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At the Sunrise Café...

... you can write about whatever you like.And do think of using the Althouse Portal to Amazon, if you are shopping. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Photography, Law, Sunrise, Flowers, Ann Althouse


Words, and Black Lives, Matter

In 1977, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the case of Smithers v. R., where two young hockey players who got into it, in and outside of the rink. In the brief altercation that ensued, one of the players died. The other player was charged and convicted of manslaughter. The accused appealed unsuccessfully around the cause of death, which was due to asphyxiation. However, this was not due to any choking, but either the aspiration of foreign materials due to vomiting, and a malfunction of the epigl...
Tags: Law, Court, Bloomberg, Canada, United States, Black, Supreme Court of Canada, Mississauga, Ontario Court of Appeal, R, Smithers, Justice Issues, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Cobby, Court in R, Harbottle


Women stage 'mass scream' in Switzerland over domestic violence and gender pay gap

Thousands of marchers screamed for a minute at 3.24pm – the time of day when women in effect start working without payWomen across Switzerland have let loose with screams during a national protest demanding equal treatment and an end to violence at the hands of men.Last year half a million people marched to highlight the nation’s poor record on women’s rights. This year’s version of what organisers call the Women’s Strike was more subdued on Sunday due to coronavirus restrictions. Continue readi...
Tags: Europe, Women, Society, Domestic Violence, Switzerland, Gender Pay Gap


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Atty. Teresa A. Reguly , Atty. Eileen McMahon, Atty. Andrew Shaughnessy,Atty. Yael Bienenstock, and Atty. Andrew Bernstein: Pause On PMPRB Reform: Implementation Of New Pricing Regulations Delayed To 2021 (Source: Mondaq) Atty. Pablo Tseng: The Admissibility of Patent Prosecution History as Evidence in Canada (Source: McMillan) Ian Lopez: Patent Office Aggregates Covid-19 Information on its Site (Source: Bloomberg Law) Dev Kundaliya: Apple Patent Application...
Tags: Law, Canada, Uspto, Patent, Stephen Key, Andrew Bernstein, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Legal Solutions, Eileen McMahon, Andrew Shaughnessy, Yael Bienenstock, Mondaq Atty Pablo Tseng, McMillan Ian Lopez, Bloomberg Law Dev Kundaliya, Forbes Prof Craig Allen Nard


"... without barely a wimpier..."

Interesting how ANTIFA and other Far Left militant groups can take over a city without barely a wimpier from soft Do Nothing Democrat leadership, yet these same weak leaders become RADICAL when it comes to shutting down a state or city and its hard working, tax paying citizens!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Protests, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Antifa, Coronavirus


MPs criticise exclusion of NHS workers from free visa extensions

It will cost low-paid NHS and social care staff thousands to stay in UK, says reportCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExcluding foreign care workers and lower-paid NHS staff from a fee-free NHS visa extension scheme is unfair and fails to recognise their contribution to the fight against Covid-19, an influential group of MPs has said.In a report, the cross-party home affairs select committee said some of the lowest-paid workers in healthcare were facing charges of thous...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Public services policy, NHS, Yvette Cooper, Social Care, Health policy, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


WHO cautions against further lifting of lockdown in England

Exclusive: senior official says contact tracing should be more effective before measures easedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s coronavirus lockdown should not be further lifted until the government’s contact-tracing system has proven to be “robust and effective”, the World Health Organization has said after widespread criticism of the first results of the new tracking operation. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, England, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Health policy, World Health Organization, The World Health Organization, Coronavirus outbreak


"It was while in the lower house of Congress that Franklin Pierce took that stand on the slavery question from which he has never since swerved a hair’s breadth."

"He fully recognized, by his votes and by his voice, the rights pledged to the South by the Constitution.... [W]hen the first imperceptible movement of agitation had grown to be almost a convulsion, his course was still the same. Nor did he ever shun the obloquy that sometimes threatened to pursue the northern man who dared to love that great and sacred reality — his whole, united, native country — better than the mistiness of a philanthropic theory.... With his view of the whole subject, whethe...
Tags: Law, Congress, New Hampshire, Slavery, Law School, Providence, University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce, Hawthorne, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ann Althouse, Franklin Pierce Law School


Do others sense that SCOTUS has become particularly (and problematically?) quiet on sentencing matters?

As the Supreme Court finishes up a unique Term in the coming weeks, there is no shortage of "big" cases still to be resolved on topics ranging from abortion to DACA to LGBT discrimination to Prez Trump's tax returns.  But, disappointingly, we are not awaiting any big cases (or even little cases) dealing with any interesting sentencing issues or even significant criminal justice issues. This reality is partially because two cases that might have been consequential, Mathena v. Malvo on Miller's ap...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Law, Kentucky, Virginia, Court, US, Alabama, Indiana, New Jersey, Graham, Louisiana, Johnson, Miller, Scalia, Walker


Four New LEED Pilot Credits Respond to COVID-19

This blog post is an update to my June 6th post, Two New LEED Pilot Credits Respond to COVID-19, describing that the U.S. Green Building Council has now added two additional Pilot Credits responding to the novel coronavirus. You may reasonably infer that I have posted an update (.. something I rarely do) because I believe the two new LEED pilot credits can contribute to a meaningful consideration of how to adapt to keep people safe in buildings and how to mitigate risk to owners of those buildin...
Tags: Law, Cdc, America, Green Building, Epa, U.S. Green Building Council, LEED, USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, LEED pilot credit, COVID-19, COVID, INpc136, INpc137, AIA Re, INpc138


Urban foxes self-evolve, exhibiting Darwin’s domestication syndrome

A study from he University of Glasgow finds urban foxes evolved compared to rural foxes.The skulls of the urban foxes are adapted to scavenging for food rather than hunting it.The evolutionary changes correspond to Charles Darwin's "domestication syndrome". How much can living in the city change you? If you were an urban fox, you could be evolving yourself to a whole new stage and becoming more like a dog, finds a fascinating study.Researchers compared skulls from rural foxes around London with...
Tags: London, Biology, Scotland, Animals, Urban, Society, Bbc, Innovation, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Darwin, Parsons, Kitchener, University of Glasgow, City Planning, Kevin Parsons


This week at the court

On Monday, the court will release orders from the June 11 conference at 9:30 a.m., and then opinions at 10:00 a.m. On Thursday, we expect the court to release opinions at 10:00 a.m. The justices will also hold their June 18 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, This Week at the Court


Legaltech Week, 6.12.20: Does UPL Promote Racial Injustice? Plus the Week’s Top News

The Legaltech Week panel of journalists is joined this week by Rohan Pavuluri , cofounder and CEO of bankruptcy platform Upsolve , to discuss his recent article arguing that rules prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law — rules that he says give lawyers a monopoly on providing legal services — effectively work to promote racial inequality.  Also, we’re joined by a new panelist this week: Victoria Hudgins , reporter for Legaltech News , for our usual roundtable on the w...
Tags: Law, ABA Journal, Bob Ambrogi, Legaltech News, Nicole Black, MyCase, Joe Patrice, Upsolve, Caroline Hill, Rohan Pavuluri, Molly McDonough, Legaltech Week, Victoria Hudgins


Per Section 230, Facebook Can Tell This Plaintiff To Piss Off–Fyk v. Facebook

Fyk posted pissing photos and videos to Facebook. Apparently he made some good money from it. Facebook blocked his content. With the (likely expensive) help of four lawyers, he sued Facebook in a lawsuit celebrated on Fox News. (Yes, Fox News rallied in support of pissing videos. Another reason why I think they are a flaming pile of garbage). The district court ruled for Facebook on Section 230(c)(1) grounds. The Ninth Circuit affirms in an unpublished opinion issued without oral argument, high...
Tags: Facebook, Fcc, Yahoo, Law, Trump, Barnes, Matthew Yglesias, Facebook Inc, Ninth Circuit, Facebook Facebook, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Sikhs for Justice, Fox News Yes Fox News, Kimzey, Fyk


Resignation For Soccer Club Misconduct

A recent disciplinary action reported on the web page of the Texas State Bar involves this order of the Texas Supreme Court On April 14, 2020, the Supreme Court of Texas accepted the resignation, in lieu of discipline, of G.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Texas Supreme Court, Supreme Court of Texas, Texas State Bar, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Soccer Club Misconduct


Family: More to death-in-custody of Enrique Quiroz than official reports let on

The police abuse cases that receive national attention like George Floyd typically are ones where a bystander captures the incident on cell-phone video and police are unable to contain information about the event. But isn't it remarkable how many problematic police killings in Austin (and really, everywhere) aren't fleshed out in the press until well after the fact, if at all? Recently, the Statesman's Tony Plohetski told the story of Javier Ambler, who died begging for his life while a Willi...
Tags: Law, Austin, Apd, Williamson County, Quiroz, KXAN, Gritsforbreakfast, Tony Plohetski, George Floyd, Javier Ambler, Enrique Quiroz, Austin PD Though Quiroz


Hundreds of complaints filed against police over Austin protests

The Austin Office of Police Oversight received complaints from 606 people between May 29 and June 10, and is recommending 227 separate complaints based on those communications. The release of this information in and of itself is a victory for transparency in police oversight: Before 2018 changes to the police contract won by the Austin Justice Coalition and their allies, the city would have deep sixed this information and nobody would ever have known any complaint details. Even with names and lo...
Tags: Law, Austin, Apd, OPO, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin Justice Coalition, Austin Office of Police Oversight, Levi Ayala, APD Internal Affairs Division


Trump retweets Michael Moore.

Michael Moore: I‘m ‘Begging‘ Dems -- Don‘t Underestimate White Male Trump Supporter‘s ‘Rage,‘ ‘Emotion‘ https://t.co/IktLtIZNgZ via @BreitbartNews Well, he got it right in 2016?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 14, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Michael Moore, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020


"So... I don't get what's 'problematic' with Madonna's putting her son's incredible dance on Insta? Thanks, in any case, it was great to see it."

That's the first comment I read on the New York Magazine article, "What Do We Want From White Celebrities Right Now?" Here's the section that labels Madonna "problematic":[S]ome celebs have shown up to protest. Others have “opened up their purses” and lent their voices to decry racism and support detailed and specific calls for reform. But just like the rest of us, they have some problematic colleagues: Madonna celebrating her son’s interpretive solidarity dance; Ashton Kutcher posting an incong...
Tags: Protest, Law, Drew Brees, America, Dancing, Madonna, Ashton Kutcher, New York Magazine, Ellen Degeneres, George, Ambiguity, Ann Althouse, off-blog Althouse, David Dances


Wild indigo.

In the sunrise light — at 5:25 — the white flowers look yellow. Why are white flowers called "indigo"? The scientific name is Baptisia lactea — and "Baptisia" is based on the Greek word for "dye." I'm a little confused about whether the wild indigo with white flowers was used to make dye. I think the answer is yes, because the dye is made from the leaves. Here are some instructions, and, by the way, a major ingredient is urine. This was my best sunrise picture. Today was a Type #3 sunrise — co...
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Urine, Flowers, Yellow, Ann Althouse, Baptisia


"We will not sell facial-recognition technology to police departments in the United States until we have a national law in place, grounded in human rights, that will govern this technology."

Said Microsoft President Brad Smith, quoted in "Microsoft won’t sell police its facial-recognition technology, following similar moves by Amazon and IBM" (WaPo). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Law, Police, Computers, United States, Brad Smith, Ann Althouse, IBM WaPo


"I’d just like to say Woody Allen is a great, great filmmaker and this cancel thing is not just Woody. And I think when we look back on it..."

"... we are going to see that — short of killing somebody — I don’t know that you can just erase somebody like they never existed."Said Spike Lee on the radio on Friday, New York Magazine reports.On Saturday, he was all: "I Deeply Apologize. My Words Were WRONG. I Do Not And Will Not Tolerate Sexual Harassment, Assault Or Violence. Such Treatment Causes Real Damage That Can't Be Minimized.-Truly, Spike Lee."Deeply!So he thought when he would look back on it, he'd see that you can't really just e...
Tags: Law, Spike Lee, Woody Allen, New York Magazine, Apologies, Woody, Ann Althouse, MeToo, Cancel Culture, Deeply (the Word, Said Spike Lee


"[W]hen things get real — really murderous, really tragic, really violent or aggressive — my white, liberal, educated friends already know what to do. What they do is read."

"And talk about their reading. What they do is listen. And talk about how they listened. What they do is never enough. This isn’t the time to circle up with other white people and discuss black pain in the abstract; it’s the time to acknowledge and examine the pain they’ve personally caused. Black people live and die every day under the burdens of a racism more insidious than the current virus that’s also disproportionately killing us. And yet white people tend to take a slow route to meaningful...
Tags: Books, Law, Reading, Johnson, Racists, White Privilege, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Tre Johnson, Tre Johnson WaPo


"Melania has been overheard referring to Ivanka as 'The Princess'.... Ivanka, when younger, called Melania 'The Portrait' because she spoke as often as one."

Writes Dwight Garner in "A New Book Brings Melania Trump Into (Slightly) Better Focus" (NYT). Also:[Melania] spends much of her time with Barron and her parents. Barron speaks Slovenian...  “Trump has complained to others,” [author Mary] Jordan writes, “that he has no idea what they are saying.”...[O]ne of her former New York roommates... told the author that Melania, in those pre-Trump days, liked to watch “Friends,” ate seven fruits and vegetables a day, didn’t drink alcohol and walked with we...
Tags: New York, Law, Friends, White House, Jordan, Donald Trump, Trump, Ivanka, Barron, Melania, Ann Althouse, Genitalia, Barron Trump, Dwight Garner, President Trump, Light And Shade


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 : Le juge de première instance n’a pas commis d’erreur en ce qui a trait à la norme de conduite que doit respecter l’Agence du revenu du Canada (ARC) dans le contexte d’une vérifi...
Tags: Law, Canada, Steinberg, Ju, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Ludmer, St Lawrence Trading Inc, Allan R Hilton Mark Schrager


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 (May 16 – June 12, 2020 inclusive). Appeals Criminal Law: Entrapment R. v. Ahmad, 2020 SCC 11(38165)(38304) (joint reasons for 2 appeals) Po...
Tags: Law, Ward, Ahmad, SCC, Summaries Sunday, Supreme Advocacy, Supreme Advocacy LLP, Supreme Court of Canada Supreme Advocacy LLP, Supreme Advocacy Letter, Entrapment R, Medmal Armstrong


By tearing down our statues, Albanians stopped learning from the past | Lea Ypi

The removal of communist-era statues gave the illusion of freedom but obscured how history still shapes the presentAlmost 30 years ago, I sat with my parents in front of the television and watched one of the last mass actions that marked the end of state socialism in Europe: the toppling of the statue of Enver Hoxha, the historic leader of the Albanian Communist party. Transfixed by the live images of tens of thousands of people taking turns to pull ropes, I saw the gigantic bronze figure of a m...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Race, Society, UK News, World news, Albania, Tirana, Black Lives Matter Movement, Enver Hoxha, Lea Ypi


Curbs on FOBT stakes fuel fewer police callouts to bookmakers

Incidents down by nearly 40% as reduced maximum bet on terminals leads to fewer violent reactions to lossesGovernment-imposed cuts to the amount of money gamblers can stake on betting machines has led to a near-40% reduction in police callouts to bookies to deal with customers becoming violent after losing money.Police callouts fell by 38% following a legislation last year slashing the highest possible bet on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 every 20 seconds to just £2, the Guardia...
Tags: Crime, Gambling, Sport, Society, UK News, Sport betting, Fixed-odds betting terminals


Is there something physically wrong with President Trump?

then, there’s the stairs. pic.twitter.com/ngwru8TTNy— Lipstick Killer (@lipstickkills) June 13, 2020 Watch both videos, then say which of these things is most likely: Nothing at all wrong here. Minor problems — perhaps the heat, aging, aches and pains, sleep deprivation. Might be a major health problem. Fakery. To distract us and to have a health reason if he needs to withdraw from the 2020 race.   pollcode.com free polls [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Ann Althouse, President Trump


"Should death-penalty juries learn about death penalty costs?"

The title of this post is the headline of this new AP article.  Here are excerpts:  Debate over Utah’s death penalty is intensifying in 2nd District Court as attorneys prepare for the trial of an Ogden couple accused of starving and fatally abusing their 3-year-old daughter.  Prosecutors said earlier they will seek the death penalty against Miller Costello, 28, and Brenda Emile, 25, if they are convicted of aggravated murder in the July 6, 2017, death of Angelina Costello. Over the past year, d...
Tags: Utah, Law, Ap, Legislature, Ogden, Utah Supreme Court, 2nd District Court, Weber County, Michael DiReda, Douglas A Berman, Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Miller Costello, Brenda Emile, Jeremy Valdes



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