Coronavirus live news: Australia begins vaccine rollout; Israel says Pfizer jab 96% effective

PM Scott Morrison one of the first to be vaccinated; Ireland’s pubs to stay closed until summer; all UK adults to be offered vaccine by ‘end July’. Follow latest updatesUK: Ban on outside sport can end, top scientist urges JohnsonLong Covid: ‘It’s a year since I’ve felt like myself’Surge in referrals for eating disorders among under-18s during CovidSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.34am GMT Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday reported 7,785 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the country an...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Mexico, China, Israel, Society, World news, Ireland, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Scott Morrison, Shijiazhuang, JohnsonLong Covid, Gaocheng

At the Saturday Night Café...

 ... you can talk all night. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Ban on outside sport can end, top scientist urges Johnson

Call comes as prime minister aims for all adults to be vaccinated by JulyData on the number of Covid-19 cases is now so encouraging that outdoor sports for children and small numbers of adults should be allowed immediately as part of an accelerated easing of the lockdown, a leading scientist and adviser to government has told the Observer.With the prime minister expected to take a cautious approach to lifting restrictions in a statement to the House of Commons on Monday, Prof Mark Woolhouse of E...
Tags: Health, Education, Society, UK News, Edinburgh University, House Of Commons, Schools, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson, Coronavirus, Mark Woolhouse, COVID, Julydata

Charities condemn Facebook for ‘attack on democracy’ in Australia

Campaign groups say blocking access to reliable news sources leaves a void to be filled by misinformation and hate speechMembers of Facebook’s oversight board, which some have likened to an internal “supreme court”, have been called on to speak out or step down after the platform shut down swathes of media and key public information sites during a battle with the Australian government.The social media giant suspended pages – including those of government bodies and state health departments befor...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Australia, Censorship, Social Media, Society, World news, Australia news, Newspapers & magazines, Digital Media, Charities, Voluntary sector, Scott Morrison

Tobacco giant bets £1bn on influencers to boost 'more lung-friendly' sales

As smoking falls out of fashion, BAT is pinning its hopes on younger users of e-cigarettes and nicotine pouchesFlashing an ice-white smile for her 50,000 followers on TikTok, a fresh-faced young woman pops a flavoured nicotine pouch into her mouth, as one of Pakistan’s most popular love songs plays in the background.More than 3,000 miles away, in Sweden, another social media starlet lip-syncs for the camera, to a different pop tune. The same little pouches, made by British American Tobacco, appe...
Tags: Health, Business, Sweden, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Society, UK News, Digital Media, Pakistan, Young People, Tobacco industry, E-cigarettes, Corporate sponsorship, British American Tobacco, Tiktok

Tobacco giant bets £1bn on social-media influencers to boost 'lung-friendlier' sales

As smoking falls out of fashion, BAT is pinning its hopes on younger users of e-cigarettes and nicotine pouchesFlashing an ice-white smile for her 50,000 followers on TikTok, a fresh-faced young woman pops a flavoured nicotine pouch into her mouth, as one of Pakistan’s most popular love songs plays in the background.More than 3,000 miles away, in Sweden, another social media starlet lip-syncs for the camera, to a different pop tune. The same little pouches, made by British American Tobacco, appe...
Tags: Health, Business, Sweden, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Society, UK News, Digital Media, Pakistan, Young People, Tobacco industry, E-cigarettes, Corporate sponsorship, British American Tobacco, Tiktok

Doctor Can’t Win Default Judgment Over Patient’s Yelp Review–Mirza v. Amar

This is another entry in my decade-long coverage of doctors suing patients for online reviews. The plaintiff is a Botox provider. The defendant-patient wrote a critical review on Yelp. The doctor sued the patient for defamation and related claims. The patient did not appear in court, seemingly setting up the doctor for a slam-dunk win. Yet, the court denied the plaintiff even without the patient mounting any defense. Let’s take a look at the reasons why: As usual, the court adjusts the applicab...
Tags: New York, Law, Amar, Mirza, Content Regulation, Yelp Review, Fugazi Fugazi, Yelp Review Mirza

Twitch copyright bot replaces audio stream on live Metallica concert with generic library music

Dadrock icons Metallica tried to play a live concert on Twitch, but Twitch's copyright bot detected the copyrighted material and replaced it with generic library music. the current state of Twitch: the official Twitch Gaming channel cut off the live Metallica concert to play 8bit folk music to avoid DMCA — Read the rest
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The Justice Department and FBI are investigating whether Roger Stone and Alex Jones played a role in the Capitol siege, report says

Roger Stone, left, and Alex Jones, right, spoke at pro-Trump rallies ahead of the Capitol siege on January 6, 2021. Getty Images Right-wing influencers are being investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department, according to The Washington Post. Investigators are exploring possible ties between Alex Jones, Roger Stone, and the insurrectionists. The investigation wants to understand what the rioters were thinking when they ransacked the US Capitol. Visit the Business section of Insider fo...
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"Weathering is associated with accelerated aging of the body and is thought to be one of the reasons that Black Americans develop certain chronic medical conditions..."

"... at much younger ages than their White counterparts. Studies have also found that the average Black American, compared with their White peers, has a much higher 'allostatic load,' which is a measurement for lifelong cumulative stress on the body. Using data from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey collected from 1999 to 2002, Geronimus found that when measuring the allostatic load of Americans, the score 'for Black Americans was roughly comparable to that for Whites who were 1...
Tags: Law, WaPo, Ann Althouse, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, Race And Health, Coronavirus, John Henryism, Uché Blackstock, Geronimus, Oni Blackstock

"Ollie says one of the 'rules' of the experiment is that he and Zoe, both bisexual, will only hook up with same-sex partners."

"But whoops, Zoe replies, she already broke that rule by sleeping with a man. Later, Ollie is dating and sleeping with a woman. We don’t see them discussing their rules, why they exist, why they might change, how they talk about the ones they’ve broken. Ollie’s narration adds no clarity.... While Ollie and Zoe are just kind of irritating—we’re treated to long sequences of them frolicking naked in fields; Ollie waxes poetic about how he loves Zoe for being such an 'adult,' because she soaks her o...
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"Every day, I watch my colleagues manage student conflict through the lens of race, projecting rigid assumptions and stereotypes on students, thereby reducing them to the color of their skin."

"I am asked to do the same, as well as to support a curriculum for students that teaches them to project those same stereotypes and assumptions onto themselves and others. I believe such a curriculum is dehumanizing, prevents authentic connection, and undermines the moral agency of young people who are just beginning to find their way in the world. Although I have spoken to many staff and faculty at the college who are deeply troubled by all of this, they are too terrified to speak out about it...
Tags: Law, Smith College, White Privilege, Unsaid Things, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Employment Discrimination, Bari Weiss, Jodi Shaw

"Does Forfeiture Work? Evidence from the States"

The title of this post is the title of from the Institute for Justice and authored by Brian Kelly.  Here is the report's executive summary: This study provides the first multistate analysis of whether forfeiture works to fight crime or is, instead, used primarily to generate revenue.  These competing claims lie at the heart of the policy debate over forfeiture, a legal tool that allows law enforcement agencies to seize and permanently keep people’s cars, cash and even homes if they suspect th...
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‘Which came first, booze or boys?’: untangling a love affair with alcohol

For better and for worse, drinking has been a constant thread running through writer Megan Nolan’s relationships. She reflects on the dual thrills of alcohol and romanceFrom the very beginning, whenever there was a crush, there was also a drink in my hand. In his novel High Fidelity, Nick Hornby’s narrator Rob, an unhappy vinyl obsessive, asks himself: “Which came first, the music or the misery?” Did he learn to be unhappy from the sad songs he loved, or did the songs comfort him after the unhap...
Tags: Health, Sex, Relationships, Alcohol, Life and style, Society, Nick Hornby, Rob, Alcoholism, Megan Nolan

"I had to isolate, using Being Famous as an immense excuse for never facing anything. Because I was Famous, therefore I can’t go to the movies."

"I can’t go to the theater. But then sitting in this [Hong Kong hotel] room, taking baths, which I noticed Yoko did, every time I got nervous — I must have had about 40 baths — I’m looking out over the Hong Kong Bay, and there’s something ringing a bell. It’s like, what is it? And then I just got very, very relaxed. And it was like a recognition: this is me! This relaxed person is me!.... I rediscovered [in Hong Kong], the feeling I used to have as a youngster, walking in the mountains of Scotla...
Tags: Psychology, Hong Kong, Music, Law, Scotland, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, John, Richard, Beatles, Lennon, Solitude, Jerry Lee Lewis, Yoko, Ann Althouse, Hong Kong Bay

Catching up on a week of criminal justice reads

A busy work week with lots of student conferences, Zoom meetings aplenty, and a great OSJCL symposium got me behind on interesting reading (and blogging) on a variety of criminal justice fronts.  So, catching up, here are some recent pieces catching my eye: From The Atlantic, "Anissa Jordan Took Part in a Robbery. She Went to Prison for Murder. The legal doctrine that allows people to be prosecuted for murder even if they didn’t kill anyone has fallen out of favor across the globe. In America, i...
Tags: Law, Nbc News, America, Los Angeles, Michigan, Garland, MDOC, Douglas A Berman, Reuters Biden, Atlantic Anissa Jordan Took Part, New York Review of Books America, Did Illinois

'An exciting time': European Space Agency takes diversity to space

Helen Sharman, the UK’s first astronaut, praises the agency as it begins a search for 26 recruitsHelen Sharman, the UK’s first astronaut, has welcomed the European Space Agency’s decision to improve diversity among crew as an “exciting time for human space flight expansion”.Esa announced earlier this week that as part of its bid to recruit up to 26 new astronauts it was casting its net wider than ever and that diversity – across gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs and physical disabil...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Space, UK, Science, Society, Disability, Esa, European Space Agency, Helen Sharman, Sharman

"A senior No 10 source said that male primogeniture was 'a nonsense.' Scrapping it was 'being looked at,' along with 'three or four other things.'"

Ha ha. It's nonsense, but they're only up to the point of looking at it and still considering several other options. The quote is from "Ladies first in Tory plan to abolish male primogeniture/Daughters may take hereditary peerages under new bill" (The London Times). After seven miscarriages and two rounds of IVF Charlotte Carew Pole was “absolutely thrilled” when she gave birth to her daughter, Jemima.... “‘Congratulations, what a shame it wasn’t a boy’, or ‘How quickly can you have another?’” w...
Tags: Law, History, Britain, Lesotho, London Times, Jemima, Ann Althouse, Gender Difference, U.K, IVF Charlotte Carew Pole

‘I had no idea about the hidden labour’: has the pandemic changed fatherhood for ever?

For the past year, many men have spent more time with their children than ever before. Could it force a permanent change?Primary school spelling tests ringed by coffee stains; office printouts splashed with paint from GCSE art projects; laptops running out of puff in the middle of Zoomed-in geography lessons; and everyone in the family, from the mildest of adults to the sweetest of children, arguing with the fury of stockbrokers over their fair share of the wifi bandwidth. By shutting schools, b...
Tags: Family, Children, Women, Life and style, Society, Work & careers, Employee Benefits, Men, Parents and parenting, Birmingham, Maternity & paternity rights, Guardian Careers, Gcse, Sarah Forbes, Coronavirus, Office for National Statistics Meanwhile

Manchester council loses legal fight to build car park next to school

Campaign group Trees Not Cars says victory exposes ‘hypocrisy’ of council’s approach to air pollutionA group of women from Manchester have won a legal battle with the city’s council, which wanted to build a 440-space car park next to the city centre’s only primary school.Campaigners said the victory exposed the “hypocrisy” in the local authority’s approach to addressing air pollution and global heating. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Environment, Society, UK News, Pollution, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Local Government, Manchester council, Trees Not Cars

‘My thoughts became poisonous’: the toll of lockdown when you live alone

Long-term social isolation is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. What has the last year meant for those who don’t share their homes?When the first headlines about coronavirus began to appear in January 2020, they had little impact on south Londoner TJ, 25. “It seems outrageous now, but I thought: ‘I’m young, I’m healthy, I’ll be fine.’” By the time the first lockdown was announced, his mindset had begun to shift. He’d been single “for ever” and his housemate was spending lock...
Tags: Health, UK, Relationships, Alcohol, Friendship, Life and style, Society, Office For National Statistics, Alcoholism, Loneliness, TJ, Coronavirus

Pennsylvania police officer charged in the Capitol riot posted video of the insurrection and has 'no regrets'

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021. ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images A PA officer was charged by federal authorities for his alleged involvement in the Capitol riot.  Joseph Fischer allegedly posted a video of himself racing into the Capitol.  Fischer who has been suspended without pay allegedly said he told his Chief that he had no regrets. Visit th...
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