At the Saturday Night Café...

... you can talk about whatever you want. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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"The liminal state of this song is punctuated by lulls of drones humming and possible ecstatic highs, but even as fractured and wild as it might all be..."

"... the power of getting through this speck of time is in your hands. While maybe you can’t directly relate to Chapman’s urgent promises about breaking the cycle of poverty and disappointment, you can loosely use O’Rourke’s scientific process for getting through any situation rife with angst, murk and the blah of it all. Listen hard enough, and the nearly sitcom-length middle can even feel short when the same big, bending sounds are crammed into little pockets of time that flitter away before y...
Tags: Law, Chapman, Tracy Chapman, Jim O'Rourke, Ann Althouse, O'Rourke, Hau Chu, Hau Chu WaPo

Are you waiting for the basketball game to start and enduring Miley Cyrus?

Miley Cyrus singing We Will Rock You at the #FinalFour #MarchMadness MILEY CYRUS FINAL FOUR— Miley Cyrus Edition (@MileyEdition) April 3, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Families look for closure in final report on deadly Marine AAV training accident

This time last year, Sarah Villanueva was trying to get up the nerve to ask her parents for their blessing to marry an infantry Marine at Camp Pendleton. Now, the 20-year-old widow, an environmental systems major at San Diego State University, is left trying to figure out her life without Cpl. Cesar Villanueva, the man she fell in love with during a first date at a Temecula dog park just weeks before they decided to get married. Sarah Villanueva, 20, wipes away tears as she looks at photo’s ...
Tags: News, Greece, Navy, California, Oregon, Sport, Marine, Soccer, Military, Selma, Marine Corps, Marines, San Diego, Portland Oregon, Local News, Smith

The intensely grand parade of mummies.

 "The lavish, multimillion-dollar spectacle saw 22 mummies - 18 kings and four queens - transported from the peach-coloured, neo-classical Egyptian Museum to their new resting place 5km (three miles) away. With tight security arrangements befitting their royal blood and status as national treasures, the mummies were relocated to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in what is called The Pharaohs' Golden Parade. They were transported with great fanfare in chronological order of thei...
Tags: Art, Law, History, Bbc, Egypt, Museums, Royalty, Ann Althouse, National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation, Seqenenre Taa II

A formidable Final Four: Marshall, Scalia, Warren and Brandeis vie for the title

A liberal icon, a conservative icon, an early 19th-century pioneer, an early 20th-century luminary. One of those four contenders will be chosen by SCOTUSblog readers as the greatest Supreme Court justice. SCOTUS bracketology began with a field of 16 former justices from throughout history. After... The post A formidable Final Four: Marshall, Scalia, Warren and Brandeis vie for the title appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Brandeis, SCOTUS bracketology, Marshall Scalia Warren

Season for War is Upon Us

Panama City, Panama Fair weather brings hot guns. I warned since early 2020 that 2021 will outdo whatever 2020 brings. Conditions are set. Conflict rarely comes as complete surprise. Historians often typically date wars with specific birthdays suitable for history tests, such as 12 April 1861 for America’s biggest civil war to date, and then the arguments begin about Sumpter, Bull Run, or Philippi. Where was the real starting point? Or another great American Civil War — also called the ...
Tags: Featured, America, Military, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Panama City Panama Fair, Sumpter Bull Run, Ukraine Myanmar Taiwan Thailand Minnesota

Detailing "perfect storm" of factors that may account for increase in violent crime

CNN has this lengthy new piece about the modern violent crime increase under the headline "The US saw significant crime rise across major cities in 2020. And it's not letting up." Here is how it gets started: Major American cities saw a 33% increase in homicides last year as a pandemic swept across the country, millions of people joined protests against racial injustice and police brutality, and the economy collapsed under the weight of the pandemic — a crime surge that has continued into the f...
Tags: Law, US, Cnn, Ray Kelly, Raleigh North Carolina, Douglas A Berman, Citizens Policing Project

Sunrise — 6:38, 6:41.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
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Texas radically reduced traffic enforcement with no noticeable impact on road safety

What's the relationship between traffic enforcement by police and roadway safety? Arguably not much. Over the last decade, the number of traffic cases brought by Texas cops has plummeted, according to the Office of Court Administration's 2020 Annual Statistical Report: Over the same period, though, roadway deaths per hundred-million miles first rose and then declined to pre-2010 levels, despite major population increases over this period coupled with radical reductions in police enforcement. F...
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Virginia is the first southern state to ban the 'trans panic' defense that previously gave lighter sentences to assailants claiming to react to someone's gender identity

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. Steve Helber/AP Photo Virginia passed a bill nullifying the "gay/trans panic defense" on Wednesday. The defense has traditionally been used in murder and assault cases against LGBT victims. Virginia, with Gov. Ralph Northam signing the bill, is the first southern state to ban its use. See more stories on Insider's business page. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill Wednesday invalidating the "gay/trans panic" defense, which lawyers have previously use...
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Udemy Qualifies for 512(c) Safe Harbor for User-Uploaded Courses–Kinsley v. Udemy

This case involves two videos by Kinsley that third parties uploaded to the education site Udemy. Udemy promptly honored Kinsley’s takedown notices, but he sued anyways. In a fairly efficient opinion, the court grants summary judgment that Udemy qualifies for the Section 512(c) safe harbor. Some of the statutory analysis: Service Provider. Udemy “provides online services to its users in the form of its courses.” Standard Technical Measures. “There is nothing in the record to indicate that Udemy ...
Tags: Law, Court, Copyright, Udemy, Kinsey, Westlaw, Kinsley, Derivative Liability, Udemy Inc, Standard Technical Measures, Control Udemy

"When I was about 10 years old, my mother became interested in the idea of the divine feminine, specifically centering spirituality on women..."

"...rather than the patriarchal notion of a male god.... Judging from the attendees of the goddess fairs in hotel ballrooms I was also taken to, this was a fairly White, progressive and privileged group of women. It served as a kind of spiritual extension of the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s, parallel to feminism. Men soon started to realize that they, too, had a gender to consider, and the men’s movement took off in the ’70s and ’80s. It manifested in three expressions, says Cliff L...
Tags: Law, New Age, University of Northern Colorado, Bly, Jung, Ann Althouse, Robert Bly, Marisa Meltzer, Lightweight Religion, Cliff Leek, American Men 's Studies Association

"Starting with the Moog and adding other synthesizers and a collection of modules, some of them designed by Mr. Cecil, they created a massive semicircular piece of equipment..."

"... that took up a small room and weighed a ton. It could be programmed to create a vast array of original sounds and to modify and process the sounds of conventional musical instruments.... Mr. Cecil lived in an apartment above the studio so that he would be available to fix anything that might go wrong, day or night. 'I get a ring on the bell,' Mr. Cecil told Red Bull Music Academy in 2014. 'I look out; there’s my friend Ronnie and a guy who turns out to be Stevie Wonder in a green pistachio ...
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"If they are right, if that is what it takes to get grocery stores, that says a lot about those corporations think of certain communities. It’s a sad commentary on those corporations."

Said Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s), quoted in "In a bid to bring grocers to food deserts, Prince George’s turns to alcohol sales" (WaPo). The issue is whether to let grocery stores sell beer and wine. They'd be more likely to open if they can sell beer and wine, and there are places in the state (Maryland) where there aren't enough grocery stores, and that's detrimental to the health of the poorer people who live there. But there's also the idea that beer and wine are bad for people (...
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I was just saying that it's been decades since anyone has been outraged by "'modern art' in the form of paintings that have messy-looking drips and scrawls and blotches."

Here, in this post linking to a old-time-y review of painting done by an Abstract Expressionist who emerged in the 1950s. I wrote, "There are things in art that can still shock people, but it would need to involve hurting a living creature or destroying something of value, not merely the chaotic application of paint to a canvas."And look what we have today. A painter did one of the big messy-looking scrawls-and-blotches things that everyone has completely absorbed as ordinary art, something that...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Law, Performance art, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, I'm skeptical, JonOne, Destruction Of Art, JonOne ABC News Key, Seoul Arts Center, Kang Wook

Vaccine in Vermont: White Folks go to end of line — and Madeisy update

In other news, we have not heard from Madeisy (16) and family for about 25 hours. They are heading north to America. We know where they plan to cross and I will fly up to see. We will neither aid nor hinder their attempt to cross into United States. Their journey so far started in Haiti a couple years ago, then to Chile, Ecuador, Colombia (where we met them), — crossed into Panama through Darien Gap and about 12 died (working on details) —. Got detained by Panamanian border police, and then ...
Tags: Featured, America, Military, United States, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Vermont, Haiti, Costa Rica Costa Rica, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Darien Gap, Madeisy, America Madeisy

"When I was a kid, we were 'free to be you and me' regardless of sex."

From the top-rated comment at (a NYT column we discussed yesterday, here). The full comment, which is from Kate in Oregon: It would appear to me that the current cultural obsession with gender and how one identifies with it is a distraction from true self-knowledge and understanding of each person's unique personality. The current ideas around "gender identity" pigeon-hole people into behaving certain ways to signal their "gender" but what does it even mean? When I was a kid, we were "free to ...
Tags: Law, Oregon, Wikipedia, Marlo Thomas, Transgender, Feminism, Kate, Thomas, Dionne, Ann Althouse, Gender Difference, Whitney Darrow Jr, Oregon Lunita

"Science and the Eighth Amendment"

The title of this post is the title of this book chapter by Meghan Ryan just made available via SSRN.  Here is its abstract: As time hurtles forward, new science constantly emerges, and many scientific fields can shed light on whether a punishment is unconstitutionally cruel and unusual, or even on whether bail or fines are unconstitutionally excessive under the Eighth Amendment.  In fact, in recent years, science has played an increasingly important role in the Court’s Eighth Amendment jurispr...
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After months of torture and imprisonment, Hamas told a Palestinian activist that he would only be released if he divorced his wife

Rami Aman, a Palestinian Gazan peace activist, holds note's in which he recalled his ordeal, during an interview on the roof of his family house in Gaza City, Feb. 10, 2021. Adel Hana/AP Photo Rami Aman was arrested for setting up a Zoom call between Israeli and Palestinian peace activists. He received pressure from Hamas officials to divorce his wife - the daughter of a high-ranking official. Aman eventually signed the divorce papers but remained in jail for two more months, AP report...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Activism, Prison, Law, Israel, International, Trends, Ap, Egypt, Gaza, Middle East, Palestine, News UK, Jail, Associated Press

NHS feels strain as tens of thousands of staff suffer long Covid

ONS says at least 122,000 health service workers have condition, threatening patient care Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIntense pressures on the already overstretched NHS are being exacerbated by the tens of thousands of health staff who are sick with long Covid, doctors and hospital bosses say.At least 122,000 NHS personnel have the condition, the Office for National Statistics disclosed in a detailed report that showed 1.1 million people in the UK were affected by...
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