Video of injured Austin protesters, Texas Monthly interviews Grits and Chas Moore, local TX GOP chairs tell on themselves, when cussing is (not) a crime, and other stories

There's been so much coverage of policing issues in the last few days, rounding it all up would be an impossible task. But here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention: Video of injured Austin protesters A bunch of people have asked me to post the police brutality video my wife presented at Thursday's Austin City Council meeting. This was actually prepared by a gal named Catina Voellinger, who has posted it on Facebook. Watch it here.  Texas Monthly, Chas, and me Te...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, Law, Austin, Gop, Aclu, Dallas, Houston, Donald Trump, Martin Luther King Jr, San Antonio, Miller, Austin City Council, Torres, George Soros, Chas

"I think I'm going to buy an RV and travel from now on in an RV with our first lady. I don't think anybody would mind that."

#32 on a list of "The 39 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's Friday 'press conference'" (Chris Cillizza, Politico). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, RV, Chris Cillizza, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Chris Cillizza Politico

Las Vegas is back.

Feels like the need to gather in groups and socialize and feel together is both the strongest and weakest thing about humanity— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) June 6, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Las Vegas, Marques Brownlee, Ann Althouse, Post-coronavirus Culture

At the Sunrise Café...

... you can talk 'til dawn.That photo was taken at 5:19 this morning — actual sunrise time, 5:18 — so please think of using the Althouse Portal to Amazon if you are doing any shopping. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Archaeologists find largest-ever Mayan complex hiding in plain sight

Archaeologists use laser-based aerial surveys to discover the oldest and largest Mayan structure ever found.The 3,000-year-old complex in the Mexican state of Tabasco was likely used as a ceremonial center.Researchers think the site showed a communal society rather than one based on worshipping elites. The southern tip of Mexico is hiding a giant Mayan structure from about 3,000 years ago, shows new research. The nearly mile-long monument may be the oldest and largest ever found from the myste...
Tags: Technology, Mexico, Society, History, Discovery, Architecture, Innovation, Lasers, Archaeology, University Of Arizona, Gulf of Mexico, Maya, Veracruz, Tabasco, BCE, Takeshi Inomata

Big protest crowd in Philadelphia.

Thousands of people in Philadelphia continue to protest racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd. Crowds in Center City stretched from the steps of the Art Museum and past the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) June 6, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Protest, Law, Philadelphia, Center City, PAUL, Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter, Ann Althouse, George Floyd

Legaltech Week 6.5.20: Guest Bryan Parker Joins the Panel for A Conversation on Diversity

At the close of a week in which issues of racism and racial injustice have consumed the nation and the world, we abandon our usual news round-up for an in-depth conversation about diversity in law. Joining us to share his insights and perceptions is Bryan Parker, cofounder and CEO of Legal Innovators, a startup dedicated to changing the hiring, pricing and diversity of junior legal talent. Parker joins this week’s line-up of panelists: Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech ev...
Tags: Law, ABA Journal, Parker, Bob Ambrogi, Legaltech News, Nicole Black, MyCase, Zach Warren, Joe Patrice, Bryan Parker, Caroline Hill, Molly McDonough, Legaltech Week

"Before you rule out my dream, you have to face me first. Take my life before you take my dream away."

Said Mair Maktabi, owner of the restaurant Dubai Madison, quoted at NBC15, in an article about State Street businesses damaged by the vandalism and theft of the last week. When his windows were broken, Maktabi leapt into action wielding a sword (an antique that is, in normal times, a wall decoration). Look: "I have to protect my business before my life. I put all my life into my business, so looters are just going to come and take my business? No, take my life before you take my business."Dubai ...
Tags: Crime, Law, Restaurants, Madison, Ann Althouse, Mair Maktabi, Dubai Madison, Maktabi

Sexist forum posts hundreds of private images of Australian female journalists and celebrities

Women whose social media pictures were uploaded to the site say they feel ‘violated’ by intrusion on their privacyFemale journalists say they feel “violated” by a sexist forum that has been posting personal images and lewd comments about women in the Australian media industry for more than a decade.Hundreds of high-profile journalists and emerging reporters have had their images uploaded onto the forum, which also posts suggestive images of Australian actresses, female sports stars and models. C...
Tags: Gender, Technology, Internet, Women, Society

'It’s psychologically easier': how anti-vaxxers capitalised on coronavirus fears to spread misinformation

While many believe a Covid-19 vaccine will be a ‘ticket out’, experts are concerned getting people to take it is the real challengeSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsWhen Susan had a baby daughter, she was not planning on having her vaccinated. It didn’t seem abnormal to her – most of her mothers’ group didn’t vaccinate either.“I had friends who believed in natural healing, healthy food, being vegan, ...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Society, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Susan, Coronavirus outbreak

'Now is the time': London's Black Lives Matter rally looks like a turning point

Many of those protesting about George Floyd’s death believe demands for racial justice now have a new and unstoppable urgencyGeorge Floyd killing: latest updatesIt was always likely that the months of lockdown would demand some kind of emotional catharsis. You imagined it would involve the usual British excesses of lager and sunshine. In fact, in the past week its primary expression has been a coming together of mostly young people in our cities under the banner of Black Lives Matter.On Saturday...
Tags: London, Society, UK News, US news, St James, Black Lives Matter Movement, Floyd, Parliament Square, George Floyd

"Presumably [Andrew] Sullivan’s editors are frightened that he might make the radically bourgeois point that looting and violence are wrong."

"Cockburn understands that Sullivan is not just forbidden from writing for the New York magazine about the riots; his contract means he cannot write on the topic for another publication. He is therefore legally unable to write anything about the protests without losing his job — at the magazine that, in 1970, published Radical Chic, Tom Wolfe’s brilliant and controversial excoriation of progressive piety. It’s the bonfire of the liberals!... Sullivan, a source close to New York magazine reveals...
Tags: New York, Law, Censorship, New York Magazine, Sullivan, Tom Wolfe, Andrew Sullivan, Ann Althouse, Cockburn, Andrew -RSB- Sullivan

Anti-corruption watchdog hit by legal row over staff ‘bullying’

Transparency International receives millions from UK government and ex-boss claims she was pushed out of job A leading anti-corruption organisation – which receives millions of pounds from the government to promote integrity initiatives around the world – is locked in a damaging row with its former managing director, who claims she was bullied out of her job.Transparency International (TI), which describes itself as a movement with a remit to “hold the powerful to account”, has been rocked by cl...
Tags: Transparency, UK, Society, World news, Charities, Transparency International, Patricia Moreira

Ministers refuse to reveal target of new RAF killer drone missions

Deployment of controversial ‘Reapers’ should be approved by parliament, say campaigners Britain is running secret missions involving drones previously used to target and kill terrorist suspects in Iraq and Syria.The Ministry of Defence is refusing to reveal the nature or location of the operation involving RAF Reapers, which can be armed with Hellfire missiles, leading to calls for greater parliamentary oversight of Britain’s drone programme. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Iraq, UK News, World news, Syria, Britain, Military, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Raf, Drones (military

New (and free) Federal Sentencing Reporter issue on "State Prosecutors: Their Impact on Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform"

As mentioned in this prior post, the academic publisher of the Federal Sentencing Reporter, University of California Press, has responded to the impact of the coronavirus crisis by making all UC Press online journal content free to everyone through June 2020.  I continue to be grateful to UC Press for this move, as it allows me to flag the latest FSR issue and some of the articles therein. This new issue was put together by FSR editor/Prof Nora Demleitner and the title and coverage in her openin...
Tags: Law, Virginia, San Francisco, Douglas A Berman, Lauren Brooke Eisen, Nora Demleitner, Carissa Byrne Hessick, Rory Fleming, FSR, Carissa Hessick, UC Press, Chicago Brooklyn Boston Philadelphia, Courtney M Oliva, Sabrina Margret Bierer, Anne Metz

Section 230 Applies to Publicity Rights Claim–Hepp v. Facebook

Karen Hepp is a TV show host on the Fox 29 channel in Philadelphia. (No “Karen” jokes, please). She claims that “a photograph of her taken by a security camera in a convenience store in New York City was being used in online advertisements for erectile dysfunction and dating websites.” With respect to defendants Facebook, Imgur, and Reddit, she claimed: “[Her] photo was featured in soliciting users to ‘meet and chat with single women.’” “[Her] photo was featured on Imgur under the heading ‘m...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Law, New York City, Wordpress, Court, Marketing, Hp, Paypal, Pennsylvania, Reddit, Evans, Ohio State, Usc, Trump, Atlantic Records

"And Larry was saying that with a hurricane, you have a horrible hurricane in Florida or Texas, and it’s devastating. And then the hurricane goes away..."

"... and within two hours, everyone’s rebuilding and fixing and cleaning and cutting their grass. I’ve seen it in Texas. I’ve seen it everywhere. I’ve seen it everywhere. Texas had a massive one, Louisiana, hurricanes, Florida hurricanes. But what happens is right after the hurricane, boom, and this is what this is, this isn’t a terrible recession. I don’t even mention the D word. I don’t talk about the D word, I don’t want to talk about it, because every time somebody even mentions it, I don’t ...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Law, Louisiana, Cabinet, Trump, Don, Larry, Rose Garden, Larry Kudlow, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Trump rhetoric, Analogies, Trump and the press, Trump economics

"Who cares what some paper-pushing apparatchik thinks? It’s all a bit creepy and unsettling."

"Why must this university’s senior administration declare, on behalf of the institution as a whole and with one voice, that they unanimously—without any subtle differences of emphasis or nuance—interpret contentious current events through a single lens? They write sentences such as this: 'We have been here before, and in fact have never left.' Really? This is nothing but propaganda. Is it supposed to be self-evident that every death of an 'unarmed black man' at the hands of a white person tells ...
Tags: Education, Law, Minneapolis, Police, United States, Propaganda, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Left-wing Ideology, Glenn Loury, Creepiness

"This bill would cheapen the meaning of lynching by defining it so broadly as to include a minor bruise of abrasion."

Here's the transcript.I seek to amend this legislation, not because I take it or I take lynching lightly, but because I take it seriously, and this legislation does not. Lynching is a tool of terror that claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 Americans between 1881 and 1968. But this bill would cheapen the meaning of lynching by defining it so broadly as to include a minor bruise or abrasion. Our nation’s history of racial terrorism demands more seriousness from us than that.... It would be a disgrac...
Tags: Murder, Law, Congress, Senate, America, United States, New Jersey, Rand Paul, Sentencing, Booker, Emmett Till, Kamala Harris, PAUL, Cory Booker, Ann Althouse, Sam Hose

"It is a truth that may be hard to imagine in a world devastated by illness and economic insecurity, riven by racism and unrest, but we will get dressed again."

"Dressed not for the anonymity of the hospital or the essential work force, the heat and heartbreak of the protest, the anomie of the supermarket or the park, but for the next stage catharsis. Capital D Dressed. It is both history and human nature."Writes Vanessa Friedman in the NYT.That offended me a little. I understand she's feeling the pressure to get back to big fashion — very expensive clothes and gala dress-up events — but that doesn't mean that these other things we do while wearing clot...
Tags: Psychology, Fashion, Shopping, Law, Commerce, Vanessa Friedman, Friedman, Ann Althouse

'Law & Order: SVU' producer says George Floyd's death 'has to come up' in future episode

"Law & Order: SVU" executive producer Warren Leight said George Floyd and the subsequent backlash to law enforcement will come up on the NBC series.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Nbc, Law, Usa Today, Warren Leight, George Floyd

"Madison community members gathered for a six-hour long barbecue with food trucks, picnic blankets, rap performances, art and even a magic show..."

"... at James Madison Park to celebrate [Breonna] Taylor's birthday. Organizers from Freedom, Inc. and Urban Triage — local organizations that hosted the event — said the event was a 'celebration of life' for Taylor. After the party at the park, protesters headed to the Capitol Square for another celebration, this time led by youth organizers. The energy was similar, with a DJ, lots of food and a table for an open mic sign up. 'We're gonna scream. We're gonna shout. We're gonna dance,' youth org...
Tags: Law, Optimism, Protests, Taylor, Madison, Wisconsin State Journal, Ann Althouse, Freedom Inc, Capitol Square, James Madison Park, Urban Triage, Ayomi Obuseh

Prince William volunteering for mental health crisis service

Duke of Cambridge reveals he is trained volunteer for UK’s Shout text platformThe Duke of Cambridge has been secretly working as a volunteer supporting people contacting a crisis helpline for mental health support, he has revealed.Unbeknown to those who have accessed the Shout 85258 text-messaging service, Prince William is one of its 2,000 trained volunteers. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Charities, Voluntary sector, Cambridge, Monarchy, Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge, Volunteering, Kate, William, Duke

Care home residents foot £100 a week for coronavirus costs

Older people and families asked to pay bill on top of usual fees as homes reel from cost of PPE and staff absencesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome older people who fund their own care home fees are being forced to pay a steep and unexpected coronavirus bill by their care provider, it has been revealed.Older people and their families are being asked to pay more than £100 a week on top of their usual care home fees, with homes saying the cost of PPE and staff absenc...
Tags: Society, UK News, Social Care, Care workers, Coronavirus outbreak

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