’Aide au Règlement des Litiges en ligne (PARLe). The success of ODR internationally means that it is a question of time as to when it comes to Ontario, especial...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Toronto, Canada, New Brunswick, Bill, Quebec, British Columbia, Tribunal, Thomson Reuters, Murray, Ontario, Board, Dunsmuir, Abbey


Former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker On Defense Of Life

WSOCTV.com: “Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us that we should not protect individuals,” Rev. Don Stewart said. [ … ] It’s a decision the church said it wrestled with [ … ] Former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker said the chaos of an active shooter situation would be tough for an officer, let alone for a civilian, to deal with. “I’m not a big fan of having private people inside churches or schools that are armed simply because first responders will not know who is the bad guy and who is th...
Tags: Uncategorized, Fbi, Military, Christ, John Calvin, Matthew Henry John Calvin, Chris Swecker, Defense Of Life, Rev Don Stewart, Swecker


Progressive Censorship Of The Wholesome

David Codrea: Things have not gotten better, as WND.com reports. The Motion Picture Association of America has given lead actor Kevin Sorbo’s new film “The Reliant” an “R” rating, ensuring many families that don’t know any better will not let their children see the film. The reason? Executive producer (and president of the United States Concealed Carry Association) Tim Schmidt offers his view: “It seems the MPAA gave ‘The Reliant’ an R-rating due to their discomfort with how the movie depicts th...
Tags: Facebook, Military, Mpaa, Gun Control, Motion Picture Association of America, Kevin Sorbo, David Codrea


E19 – LexisNexis’ Jeff Pfeifer on Being Like a Startup

  Marlene and Greg went to Raleigh, North Carolina to visit the LexisNexis Technology Center. While there, they got a tour of the facilities and introduction to some of the business techniques implemented by the Lexis team. Jeff Pfeifer sat down and explained Lexis’ new rapid development techniques, including Sprint Design Thinking, and Agile Development Principles. This type of development processes means things move quickly, and problems are broken down into small chunks to solve. It also mea...
Tags: Facebook, Podcast, Microsoft, Law, Uncategorized, North America, LexisNexis, Raleigh, Greg, North Carolina State University, Raleigh North Carolina, North Carolina State, NC State, Marlene, NC State University, Jake Knapp


Oklahoma Department Of Wildlife Urges Caution When Using AR-15 To Hunt

News from Oklahoma: Hunter Scales was sitting in a deer stand in Southern Oklahoma last weekend when his semi automatic rifle went off twice, hitting him in the stomach and thigh. He’d forgotten to make sure the gun was on safety. Hunter’s family says he fell nearly 25 feet from the stand. Thankfully, his brother was nearby and called 911. He’s still recovering tonight in a Tulsa hospital. Captain Wade Farrar with the Oklahoma Department Of Wildlife says many people use these types of firearms t...
Tags: Guns, Military, Oklahoma, Firearms, Hunter, Tulsa, Farrar, SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA, Oklahoma Department Of Wildlife, Hunter Scales, Wade Farrar, Capt Farrar, AR Message


Is The Second Amendment Really Obsolete?

Via WRSA, MHN has a very interesting and riveting take on what forcible confiscation of guns would look like in America.  Actually, I think it would be much worse, and I’ve said so and described it before. However, take this with a grain of salt.  This is what unrestricted warfare against American gun owners would look like.  As I’ve said many times before, this isn’t how it will go down. It will be a gradual drip, drip, drip of increasing infringements, all codified and substantiated by the cou...
Tags: America, Military, Gun Control, Second Amendment, Lazarus, Don, Wayne County, Detroit City Council, WRSA, Reggie Reg Davis, Baatz, Dantos


At the Sunday Night Cafe...

... you can talk about whatever you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse


Missouri Trust - Can Trustee Buy House in Trust's Name

My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: MISSOURI I am the trustee of my parents' estate. Second parent died a few months ago. The only other living heir is my grown child, who is to take over as trustee if I die before everything is taken care of in the trust. Otherwise, everything goes to me when it's time to dissolve the trust (just waiting for final income tax). Then I'll set up a new trust so that my child will get whatever I leave behind when I die. Several of our final c...
Tags: Law, Estate Planning, Administration And Probate, Missouri Trust Can Trustee Buy House


Barrel Length Versus Bullet Velocity For The 5.56mm

Via WRSA, this article is a nice summary of what I take to be the delivered wisdom on the subject.  I’ll let the readers peruse the subject material and make comments, but this one graph is worth the work to develop it. While Pete focuses on the fact that peaks out at about 20″ (and properly so), I’ve usually taken the popularity of 18″ barrels as evidence that there are tradeoffs, and those additional 2″ means added weight to the cantilever for very little increase in meaningful muzzle velocit...
Tags: Guns, Military, Firearms, Pete, AR-15s, WRSA


SDF Podcast 23: Pretty crazy ideas about the Facebook

“The ever-present function of propaganda in modern life is in large measure attributable to the social disorganization which has been precipitated by the rapid advent of technological changes.” This is not the latest comment on the perpetual missteps, mishaps and misuse of Facebook, but a quote from Harold D. Lasswell, eminent media scholar and creator of the eponymous and never-aging model and formula to determine media effects: who says what to whom in which channel with what effect? Who said...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Politics, London, Social Networks, Stanford, Germany, Marketing, Communication, Public Relations, Unilever, Society, Blogging, Web, Software


Civil Procedure Issues: Cannot Get My Writ in - Ordinary Cause Civil Action Case - Sheriff Court, Scotland

My question involves court procedures for the state of: Scotland, United Kingdom My ordinary cause civil action case needs to be submitted to a Sheriff court in Scotland, United Kingdom. My solicitor was supposed to submit my writ in June of an ordinary cause action case against an organisation. First he/she took so long and when he/she showed me his/her work, it did not incorporate all aspects of my extensive case. Even after looking at her updated drafts, I was so disappointed. In fact, I fe...
Tags: Law, Civil Procedure, Scotland United Kingdom


2018 IgCC – A Fast Paced Deep Dive

The 2018 International Green Construction Code was released on November 8, 2018 by the U.S. Green Building Council, International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society. Make no mistake, the 203 page document unveiled by the coterie of trade group authors and available from the ICC for sale to the public (.. but the usual free read only copy of all I-Codes is not on the ICC website, apparently because of a copyright issue with ASHRAE?), is an entirely new standard and bear...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Green, West, Green Building, Icc, IES, Hammurabi, Stuart Kaplow, ANSI, U S Green Building Council, USGBC, Green Globes, IgCC, Green Building Law, International Green Construction Code


Can I Represent My Friend in Court

My question involves court procedures for the state of: california my friend is being sued, and a court date is coming soon. He is representing himself. He cannot attend the proceedings because of work, can I speak for him as a proxy, following his wishes re this matter? do I need something in writing to attest to the fact that I can speak re his directives in this matter, and agree to any conclusions? Thanks
Tags: Law, Civil Procedure


Have to Change Bc or Not

My question involves name change laws in the State of: CALIFORNIA My question, if you petition for a name change, and are granted the change, is it necessary to change the birth certificate to reflect the new name? or can the original bc still be retained? Jeff
Tags: Law, California, Name Change


Student SCOTUS preview: starting a series of posts on United States v. Haymond

In this post last year I noted the interesting constitutional procedure opinion handed down by the Tenth Circuit in US v. Haymond, No. 16-5156 (10th Cir. Aug 31, 2017) (available here), and in this post last month I noted that the  Supreme Court accepted the petition for certiorari filed by the federal government in the case.  I am very lucky to have a great student, Jim McGibbon, who is very interested in the Haymond case, and he has agreed to draft a series of preview posts on the case.  Here ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, District Court, Morrisey, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, Douglas A Berman, Alleyne, Split Tenth Circuit, Haymond, Tenth Circuit in US, Jim McGibbon, Supreme Court in Johnson, Sixth Amendments Supreme Court


Threats and Intimidation: Use of Non-Physical Forms of Self Defense in Response to Non-Physical Threats

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Ohio Are there any laws on the books, or any legal maxim relating to the use of non-physical force in self-defense? All the self-defense discussions seem to address physical force (e.g., assault and battery), what about non-physical force used to protect against, say, a threat to one's liberty rather than physical integrity? What laws or rules on the book address non-physical force in response to liberty violations?
Tags: Law, Ohio, Criminal Charges


Use of Non-Physical Forms of Self Defense in Response to Non-Physical Threats

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Ohio Are there any laws on the books, or any legal maxim relating to the use of non-physical force in self-defense? All the self-defense discussions seem to address physical force (e.g., assault and battery), what about non-physical force used to protect against, say, a threat to one's liberty rather than physical integrity? What laws or rules on the book address non-physical force in response to liberty violations?
Tags: Law, Ohio, Criminal Charges


This week at the court

There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, November 27. On Monday, the justices hear oral argument in Apple Inc. v. Pepper and Nieves v. Bartlett. On Tuesday, the justices hear oral argument in Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert and Carpenter v. Murphy. On Wednesday, the justices hear oral argument in Timbs v. Indiana. On Friday, the justices meet for their November 30 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, Indiana, Pepper, Apple Inc, Murphy, Carpenter, Lambert, Bartlett, This Week at the Court, Nieves, Timbs, Nutraceutical Corp


Is Gustave Doré's "Saintly throng in the shape of a rose" the source material for the illustration for the NYT article "Everything Is for Sale Now. Even Us"?

In Dante's "Paradiso" the souls in Heaven form a rose:Dante sees an enormous rose, symbolising divine love, the petals of which are the enthroned souls of the faithful (both those of the Old Testament and those of the New). All the souls he has met in Heaven, including Beatrice, have their home in this rose. Angels fly around the rose like bees, distributing peace and love. Beatrice now returns to her place in the rose, signifying that Dante has passed beyond theology in directly contemplating G...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Etsy, Law, Dogs, Angels, America, Walmart, Blogging, Heaven, Dante, The Web, Beatrice, St Bernard, Gustave Doré, Ann Althouse


Alan Dershowitz says, "I think the [Mueller] report is going to be devastating to the president and I know that the president's team is already working on a response to the report."

On ABC's "This Week Today."Devastating, really? It depends on what the meaning of "devastating" is:"When I say devastating, I mean it's going to paint a picture that's going to be politically very devastating. I still don't think it's going to make a criminal case."I looked up "devastating" in the OED and thought it was funny that it said "Frequently fig., esp. in trivial or hyperbolical use: very effective or upsetting; astounding, overwhelming, ‘stunning’...." Especially in trivial or hyperbol...
Tags: Law, Abc, Language, Lehmann, Mueller, Julian, Thomas Mann, Alan Dershowitz, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Lowe Porter, Mann Magic Mountain London


"I’m a mountain boy, I’ve got everything I need. I understand (the police) are worried, but I’ve been here my whole life.... I’m not a survivalist. I’m a survivor."

Said Brad Weldon, quoted in "Generators, Coors and canned food. How these ‘mountain boys’ are surviving in Paradise" (Sacramento Bee).“I can’t see myself sitting in a shelter, day after day, with sick people and screaming kids all around me,” said Lyndon McAfee, another of those toughing it out behind the lines.... “This is my home, Paradise, man,” he said. “I love this place.”...“I woke up and said to myself, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’” [saidStewart Nugent, who then] snuck back into Parad...
Tags: Law, California, Fire, Survival, Nugent, Coors Light, Ann Althouse, Brad Weldon, Lyndon McAfee


"We should rejoice — from now on it’s clear for everyone that producers no longer have the right to rape actresses."

"But there’s something that isn’t clear, and that we need to clarify quickly: Do we still have the right to have sex in exchange for roles? Because if we can’t do that anymore, we’ll have to learn lines and go to casting calls, and frankly we don’t have time."That's Blanche Gardin, who is featured in a NYT piece today, "The Woman Who Still Finds Louis C.K. Lovable/The French comedian Blanche Gardin is taking on all of feminism’s orthodoxies."As a teenager, she suffered from depression...  In her...
Tags: Comedy, Law, Masturbation, Louis C.K, Ann Althouse, MeToo, Gardin, Blanche Gardin, Louis C K His, Ms Gardin


About Trump's deal with Mexico...

"Migrant caravan: Mexican officials deny US border deal" (BBC).Trump's tweet from 20 minutes ago: Would be very SMART if Mexico would stop the Caravans long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form (it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S. No longer). Dems created this problem. No crossings! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2018 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Mexico, US, Trump, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump and immigration, BBC Trump


"Monica Lewinsky reveals Bill Clinton urged her to lie under oath: 'I did feel uncomfortable about it.'"

Fox News reports.In the final part of the A&E docuseries "The Clinton Affair".... Lewinsky said that Clinton had called her at 2:30 in the morning to let her know that she was on the witness list for the Paula Jones case."I was petrified. I was frantic about my family and this becoming public," Lewinsky tearfully recalled. "Thankfully, Bill helped me lock myself back from that and he said I could probably sign an affidavit to get out of it, and he didn't even know if a 100 percent I would be sub...
Tags: Law, White House, Lying, Bill Clinton, Fox News, Jordan, Bill, Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, Lewinsky, Paula Jones, Ann Althouse, Vernon Jordan, Frank Carter Frank Carter


Victim’s-rights law shields cops’ names after civilian shootings

A coordinated national campaign promotes enactment of Marsy’s Law, a set of victim’s rights enactments that have been added to state constitutions in many states. (Marsy’s Law amendments were on six state ballots this fall, and did well.) My colleague Roger Pilon testified in 1997 against a proposed federal constitutional amendment. Now a South Dakota version of such a law is being used by police officers to conceal their identities from the public after a shooting by a police officer of a civi...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, South Dakota, Constitutional Law, Baltimore Sun, STATELINE, Radley Balko, Roger Pilon, Justin Fenton, Scott Greenfield, Police Unions, Police Bill Of Rights Laws, Marsy, Steve Chapman Jill Lepore, Sophie Quinton


Ninth Circuit Easily Dismisses YouTube Remove-and-Relocate Case–Darnaa v. Google

This is one of the many lawsuits against YouTube for removing videos and relocating them to a new URL, which resets the view count and breaks inbound links. This case, involving the “musician” Darnaa, generated a little buzz a couple of years ago when she overcame Google’s Section 230(c)(2) defense. Mostly, that ruling demonstrated how Section 230(c)(2) continues to wither as a safe harbor. Despite that early “win” for Darnaa, the district court eventually dismissed Darnaa’s claim, which she app...
Tags: Google, Law, Marketing, Spam, US supreme court, Lewis, Lancaster, Ninth Circuit, Kinney, Google Google, YouTube YouTube, Bartholomew, Licensing/Contracts, Derivative Liability, Darnaa, Spy Phone


Taking pride in the magic of the shed | Brief letters

Sheds | Crickhowell High Street | Question Time | Cuban doctors“What is it with men and their sheds?” So asks Rhik Samadder (G2, 21 November). Why doesn’t he ask some of the 11,424 members of the UK Men’s Sheds organisation? I have the privilege of being the treasurer of the Shed in this village – one of 476 in the UK – with over 20 members. It is a thriving community hub offering skills and social support to local men aged 18 to 108. He is welcome to visit us at any time but warn him that he wo...
Tags: Health, Business, Gender, UK, Television, Media, Americas, Life and style, Society, World news, Banking, Bbc, NHS, Television & radio, Television industry, Royal Bank Of Scotland


British Parliament seizes internal Facebook documents by threatening to jail a rival exec

Ted Kramer is CEO and co-founder of Six4Three, a creepy US-based machine-learning startup whose debut product was a Facebook app called Pinkini that let you search your friends' photos for pictures of them in bikinis; when Facebook shut down the app after a terms-of-service change, Six4Three sued Facebook and obtained a key trove of internal Facebook documents through the discovery process. Kramer was in London this week for work, and somehow the UK Parliament got wind of the fact that he w...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Business, Usa, UK, London, News, Privacy, Law, California, China, Israel, US, America, Edward Snowden



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