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Saving Canada From Climate Change, at the Expense of Federalism

Climate change is the single greatest existential threat facing Canada. Greater than terrorism. Greater than cyber attacks on our digital infrastructure. Even greater than the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, Canada has failed miserably in responding to this threat, despite knowing about it for decades. The reasons for this ultimately come down to politics, and narrow interests far too often confined by political cycles. In 2019, Canada’s independent environment auditor, the Commissioner of the ...
Tags: Law, Court, Canada, Paris, Parliament, Council, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba, Henry Viii, Brown, Supreme Court of Canada, Legislative Assembly, Henry VII, Alberta Saskatchewan


At the Sunday Night Café...

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


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: David Phelan: Apple iPhone 13: Patent Hints At Radically Different Innovation  (Source: Forbes) Christopher Rowland: Advocates Want NIH to Use its Moderna Vaccine Patent to Push for Global Access (Source: The Washington Post) Larry W. Reaugh: American Manganese Patent Application Receives Notice of Allowance from Korean Intellectual Property Office (Source: AccessWire) Sam Fathi: MagSafe Charging Port for iPhone Appears in Apple Patent (Source: MacRumors) ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, China, Uspto, Nih, Patent, David Schwartz, Courtenay, David Phelan, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Forbes Christopher Rowland, Moderna Vaccine Patent, Larry W Reaugh, Korean Intellectual Property Office Source, AccessWire Sam Fathi


Senators Durbin and Grassley introduce new "First Step Implementation Act"

As detailed in this press release, on Friday "U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the lead sponsors of the landmark First Step Act (FSA), introduced the bipartisan First Step Implementation Act, legislation that aims to further implement the FSA and advance its goals." Here is more from the release: “In 2018, Congress came together to pass the most important cr...
Tags: Law, Congress, Fsa, Senate, Chuck Grassley, Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley, Durbin, Dick Durbin, Douglas A Berman


Pantry moths who eat each other prove a key principle of evolution

Researchers studied cannibalism among commonly-found moths to test an evolutionary principle.The scientists concluded that moths with more sibling interaction were less selfish.The principle applies to humans and other animals. A common moth, found in pantries, could explain a crucial link between society and selfishness, according to a new study. Researchers showed that an increase in sibling interaction resulted in less selfish behavior in Indian meal moth caterpillars. In particular, the sci...
Tags: Psychology, Biology, Government, Society, Innovation, Evolution, University Of California, Rice University, Rudolf, Volker Rudolf Mike Boots, Dylan Childs Hannah Tidbury, Jessica Crossmore, U K s University of Sheffield Volker, Rudolf Cannibalism, Rudolf Families


Cannibalistic pantry moths prove a key principle of evolution

Researchers studied cannibalism among commonly-found moths to test an evolutionary principle.The scientists concluded that moths with more sibling interaction were less selfish.The principle applies to humans and other animals. A common moth, found in pantries, could explain a crucial link between society and selfishness, according to a new study. Researchers showed that an increase in sibling interaction resulted in less selfish behavior in Indian meal moth caterpillars. In particular, the sci...
Tags: Psychology, Biology, Government, Society, Innovation, Evolution, University Of California, Rudolf, Volker Rudolf Mike Boots, Dylan Childs Hannah Tidbury, Jessica Crossmore, U K s University of Sheffield Volker, Rudolf Cannibalism, Rudolf Families


“Possible cause”: Court seems poised to allow warrantless community caretaking entries into the home

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard argument in Caniglia v. Strom over whether the “community caretaking” exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement extends to the home. For a case one expert commentator deemed “small,” much was at play here, as evidenced by the simulacrum... The post “Possible cause”: Court seems poised to allow warrantless community caretaking entries into the home appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Merits Cases, Strom, Caniglia


Now We Know What is Killing the Birds

A cause is now known for bird deaths that eluded scientists for more than 25 years. It is beyond dispute that there are human activities that have a known negative impact on the natural environment, but sometimes events come together, only in part arising from human activities, to create unknown environmental consequences. During the winter of 1994, 29 bald eagles died at DeGray Lake in Arkansas, the largest undiagnosed mass mortality of bald eagles in the United States. More than 70 dead eagles...
Tags: Law, Environmental, United States, Arkansas, Stuart Kaplow, AVM, Kaplow, DeGray Lake, Eagle Deaths, Bird Deaths, environmental attorney Maryland, environmental law Maryland, Aetokthonotoxin, Aetx


Happy Passover and Open Thread

To those of you attending seders this week for Pesach (Passover), enjoy. I made Matzoh Brei for breadfast, and will have matzoh ball soup for dinner, but I'm not willing to be in a room full of people I haven't seen in a year to do a live... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law


DfE warns schools could be closed over 'rape culture' claims

Schools that fail safeguarding rules risk closure after sexual abuse allegations posted on Everyone’s InvitedSchools that fail to meet safeguarding standards for pupils could be forced to shut amid concerns over a “rape culture” in educational establishments.More than 100 schools have been named in harrowing anonymous testimonies on the everyonesinvited.uk website, which was set up to expose misogyny, harassment and assault and has also drawn attention to a lack of redress and support for many v...
Tags: Education, Children, Society, UK News, Schools, Young People, Ofsted, Private Schools, Sexual Harassment, Rape and sexual assault


Snapchat Photos Don’t Constitute “Virtual” Physical Presence–People v. White

The defendant was a high school teacher and coach. She sent photos to one of her students, WB, via Snapchat. The court says WB and the defendant never discussed the photos. The court describes the photos as “somewhat risqué” because they featured her partially uncovered breasts. Using a separate phone, WB took photos of the Snapchat photos (this avoided Snapchat’s notifications for screenshotting). The state prosecuted the defendant for sexual exploitation of a child (Illinois Criminal Code Sec....
Tags: Florida, Law, Snapchat, Virtual Worlds, Sony, Hall, White, Immersion, State, Decker, Ellis, WB, Eichenwald, Content Regulation, Internet History, Conwell


Will We Ever Return to the Office Like “Normal” Again?

Last week, along with my colleagues Lisa Zana and Robert Grady, I presented to the Association of Corporate Counsel group from Westchester County and Southern Connecticut on Returning to the Office. Of course, it’s still premature.  The COVID-19 cases in Connecticut and New York are among the highest in the nation. While vaccinations continue to be ramping up, right now at least, it seems that the virus is willing — particularly among the twenty- and thirty-something generation. The pandemic isn...
Tags: New York, Law, Connecticut, Cbre, Association of Corporate Counsel, Westchester County, Southern Connecticut, Robert Grady, Lisa Zana


Tonight: Waxing Gibbous Moon — Fair Weather — The Borders will be overrun

Panama City, Panama Yon-Genre mind-dump, sans edit Life on earth is immensely effected by the Moon. Second only to the sun. Entire religions, calendars, tides, architecture, and every sort of human behavior including war and migration, are directly related to the Moon. During the Florida mating season, when the Moon is high at night, the Mockingbird perches under the sky, singing through the night, calling for a mate. The Moon and the Mockingbird. Many a night I fell asleep to the Mocki...
Tags: Florida, Featured, America, Colombia, Afghanistan, Military, United States, Taliban, Moon, Portland Oregon, Panama, Panama City, Blaine, Shin, Shin Dong, Southern Afghanistan


Notable back-and-forth on how "conservatives" ought to respond to this moment in crime and punishment

I have put "conservatives" in quotes in this title of this post because I have never really found traditional political labels that helpful in explaining people and positions, and I sometimes find such labels can prove particularly problematic in the criminal justice arena.  In fact, it is because of these realities that I found interesting a pair of new pieces from right-leaning sources.  First, writing at City Journal, Josh Hammer has this piece titled "Recover the Moral Imperative of Law and ...
Tags: Mississippi, Law, University Of Chicago, Republican, Hammer, Tea Party, Citizens, Antonin Scalia, Cato Institute, Jeff Sessions, Texas Georgia, Barr, Shon Hopwood, Will Baude, Douglas A Berman, Clark Neily


"Getting to Know You: An Expanded Approach to Capital Jury Selection"

The title of this post is the title of this new article authored by Samuel Newton now available via SSRN. Here is its abstract: The Colorado Method of capital jury selection is a widely-embraced strategy defense attorneys use in voir dire, in which attorneys rank each juror exclusively on the likelihood that the juror will vote for life or death.  The method has some problems.  It is not fully public.  Discussing punishment prior to guilt also predisposes juries to vote for death.  It inadequat...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Samuel Newton, Capital Jury Project


"... a 14-year-old Midwestern boy who suddenly began experiencing psychosis-like symptoms after being scratched by his cat."

I'm reading "‘Cat-scratch’ bacteria linked to schizophrenia, study says." “Historically, prior to psychiatric symptom onset, the boy was socially, athletically, and academically active, as evidenced by participation in national geography and history competitions, and a lead actor in a school play, winning an award in fencing and achieving excellent course grades,” a 2019 study by [Edward] Breitschwerdt reported about the boy, who was initially diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was once placed on ...
Tags: Cats, Law, Bartonella, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Strange Medical Condition, LSB- Edward -RSB- Breitschwerdt


Wheel life with the ladies in the van

Many middle-aged American women are selling up and shipping out, taking to the roads alone in their mobile homesSarah Gabriel found her life’s meaning in a small town in Kansas on a cold autumn morning in 2020. It was the hour before dawn in a Walmart car park and the 63-year-old rolled back the strip of floor underlay that serves as makeshift curtains on the windows of her 2008 Honda minivan to the awesome sight of a full moon looming above the spectral white of Walmart’s security lights.“Here ...
Tags: Travel, Women, Walmart, Life and style, Society, Kansas, Middle age, Honda, Dorothy, Sarah, Camping Holidays, Gabriel


"... simultaneously transforming into hyperventilating country club snots with sweaters tied around their necks in 1980s movies."

In other words ... pic.twitter.com/61Bzx9aaw7— Adam Bonin (@adambonin) March 27, 2021 I don't know who "the Bruenigs" are, and I haven't paid too much attention to the metamorphosis of Yglesias, but I have been following the transformation of Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Sullivan, and these tweets strike a chord.I've got to hypothesize that this has something to do with the financial incentives at Substack, where Yglesias, Greenwald, and Sullivan have relocated. Again, I have no idea about "the ...
Tags: Writing, Law, Careers, Glenn Greenwald, Yglesias, Samuel Johnson, Sullivan, Andrew Sullivan, Substack, Ann Althouse, Adam Bonin, Yglesias Greenwald, Yglesias Greenwald Sullivan


I like this TV show "Midnight Gospel."

 Here's Duncan Trussell talking to Joe Rogan about it:  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Cartoons, Joe Rogan, Ann Althouse, Duncan Trussell


"In the station, shadows pool in the basins of hundreds of concrete coffers lining the domed catacomb, as if each one holds something secret."

"Light scurries to corners and crevices, rises from below, casting your features as defamiliarized, haunting forms. Everyone looms. By the time you get down here, are you as raw as the concrete? As callous as a villain? As low as your basest instincts? Cackles ricochet off concrete. Sinister plots surface from the shadows.... Washington’s most notorious Brutalist building, the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover Building, has become a living lair, a symbol of surveillance and policing.... When seen from the ...
Tags: Law, Washington, Fbi, Architecture, George Orwell, Pennsylvania Avenue, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Light And Shade, Kelsey Ables WaPo


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. ACTION COLLECTIVE (RECOURS COLLECTIF) : Estimant détenir une créance conditionnelle à la suite de l’approbation de leurs honoraires, les avocats des représentants demandent la communication de l’...
Tags: Law, Canada, NCPC, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, BGA, Filion


"After class, Doe approached Meriwether and 'demanded' that Meriwether 'refer to [Doe] as a woman' and use 'feminine titles and pronouns.'"

"This was the first time that Meriwether learned that Doe identified as a woman. So Meriwether paused before responding because his sincerely held religious beliefs prevented him from communicating messages about gender identity that he believes are false. He explained that he wasn’t sure if he could comply with Doe’s demands. Doe became hostile—circling around Meriwether at first, and then approaching him in a threatening manner: 'I guess this means I can call you a cu--.' Doe promised that Mer...
Tags: Law, Transgender, DOE, Free Speech, Religion And Government, Ann Althouse, Meriwether, Hartop


"Opponents of trans girls’ participation in sports frame their fight in terms of the rights and opportunities of cis girls..."

"... they claim that trans girls, with their unfair advantage, will snag the medals and the college scholarships that rightfully belong to athletes who were assigned female at birth. But, as I listened to the Judiciary Committee hearing, it struck me that the opposition set up in the arguments was between cis-girl athletes on the one hand and a vast liberal conspiracy on the other. (The term 'gender ideology,' a favorite bugaboo of the global far-right movement, made an appearance, too—gender id...
Tags: Texas, Safety, Law, Sports, America, Transgender, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Judiciary Committee, Ann Althouse, Masha Gessen, Emotional Politics, Gender Difference, Gessen, MeToo, Abigail Shrier, Movement to Exclude Trans Girls


Four-fifths of Sudan's £861m debt to UK is interest

Freedom of information data will increase calls for country to be granted debt amnestyWhen Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, was in Sudan in January he offered £40m in aid to help its poorest people, who are facing unprecedented food scarcity in a debt-laden country where austerity is deepening.Sudan, ruled by an unelected military-led transitional government after longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir was deposed in 2019, owes the UK almost £900m. But the Observer can reveal that almost 80% of that ...
Tags: Business, UK, Africa, Economics, Society, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Sudan, Debt relief, Omar al Bashir, Dominic Raab, International Monetary Fund (IMF


Patriot games: why flying the union jack has become so contentious

Politicians of all stripes have long pressed the national flag into service to unite the nation. Now its use as a stage prop or on official buildings is divisiveIn the ancient history of 2007 Gordon Brown stood up in parliament to give his first speech as prime minister. His theme was “reinvigorating Britishness”, and he offered a series of policies to promote the idea.Prominent among them was the plan to end the 1924 edict that allowed the union jack only to be flown from public buildings on 18...
Tags: Politics, European Union, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, History, Culture, Labour, Boris Johnson, Gordon Brown, Focus, Priti Patel


Row erupts over bid to revive London's historic Caribbean cultural hub

Haringey council admits neglecting the West Indian centre in north London but is locked in a dispute over who should improve itA row has broken out over the future of an important Caribbean community centre in north London which has fallen into serious disrepair after years of neglect by its landlord, the local council.Stewart Wellington, whose parents arrived in the UK from Jamaica in the 1950s as part of the Windrush generation, has drawn up multimillion-pound plans to demolish it and start ag...
Tags: UK, London, Race, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Architecture, Jamaica, Regeneration, Caribbean, Haringey, Windrush, Stewart Wellington


How Mary Wortley Montagu's bold experiment led to smallpox vaccine – 75 years before Jenner

A new book celebrates the trailblazing work of the English aristocrat, who successfully inoculated her daughterIt was a daring and dangerous experiment that paved the way for the development of the first safe vaccine and saved countless lives. Yet when Lady Mary Wortley Montagu deliberately infected her own daughter with a tiny dose of smallpox – successfully inoculating the three-year-old child in 1721 – her ideas were dismissed and she was denounced by 18th-century society as an “ignorant woma...
Tags: Health, Books, Science, Society, UK News, World news, History, Medical Research, Culture, Epidemics, Vaccines and immunisation, Jenner, Aristocracy, Mary Wortley Montagu, Wortley Montagu


The UK professor, a fake Russian spy and the undercover Syria sting

Ex-Observer journalist tells of role in trap to expose disinformation tactics of defenders of the Assad regimeA more sceptical academic than Paul McKeigue might perhaps have wondered if the emails flooding into his inbox from “Ivan”, a purported Russian spy, were too good to be true.Ivan appeared to share many of McKeigue’s own personal obsessions, particularly his desire to discredit investigators who compile evidence of war crimes committed in Syria. And he claimed access to both ready cash an...
Tags: UK, Law, UK News, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, War Crimes, Ivan, Paul McKeigue, McKeigue


Unsafe workspaces: health fears grow as staff get set for the big return

Safety reps sound the alarm over lack of risk assessments, PPE and social distancingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of workers could be returning to unsafe workplaces without Covid risk assessments while the vaccines are still being rolled out and dangerous variants are circulating.A survey of union safety reps by the TUC suggests almost half of employers have not carried out a Covid risk assessment or have outdated, inadequate measures in place that may not ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Health & wellbeing, Trade unions, TUC, Frances O'grady, Guardian Careers, Coronavirus


High court to rule on legality of Covid contracts for PM's 'chums'

Campaigners claim Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock acted unlawfullyClaims that Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock acted unlawfully by appointing their “chums” to three top jobs in the fight against Covid-19 – without opening the processes to competition – are to be the subject of an official legal challenge in the high court.Campaigners won an initial victory in the case last Thursday, when Mr Justice Swift granted their applications for a judicial review. In court, they will argue that the prime mini...
Tags: Health, Politics, Law, UK News, Public finance, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Swift, Matt Hancock, Coronavirus



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