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" It is not permissible for Facebook to keep a user off the platform for an undefined period, with no criteria for when or whether the account will be restored...."

"In applying a vague, standardless penalty and then referring this case to the Board to resolve, Facebook seeks to avoid its responsibilities. The Board declines Facebook’s request and insists that Facebook apply and justify a defined penalty.... Within six months of this decision, Facebook must reexamine the arbitrary penalty it imposed on January 7 and decide the appropriate penalty. This penalty must be based on the gravity of the violation and the prospect of future harm. It must also be con...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Censorship, Free Speech, Board, APA, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, USC Section, Facebook Oversight Board, the Trump resistance, Gregory Ogden, Federal APA

A fallen sprig of very young oak leaves.

Photographed by Meade:    I like the fleshy, sugary look of them. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trees, Meade, Ann Althouse, photos by Meade

"The expanding reach of the technology is enough to make a person want to wear a mask indefinitely. We won’t, of course."

"With a spell of warm spring weather in New York City, masks are starting to come off and the smiles are returning to the faces—just as George Harrison once had it—and it really does feel like years since they’ve been here. To be unmasked feels good, natural, free, human. And yet, as covid-19 recedes in this country, the human face will be more vulnerable than ever. Unmasked, we’ll find that our faces have become common property. For technology, faces equal identity; we are our faces, but they a...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Law, Masks, New York City, George Harrison, Smiling, Ann Althouse, Post-coronavirus Culture

"Billie Eilish wants you to know she is in charge, brash and self-assured enough to scrap the raffish image that helped garner her a world of fans in favor of something a little more … adult....."

"The singer... swapp[ed] her trademark sweats for a style more domme than deb: pink Gucci corset and skirt over Agent Provocateur skivvies, accessorized with latex gloves and leggings. The choice was her own, Edward Enninful, the magazine’s editor in chief, wrote in the June issue. 'What if, she wondered, she wanted to show more of her body for the first time in a fashion story?' Mr. Enninful recalled. 'What if she wanted to play with corsetry and revel in the aesthetic of the mid-20th century p...
Tags: Hollywood, Law, Teenagers, Vogue, Madonna, Breasts, Gucci, Elizabeth, La Perla, Edward Enninful, Billie Eilish, Enninful, Corsets, Ann Althouse, Eilish, Gevinson

"Last year was not normal. There was stress snacking and procrasti-baking. There was no shedding for the wedding..."

"... in a year when most weddings were postponed or drastically downsized; no pre-high-school-reunion crash diet or worrying if Grandma would body-shame you at Thanksgiving.... But research from a company that makes internet-connected scales... found that people actually lost weight in 2020, or were more likely than in other years to hit their weight-loss goals, if they had them.... In any case, the weight-loss industry isn’t going to let a lack of data dull its zeal to convince Americans that y...
Tags: Food, Law, Fat, Commerce, Don, Weiner, Ron, Jennifer Weiner, Ann Althouse, Ron (the Commenter

"Facebook’s oversight board has upheld the company’s decision to restrict Donald Trump’s access to the social media platform."

The Guardian reports. (To comment email me here.)ADDED: I'm not surprised. If the decision had gone the other way, Facebook could have found some new offense and banned him again. AND: From gives some details about the decision, which is not as harshly anti-Trump as it may have first looked: Facebook’s Oversight Board, which acts as a quasi-court to deliberate the company’s content decisions, said the social network was right to bar Mr. Trump after he used the site to foment an insurrection in...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Comedy, Law, Washington, Furniture, Donald Trump, Names, New Yorker, The New Yorker, Trump, The Board, Joe Blow, Michael Nathanson, Ann Althouse, Facebook 's Oversight Board

"An early trickle of retirements from House members in competitive districts is often the first sign of a coming political wave."

"In the 2018 cycle, 48 House Republicans didn’t seek re-election — and 14 of those vacancies were won by Democrats. Now Republicans are salivating over the prospect of reversing that dynamic and erasing the Democrats six-seat advantage." From (NYT). (It's there near the top of the sidebar — "To comment, just email me at [email protected]" — so I'm not going to put a footer in each post for much later.) [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, House, Ann Althouse, 2022 Elections

"Scotland goes to the polls Thursday in a vote that could eventually lead to a truly historic event: the crackup of the United Kingdom."

"The independence movement has gained momentum in the wake of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit. And the pandemic has further encouraged the idea that Scotland might be better off going its own way, with policies determined in Edinburgh viewed more favorably by Scots than those pronounced at Westminster. As a result, the Scottish National Party, led by the popular First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, 50, is expected to perform well in Thursday’s vote for seats in the regional Parliam...
Tags: Law, Scotland, Britain, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Edinburgh, Parliament, National party, WaPo, Ann Althouse, U.K, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon

Trump discovers blogging.

Yesterday, I read "Trump launches new communications platform months after Twitter, Facebook ban The space will allow Trump to post comments, images, and videos" (Fox News).But it's not a "new communications platform" other than in the sense that he's new to communicating in this old way, the way that I love and hold dearest. It's a blog. The platform, "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" appears on  Fine. But why didn't he set up a page like this as soon as he got dumpe...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Books, Law, Blogging, Metaphor, Fox News, Alex, Trump, Donald J Trump, Twitter Facebook, Twitter Twitter, Will Trump, Twitter Trump, Billie Eilish, Ann Althouse

"Ms. Toogood... introduced a bed for Birkenstock... with sides and a headboard so voluminous it could be mistaken for a crash mat. 'It’s part of my softgoods obsession,' Ms. Toogood said. We need that comfort and softness at the moment.'"

From (NYT). I love the name Ms. Toogood — Faye Toogood — and I'm amused by the blobular furniture. I'm having severe 70s flashbacks, but it's not that nightmarish. It's pretty amusing. I think it's funny that Birkenstock makes beds now — blobby beds. I see they're on a cork base, like the famous shoes.I'm not convinced furniture like that is actually comfortable. You might look at it and get a message of comfort, but try getting up after sitting in it for a couple hours. As for the likeness to...
Tags: Photography, Law, Dogs, Fat, Furniture, Ann Althouse, Faye Toogood, Toogood, Interior Decoration

We walked 6.6 miles in New Glarus Woods State Park today.

Brilliant green after yesterday's rain:  Does this fungus suggest the presence of sponge mushrooms nearby? Ramps:  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Trees, Plants, Mushrooms, Onions, Ann Althouse, New Glarus Woods State Park

5:45 a.m.

[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"Alex Lugger, 32, a boat marketer in Springfield, Mo., said that she self identifies as a bit cheugy.... 'We were basic in our 20s and now we’re cheugy in our 30s'...."

"Cheugy is just the latest in a long line of niche identifiers that have gained traction on the internet, where people relentlessly categorize highly specific archetypes in starter pack memes and videos. It’s no coincidence that cheugy gained traction on TikTok, a platform that has functioned as an escape from Instagram’s once dominant aesthetic, which is the pinnacle of cheugy.... [W]hat is and isn’t cheugy is highly subjective and changing quickly. 'It’s really easy to identify cheugy things o...
Tags: Fashion, Instagram, Law, New York Times, Slang, Springfield MO, Ann Althouse, Alex Lugger

"One reason demographic change has failed to transform electoral politics is that the increased diversity of the electorate has come not mainly from Black voters but from Hispanic, Asian-American and multiracial voters."

"Those groups back Democrats, but not always by overwhelmingly large margins.... The new census data’s finding that the percentage of non-Hispanic white voters in the country’s electorate dropped by about two percentage points from 2016 to 2020 might seem like a lot. But with Hispanic, Asian-American and multiracial voters representing the entirety of the increase, while the Black share of the electorate was flat, the growing nonwhite share of the electorate cost Mr. Trump only about half a perc...
Tags: Law, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Fox News, Biden, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Democratic Party, Electoral College, Nate Cohn, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Michigan Pennsylvania

To be fair, it does sound delicious.

On todays episode of why i wanna quit my job.— Josie (@ProjectJosiee) May 2, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Starbucks, Ann Althouse

"An adjunct professor teaching her first-ever course at a California college was placed on leave this week after she ripped a student during a class presentation because he said he regards police officers as 'heroes.'"

"The unidentified Cypress College educator was apparently triggered Wednesday during 19-year-old business major Braden Ellis’ Zoom presentation on cancel culture in the US, in which he noted how even animated kids TV shows such as 'Paw Patrol' have come under fire from unhinged cop-haters.... 'You’re saying police officers should be revered, viewed as heroes? They belong on TV shows with children?'" The NY Post reports. Here's the video:  [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Education, Law, California, Police, US, Children's Tv, Ny Post, Cypress College, Ann Althouse, Braden Ellis

"Debate Erupts at N.J. Law School After White Student Quotes Racial Slur/A Rutgers Law student repeated an epithet from a legal case, and now Black students at the New Jersey school are calling for a policy on slurs — and apologies."

 The controversy began on Oct. 28, after a criminal law class all first-year students are required to take. In discussing the circumstances under which a criminal defendant could be held liable for crimes committed by his co-conspirators, the student repeated a quote from a defendant that appeared in an opinion written by a former State Supreme Court judge, Alan B. Handler. “He said, um — and I’ll use a racial word, but it’s a quote,” the student said, according to a summary of the incident wr...
Tags: Law, New Jersey, Free Speech, Law School, Black, Trenton, State Supreme Court, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Alan B Handler

"In 1993, when I was living in New York and still fresh off the boat, 60 Minutes featured a segment on Finland, which opened with this description..."

"... of Helsinki pedestrians going about their business: 'This is not a state of national mourning in Finland, these are Finns in their natural state; brooding and private; grimly in touch with no one but themselves; the shyest people on earth. Depressed and proud of it'” As far as facial expressions of the Finnish people, not much has changed since then. We are still just as reserved and melancholy as before. If happiness were measured in smiles, Finnish people would be among the most miserable...
Tags: Psychology, New York, Law, Happiness, Finland, Helsinki, Smiling, Ann Althouse, Jukka Savolainen

"The social media bans bit hard into Trump’s visibility. But instead of reconstituting his following with the sort of show business flash and sparkle he brought to his White House years..."

"... and the 2016 campaign—rallies, press conferences, televised appearances—the former president spent most of his exile in the minimum security prison that is Mar-a-Lago, where he keeps a vigil over the banquet table, gives half-hearted speeches to tens of supporters about the 'stolen election,' exposes his kissable ring to the lips of supporters and golfs... Trump’s half-hearted attempts at gearing up his movement suggest he doesn’t really care as much about returning to Facebook as he lusts,...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Law, Congress, White House, Groucho Marx, Biden, Elvis, Trump, Jim Acosta, Jack Shafer, Ann Althouse, CNN White House, Meridith McGraw, Gabby Orr, Trump the ex-President

"Corporate News Outlets Again 'Confirm' the Same False Story, While Many Refuse to Correct it/Journalists with major outlets know they spread a false, retracted story..."

"... about the FBI and Giuliani but refuse to remove it, because their real job is spreading disinformation."  Writes Glenn Greenwald at Substack. When one large news outlet publishes a false story based on whispers from anonymous security state agents with the CIA or FBI, other news outlets quickly purport that they have “independently confirmed” the false story, in order to bolster its credibility (oh, it must be true since other outlets have also confirmed it). This is an obvious scam — they...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Fbi, Glenn Greenwald, Cia, Giuliani, Ann Althouse, Fake News

"So TMZ’s confident declaration that 'there is NO PRENUP' might not be correct. As Bill Clinton famously quipped..."

"'... It depends upon what the meaning of the word "is" is.' Maybe there 'is' no prenup, but there was a prenup, and it just got superseded — fancy legal-speak for 'supplanted' or 'replaced' — by a separation agreement."Writes David Lat in "Bill And Melinda Gates Are Divorcing; Do They Have A Prenup?/The answer is... it's complicated." (Substack). There's a petition for divorce that has a section on "Written Agreements" and then lists only a separation agreement. Lat explains why you can't concl...
Tags: Law, Divorce, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, David Lat, Contracts, Ann Althouse, Bill And Melinda Gates

"Staff... have been encouraged to... wear rainbow lanyards on campus to show solidarity with the transgender community."

According to "Edinburgh University lecturers given list of ‘microinsults’ and guidance on transgender issues" (London Times). Rainbow lanyards! FROM THE EMAIL: Lloyd points me to this: [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Transgender, Edinburgh University, Jennifer Aniston, Lloyd, Symbols, Ann Althouse, London Times Rainbow

"Why do people feel the need to label their sexuality with such specificity? As if a 'demi-sexual' is a thing you are and always have been and always will be."

"So short-sighted. Why pressure people into fitting into a sexual 'tribe'? Once we label, we sort ourselves, and then we're in a tribe, and then we reinforce tribal culture within that tribe. So if you join the 'asexual' tribe, then your asexuality will be reinforced and you'll stop going through the normal changes that most of us experience over our lives. Once you classify yourself, you ossify yourself."Asks PatHMV, emailing me about yesterday's post about "Platonic" — sex-free — marriages. I ...
Tags: Marriage, Law, Sex, Language, Asexuality, Peter, Ann Althouse, PatHMV, Peter (the ocmmenter

"Justice Clarence Thomas, who once went a decade without asking a question from the Supreme Court bench, is about to complete a term in which he was an active participant in every single argument...."

"The justices now ask questions one at a time, in order of seniority. Justice Thomas, who joined the court in 1991, goes second, right after Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., asking probing questions in his distinctive baritone....  If Justice Thomas’s questions differed from those of his colleagues, it was in their courtesy. He almost never interrupted lawyers, though he asked pointed follow-up questions if there was time left. Some of his most memorable comments were colorful asides. Over...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Louisiana, Thomas, Adam Liptak, Clarence Thomas, John G Roberts Jr, Unsaid Things, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Georgetown 's Supreme Court Institute, Irv Gornstein

"Someone at the Times should be more diligent with its (I presume) younger writers who aren't well versed in terms that haven't changed over the year."

"This article should have been titled how to design your bedroom, or how to pick out sheets, a comforter & duvet to match your mood. Making your bed is the process by which you take the sheets & comforter if there is one, & place back into the neat made up condition prior to getting into bed. The neat condition you find a bed made up when you show up at a hotel, or a friend's guest room. Making your bed is not how you design your room for pinterest, it is how you maintain it. As former SEAL ...
Tags: Law, Times, William McRaven, McRaven, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Interior Decoration, Jordan Peterson

"Do You Live in a Political Bubble?/Enter your address to see the political party of the thousand voters closest to you."

I'm seeing that at the NYT. I didn't need to use the little device they had set up. I know I live in a deep blue cocoon. So let's read some text: “People aren’t choosing to live near neighbors who share their party affiliation” said Alan Abramowitz, a professor of political science at Emory University. “They’re segregating based on lifestyle choices.” The alignment of lifestyle and politics reflects the sorting of Democrats and Republicans by income and education, in addition to race. While memb...
Tags: Real Estate, Law, United States, Emory University, Ann Althouse, Partisanship, Alan Abramowitz

Fading magnolias.

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

"One has to wonder how these rankings are established. I lived in Georgia for 30 years owing to professional reasons. Not a day went by that I did not want to leave."

"Even though I lived in one of Georgia's best places (Athens, I was in the geology faculty at UGA), I never found any redeeming qualities in the Southeast. And I tried, oh I tried. I found the climate and the vegetation oppressive, the landscape depressing, and the culture alien. I finally found two good things about Georgia: Atlanta's airport (the departure lounge only, never liked baggage claim) and Delta. I retired on January 1 of this year and moved to Santa Fe three days later. This place i...
Tags: Real Estate, Law, Colorado, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, New Hampshire, Delta, Athens, New Mexico, Swimming, Santa Fe, UGA, Ann Althouse


[Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse

"Perelman crammed every joke he could think of into every sentence and polished his pieces relentlessly until they couldn’t get any crazier."

"There’s a story that a friend called him up while he was writing something, and Perelman said, 'I’ll call you back when I finish this sentence.' He called back the next day and said, 'O.K., what do you want?' When I first read Perelman, it was completely over my head. Half the words he was using didn’t exist in the real world, as far as I knew—and I was twelve, I’d been around. I figured one of us was nuts. Later on, when I had started writing for a living and picked up a few more multisyllabl...
Tags: Comedy, Writing, Law, Dogs, The Simpsons, Homer Simpson, Perelman, Ann Althouse, John Swartzwelder Sage

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