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December 5, 11:30 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Dobbs--and Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell




December 5, 10:53 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Crews of burglars publicly smashing their way into Los Angeles' most exclusive stores. Robbers following their victims, including..."

"... a star of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' and a BET host, to their residences. And this week, the fatal shooting of 81-year-old Jacqueline Avant, an admired philanthropist and wife of music legend Clarence Avant, in her Beverly Hills home.... 'The fact that this has happened, her bein...




December 5, 10:43 AM   /   Althouse   /   "A former co-worker of Chris Cuomo made a sexual misconduct allegation against the former CNN anchor..."

"... who was fired Saturday for misleading the cable network about the extent of the role he played trying to mitigate the sexual harassment accusations that took down his brother, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.... The disclosure came as an outside law firm was probing new documents released by by New...




December 5, 10:25 AM   /   Althouse   /   "A group of white supremacists stormed through downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening, bearing American flags and mildly menacing plastic shields while marching to the beat of a snare drum..."

"... down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.... Members wore a uniform: white gators, sunglasses, blue jackets, khaki pants, and brown boots and hats. Some donned plastic shinguards, seeming to anticipate violence. As Patriot Front’s leader Thomas Rousseau... said, 'Our demonstrations are an exhi...




December 5, 09:33 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Less well-known than jurisprudence is what the law professors Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres have termed 'demosprudence' — the idea that legal change does not flow exclusively from courts and other government actors, but..."

"... may proceed from the mobilization of the people themselves. When Sotomayor switched gears and aimed her rhetoric at the public, she was planting the seeds for demosprudence, alerting the people to the imminent threat to abortion rights in the hopes that, hearing her alarm, we might mobilize....




December 5, 09:05 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The Michigan high school student accused of fatally shooting four classmates had numerous conversations with school counselors in the day and hours before the shooting..."

"... before staff sent him back to class despite finding images of bullets on his phone and disturbing drawings at his desk, the superintendent told parents in a detailed letter.... The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in a threat assessment of school shooters, said that 'the path toward violence...




December 5, 06:55 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The father plays absolutely no part in this. That is part of her rehabilitation. When she renounces her child for its own good, the unwed mother has learned a lot."

"She has learned an important human value. She has learned to pay the price of her misdemeanor, and this alone, if punishment is needed, is punishment enough.... We must go back to a primary set of values and the discipline that starts with the very small child."  Said Dr. Marion Hilliard of...




December 5, 06:08 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I have 5 different colleagues who were in tight with him."

Steven Pinker discusses his impression of Jeffrey Epstein with Joe Rogan. pic.twitter.com/QwbFdw7k8i — Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) December 4, 2021 I decided to blog this with that quote in the headline before I listened to the end of the clip. The quote caught my ear because who were the...




December 4, 07:07 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   No Bias In Tweets

The web page of the Law Society of Ontario has a weekly summary of proceedings link that provides information about disciplinary matters such as Mr. Diamond, in a conduct application, sought the Chair’s recusal, alleging that a reasonable apprehension of...




December 4, 06:28 PM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise — 7:04 and 7:19.

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December 4, 10:32 AM   /   Althouse   /   "In the Michigan Shooting, What Is the School’s Responsibility?"

The NYT asks.   First, a teacher found Ethan Crumbley searching online for ammunition. The next day, there was an alarming note on his desk: “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me.” School officials met with Mr. Crumbley, 15, and his parents, informing them that he needed to begin counseling with...




December 4, 09:06 AM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise on Lake Mendota — 7:04 — what am I laughing at?

Ducks! I am easily amused. Sunrise. Ducks ducking. What more can you want?  It goes to show you don't ever know.




December 4, 07:40 AM   /   Althouse   /   "This from a man who wrote a book called 'Principles.'"

Quips Bari Weiss in "Women's Tennis Has Balls. Does Wall Street? Cowardice and courage on the question of China" (Substack).  She's talking about this guy: "What they have is an autocratic system and one of the leaders described it that the U.S. is a country of individuals and individualism....




December 4, 07:25 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Two programs at Harvard Law show close ties between the school, the Democratic Party, and liberal activist groups with an interest in fighting elections through the judicial system."

"Reporting the launch of the Election Law Clinic in April, Harvard Law Today said participating students will get course credit for working on political campaigns, as well as 'hands-on litigation and advocacy work across a range of election law areas, with an initial focus on redistricting and vo...




December 4, 07:09 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Democrats in Springfield had total control over the redistricting process in the state and used their power to roil the GOP delegation."

"They shredded the district of Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a rare anti-Trump Republican, forcing him to decide between an early retirement or challenging fellow GOP. Darin LaHood in a primary. (He chose retirement.) They created a new deep blue seat by uniting parts of [GOP Reps.] Bost’s and Davis’s dis...




December 4, 06:29 AM   /   Althouse   /   What's that stench in the courtroom?

Whatever happened to dead baby jokes?  I thought, when I saw the headline for Jonathan Turley's column at The Hill: "What's that you smell in the Supreme Court?"   I knew he was talking about the oral argument in Dobbs , the case about whether to overrule Casey (AKA " Roe "). Sonia Soto...




December 4, 12:42 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Do We Make Progress in Legal Knowledge?




December 4, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Weekend Roundup




December 3, 07:33 PM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise — 7:20.

  Talk about whatever you want in the comments.




December 3, 06:59 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Mini-Review – N.W. Barber, The United Kingdom Constitution: An Introduction




December 3, 05:50 PM   /   Balkinization   /    The ABA Council’s Futile Quest for a Diversity Mandate




December 3, 11:46 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Worth Twice As Much As Gloria Allred?

A recent complaint filed by the Illinois Administrator tells a story that one would be hard pressed to invent as an ethics exam question. The attorney allegedly agreed to represent a "romantic partner" [JM] in a workplace tort matter, despite...




December 3, 10:48 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Horseshoes, Hand Grenades and a $1,798.79 Shortfall

The Iowa Supreme Court affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded a matter arising under the state redemption statute Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, not our redemption statute. An attorney representing a sophisticated investor underpaid the...




December 3, 10:43 AM   /   Althouse   /   Did Trump say he would only nominate Justices who committed to overruling Roe v. Wade?

I heard the NYT reporter Adam Liptak make that assertion (on yesterday's episode of the NYT "Daily" podcast), and I wondered if that was strictly accurate.  Writing every day, I've followed Trump very closely, and I believe if he said anything like that, I would have blogged about it, and th...




December 3, 09:30 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Speech Platforms




December 3, 09:25 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Recent North Carolina Sanctions

Summaries of discipline recently imposed in North Carolina may be found in the Winter 2021 Journal. Highlights Daniel Flint, formerly of Charlotte and currently of Michigan, was convicted in federal court in California of felony entering an airport area in...




December 3, 09:01 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   "War"

The Oregon Supreme Court has denied admission to an applicant who had passed the July 2019 bar examination. The issues center on his candor concerning the circumstances of his discharge from employment in Idaho for an Ohio company. Following his...




December 3, 09:00 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The Personal Touch

The dismissal of a legal malpractice suit was affirmed by the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department Plaintiff, who sues individually and in his capacity as a board member of Personal Touch Holding Corp., lacks standing to...




December 3, 07:42 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Former president Donald Trump this week asked a federal judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll.... a new 'anti-SLAPP' law passed in New York state last year...."

"The [Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation] law allows defendants to seek a quick dismissal of the case, if they can prove the lawsuits against them have no 'substantial basis in fact and law.' In such cases, the people who brought the suit have to pay the defendant’s legal fees.... He...




December 3, 07:32 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Sorry but I don’t think it’s a big deal... Im just sad people get their feelings hurt so easily. And they are going into Theatre?"

Wrote Coastal Carolina University theater professor Steve Earnest — who we're told is "politically conservative" — quoted in  "A drama professor told students they got their feelings hurt too easily. They decided to fight back"  (L.A. Times). If there was one thing Earnest tried to inst...




December 3, 06:52 AM   /   Althouse   /   "'Your playlist is as long as your skincare regime,' Spotify told me on Spotify Wrapped. Given that my 'skincare regime' lasts for the five seconds it takes..."

"... to throw cold water on my face before rubbing vigorously with a towel, I can only conclude that when it comes to knowing about my musical tastes, I’ll trust humans, not robots."  Writes Will Hodgkinson at " 'Your playlist is as long as your skincare regime,' Spotify told me on Spotify W...




December 3, 06:31 AM   /   Althouse   /   "For a long time I have defended ideas and convictions and become what we call an intellectual. In truth, the problem in France is..."

"... that if you are not of the left, you are never called an intellectual. So they call you a sloppy polemicist instead.... Young people are always the first fanatics: you know, young communists, young fascists, young anarchists. Young people are susceptible to these things. They are very permea...




December 3, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   SAPD 35:2




December 2, 06:40 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The F*cking Bullsh*t Objection

An interesting complaint recently filed by the Illinois Administrator alleges misconduct by the defense attorney in a federal criminal trial before Judge Amy St. Eve and in a state homicide prosecution. The prosecutor had raised the issue of defense counsel's...




December 2, 05:59 PM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise — 7:09, 7:11, 7:18.

Write about whatever you want in the comments... and please remember to use  the Althouse portal to Amazon.




December 2, 02:27 PM   /   Balkinization   /   RBG's Legacy




December 2, 12:23 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Consent Disbarment In New Jersey

The New Jersey Supreme Court accepted an attorney's consent to disbarment. MorristownGreen.com reported Calling it “probably the worst day of my life,” Morristown attorney Elizabeth Valandingham pleaded guilty on Tuesday to tampering with public records to secure municipal contracts for...




December 2, 12:22 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The Dark Web

A conviction for a crime of moral turpitude drew disbarment from the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The crimes were detailed in a press release of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia Tricia Steele Boutros,...




December 2, 11:53 AM   /   Balkinization   /   The Company They Keep




December 2, 10:41 AM   /   Althouse   /   Justice Amy Coney Barrett connected the right to abortion and the right against mandatory vaccines.

This is interesting — challenging — because most people who believe in at least one of those rights believe in only one. Or so I assume. Is there entitlement to bodily autonomy or not? Justice Barrett only made a passing reference linking these 2 purported rights. A ban on abortion after 15 weeks...




December 2, 09:25 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Hi Ann - long-time local reader. After Breyer mused on 'super stare decisis' today I duck-duck-go'd it and your 2005 post was one of the first results...."

"I was struck by how it felt like this post could have been written today. Plus ça change ."  That's from my email. The 2005 post is "Luttig and 'super-stare decisis.'" I'll just print the whole thing (below) so you can read it and see how up-to-date it is. First, here 's what Justice Breyer...




December 2, 08:07 AM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Call For Papers, Law and Literature in Europe, October 17-19, 2022




December 2, 07:59 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   The American right and Franco (blast from the past)

For just over a year before Crooked Timber started, I had a blog called Junius. As the American right get more and more attracted by “natcon” views, I remember how shocked I was that even back then they could be quite sympathetic to the Franco regime. And I remembered I posted this (f...




December 2, 07:47 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at them — never.... Well, the trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger."

Says Alec Baldwin, quoted in "Alec Baldwin Says He ‘Didn’t Pull the Trigger’ in ‘Rust’ Killing/The actor said in a brief excerpt from an upcoming interview with ABC News that he had not pulled the trigger when the gun he was holding went off, killing the cinematographer" (NYT). I interpret this t...




December 2, 07:33 AM   /   Althouse   /   Only 4% of the passenger vehicles bought in the U.S. in 2021 are electric, and it's obvious why: "range anxiety."

"In July, the Indiana Department of Transportation and Purdue University announced plans to develop the world’s first contactless wireless-charging concrete pavement highway segment.... The multiyear project will use a magnetizable concrete technology — developed by the German company Magment — e...




December 2, 07:01 AM   /   Althouse   /   Am I in denial about the coming demise of Roe ?

I write " Roe " for simplicity, but Roe was replaced long ago by Casey . Denial is embedded in the precedent. Casey  purported to discover the "essence" of Roe and rewrote the doctrine, and that was what it meant to adhere to stare decisis.  After listening to the oral argument yes...




December 2, 12:59 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Biogen Int'l GmbH v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Fed. Cir. 2021)

By Kevin E. Noonan -- As is well-known, Congress established the Federal Circuit as a circuit court of appeals to harmonize U.S. patent law in an environment where regional Circuit Courts had developed their own judicial interpretations of the patent statute. As a consequence, it was often to a p...




December 2, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Shymansky on Georgetown Law and the New Deal




December 1, 08:31 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Twigs and branches

Another open thread, where you can comment on any topic. Moderation and standard rules still apply. Lengthy side discussions on other posts will be diverted here. Enjoy!




December 1, 06:15 PM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   More thoughts from Simon Lazarus (Yale Law '67) on the latest developments at Yale Law School

Mr. Lazarus (whose earlier and widely noted remarks on the "Trap House Affair" are here) kindly shared his recent assessment of developments since (including the...




December 1, 06:03 PM   /   Althouse   /   Late afternoon sky.

No sunrise run this morning. It was raining — raining on December 1st. Snow would have been much nicer, but it didn't happen. At 3:45 p.m. it was 48° — which was chilly enough on the exposed prairie (AKA the dog park). The pre-sunset sky looked like this: Talk about anything you want in the comme...




December 1, 05:57 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Some Pet Peeves About Legal Scholarship




December 1, 02:47 PM   /   Empirical Legal Studies   /   Pro Se Civil Litigation in Federal Courts

Public and scholarly attention to pro se litigation is growing. In Mapping the Civil Justice Gap in Federal Court, Roger Michalski (Oklahoma) and Andrew Hammond (Oklahoma) provide a helpful empirical perspective. Careful attention to pro se litigation is warranted. The...




December 1, 12:30 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Farbman, "'An Outrage Upon Our Feelings': The Role of Local Governments in Resistance Movements"




December 1, 10:01 AM   /   Althouse   /   Listen to the oral argument, starting now.

Here.




December 1, 09:46 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Academic Freedom Alliance weighs in on case of Professor Kilborn at Illinois/Chicago John Marshall Law School

As well they should! Since the law school is clearly out of control, the UIC higher administration needs to step in!




December 1, 09:38 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Set against a pastoral Californian back yard, it at times resembled a play with three characters: a discontented (for good reason) woman, her angry and accommodating husband, and a mediator..."

"... tasked with drawing them out while acting as a stand-in for the curious public. Winfrey... is not just an interviewer but 'something of an emissary, a reactive translator of emotion, a master weaver, pulling disparate revelations into a collective portrait that colonizes the mind.' Some of W...




December 1, 08:57 AM   /   Althouse   /   "More than 140 amicus briefs were filed in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the potentially momentous abortion case concerning a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy."

"The briefs come from professors, politicians, states, and interest groups from across the ideological spectrum. We reviewed them all, identified some of the most noteworthy and novel arguments, and summarized them.... Numerous groups attack the viability standard that the court adopted in Roe v....




December 1, 08:39 AM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Pallotta on Spanish Constitutional History




December 1, 08:34 AM   /   Althouse   /   "When confronted with the reality that the Democratic Party is losing Black and Latino moderates, the response on the left is often to treat their views as morally beyond the pale."

"'Yes, it turns out that a number of people of color, especially those without a college education, can see the allure of the jackboot authoritarian thuggery offered by modern Republicans,' wrote The Nation’s Elie Mystal....  Obviously, nobody is proposing Democrats run on authoritarian thug...




December 1, 08:31 AM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Brang on Conceptual Realism and Imperial Nostalgia in Chinese Legal Historiography @UniCologne




December 1, 08:24 AM   /   Althouse   /   "My goal in 1982 was justice – not to perpetuate injustice. And certainly not to forever, and irreparably, alter a young man’s life by the very crime that had altered mine."

"I am grateful that Mr Broadwater has finally been vindicated, but the fact remains that 40 years ago, he became another young Black man brutalized by our flawed legal system. I will forever be sorry for what was done to him.... It has taken me these past eight days to comprehend how this could h...




December 1, 07:48 AM   /   Althouse   /   "West Side Story is fantastic. White people gonna be big mad tho and good. Bless you Steven Spielberg for not subtitling when our people use our language."

"In a country where nearly 20 percent of the population speaks Spanish, the subtitles just further keep us othered."  Tweeted journalist Yolanda Machado — reportedly (it's been deleted now) — in  "Steven Spielberg's 'West Side Story' earns early praise for omitting English subtitles: 'T...




December 1, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Book Launch for Cazzola's "Political Thought of Thomas Spence"




November 30, 07:01 PM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   "Day Fines in Sweden" by Oberg

Jacob Öberg (Lund University- Faculty of Law) has published "Day Fines in Sweden" on SSRN. Here is the abstract: As in other areas of social engineering, Sweden is considered as world-leading in creating systems that address social inequality. One of...




November 30, 06:26 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The Terminated

The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney convicted in federal court of wire fraud and false statements to the FBI. The Disciplinary Review Board report tells the story. The Respondent received the power of attorney of a woman...




November 30, 05:29 PM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Former Temple Business School Dean convicted of wire fraud for "cooking the books" in data reported to USNews.com

Story here. I was struck by this quote from the prosecutor: “The hope is that this case sends a message to other college and university...




November 30, 05:16 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Dobbs in Seven Steps




November 30, 04:09 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Shugerman on Blackstone, the Removal Power, and the Unitary Executive




November 30, 12:09 PM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise — 7:03.




November 30, 11:12 AM   /   Althouse   /   Melania was cold. Jill is warm.

Ugh. I should have steeled myself against this offensive goo. It's so very predictable. But I wasn't ready — it's still November — and this caught me before I'd prepared myself to simply laugh cynically, which is what it deserves:  "Jill Biden’s first White House Christmas brings back a warm...




November 30, 10:37 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I remember that day well" — the day Roe was decided — "because it was also the day when former president Lyndon B. Johnson died."

"I was one of the editors of the Michigan Daily, the student newspaper at the University of Michigan, and we had a passionate argument that went late into the evening over which should be our lead story. Should it be legalized abortion across the nation? Or the man who sent tens of thousands of y...




November 30, 10:27 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The $240K That Appeared

A reprimand has been imposed by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers on these facts The respondent is a real estate practitioner who received, into an IOLTA account, funds from lenders and others. One of his long-time paralegals, whose responsibilities...




November 30, 09:59 AM   /   Althouse   /   "[Elizabeth] Holmes became teary-eyed on the stand as she described dropping out of Stanford University, in part, because she had been raped."

"Shortly after, she said, she struck up a relationship with Balwani, who would go on to become a Theranos executive. 'He said that I was safe now that I had met him,' she said. Holmes had met Balwani the summer before starting at Stanford. She was 18, and he is about two decades older. Balwani ha...




November 30, 09:50 AM   /   Althouse   /   Random movie watched yesterday: The Luis Bunuel version of "Robinson Crusoe" from 1954.

I know Bunuel from "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie"(1972) and "Belle de Jour" (1967) and I wondered what he did with "Robinson Crusoe." I'll just say he had a very long career with many stages and quote the NYT obituary — "an iconoclast, moralist, and revolutionary who was a leader of avan...




November 30, 09:01 AM   /   Althouse   /   "We have always been trying to strike the right balance between enforcement, rehabilitation and prevention."

"I would rather have people who are going to shoot up do it in a safe and secure venue as opposed to a McDonald’s bathroom, an alleyway or a subway staircase." Said Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., quoted in "Supervised Injection Sites for Drug Users to Open in New York City/The Ma...




November 30, 08:52 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Everybody learned a lot this year, and I just want to make sure there’s absolutely nothing that could ever be considered as insulting to Chinese culture."

"We look at everything through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. That’s the way of the future." Said Mikko Nissinen, artistic director of Boston Ballet, quoted in "As ‘Nutcracker’ Returns, Companies Rethink Depictions of Asians/Ballet companies are reworking the holiday classic partly ...




November 30, 08:29 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Replacing Western civ: how bad would it be?

A key element of the the ideology of the new populist far right (Trumpian, Faragist, Zemmourian etc) is some version of the “great replacement” theory, the idea that Western civ is under threat from migrants, Muslims, black people, brown people, yellow people and the rest. In some ver...




November 30, 06:43 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Law school application season: total applicants down slightly, high-end LSAT scores down more

Blog Emperor Caron reports on the state of the law school application season about one-third of the way through. Given how strong last year's applicant...




November 30, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Schwartz on Treanor on the Dishonest Scrivener




November 29, 07:00 PM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   "Promoting Proportionality Through Sentencing Guidelines" by Roberts

Julian V. Roberts (University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology) has published "Promoting Proportionality Through Sentencing Guidelines" on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This paper explores the ways that sentencing guidelines, properly constructed, can promote proportionality at sentencing. The es...




November 29, 06:33 PM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise — 7:00.

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November 29, 06:17 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Though it’s the film’s quieter absurdities – like its glorious shot of Crawford, sheathed in platinum sequins, descending a curved staircase while she scowls at a plate of cold, congealed steak – that tickle me more than its chaotic, cacophonous climaxes

From "Mommie Dearest at 40: the derided camp classic that deserves a closer look/Faye Dunaway’s all-guns-blazing performance as Joan Crawford is one of many reasons why the reviled biodrama is not the disaster many have labelled it" by Guy Lodge (The Guardian). Yes, it has been 40 years, and I re...




November 29, 04:35 PM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Lateral hires with tenure or on tenure-track, 2021-22

These are non-clinical appointments that will take effect in 2022 (except where noted); I will move the list to the front at various intervals as...




November 29, 02:39 PM   /   Althouse   /   George yawns as Paul invents "Get Back" out of thin air.

Watching Paul come up with “Get Back” out of literally thinking air while Ringo and George just yawn is a marvel to watch. This Beatles documentary is INSANE #TheBeatlesGetBack pic.twitter.com/09Nii0tHqr — Darth Yavin (@DarthYavin) November 27, 2021




November 29, 02:37 PM   /   Althouse   /   "But what Biden knows, after three-plus decades of being politically left for dead, is that nothing’s over just because a bunch of unnamed staffers who spend too much time reading polls say it’s over."

"He knows from experience that the more monolithic and reflexive the popular wisdom, the more likely it will be proved wrong. Does Biden run again? Personally, I’ve always thought he was most likely a one-term, stabilizing president, and I don’t really believe he has made up his mind to seek anot...




November 29, 01:56 PM   /   Althouse   /   Elon Musk "became a bright antithesis to Russian capitalism, a guide on how you can get rich in the right way and how you can spend the money you earned in the right way."

"The Russian environment could not produce this cultlike figure. And it is an easy import because Musk is not associated with some Wall Street billionaire, he is not a native American and he engages with Russia. So he is not perceived as a stranger, and this image is important to a stratum of peo...




November 29, 11:00 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Merkin's Legal History of Marine Insurance




November 29, 09:18 AM   /   Althouse   /   "There are two pronouns: he and she. Our language is beautiful. And two pronouns are appropriate."

Said the French first lady, Brigitte Macron, the first lady, quoted in  "In a Nonbinary Pronoun, France Sees a U.S. Attack on the Republic/When a French dictionary included the gender-nonspecific 'iel' for the first time, a virulent reaction erupted over 'wokisme' exported from American univ...




November 29, 07:46 AM   /   Althouse   /   "As South Koreans enter the living-with-corona phase of the pandemic, some are easing back into social life by visiting public spaces where they can be alone and do very little."

" Nothing is the new something in South Korea as people desperately seek refuge from the pressures of living as functioning adults in a global pandemic in a high-stress and fast-paced society with soaring real estate prices and often-grueling work schedules. At a Space Out Competition this y...




November 29, 12:31 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Indivior UK Ltd. v. Dr. Reddy's Laboratories S.A. (Fed. Cir. 2021)

By Kevin E. Noonan -- The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act prescribed two very different post-grant review proceedings in U.S. patent law. The first, post-grant review (PGR), had some analogies with European opposition practice, in that petitions for PGR could be filed no later than nine months af...




November 28, 11:52 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Conference & CLE Calendar

November 30, 2021 - "Trends in Patent Prosecution: Don’t Get Left Behind" (LexisNexis and IPWatchdog) - 2:00 pm (ET) December 2, 2021 - "The Intersection of Intellectual Property and International Arbitration: Quantum and Valuation (Part 1)" (Lexology, iam, GAR, and Charles Rivers Associates) - 8...




November 28, 11:50 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Trends in Patent Prosecution

LexisNexis and IPWatchdog will be offering a webinar entitled "Trends in Patent Prosecution: Don’t Get Left Behind" on November 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm (ET). Roberta Young of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Aparna Nemlekar of Fox Rothschild LLP, Megan McLoughlin of LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions, and ...




November 28, 07:53 PM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise — 7:11, 7:17.

I took this picture at 7:11:    And Meade took this picture — I'm in it — at 7:17:   Talk about anything you want in the comments. And please think of supporting this blog by doing your shopping through the Althouse portal to Amazon, which is always right there in the sid...




November 28, 06:59 PM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   "Individualizing Criminal Law’s Justice Judgments: Shortcomings in the Doctrines of Culpability, Mitigation, and Excuse" by Robinson. &. Holcomb

Paul H. Robinson (University of Pennsylvania Law School) and Lindsay Holcomb (University of Pennsylvania Law School - Student/Alumni/Adjunct) have published "Individualizing Criminal Law’s Justice Judgments: Shortcomings in the Doctrines of Culpability, Mitigation, and Excuse" on SSRN. Here is th...




November 28, 06:55 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Why do (Some) Originalists Hate America?




November 28, 01:56 PM   /   Althouse   /   "In many years of working as a travel writer — which I’ve often thought of as working the awe beat — I’ve come to understand that awe cannot be easily choreographed."

"Some of the times I have experienced awe: An hour of avalanches rumbling down the south face of Annapurna under a full moon. Fork lightning strobing across the empty deck of a cargo ship on Lake Victoria. An eagle hovering 20 feet above my shoulder in the Chilean tundra. These... transcendental ...




November 28, 10:42 AM   /   Althouse   /   I'm pulled into the upper right hand corner of The Washington Post — so dangerous, so syrup-drenched.

Here's that corner (9 items): It's an omakase breakfast —  omakase , not omicron — the selections entrusted to the illustrious mainstream newspaper. I will update this post, course by course.  1. "For Clarence Thomas, avowed critic of Roe v. Wade, Mississippi abortion case a moment...




November 28, 10:29 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Audience members were treated to author Haruki Murakami serving as a disc jockey while playing the works of jazz great Stan Getz and talking about his music."

"Murakami played records from his own extensive collection during a session held Nov. 13 at the Waseda International House of Literature in Tokyo.... In the shadows of his spectacular and extensive musical career, Getz continued to suffer from alcoholism and drug addiction his entire life. 'Music...




November 28, 06:18 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Sunday photoblogging: St Mary Redcliffe churchyard




  

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