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"Should Your Blog Be on Medium, WordPress, Substack, or Ghost?/A realistic comparison of 2020's top blogging platforms."

This is a question I have — right now, quite pressing — and the piece is on Medium, but okay.... it's on topic. I've been looking at WordPress. I've even signed up and paid, but I have the right to back out. I noticed — writing the last post — that Matt Taibbi is on Substack, and I looked at that site and it immediately popped out as much cleaner and more user-friendly than WordPress, so I'm eager to read this.The author of this piece, Sah Kilic, doesn't present Medium as something that would wo...
Tags: Technology, Law, Wordpress, Blogging, Matt Taibbi, Substack, Ann Althouse, Sah Kilic


TDCJ population hits recent lows thanks to COVID, but the reduction is a phantom that at some point will reverse

Thanks to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's cessation of intake from Texas county jails, the state's prison population has declined to what may be a 21st century low of 135,833. (See this report documenting monthly totals.) Last year, TDCJ averaged 5,475 new receives per month, so the reduction is attributable almost entirely to the lack of new intake. Nobody extra is getting released. In fact, the same report tells us fewer people may be released now than before. Some 1,806 fewer p...
Tags: Texas, Law, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ


At the Star-of-Bethlehem Café...

You can talk all night... with the social distancing of moderation. Don't expect the back-and-forth. Maybe something contemplative and solitary.....The Star-of-Bethlehem is the Ornithogalum umbellatum. Above, you see its midday openness, but it looks like this at dawn: All closed up. But the Café is open, in its way. And please do remember to use the Althouse Portal to Amazon. The "portal" link is always there in the sidebar. So is the Paypal button, which lets you make a one-time donation to...
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Blogging, Paypal, Flowers, Bethlehem, Don, Ann Althouse, Star of Bethlehem Café


"Picture this. It’s early March 2020. You’re in a bar petting a dog you don’t know, drinking draft beers..."

Picture this. It’s early March 2020. You’re in a bar petting a dog you don’t know, drinking draft beers, then you follow it up by putting your fingers in some big dirty marbles, wearing used shoes and using a public bathroom pic.twitter.com/qRMnV6rUSc— caitie delaney (@caitiedelaney) May 17, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Dogs, Shoes, Beer, Bowling, Bathrooms, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus


A free woman in Wisconsin.

Local and NATIONAL Media HOUND WI nurse who went to bar to help her sister reopen, harass her into apology. There is NO reason to apologize for behaving as a free woman in WI or anywhere else. https://t.co/9xQEGONeg3— Vicki McKenna (@VickiMcKenna) May 17, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Drinking, Wisconsin, Ann Althouse, Vicki McKenna, Post-coronavirus Culture, NATIONAL Media HOUND


New BREEAM In Use Version in a Changing World

Last week BRE Global announced that the “BREEAM USA In-Use Version 6 for Commercial and Residential” green building rating system has launched. In addition to improvements to the prior commercial building rating system BREEAM In-Use now includes residential for the first time (accepting that existing multi-family building is a very much underserved sector). An update to the BREEAM In-Use online platform, which is used to facilitate the benchmarking and certification process, has also been rolled...
Tags: Usa, Law, United States, ESG, Great Britain, BRE, BREEAM USA, BREEAM, BRE Global, John Doggart, ICSC BREEAM, Environmental Performance


Searching for the Moral High Grounds in Family Law

Although all courts are backlogged during the pandemic, there is probably no more tension right now in our justice system than with family law, especially as parents struggle with social distancing while sorting out the exchange of children. For some family law litigants, less pressing matters such as obtaining the exclusive possession of a matrimonial home has been pushed through the courts, as in Alsawwah v. Afifi. Justice Kurz, in granting the motion for exclusive possession to the Respondent...
Tags: Law, Canada, Chernobyl, Fisher, Leone, Supreme Court of Canada, Kutz, SCC, Kurz, Justice Issues, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Groia, Law Society of Ontario, Joseph Groia, Nizer, Alsawwah


Coronavirus crisis 'increases suffering of most vulnerable refugees'

Trafficking victims and others around world unable to get help during pandemic, says studyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the existing vulnerabilities of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people, according to a report.Research from the University of Birmingham has revealed that many undocumented migrants were anxious about seeking medical help – fearful of being reported to immigration authorities and being deported...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Poverty, Mental Health, Social exclusion, Migration, Refugees, Global development, Human Trafficking, University of Birmingham, Sexual Violence


Working without a signed contract – a good idea for vendors?

As a technology vendor, you may be eager to get that new customer relationship started. Don’t let that tempt you to get underway without taking care of the details first. Technology vendors should avoid working without a signed contract. Here are three reasons why. Working without a signed contract makes it harder to deal with overly-needy customers. Working without a signed contract makes it hard to deal with overly-needy customers. Say you have entered into an arrangement where you are...
Tags: Instagram, Law, Youtube, Linkedin, Chicago, Don, Evan Brown, Kansas Straightline HDD Inc, Smart E Solutions Inc, App Kansas


"Then the shelter-in-place order forced us into co-consuming three squares daily. It was a disaster...."

"Worried about shortages, Charlie brought home dumplings, noodle concoctions, matzo ball soup, peanut butter, tuna salad, half pounds of cold cuts, rolls, pita bread — enough to feed a family of 12 in a bunker for months. We were two, one on a strict 1,200 calories a day. This felt like a jarring invasion, ruining the careful strategies that shielded me from my urges and had taken me years to cultivate.... When I found half a bag of chocolate-covered pretzels in his closet, I polished it off and...
Tags: Food, Florida, Law, Relationships, Charlie, Ann Althouse, Lockdown, SUSAN SHAPIRO, Female Appetite Diseases


Still more grants, so why not yet another listing of COVID-influenced federal sentence reductions using § 3582(c)(1)(A)

In recent posts here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here more linked below, I have highlighted a number of the many, many COVID-influenced grants of sentence reductions using § 3582(c)(1)(A).   I keep receiving positive feedback concerning these prior posts from various quarters, and so I will keep reporting on these kinds of rulings every time I discover a dozen or more.    I have noticed that new ruling from the prior week often appear on Monday and Tuesday, so this ...
Tags: Law, Massachusetts, NFL, United States, Williams, Donald Trump, Rnc, Ginsberg, Scott, Brooks, Lopez, Westlaw, Cassidy, Mark L Wolf, Pena, Gutman


This week at the court

On Monday, the court is expected to release orders from the May 15 conference at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions at 10 a.m. On Thursday, the justices will meet for their May 21 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, This Week at the Court


Charity brings drug treatments to addicts' doors in lockdown

Support workers in Edinburgh making contactless deliveries of methadone to vulnerable clientsRecovering heroin addicts in Edinburgh who need to self-isolate are now receiving home deliveries of methadone, as experts call for further creative thinking to save lives.With Scotland’s drug deaths rate expected to have risen even higher when annual figures are published this summer, there have been warnings of another public health emergency on top of the coronavirus pandemic, as addicts abandon their...
Tags: Politics, Drugs, Scotland, Society, UK News, Edinburgh, Drugs policy


“F.D.A. Halts Coronavirus Testing Program Backed by Bill Gates”

“An innovative coronavirus testing program in the Seattle area — promoted by the billionaire Bill Gates and local public health officials as a way of conducting wider surveillance on the invisible spread of the virus — has been ordered by the federal government to stop its work pending additional reviews….’Please discontinue patient testing and return of diagnostic results to patients until proper authorization is obtained,’ the F.D.A. wrote in a memo.” Appalling. Now will you believe what libe...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, New York Times, Bill Gates, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Seattle, Mike Baker, COVID-19 virus


After DC Circuit denies en banc review, wondering what might be next for litigation over federal lethal injection plans

As reported in this Bloomberg News piece, headlined "D.C. Circuit Won’t Reconsider President Trump’s Execution Win," on Friday "President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr got one step closer in their quest to resume federal executions, as a full panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington has declined to reconsider last month’s three-judge panel ruling in the government’s favor."  The DC Circuit order, available here, was unanimous with only Judge Tatel adding this statement: ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Washington, Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, US supreme court, Trump, Bloomberg News, Alito, U S Court of Appeals, Barr, AG Barr, Roane


"Democrats Have Abandoned Civil Liberties/The Blue Party’s Trump-era Embrace of Authoritarianism Isn’t Just Wrong, it’s a Fatal Political Mistake."

Writes Matt Taibbi (at taibbi.substack.com):Whatever one’s opinion of [Michael] Flynn, his relations with Turkey, his “Lock her up!” chants, his haircut, or anything, this case was never about much. There’s no longer pretense that prosecution would lead to the unspooling of a massive Trump-Russia conspiracy, as pundits once breathlessly expected. In fact, news that Flynn was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller inspired many of the “Is this the beginning of the end for Trump?” stories...
Tags: Law, Obama, Journalism, Turkey, Iran, Surveillance, Democrats, Matt Taibbi, Boomers, Trump, Baby Boomers, Flynn, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Robert Mueller


US and UK 'lead push against global patent pool for Covid-19 drugs'

Efforts to dilute world health assembly resolution on open licensing decried as ‘appalling’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMinisters and officials from every nation will meet via video link on Monday for the annual world health assembly, which is expected to be dominated by efforts to stop rich countries monopolising drugs and future vaccines against Covid-19.As some countries buy up drugs thought to be useful against the coronavirus, causing global shortages, and the...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Science, US, America, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Pharmaceuticals industry, Trump, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Snake on the bike path.

Yesterday... I got to talking with some little kids — who were doing this mountain bike path on strider bikes — and they had the idea of a snake on a bike. Their dad suggested a lizard. Yeah, a lizard on a bike makes sense... compared to a snake on a bike.In the category of impossible things, some are more believable than others.That makes me think of :Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said. "One can't believe impossible things.""I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Que...
Tags: Photography, Law, Snakes, Biking, Lewis Carroll, Alice, Ann Althouse


The featured quote from Obama's graduation speech has Obama unwittingly complimenting Trump.

The NYT puts this gaffe in the headline, "Obama Says U.S. Lacks Leadership on Virus in Commencement Speeches/The virus has 'torn back the curtain on the idea that the folks in charge know what they’re doing,' the former president said...."There's a problem with figures of speech: You might forget what they mean!Here's Obama, looked to by the elite as a source of wisdom, and he's simply reading from a speech he had every opportunity to have edited by the most able wordsmiths, and he uses a cliché...
Tags: Law, Obama, Metaphor, Jesus, Matthew, Trump, Hitchcock, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Obama rhetoric


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. RESPONSABILITÉ : Les défendeurs ont exploité et maltraité une femme de 89 ans, laquelle a notamment dû, en raison de leurs comportements fautifs, s’enfuir en plein d’hiver d’une résidence pour p...
Tags: Law, Ukraine, Canada, Goldsmith, Ju, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Kerner, Gelber, Morrison Date, Kalimbet Piela, Obodzinski, Gelber Obodzinski, Obodski, Trcziakowski, Enfin Obodzinski


Summaries Sunday: Supreme Advocacy

One Sunday each month we bring you a summary from Supreme Advocacy LLP of recent decisions at the Supreme Court of Canada. Supreme Advocacy LLP offers a weekly electronic newsletter, Supreme Advocacy Letter, to which you may subscribe. It’s a summary of all appeals as well as leaves to appeal granted so you will know what the SCC will soon be dealing with (April 16 – May 15, 2020 inclusive). Appeals Bankruptcy and Insolvency: Discretionary Authority of Supervising Judge; Litigation Funding 935...
Tags: Law, Canada, Chouhan, SCC, Appeals, CCAA, MVA, Summaries Sunday, Supreme Advocacy, Supreme Advocacy LLP, Supreme Court of Canada Supreme Advocacy LLP, Supreme Advocacy Letter, Callidus Capital Corp, Royal Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada, Instrubel N, Fiduciary Duties Southwind


"The Prisoner Trade"

The title of this post is the title of this new article by Emma Kaufman recently posted to SSRN.  Here is its abstract: It is tempting to assume that the United States has fifty distinct state prison systems.  For a time, that assumption was correct.  In the late twentieth century, however, states began to swap prisoners and to outsource punishment to their neighbors.  Today, prisoners have no right to be incarcerated in the state where they were convicted, and prison officials may trade prison...
Tags: Law, United States, Douglas A Berman, Emma Kaufman


There's no crying in baseball, and now, there's no spitting in baseball.

Not anymore.I'm seeing the front-page teaser at WaPo: "No more spitting in baseball? Safety proposals would bar many MLB staples." The article is "MLB proposes safety plan that covers everything from sunflower seeds to lineup card exchanges." Excerpt:A baseball game with no spitting? Yes, and that includes sunflower seeds, a staple for many modern ballplayers.Players and coaches “must make every effort to avoid touching their face with their hands (including to give signs), wiping away sweat wit...
Tags: Law, Mlb, Baseball, Freud, WaPo, Saliva, Ann Althouse, Gender Difference


Ahmaud Arbery: new focus on district attorney’s flawed prosecutions of black women

George Barnhill eventually recused himself from Arbery caseProsecutions include woman wrongfully imprisoned for murderThe local prosecutor who argued two white men were legally justified in chasing down and killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man, has been at the center of aggressive and flawed prosecutions of at least two black women in recent years.One of the women was wrongfully imprisoned for over a decade on a murder conviction secured by later discredited forensic evidence, and another...
Tags: Law, Georgia, US news, US crime, Law (US, Ahmaud Arbery, George Barnhill


Poorer middle-aged men most at risk from suicide in pandemic, say Samaritans

Charity raises concerns over ‘hidden victims’ in a socioeconomic group known to be reluctant to seek helpCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMiddle-aged men from poor backgrounds have been identified as potential “hidden victims” of the Covid-19 pandemic, and urgent government intervention is required to protect them, the Samaritans charity has warned.Analysing feedback from 1,920 volunteers who have worked for its helpline throughout the lockdown, the charity called on m...
Tags: Science, Life and style, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Men, Suicide rates, Coronavirus outbreak


Abuse survivors sent from UK to Australia as children given fresh hope of redress from Prince's Trust

The charity says it has provided funds to compensate those sent to Australia by the Fairbridge Society, many of whom suffered physical and sexual abuse Former child migrants sent from the UK to Australia by the Fairbridge Society may be a step closer towards receiving compensation for sexual and physical abuse, after the Prince’s Trust said it was providing funds to allow survivors to make claims.Many of an estimated 2,500 child migrants sent to most Australian states by the Fairbridge Society b...
Tags: UK, Children, Australia, Society, UK News, Australia news, Child protection, Social Care, Prince Charles, Fairbridge Society



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