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Raqqa is in ruins like a modern Dresden. This is not 'precision bombing'

Thousands of Syrians are dead and their city devastated. How dare the US, UK and French militaries speak of ‘surgical strikes’?From Kosovo to Iraq and Syria, the US and its military allies have for years told a tale of “precision bombing” and “surgical strikes”. It was a lie then and it’s a lie now. When huge numbers of bombs and missiles are unleashed on densely populated cities like Mosul or Raqqa, civilians are killed in their hundreds – possibly thousands. But still, the myth of precision an...
Tags: Islamic State, Iraq, US, UK News, World news, US news, Syria, Military, Middle East and North Africa, US military, Amnesty International, Kosovo, Dresden, Raqqa, Mosul, US UK


The Value of Delegating Decision-Making

Business decisions – especially those involving marketing and branding – require careful consideration. But they also require timely action. Are law firms hurting themselves by being too slow and cumbersome in making business decisions? Within administrative and outside provider circles, law firms are notorious for their slow reactions and lengthy decision-making processes. It is for this reason that so many administrators who are hired from outside of law firms fail to last more than two years...
Tags: Law, US, Legal Marketing, Practice Of Law


A trail of toxicity: the US military bases making people sick

In Colorado Springs, businesses are suing the military for perfluorinated compounds, which some are calling ‘Agent Orange 2.0’Over the last 80 years, much of the land surrounding Venetucci Farm was sold to the US army to establish the base now known as Fort Carson, and today it is hemmed in by highways. Still, with its 200 acres of fields, farmhouse and big red barn, it is a beloved institution in Colorado Springs. As the only community urban farm left in the sprawling city, it is a valuable res...
Tags: Health, Colorado, Environment, US, Society, US news, Pollution, US military, Colorado Springs, Fort Carson, Venetucci Farm


It’s Infrastructure Week, Again — See Also

A GOOD OL' GRADING FIASCO: Georgetown, it's your turn in the barrel. A GOOD OL' STALKING FIASCO: A former US Attorney will give up his law license. LAW SCHOOLS FOR BIGLAW: Here's a fun list. PARDON LOOPHOLE CLOSED: Trump is why we can't have nice things. DOOGIE HOWSER JD: 17-year-old would like to attend top law school now.
Tags: Law, US, Trump, Georgetown, Doogie Howser, See Also


Purdue Pharma accused of 'corrupting' WHO to boost global opioid sales

‘Unscrupulous’ manufacturer replicated false marketing claims to change WHO guidelines, report by members of Congress allegesPurdue Pharma, the drug manufacturer that kickstarted the US opioid epidemic, corruptly influenced the World Health Organization in order to boost painkiller sales across the globe, according to a report by members of Congress.An investigation by Katherine Clark and Hal Rogers, who represent districts in Massachusetts and Kentucky hard hit by the US opioid epidemic, accuse...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, Kentucky, Massachusetts, US, Society, World news, US news, Democrats, World Health Organization, US Congress, Purdue, Hal Rogers, Katherine Clark, Purdue Pharma, Opioids


"McDonald's has made the decision to stop selling milkshakes when there's a Brexit rally nearby... Burger King U.K. came under fire after tweeting, 'Dear people of Scotland. We're selling milkshakes all weekend. Have fun.'"

From "Throwing milkshakes as a political statement makes a splash in Britain" (CBS News).Is the entire cup thrown at the person or just the contents? I'm not sure, but this "milkshaking" seems to be the same activity as pie-throwing (where, usually, it's shaving cream in a pie tin, smashed into a person's face). I guess for milkshaking you don't need to get as close, and it's easy to buy your loaded weapon in a fast-food joint. In the UK, there's debate about whether this should actually be call...
Tags: UK, Protest, Law, Scotland, Wikipedia, US, Britain, United Kingdom, Andy Warhol, Mcdonald's, Kubrick, Parliament, Brexit, Kay, McDonald, Robinson


Spotlighting racial divides in perceptions of crime and punishment

Just about every serious study of US criminal justice systems shows a different form of justice applies to black and white Americans.  And John Gramlich at Pew Research Center has this interesting new piece spotlighting many of the different perceptions of justice among black and white Americans.  I recommend the piece in full, and here are excerpts with a sentencing emphasis  (and with links from the original): Black Americans are far more likely than whites to say the nation’s criminal justic...
Tags: Law, US, United States, Pew Research Center, Douglas A Berman, John Gramlich


From lipstick to burgers: how our lives have become so chemical dependent

The start of the suburban sprawl changed the US into a nation of voracious consumers, and the chemical industry responded by creating products to meet those demandsRead our entire Toxic America seriesMy students sometimes ask me why in the United States there are cancer-causing ingredients in their cosmetics, or neurotoxins in their mattresses. Or hormone disruptors, and prescription drugs, in their drinking water.I always answer by chalking out a map of the country, and its grid of 48,000 miles...
Tags: Health, Environment, US, Society, United States, Plastics, Suburbia


Biofourmis raises $35M to develop smarter treatments for chronic diseases

Biofourmis, a Singapore-based startup pioneering a distinctly tech-based approach to the treatment of chronic conditions, has raised a $35 million Series B round for expansion. The round was led by Sequoia India and MassMutual Ventures, the VC fund from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Other investors who put in include EDBI, the corporate investment arm of Singapore’s Economic Development Board, China-based healthcare platform Jianke and existing investors Openspace Ventures, ...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Asia, China, Boston, Singapore, Funding, US, Blogs, Insurance, Tech, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Digital Media


In Sweden you can roam anywhere you like, without the landowner's permission

The concept of access regardless of land ownership is called 'Allemansrätt' - 'everyman's right'. The custom dates from mediaeval times, but was only passed as law in parliament in 1974, and enshrined in the Swedish constitution in 1994. Authorities can even force landowners to remove any fence in place which has the sole purpose of obstructing public access to a recreation area.There are sensible exceptions. You cannot enter private gardens or cultivated land, nor can you camp within 70 metres ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Japan, England, Sweden, Law, Scotland, Environment, US, Nature, Austria, Innovation, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency


The US release of Woody Allen's next movie cleared a major hurdle, but it still faces big challenges

Amazon has returned the domestic rights of Woody Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York" to the director, Variety reported. Allen can now seek a new US distributor. Amazon backed out of a four-movie deal with Allen last year after sexual-misconduct allegations against him resurfaced. Allen's adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, renewed her accusations against Allen last year that he abused her at a young age. Allen filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon in February for breaking the deal. Amazon's ret...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, New York, Time, US, Trends, Spain, Society, New York Times, Italy, Woody Allen, Variety, Allen, Amazon Studios, LGBT Center, Winterfell


Student SCOTUS preview part three: more vote predicting after oral argument in US v. Haymond

I noted here back in 2017 an interesting opinion in US v. Haymond where a Tenth Circuit panel declared unconstitutional the procedures used for revocation of a sex offender's supervised release.  The Supreme Court also found the case interesting because, as reported here, the Justices in 2018 accepted the petition for certiorari filed by the feds.  The SCOTUSblog page on Haymond has links to all the briefing. As reported in this prior post, I have a great student, Jim McGibbon, who has been draf...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, US, United States, New Jersey, Morrissey, Jim, Brewer, Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Breyer, Tenth Circuit, Douglas A Berman, Apprendi, Alleyne


Trump may pardon US soldiers accused or convicted of war crimes – report

New York Times says pardons could come around Memorial DayNavy Seal and Green Beret accused of killing unarmed civiliansDonald Trump has asked for files to be prepared on pardoning several US military members accused of or convicted of war crimes, including one slated to stand trial on charges of shooting unarmed civilians while in Iraq, the New York Times reported. Related: Trump pardons former US soldier convicted of killing Iraqi prisoner Continue reading...
Tags: Law, Iraq, US, World news, US news, US politics, New York Times, US military, War Crimes, US crime, Donald Trump, Trump, Green Beret, Trump Administration, civiliansDonald Trump


Sleuthing from public sources to figure out how the Hateful Eight leaker was caught

In 2014, Quentin Tarantino sued Gawker for publishing a link to a leaked pre-release screener of his movie "The Hateful Eight." The ensuing court-case revealed that the screeners Tarantino's company had released had some forensic "traitor tracing" features to enable them to track down the identities of people who leaked copies. Working from court records, as well as documents from the North Korea/Sony hack, a patent lawsuit against Tarantino's forensics company, and the forensic company's o...
Tags: Security, Post, Happy Mutants, Copyfight, News, Law, North Korea, US, Infosec, Patents, Computer Science, Wikileaks, Quentin Tarantino, Gawker, Sony Hack, Forensics


"In this sex-positive version of reality, we have been unleashed from the bonds of church and religion, and suffocating family expectation; we are free, and we’re enjoying being easy."

"And society’s greater liberalism is matched by better scientific understanding of sex and the body parts that we use for it....  Our sexual landscape may look like the promised land, but not everyone wants to travel there...."From "The truth about sex: we are not getting enough" (The Guardian)(groping over the evidence that people are having less sex)."Pornography was too easy to blame, and in fact a US study showed that declines in sexual frequency were greatest among those who didn’t watch it...
Tags: Law, Sex, US, Pornography, Ann Althouse


Trump takes war on abortion worldwide as policy cuts off funds

Sexual health organisations warn women will die if they are forced to seek DIY abortions‘We have to fight’: Alabama’s extreme abortion ban sparks wave of activismThe Trump administration has taken its war on abortion worldwide, cutting off all funding to any overseas organisation or clinic that will not agree to a complete ban on even discussing it.The Mexico City policy, dubbed the ‘global gag’ by its critics, denies US federal funds to any organisation involved in providing abortion services o...
Tags: Health, Africa, Women, US, Alabama, Society, World news, US news, US politics, Ronald Reagan, Mexico City, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Sexual health, Trump, Trump Administration


US more anti-abortion than other developed countries - global poll

America on a par with India and Turkey, with almost half finding abortion unacceptableThe US is much more hostile to abortion than other countries in the developed world, with more Americans opposed to terminations than supportive, according to a survey of 23 of the world’s biggest countries.The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism survey, which was conducted before this week’s move in Alabama to impose the strictest abortion legislation anywhere in the US, found 46% of Americans said abortion was unaccep...
Tags: Health, India, Women, US, Alabama, America, Life and style, Society, World news, Turkey, US news, Global development, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Reproductive rights (developing countries, YouGov Cambridge Globalism


Under Trump, immigrants who serve in the armed forces are finding it harder to attain citizenship than those who do not serve

Serving in the US military has long been a path to citizenship for immigrants to the USA, but after a suite of reforms instituted by the Trump regime, immigrants who serve in the US military are less likely to attain citizenship than immigrants who don't serve. One major factor was that the Department of Defense did not renew Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program at the end of 2017, leading to the shutdown of naturalization offices at basic training centers. Today, enl...
Tags: Post, Usa, News, US, Department Of Defense, Military, Migration, Pentagon, Trump, National Interest, Xenophobia, Thank You For Your Service, Army Reserve Lt Col Margaret Stock, Tara Copp Miami Herald


UK raises threat level for British forces in Iraq and Gulf

Move comes as UK seeks to repair breach with US after disagreement over Iranian threatBritain raised the threat level for its forces in Iraq and the Gulf on Thursday, as the UK repaired a breach with the United States which had erupted earlier this week after a British general had contradicted claims made by the Trump administration.The heightened state of alert covers 400 forces personnel in Iraq, who provide training and support in the country, as well as soldiers and their families based in S...
Tags: UK, Iraq, US, Qatar, UK News, World news, Iran, Military, United States, Gulf, Trump, Saudi Arabia Kuwait


UK raises threat level for British forces in Iraq

Move follows escalating tensions between US and TehranThe UK has raised the threat level for British forces in Iraq because of a heightened security risk from Iran, it is understood.British personnel and their families in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar are also said to be on an increased state of alert. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Iraq, US, Qatar, UK News, Iran, Military, Saudi Arabia Kuwait


Revealed: the fringe rightwing group changing the UN agenda on abortion rights

Anti-abortion lobbying group using its influence in the Trump administration to help shape policy on the world stageLast spring, Laurie Shestack Phipps, a diplomat at the US mission to the UN, received a set of talking points from the state department before an international women’s conference, setting out clear red lines against mention of “sexual and reproductive health” care. Related: Alabama’s abortion ban is about keeping poor women down | Emma Brockes Continue reading...
Tags: US, Alabama, Society, World news, US news, US politics, United Nations, Global development, Abortion, Un, Reproductive Rights, Trump, Emma Brockes, Trump Administration, Reproductive rights (developing countries, Women's rights and gender equality


How a rightwing group accessed the White House to spread its anti-abortion agenda

The outsize influence of C-Fam in the top reaches of the Trump administration has helped turn the tide on the world stage on issues involving women’s reproductive rightsLast spring, Laurie Shestack Phipps, a diplomat at the US mission to the UN, received a set of talking points from the state department ahead of an international women’s conference, setting out clear red lines against mention of “sexual and reproductive health” care.This had become the norm in the Trump administration, where the ...
Tags: White House, US, Society, World news, US news, US politics, United Nations, Global development, Abortion, Un, Reproductive Rights, Trump, Trump Administration, Reproductive rights (developing countries, Women's rights and gender equality, Laurie Shestack Phipps


Prez Trump pardons Conrad Black and Pat Nolan

Prez Donald Trump has his clemency juices flowing again, and he is back to his high-profile pardon practices today with grants to two offenders whose names should be familiar to readers of this blog.  Here are the details from The Hill: President Trump on Wednesday signed granted a full pardon to media tycoon Conrad Moffat Black and Patrick Nolan, former Republican leader of the California State Assembly. Black, a Canadian-born British citizen, served as the chief executive of Hollinger Interna...
Tags: Florida, Supreme Court, Law, California, White House, US, Fbi, Chicago, United States, Pope Francis, Nolan, Donald Trump, Los Angeles Times, Black, Trump, U S District Court


Alabama abortion ban: governor signs bill into law – live

New law is the most restrictive in the nation, making it a crime to perform the procedure at any stage of pregnancySign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 11.15pm BST Alabama’s Republican-controlled state senate passed yesterday the most restrictive abortion law in the nation, making it a crime to perform the procedure at any stage of pregnancy. Today, despite protests and lawsuits, governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law.Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protec...
Tags: Health, Republicans, US, Alabama, Society, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Abortion, Roe V Wade, Huawei, U S Supreme Court, Alabama Legislature, Tania Branigan, MONTGOMERY Ala AP


Trump declares national emergency over telecoms threats in apparent swipe at China – live

Move gives government power to bar US companies from business with foreign suppliers, including Chinese firm HuaweiSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 10.24pm BST Hey all, Vivian Ho taking over the blog for Joanna Walters and Jessica Glenza. In case you missed it, here’s FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s statement on President Trump’s national emergency declaration over alleged telecoms threats from foreign companies.Protecting America’s communications networks is vital to our nationa...
Tags: Health, Fcc, Republicans, China, US, Alabama, America, Society, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Abortion, Trump, Ajit Pai, Joanna Walters


Elizabeth Warren calls for a zero-emissions military, serviced by zero-emissions contractors

In her latest detailed policy proposal, would-be 202 Democratic presidential nominee Elizabeth Warren sets out a Green New Deal for the US military, whose own policy analysts have identified climate change and energy independence as serious risks to US security. The Pentagon is America's leading energy consumer (unsurprising, given the size and scale of the US military, which dwarfs every other country's military in both absolute and per-capita terms). Warren reasons that any expense incurr...
Tags: Post, Elections, News, Elizabeth Warren, Climate, US, America, Military, Democrats, 2020, Pentagon, Defense Department, GND, Green New Deal, Elizabeth Warren Medium, Khaki New Deal


White House refuses to sign on to Christchurch call to combat online extremism – live

White House said in response to an international agreement to to curb hate speech that ‘productive speech’ is the best tool to defeat itSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 5.58pm BST With both chambers of the Alabama legislature passing a near-total abortion ban, attention is going to turn to Republican Governor Kay Ivey, who must sign the bill for it to become law.Abortion rights advocates Wednesday morning urged Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to reject the bill and vowed swift lega...
Tags: Health, Republicans, White House, US, Alabama, Society, World news, US news, Dhs, Democrats, US politics, Abortion, Guatemala, Christchurch, Trump, Department of Homeland Security DHS


Alabama passes nation's strictest abortion ban – live updates

Bill part of wave of legislation from Republican-led statesAnti-abortion campaigners hope to challenge Roe v WadeSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.18pm BST Why has Alabama passed such a strict abortion ban? Anti-abortion campaigners hope the bill will challenge the 1973 US Supreme Court case which legalized abortion, Roe versus Wade. It goes after Roe directly... We’re going in the front door and we’re saying to the supreme court, please explain to us how this isn’t a pe...
Tags: Health, Republicans, US, Alabama, Society, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Abortion, Bill, US supreme court, Roe


Naturalization: Can Someone Apply for Citizenship with Expired Green Card

Hello friends, My niece's green card expired last month in April. She is NOT under conditional permanent residence because she was admitted in this country as refugee. Meantime, I was thinking that she should apply for citizenship instead of renewing her green card...and she really wants to become a US citizen and be proud! My question: Is she required to renew her green card before she file for citizenship application? Please advise...
Tags: Law, US, Permanent Residency and Naturalization


Bizarre Cartridge Complaint

Remus notes something he calls astonishing. I’ve seen a lot of pistol shootings, much more than US police would ever see, and much more than experienced by most medics deploying solely with US personnel. And yet, I have zero, not one single experience, where a single gunshot wound from a 9X19 NATO round killed someone prior to them being able to return fire or flee. This includes people shot in the chest, back, back of the head (one hit behind the left ear) the neck and the face. None… Unfortuna...
Tags: Iraq, US, Afghanistan, Military, Nato, Remus, Travis Haley, Ammunition, AR-15s



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