WHO: “Children 0-4 Should Learn to Masturbate & About Gender Identities!”

The World Health Organization, despite seemingly being lapdogs for communist China, has somehow attracted further ire as their Regional Office for Europe and Federal Centre for Health Education released a document suggesting that children aged 0-4 should learn “enjoyment and pleasure when touching one’s own body, early childhood masturbation” and gain “the right to explore […]
Tags: Europe, Politics, Education, Children, Law, Sex, China, Lgbt, International, Who, World Health Organization, Anime, Federal Centre for Health Education

At the Magnolia Diner...

... the lunch crowd is rolling in. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Flowers, Ann Althouse, Fisheye, Magnolia Diner

"Former President Barack Obama is being quoted from a private call that the 'rule of law is at risk' after the Justice Department moved to dismiss the case against... Michael Flynn."

"Obama reportedly told members of the Obama Alumni Association that 'There is no precedent that anybody can find for someone who has been charged with perjury just getting off scot-free.'... [But] former Attorney General Eric Holder... moved to dismiss such a case based on prosecutorial errors in front of the very same judge, Judge Emmet Sullivan.... The Obama statement is curious on various levels. First... Flynn was never charged with perjury... Second, there is ample precedent for this motio...
Tags: Law, Obama, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Flynn, Michael Flynn, Jonathan Turley, Emmet Sullivan, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, origins of Russia investigation, Obama and Trump, Obama Alumni Association

Can the coronoavirus finally get Ohio's bipartsan criminal justice reforms over the finish line?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this new Fox News piece headlined "Ohio lawmakers hope for bipartisan reform of prison system stressed by COVID-19." Here are excerpts from a long piece: Ohio lawmakers, lobbyists and researchers of various political stripes are finding a common cause in prison reform.  Bipartisan efforts to reform the troubled system have preceded the outbreak of COVID-19, but the virus has thrown the need for change into stark relief. Across Ohio’s prison ...
Tags: Law, Aclu, Ohio, Fox News, Columbus, Medicaid, General Assembly, Crawley, Court of Appeals, Lawson, Senate Bill, House Bill, Douglas A Berman, Buckeye Institute, Gary Daniels, Grendell

Not phrenology. Phenology.

Phrenology is the pseudo-science of studying bumps on the skull ("When the forehead is perfectly perpendicular, from the hair to the eyebrows, it denotes an utter deficiency of understanding").Phenology is...... the study of plant and animal activities and when they occur each year. Phenology is a real science that has many applications. In farming and gardening, phenology is used chiefly for planting times and pest control. Certain plants give a cue, by blooming or leafing out, that it's time f...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, John Lennon, America, Bob Dylan, Plants, John, Bob, Flowers, Bad Science, Beatles, Lennon, Slang, Phil Spector, Dylan, Doris

States ordered nursing homes to take COVID-19 patients, cont’d

“States ordered nursing homes to take COVID-19 residents. Thousands died. How it happened.” We previously linked to earlier reporting on this remarkable set of decisions, with a focus on New York and New Jersey, but this report adds much detail as well as updating the ghastly toll. “Strikingly, Italian officials issued similar orders for nursing homes to admit coronavirus patients on March 8, a move under investigation by authorities for contributing to potentially preventable deaths, according ...
Tags: New York, Law, Uncategorized, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Associated Press, Nursing Homes, New Jersey New York, Jim Geraghty, COVID-19 virus, David Robinson Stacey Barchenger, Kelly Powers USA Today Network

Colleagues honour NHS nurse who died after contracting Covid-19

Two-minute silence held for father-of-four Augustine Agyei-Mensah, a highly regarded learning disabilities nurseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTributes have been paid to a learning disabilities nurse who died after testing positive for coronavirus.Augustine Agyei-Mensah, known to his colleagues as Gus, was described as a “highly regarded team member” at Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS foundation trust (NHFT). Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, UK News, NHS, Northampton, Gus, Coronavirus outbreak, Augustine Agyei Mensah, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS, NHFT Continue

I see a reference to Little Richard... Oh! Does that mean that Little Richard died?

I quickly go to the NYT and search the page for "Little Richard" — "Little Richard, Flamboyant Wild Man of Rock ’n’ Roll, Dies at 87/Delving deeply into the wellsprings of gospel music and the blues, and screaming as if for his very life, he created something new, thrilling and dangerous."I'm so sad to see that. Here's my favorite Little Richard song:Well, along about ten I'll be flying high/Rock on out unto the sky/'Cause I don't care if I spend my dough/Tonight I'm gonna be one happy soul...Ro...
Tags: Law, Richard, Ann Althouse, Little Richard

"Decentralizing Clemency: Decentralizing the Commutation Power to Invigorate Sentence Reduction"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper recently posted to SSRN and authored by Riley Kane, a recent graduate The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  This paper is part of a student paper series supported by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center.  Most of the papers in this series have come from the marijuana seminar I teach, and I blog about these papers in posts like this over at my Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform blog.  But this paper emerged from my sentencing class l...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Riley Kane, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law This

Coronavirus Update: Offices May Reopen on May 20th With Strict Rules

Updated 10:15a, May 9, 2020 Late Friday afternoon, Governor Lamont announed that Phase I reopenings will occur as soon as May 20, 2020.  These will include “non-essential” offices that had been closed, restaurants, retail stores and hair salons.  Early on Saturday, we also got all the detailed rules that will need to be met to reopen; we’ll have a full update on my firm’s website after a full review . You can download the rules for offices here. The basic outline for the reopening rules are set ...
Tags: Law, Lamont, Connecticut Bar Association

Greenwald: "The abuse of power... by the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA... is a vastly more serious scandal than 'Russiagate' ever could dream of being."

The abuse of power during the 2016 election by the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA -- and the subsequent Schiff-led lies repeatedly disseminated in the media to justify that abuse -- is a vastly more serious scandal than "Russiagate" ever could dream of being:— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 9, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Nsa, Fbi, Glenn Greenwald, Cia, Adam Schiff, Schiff, Greenwald, Ann Althouse, President Trump, origins of Russia investigation

"I had a great mom. I loved my mom and she loved me, which... is probably not easy to do."

"She was so good to me. I couldn’t do any wrong, which is a big problem. Maybe that’s why I ended up the way I ended up. I don’t know. I couldn’t do any wrong in her eyes."Said Trump, quoted at AP.I like his comical use of "which": "I loved my mom and she loved me, which... is probably not easy to do.... I couldn’t do any wrong, which is a big problem."He uses "which" to signal a change in voice, from serious/positive to comical/self-effacing. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Comedy, Law, Motherhood, Said Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump's family

"I don't want to touch an object," I found myself saying, socially distancingly.

The sun was rising, and 3 young women... ... had asked me if I'd take a picture of them — the kind of request I've always happily agreed to. And here I was being stand-offish, in the manner of a person with OCD because they wanted to hand me their phone. It's covid19world, and we're all OCD now, so I couldn't go along with that, and I knew they'd understand. Actually, they'd probably have understood in pre-covid19world and simply regarded me as a person with a disability to be treated with empa...
Tags: Iphone, Photography, Music, Law, Optimism, Moon, Sunrise, Meade, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade, Flower Moon, Coronavirus

The Frank Soo Google Doodle

Frank Soo was the first non-white player to have ever played for the England national football team and still is the only player of Asian descent to reach that level in England. However, his matches were during WWII so were not recognised as official caps. Frank played mainly at Stoke City, where he captained the late “Wizard of the Dribble”, Sir Stanley Matthews but also spent time at [Author: [email protected] (Unknown)]
Tags: England, Football, Sport, Society, Culture, Chinese, Soccer, Stoke City, Frank, Stanley Matthews, Frank Soo Google Doodle, Frank Soo

"So when you say, 'We knew,' the reality is you knew nothing"/"Correct."

From "Obama Defense Official Evelyn Farkas Admitted She Lied On MSNBC About Having Evidence Of Collusion/'I didn't know anything'" (The Federalist)("Former Obama administration defense official Evelyn Farkas testified under oath that she lied during an MSNBC interview when she claimed to have evidence of alleged collusion, a newly declassified congressional transcript of her testimony shows").I looked for the story in the NYT and the Washington Post — search term "Evelyn Farkas" — and found noth...
Tags: Law, Obama, Washington Post, Nyt, Fox News, Msnbc, Trump, Ny Post, Adam Schiff, Ann Althouse, Evelyn Farkas, Trump Russia, origins of Russia investigation

"Some may wonder why an innocent man would ever plead guilty. Anyone who knows how the system works in practice..."

"... would understand why an innocent man—or a defendant in a close case—might be coerced into pleading guilty. The cruel reality is that if a defendant pleads not guilty and is found guilty, the sentence will be far greater than if he had pled guilty—perhaps even 10 times greater. Moreover, in this case, it is alleged that the government threatened, if Flynn did not plead guilty, to indict his son. These are the kinds of pressures routinely used by prosecutors. Civil libertarians have long been...
Tags: Crime, Law, Trump, Hypocrisy, Flynn, Michael Flynn, Alan Dershowitz, Ann Althouse

'I feel I've come home': can forest schools help heal refugee children?

They have a middle-class reputation, but one outdoor school near Nottingham is reconnecting disadvantaged 10-year-olds with nature and a sense of freedomWhen Kate Milman was 21, she paused her English degree at the University of East Anglia to join protests against the Newbury bypass. It was 1996, and the road was being carved out through idyllic wooded countryside in Berkshire. She took up residence in a treehouse, in the path of the bulldozers, and lived there for months. It was a revelation. ...
Tags: Family, Education, Children, Environment, Life and style, Society, Trees and forests, Schools, Nottingham, Parents and parenting, University of East Anglia, Newbury, School funding, Kate Milman

Rutger Bregman: 'Our secret superpower is our ability to cooperate'

The historian offers a hopeful view of human nature in his latest book, Humankind. It couldn’t have come at a better timeThe real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months For most authors, now is the very worst time to bring out a book. The shops are closed; the festival circuit has migrated to Zoom; there’s a plague to compete with. But for Rutger Bregman, this might just be the perfect moment to publish Humankind, a sweeping survey of human existence which ...
Tags: Books, Society, Culture, William Golding, Humankind, Rutger Bregman, Philosophy books, Society books

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