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December 2, 12:18 AM / Ratio Juris / An Exemplary Act of Belligerence in the Class War
November 26, 01:14 PM / Ratio Juris / When Buddhists Resort to Violence
November 25, 10:45 PM / Ratio Juris / The “Joint Plan of Action” agreement between Iran and the P5+1
November 21, 06:37 PM / Commercial Law / Upcoming International Contracts Conference at St. Thomas University School of Law
November 18, 06:52 PM / Ratio Juris / “Israel’s Policy of Erasure”
November 2, 02:26 PM / Agricultural Law / Finally, some law and rural sociology/ag scholarship
October 31, 05:27 AM / Ratio Juris / Henry Kissinger is frequently described as “a man of great charm, wit, and intellect.”
October 19, 11:27 PM / Ratio Juris / Nuclear Weapons: A Basic Bibliography
October 16, 02:29 PM / Ratio Juris / Intifada (انتفاضة intifāḍah): (Arabic) Literally, "shaking off," in translation, typically means "uprising," "resistance," or "rebellion."
October 16, 01:09 PM / Ratio Juris / The Israeli Knesset's Prawer-Begin Bill: Demolition & Eviction of Israeli Bedouin Citizens in the Naqab (the Negev)
October 14, 11:06 PM / Agricultural Law / Food Sovereignty and Native American Food Systems
October 11, 06:29 AM / Ratio Juris / Online Bibliographies: Directed Reading for the Post-Enlightenment Emancipatory Project of the Humanities, Law & Social Sciences
October 10, 02:22 PM / Agricultural Law / Harsh Reality: The Impact of the Government Shutdown on Food Assistance
October 10, 03:23 AM / BioLaw: Law and the Life Sciences / PLI's EPA Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book for 2013
October 10, 01:53 AM / Ratio Juris / Solitary Confinement: An Exemplum of Cruel & Unusual Punishment
October 8, 05:38 AM / Ratio Juris / Los Angeles Dodgers 4, Atlanta Braves 3
October 2, 02:34 PM / Commercial Law / Small Businesses Sometimes Learn Hard Lessons About Check Fraud
September 27, 01:59 AM / Ratio Juris / Contemporary Democratic Theory: A Bibliography
September 24, 06:46 PM / Commercial Law / Echo of Support for the Lifetime Achievement Award for Linda Rusch
September 20, 11:32 PM / Ratio Juris / Restorative & Retributive Justice during Periods of Transitional Justice: A Select Bibliography
September 20, 03:57 PM / Commercial Law / Keeping it simple: Financial Advice on an Index Card
September 18, 03:03 AM / Agricultural Law / Environmental Law Opportunity
September 17, 08:36 PM / Jurisdynamics / CPRBlog: House Republicans to hold hearing on climate change, can I get a witness?
September 16, 04:17 PM / Ratio Juris / Sabra and Shatila massacre, 16 September to 18 September, 1982
September 15, 01:42 PM / Ratio Juris / Mapping the Dimensions of Prosecutorial Misconduct: A Short Reading Guide
September 13, 01:14 AM / Commercial Law / KCon 2014 Call for Papers
September 12, 01:10 PM / Ratio Juris / Humanitarian Intervention & International Law: A Bibliography
September 11, 12:46 PM / Ratio Juris / Ralph Miliband, “The Coup in Chile” (October 1973)
September 11, 06:17 AM / Ratio Juris / "Debate Map" for Military Intervention in Syria
September 3, 05:49 AM / Agricultural Law / The Frugal Traveler on "The Center Cut": A New Yorker Learns Something about Farming and the Midwest
September 2, 12:44 PM / Ratio Juris / Although “Labor Day” is May 1…
August 24, 10:10 PM / Ratio Juris / Jury Nullification: Basic Reading
August 23, 12:23 AM / Ratio Juris / Art for “the People”—A Very Select Bibliography
August 22, 12:40 PM / Agricultural Law / ACA will raise cost of farm labor--and therefore food
August 21, 12:13 PM / Ratio Juris / Art for “the People,” Part 2—Murals
August 16, 08:28 PM / Ratio Juris / The Bedouin: A Basic Bibliography
August 14, 11:52 AM / Ratio Juris / Toward Assessing the Radical Legacy of the Black Panther Party: Suggested Reading
August 13, 06:48 AM / Ratio Juris / A New Deal Exemplum of Deliberative Democracy
July 25, 09:32 PM / Agricultural Law / Sugar Love: A Not So Sweet TaleIn the beginning, on the island of New Guinea, where sugarcane was domesticated some 10,000 years ago, people picked cane and ate it raw, chewing a stem until the taste hit their tongue like a starburst. A kind of elixir, a cure for every ailment, an answer for every mood, sugar featured prominently in ancient New Guinean myths. In one the first man makes love to a stalk of cane, yielding the human race. At religious ceremonies priests sipped sugar water from coconut shells, a beverage since replaced in sacred ceremonies with cans of Coke.Our love of sugar is traced back through the centuries, chronicling its rise from a "luxury spice" to a "staple, first for the middle class and then for the poor." The need for sugar has fueled colonialism, slavery, and widespread environmental devastation. Yet we always seem to want more.The more you tasted, the more you wanted. In 1700 the average Englishman consumed 4 pounds a year. In 1800 the common man ate 18 pounds of sugar. In 1870 that same sweet-toothed bloke was eating 47 pounds annually. Was he satisfied? Of course not! By 1900 he was up to 100 pounds a year. In that span of 30 years, world production of cane and beet sugar exploded from 2.8 million tons a year to 13 million plus. Today the average American consumes 77 pounds of added sugar annually, or more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day.The impact of sugar on modern western society is debated, with some expressing concern about "empty calories" and others taking it further.Americans . . . eat too much and exercise too little because they’re addicted to sugar, which not only makes them fatter but, after the initial sugar rush, also saps their energy, beaching them on the couch.As can be expected from National Geographic, the photographs are breathtaking. For anyone interested in food, health, and human motivation, this is great read.
July 25, 01:51 PM / Commercial Law / Sneaky Credit Card Charges
Credit card delinquencies have gone way down to the levels of the 1990s. Some younger consumers have forgone credit cards entirely (perhaps due to their already high levels of student loan debt). For those using credit cards, though, the landscape remains buyer beware. "Grey" charges of about $14.3 billion are attached to credit card statements for subscriptions and memberships with renewal charges. A whopping 35% of credit card statements get hit with these annually.
So, whether debit or credit card, make sure that you review the statement for these charges. With the Iphone and other Apple products having such popularity, there are plenty of subscriptions through Apple that are auto renew and tied to a card. The Wall Street Journal today ran a piece about the difficulty that consumers encounter when trying to cancel renewable services (in that case, a security system). In that case, the consumer was allegedly misled into signing a contract extension. Sounds like a good case for a claim of fraud in the inducement perpaps? Misrepresentation by the security tech?
In the end, consumer vigilance is still the best tool. Be proactive with your statements. And, it is really easy to give your card number to less than scrupulous providers. In the Internet world, it is easy to click on the terms and conditions (WSJ, Those Wordy Contracts). But in many cases, consumers can prevent these debacles from ready what they sign and being careful about giving out their card numbers.
If there are charges that should not be there, it takes time to do battle on these, but contact the credit card company.