At the Radiator Houseplant Café...

  ... you can talk all night. But do try to talk about something other than the Trump resistance and the plan to spoil Biden's honeymoon with a big old impeachment trial. Surely, there are other topics! Did you leave the house today? What's something you've been cooking that's easy to cook? When's the last time you wept? Look at for the first time. When's the last time you did something for the first time?  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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"For many congressional staff members and Capitol workers, in particular people of color, the damage wrought on Wednesday was visceral."

"It will be a long time before they feel safe again at work, they say, knowing that a building once thought to be among the most secure in Washington could be breached by a mob carrying, among other things, a Confederate flag and displaying anti-Semitic iconography.... The Capitol Police have come under fire for seeming, at times, to offer little resistance to the pro-Trump mob. While some experts defended their actions as prioritizing the protection of lawmakers over the securing of the buildin...
Tags: John Lewis, Law, Washington, Police, Black, Capitol Police, Trump, Lewis, Capitol, Steny Hoyer, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, the Trump resistance, Congress One Black

NHS counts cost of Christmas in lives and warns worst is yet to come

As Covid death toll passes 1,300 a day, doctors and hospital leaders say services are on brink of collapseIn normal times, January is the month for counting the cost of Christmas. The credit card bills arrive. New year resolutions are made. The consequences of recent indulgence have to be faced.This year, however, the price of having celebrated Christmas with loved ones could be far steeper – and counted in lives. Doctors and nurses in the NHS report that they are seeing record numbers of admiss...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Coronavirus

Majority think Boris Johnson should resign as prime minister – poll

Opinium survey finds 43% think PM needs to go, but only 20% say Keir Starmer should step downCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore people think Boris Johnson should resign as prime minister than think he should continue in office, according to the latest Opinium poll for the Observer.The first poll of 2021 found that 43% thought he should resign, while 40% said that he should remain as leader. However, most Conservative voters (87%) think Johnson should stay on as lead...
Tags: Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Labour, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Coronavirus

"Pickles has a comfortable relationship with nihilism.... 'I grew up in the punk-rock scene,' he said. 'And Trump was like punk rock. It’s, like, anti-establishment.'"

"He attended the University of Florida, where he was an English major and a liberal. 'I’ve taken basket weaving and read about the Black prison experience,' he said, with a snicker. (In his shop, Fat Enzo’s, murals of Mark Twain and Hunter S. Thompson share wall space with Huey Long.) He explained that after his father died, in 2015, he sought out new male camaraderie. The Proud Boys filled a vacuum. He claims to have joined not because they are a hate group (as designated by the Southern Povert...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Wikipedia, University of Florida, Mark Twain, Donald Trump, New Yorker, Thompson, Trump, Hunter, Jane Mayer, Capitol, Scalia, Southern Poverty Law Center, Enzo, Hodges

2H 2020 Quick Links, Part 5 (Contracts, E-Commerce, Defamation, Censorship, & More)

Contracts * Kidstar v. Facebook, Inc.,  2020 WL 4382279 (D.N.J. July 31, 2020). The plaintiff sued Facebook because he lost access to photos in his account. assuming, arguendo, that Plaintiff opened a Facebook account in 2004, the 2009 User Agreement became the governing document upon his registration in 2009 until 2017, when the 2017 User Agreement became the governing document upon his creation of a subsequent Facebook account… Plaintiff had reasonably conspicuous notice of Facebook’s contract...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, California, Washington, Ebay, Court, Bloomberg, E-commerce, Thailand, United States, Fairfield, Silicon Valley, Dmca, Google Maps, Crossfit

Saturday Open Thread: Fight or Flight?

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" for Donald Trump. (Bob Dylan, Suberteranean Homesick Blues) If Trump resigns, won't Pence just pardon him the way Ford pardoned Nixon? I'd rather see him stay and try to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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"For a half-century, the trend in political culture has been inexorably in one direction: toward the steady loosening and eventually the near-obliteration of media filters...."

"The erosion of traditional establishment filters — first by such mediums as direct mail, talk radio and cable, later and most powerfully by social media — has been a primary factor in the rise of potent ideological movements on right and left alike.... [T]he decision Friday night by Twitter to permanently ban Trump from its platform... represents an effort to reassert the notion that filters have a place in political communication.... Twitter’s announcement was made with a righteous air, as th...
Tags: Twitter, Law, Senate, Politico, Censorship, Georgia, Donald Trump, Conspiracies, Newt Gingrich, Trump, Matt Drudge, Nixon, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Althouse, John F Harris, the Trump resistance

ICU medics in London plead with public to follow Covid rules

Morale plummets as NHS sees ‘grave consequences’ of relaxed rules over ChristmasCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIntensive care medics in London have made a fresh appeal to the public to comply fully with England’s coronavirus restrictions, as they struggle to deal with more patients than at any time over the last four winters.Morale among ICU staff is tumbling and concerns have been expressed about a “mass exodus” as the second wave of Covid infections escalates rapid...
Tags: England, London, Society, UK News, Hospitals, NHS, Coronavirus

"I’ve seen lots of Trump supporters asking why the Chinese Embassy’s account hasn’t been banned for this tweet..."

I’ve seen lots of Trump supporters asking why the Chinese Embassy’s account hasn’t been banned for this tweet. This is how much conservatives hate people of colour, *especially* when they promote women’s rights.— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) January 9, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Twitter, Law, China, Censorship, Trump, Chinese Embassy, Ann Althouse, Gender Politics, Titania McGrath

"In late December, Ms. Ponsetto was caught on video tackling Keyon Harrold Jr., the 14-year-old son of a prominent jazz musician, in the lobby of a boutique hotel in SoHo."

"She had falsely accused him of stealing her cellphone, and can be heard yelling, 'No, I’m not letting him walk away with my phone!' The video, which garnered widespread consternation on social media, was yet another example of Black people in America being confronted with baseless accusations while simply going about their lives. It drew comparisons to an incident in May, in which a white woman called 911 to falsely claim that a Black bird-watcher in Central Park had threatened her life. (Ms. P...
Tags: Law, America, Lawyers, Times, Evidence, Central Park, Soho, Gayle King, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Garner (the Word, Keyon Harrold Jr, Miya Ponsetto, Ponsetto, Gayle King Ponsetto

My lockdown meltdown drove me to try therapy – did it help?

When my Spice Girls-related coping mechanism stopped working, a friend suggested cognitive behavioural therapyTips on finding the right therapistColour me kooky, but I have not enjoyed living through a pandemic. For me, it’s basically been a social experiment in what happens when you take an already neurotic person and strip them of all semblance of routine. The results have been roughly as chaotic as Big Brother’s fight night, had the housemates been given hallucinogens.Initially, I did what I ...
Tags: Health, Ebay, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, Spice Girls

In Memoriam: Deborah L. Rhode (1952-2020)

A leading scholar of legal ethics and the legal profession, as well as gender and the law, Professor Rhode spent her academic career at Stanford... [Author: Brian Leiter]
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SCOTUS grants cert on four new criminal cases, including one on FIRST STEP Act retroactivity of reduced crack sentences

The Supreme Court last night issued this order list which grants review in 14 new cases that will be heard later this SCOTUS Term.  Four of the cases involve criminal issues, and one is a sentencing case concerning the reach and application of the FIRST STEP Act's provisions making the reduced crack sentences of the Fair Sentencing Act retroactive.  This SCOTUSblog post has a lot more about the sentencing case and a brief review of the others: In Terry v. United States, the justices agreed to w...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Terry, NACDL, Greer, Douglas A Berman, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Palomar Santiago

San Francisco rents are plummeting – but its housing crisis could get worse

The city remains the nation’s priciest for renters, and the pandemic has dealt a new economic blow to residentsApartment rental prices in San Francisco – a city mocked for being so unaffordable that residents pay more than a grand each month to sleep in a bunk bed and share space with strangers – have plummeted during the coronavirus crisis, falling roughly 24% over the last year, according to new data.It might seem like good news for a city long known for its dizzying rents. But the drop wasn’t...
Tags: Housing, San Francisco, Society, US news

'I’ve tried to do this for my kids': families who took on unjust benefits decisions

In our latest report for the 2020 Guardian and Observer appeal, we talk to Child Poverty Action Group and those it has helped• Please donate to our appeal hereWhen Trudi and Gavin Scott moved back to the UK from New Zealand with their severely disabled son, Theo, in December 2016, it was the start of a “horrendous” few years of financial struggle triggered by the family being refused disability living allowance.At one point, when Gavin had to give up work to look after Theo while Trudi was recov...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Children, Law, Benefits, Society, Poverty, Charities, Voluntary sector, New Zealand, Gavin, Observer, Theo, Trudi, Child Poverty Action Group, Gavin Scott

Twitter and Facebook both banned Trump from their platforms. Here's why that doesn't violate the First Amendment - or any other laws

Activist Mike Merrigan holds a piñata shaped like the Twitter logo with hair to look like U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest outside of Twitter headquarters on May 28, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Twitter suspended President Donald Trump's personal account permanently on Friday, a day after Facebook banned him indefinitely, in the wake of pro-Trump rioters storming the US Capitol. Trump quickly tried to use the official presidential Twitter acco...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, News, Media, Instagram, Law, Congress, Youtube, Advertising, Trends, Social Media, Analysis, Federal Communications Commission

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