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May 18, 07:57 AM   /   Althouse   /    "British workers 'lead the world' in refusing to return to the office five days a week.... Well, it’s nice to lead the world in something."

And the good news doesn’t end there. Even criminals are now being allowed to 'work from home,' completing their community service not by picking up litter but making facemasks and greetings cards from bed. Which is fair enough if you think about it. After all, the WFH culture has decimated the bu...




May 18, 07:48 AM   /   Althouse   /   "It was probably somewhat naive of her not to realise that this is indeed 'an ideology’ and one with which you’re simply not allowed to disagree."

"It is quite chilling to witness first hand how this ideology operates and grows... It was the whispered and frequent use of the terms transphobe and transphobic during that after-school activity that alerted me to the depressing fact that these girls were going along with the narrative that our ...




May 18, 07:39 AM   /   Althouse   /   "As Mr Putin’s regime shifts from a relatively open authoritarianism towards a more closed dictatorship, its propaganda is changing, too."

"Television hosts and guests present the 'special military operation' as part of a grander conflict in defence of Russia. State media have long intoned about the West’s supposed intention to undermine Russia and Mr Putin’s efforts to protect the motherland. But where propaganda once sought mostly...




May 18, 07:31 AM   /   Althouse   /   Expect sand to collapse.

1. "A Utah teenager died after getting trapped while digging a tunnel in a sand dune, state officials said. Ian Spendlove, 13, was declared dead on Sunday, one day after the tunnel he was digging at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park in Kanab unexpectedly collapsed as he was inside, Utah State Park...




May 18, 07:25 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Fearing ‘Extinction-Level Event,’ N.Y. Democrats Turn Against Each Other."

That's a headline in the NYT . Subhead: "Newly drawn congressional maps have led some House members to quickly lay claim to certain districts, even if it means challenging fellow incumbents." Two weeks ago, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney warned fellow Democrats in a private meeting that a ru...




May 18, 06:28 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The defeat for now ends Mr. Cawthorn’s brief political career, which began with the promise of being the youngest person ever elected to Congress."

"Now, at age 27, he is left with an enormous social media following and potentially lucrative career opportunities outside electoral politics."  Those are the last 2 sentences of the NYT piece "Election Deniers Thrive Even as Trumpism Drifts: 5 Primary Takeaways." Obviously, "the promise of ...




May 17, 08:51 PM   /   Althouse   /   The moon at sunrise.

Looking toward the sun: Talk about anything in the comments.




May 17, 07:06 PM   /   Althouse   /   "As a practical matter, personal loans will sometimes be the only way for an unknown challenger with limited connections to front-load campaign spending."

"And early spending — and thus early expression — is critical to a newcomer’s success. A large personal loan also may be a useful tool to signal that the political outsider is confident enough in his campaign to have skin in the game, attracting the attention of donors and voters alike." Wrote Ch...




May 17, 06:29 PM   /   Althouse   /   Why are we hearing this?

Here's a featured snippet of the long-running Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial. This is Heard on cross-examination, as she's made to listen to extensive audio of a fight the married couple had at some point in the past:   I can't take the time to watch the whole trial, but I am noticing thi...




May 17, 05:52 PM   /   Althouse   /   "The 25 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2022-2023."

The new U.S. News list — topped by Huntsville, Alabama. Some of the important factors used in this calculation are irrelevant to me — notably the average commute — but I'm really interested in looking for place where we might move. The place to beat is Madison, Wisconsin, which I see U.S. News pu...




May 17, 05:42 PM   /   Althouse   /   "School funding is tied directly to enrollment numbers in most states, and while federal pandemic aid has buffered school budgets so far, the Biden administration has made it clear..."

"that the relief is finite. Some districts are already bracing for budget shortfalls. 'When you lose kids, you lose money,' [said Marguerite Roza, director of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University]. 'There’s no hidden piece to this puzzle. You have to close schools and lay off people. And ev...




May 17, 05:10 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   DENIED: The Names The Same

The North Dakota Supreme Court summarily affirmed the denial of a name change on the grounds that it was already a fait accompli Shane Lance Yates and Amy Jo Yates (“Petitioners”) appeal district court orders denying their petitions for name...




May 17, 04:05 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Unwanted Communications

The Manitoba Law Society Discipline Committee Panel has ordered a reprimand with conditions Mr. Fawcett's Conduct Unbecoming a Lawyer charge occurred outside of his professional obligations. From approximately August 2016 through July 2020, Mr. Fawcett made unwanted communications of a...




May 17, 10:52 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Fraud Conviction Results In Suspension

An attorney's involvement in two loans that were a fraud of over $4 million drew a one-year suspension from the New Jersey Supreme Court. The crimes were described by the Disciplinary Review Board That same day, at his plea hearing...




May 17, 10:44 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Guest Post: Survey on Exploitation

We are conducting a survey about academic philosophers’ (academic faculty, emerita, lecturers, post-docs and graduate students) views of what exploitation is, by judging how exploitative you feel various abstract scenarios are. It takes roughly ten minutes to complete the questions, with th...




May 17, 10:40 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The Barbershop

The New Jersey Supreme Court imposed reciprocal discipline of a judge suspended for a year and a day in Pennsylvania. From the report of the Disciplinary Review Board The facts giving rise to the judicial and disciplinary actions against respondent...




May 17, 09:47 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Composed and genial, [Karine] Jean-Pierre was successful in observing the first rule of media briefings – do no harm – but did appear a little too cautious on one point."

"She was repeatedly asked if she would 'call out' individuals such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson or Republican members of Congress who fan the flames of extremism and the 'great replacement' theory. Time and again she refused. 'It doesn’t matter who it is,' she insisted. 'If a person espouses h...




May 17, 08:57 AM   /   Althouse   /   Ketanji Brown Jackson loves "Survivor" — calls it "the best show ever."

Why? — asks the Washington Post interviewer .  Answer: Because it’s like a social experiment. It’s human nature, what do people do when they’re starving and how do they react to one another? It’s like this Hobbesian state of nature: How are we going to deal with this situation? I love it. It...




May 17, 08:00 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The voice who had been with her longest warned of catastrophes coming for her family in Zionsville, a town north of Indianapolis, calamities tied in some unspecified way to..."

"... TV images from the gulf war: fighter planes, flashes in the sky, explosions on the ground, luminous and all-consuming. A woman’s voice castigated her at school, telling her that her clothes smelled and that she had better keep her hand down, no matter that she knew the answers to the teacher...




May 17, 05:41 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The F.D.A. said it expected Abbott to restart [infant formula] production in about two weeks... at the plant in Sturgis, Mich."

"It has been shut down since February after several babies who had consumed formula that had been produced there fell ill and two died. The agreement stems from a U.S. Department of Justice complaint and consent decree with the company and three of its executives. Those court records say the F.D....




May 17, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   CFP: Black Reparations: Insights from the Social Sciences




May 16, 11:56 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   CVC Files Reply to Sigma-Aldrich Opposition to CVC's Responsive Motion No. 1

By Kevin E. Noonan -- Pursuant to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Order issued November 29, 2021, Junior Party the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Vienna; and Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively, "CVC") on December 17, 2021 filed its Responsive Preliminary Motion No. 1 in...




May 16, 08:47 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Sunrise Café...

 ... you can talk about whatever you want. 




May 16, 10:21 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   UCLA Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin to become the new Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Wisconsin got very lucky! I feel for my friends at UCLA, who know they are losing an excellent Dean. And I'm very happy for my...




May 16, 09:43 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Personal essays that don’t make an argument are generally not op-eds."

"Even if the op-ed includes a personal story, it should have a point to make — something readers can engage with and think about. Journalistic investigations without an argument are not op-eds. Poems and works of fiction usually aren’t op-eds either. Neither are reviews of books, movies, televisi...




May 16, 09:38 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Former CIA Officer Disbarred

A disbarment ordered last week by the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department On January 26, 2015, respondent was convicted after a jury trial, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, of...




May 16, 09:31 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Behavioral economists and psychologists have, in recent years, shown employers that there’s a business case for their fixation on positivity."

"One study in the Journal of Labor Economics found that people who were given chocolates to eat and comedies to watch — common happiness generators — were 12 percent more productive than a group left alone.... 'There’s evidence that we get the causal arrow of happiness wrong,' said Laurie Santos,...




May 16, 09:15 AM   /   Althouse   /   For the annals of Things You're Not Going to Do.

" Strengthen your tongue. One of the most common causes of snoring is when your tongue slides back in your throat. The simplest way to prevent this is with a daily set of tongue exercises . But Dr. Chang said it can take weeks to have an effect and most people are not diligent in keeping them up....




May 16, 09:09 AM   /   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...




May 16, 08:40 AM   /   Althouse   /   "In recent years, a growing number of medical and public health groups have introduced public awareness campaigns warning people to drink with caution, noting that alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of cancer, behind tobacco and obesity."

From "Should Your Cocktail Carry a Cancer Warning? As pandemic disruptions lead many of us to drink more, experts underscore the link between alcohol and disease" (NYT)(the article is featured on the front page of the NYT right now, but it was published in 2021). There's not too much talk about a...




May 16, 07:44 AM   /   Althouse   /   This is great: SNL parodied the show we've been watching.

We hardly watch anything, so this was a real delight. What good are parodies when you don't know the original thing? They do give you some explanation, in case you don't know "Old Enough," but suffice it to say, they track many elements of that Japanese show about little kids sent out alone to do...




May 16, 07:19 AM   /   Althouse   /   "A gunman killed one person and wounded five others at a Taiwanese luncheon in a Laguna Woods church on Sunday, then was tackled by churchgoers who hogtied his legs with extension cords..."

"The crowd also managed to take two handguns away from him, said Orange County Undersheriff Jeff Hallock. 'That group of churchgoers displayed what we believe is exceptional heroism and bravery.... I think it’s safe to say if people had not intervened, it could have been much worse.'... ...




May 16, 06:03 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The Woman Wondering If She’s Bisexual Enough to Come Out."

Great headline. It's on one of those NY Magazine "Sex Diaries." These purport to be true-life accounts. This one is about a 28-year-old woman. Excerpt: DAY FIVE...  11 a.m. I am violently hung-over and on my way to my Nana’s 92nd birthday.  1 p.m. At her celebration, I feel crushing han...




May 16, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   O'Gorman on Langdell and Contract Law




May 16, 12:21 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Junior Party CVC Files Reply to Sigma-Aldrich's Opposition to Its Preliminary Motion No. 4

By Kevin E. Noonan -- On November 19th, Junior Party the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Vienna; and Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively, "CVC") filed Substantive Preliminary Motion No. 4* in Interference No. 106,132, wherein CVC moved to add Senior Party Sigma-Aldrich's U....




May 15, 11:59 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Conference & CLE Calendar

May 17, 2022 - "Are you Prepared for the Unified Patent Court?" (J A Kemp) - 16:00 pm to 17:00 pm (GMT) May 17, 2022 - "Patent Term Extensions in Emerging Markets" (Moeller IP) - 12:30 pm (ET) May 17, 2022 - "IP Ethics Semi-Annual Review" (Intellectual Property Owners Association) - 1:00 pm (ET) ...




May 15, 08:15 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Sunrise Café...

 ... you can talk about whatever you want.




May 15, 06:27 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Supporters of debt forgiveness argue that targeted relief is inadequate and that broader relief would help to close the [racial wealth] gap."

"Black college graduates, on average, owe $25,000 more than their white peers. More than half of Black borrowers report that their net worth is less than the balance of their student loans. And Black borrowers are more likely than their white peers to drop out of school before receiving a degree....




May 15, 06:21 PM   /   Althouse   /   "I live in Los Angeles. Everyday I witness filth and disease laden encampments. What I see with my own eyes are people living in squalor..."

"... who are either drug addicted or mentally ill. Los Angeles does not have an affordable housing problem nearly as much as a mental health and drug addiction crisis. The status quo is not acceptable. It is hardly humane to enable people to suffer in illness and addiction as if it is somehow tha...




May 15, 12:59 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Judge Created Mess Draws Admonishment

An admonishment has been imposed by the Texas Commission on Judicial Discipline for a judge's misconduct in a divorce trial Throughout the trial, in open court, Judge Wells expressed irritation at both sides’ lawyers, including slamming a book on the...




May 15, 12:32 PM   /   Althouse   /   A sunrise, presented at midday, to keep your spirits up.




May 15, 12:26 PM   /   Althouse   /   Just 3 TikToks to tide you over. I was highly selective! Let me know what you liked best.

1. Just how excellent can an airport be ? 2. The exquisite subtlety of the dish towel . 3. Mr. Horse Girl .




May 15, 11:55 AM   /   Althouse   /   Let's work together.

KAMALA: "We will work together, and continue to work together, to address these issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to work operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements, that we will convene to work together...We will work together" pic.twitter.com/AblAR...




May 15, 11:45 AM   /   Althouse   /   Sentence of the Day.

Get you diagramming pencil sharpened! This is from "Ron Galella’s Relentless Gaze/The photographer’s work provides a stark illustration of the hold that celebrity has on our culture" by Naomi Fry in The New Yorker (Note: Galella died recently. Lots of Galella photos of celebs at the link): The ph...




May 15, 10:28 AM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Schwartz on Gouverneur Morris, The Committee of Style, and the Federalist Constitution: A Commentary on Treanor's "Dishonest Scrivener" @WisconsinLaw




May 15, 10:23 AM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Grajzl and Murrell on Families and Inheritance: Law and Development in Pre-Industrial England




May 15, 10:04 AM   /   Althouse   /   If there's "no doubt," why are you calling it an "alleged manifesto"?

I am attempting to read "Buffalo mass shooter’s alleged manifesto leaves no doubt attack was white supremacist terrorism" (WIVB.com). The gunman was identified during his arraignment as Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, New York. That name that matches the name given in a 180-page manifesto that surf...




May 15, 08:27 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Now, after the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, entrepreneurs and activists are floating ideas for an abortion-focused DAO."

"They see it as a way to provide money to women in more than two dozen states where abortion services may soon be severely restricted or banned — a kind of 'Underground Railroad for abortion,' as Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code and a host of the 'De-Broing Crypto' podcast, put it in...




May 15, 07:38 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Finland is applying for NATO membership. A protected Finland is being born as part of a stable, strong and responsible Nordic region."

"We gain security and we also share it. It’s good to keep in mind that security isn’t a zero-sum game." Said Finland’s president, Sauli Niinistö, quoted in "Finland formally confirms intention to join Nato/Nordic country that shares 800-mile border with Russia looks to end decades of non-alignmen...




May 15, 07:19 AM   /   Althouse   /   Elon Musk tells us how to "fix" our Twitter feed.

I’m not suggesting malice in the algorithm, but rather that it’s trying to guess what you might want to read and, in doing so, inadvertently manipulate/amplify your viewpoints without you realizing this is happening — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 15, 2022




May 15, 04:50 AM   /   Crooked Timber   /   Sunday photoblogging: Rose




May 15, 12:04 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   IPO Webinar on IP Ethics

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer an "IP Ethics Semi-Annual Review" on May 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm (ET). John Steele of JohnSteeleLaw will provide an overview of ethics issues arising from cases in the last 12 months for intellectual property attorneys. The registration fe...




May 15, 12:04 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Patent Term Extensions in Emerging Markets

Moeller IP will be offering a webinar entitled "Patent Term Extensions in Emerging Markets" (with a special focus on Latin America) on May 17, 2022 at 12:30 pm (ET). Marco Euroza and Mariano Municoy of Moeller IP will address the following topics: • Revision of existing formal administrative proc...




May 15, 12:00 AM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Preparing for Unified Patent Court

J A Kemp will be offering a webinar entitled "Are you Prepared for the Unified Patent Court?" on May 17, 2022 from 16:00 pm to 17:00 pm (GMT). Ravi Srinivasan and Stephen Hodsdon of J A Kemp will provide an overview of the expected procedure before the UPC in typical scenarios, explore similariti...




May 14, 11:57 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   USPTO Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be hosting an Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Innovation and Entrepreneurship program on May 17 and May 18, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (ET) each day. Part one of the program will feature the following sessions: • Welcome to part one:...




May 14, 11:56 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Apportionment in Reasonable Royalty Damages

Fox Forensic Accounting will be offering a webinar entitled "Evolving Case Law: Approaching Apportionment in Reasonable Royalty Damages" on May 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm (ET). Shawn Fox and Cliff Porter of Fox Forensic Accounting and Mark Nielsen of Scheef & Stone, LLP will discuss: • Unique Unjust Enr...




May 14, 06:01 PM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise series.

As you can see in picture #3, I had a lot of company this morning. University students, I presume. There's lots of graduation activity in Madison today. Maybe these kids had been out all night, because they were firmly in place when I arrived at the location at 5:25. I wasn't trying to eavesdrop ...




May 14, 05:08 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Every generation has had an apocalyptic view of their lives... We’re not wired to save.... We’re wired to consume."

"If you have an exciting vision of the future, those are the people who aggressively save for retirement. If you have an apocalyptic vision of the future, why would you save for it? Of course you wouldn’t." Said Brad Klontz, a financial psychologist, quoted in "The World’s a Mess. So They’ve Stop...




May 14, 04:57 PM   /   Althouse   /   "TikTok has no interest in your friends. Instead, it has developed an artificial intelligence-based recommendation engine that divines your desires..."

"... by interpreting the most subtle of clues. They range from how long you watch a video to whether you share it, and what the content contains.... In 2020, TikTok raced past Facebook and Instagram in terms of how much time users spend on the platform. This year it is set to overtake YouTube.......




May 14, 04:35 PM   /   Althouse   /   "'They can’t win,' Ira said. 'They can slaughter us but they can’t win.' Max nodded, calm despite the chaos."

"I’d met him a few weeks before the war when he was working as a translator for another journalist. He had black hair swept off his face, a tattoo under his Adam’s apple that referenced the American poet Walt Whitman and he looked as though he hadn’t slept in days. We were the same age, 31, and I...




May 14, 04:21 PM   /   Althouse   /   "[Hunter S.] Thompson... rightfully looms large for demolishing the idea that covering a campaign has to be objective day to day, or with the winner automatically cast as the hero..."

"... a la Theodore White’s 'The Making of the President' books. Along with unabashed drug taking, hoaxing other reporters, and honing a cultivated but nonetheless genuinely menacing edge, Thompson quickly grasped the fact and advantage of being shunned by press corp heavyweights. 'Thompson’s dete...




May 14, 03:59 PM   /   Althouse   /   "'Hardness' has not been in our century a quality much admired in women, nor in the past twenty years has it even been in official favor for men."

"When hardness surfaces in the very old we tend to transform it into 'crustiness”' or eccentricity, some tonic pepperiness to be indulged at a distance. On the evidence of her work and what she has said about it, Georgia O’Keeffe is neither 'crusty' nor eccentric. She is simply hard, a straight s...




May 14, 10:26 AM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise composition.

That's my composition, but not my bike (so don't come after me for the transgression of the no-bikes rule that prevails at this location).




May 14, 10:03 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Understandably, not everyone can live at home. They’ve moved away for a job, or the home situation is too toxic or overcrowded. But space and sanity willing..."

"... consider the savings young adults could amass if they continued to live in the family home. With inflation at a 40-year-high, it just makes economic sense for adult children to live at home for several years.... I feel for the men who are ridiculed for still living at home — and for the daug...




May 14, 09:06 AM   /   Althouse   /   Sentence of the Day.

This is the last sentence of a NYT T Magazine article by Nick Haramis titled, "What’s Behind Fashion’s Rediscovery of the Bare Midriff? It might be that in exposing the waist, designers are also revealing their hope for a bolder and better future."   Are you ready to diagram (or at least thi...




May 14, 08:26 AM   /   Althouse   /   "With particularly dystopian flair, the formula shortage came to a head around the same time that a draft opinion leaked from the Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade."

"On one hand, women would be forced to birth children. But on the other hand, once those children arrive, there might not be food to feed them. A footnote from Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that gained some traction this week was about adoption. The footnote quoted a 2008 study by the Centers for ...




May 14, 08:13 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Wall Street Journal investigative report this week underlines just how frivolous were the claims in the Steele dossier, and how nonexistent was the attempt..."

"... by Christopher Steele, the vaunted British ex-spy, to verify or even vet them. The sources for many of the Steele allegations consisted of three people 'brought together over a minor corporate-publicity contract,' not one of whom had any inside knowledge of Kremlin politics or the Trump camp...




May 14, 07:35 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The highly anticipated decision concerned three separate cases in which men had consumed drugs and then committed violent offenses."

"In one, a man ingested magic mushrooms and then, proclaiming to be doing God’s will, broke into his father’s home, stabbed him to death and grievously wounded his father’s partner. The defendants argued that they had essentially been rendered automatons — incapable of voluntary action or of form...




May 14, 07:14 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Quarterly Report

The highly informative April 2022 quarterly report of the North Carolina Office of Counsel summarizes a number of matters at various stages of the disciplinary process, including Brian Love of Durham submitted an affidavit of surrender of his law license....




May 14, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Weekend Roundup




May 13, 09:47 PM   /   Althouse   /   I've got 9 TikTok selections for you tonight. Let me know what you like best!

1. Man painted as a man . 2. A perfect "Immigrant Song." 3. What boys say when asked what girls want , and how does that line up with what girls say they want? 4. A dramatic vocal rendering of an interoffice memo. 5. Exactly how to deal with a catcaller. 6. And what to do when you hear that sound...




May 13, 09:15 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Sunrise Café...

  ... you can talk about whatever you want.    




May 13, 07:36 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Fishkin on dissent: The transcendent importance of the Thirteenth Amendment




May 13, 05:41 PM   /   Crooked Timber   /   The Thirty-Nine Steps

At the end of The Thirty-Nine Steps (the John Buchan novel that largely created the spy thriller genre), the hero is about to give the signal for arrest of a ring of German spies. But their pose as ordinary middle class Englishmen is so convincing that they persuade him to join them as a fourth [...




May 13, 04:46 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Kindergartners sent home with masturbation assignment."

Reports Libs of TikTok , with an image of what is said to be the worksheet that the school gave to a 4 year old.




May 13, 04:26 PM   /   Althouse   /   "A ban on 'buy one get one free' deals on unhealthy snacks and a 9pm watershed for junk food advertising have both been ditched..."

"...  as Boris Johnson aims to cut the cost of living and boost growth. The prime minister has delayed the policies for at least a year and may axe them completely as he aims to focus on creating jobs and scrapping 'un-Conservative' ideas. The U-turn was immediately condemned by health campa...




May 13, 02:55 PM   /   Althouse   /   Valedictorian.

This is Elizabeth Bonker with non-speaking autism…her high school principal said ‘The r*tard can’t be valedictorian’….she proved him wrong when she graduated Rollins College as the class of 2022 valedictorian




May 13, 02:53 PM   /   Althouse   /   "We're at war."

If there's a bigger story than the 82-year-old senior House Democrat, now in his 20th term in Congress, today announcing that the US is at war with Russia, I'd like to know what it is? https://t.co/OJi8elHcao — Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 13, 2022




May 13, 02:48 PM   /   Empirical Legal Studies   /   CELS -- UVA -- 2022: Call For Papers

The University of Virginia School of Law will host CELS 2022, scheduled for Nov. 4-5, 2022. Co-organizers Michal Barzuza, Kevin Cope, and Quinn Curtis are pleased to announce the Call For Papers. Paper Submission Deadline: Sunday, June 26, 2022 (11:59...




May 13, 12:34 PM   /   Balkinization   /   A Memory in the Making: Our Classical Legal Tradition




May 13, 12:19 PM   /   Althouse   /   Gad Saad talks with Joe Rogan about Marcus Aurelius.




May 13, 12:10 PM   /   Althouse   /   "During the first night, in a rustic hot spring resort where the talk of the town was an owl that had taken residence in a tree..."

"... I came to terms with the fact that this was indeed going to be uncomfortable. I’d once lived outside for a month in a Thai Buddhist permaculture commune, slept in countless hostels, and meditated for 100 hours over 10 days in the Southern California desert. Living in a van when nightly tempe...




May 13, 11:59 AM   /   Althouse   /   "If factory made baby formula is in short supply, health authorities need to do better than telling parents not to DIY."

"This is just another 'abstinence only' model that won't work. If babies are hungry, parents are going to feed them, guidelines be damned. The appropriate response then is for pediatric nutrition experts to publish safe recipes for emergency nutrition supplementation with explicit warnings to not...




May 13, 11:32 AM   /   Law & Humanities Blog   /   Gribnau and Hughes on The Enlightenment and Influence of Social Contract Theory on Taxation @HGribnau @TilburgLaw @UniofNottingham




May 13, 11:26 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   A Cornfield In Iowa

False statements and an OWI drew a six-month suspension of an attorney by the Iowa Supreme Court Honesty is the hallmark of the legal profession. It should go without saying that misrepresenting facts to a court and to law enforcement...




May 13, 11:08 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   A Murder In Scarsdale

We recently reported on an Illinois recommendation of disbarment for first degree murder. The New York Appellate Division imposed that sanction as an automatic consequence of such a conviction On May 22, 2018, respondent pleaded guilty in Supreme Court, Westchester...




May 13, 10:46 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Nebraska Accepts Domestic Violence Victimization As Mitigating Factor

The Nebraska Supreme Court has accepted domestic violence-induced trauma as a mitigating factor in an attorney discipline matter accepting this testimony Hecht testified to the “Power and Control Wheel of Violence,” which addresses both physical and sexual violence and is...




May 13, 10:45 AM   /   Discourse.net   /   Putin Joke

Predictable punch line, but still funny: Putin dies and ends up in hell. After a few years, the devil calls him in and tells him that he is being paroled back to Moscow for good behavior. Putin arrives in Moscow … Continue reading → The post Putin Joke appeared first on Discourse.net .




May 13, 09:12 AM   /   Althouse   /   "For the last two years, the phrase 'romanticize your life' has emerged on social media as a call to action.... It asks us to appreciate what we have right in front of us..."

"... and to live with intention, no matter how mundane our daily rituals might be.... Although some of the content appears aspirational — not all of us can afford a quick trip to Italy or run off to a field full of flowers , dressed in flouncy spring fashion — most of it rejects the type of messa...




May 13, 08:59 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users."

Tweeted Elon Musk, quoted in "Elon Musk tweeted that Twitter deal is temporarily on hold/The Tesla CEO, who has been seeking Twitter investors as his EV company sheds $400 billion in value, later says that he’s 'still committed’ to the acquisition" (WaPo). The problem of Twitter bots also isn’t n...




May 13, 08:39 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I don’t think that the women who are staunchly against plastic surgery are worried about women’s health or self-esteem..."

"... I think they are motivated by fear that their pretty privilege — the benefits they get to enjoy for meeting those standards without the help of a doctor — is at risk. If beauty becomes democratized by more people simply paying surgeons for it, the proverbial finish line gets pushed further a...




May 13, 06:05 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I stole it — I would have paid a lot more. For certain segments of America, it’s more famous than the 'Mona Lisa.'"

Said Bill Perkins, quoted in "Ernie Barnes’s ‘Sugar Shack’ Painting Brings Big Price at Auction An iconic image sells for $15.3 million at Christie’s to Bill Perkins, an energy trader, who says he’s been waiting his whole life to buy that work of art" (NYT).  Ernie Barnes’s most famous paint...




May 13, 05:50 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Most recovery houses offer transportation services following surgery, often a minivan with the passenger seats reclined to make space for an inflatable mattress..."

"... where patients, who are not supposed to sit down or lie on their backsides for at least two to four weeks , can lie on their stomachs during the ride. When they arrive, the beds they’ve booked — usually two to a room — can cost anywhere from $80 to $400 a night. Some recovery houses have nur...




May 13, 04:42 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Readers of Michael Pollan or Amanda Little understand that it’s morally indefensible to purchase Chilean blueberries or, God forbid, New Zealand lamb."

"But even a humble loaf of sourdough requires the equivalent of about 5.5 tablespoons of diesel fuel, and a supermarket tomato, which Smil describes as no more than 'an appealingly shaped container of water'... is the product of about six tablespoons of diesel. 'How many vegans enjoying the salad...




May 13, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Affirmative Action: The ICS Seminar




May 12, 09:36 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Sunrise Café...

... you can talk all night.




May 12, 06:44 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   National Law Journal Commentary on Prosecuting Defense Counsel

I highly recommend an article that just appeared in the National Law Journal entitled Prosecuting Defense Counsel by Geremy Kamens, Rebecca LeGrand and my Georgetown colleague Abbe Smith. The article justifiable decries the federal prosecution of defense attorney Joshua Treem...




May 12, 01:57 PM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Professor Lawsky's Entry-Level Hiring Report for 2021-22

The report is now available here. Professor Lawsky recorded 106 hires, the most in a good number of years, although nothing like the numbers before...




May 12, 12:04 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   UMiami Law Has a New Dean: David Yellen

UM President Julio Frenk writes: I am delighted to announce that David Yellen, a distinguished and accomplished educator, mentor, author, and innovator has been named the new dean of the School of Law. Dean Yellen previously served as dean and … Continue reading → The post UMiami Law ...




May 12, 10:47 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Priorities

An attorney who did not attend a scheduled court hearing after failing to secure a continuance has been reprimanded by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct Panel A In early January 2018, Clifford contacted opposing counsel regarding a...




  

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