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Google and Twitter Defeat Lawsuit Over Account Suspensions/Terminations–DeLima v. Google

Natasha DeLima (a/k/a “Natasha Athens”) claims that Google and Twitter have imposed various sanctions on her accounts, including suspension and termination. She alleges that Google and Twitter took these actions due to political bias against her. (This article notes some of DeLima’s “political” views–Trump, QAnon, “prominent Jewish families,” and Justice Robert’s alleged pedophilia all appear in the article). DeLima previously unsuccessfully sued Google. She tried again (pro se, naturally) with ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Law, Linkedin, Icann, Copyright, Johnson, Alphabet, Wilson, Robert, Perez, Lewis, Jayne, Google Facebook, Google Inc


SkyRise Miami: Patented

Jeff Berkowitz is a Miami real estate developer, lawyer, and now inventor.  Berkowitz, along with architect Bernardo Fort Brescia and civil engineer Ronald Klemencic were recently awarded a design patent on their design for SkyRise Miami. D908917 (“The ornamental design for a building as shown and described.”). The building is apparently now under construction, although at a somewhat delayed pace. The design patent took-up 3 1/2 years of prosecution. That is an unusually long time for a design ...
Tags: Law, Miami, Patent, Berkowitz, Bernardo Fort Brescia, Jeff Berkowitz, Ronald Klemencic


Trump found some new sleazeball lawyers for his impeachment defense team, after the last ones all ran off

Reuters: "Former U.S. President Donald Trump's office on Sunday said trial lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor will lead Trump's legal team during his Senate impeachment trial." This announcement follows the not-entirely-surprising news just yesterday that Trump and *all of the lawyers* on his legal team had suddenly parted ways. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Senate, US news, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, David Schoen, Impeachment, Bruce L Castor, Trump Impeachment


At the Sunday Night Cafe...

 ... you can talk about whatever you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Ann Althouse


Misconduct During Remote Proceedings

As the legal system clumsily attempts to proceed along remotely during a pandemic, parties have tried their best to continue to move things along. This approach was never entirely without risk, and a new decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Kaushal v. Vasudeva et al. highlights some of these risks. The motion was to strike out evidence based on misconduct and abuse of process during a remote cross-examination. The cross-examination of the affidavit occurred via Zoom, with an inte...
Tags: Law, Coles, Gilmore, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Kaushal, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Vasudeva, Behn, Makori, Yogita, Rubal, Moulton Contracting Ltd, Canam Enterprises Inc


Counter-Slavery Sign in El Paso, Texas

This sign is taped up on a restroom door in an El Paso restaurant. In 2021, slavery remains a global “thing.” Entire countries are enslaved. Travel and see... Before posting this sign, I checked the number and organization. Please see the two screenshots alerting about spoofing. The United States can do a great deal to counter human trafficking, kidnapping, and slavery by controlling the border. On the topic of borders, I just got a message from Gordon Chang about the BNO passports Ho...
Tags: Hong Kong, Featured, China, Thailand, Military, United States, El Paso, Ccp, Gordon, Hong Kongers, El Paso Texas, Gordon Chang, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, John Batchelor, BNO


PFAS in a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

The question de riguer in commercial real estate transactions is if PFAS is included in a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment? As made clear by the January 14, 2021 EPA action, the response is “no” that the standard practice for environmental site assessments in the vast majority of places does not consider PFAS, however, .. Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a group of more than 4,000 man-made chemicals that include PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many other chemicals. PFAS has been manufactured an...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Environmental, United States, Michigan, Epa, United States of America, Stuart Kaplow, ASTM, RCRA, PFOA, CERCLA, Codes and Regulations, Kaplow, PFOS


"John Weaver, a longtime Republican strategist and co-founder of the prominent anti-Trump group the Lincoln Project, has for years sent unsolicited and sexually provocative messages online to young men..."

"...often while suggesting he could help them get work in politics, according to interviews with 21 men who received them. His solicitations included sending messages to a 14-year-old, asking questions about his body while he was still in high school and then more pointed ones after he turned 18.... [M]any of them described feeling preyed upon by an influential older man in the field in which they wanted to work, and believing they had to engage with his repeated messaging or lose a professiona...
Tags: Law, Sexual Harassment, Trump, Weaver, John Weaver, Ann Althouse, Lincoln Project, New York Times Help


"Like baseball, everyday reality is an adventure that begins and ends at home base, where we are safe."

"No society can police everything all the time, least of all a democratic society. A healthy society rests on a consensus about what is a deviation and what is normal. We venture out from the norm, but we know the difference between the outfield and home, the reality of everyday life. Without that, as we have now experienced, things fall apart.... Society renews itself as common sense evolves. This requires trustworthy, transparent, respectful institutions of social discourse, especially when we...
Tags: Law, Democracy, Society, Surveillance, United States, Baseball, Free Speech, The Web, Abrams, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Harvard Business School, Ann Althouse, Shoshana Zuboff


What should sound weird?

I'm reading "Amanda Gorman showed us how civic ceremonies can have prayer without invoking God" by Kate Cohen (WaPo):  Hearing a grown-up ask God for something should sound as strange to me as hearing him plead with Santa or Superman. “We seek your faith, your smile, your warm embrace,” should sound weird. But it doesn’t. I was raised in America, where pledging allegiance “under God,” spending money stamped with “In God We Trust” and ending speeches with “God Bless America” are so automatic that...
Tags: Law, Poetry, Superman, America, God, Santa, Rhetoric, Prayer, Cohen, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Kate Cohen, Amanda Gorman


"Undemocratic Crimes"

The title of this post is the title of this new article authored by Paul Robinson and Jonathan Wilt. Here is its abstract: One might assume that in a working democracy the criminal law rules would reflect the community’s shared judgments regarding justice and punishment.  This is especially true because social science research shows that lay people generally think about criminal liability and punishment in consistent ways: in terms of desert, doing justice and avoiding injustice.  Moreover, the...
Tags: Law, Paul Robinson, Douglas A Berman, Jonathan Wilt


UK may help EU before domestic vaccination programme complete, says Liz Truss

Trade secretary had previously hinted supplies may not be diverted until UK population was vaccinatedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK could help the EU and other nations with coronavirus vaccine supplies even before the domestic vaccination programme has been completed, the international trade secretary, Liz Truss, has said.As ministers sought to smooth relations with Brussels after the EU’s much-criticised and swiftly rescinded decision to impose a vaccine bord...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation


"The Capitol complex is a place where Americans can go to watch their representatives, to speak with those representatives, to petition for the redress of grievances."

"The building and its grounds also are part of the fabric of the city. Streams of bikers pass through on morning and evening commutes. Tourists gather for concerts on the lawn. When it snows, the front face of Capitol Hill becomes a popular sledding spot, with neighborhood children sometimes transforming discarded protest signs into makeshift sleds. This is not just an amenity for neighbors and visitors. It is the tangible manifestation of the idea that the government is a part of American life,...
Tags: Protest, Law, Congress, Cheese, Eggs, Police, White House, Architecture, Capitol Hill, Jackson, Taxidermy, Capitol Police, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis, Capitol, Clark


Ministers move to stop backbench revolt over UK courts' role in genocide rulings

Government offers alternative to amendment that could force UK to reconsider trade deals with countries such as ChinaThe government is seeking to fend off a backbench revolt over China by giving the foreign affairs select committee new powers to investigate whether a country is so clearly breaching human rights that the UK should not agree to a free trade deal with it.The proposal is being canvassed as an alternative to a measure which would give the high court the power to make a preliminary de...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, China, Conservatives, UK News, World news, House Of Lords, Asia Pacific, House Of Commons, Islam, Judiciary, Xinjiang, Robert Buckland, Trade Policy


The Reason Behind Employee Wellness Programs

I couldn’t find the original comic that I saw once upon a time, but I went to a meme generator and reproduced it to the best of my memory. If you manage employees, you have probably been in one of these management meetings where the big boss or the HR staff conduct a brainstorming session on how we can help our employees deal with stress. On the surface, these meetings are structured with the idea of our employees are struggling with some external/internal stress (currently, of course, that woul...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Stress, Meditation, Human Resources, Don, Wellness Programs, Reason Behind Employee Wellness Programs


Prison Policy Initiative sets out long list of "Winnable criminal justice reforms" for state systems

Prison Policy Initiative has produced this effective ten-page document titled "Winnable criminal justice reforms: A Prison Policy Initiative briefing on promising state reform issues for 2021."  I count well over two dozen notable suggested reforms on the list, each of which comes with helpful links and additional information.  Check out the whole document, and here are two of the many sentencing items to whet appetites: Make it easier to change excessive prison sentences Problem: Nationally,...
Tags: Law, Save Money, American Legislative Exchange Council, Prison Policy Initiative, Douglas A Berman, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, 116th Congress Senate


"Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman... released a short film in January outlining his plans for the Line, a postmodern ecotopia to be built on the kingdom’s northwest coast."

"It will be a narrow urban strip 106 miles long with no roads, no cars and no pollution. M.B.S.... calls the Line a 'civilizational revolution' to be inhabited by one million people 'from all over the world.'... To watch the crown prince’s promotional video is to be immersed in a distinctively Saudi form of arrogance, blending religious triumphalism and royal grandiosity. The film begins with a fast-moving montage of the 20th-century’s greatest scientific and technical breakthroughs, including a...
Tags: Technology, Law, Saudi Arabia, Urban Life, Environmentalism, Propaganda, Mohammed bin Salman, Ann Althouse, Robert F Worth


Lots of local Texas #cjreform action, even as the #txlege is slow as Christmas

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention:TX Senate Committees May Only Meet 2-3 Times: The Texas Legislature's ramp up remains slow as Christmas; a few things are happening, but "not much" appears to be the new normal. On its website, the state prosecutors' association told its members, "don’t be surprised if many Senate committees hold no more than two or three hearings on Senate bills for the entirety of this regular session." Yikes! Usually, you might see 8 or so.Vanis...
Tags: Twitter, Texas, Law, Senate, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Sandra Bland, El Paso, Ny Times, Spencer, Harris County, Maurice, Maurice Chammah


Is Trump pathetically lawyerless or is he planning the power move of all time — representing himself on the Senate floor?

The conventional wisdom is, of course, that you never want to represent yourself — but that's in reference to the conventional setting, where you are in court and it's a law-based affair. Trump faces a trial in the midst of 100 Senators, with no Chief Justice presiding — no separate decision-makers of law and fact — and a complete tangle of law and politics, with politics taking precedence over law.  Think about the stakes: What does Trump risk if he loses? Disqualification from running for of...
Tags: Florida, Law, Senate, Cnn, Lawyers, Donald Trump, Trump, Drudge, Ann Althouse, Impeachment, pro-se Trump


"Let’s get one thing straight: there’s nothing 'respectable' about representing Donald Trump in his impeachment trial. Trump doesn’t have any legal right..."

"... to be represented by a lawyer in this context: it’s not a criminal trial, and if no real lawyer is willing to represent him, well that’s just too bad.  The notion that someone like Trump has a 'right' to have lawyers help him out in this context is a particularly perverse abuse of the concept of the right to counsel. If you represent Trump in this context it’s either because you think what Trump did on January 6th was affirmatively good, or you like money — or more realistically the promise...
Tags: Law, Senate, Lawyers, Donald Trump, Trump, Ann Althouse, Paul Campos


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. TRAVAIL : À partir du moment où une question est visée par la Loi sur les accidents du travail et les maladies professionnelles, qu’il s’agisse d’indemnisation, de réadaptation ou de retour au tr...
Tags: Law, Canada, Appel, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd, Lucie Fournier, Juges Marie France Bich Stéphane Sansfaçon


Israel Covid vaccine data shows extremely low rates of infections

Only 0.04% of people caught virus a week after second dose and 0.002% needed hospital treatmentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageStudies in Israel have offered tentative optimism on the effectiveness of vaccines in curbing the coronavirus pandemic, with initial data suggesting even the early stages of inoculation campaigns might have marked decreases in both hospitalisations and infections.With one in three Israelis having received at least one shot, a far higher fract...
Tags: Health, Science, Israel, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Israel Covid vaccination data offers hope for exit from pandemic

Only 0.04% of people became infected a week after becoming fully vaccinated, figures show Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageStudies in Israel have offered tentative optimism on the effectiveness of vaccines in curbing the coronavirus pandemic, with initial data suggesting even the early stages of inoculation campaigns might have marked decreases in both hospitalisations and infections.With one in three Israelis having received at least one shot, a far higher fraction t...
Tags: Health, Science, Israel, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


UK will only help EU if it does not affect our vaccine timetable, says Liz Truss

Minister hints that any diversion of supplies may not happen before UK has offered vaccine to all adultsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK could help EU nations with coronavirus vaccine supplies, the international trade secretary, Liz Truss, has said, but only if it does not affect the government’s timetable for vaccinating its own population.As ministers sought to smooth relations with Brussels following the EU’s much-criticised and swiftly rescinded decision to ...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Infectious Diseases, Foreign Policy, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation


What's the difference between all the Covid vaccines?

First there was Pfizer, then AstraZeneca, now Moderna and Novavax. How do they differ? And which might you get?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Society, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Novavax, Moderna, Coronavirus


WHO team visits Wuhan market where Covid-19 first detected

Market is landmark in Chinese city traumatised as epicentre of what became the pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage A World Health Organization-led team of experts investigating the origins of Covid-19 have visited Huanan market, the now shuttered wholesale seafood centre in the Chinese city of Wuhan where the virus was initially detected.The team arrived at Huanan amid heavy security, with additional barricades set up outside a high blue fence surrounding the m...
Tags: Health, China, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Wuhan, Coronavirus, Huanan


Just £12,000 of £40m fund for displaced Chagos islanders has been spent

MP representing most of UK’s Chagossians says failure to use compensation money to help those facing hardship is outrageousLess than £12,000 of a £40m fund set up to compensate Chagos islanders who were forcibly evicted from their homeland by the British government has reached those living in the UK.Four years after it was announced, the Foreign Office fund has distributed less than 1% of its budget in direct support to islanders forced from their homes in the Indian Ocean. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Law, UK News, US military, United Nations, International court of justice, Foreign, Gatwick Airport, Chagos Islands, Mauritius, Foreign Office, Commonwealth and Development Office, UN Global Compact partner zone: transforming busin


What a great shot! Vaccination selfies become the latest social media hit

A new trend has emerged – public figures posting ‘vaxxies’ showing the moment they received their jabCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe latest social media trend involves no ice buckets, no filters and certainly no sea shanties. Now celebrities and politicians around the world are vying to post the best “vaxxies” – selfies of the moment they receive their Covid-19 vaccination.While vaxxies send out a strong message that the vaccines are safe, they are also an undenia...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Vladimir Putin, Social Media, Society, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Digital Media, Microbiology, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation



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