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Sunrise, 6:03.

 The actual sunrise time today was 6:00. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


"[W]hen an alleged rapist writes a book about a brilliant but problematic novelist, and when that book is lauded and celebrated up until..."

"... the moment two women say the author assaulted them — when all that happens, you wonder how the 900-page tome reads in hindsight." Writes Monica Hesse (in WaPo). She bought the book after the publisher withdrew it. You can still download the Kindle version. [ADDED: You can even buy the hardcover book at that link. Amazon has its stock to ship. But the publisher, Norton, isn't shipping any more books, and it's not doing publicity.]That takes some of the heat out of the argument that the book ...
Tags: Amazon, Marriage, Law, Labor, Cheese, Censorship, Reading, Karen, Feminism, Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Philip Roth, John, Bob, Matt Lauer, Maggie


Tulips.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Flowers, Ann Althouse


"This is a surreal depiction in which racism is concentrated everywhere. Everyone manifests racism, but then also a vulnerable human side."

"The characters' stories were nicely, complexly interwoven. I liked it — even when it skewed melodramatic. I liked that you were kept on your toes about which characters to love or hate, to respect or revile."That's something I blogged in February 2006, after watching the movie "Crash," which had just been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. The movie went on to win that Oscar, a fact I'm contemplating this morning because I'm reading "The Oscars always get it wrong. Here are the real best pic...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Law, La, US, America, Oscar, Oscars, Homophobia, Brokeback Mountain, Racists, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Race And Pop Culture, Washington Post Here, Temüjin


Coronavirus live news: more than half of UK population has had first jab; oxygen tank explodes at Iraq Covid hospital

Major casualties after after oxygen tank explodes at Baghdad hospital; parts of western Australia in three-day lockdownIndia’s daily Covid death toll hits new record amid oxygen shortagesCovid spread as overcrowding doubles among private renters in England‘Smell training’ recommended for Covid anosmiaGlobal report: Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine See all our coronavirus coverage 11.38pm BST Costa Rica on Saturday registered 1,830 new Covid-19 in...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Australia, Iraq, Society, World news, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Costa Rica, Baghdad, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, INA, Coronavirus, COVID


Meandering argument sheds little light on mandatory awards of costs of appellate litigation

Wednesday’s argument in City of San Antonio v. Hotels.com considered what would seem to be a basic procedural question: how courts should decide the “costs” that the prevailing party on appeal can recover from the losing party. It turns out, at least as far as the argument suggests, that nothing about that question is simple or obvious. The case involves two subsections of Rule 39 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. The first question is which party should pay costs. All agree that s...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Circuit, San Antonio, Thomas, John Roberts, Barrett, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, 5th Circuit, Gorsuch, Merits Cases


Third Circuit panel explores curious loss calculations in federal fraud guidelines

A helpful reader made sure I did not miss the interesting Third Circuit panel ruling this past week in US v. Kirschner, No. 20-1304 (3d Cir. April 22, 2021) (available here), discussing loss calculations under the fraud guidelines. There are lots of element to the Kirschner opinion, but the introduction provides an effective overview: In 2018, Jonathan Kirschner pleaded guilty to one count of impersonating an officer acting under the authority of the United States and one count of importing cou...
Tags: Law, US, United States, US supreme court, District Court, Third Circuit, Nasir, Douglas A Berman, Kirschner, U S Sentencing Guidelines, Jonathan Kirschner


ICYMI: Legaltech Week Roundtable for April 23, 2021

In case you missed it, here is the video of yesterday’s Legaltech Week journalist’s roundtable. This week’s top stories: 4:32 ​ – Dating App for Lawyers (Selected by Joe Patrice) 7:22 ​ – SCOTUS Opinion on Fair Use of Coding in Google vs. Oracle (Selected by Joe Patrice) 10:22 ​ – Rocket Lawyer’s $223m investment (Selected by Bob Ambrogi) 18:51 ​ – Mary O’Carroll left Google and stepped down from CLOC after joining legal tech company Ironclad (Selected by Victoria Hudgins) 23:19 ​...
Tags: Google, Europe, Law, Bob Ambrogi, Mary O Carroll, Zach Warren, Joe Patrice, Niki Black, CLOC, Steve Embry, Legaltech Week, Victoria Hudgins, Legaltech Week Roundtable, XACT, Victor Li Watch


Rounding up some early (mostly critical) commentary on Jones

I shared in this post yesterday some of my early thoughts about the Supreme Court's new Eighth Amendment juvenile LWOP decision in Jones v. Mississippi, No. 18-1259 (S. Ct. April 22, 2021) (available here).  Though disappointed by the outcome, my long-standing concerns with the Supreme Court's jurisprudence in this arena (as discussed in pieces here and here) perhaps led me to be not too startled by the Court's work.  But, as evidenced by some of the commentary I have seen about Jones in the las...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Jones, Josh Blackman, Kavanaugh, Ruth Marcus, Douglas A Berman, John Pfaff, LWOP, Rory Fleming, Chris Geidner Kavanaugh, Mark Joseph Stern Brett Kavanaugh, Barbaric From Elliot Williams Supreme Court


"Caitlyn Jenner has accepted Joy Behar’s apology for misgendering the California gubernatorial hopeful, telling the daytime host she’s 'not about cancel culture.'"

"'Don’t sweat it, @JoyVBehar,' Jenner, 71, tweeted early Saturday morning. 'I’m not about cancel culture. I know where your heart is. California has bigger issues than pronouns.'... '[Behar] didn’t say it pointedly. She kept making the mistake. She corrected herself, and then accidentally did it again. She was not being malicious by any means,' an insider told Page Six while pointing out that Behar is an 'advocate' who 'has been honored by [LGBTQ+ rights group] GLAAD.'"Page Six reports.Good move...
Tags: Law, California, Etiquette, Transgender, Free Speech, Caitlyn Jenner, Jenner, Apologies, Joy Behar, Behar, Page Six, Ann Althouse, Cancel Culture


Law firm takes up case of nurse fined £10,000 for 1% pay protest

Karen Reissmann, a frontline worker throughout the pandemic, was given the fixed penalty by Greater Manchester policeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne of the UK’s biggest police forces is refusing to back down after being accused of wrongly issuing a £10,000 fine to a nurse who was protesting over the government’s 1% pay rise for NHS workers, reigniting concern over new powers to inhibit protest.Karen Reissmann, 61, who has worked as a frontline nurse throughout the...
Tags: UK, London, Protest, Law, Police, UK News, NHS, Greater Manchester, GMP, Karen Reissmann, Reissmann


CCPA Data Breach Lawsuit Against Walmart Fails–Gardiner v. Walmart

This is a data breach lawsuit against Walmart in which plaintiff (on his own behalf and on behalf of a putative class) asserts that his data is being currently sold on the dark web. Plaintiff asserted the typical claims, but also one under the California Consumer Privacy Act. The judge dismisses the lawsuit saying the claims are inadequately pled. While the court gives plaintiff a chance to cure the deficiencies, it gives a signal that the court will closely scrutinize any amended pleading. The...
Tags: Law, Linkedin, Walmart, E-commerce, Best, Starbucks, Low, Anderson, Privacy/security, Reilly, Ninth Circuit, Katz, Gardiner, Ruiz, Piñero, Tsao


Coronavirus live news: more than half of UK population has had first Covid jab; Germany restricts travel from India

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case recordIndia’s daily Covid death toll hits new record amid oxygen shortages‘Smell training’ recommended for Covid anosmiaGlobal report: Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegratingSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.59pm BST Cambodia recorded a daily record of 10 ne...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Germany, India, Society, World news, Thailand, Cambodia, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Damascus, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID, Hassan Ghabash


Darien Gap: Robbery, Rape, and Murder

Just published a video about rape of children in Darien Gap. Your support allows me to get the raw story. [Author: [email protected] (Michael Yon)]
Tags: Featured, Military, Darien, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Darien Gap


"If you’ve been to Mexico, you know that noise levels are often through the roof. Speaking of roofs, in many towns, 'watchdogs' are kept there..."

"... and they bark all the time — at nothing or at everything. And then there are the parties, for birthdays, quinceneras, religious and other holidays. Often these events include rented speakers as big as refrigerators set up in the street in front of their (and your) house. You might find your street blocked by a bounce house or funeral memorial for a day... or three. Strolling musicians are common and can be lovely, but sometimes you might prefer a quiet conversation at dinner or listening t...
Tags: Law, Dogs, Mexico, Retirement, Hearing, Cnbc, Mazatlan, Ann Althouse, Janet Blaser


Coronavirus live news: Germany restricts travel from India ; children ‘left behind’ in vaccine trials, says UK expert

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case recordIndia’s daily Covid death toll hits new record amid oxygen shortages‘Smell training’ recommended for Covid anosmiaGlobal report: Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegratingSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.11pm BST Scientists are recommending “smell traini...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Germany, India, Society, World news, Thailand, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID, Clea Skopeliti, Edna Mohamed


‘In the game, I knew myself as Hannah’: the trans gamers finding freedom on Roblox

37m people use the gaming platform every day in search of adventure – and for teenagers exploring their gender identity, it is also a place of liberation When she was a child, Hannah discovered two portals to other worlds. The first was her Nintendo 64, which could transport her to the dark dungeons of Zelda and the chaotic battlefields of Super Smash Bros. The second was her mother’s wardrobe in their Devon home, full of clothes she longed to try on, even though this was forbidden. Hannah had b...
Tags: Games, Life and style, Society, Pc, Transgender, Virtual Worlds, Culture, LGBT rights, Nintendo, Devon, Zelda, HANNAH, Online multiplayer games


"Housing the Decarcerated"

The title of this post is the title of this new paper authored by Norrinda Hayat now available via SSRN. Here is its abstract: The coronavirus pandemic exposed an issue at the intersection of the public health, carceral and housing crises — the lack of housing for the recently decarcerated.  Early in the pandemic calls came to release incarcerated persons and cease arrests in light of the risks posed by failing to be able to socially distance while incarcerated.  At the same time, the pandemic ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Hud, Michigan, Ada, New York Washington, Rucker, Douglas A Berman, Norrinda Hayat


Coronavirus live news: India sets new world record for daily cases; restrictions on outdoor mixing eased in Wales

Parts of western Australia in three-day lockdown; Germany reports 23,392 Covid cases; Thailand curbs shop opening hours after daily case recordIndia’s hospital crisis deepens, Tokyo goes under state of emergencyUS lifts pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccine Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegratingSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.14am BST Cambodia closed all markets in the capital Phnom Penh on Saturday to contain a spike in coronavirus infections as thousands of families p...
Tags: Health, Wales, Australia, Germany, India, Society, World news, Thailand, Cambodia, Tokyo, Vaccines and immunisation, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus


Fears Covid anxiety syndrome could stop people reintegrating

Exclusive: compulsive hygiene habits and fear of public places could remain for some after lockdown lifted, researchers sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageScientists have expressed concern that residual anxiety over coronavirus may have led some people to develop compulsive hygiene habits that could prevent them from reintegrating into the outside world, even though Covid hospitalisations and deaths in the UK are coming down.The concept of “Covid anxiety syndrome” was...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Education, Research, Society, UK News, World news, Mental Health, Anxiety, Higher Education, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Kingston University, London South Bank University, Coronavirus, Covid Continue



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