No Right to Bear Arms in Canada

On May 1, 2020, the Prime Minister of Canada announced that semi-automatic, assault-style weapons, would be banned, These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time. There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada. Effective immediately, it is no longer permitted to buy, sell, transport, import or use military-grade assault weapons in this country. The full list of the over 1,500 weapons was published in...
Tags: England, Law, Court, Canada, United States, Nova Scotia, Catholic, Parliament, Globe, Chambers, Hudson, Armed Forces, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec City, Montague

In the Trout Lily Forest...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Flowers, Ann Althouse, Trout Lily Forest

More than 300,000 UK smokers may have quit owing to Covid-19 fears

Health groups welcome survey suggesting many have quit, are trying to or have cut downCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 300,000 in the UK may have quit smoking during the coronavirus crisis as evidence mounts that the habit makes them more vulnerable to Covid-19, a survey suggests.A further 550,000 have tried to quit, while 2.4 million have cut down, according to the joint study by YouGov and the campaign group Action on Smoking and Health (Ash). Continue read...
Tags: UK, Smoking, Society, UK News, World news, Yougov, Coronavirus outbreak, Action on Smoking and Health Ash Continue

Legaltech Week, 5.1.20: Sweeping Regulatory Reform, Major Free-Law Ruling, and More, Plus Commentary from Mark Palmer

Top stories this week include sweeping proposed liberalization of lawyer regulation, a watershed Supreme Court victory for open-law advocates, a national COVID-19 pro bono portal born out of a unique collaboration among the ABA and legaltech companies, and the first public statements by Epiq Global’s CEO on its ransomware attack and layoffs. Our guest this week is Mark C. Palmer, chief counsel of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.  Story Sources (hyperlinks available at...
Tags: Utah, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Aba, Mark Palmer, Mark C Palmer, Illinois Supreme Court Commission, Epiq Global, Legaltech Week, Ransomware Attack Layoffs and Company, Georgia Code Annotations Georgia, Public Resource Org Inc Public Resource Org Pro, Mark C Palmer Illinois Supreme Court Commission

'Happy hypoxia': unusual coronavirus effect baffles doctors

Some patients who appear not in distress are found to have dangerously low oxygen levelsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIt is a mystery that has left doctors questioning the basic tenets of biology: Covid-19 patients who are talking and apparently not in distress, but who have oxygen levels low enough to typically cause unconsciousness or even death.The phenomenon, known by some as “happy hypoxia” (some prefer the term “silent”) is raising questions about exactly how ...
Tags: Health, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

This week at the court

On Monday, the court will release orders from the May 1 conference at 9:30 a.m. At 10:00 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office v. On Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in USAID v. Alliance for Open Society International. On Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., the justices will hear oral argument in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania and Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants. On Friday, the justices will h...
Tags: Law, Pennsylvania, Usaid, Poor, Alliance, Trademark Office, Barr, This Week at the Court, American Association of Political Consultants

“Are the Lockdown Orders Constitutional?”

I’ve got a legal explainer up at ArcDigital, my first appearance there. My answer is “Mostly, yes.” You can read it here. From its conclusion: After the immediate threat to life has passed, both we and the courts must be vigilant that constitutional rights now bent spring back upright, and that governments promptly and fully relinquish whatever emergency powers they have flexed. But we also need to face the facts about this country’s actual constitutional law, which from the Revolution to the p...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Constitutional Law, WO writings, COVID-19 virus, ArcDigital

2H 2019 and Q1 2020 Quick Links, Part 7 (Content Moderation, Censorship, Defamation, & More)

Content Moderation * The Verge: The Terror Queue: These moderators help keep Google and YouTube free of violent extremism — and now some of them have PTSD * The Intercept: Trauma Counselors Were Pressured to Divulge Confidential Information About Facebook Moderators, Internal Letter Claims * : Inside Facebook’s efforts to stop revenge porn before it spreads *  Use of AI in Online Content Moderation 2019 Report (Produced on Behalf of OFCOM) * Washington Post: Content moderators at YouTube, Faceb...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, Australia, California, Washington, China, Russia, Court, Search Engines, Atlantic, United States, Iowa, Gizmodo

Women launch legal action to stop military courts trying UK rape cases

Exclusive: Two women from army and one from navy point to much lower conviction rate at courts martialThree women serving in the armed forces have begun legal action aimed at preventing the military courts from trying UK rape cases, complaining that the conviction rate is five to six times lower than in civilian courts.They are seeking a judicial review after the defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said in February he was ignoring a recommendation that rape and other serious cases involving the mili...
Tags: UK, Law, Navy, Women, Society, UK News, Military, UK criminal justice, Defence, Ben Wallace, Rape and sexual assault

Supreme Court on Generic Functionality for Website Designs.

USPTO v. B.V., Docket No. 19-46 (Supreme Court 2020) Oral arguments are set in this trademark case for May 4, 2020 [Listen Live at 9:00 am EST]. is seeking to register rights on their eponymous service BOOKING.COM. The basic question is whether the addition of “dot com” to a generic term can result in a protectable trademark. The company’s actually uses the word “booking” in its typical generic form: “The World’s #1 Choice for Booking Accommodations.”  However, the comp...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uspto, Patent, Fed, PTO, Goodyear, Federal Circuit, The World, Goodyear Rubber Co, Goodyear Co, Goodyear Rubber Company, Wine Company Cotton Company, Oppedahl Larson LLP, Oppedahl

Real sun, fake sun.

Photos taken at 5:52 and 5:53. Actual sunrise time was 5:47. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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"In the short time beginning on May 1, 2020, that face coverings have been required for entry into stores/restaurants, store employees have been threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse."

Said Stillwater City Manager Norman McNickle, quoted in "Oklahoma city ends face mask rule for shoppers after store employees are threatened" (NBC).The city government made the rule, but it was left to workers in stores and restaurants to do the enforcement, so they were the ones who got the abuse from citizens who didn't like the rule. Apparently, there were threats of violence against the employees, so the city abandoned the rule.When I first read that headline, I thought the problem was that ...
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What photograph of Tara Reade do you choose?

Argument by choice of photograph...ADDED:Just kidding. But my Memeorandum screen grab doesn't include the photograph the NYT used for that Maureen Dowd column. Click through to that to see what the NYT got from its photographer. Looking at that photograph, I feel that Tara Reade — who is now 56 — was feeling she was getting a glamour shot, something that reflected how beautiful she was when she was 29 and — as she tells it — getting sexist attention from the powerful Senator. [Author: [email protected]
Tags: Law, Journalism, Biden, Maureen Dowd, Feminine Beauty, Ann Althouse, Tara Reade

"Fourteen? You’re very well endowed for 14!"

An alleged quote, printed in a Law & Crime article with the awkwardly written title "Woman Claims Biden Sexually Harassed Her When She Was 14 Years Old by Complimenting Her Breasts."I say "awkwardly written" because — bad as the it would be to say "You’re very well endowed for 14!" — it is speaking to the girl, not to her breasts. And "complimenting" is the wrong word, but if you're going to use it, say "complimenting her," not "complimenting her breasts."Anyway, enough about the headline writin...
Tags: Law, Biden, Breasts, Ann Althouse

"My father had been interested in art since boyhood, when he drew images related to his Ojibwe culture."

"After leaving Pipestone boarding school in Minnesota in 1942, he joined the Navy and was assigned to San Diego, where he worked alongside animation artists from MGM and Walt Disney producing brochures and films for the war effort. In 1946, he established himself as one of the first modernists in American Indian fine art. After I was born in 1946, my family moved from Red Lake, Minn., to Minneapolis, where my father broke racial barriers by establishing himself as an American Indian commercial a...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Minneapolis, Navy, San Diego, Native Americans, Mia, Butter, MGM, Logos, Walt Disney, Red Lake, Upper Red Lake, Pipestone, Ann Althouse, Misreadings

Still more of the ever-growing number of COVID-influenced federal sentence reductions using § 3582(c)(1)(A)

In recent posts (examples here and here and here and here and here and more linked below), I have highlighted more than four dozen rulings involving COVID-influenced grants of sentence reductions using § 3582(c)(1)(A) that I have found via Westlaw.  (And, as I keep mentioning, these Westlaw listings likely do not represent all sentence reductions being granted these days).  before the start of a new work week, I figured I would do yet another round-up of new grants of sentence reductions that em...
Tags: Law, United States, Harper, Lucas, Peters, Rivera, Westlaw, Dunlap, Etzel, Douglas A Berman, Pinkerton No, Mel No TDC

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Ju stice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. ACTION COLLECTIVE (RECOURS COLLECTIF) : Une action collective invoquant l’omission de fournir un service fiable et ponctuel sur les lignes de trains de banlieue de Deux-Montagnes et de Mascouche...
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"'The virus is a wake-up call,' one of my doctor friends says, standing in a white bikini on a dock by the Oslo fjord."

"It is an early spring morning and we have just been for a dip in the sea, which is 4º C (about 40º F). Now we let wind and a bleak sun dry us off. 'We have messed up nature,' she goes on. 'We have exploited it in places we shouldn’t have been.' The ice-bathing club meets more often. We need the rush, the extracted inner heat that will keep us warm for the rest of the day. We strictly observe the recommendations of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health: no more than five in a group. Only meet...
Tags: Europe, Sweden, Law, Bank, Norway, Oslo, Joanna, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Åsne Seierstad New York Review of Books

"Decarceration in the Face of a Pandemic"

There is a whole lot of terrific commentary these days about the intersection of criminal justice, incarceration and the COVID crisis. If you only have time to read one piece, I could recommend this terrific Cato piece by Clark Neily which has the title that I used for this post. Read the whole thing, and here is how it gets started: America's jails and prisons are now among the deadliest environments on the planet.  Most of them are desperately overcrowded, understaffed, unhygienic, and utterl...
Tags: Law, America, Aclu, Douglas A Berman, Clark Neily

People are desperate to concern themselves with something other than coronavirus and Joe Biden's sexuality.

I think that's why this story has legs — disgusting spindly legs — "‘Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet/Sightings of the Asian giant hornet have prompted fears that the vicious insect could establish itself in the United States and devastate bee populations."That's in the New York Times, where I would expect a little more care not to randomly give off whiffs of xenophobia. Why are they insisting on calling it the "Asian giant hornet"? They already had "murder ho...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Joe Biden, United States, New York Times, Nyt, Insects, Looney, Political correctness, Ann Althouse

The secret life of an anonymous speechwriter to the stars

At work, I’m a ghost: always heard, never seen. But mastering the voices of celebrities and politicians helped me learn to speak for myselfI write speeches for people who can barely read their scripts because public speaking makes them nervous (statistically, public speaking is the number one fear, worse even than death). I write for people who are so compelling and beautiful that they could recite the alphabet and get a standing ovation. I write arguments that are recited in the House and Senat...
Tags: Gender, Senate, Life and style, Society, US news, Transgender, House

Show your mettle: Victoria Cross not made of captured Russian guns after all

The long-held belief about the UK’s highest award for valour may have originated in speculation by the press, research has foundThe Victoria Cross, or VC as it is popularly known, is the most cherished award in the British armed forces, awarded since 1857 for courage displayed “in the presence of the enemy”.Its long history is filled with true stories of great bravery. But one long-held belief – that Victoria Cross medals were made from enemy guns captured during the Crimean war against Russia –...
Tags: UK, Russia, UK News, Military, Victoria Cross, British Army, Queen Victoria

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