At the Saturday Night Café...

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

"I don’t hate art. But I don’t know what the hell that was."

Said building owner Nate Comte, quoted in "Cookie Monster Mural Puzzles Artist and Enrages Property Owner/A man claiming to be a property owner in Peoria, Ill., wanted a Soviet-style mural of Cookie Monster. The artist who did the job now says he was tricked (and paid) by an impostor" (NYT).  [The artist, Joshua] Hawkins, who apologized to Mr. Comte on his Facebook page, said he was still trying to figure out the real identity of the man who hired him, whom he described as tall, fit and in his 4...
Tags: Law, Illinois, Hawkins, Peoria, Peoria Ill, Murals, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Comte, Nate Comte, Joshua -RSB- Hawkins

Jim Carrey's "SNL" performance as Joe Biden "brought a lot of attention to the show, but it ultimately garnered mixed reviews..."

"... with some critics saying that, despite Carrey's comedic talents, his Biden was missing the mark. 'It sounded like a great get at first. Here was a big-time star that could balance out the heft of Alec Baldwin's Trump. But after three episodes, Carrey still hasn't managed to break through,' Vanity Fair wrote in October. 'Maybe he's too physical a performer, or too needy a showman, to capture the flapjack earnestness of the former vice president.' The L.A. Times concurred writing in November ...
Tags: Law, Joe Biden, Jim Carrey, Snl, Biden, Times, Donald Trump, Vanity Fair, Alec Baldwin, Trump, Carrey, Ann Althouse, Garner (the Word

CDT Lacks Standing to Challenge Trump’s Anti-230 Executive Order

In May, Trump issued an executive order designed to destroy Section 230 (EO 13925). Rather than actually work with Congress, Trump tried to amend 47 USC 230 only within the executive branch, which is largely a dead-end. I’m hoping Pres. Biden will ignore or repeal this terrible EO. Meanwhile, the EO was a pernicious and hateful document that tried to advance and justify government censorship. The world would have been better if it never had been issued. Thus, I was happy to see CDT challenge th...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Law, United States, Usc, Ugc, Trump, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Center for Democracy Technology, Dafuq, Congress Trump, Pres Trump, Challenge Trump, Trevor McFadden, Pres Biden

Split Sixth Circuit panel decides FIRST STEP Act's less severe 924(c) mandatory minimums are applicable to resentencing

In this post a full two years ago right after the enactment for the FIRST STEP Act, I flagged some issues regarding which "pipeline" defendants might be able to benefit from the Act's reduced sentencing terms.  (By "pipeline," I meant cases in which offense conduct took place before passage of the FIRST STEP Act, but a sentence was not fully finalized when the Act became law.)  In that post, I noted that Congress in the FIRST STEP Act had expressly provided that the reduced 924(c) mandatory mini...
Tags: Sixth Circuit, Law, Congress, US, Gibbons, Henry, Douglas A Berman

ICYMI: Legaltech Journalists Pick the Top Stories of 2020

In a special year-end episode of Legaltech Week yesterday, our regular panel of legaltech journalists shared their picks for the top stories of the year in legal technology and innovation. What were they? You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out. Listen to the podcast above or watch the video below. The panelists for this week’s show were: Nicole Black, legal technology columnist and legaltech evangelist at MyCase; Stephen Embry, publisher,  ; Caroline Hill, editor in chief, Legal IT ...
Tags: Law, ABA Journal, Victor Li, Legaltech News, Nicole Black, MyCase, Zach Warren, Joe Patrice, Stephen Embry, Caroline Hill, Molly McDonough, Legaltech Week, Victoria Hudgins

Gentle morning.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

Christmas in Japan.

Japan is still trying to figure out Christmas from r/nextfuckinglevel [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Japan, Law, Christmas, Ann Althouse

"DON’T waste time preparing stuff. People aren’t tuning in to hear what you’ve prepped, they’re tuning in to hear what comes naturally."

"Again, I have no idea why. People are idiots. Especially people who listen to podcasts. But it’s great because it means you don’t have to do any work. And work, as you two know full well, is for losers.... DO be vile to each other. People love that.... DON’T worry if everything you say feels boring and irrelevant. All podcasts are boring and irrelevant. They’re meant to be. DON’T get all depressed when you listen back and it’s rubbish and it makes you feel like you’re only doing a podcast beca...
Tags: London, Podcasts, Law, Prince Harry, Giles Coren, Esther, Ann Althouse, Esther Walker

Pandas "sniff out fresh horse droppings, lay themselves down and roll their bulky bodies in the muck, using their paws to really make sure they are covered..."

"... from the tip of their fuzzy ears to the bottom of their tails, until their black and white fur is another shade entirely.... A team of researchers led by Fuwen Wei, a biologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, first noticed a panda luxuriating in a pile of horse excrement in 2007. Unsure of whether it was a fluke, they spent years tracking the bears with dozens of camera traps, eventually convincing themselves that the behavior was 'definitely frequent and typical'.... Drawn to the irres...
Tags: Cold, Law, China, Panda, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ann Althouse, Excrement, Fuwen Wei

"The Answer."

Meade directed my attention to William James Chidley (c.1860 – 21 December 1916) — "an Australian philosopher with unconventional theories on sex, diet and clothing" (Wikipedia): In 1911, Chidley published The Answer in Melbourne.... Chidley sold copies to curious passers-by on the footpath. In 1912, Chidley moved to Sydney, where he became a familiar bearded figure dressed in a Grecian-style tunic and sandals, giving public lectures and wandering the streets, carrying a bundle of his pamphlets....
Tags: Health, Fashion, Law, Sex, Wikipedia, Sydney, Naked, Insane, Free Speech, Goulburn, Meade, Ann Althouse, Chidley, William James Chidley, Melbourne Chidley, Lunacy Court

"'I am Charlie' gave birth to 'I am not Charlie,' giving rise to a question that demands picking camps: Are you or are you not Charlie?"

"The answer puts people on either side of France’s major fault lines, including freedom of speech, secularism, race, national identity and, of course, Islam... Today, someone who is Charlie is likely to be white and supporter of the caricatures’ publication. At its extreme, the person may back a strict secularism that at times is a cover for anti-Islam. Someone who’s not Charlie is often nonwhite and opposes the cartoons’ publication. The person could go as far as justifying Islamist terrorism o...
Tags: Law, France, West, Islam, Cartoons, Free Speech, Charlie Hebdo, Charlie, Macron, Islam Today, Ann Althouse

"Looking back, it can seem like Zuckerberg’s path to world domination was inevitable."

"There’s the computerized version of Risk he coded in ninth grade; his long-standing interest in the Roman empire; his obsession with information flow and human psychology. There’s the story of his first bona fide internet scandal, when he hacked into Harvard’s directory and lifted photos of students without their permission to make the hot-or-not-style website FaceMash. ('Child’s play' was how Zuckerberg later described the ease with which he broke into Harvard’s system.) There’s the disconnect...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, Beer, Harvard, Atlantic, Zuckerberg, Roman, Adrienne LaFrance, Ann Althouse, Men In Shorts

"Even if you are strongly supportive of vaccines, and we are, even if you recognize how many millions of lives have been saved over the past 50 years by vaccines, and we do, it all seems a bit much."

"It feels false, because it is, it’s too slick. The Gandalf guy was euphoric because he got a shot? It wasn’t heroin, it was the corona vaccine. The lady who couldn’t breathe is enthusiastic as she was rushed to the emergency room? Come on. This is patronizing. Stop with the slogans."  Crabbed Tucker Carlson, quoted in a Mediaite article with the scary headline "Tucker Carlson’s Ominous Monologue Claims Vaccine Rollout ‘Feels False,’ Rails Against Crackdown on Covid Misinformation as ‘Social C...
Tags: Law, Propaganda, Ian Mckellen, Social Control, Tucker Carlson, Tucker, Gandalf, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus

Ohio Supreme Court strikes down "anti-procreation community-control condition" for man convicted for failing to pay child support to mothers of his 11 children

The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday rendered an interesting decision, by a 6-1 vote, striking down an interesting community control condition in Ohio v. Chapman, No. 2020-Ohio-6730 (Ohio Dec. 18, 2020) (available here). Here is the start and key concluding paragraphs from the majority opinion: A man was convicted for failing to pay child support to the mothers of his 11 children and sentenced to community control.  One of the conditions of community control imposed by the court was that the man “m...
Tags: Law, Ohio, Jones, Chapman, Ohio Supreme Court, Douglas A Berman

Housing association pays tenant £31,000 over neighbours’ racism

Court found L&Q had misled black woman who was harassed by family and had to flee her homeA leading housing association has been condemned by a court for failing to support a tenant made homeless after a racist campaign by neighbours.London & Quadrant (L&Q), which accommodates 250,000 people across London and the south-east, ignored a code of practice on protecting tenants from racial harassment and was guilty of defensiveness and insensitivity, according to a county court judgment issued last w...
Tags: London, Law, Housing, Race, Communities, Society, UK News, Inequality, South East

Ministers face fresh legal challenge over Heathrow airport plans

Critics say plan for third runway runs counter to UK’s legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050The government faces a legal challenge over its plan to expand Heathrow airport, with lawyers and environmentalists demanding it review its policy in line with its commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050.The Good Law Project, a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on public interest cases including environmentalism and tackling poverty, argues that the government must update its plan f...
Tags: UK, London, Law, Environment, UK News, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Air transport, Heathrow, Transport, Heathrow third runway, Travel and transport, Heathrow Airport

"1 in 5 Prisoners in the U.S. Has Had COVID-19"

The title of this post is the headline of this Marshall Proeject accounting of the ugly state of the pandemic in incarceration nation. Here are some excerpts: One in every five state and federal prisoners in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus, a rate more than four times as high as the general population. In some states, more than half of prisoners have been infected, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press. As the pandemic enters its ...
Tags: Law, Ap, Pennsylvania, United States, Michigan, Associated Press, Cincinnati, Marshall Project, Loretto, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, FCI, Paul Manafort, COVID, March Infection, Pheonix Yuma

"Casting itself as the protector of small businesses... Facebook is criticizing Apple for planning to give users of its popular devices like the iPhone more control..."

"... over the data they share with third-party apps. Starting next year, Apple will ask mobile users to 'opt in' to accept third-party tracking of their digital activity (right now, the system defaults to tracking and requires users to 'opt out' if they don’t want to be followed). Facebook relies on tracking to target ads at customers. Facebook declared in the newspaper ads that it was 'standing up to Apple and warned that such a change will be the ruin of small businesses....  Let’s be clear: ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Law, Antitrust, Free Speech, Trump, Swisher, Kara Swisher, Ann Althouse

Public health minister resigns over record drug-related deaths in Scotland

Joe FitzPatrick quit hours after Scottish Labour lodged a motion of no confidence in himScotland’s public health minister has resigned from the SNP government days after figures revealed the country’s drug-related death toll had risen to another grim annual record.Joe FitzPatrick said he had “agreed” to quit after discussions with first minister Nicola Sturgeon on Friday and hours after Scottish Labour lodged a motion of no confidence in him. On Tuesday, the National Records of Scotland revealed...
Tags: Politics, UK, Drugs, Scotland, Society, UK News, Labour, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Labour, SNP, Drugs policy, Scottish National party (SNP, Joe FitzPatrick, National Records of Scotland

‘I was running to adventure – and away from myself’ | Jami Attenberg

For 20 years, I was on the run across the US, but it’s only recently that I have realised what I was running from, writes the novelist Jami AttenbergIf I tell you I didn’t have a bed frame until I was 44 years old, can we all pretend I was a minimalist and not some odd bird flapping her wings all over the country? “Peripatetic” was a word I learned when I was in my early 20s – I remember looking it up after reading it somewhere, and thinking: “That sounds familiar.” I grew up in a small town in ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Family, New York, Housing, Fiction, US, Life and style, Communities, Society, US news, Culture, East Anglia, Illinois, Baltimore, Jami

UK alcohol sales fall despite rise in home drinking

Beer down 10% and wine 5% as increased online and supermarket sales fail to offset pub revenue collapseAlcohol sales fell during 2020 as the prolonged closure of pubs and bars cancelled out a rise in home drinking during lockdown and more people developed a taste for non-alcoholic alternatives.Healthcare providers have sounded the alarm about increased alcohol consumption among problem drinkers during the pandemic, while home delivery services have been singled out as posing a particular danger ...
Tags: Business, UK, Alcohol, Society, UK News, Supermarkets, Retail industry, Beer, Food & drink industry, Healthcare, Wine, Spirits, Hospitality Industry, Coronavirus

The Guardian charity telethon - talk to your favourite journalists

Help disadvantaged young people by calling Marina Hyde, John Crace, Jonathan Freedland and others on SaturdayPlease donate to our appeal hereIt’s your chance to discuss this extraordinary year, one-to-one, with your favourite journalists. Marina Hyde, John Crace, Jonathan Freedland, Anushka Asthana, Owen Jones and others will be taking your calls and donations at the Guardian and Observer 2020 charity appeal telethon this Saturday.This year’s appeal cause is disadvantaged young people, and we ar...
Tags: Health, UK, Children, Society, Poverty, Mental Health, Charities, Social exclusion, Voluntary sector, Young People, Marina Hyde John Crace Jonathan Freedland, Child Poverty Action Group Continue

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