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Two new tests of the court’s abortion jurisprudence

This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider the constitutionality of two controversial abortion laws – and, more broadly, to clarify how lower courts analyzing abortion restrictions should apply last year’s fractured decision in June Medical Services v. Russo. These two new petitions join Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (which has been pending before the justices for nearly a year) in asking the court to wade back into the abortion debate. Box v. ...
Tags: Featured, Fcc, Supreme Court, Law, Planned Parenthood, Kentucky, Indiana, Fox, Arkansas, Federal Communications Commission, Circuit, Summers, John Roberts, 9th Circuit, Dobbs, Roberts


More tulips.

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


What Covid vaccines does the UK have and which are in the works?

As Valneva recruits volunteers for final stage trials of its vaccine, here is the current state of play in Britain Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccines to protect against the coronavirus were designed, tested and manufactured in record time, and several have been approved for use in the UK vaccination programme, with a number of others under consideration. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Scotland, Society, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus


Another Australian Man Arrested for Owning Inanimate Child Sex Dolls

The Australian government is once again fixated on harmless chunks of silicone as yet another man has been arrested for owning sex dolls of child-like proportions, with the culprit said to have also had “child exploitation material”. 45-year-old male culprit Terry Dunnett pleaded guilty in court to “two counts of possessing a child sex doll, […]
Tags: Crime, Children, Law, Australia, International, Anime, Dolls, Fetish, Bans, Terry Dunnett


Some snippets of comments — emailed in and added to various posts over the last few days.

These are snippets, not necessarily comprehensible without clicking through. I'm just showing you where to go to read comments! 1. "What ticks me off... is that now if people start hearing the female voices... pop up in their feeds, they'll assume this is a cloying 'eat-your-vegetables' directive and resent women vocalists." 2. "I've spent some time watching bartenders up close and I think bartending should be a prerequisite to being NYC mayor." 3. "Welcome to the real world Joe, or whoever your...
Tags: Law, George Carlin, Al Sharpton, Joe, Mike, DiAngelo, Ann Althouse, Althouse comments community


Maryland Adopts 42 New Environmental Laws in 2021

The 442nd session of the Maryland legislature adjourned on April 12, 2021. There were no balloons dropped from the balconies at sine die, ostensibly because of Covid-19 social distancing there were no high school pages to drop celebratory balloons from the balconies, but it is worthy of note that this year the legislature passed House Bill 391 making illegal intentionally releasing balloons (see below)? During the 90 day General Assembly session, 47 senators and 141 delegates considered 2,347 bi...
Tags: Maryland, Law, Senate, Office, Environmental, House, Commission, Bill, CWA, General Assembly, World Economic Forum, State, Chesapeake Bay, Stuart Kaplow, Chesapeake, Maryland Department of Legislative Services


Justices to consider constitutionality of donor disclosure rule

The Supreme Court will close out its April argument session next week with two major First Amendment cases. On Wednesday, it will hear the case of a Pennsylvania student who was removed from her high school cheerleading team after posting offensive messages on social media. But on Monday, it will first hear a very different First Amendment case: a challenge to California’s requirement that charities and nonprofits operating in the state provide the state attorney general’s office with the names...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Citizens United, Connecticut, Michigan, Christian, Naacp, Irs, Charles Koch, Richard Blumenthal


Oscars: Sad Movies for a Sad Year

The Oscars will begin shortly. There will be no host, no audience, nor face masks for nominees attending the ceremony at Los Angeles' Union Station - this year's hub for a show usually broadcast from the Dolby Theatre. Steven Soderbergh... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Steven Soderbergh, Los Angeles Union Station


Outrage as No 10 rules out urgent inquiry into Covid mistakes

Exclusive: bereaved families are told that ‘people who would need to give evidence’ are ‘working round clock’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has caused anger among bereaved families by telling them it will be too busy to start an inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid pandemic for months.In a six-page letter to lawyers for thousands of families calling for an immediate statutory public inquiry, the government said “an inquiry now is not appropriate...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


UK government’s claim it is too busy for Covid inquiry prompts anger

Exclusive: bereaved families are told that ‘people who would need to give evidence’ are ‘working round clock’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe government has caused anger among bereaved families by telling them it will be too busy to start an inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid pandemic for months.In a six-page letter to lawyers for thousands of families calling for an immediate statutory public inquiry, the government said “an inquiry now is not appropriate...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus


Talking to yourself: a good antidote to loneliness – or the sign of a real problem?

During the pandemic, I have gone from uttering a few words of encouragement to myself to full-blown arguments. I’m not the only one. I asked psychologists what purpose this serves“We should probably go out now,” I say to Danny as I vegetate in front of the TV. “Yeah, we should, but I can’t be arsed,” Danny replies, sitting in an identical pose. “C’mon, we need the exercise; can’t sit here all day,” I insist. “Well, we can ’cause that’s what we did yesterday and the day before,” he answers. “Exac...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Life and style, Society, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, Danny


Is Hunting Becoming Too Expensive or Too Inaccessible?

Is hunting becoming too expensive or too inaccessible for the average Joe? IMG iStock 1146672827 U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- In days of centuries past, hunting once was reserved for the nobility. In Europe, royal forests, off-limits to the average peasant were protected by law, and the only way to hunt game was to take it at the risk of one’s life. It even became perfectly legal in some instances for landowners to shoot poachers dead, and in England getting caught hunting in the King’s protected f...
Tags: Europe, England, Guns, David, Hunting, North America, Winchester, Joe, Dec, Springfield, IMG, Weaver, New World, Enfield, Army Navy, BDU


Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Mallory Hackett: AliveCor Aims to Ban Sales of Apple Smartwatches, Claiming Patent Infringement (Source: MobiHealthNews) Dom Amato: Patently Confusing: Vermont Businesswoman Testifies on Tricky US Patent System (Source: WCAX) Sean Silcoff: IP Experts Say Ottawa’s Proposed Regulations Could Harm Their Business and Drive Up Patent Costs for Domestic Innovators (Source: The Globe and Mail) Joff Wild: Aon’s $400m IP Fund; Nokia Seals Major Lenovo deal; LG Touts ...
Tags: Apple, Supreme Court, Law, US, Uspto, Globe, Vermont, Patent, Ottawa, Brad, Aon, Charles Duan, Macek, Filipe Espósito, Juvan Bonni, Mallory Hackett


Ninth Circuit Rejects Lawsuit Over Hijacked Facebook Account–Long v. Dorset

Long is a book author. He ran a Facebook business page to promote his work. An interloper, using the alias “Tammy Dorset,” gained administrator access to the Facebook page. Once in control of the page, Dorset allegedly posted items that infringed Long’s rights and disseminated a virus. After 8 days, Long convinced Facebook to pull the plug on Dorset, which also removed Dorset’s infringing posts. Long sued Facebook for copyright infringement and negligence for Dorset’s activities. Copyright. Dors...
Tags: Facebook, Yahoo, Law, Copyright, Long, Dorset, Privacy/security, Barnes, Derivative Liability, Facebook Long, Tammy Dorset, Facebook Other Tort Claims Long


Anger in Met after violence at London anti-lockdown protest

Metropolitan Police Federation chair to urgently raise matter with hierarchy after eight officers injured Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTensions are running high within the Metropolitan police after another anti-lockdown protest descended into scenes of violence, with eight officers injured.Ken Marsh, the chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers in the force, said he would be raising the matter of the protest with senior m...
Tags: Health, London, Protest, Police, Society, UK News, Metropolitan Police, Ken Marsh, Metropolitan Police Federation, Coronavirus


"'I didn’t come here to be insulted,' she murmured at one point, and Roth burst out laughing. 'But of course you did, he said. We all did.'"

"'That’s what I want carved on my gravestone. Philip Roth. He came here to be insulted.'" From "Excerpt: Novelist Philip Roth’s Unsettled Marriage to Claire Bloom 'God, I’m fond of adultery,' Roth liked to say. 'Aren’t you?'" by Blake Bailey (Vulture). That's from an excerpt from the Philip Roth biography we've been talking about, the one the publisher has been withholding because of allegations about the biographer. I've been reading about this book — have read several articles — and blogged it...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Cats, Writing, Law, Language, Grammar, Philip Roth, Roth, Chaplin, Chaucer, Ann Althouse, Insults, Claire Bloom, Blake Bailey, Blake Bailey Strange Claire Bloom


5:55 a.m.

 The official sunrise time this morning was 5:59. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Darien Death Zone

I drew this out so you can understand the geometry/geography. Thank you for your financial support. Greatly needed, and appreciated. [Author: [email protected] (Michael Yon)]
Tags: Featured, Military, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Darien Death Zone


Darien Gap to PanAm Highway -- trail of tears

Panama City I left the Darien jungle yesterday. Back in Panama City. Dangerous roads and traffic. Barely avoided what was almost likely a fatal car crash. After all that Darien jungle...it's the traffic. The Darien Gap. I was out there. Many videos and photos. No time to publish much at the moment though I have done multiple CBS interviews with John Batchelor, and did another on War Room this morning, and some others offline. Briefing some elected officials, etc. Will go on with Frank Gaff...
Tags: Featured, Los Angeles, Thailand, Military, Cbs, Panama City, Darien, Mexico Guatemala, Frank Gaffney, TAPACHULA, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, John Batchelor, Darien Gap, Darien Province


"With no daily obligations and no children around, the challenge was 'to profit from the present moment without ever thinking about what will happen in one hour, in two hours'...."

"In partnership with laboratories in France and Switzerland, scientists monitored the 15 team members’ sleep patterns, social interactions and behavioural reactions via sensors. One sensor was a tiny thermometer inside a capsule that participants swallowed like a pill. It measured body temperature and transmitted data to a computer until it was expelled naturally. The team members followed their biological clocks to know when to wake up, go to sleep and eat. They counted their days not in hours...
Tags: Psychology, Law, France, Time, Switzerland, Ann Althouse, Christian -RSB- Clot


Roddy Sanchez: Coolest “Migrant” I’ve met, but he’s just doing a Walk-about

Panama Quick mind-dump, sans edit I mentioned Roddy a several days ago after finding in a tiny village that you will have difficulty finding on Google Earth. The village is Bajo Chiquito, in Darien Province, Panama. I am still with Embera Indians even in Panama City and we are about to meet in Starbucks. Cannot make up this stuff. We were just together in remote Darien Province in the Darien Gap — a very dangerous place, getting trucks stuck in mud, deep in jungle, going up stream in dug...
Tags: Google, Featured, Mexico, America, Military, Starbucks, Francisco, Panama, Panama City, Roddy, Darien, Said, Michael's Dispatches, Michael Yon, Darien Gap, Darien Province Panama


UK health regulator concerned over use of rapid coronavirus tests

Exclusive: MHRA says mass testing regime in England ‘a stretch’ of its authorisation for how kits should be usedHow accurate are lateral flow tests?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK’s healthcare regulator has expressed concern to the government that its multibillion-pound mass testing programme is “a stretch” of the authorised use of rapid tests, the Guardian has learned.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved the lateral flow ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, Science, Biology, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, MHRA, Coronavirus


"For people whose only home is a vehicle, the knock is a visceral, even existential, threat. How do you avoid it?"

"You hide in plain sight. Make yourself invisible. Internalize the idea that you’re unwelcome. Stay hypervigilant to avoid trouble. Apart from telling you to clear out, the police can harass you with fines and tickets or get your home-on-wheels towed away to an impound lot.... In the film ['Nomadland'], Fern, played by Frances McDormand, is startled by a knock that interrupts a quiet meal. She looks up with a start and swears. A face hovers at the window, and a fist pounds once, twice, three tim...
Tags: Travel, Books, Movies, Law, Poverty, Frances Mcdormand, Driving, Kate, Hulu, Fern, Wells, Meade, Bob Wells, Ann Althouse, Althouse + Meade, Euphemisms


"A Primer on Risk Assessment for Legal Decisionmakers"

The title of this post is the title of this new article authored by Christopher Slobogin now available via SSRN. Here is its abstract: This primer is addressed to judges, parole board members, and other legal decisionmakers who use or are considering using the results of risk assessment instruments (RAIs) in making determinations about post-conviction dispositions, as well as to legislators and executive officials responsible for authorizing such use.  It is meant to help these decisionmakers d...
Tags: Law, Douglas A Berman, Christopher Slobogin


"So, Walter Mondale shows up in heaven the other day, and I’m all eager to talk to him because I’m kind of a political junkie — see Richard III — but before I can say anything..."

"... he’s like, 'So?' And I’m like, 'So, what?' And then he goes, 'So, did you really write them?' And I’m like, 'Write what?' And he goes, 'Your plays.' And I’m like, 'What is this, some kind of Grant’s Tomb trick question? Of course I wrote my plays. Who did you think wrote them? Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford?' I say that as a joke because Edward de Vere is a moron — I once asked him to borrow a codpiece, and he gave me an actual piece of cod. But then Mondale is all, 'Yes, I actually hea...
Tags: Law, Shakespeare, Richard III, Grant, Mondale, Walter Mondale, Christopher Marlowe, Earl of Oxford, Ann Althouse, Edward de Vere, Stephen Ruddy McSweeney


"Why had the polyamorous community rephrased the rush of falling in love as 'new relationship energy' (NRE for short)?"

"Why would anyone endeavor to rebrand love into something like a start-up, complete with its own energized, abbreviated lingo? And how could Juhana encourage me to pursue other relationships? Did I truly inspire so little emotion he wouldn’t care if I dated someone else? 'I am willing to endure the discomfort,' he would reply, 'because you are worth it.' But why couldn’t he be willing to endure the discomfort of depriving himself of someone else? Why, I wanted to know, was one pain fundamentall...
Tags: Law, Polyamory, Ann Althouse, Silva Kuusniemi


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. CONSTITUTIONNEL (DROIT) : La Cour confirme le rejet de la requête en jugement déclaratoire visant à faire déclarer inconstitutionnels certains articles de la Loi sur l’exercice des droits fondame...
Tags: Law, Canada, Henderson, Appel, Rien, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Allan R Hilton Robert M Mainville


Halfway there … the key numbers that tell the story of the UK’s vaccine drive

The government has hit both its self-imposed targets so far. How will it go the rest of the way?More than half of the UK population has now received at least a first dose of vaccine against Covid-19. By Friday evening 33,388,637 people had received one of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccines. Here’s how it was done, and what is still left to do. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Society, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus, Pfizer AstraZeneca


Love in an old climate: posters celebrate the joy of sex in later life

Relate charity hopes intimate shots by Rankin will shatter taboos about physical intimacy among older peopleIt is intended to start a conversation, but a new campaign on the joys of sex and intimacy in later life may also stop the traffic.Five naked, or nearly naked, couples and a woman have been photographed by Rankin, and his images are accompanied by words that challenge stereotypes of sexual desire and activity in later years. The posters will be displayed on billboards across the country fr...
Tags: Photography, Sex, Life and style, Society, UK News, Charities, Older people, Rankin


‘They’re stealing our customers and we’ve had enough’: is Deliveroo killing restaurant culture?

The takeaway service may have felt like a lifeline during lockdown, but its ambitious vision will dramatically change the way we eatShukran Best Kebab – the finest Turkish restaurant in the Seven Sisters area of north London, according to some people (although it is surrounded by fierce rivals to the throne) – joined Deliveroo two years ago, and back then it seemed like a no-brainer. “Life as a small, independent restaurant is hard and the profit margins are slim,” says Hüseyin Kurt, Shukran’s o...
Tags: Food, Apps, Business, Politics, UK, Technology, London, Protest, Restaurants, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Food & drink industry, Trade unions, Global development



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