Homophobic crimes rise by more than a third in France

Figures released on eve of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia show 36% leap in offencesHomophobic attacks and insults in France rose by 36% last year, according to figures released by the interior ministry, prompting the government to talk of an “anchoring” of homophobia in the country.The figures released on Saturday show a steady increase in offences and come on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and 30 years after the wit...
Tags: Europe, France, Society, LGBT rights, Hate Crime, Interior Ministry, Biphobia, International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia, World Health Organization Continue

High School Can’t Expel Student for Sharing Memes in Private Snapchat Conversation–JS v. Manheim Township School District

During downtime at home, high schoolers JS and “Student 1” gossiped about their peer “Student 2” via private Snapchat. JS thought Student 2 looked like a school shooter based on his hair and his wearing a “Cannibal Corpse” t-shirt. (TIL: Cannibal Corpse is a death metal band from the 1990s). As part of the Snapchat conversation, JS sent two “memes” to Student 1: “a still photograph of Student Two singing into a microphone [] captioned as follows: “I’m shooting up the school this week. I can’t ...
Tags: Law, High School, Lol, JP, Cannibal Corpse, Dauber, Finkel, Content Regulation, JS, Manheim Township, J S, Manheim Township School District, JS v Blue Mountain School District, Bethlehem Area, Manheim Township School, Manheim Township High School

Two more great reports from NYU Center reviewing state clemency history in New York and Connecticut

As noted prior posts here and here, the NYU School of Law's Center on the Administration of Criminal Law has on-going project focused on state clemency histories with reports on particular state experiences.  The first two of these reports looked at Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, and now I see the project has produced new reports on developments in New York and Connecticut.  Here are titles, links and the start of the reports: "Taking Stock of Clemency in the Empire State: A Century in Review" ...
Tags: New York, Law, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Board, Al Smith, Douglas A Berman, NYU Center, NYU School of Law, Administration of Criminal Law

At the Sunrise Café...

... you can talk about whatever you want... including our new plan for this blog, revealed in the comments to last night's café, here, and already bringing some encouragement.The sunrise was photographed at 5:34. The "actual" sunrise time was 5:32. I was at my vantage point at 5:33, but the sun had not crossed the line into my view yet. I can assure you that 5:34 was the earliest glimpse of the famous fiery orb. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Blogging, Sun, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Sixth Circuit panel finds district judge gave insufficient justification for not reducing crack sentence after congressional reductions

A little opinion yesterday from a Sixth Circuit panel in US v. Smith, No. 19-5281 (6th Cir. May 15, 2020) (available here), has a lot of noteworthy elements.  For starters, the defendant appealed pro se and prevails. And he did so on a claim that the district court's failure to reduce his crack sentence following passage of the Fair Sentencing Act and FIRST STEP Act was problematic. Here is some of the backstory and the heart of the ruling from the panel opinion:   In 2006, Smith pleaded guilty...
Tags: Sixth Circuit, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, US, United States, Smith, Rita, Ninth Circuit, USSC, Douglas A Berman, US Sentencing Commission, Sentencing Commission, Danny C Reeves, Sineneng Smith

Cat fight.

The room is an 8. The cat fight is 10/10— Room Rater (@ratemyskyperoom) May 16, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Cats, Law, Ann Althouse, Room Rater

World's oldest coronavirus survivor: 'The elderly are the forgotten ones of society'

Half of Europe’s Covid-19 deaths are in care homes. Maria Branyas, 113, is calling for a revolution in treatment of the elderlyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWeeks after ringing in her 113th birthday, she found herself confined to a room in her care home in north-eastern Spain, suffering from the effects of the coronavirus. Now Maria Branyas – fully recovered and believed to be the world’s oldest Covid-19 survivor – is calling for nothing less than a new world order....
Tags: Health, Europe, Spain, Society, World news, Infectious Diseases, Social Care, Ageing, Coronavirus outbreak, Maria Branyas, Branyas

Great moments in public employee unionism

“The Broward Sheriff’s Office sergeant who was first to respond to the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting lost his job after he hid behind his car as the first shots rang out. He’ll be reinstated, awarded full back pay, the union said Wednesday.” [Devoun Cetoute and Carli Teproff, Miami Herald, via Miami Herald] Tags: Florida, police unions
Tags: Florida, Law, Uncategorized, Miami Herald, Police Unions, Broward Sheriff 's Office, Stoneman Douglas High School, Devoun Cetoute, Carli Teproff Miami Herald

Why did "toxic" and "viral" replace "poisonous" and "contagious"?

Ngram reveals a language mystery:Possible answers: 1. "Toxic" and "viral" are shorter, more exciting words than "poisonous" and "contagious." Something dull about the "-ous" ending." 2. The metaphorical usage is running up the numbers for "toxic" and "viral" — as, for example, people speak of things going "viral" in social media and call personal character traits — like masculinity — "toxic." You could say "My tweet was contagious" and "Your political opinions are poisonous," but we don't. Perh...
Tags: Law, Language, Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson, Ann Althouse, Ngram

"Toxic masculinity."

Toxic masculinity!— Boy George (Boomer) (@BoyGeorge) May 16, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Protest, Law, Police, Boy George, Masculinity, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, George Boomer

"Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' revised federal guidelines on how sexual assault allegations should be handled on college and K-12 campuses are the target of a federal lawsuit..."

"... filed Thursday claiming that the changes would 'inflict significant harm' on victims and 'dramatically undermine' their civil rights. The suit, filed [by the American Civil Liberties Union] on behalf of four advocacy groups for people who have been sexually assaulted, including Know Your IX and Girls for Gender Equity, is the first that seeks to block the Education Department's new provisions before they go into effect on Aug. 14. The rules championed by DeVos effectively bolster the rights...
Tags: Education, Law, Aclu, Rape, American Civil Liberties Union, Yahoo News, DeVos, Education Department, Ann Althouse, Sex And Education, Betsy DeVos, Girls for Gender Equity

This headline is idiotically miswritten: "Rep. Wasserman Schultz calls on VA: Replace headstones with swastikas."

Is it wrong to laugh about the idea of the Veterans Administration yanking out gravestones and installing swastikas? No one could have thought of such an idea. It could only be created unintentionally by a writer's ineptitude. But can we laugh, or are swastikas too serious of a matter?I'd prefer to talk about the actual proposal, :Earlier this week, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation called on Veterans Affairs to replace the headstones on the graves of German prisoners of war who died in...
Tags: Law, US, Va, Wwii, Salt Lake City, Houston, Cemetery, Monuments, Veterans Administration, WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Ann Althouse, Swastika

"A woman who worked with Reade... said she remembers Reade mentioning that she was scolded for her attire and that Reade asked her..."

"... if it was a legitimate complaint. That coworker and two other staffers who worked with Reade said they believe she was not appropriately dressed for work.... Some former staffers told the NewsHour that if Biden did assault Reade [where she says he did], it would have been a brazen attack in an area with a high risk of being seen. 'When I worked in the Senate, it was always crowded [and] packed with lobbyists, staff and tourists,' said Sheila Nix, who was Biden’s chief of staff on the 2012 p...
Tags: Law, Washington, Senate, White House, Biden, Sexual Harassment, Judiciary Committee, Ann Althouse, Nourse, Victoria Nourse, Reade, Tara Reade, Melissa Lefko, Sheila Nix, John Earnhardt

Google is about to be hit with multiple antitrust cases in the U.S., reports WSJ

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that federal and state regulators in the U.S. are preparing to file antitrust lawsuits against Google, saying the company abused its dominance of online search and advertising to crush competition and maximize profit. Both the federal and state investigations are said to be focused on Google’s ad business. The WSJ report cites unidentified people familiar with the probes in a story about the upcoming offensive by the U.S. Justice Department and the at...
Tags: Google, Post, Texas, Technology, News, Justice, Law, US news, Tech News, Antitrust, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, WSJ, Paxton, Ken Paxton

Health experts.

[Embedded video removed. You can see it here. Explanation in the update below.]IN THE COMMENTS: Chanie said, "Shouldn't the tag be 'A Michael Moore'?" Ah, yes! It's not the Michael Moore. Tag removed. I'll give you a real celebrity making the same point: Not the greatest optic to have your Health Director moonlight as a Walking Dead extra... — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 15, 2020 UPDATE: I put up this post because I believed it was from the filmmaker Michael Moo...
Tags: Law, Looks, Michael Moore, James Woods, I was wrong, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Chanie

I flew to Greece and began solo IVF. Then the world shut down

Undergoing fertility treatment at any time is a peculiar experience. In the midst of a pandemic, it becomes surrealIt is 7.53am, the last Wednesday in March, and at a courier depot in Athens, the sperm of a Bermudian mechanical engineering student arrives, carried in a nitrogen tank. For the last three days, I have followed the tank’s journey across Europe, loading and reloading the courier website as it made its way from a cryobank in Denmark through Germany to mainland Greece.The continent has...
Tags: Health, Europe, Greece, Germany, Society, Athens, Denmark, Ivf, Fertility problems, Coronavirus outbreak

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