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Isis ‘Beatles’ should face trial in UK, says former director of public prosecutions

QC says a US trial makes Britain look like a ‘banana republic lacking faith in our own institutions of justice’The UK government has been accused of acting like “a banana republic” after suppressing charges against the British group of Isis militants known as “the Beatles” out of fears that trying them at home could set a precedent for mass jihadist repatriations.Prosecutors charged one member of the group, Alexanda Kotey, with multiple counts of murder in 2016 but the Home Office made no attemp...
Tags: Politics, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, US justice system, Sajid Javid


Shepard Smith Leaves Fox News

I have liked Shepard Smith and his reporting since the mid-nineties when I used to appear on Fox News shows he hosted. I always found him "fair and balanced." The last time I saw him was in 2007 at the bar in the Des Moines hotel where the media... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law


Suspect in soldiers' killings in Northern Ireland in 1972 refused bail

Charge against John Downey, suspect in car bombing in Enniskillen, ‘could not be more grave’, says judgeA man accused of murdering two British soldiers in 1972 has been remanded in custody after appearing at Omagh magistrates court.John Downey, now 67, handed himself in to police on Friday after losing an appeal to challenge his extradition to the UK from the Republic of Ireland. Continue reading...
Tags: UK News, Military, Ireland, Northern Ireland, British Army, UK security and counter-terrorism, Ira


Nudging meat off the menu

To keep global heating below 2°C, the world's appetite for meat must change. This will mean reducing meat consumption in most developed countries and limiting the increase in developing countries. But how do you convince people to break the habit of a lifetime?Our recent paper, published in the journal Appetite, looked at how “nudging" might help. This is an approach from behavioural psychology that aims to subtly change a person's behaviour. In the same way a gentle nudge on the shoulder might ...
Tags: Psychology, Food, Climate Change, Society, Empathy, Innovation, Agriculture


Great moments in occupational licensure

“A Canadian dental hygienist has been stripped of his license and labeled a sex offender for having sex with a patient. The patient was his fiancé at the time, and is now his wife.” [Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News as summarized by Radley Balko] Tags: occupational licensure
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Occupational Licensure


"I don't think he's, intellectually, a powerhouse but he is basically a very, very smart man. No matter what the subject..."

"... any argument he involves himself in, it's on his terms. You're always arguing against him. He never, never, is willing to debate an issue on terms that aren't his."Said Harry Reid, quoted in "Harry Reid warns Democrats: Trump is a 'very, very smart man' who won't be easily beaten in 2020" (CNN). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Harry Reid, Trump 2020, Trump's genius


"Matt Lauer emerges dancing and lip-syncing on daughter’s TikTok videos."

NY Post reports, with this montage:Here's Romy Lauer's Tik Tok page. I'm not recommending following her — or anyone else on Tik Tok. I love Tik Tok, but only in the context of scrolling through whatever comes up for me in the endless stream labeled "For You." It's not a place to look at celebrities. It's just mellowly random and low key. Relaxing and mesmerizing. No politics. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Matt Lauer, Tik Tok


Section 230 Helps Tumblr Defeat Nonconsensual Pornography Suit–Poole v. Tumblr

This ruling came out in March, but it just showed up in my Westlaw alerts. I don’t know why it was delayed over 6 months. The opinion is topical and clear, so I thought it’s still worth blogging now. This is a revenge porn case. Poole’s ex-boyfriend posted nude photos of her to MyEx.com and Facebook. Those photos eventually came down, but they migrated to Tumblr, where other users republished the photos and doxxed Poole. She repeatedly got Tumblr to remove the photos, only to have them reposted...
Tags: Law, Privacy/security, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability




"Well, we all shine on/Like the moon and the stars and the sun."

The first words that crossed my mind when the DJ on the Beatles channel on the car radio asked — on the occasion of John Lennon's 79th birthday — what did John Lennon mean to you?Who on earth do you think you are? A superstar? Well, right you are!ADDED: Yoko is actually crocheting, but I have a tag for knitting, and I'm interpreting knitting as a form of crocheting, whether it really is or not. From Wikipedia: "The salient difference between crochet and knitting, beyond the implements used for t...
Tags: Law, John Lennon, Metaphor, Birthday, Karma, Yoko Ono, Knitting, Laughing


"Parenting in 2050."

ADDED: Overheard at Meadhouse:Did you like that?There's something about it that I find off-putting.There's something about it that I find on-putting.Okay, puddin'. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Video, Law, The Future, Althouse + Meade


"Goodbye, America. Goodbye, Freedom Man."

I'm just reading NYT headlines. I read it out loud, not knowing what it meant, and laughed. Meade said, "And who is 'Freedom Man'?" I said, "I don't know, I'm just reading NYT headlines right now."All right, I'll read the subheadline. It's: "Under Trump, the U.S. becomes the world’s fair-weather friend." Okay, I can see where that's going.It's a Bret Stephens column. It begins:The time is the early 1980s. The place is the South China Sea. A sailor aboard the U.S.S. Midway, an aircraft carrier, s...
Tags: Law, Iraq, Syria, Bret Stephens, Trump And The Military


Why older people should be allowed to change their legal age

Let's say that on average you are in better shape than other people of your age. You are more able than them: quicker, sprightlier, livelier. You feel and identify as younger than your official age. However, despite all your youthful energy, you are also discriminated against because of your greater age. You cannot get a job – or, if you do, you might earn less than some of your younger coworkers simply due to your advanced years. The question is, should you be allowed to change your 'official' ...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Aging, Society, Innovation, Emotions, Human body


New word: issaidtobe.

"Giuliani Is Said to Be Under Investigation for Ukraine Work/Prosecutors are investigating whether the president’s lawyer broke laws meant to prevent covert foreign influence on the government" (NYT). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Giuliani, Trump and Ukraine


"Warren’s same-sex marriage quip captures what some find exciting — and others distressing — about her."

A WaPo headline. Text:About 90 minutes into Thursday’s forum on LGBTQ issues in Los Angeles, a gay rights leader posed a question to Sen. Elizabeth Warren: How would she respond if a voter approached her and said, “I’m old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman?”Warren (D-Mass.) responded with a theatrical seriousness. “Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that,” she deadpanned, pausing a beat for the audience to catch the joke. Then she added,...
Tags: Same-sex Marriage, Law, Elizabeth Warren, Assholes, Celibacy, Insults, Garner (the Word


"So they're pursuing an illegal invalid and unconstitutional bullshit impeachment."

Trump, last night, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Yes, Trump did 2 big rallies — the other one was Minneapolis — on consecutive nights.To hear Trump's latest version of his "Lisa, I love you" routine, scroll back to 19:00. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump rhetoric, Dirty Words, Impeachment, Trump 2020


Deep dive into the deep human realities surrounding DC second look laws and policies

A helpful reader alerted me to this great extended article from the Washington City Paper about second look sentencing players and practices in DC. The piece, which I recommend in full, is headlined "How to End a Sentence: Juvenile sentencing reforms have sparked a face-off between the D.C. Council and U.S. Attorney over who should be released, and when."  Here are excerpts: The [Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act] IRAA allows people who committed violent crimes before they turned 18 to ask ...
Tags: Law, Douglas A. Berman


Utility

My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of Arizona. I moved into my place about two years ago. There is two houses on the property, and I am in the main house. It has an attached guest house. They are rented out separately, as is the other house. Unfortunately, I learned after moving in that the guest house runs on the same gas and electric meter, so they are both in my name. It states in the lease that I am responsible for my own utilities. It says nothing about paying for t...
Tags: Law, Landlord-Tenant Law


‘I'm just sleeping’: police crack down on homeless in New York’s subways

For many homeless people in the city, trains provide shelter the streets do not – but recent action on those living in stations has advocacy groups concernedBy 11pm on a recent weeknight, the E trains had started to slow. Subway cars idled at World Trade Center, the last stop downtown, before departing again for Queens.Most riders left their train as soon as the door opened. A handful remained, going back and forth all night. Continue reading...
Tags: New York, Housing, Society, US news, Poverty, Homelessness, Social exclusion



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