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Ion beam on cancer cell.

A Cancer Cell Slashed Open By an Ion Beam. from r/nextfuckinglevel [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Cancer, Ann Althouse, Ion Beam


Thanks for not breaking our heart.

I set out in the snow to do my sunrise run, and I made it to my vantage point, which looked like this:   No sun to see. 100% overcast. And the snow wasn't stuck to the trees, so no "winter wonderland" effect. Just deep snow on the ground, making the run something of a trudge. But as I approached my vantage point, down along the shore, I saw a man and woman up ahead, and they'd slowed down and were slowing stamping about.  I had to overtake them, and my normal method is to get as far ...
Tags: Books, Photography, Law, Sex, Relationships, Snow, Clouds, George Orwell, Wells, Dostoevsky, Ministry of Truth, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Petrograd, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Zamyatin


Proof at the Salem witch trials

An entertaining and informative essay. [Author: Brian Leiter]
Tags: Law, Salem, Brian Leiter


Court Overturns Arbitration Preventing Vaccination of Children

Most of us are looking forward these days to vaccines, especially to help us see a world where we are living following a pandemic. Not everyone is keen on vaccines though, and those divisions extend to disputes between parents over their kids. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released an appeal in A.P. v. L.K. of an arbitration, where the arbitrator concluded it was not in the best interests of the two children of the relationship to become vaccinated. A court may confirm, vary, or...
Tags: Law, Wilson, Abbott, Richardson, Supreme Court of Canada, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, R, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Sodhi, Gerbert, Shafia, Izyuk, Gebert, Bruff Murphy, White Burgess Langille Inman, Gunawardena


At the Diagonal Café...

... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Ice, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Free Speech Rights in the Age of Protests and a Pandemic

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot in the media say that the First Amendment doesn’t apply outside the government. In Connecticut, that’s just not true — particularly when it comes to the private workplace. As I’ve written about before, employees  do have certain free speech rights that have been codified in state law. Conn. Gen. Stat. Section 31-51q to be exact. But those rights are not unlimited and when such speech interferes with the working relationship at the company, it may not be protected...
Tags: Workplace, Law, Connecticut, Speech, Free Speech, First Amendment, Presentation, Webinar, SHRM, Featured Content, 31-51q, Western Connecticut


Does the examiner need to provide a copy of the reference for it to be “on the record” before the PTAB?

The new petition for certiorari in Samaranayake v. Iancu (Supreme Court 2021) has little chance of being granted, but it does offer some insight on USPTO procedure.  I mentioned 35 U.S.C. § 144 in a prior post this week.  This case also focuses on Section 144 and asks whether the Federal Circuit exceeded its statutory jurisdiction by creating its own record rather than relying solely on the record before the USPTO. The statute: [T]he Federal Circuit shall review the decision from which an appe...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uspto, Finland, Patent, Trademark Office, Federal Circuit, Examiner, Samaranayake, PTAB, Iancu Supreme Court, Seppo Yla Herttuala, Haritha Samaranayake, Gliotherapy Limited, Federal Circuit the USPTO Solicitor 's Office


Uncertainty over 12-week Covid jab interval intensifies as UK rollout expands

More vaccination centres open as experts call for monitoring of effect of lengthy gap between jabsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageExperts have called for greater clarity about the monitoring in place to assess the 12-week dosing interval for Covid vaccines, as the UK’s vaccination programme ramps up.According to government data released on Sunday, a total of 6,353,321 people in the UK have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine. A further slew of vaccination ce...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Site-Wide Comments Problem

Apparently, we have a glitch in the software that has been preventing comments since I posted an article on Joe Biden and his Peloton. I've gotten emails from some of you saying you can't post a comment, and I tried and I can't either.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Joe Biden


Site-Wide Comments Problem [Fixed Now]

Update [2021-1-26 0:29:44 by hillct]: Service was restored early Tuesday evening. Please feel free to use this thread to confirm proper comment operations, and send an email to the site administration if you continue to encounter difficulty. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Companies are Preparing for ESG Disclosure Rules

Public companies in the U.S. find themselves at a dynamic time of emergent environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) disclosures. New appointees in the Biden Administration, from the SEC and the Labor Department to the top White House economic advisor, all signal mandatory ESG disclosures. The idea of ESG began in 2004 with a United Nations initiative to influence capital in non Western markets. While the federal government has to date stymied the call for ESG disclosures by vocal socially co...
Tags: Europe, Law, Climate Change, California, White House, America, Eu, Environmental, United Nations, SEC, Deepwater Horizon, Biden, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, Michael Bloomberg, ESG, Environmental Law


Two more new 3582(c)(1)(A) reductions to remedy stacked 924(c) sentences reformed by FIRST STEP Act

As regular readers know, I have made much of the FIRST STEP Act provision now allowing federal courts to directly reduce sentences under the (so-called compassionate release) statutory provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A) without awaiting a motion by the Bureau of Prisons.  The BOP reports here that a total of 2,693 of these motions have now been granted in the 25 months since the FIRST STEP Act became law.  The vast majority of the sentencing reduction motions brought by federal prisoners an...
Tags: Utah, Law, Congress, Court, US, Douglas A Berman, Bureau of Prisons The BOP, McDonel, Robert McDonel, Download McDonel, Nafkha, Mounir Nafkha, United States Bureau of Prisons BOP


Comment Problems Site Wide?

Apparently, we have a glitch in the software that has been preventing comments since I posted this piece. I've gotten emails from some of you, and rest assured, I can't comment either. I will contact Colin, our website hostmaster , and see... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law


Beyond blogging: The new and improved SCOTUSblog

Notice anything? Welcome to SCOTUSblog’s new website – our biggest technological revamp in more than a decade. We’ve redesigned our homepage to showcase our most important work. We’ve upgraded our fonts and layout to make everything easier to read. We’ve tweaked our logo to reflect... The post Beyond blogging: The new and improved SCOTUSblog appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Featured, Law, Homepage Featured Section


Why not a clemency push focused on the (more lethal) new death penalty that is COVID in federal prisons?

I noted in this recent post that group of Democratic members of Congress signed a letter calling upon Prez Biden to "commute the sentences of all those" on federal death row.  I wondered in my post if there might be a less politically controversial group of federal prisonsers who might be a better focal point for the very first clemencies from Prez Biden.  And this new BuzzFeed News piece, which carries the subheadline "In crowded cells, where COVID is running rampant, appeals for clemency for t...
Tags: Law, Congress, California, US, Ucla, American Medical Association, Bertram, Douglas A Berman, Prison Policy Institute, COVID, Wanda Bertram, Prez Biden


Rand Paul versus George Stephanopoulos. A great confrontation, and I do not agree with the title on this video, that Rand Paul "melts down."

  Here's the transcript.   STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Paul, let me begin with a threshold question for you. This election was not stolen, do you accept that fact?  SENATOR RAND PAUL, (R-KY): Well, what I would say is that the debate over whether or not there was fraud should occur, we never had any presentation in court where we actually looked at the evidence. Most of the cases were thrown out for lack of standing, which is a procedural way of not actually hearing the question. There were s...
Tags: Voting, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Rand Paul, Department Of Justice, Republican, Biden, George Stephanopoulos, Justice Department, Trump, George, PAUL R KY, PAUL


"No one took the hearings seriously at first, but they soon would."

"Mr. Bernstein was considered untouchable both in Hollywood and in the fledgling television industry in New York once his name appeared in 'Red Channels,' an anti-Communist tract published in 1950 by the right-wing journal Counterattack. 'I was listed right after Lenny Bernstein,' Mr. Bernstein recalled. 'There were about eight listings for me, and they were all true.' He had indeed written for the leftist New Masses, been a member of the Communist Party and supported Soviet relief, the Loyalist...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Movies, Law, Communism, 1950s, Free Speech, Communist Party, Bernstein, Ann Althouse, Lenny Bernstein, Walter Bernstein, Cancel Culture, Censorsship


Mirroring Qualifies for Section 230–Monsarrat v. Newman

This case involves a LiveJournal community (the Davis Square community for Somerville, MA). In 2017, LiveJournal changed its policies. In response, Newman, the community moderator, copied all of the community’s posts and uploaded them to Dreamwidth–an action we used to call “mirroring” in the old days. Monsarrat had posted to the LiveJournal community and objected to the transfer. Defamation. The court doesn’t specify which posts Monsarrat claims are defamatory, but his defamation claim relates...
Tags: Law, Copyright, Yelp, Jones, Newman, LiveJournal, Rosenthal, Phan, Woodhull, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Somerville MA, Kimzey, Davis Square, Meinel, Monsarrat


"Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen/Firmly linking teen suicides to school closings is difficult, but..."

"... rising mental health emergencies and suicide rates point to the toll the pandemic lockdown is taking" — NYT headline.  Even in normal circumstances, suicides are impulsive, unpredictable and difficult to ascribe to specific causes. The pandemic has created conditions unlike anything mental health professionals have seen before, making causation that much more difficult to determine. But Greta Massetti, who studies the effects of violence and trauma on children at the C.D.C., said there was...
Tags: Education, Law, Suicide, Teenagers, Donald J Trump, Clark County, Hayden, Jara, Ann Althouse, Aledo Texas, Jesus Jara, Robert R Redfield, Brad Hunstable, Coronavirus, Las Vegas Schools, Greta Massetti


All work and low pay: are we too devoted to our jobs?

Employment today is atomised, casual and unequal, argues US author Sarah Jaffe in her book Work Won’t Love You Back. Here she discusses why the way we look at work needs to changeIf the past year has made us ask one question, it must surely be: how is it that our society so often chooses to place the least value on the work it needs the most?One effect of the pandemic has been to strip away some of the mythologies of the labour market to reveal its bare essentials, what we have come to know as o...
Tags: Books, US, Society, Work & careers, Culture, NHS, Jeff Bezos, Sarah Jaffe, Politics books, Society books, Journalism books, Business and finance books


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. PROCÉDURE CIVILE : En publiant l’enregistrement d’une audience virtuelle de la Cour d’appel sur Facebook, le défendeur a contrevenu à la règle interdisant l’enregistrement et la rediffusion des a...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Canada, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Cour, Québec PROCÉDURE CIVILE, Demande, Juge Donald Bisson, Facebook Selon


"Iowa's decades-long lock on the nominating process has been under threat since last year's disastrous caucus..."

"... when results were delayed for days due in part to a faulty smartphone app that was supposed to make things easier for precinct captains when they reported results. Ultimately, The Associated Press never declared a winner in the contest because of problems with the vote count, which was administered by the Iowa Democratic Party. Iowa's voters are also older, more rural and more white than many other states so it's seen as increasingly out of step with the Democratic mainstream, which increa...
Tags: Law, Elizabeth Warren, Iowa, Associated Press, Npr, Biden, Sanders, Sens Bernie Sanders, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Pete Buttigieg, Iowa Buttigieg, 2024 Campaign, Iowa Democratic Party Iowa


UK vaccine adviser says delay of Covid second dose will save lives

JCVI deputy chair defends extended gap between jabs as Hancock warns end of restrictions ‘long way off’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA representative of the UK’s vaccine advisory committee has defended its decision to delay a second dose, saying it will “save many lives”, as the health secretary, Matt Hancock, warned lifting restrictions was “a long, long way off”.Prof Anthony Harnden of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said the evidence wa...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock, JCVI, Coronavirus, Anthony Harnden


As birth rates fall, animals prowl in our abandoned 'ghost villages'

Human populations are set to decline in countries from Asia to Europe – and an unusual form of rewilding is taking placeFor many years it seemed that overpopulation was the looming crisis of our age. Back in 1968, the Stanford biologists Paul and Anne Ehrlich infamously predicted that millions would soon starve to death in their bestselling, doom-saying book The Population Bomb; since then, neo-Malthusian rumblings of imminent disaster have been a continual refrain in certain sections of the env...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Stanford, Environment, Spain, Society, World news, Wildlife, David Attenborough, PAUL, Anne Ehrlich, Depopulation


Met police officer faces new hearing over death of mentally ill black man

Fresh misconduct proceedings will be held into senior officer cleared over death of Kevin Clarke in south LondonA senior police officer cleared of misconduct over the high-profile death of a mentally ill black man is to face fresh disciplinary proceedings because of failings in the original case, the Observer can reveal.After a misconduct meeting last year the officer – who has not been named – was told they had “no case to answer” over the death of Kevin Clarke, who was restrained by up to seve...
Tags: Health, London, Law, Police, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Kevin Clarke


'The air reeks of invisible danger': an extract from Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a Time of Pandemic

In this extract from her new book Breathtaking, palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke reveals the pressure and pain of splitting her time between hospice patients and hospital Covid wardsRachel Clarke Q&A: ‘NHS staff are burning with frustration and grief at this second wave’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn January 2020, novel coronaviruses are nowhere on my mind. Like everyone working in the NHS, I am steeled for a home-grown catastrophe. For no matter how many pati...
Tags: Health, UK, Germany, Society, NHS, Doctors, Clarke, Autobiography and memoir, Rachel Clarke, Society books, Coronavirus


Lissie Harper: ‘We had a lot to look forward to’

The dreadful killing of her police officer husband, Andrew, led Lissie Harper to propose a new law to protect emergency workers. She explains why she had to take actionAt first glance Lissie Harper’s artfully curated Instagram page reflects an idyllic life. Photographs of her cuddling her cat and walking in meadows sit alongside others featuring holidays abroad, her hen night and her wedding to her childhood sweetheart, Andrew. Yet, the words accompanying some of the posts reveal her true story,...
Tags: Crime, Law, UK News, Andrew, Lissie, Lissie Harper, Andrew Yet


The pandemic one year on: 100,000 dead in the UK from coronavirus

The UK is set to reach a grim milestone by the end of January after a year of missed opportunities has led to one of the worst Covid-19 fatality rates in the worldThe World Health Organization begins tracking the disease we now call Covid-19. On 14 January it finds its first case outside China, in Thailand. Human-to-human transmission seems likely, and on 30 January WHO warns this is a “public health emergency of international concern” – the highest level of alert that WHO can issue. Continue re...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, China, Society, UK News, World news, Thailand, Who, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus, COVID


I’ve had my first vaccine jab. It gives me hope of liberation... but not yet

Exactly a year after his first story about coronavirus, our science editor received the Pfizer injection last week. Here he reflects on a remarkable scientific achievementCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageI marked a grim anniversary in an unexpected manner last week. On 18 January last year, I wrote my first story about a mysterious disease that had struck Wuhan, in China, and which was now spreading around the world. More than two million individuals have since died of...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Biology, China, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Wuhan


Sworn enemies: the real story of Old Bailey clash that ruined Oscar Wilde

Playwright’s grandson reveals letter that tells of deep loathing felt for Wilde by lawyer in libel trialHe was the brilliant lawyer whose brutal 1895 cross-examination of Oscar Wilde in one of the most famous trials in British history led to the Irish dramatist’s imprisonment for homosexuality, and to his ultimate ruin. Now a previously unpublished letter reveals that Sir Edward Carson’s attack on Wilde in the Old Bailey was partly personal – a loathing that went beyond his job in defending the ...
Tags: Books, Television, Documentary, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Ireland, Television & radio, Stage, LGBT rights, Oscar Wilde, Carson, Bailey, Wilde, Edward Carson



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