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The Constitutional Court of South Africa: the building

A lovely tour from former Justice Albie Sachs, a brilliant judge and a deeply humane and courageous man, a kind of jurist utterly foreign in... [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, South Africa, Brian Leiter, Albie Sachs


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Atty. Alan Macek and Atty. Richard Mar: Canadian Intellectual Property Office Issues Practice Notice Regarding Patentable Subject Matter (Source: Lexology) Atty. Daniel Shores and Atty. Dylan Haversack: COVID-19 Vaccine Leader Moderna “Not Aware of Any Significant Intellectual Property Impediments” in Development of its Vaccine Despite Mixed Results at PTAB (Source: JD Supra) Catherine Putz: Farley on Patents and Power: Where Intellectual Property Law and Mil...
Tags: Law, Patent, Farley, Richard Epstein, Moderna, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Daniel Shores, COVID, Alan Macek, Richard Mar, JD Supra Catherine Putz, Alan Coté, Yu Kai Lin, Arun Rai


At the Sunday Night Café...

  ... you can write about anything you like. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Motivations Irrelevant for Determining the Public Interest

Following the Court’s decisions in Pointes/Platnick, anti-SLAPP motions continue to be brought in defamation actions. These decisions will continue to build and refine test created by the Court, and how it can be applied. One particular aspect is determining what exactly is in the public interest for the purpose of s. 137.1(4)(b), which is the main focus of analysis after the Court’s decision. A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Sokoloff v. Tru-Path Occupational Therapy Services Ltd. he...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Toronto, Court of appeal, Grant, Campbell, Public Interest, Levant, Ontario Court of Appeal, Nanda, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Ontario College of Teachers, Sokoloff, Pointes Platnick, Tru Path Occupational Therapy Services Ltd


The Opportunity of Unstructured Data

Check out a recent article on analytics and unstructured data in insurance on our related blog – the Innovate Insurance Blog. Specialty Insurance Blog – News & Commentary on Specialty Insurance – with an Emphasis on Professional Liability Insurance
Tags: Insurance


"A mamlish memento"/"A less mamlish memento."

It's a podcast in 2 forms!  Topics: "A transgender writer dies, 2 Latin words, a little Shakespeare, a Bible story about Hell, a NYT spelling game, the bad word 'nappy,' the mysterious word 'mamlish,' what’s new in Pompeii, the desire for a crisply clear election result, and the love of a soft misty morning."  The first form — "A mamlish memento" — has music! 3 full-length songs. But you can only listen to this on Spotify — here. Consider subscribing!  The second form has the music left ...
Tags: Google, Podcast, Law, Shakespeare, Pompeii, Ann Althouse


NOW at CNN HQ, Atlanta—

Rally with very mixed group of pro-Trump. Some LGBT speakers and others. Very mixed group of black-white-Asian-Hispanic-and mixed. Very friendly and peaceful. Maybe 250 people. After this is nearby rally at Capital, and then Governor’s mansion. [Author: [email protected] (Michael Yon)]
Tags: Featured, Atlanta, Cnn, Military, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Trump Some LGBT


NOW: Atlanta— ANTIFA pulling Security

[Author: [email protected] (Michael Yon)]
Tags: Featured, Atlanta, Military, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon


NOW: Brookhaven, Georgia

This “comfort women” statue is erected in Blackburn Park. As you know, I have researched this information campaign in 13 countries and counting. I’ve published three books on this topic. China is behind this information campaign to divide and conquer Japan, United States, and South Korea. I flew to Korea and interviewed the husband and wife team who makes these statues at about 30,000 USD per statue. They are popping up around the world. Typical life cycle of these statues so far: announc...
Tags: South Korea, Japan, Usa, Featured, China, America, Military, Korea, Seoul, Michael, Korea Japan, Japan China, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Brookhaven Georgia, Chong Dae Hyup


Majority of Australian voters in favour of pill testing, election data shows

Long-running study finds 63% of voters support drug minimisation strategy shunned by governmentsNearly two-thirds of the Australian public are in favour of pill testing at music festivals, new national data shows.The findings, drawn from the Australian National University’s long-running election study, show strong public support for a drug harm minimisation strategy that has largely been shunned by governments across the country despite high-profile cases of deaths at music festivals. Continue r...
Tags: Health, Drugs, Society, Australia news, Australian politics, Australian National University


This week at the court

On Monday, the court will release additional orders from the Nov. 20 conference. On Thursday, the court will be closed for Thanksgiving. The post This week at the court appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Law, This Week at the Court


Notable review of New York's recent parole realities

This Times Union has this notable new article on New York's notable parole realities under the full headline "A 'broken' parole process: Data shows widened racial bias: Four years after racial disparities exposed, a state report has yet to be released." Here is how the piece gets started: A white inmate in a New York prison is significantly more likely on average to be released on parole than a Black or Hispanic person — and that gap has widened in 2020, according to a Times Union analysis of t...
Tags: New York, Law, New York Times, Andrew M Cuomo, Department of Corrections, Times Union, Douglas A Berman, Board of Parole, This Times Union, Thomas Mailey


MPs from seven parties urge government not to cut overseas aid

Letter to PM says move would send a terrible signal as UK prepares to host G7 and COP26MPs from seven parties have urged the government not to cut the overseas aid budget, saying it had made the difference between life and death for countless people.The intervention by MPs, including the Tory “father of the house”, Peter Bottomley, comes after it emerged that the Treasury was considering cutting more than £4bn from the aid budget and breaching a commitment to spend 0.7% of GDP on overseas assist...
Tags: Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Foreign Policy, Aid, Global development, Treasury, Peter Bottomley


Sunday Night Open Thread

I can't think of a time our country has been in worse shape. Between the pandemic and Donald Trump, it will take a generation at least -- well beyond my life span -- to regroup and recoup what we had that went down the drain with Trump's... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Donald Trump, Trump


At the Soft Morning Café...

  ... you can write until late afternoon. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Is "nappy" a racial slur?

It's censored in the New York Times "Spelling Bee" game today: The "Help" page only says: "Our word list does not include words that are obscure, hyphenated, or proper nouns. No cussing either, sorry." So "nappy" must be a "cuss." I've noticed in the past that "coon" is off the word list, even though the word "coon" can mean "raccoon" (or, though there's not much occasion to say this anymore, a member of the Whig party). "Nappy" can also mean "diaper." And it can describe the surface of some...
Tags: Games, Law, New York City, Netflix, Npr, Sherman, Spelling Bee, Hairstyles, Slang, Thomas, HARRIS, Boston College, William Harris, Don Imus, Talkin, David Bromberg


"Therapeutic Discipline: Drug Courts, Foucault, and the Power of the Normalizing Gaze"

The titl of this post is the title of this notable new article available via SSRN and authored by Michael Sousa. Here is its abstract: Drug treatment courts represent a paradigm shift in the American criminal justice system.  By focusing on providing drug treatment services to low-level offenders with severe use disorders rather than sentencing them to a term of incarceration, drug courts represent a return to a more rehabilitative model for dealing with individuals ensnared by the criminal jus...
Tags: Law, Foucault, Douglas A Berman, SSRN, Michel Foucault, Michael Sousa


"There’s nothing to damage, they’re already ruined."

Said Vladimir Putin when asked if his declining to congratulate Joe Biden might damage U.S./Russian relations — Bloomberg reports.  Putin's position on the election is lucid: "We will work with anyone who has the confidence of the American people. But that confidence can only be given to a candidate whose victory has been recognized by the opposing party, or after the results are confirmed in a legitimate, legal way." [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Biden, Ann Althouse


"I'd like a crisply clear result to come into focus as soon as possible, and I'd like gracious winners and losers, all united in love for our beautiful country."

I wrote before going to sleep on election night. I was thinking about that this morning, after remembering a phrase I'd used in yesterday's podcast. I had some empathy for Trump, who's been so focused for so long on winning winning winning, and I thought of the idea that he can still win — if only to "win at losing." UPDATE: ...And neither am I! https://t.co/2DuqDyRs2K— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Etiquette, Trump, Donald J Trump, Paradox, Ann Althouse, Trump 2020


Is this the beginning of an mRNA vaccine revolution? | Adam Finn

No one knew whether mRNA technology would work against this virus – but it does. It’s an extraordinary moment for scienceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe past few months have brought a number of scientific terms to public attention. We’ve had to digest R (a virus’s reproduction number) and PCR (the polymerase chain reaction method of testing). And now there’s mRNA. This last one has featured heavily in recent news reports because of the spectacular results of two n...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Adam Finn


Do mRNA vaccines for Covid signal a new era in disease prevention? | Adam Finn

No one knew whether mRNA technology would work against this virus – but it does. It’s an extraordinary moment for scienceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe past few months have brought a number of scientific terms to public attention. We’ve had to digest R (a virus’s reproduction number) and PCR (the polymerase chain reaction method of testing). And now there’s mRNA. This last one has featured heavily in recent news reports because of the spectacular results of two n...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Adam Finn


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. ACTION COLLECTIVE (RECOURS COLLECTIF) : Tant que le jugement de clôture n’est pas rendu, les avocats mis en cause dans le dossier, qu’ils soient en demande ou en défense, restent investis d’oblig...
Tags: Law, Canada, Ontario, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Corica, Ford Motor Company of Canada Limited


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 (October 10 – November 20, 2020 inclusive). Oral Judgments Criminal Law: Jury Challenges R. v. Chouhan, 2020 ONCA 40; 2020 SCC (39062) The ...
Tags: Law, Court, Canada, Court of appeal, Quebec, Antigua, Matta, Reliance, Brown, Reilly, Riley, RCMP, Christopher, Abella, Superior Court, Babos


"Morris lived for many years with her gravestone standing in the corner of her library, the ne plus ultra of memento moris."

"She was an inveterate traveler but also prized her house in the Welsh village of Llanystumdwy; she wrote often about its snuggly, hyggelig qualities. Death for her may be something akin to merely being in, to borrow the words of the novelist Joshua Cohen, a bed with a lid. 'I am attracted to decline, to the melancholy spectacle of things that get old and die,' Morris told Leo Lerman in a Paris Review interview. She also joked that when she departed, the headlines would read, 'Sex Change Author ...
Tags: Travel, Death, Writing, Law, Wales, Aging, Looks, Transgender, Canada, Language, William Shakespeare, Lincoln, John, Times, Jan Morris, James


"The victims were probably looking for shelter in the cryptoporticus, in this underground space, where they thought they were better protected."

From "Bodies of man and his slave unearthed from ashes at Pompeii" (AP).  Judging by cranial bones and teeth, one of the men was young, likely aged 18 to 25, with a spinal column with compressed discs. That finding led archaeologists to hypothesize that he was a young man who did manual labor, like that of a slave. The other man had a robust bone structure, especially in his chest area, and died with his hands on his chest and his legs bent and spread apart. He was estimated to have been 30- to...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, History, Architecture, Archeology, Pompeii, Ann Althouse


Why the race to find Covid-19 vaccines is far from over

Despite the promising news from Pfizer and Moderna, other efforts – which may be even more effective – continue around the worldCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile everyone celebrated this month’s news that not one but two experimental vaccines against Covid-19 have proved at least 90% effective at preventing disease in late-stage clinical trials, research into understanding how the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, interacts with the human immune system neve...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Moderna, Coronavirus, Pfizer BioNTech


Nicolas Sarkozy in dock as ‘historic trial’ over corruption finally begins

The former French president is accused of receiving illicit funds and influence peddlingNicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, will make history on Monday when he appears in court accused of corruption and influence peddling.The case is the first of several investigations against the rightwing politician who led France between 2007 and 2012 to come before judges after years of attempts to have the charges dropped or nullified. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, France, World news, Nicolas Sarkozy, Muammar Gaddafi, Arms trade, peddlingNicolas Sarkozy


Jan Morris: She sensed she was ‘at the very end of things’. What a life it was …

In her final interview just before the first lockdown, the renowned travel writer spoke cheerfully of her last journeyUsually, nine months after meeting someone, interviewing them and writing about them for the newspaper, you would expect one or two details of the encounter to stay alive in your mind. But my recollection of the day in late February that I visited Jan Morris at her home in north-west Wales is not like that. Every moment remains vivid.Perhaps, you might say, this is because my pre...
Tags: Books, Wales, Society, UK News, Transgender, Culture, Travel Writing, Jan Morris, Morris, north west Wales, History books, Criccieth


Cherry Bombed

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has annulled the license of an attorney admitted by diploma privilege in 1975 The events relevant to the instant proceeding occurred in 2013. At some point in 2013, Mr. Hatfield visited the Cherry... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Hatfield, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process


‘If I’m not in on Friday, I might be dead’: chilling facts about UK femicide

One woman is killed by a man every three days in the UK – a figure unchanged in a decade. A new census analyses this epidemic of male violenceIn 2013, Sasha Marsden, a 16-year-old student, went to a Blackpool hotel for what she thought was an interview for a part-time cleaning job. The man she met, David Minto, 23, had lured her there on false pretences. He then sexually assaulted her and stabbed her 58 times. Sasha could only be identified by DNA taken from her toothbrush. Minto was sentenced ...
Tags: UK, Crime, Women, Society, UK News, Domestic Violence, Blackpool, Men, Minto, Sasha, David Minto, Sasha Marsden, Gemma Aitchison Sasha



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