Park Evictions During a Pandemic

To the uninitiated, it looks a bit like urban camping. Take a closer look though, and you’ll see their entire life belongings, and evidence that these camps are not recreational, but a matter of survival. What we’re referring to of course are the numerous tent encampments that have proliferated across Canada during the pandemic. Other alternatives often resorted to in those without permanent housing, including couch surfing, staying with friends or family members temporarily, and even shelters a...
Tags: Law, Cdc, Toronto, City, Canada, Ontario, the City, Mohan, Hamilton Ontario, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, City of Toronto, Schabas, Occupy Toronto

Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Perry Cooper: Apple Convinces Fed. Cir. to Kick Patent Suit Out of Texas (1) (Source: Bloomberg Law) Alan Coté: Patent Watch: Two Companies Offer Wireless Shifter Adapters as SRAM Application Touts Similar Technology (Source: Bicycler Retailer) Kirsten Errick: Caltech Sues Dell For Patent Infringement (Source: Law Street Media) Atty. Aaron Wininger: China Releases Draft Revised Patent Examination Guidelines for Comment (Source: The National Law Review) Rob ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Uspto, Patent, Perry Cooper, National Law Review, Sean Tu, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Kirsten Errick, Aaron Wininger, Apple Convinces Fed Cir, Bloomberg Law Alan Coté, Caltech Sues Dell, Rob Stumpf, Ted M Sichelman

COVID-19 Liability for Building Owners

With Covid-19 spreading across the U.S. and some places reclosing in reaction to the new surge, considered against a backdrop of more than 2,000 new statutes, regulations and executive orders addressing the pandemic that have been enacted in a matter of months, many commercial real estate owners are questioning if they can be liable for damages when someone, whether an employee of a business tenant or someone else, claims to have contracted the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) at their building? A...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Congress, California, Cdc, Alabama, San Francisco, Customers, Wyoming, Arkansas, Miami, Epa, Trump, Tulsa Oklahoma, Stuart Kaplow, OSHA

Granting of compassionate release reduces ridiculous federal sentence by hundreds of years

This CNN piece, headlined "Grandfather serving 505-year sentence ordered to be released 'without delay'," reports on a recent grant of compasionate release to reduce a sentence that would seem like a joke if it had not been real.  Here are some of the details: In a stunning reprieve for a man sentenced to more than five centuries behind bars for a nonviolent offense, a judge in Los Angeles on Thursday summarily slashed his sentence to time served and ordered his immediate release. Juan Carlos S...
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At the Sunday Evening Café...

 ... you can talk about whatever you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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"The limbo of desperados."

  It's a podcast.  Topics: "Obama’s book, Kamala Harris as VP, Timothy Leary, art and free speech, Trumpsters vs. anti-Trumpsters, Hispanic voters and socialism."  This is a thread to talk about the podcast. The next post up is the café (i.e., open thread). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Podcast, Law, Obama, Kamala Harris, Timothy Leary, Ann Althouse

"But while Black activists remain excited about Harris’s ascent, many now worry that the administration will not deliver much beyond her historic election..."

"... a fear sharpened by Democrats’ disappointing performance in congressional races, which has dramatically limited Biden’s maneuvering room. Their worries are underlined by the ongoing uncertainty over what exactly Harris’s portfolio will be in the Biden administration, and how much freedom she will have to chart her own course on issues like racial justice and immigration.... Biden has not announced a portfolio for Harris, the way Biden handled the economic stimulus for Obama, and Harris’s al...
Tags: Law, Obama, Washington Post, Biden, HARRIS, Sean Sullivan, Ann Althouse, Chelsea Janes

Members of Congress urge Attorney General Barr "to suspend all federal executions"

There have already been seven federal executions in 2020, and there are three more federal executions scheduled in the next month: as this BOP page details, one execution is scheduled for this coming Thursday, and two more are scheduled for the second week of December.  But a few members of Congress, as detalled in this press release, have written to Attorney General William Barr to urge him "to suspend all federal executions so the incoming Biden-Harris Administration can evaluate and determine...
Tags: Law, Congress, America, Biden, HARRIS, Barr, Douglas A Berman, Trump Administration, William Barr, Biden Harris Administration

'Nocebo effect' cause of most statin side-effects, study suggests

Negative expectations may play part, with adverse effects reported when taking placebo Many of the side-effects attributed to statins could be down to the “nocebo effect”, which occurs when someone expects to experience negative symptoms – even if the drug is a placebo – a study suggests.Statins are one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the UK, taken by nearly eight million people to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol levels. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Science, Society, Statins, Medical Research

This week at the court

On Monday, the court will release additional orders from the Nov. 13 conference at 9:30 a.m. On Friday, the justices will hold their Nov. 20 conference. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
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"Where is the evidence?"

NEW: Former National Security Adviser John Bolton urges GOP leadership to "explain to our voters... that in fact Trump has lost the election and that these claims of election fraud are baseless."— ABC News (@ABC) November 15, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Roddy Evans obituary

My friend, Roddy Evans, who has died aged 97, was a skilled surgeon and a remarkable man, whose commitment to his worldwide community was highly significant.A Christian, he was drawn to the Moral Re-Armament movement (MRA, now Initiatives of Change) because it was based on practical Christianity: putting your own life in order first so that you can help others. Roddy lived a simple life and he believed that God would provide for him. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, Christianity, Northern Ireland, Doctors, Belfast, Mra, Roddy, Roddy Evans, Moral Re Armament

"His almost zealous commitment to moderation rankled some progressives, who had assumed that his soaring campaign rhetoric meant he was a visionary bent on overturning the status quo."

"Whenever he felt stuck, he fell back on empathy and 'process.' They sound like incommensurate traits — one is inventive and literary, the other is bland and technocratic. But for Obama — who in this book demonstrates an almost compulsive tendency to imagine himself into the lives of others (whether it’s Hillary Clinton, John McCain, or, in one passage, a Somali pirate) — a sound process 'was born of necessity.' Decisions that were made after taking into account a variety of perspectives reassur...
Tags: Law, Obama, Osama Bin Laden, White House, Barack Obama, Syria, Donald Trump, Pirates, Ann Althouse, Obama rhetoric, Obama's book, Obama's psyche, Obama is bland, Szalai, Jennifer Szalai, Hillary Clinton John McCain

Empty offices must not become 'rabbit hutch' homes, say English councils

Move comes after apparent shift in housebuilding targets towards more urban areas Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCouncils have warned that offices left empty by the coronavirus pandemic must not be turned into sub-standard “rabbit hutch” homes, after a government climbdown indicated a shift in housebuilding targets away from the southern shires and toward towns and cities.Thousands more homes are set to be built in urban areas, particularly in the Midlands and north ...
Tags: Politics, England, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Planning policy, Local Government, Midlands

When is a sign not a sign? When it's art?

I'm reading "Nick Cave’s Truth May Be Writ Large, but Is It a Sign?/The village of Kinderhook, N.Y., is not thrilled with the mark this artist made on a gallery, so the municipal government is demanding that it come down" (NYT). The black vinyl letters in the artwork “Truth Be Told” measure 21 feet high and stretch some 160 feet across the facade of the 1929 red brick building that now serves as the School, a branch of Manhattan’s Jack Shainman Gallery. The artwork is intended to start a "conve...
Tags: Law, Manhattan, Nick Cave, Ann Althouse, Art And Politics, Race And Pop Culture, Shainman, George Floyd, William J Better He

This bulletproof, 6-wheeled, 1,300-horsepower pickup costs up to $700,000 and already has 18 orders — take a closer look at the Rezvani Hercules 6x6

Rezvani Hercules. Rezvani Motors Boutique carmaker Rezvani unveiled its latest creation this week — the completely outrageous Hercules 6x6.  The beastly six-wheel-drive pickup can be optioned with a 1,300 horsepower supercharged engine and sports a luxurious leather interior.  The bulletproof Hercules 6x6 Military edition comes with loads of security features, including a smokescreen, a night-vision system, and blinding lights.  The Hercules 6x6 starts at $225,000, while the Hercules 6x6 M...
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Marina Litvinenko submits €3.5m ECHR claim against Russia

Exclusive: widow seeks punitive damages for 2006 murder, and payment of lost incomeThe widow of Alexander Litvinenko has submitted a claim against Russia to the European court of human rights (ECHR), seeking €3.5m (£3.1m) in compensation for his murder by radiation poisoning in London.Marina Litvinenko is requesting punitive damages and payment for accumulated lost income. A public inquiry concluded that her husband’s murder in 2006 was probably ordered by Vladimir Putin. Continue reading...
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"[The Hispanic] community is not a get-out-the-vote universe... We’re a persuasion universe and should be treated like whites."

Said Chuck Rocha, "a longtime Democratic consultant," criticizing Democrats who "see Black and brown people as the same," quoted in "There Was No Knockout, So Democrats and G.O.P. Regroup for Next Round/Voters delivered a convincing victory for Joseph R. Biden Jr. but a split decision for the two parties. Now they face perhaps the most up-for-grabs electoral map the country has seen in a generation" (NYT). He's saying — to put it bluntly — that black people can be counted on to vote for Democr...
Tags: Law, California, Gop, Socialism, House, Biden, Democratic Party, Gonzalez, South Texas, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Joseph R Biden Jr, Left-wing Ideology, Democratic Party in Trumpland, Harley Rouda, Vicente Gonzalez

"You are looking for a way out of the decadent aristocratic game, the limbo of Jet Set desperados. I’ll show you the way."

Said Timothy Leary to Joanna Harcourt-Smith, quoted in "Joanna Harcourt-Smith, Lover of Timothy Leary, High Priest of LSD, Dies at 74/Traumatized by her experience with the psychedelic Pied Piper, she spent decades 'composting' her thoughts about him and learning to start her life over again." She was 26 and he was 52 and a fugitive from justice when their lives intersected. She was with him when he was recaptured. “Neither the counterculture nor the prosecutors and prison system knew what to...
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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 Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. RESPONSABILITÉ : La directrice de l’Autorité centrale du Québec a commis une faute en décidant d’intervenir pour aider un père à retrouver son ex-épouse et son fils en utilisant les pouvoirs prév...
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BioNTech vaccine scientist says jab could halve Covid transmission

Uğur Şahin ‘very confident’ vaccine candidate developed with Pfizer will cause big reduction in casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe scientist behind the first potential Covid-19 vaccine to clear interim clinical trials says he is “very confident” the jab will reduce transmission of the disease, perhaps by 50%, resulting in a “dramatic” reduction in cases.The German company BioNTech and the American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer announced to worldwide acclaim last we...
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"When darkness fell, the counterprotesters triggered more mayhem as they harassed Trump’s advocates, stealing red hats and flags and lighting them on fire."

"Scuffles continued into the night as the provocateurs overturned the tables of vendors who had been selling pro-Trump gear and set off dozens of fireworks, prompting police to pepper-spray them. At 8 p.m., violence broke out five blocks east of the White House between the president’s supporters, who wielded batons, and his black-clad detractors, many of whom had participated in racial justice rallies throughout the summer. As the groups approached the same intersection, they charged each other,...
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‘Find a part of each day to relish’: coping with cancer and Covid

This year has challenged us all. But for Sarah Hughes it’s been particularly hard. Here, she talks about living with cancer – and letting in the light in the darkest of timesThe strangest thing about having an incurable illness during a time of pandemic is the weird but unavoidable sense that everyone has finally caught up with you. As people started talking about how worried they were, how they couldn’t stop thinking about the virus, how difficult life now seemed, how isolated, the temptation t...
Tags: Health, Cancer, Society, Health & wellbeing, Sarah Hughes, Coronavirus

"The Curriculum of the Carceral State"

The title of this post is the title of by Alice Ristroph.  Here is its abstract: This Essay scrutinizes the canons of substantive criminal law, with a particular focus on the curricular canon.  By curricular canon, I mean the conceptual model used to teach the subject of criminal law, including the cases, narratives, and ideas that are presented to students.  Since the middle of the twentieth century, American law schools have offered (and often required) a course in criminal law in which hom...
Tags: Law, MPC, Carceral State, Douglas A Berman, Alice Ristroph

'The slate will never be clean': lessons from the Nuremberg trials 75 years on

Three Holocaust survivors reflect on a milestone in international justice and their struggle to come to terms with the pastAt 10am, the men were led into the courtroom and ushered into a specially adapted dock, flanked by American military police.It took the whole day to read out the 24,000-word indictment, which included conspiracy to wage war, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Continue reading...
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The defeat of polio proved that immunisation saved lives, but there's a sting to the tale

The rising number of vaccine-derived polio outbreaks has important implications for how we deal with Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHalf a century since its eradication in the west, it is hard today to appreciate the terrible effect that polio had on people’s lives then and how feared it was as a disease. The virus killed hundreds every year in the UK alone, and left thousands afflicted with long-lasting paralysis.A list of noted figures who contracted polio ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Africa, Society, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Global development, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Coronavirus

Steve McQueen: 'It's rebel music that moves me'

The director on the reggae-fuelled house parties he witnessed as a child - lovingly recreated in his new film, Lovers Rock – and how their raw energy shaped his taste in musicSteve McQueen guest-edit: the filmmaker answers questions from celebrity admirersPaul Gilroy: ‘I don’t think we can afford the luxury of pessimism’ Reggae music is the beating heart of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, which traces Black British experience from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. In the 1970s, when the chara...
Tags: Music, England, London, Film, Molly, Society, Soul, Culture, Punk, Blues, Steve McQueen, Reggae, Bob Marley, Mcqueen, Bush, Shepherd

Migrant children’s welfare is being sidelined in UK’s ‘brutal push to deport’

The hostile environment appears very much in operation as documents show the Home Office focusing on exclusionsHome Office officials have expressed concern that the welfare of children and families who have crossed the Channel to the UK is being “compromised” by an intent to prosecute individuals for immigration offences, internal emails and documents reveal.At least one senior safeguarding official has resigned over what they described as an example of the hostile environment still being used t...
Tags: Politics, UK, Children, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Children's Rights, Priti Patel

Cannabis resin now 25% more potent, global study reveals

Concentrations of intoxicating THC have risen, data from more than 80,000 street drug samples gathered over 50 years shows Cannabis resin – or “hash” – has increased in strength by nearly 25% over the past half century, a major international study has revealed.Researchers with the Addiction and Mental Health Group at the University of Bath analysed data from more than 80,000 cannabis street samples tested in the past 50 years in the US, UK, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy and New Zealand. Co...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Society, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Cannabis, Medical Research, New Zealand, University Of Bath, Addiction and Mental Health Group, US UK Netherlands France Denmark Italy

Religious intolerance is 'bigger cause of prejudice than race', says report

Attitudes to faith said to drive negative perceptions more than ethnicity or nationalityReligion is the “final frontier” of personal prejudice, with attitudes to faith driving negative perceptions more than ethnicity or nationality, a report to be published tomorrow will say.How We Get Along, a two-year study of diversity by the Woolf Institute, is due to conclude that most people are tolerant of those from different ethnic or national backgrounds, but many have negative attitudes based on relig...
Tags: Family, Marriage, Religion, Race, Society, UK News, World news, Christianity, Islam, Woolf Institute

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