At the Rationality Café...

... don't think too hard.And don't forget to use the Althouse Portal — which you can always find in the sidebar — if you've got something you need to buy at Amazon. I've taken down all the ads on this blog, so please think of me when you're doing your Amazon shopping. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Law, Drawing, Rats, Ann Althouse

Philosophy can make the previously unthinkable thinkable

In the mid-1990s, Joseph Overton, a researcher at the US think tank the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, proposed the idea of a 'window' of socially acceptable policies within any given domain. This came to be known as the Overton window of political possibilities. The job of think tanks, Overton proposed, was not directly to advocate particular policies, but to shift the window of possibilities so that previously unthinkable policy ideas – those shocking to the sensibilities of the time – bec...
Tags: Politics, US, Society, Policy, Innovation, Philosophy, Overton, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Joseph Overton, Global Issues, Mary Midgley, Rebecca BrownThis


The South Carolina Court of Appeals has enforced a fee arbitration provision of a retainer agreement This is an appeal from a circuit court order compelling Lisa Moore (Client) to resolve a fee dispute through the Resolution of Fee Disputes... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Billable Hours, Legal Profession Prof, Lisa Moore, South Carolina Court of Appeals

"This week, as a long-predicted collapse seemed to hit digital media..."

"... we saw a few of the tried-and-true ways managers use to explain to employees why they’re laying them off. BuzzFeed chose the language of corporation-as-family, with founder Jonah Peretti telling staff that making the decision was 'upsetting and disappointing.' Verizon [HuffPost and Yahoo News] went with meaningless corporate-speak. 'Today marks a strategic step toward better execution of our plans for growth and innovation into the future,' a spokesperson said... As always, journalists’ Tw...
Tags: Verizon, Law, Minneapolis, White House, Journalism, Blogging, Cnn, Jonah Peretti, Hunter Thompson, Yahoo News, Columbia Journalism Review, Ann Althouse, Alex Pareene, Alex Pareene Alex Pareene, Gawker Racket Teen

Ownership Rights: Removal of Unauthorized Vehicles from Private Lot - Responsible Party

My question involves personal property located in the State of: North Carolina, Cumberland county Hello, First things first, this may be posted in the wrong section. If it is, please help! :) Background: My apartment complex contracted a company to tow my vehicle because the permit was not properly displayed on the rearview mirror. My vehicle was towed 18 miles despite several other towing companies with storage available within 15 miles. Applicable Law(?): North Carolina General Statutes Chapt...
Tags: Law, North Carolina, Personal Property, Private Lot Responsible Party

"Not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged, every single day, in revenge politics..."

Said Howard Schultz, quoted in "Ex–Starbucks CEO Could Get Trump Re-elected/Howard Schultz thinks politics are broken, and may run for president as an independent. Democrats think that’s a terrible idea" (The Atlantic), which begins: "Before there was Jill Stein, there was Ralph Nader. Before there was Nader, there was Ross Perot. None won. All argued that the Republican Party and the Democratic Party were basically the same, and the only way to make real change was to ditch them both. Each was ...
Tags: Law, Atlantic, Howard Schultz, Starbucks, Republican Party, Ralph Nader, Democratic Party, Nader, Jill Stein, Ann Althouse, Trump Re, 2020 Campaign, Ross Perot None

Man who clung to the hood of a car as it drove for miles up to 70 mph says, "He kept going fast, slow, fast, slow, to get me to slide off."

Video at NBC News, where you can see the man looking straight into the window at the driver and yelling, "Stop the car, stop the car."Police told NBC Boston that Richard Kamrowski, 65, jumped onto the hood of a white Infiniti SUV that belonged to Mark Fitzgerald, 37, after a verbal altercation over a minor traffic accident on Interstate 90 about 20 miles west of Boston.Fitzgerald apparently had enough of the two men’s confrontation at some point after their collision and attempted to drive away,...
Tags: Crime, Guns, Law, Boston, Nbc News, Driving, Survival, Fitzgerald, Mark Fitzgerald, Ann Althouse, Kamrowski, NBC Boston, Richard Kamrowski

Other Issues: USA Annulment for Foreign Marriage

I am going to obtain annulment for my foreign marriage that took place in India. My wife has remarried with someone in india without obtaining divorce from me. I know i will get annulment or divorce but may i know if that would be valid for me to petition I130 someone that i like in india and file for her visa ? Can USCIS ask me to register my annulment in india as well ? I can't go to india as my life is under threat and my wife's husband has already threatened to kill me if i create a problem ...
Tags: Usa, Law, India, Immigration Issues, USCIS

Unmasking Effort Mooted by Single Publication Rule–Glassdoor v. Andra

Glassdoor allows employees to review employers. An employer, Andra, was unhappy about ten pseudonymous reviews posted about it from June 2014 to June 2015. In August 2015, it sought pre-suit discovery of the reviewers’ identities. Glassdoor opposed the request and filed a Texas anti-SLAPP motion to strike. In February 2016, the trial court denied the motion to strike and granted Andra’s request to unmask two of the 10 reviewers. The appellate court affirmed. However, this case has been tied up i...
Tags: Texas, Law, Glassdoor, Privacy/security, John Doe, SOL, Andra, Texas Supreme Court, Glassdoor Inc, SOL Andra, Andra Group, Single Publication Rule Glassdoor

"Cheap labor isn't so bad for me... My landscaping is beautiful. There's not a bit of slime on my pool. It's good for me, but I care about my fellow Americans," says Ann Coulter.

And then hearing some muttered snark from Bill Maher about the pool, she rises to the comic occasion, leans forward, and confides, "He doesn't come to my pool."The part I'm quoting begins around 6:00. Bill Maher's effort at a retort is, "I'm sorry, I'll make it up to you in bed tonight." What? She got off a good punchline, so he's the one who's suffered the conversational damage? He should have let his guest have the glory of a good joke.And by the way, can a man go sexual with a woman like that...
Tags: Law, Labor, Donald Trump, Trump, Bill Maher, Ann Coulter, Sartre, Maher, Coulter, Ann Althouse, Rhhardin, Trump's wall, Trump and immigration, AZ Bob

Court: Maryland law regulating newspapers and social media flunks First Amendment

Last year following the Russian Facebook scandal the Maryland legislature passed a bill regulating newspapers (!) and other online ad platforms. Gov. Larry Hogan refused to sign it, citing First Amendment concerns. Now a federal court has agreed and blocked the law’s enforcement as an unconstitutional infringement on the freedom of the press. I at Cato. “Social media trickery is bad. Chipping away at First Amendment liberties to stop it is worse.” Tags: campaign regulation, First Amendmen...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Social Media, Newspapers, First Amendment, Larry Hogan, Campaign Regulation

Latest discussion of fixing timing problems with expansion of good-time credit in the FIRST STEP Act

As noted in this post a couple of weeks ago, the expanded good time credits provision in the FIRST STEP Act, which many expected to be applied immediately, problematically got tucked within a section of the Act that is to become effective only when the Attorney General has created "a risk and needs assessment system" later this year.  Now the Washington Examiner has this new article, headlined Drafting error stalls inmate release under Trump plan," about the problem and efforts afoot to address ...
Tags: Law, White House, Doj, Justice Department, Turner, Trump, Washington Examiner, Sloan, American Conservative Union, Ajamu, Douglas A Berman, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Kevin Ring, David Safavian, Pat Cipollone, Veda Ajamu

D.C. Bar Is On!

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Committee on Admissions posted this notice late yesterday IMPORTANT NOTICES 1/25/2019 In light of the recent announcement concerning a temporary end to the government shutdown, we’re pleased to report that the District of... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Current Affairs, Legal Profession Prof

"Limiting Retributivism and Individual Prevention"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new book chapter authored by Christopher Slobogin now available via SSRN.  Here is its abstract: Limiting retributivism, also known as modified desert theory, is a “mixed theory” of punishment that posits that retributive principles should set the outer bounds of a sentence, while the precise nature and duration of disposition should be designed to implement one or more independent criminal justice system goals.  This chapter focuses on a part...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Christopher Slobogin, Individual Prevention

Predatory lender found to have swindled veterans' pensions for eight years, so Trump's CFPB fined him $1

Mark Corbett has settled with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- founded by Elizabeth Warren and then gutted by Trump appointee and awful person Mick Mulvaney, now the White House Chief of Staff -- over the complaints that he ran an illegal loan-sharking operation that swindled veterans out of their pensions for a decade. He has been fined $1. Corbett was the agent for websites that offered to trade veterans' pensions and disability benefits for cash advances; veterans would redi...
Tags: Post, News, Finance, White House, Elizabeth Warren, Military, Veterans, Trumpism, Trump, Corbett, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, David Dayen, Mick Mulvaney, Late Stage Capitalism, Mark Corbett

"The National Trust should stop emphasising the role of families in the history of stately homes because it 'privileges heterosexual lives'..."

"... one of its most senior curators has said. Rachael Lennon, the Trust’s national public programmes curator, said that 'inherited and partial' narratives about family estates meant that 'same-sex desire and gender diversity have generally been given little space.'"The UK Telegraph reports. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: UK, Law, Ann Althouse, Heteronormativity, Rachael Lennon

Counties promoting misinformation about indigent defense in anti-unfunded-mandate campaign

I'm sick of the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) trying to include indigent-defense costs in their list of unfunded mandates. They can't make the case honestly, and their attempts are diverting from their valid, more important critiques of the state finance system. Here's an example of the BS they're spreading among county judges about indigent-defense costs, from the Marshall Messenger, quoting Marion County Judge Leward LaFleur:For the most recent year, for instance, Marion County designate...
Tags: Texas, Law, Cps, Legislature, Marion County, TAC, Texas Legislature, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, LaFleur, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas Bar Journal, W D Henson, State of Texas, Texas Association of Counties TAC, Marshall Messenger, Leward LaFleur

"Trump Caves!"

So said the headlines — of left-wing media and right-wing media. But some righties are working on the "Genius!" theory.I'm reading "‘Trump caves’ or ‘Genius’: Right wing splits after Trump ends shutdown with no wall funding" in the "Internet Culture" section of The Washington Post.What exactly is the Genius! interpretation here? I know there will be one, and I was trying to sketch it out in my head, but I decided what the hell!, I have better things to do and so many people are going to work on ...
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Trump, Sean Hannity, Ann Althouse, Trump's wall, Trump's genius, Trump's shutdown, Trump Caves

"Mrs Trump’s father was not a fearsome presence and did not control the family. Mrs Trump did not leave her Design and Architecture course at University relating to the completion of an exam..."

"... as alleged in the article, but rather because she wanted to pursue a successful career as a professional model. Mrs Trump was not struggling in her modelling career before she met Mr Trump, and she did not advance in her career due to the assistance of Mr Trump. We accept that Mrs Trump was a successful professional model in her own right before she met her husband and obtained her own modelling work without his assistance. Mrs Trump met Mr Trump in 1998, not in 1996 as stated in the articl...
Tags: New York, Law, Apologies, Trump, Melania, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, Mrs Trump, UK Telegraph

Spiritual Socialism

Can’t be bothered to read this article…? You might find it interesting... Well, if not then you can just go straight to (where you’ll find free copies of the books that this is mostly about and some more articles by various authors) FREEDOM “It is stupid, terribly stupid, to choose intellectual demons so that, sitting in the chair of power, they can have the luxury of governing us. It is the height of absurdity to give someone the knife to cut our throat; and that, preci...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Usa, Germany, Iraq, America, Society, Afghanistan, West, United States, Un, Tokyo, Weapon, Hitler, Vietnam, Dresden

"Julen Roselló, the two-year-old boy who fell into a borehole in Totalán, Málaga, on Sunday January 13, was located dead on Saturday at 1.25am, after an intense 13-day search mission."

"The emergency services began the judicial process to remove the corpse in the early hours of Saturday, after the family of the young boy were informed of the grim discovery.... The rescue efforts were constantly delayed over the last 13 days by the difficulty of the terrain where the borehole – which had been dug in search of water, but apparently not properly covered up – was located.... The work of the brigade, which began on Thursday afternoon, was long and arduous. To reach Julen’s body the...
Tags: Death, Law, Ann Althouse, Julen, Julen Roselló, Totalán Málaga

"Over the past few years, many women’s social media feeds have morphed from photos of kids and pets into endless posts by friends peddling everything under the sun..."

"... makeup, skin care, candles, essential oils, hormone gel patches, leggings, tote bags, juice powders, nontoxic cleaning products, whitening toothpaste, vitamins, nail decals, nutritional shakes and gardening towers. Women and multilevel marketing (MLM) companies have gone together since Tupperware and Mary Kay launched in the middle of the 20th century as ways for housewives to make money and get products to women in rural areas. Now, with social media, women who sell for MLMs have a whole n...
Tags: Law, Relationships, Careers, Commerce, Kansas, Dick, Tupperware, Mary Kay, WaPo, Amway, DeVos, Betsy, Ann Althouse, Betsy DeVos, Richard Devos, Dick DeVos

"Down at the base, the dome of the endless sky is its own prison. To look up at it is to see just how far away from God one can be."

"It's not quite hell, a place in which God has a unique, almost competitive interest. It's just a place he would never think to look — a place he ignores, a place where, left to our own devices, we become exactly who we are."The novelist Gary Shteyngart imagined how it really unfolded, down in Antarctica, where a Russian scientist, Sergey Savitsky, stabbed a co-worker, the welder Oleg Beloguzov, purportedly because Beloguzov was spoiling the ending to the novels Savitsky was reading.I strongly r...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Reading, Antarctica, Ny Post, Gary Shteyngart, Shteyngart, Ann Althouse, Savitsky, Beloguzov, Sergey Savitsky, Oleg Beloguzov

Scientists are working on a pill for loneliness

Modern life has led to greater isolation, which can fuel an array of disorders. If there are medications for social pains like depression and anxiety, why not loneliness?Loneliness is part of the human condition. A primeval warning sign, like hunger or thirst, to seek out a primary resource: connection. Millions of years of evolution have shaped us into creatures who need social bonds in the same way that we need food and water.And yet we increasingly find ourselves isolated. Loneliness is no lo...
Tags: Psychology, Society, US news, Psychiatry, Loneliness, Vivek H Murthy

Can I Sue if I Have Proof My Idea Was Stolen

A friend of mine came up with an idea for a business. I loved the idea and made plans to make it a reality. He foolishly shared the idea on his YouTube channel. A subscriber/viewer heard and stole the whole idea (name and concept). Unfortunately this person registered the name and got the biz rolling (online) before we could. So is that video tangible proof that the idea was stolen and enough to get the thief to cease and desist? I read that there’s no legal consequences if we were to still g...
Tags: Instagram, Law, Intellectual Property

After Installing a Fence in Backyard, Learned That Neighbor Has Sprinklers on My Land

My question involves real estate located in the State of: CA I have some terrible neighbors with whom communication is impossible, and my backyard blends with theirs naturally (their side begins on a slope where I had learned--via an official survey--is partly my property). So after several nasty disputes, I went ahead and installed a fence fully at my expense, built a few feet within my property line, only to learn that he has about a dozen sprinklers installed on it (not sure how long it's be...
Tags: Law, Real Estate Ownership And Title

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