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January 30, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Cushman on Court-Packing in Context




January 29, 08:13 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Snow Car Café...

  ... you can talk about whatever you want. (I took that photo at 6:04 this morning. We got a lot of snow, and it's quite cold, and it's going to be cold all week.)




January 29, 06:15 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Flattery (also called adulation or blandishment) is the act of giving excessive compliments..."

"... generally for the purpose of ingratiating oneself with the subject....  Historically, flattery has been used as a standard form of discourse when addressing a king or queen. In the Renaissance, it was a common practice among writers to flatter the reigning monarch, as Edmund Spenser fla...




January 29, 10:48 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Yes, the French are... lazy. It’s just not in the way we lazily think."

I'm reading "Are French People Just Lazy?" by the historian Robert Zaretsky (NYT). Consider Michel de Montaigne, who in 1571, fed up with his job as a magistrate in the city of Bordeaux, quit at the age of 38. Retreating to his library, he inscribed his reason on the wall of his study.  “Wea...




January 29, 09:50 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Gautam Adani lost $31 billion in one of the biggest weekly drops ever, while Elon Musk's fortune rebounded by $28 billion."

 Forbes reports.




January 29, 09:42 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Article One and the (Un)Constitutionality of Default




January 29, 09:03 AM   /   Althouse   /   "A customer allegedly asked an employee, who had been drinking, to remake a poorly made sandwich and she became confrontational about it..."

"... so another employee remade the sandwich. When the customer left, [the drunken maker of the first sandwich]  followed and had to be restrained by another employee when she tried to fight them. Columbia Falls Police Department made contact with the woman who denied the allegations despite...




January 29, 08:57 AM   /   Althouse   /   "House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has backed his fellow Republicans into a corner with one of the promises he made to his far-right flank to land his job..."

"... opening the door to considering fringe legislation that would replace the income tax with a federal sales tax and abolish the IRS. Most GOP members appear determined to distance themselves as much as possible from the idea and McCarthy himself said this week he doesn’t support the legislatio...




January 29, 08:33 AM   /   Althouse   /   "I think Bezos came in thinking he understood technology in a way that old-fashioned newspaper people don’t."

"He discovered that technology doesn’t really work to overcome the structural problems of the print industry. Or if it does, it works for everybody else, too.... This generation of tech billionaires has probably reduced its appetite for print publications, and there’s a growing scepticism of thei...




January 29, 07:47 AM   /   Althouse   /   Artist surprises the Shoah Memorial Foundation with murals of "The Simpsons" as Holocaust victims.

"We were not involved in the decision process, and found the painting yesterday morning along with everybody else," said a spokesperson. Quoted in "Artist paints 'The Simpsons' characters as Holocaust victims outside Milan memorial/Shoah Memorial Foundation says while AleXsandro Palombo did not c...




January 28, 11:11 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Non-Disclosure Agreements

Fitch Even will be offering a webinar entitled "Full Disclosure About Non-Disclosure Agreements" on January 31, 2023 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET). Steven G. Parmelee and Michael R. Anderson of Fitch Even will address the following topics: • Building the best Non-disclosure agreements (NDA) for a...




January 28, 11:10 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Expectation of Success Doctrine

Strafford will be offering a webinar entitled "Patents and the Expectation of Success Doctrine -- What is Reasonable, Tension With Enablement, Best Practices for Patent Drafting and Prosecution" on January 31, 2023 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EST). David A. Gosse of Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, Daniel ...




January 28, 11:10 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   IPO Webinar on Solutions-Based Strategy for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) will offer a one-hour webinar entitled "Operationalizing DEI: A Solutions-Based Strategy" on January 31, 2023 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (ET). Karen Cochran of Shell USA, Inc.; Lloyd Freeman of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Kaveh Rasidi-Yazd of Ea...




January 28, 11:09 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   FCBA Program on 2022 Patent Law Year in Review

The Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA) Patent Litigation Committee will be offering a remote program entitled "Patent Law Year in Review 2022" on January 31, 2023 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (ET). Jill Schmidt of Genentech, Inc.; Sharonmoyee Goswami of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Derek McCorquin...




January 28, 11:08 PM   /   Patent Docs   /   Webinar on Unitary Patent System and Unified Patent Court

Strafford will be offering a webinar entitled "Navigating the New EU Unitary Patent System and Unified Patent Court: Are You Ready? -- Strategic Considerations for U.S. Applicants and Patentees" on February 2, 2023 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (EST). Hazel Ford of Mathys & Squire and Leythem A. Wall of O...




January 28, 08:32 PM   /   Althouse   /   Dogrise.




January 28, 01:39 PM   /   Balkinization   /   Article One and the Constitutionality of Default




January 28, 12:04 PM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   In Memoriam: Kent Greenawalt (1936-2023)

Professor Greenawalt just recently retired from Columbia Law School, where he taught for more than fifty years and from which he also graduated. He was...




January 28, 11:00 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Talking 'bout my generation




January 28, 10:50 AM   /   Althouse   /   "That... section was tough not just because I didn't know WTF [that one word] was, but because it gets really tight in there..."

"... and there are only a few clues to help you out with [that word], and those are either cross-referenced or vague." Writes Rex Parker , about today's NYT crossword, about what was the last word I got. Maybe you haven't done the puzzle yet, so I'm putting a page break before the spoilers, but w...




January 28, 09:30 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Democracy and the Internet




January 28, 08:49 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Weekend Roundup




January 28, 07:53 AM   /   Althouse   /   "One of the sad facts about anti-Black racism is that Black people ourselves are not immune to its pernicious effects."

Writes Van Jones in  "The police who killed Tyre Nichols were Black. But they might still have been driven by racism"  (CNN). Society’s message that Black people are inferior, unworthy and dangerous is pervasive. Over many decades, numerous experiments have shown that these ideas can in...




January 28, 07:27 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Figuring out how odor perception emerges from brain activity is a complex decoding problem, but there may be multiple ways to re-create important aspects of smell for people with anosmia."

Said Mark Richardson, director of functional neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, quoted in "'Bionic nose' may help people experiencing smell loss, researchers say/Two scientists are working on a neuroprosthetic that may help millions with anosmia, such as those who lost their sense of...




January 27, 07:36 PM   /   Althouse   /   At the Deep Snow Café...

... you can write about whatever you want.




January 27, 06:04 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   Annals of Consumer Law (Contracts of Adhesion Dept.)

After twenty or so years of reliable service the old fridge had started taking days off. We were not sympathetic.  The outages came without warning, and they did the food no favors. So out with the old and in with … Continue reading →




January 27, 05:07 PM   /   Althouse   /   The Louis CK argument for open borders: "It shouldn't be so great here."

I’m afraid the Christians Against Immigrants Caucus is a little upset… https://t.co/HN44XmvLpv — Louis CK (@NotlouisCk) January 27, 2023




January 27, 03:52 PM   /   Althouse   /   "I've never seen the video. But what I’ve heard is very horrific, very horrific. And any of you who have children, please don’t let them see it."

"To the five police officers that murdered my son, you also disgraced your own families when you did this. I’m going to pray for you and your families, because at the end of the day, this shouldn’t have happened. This just shouldn’t have happened. We want justice for my son, justice for my son.”&...




January 27, 03:12 PM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   A Backyard Hockey Rink

The Manitoba Law Society Discipline Hearing Panel will permit an attorney who had misappropriated significant sums to resign from the Bar From June, 2009 and into 2015, Mr. Rabb misappropriated in excess of $360,000.00 from the trust accounts for a...




January 27, 01:49 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   History & Judicial Review of the APA




January 27, 12:56 PM   /   Althouse   /   "What’s with all this whingeing about the raising of the retirement age? Ye gods, what a bunch of..."

"... lazy, workshy, good-for-nothing, stay-at-home, Deliveroo-scoffing, unproductive, couch potato cry-babies we have become. Well, you have become. I’m fine. Work is good! Work is fun! Work is what you were made for! What the hell else do you think you’re supposed to be doing with your time: sur...




January 27, 12:44 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Transgender rapist Isla Bryson moved to men's prison."

BBC calmly reports. Isla Bryson was remanded to Cornton Vale women's prison in Stirling after being convicted of the rapes when she was a man called Adam Graham.... Bryson decided to transition from a man to a woman while awaiting trial... She was taken to a male wing of HMP Edinburgh on Thursday...




January 27, 12:24 PM   /   Althouse   /   Painful to see — but here is the attack on Paul Pelosi you'd been trying to visualize.




January 27, 12:14 PM   /   Althouse   /   "A new sculpture has become the first female figure to adorn one of the 10 plinths atop a powerful New York appellate courthouse in Manhattan."

"The plinths have been dominated for more than a century by now weathered statues representing great lawgivers throughout the ages — all of them men. Standing among Moses, Confucius and Zoroaster is the shimmering, golden eight-foot female sculpture, emerging from a pink lotus flower and wearing ...




January 27, 11:00 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Is an inclusive constitutional democracy possible?




January 27, 10:53 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The Subject Was Roses Roses

The Nebraska Supreme Court affirmed the grant of summary judgment against a law firm that had sued for an allegedly defamatory Google review An attorney filed two separate lawsuits alleging that he and his law firm were defamed by a...




January 27, 09:30 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Original Expected Applications Redux




January 27, 09:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Landmark Cases in Labour Law




January 27, 09:00 AM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   "The Indeterminacy of Legal Rules" by Pi

Daniel Pi (University of Maine - School of Law) has published "The Indeterminacy of Legal Rules" on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This Article demonstrates that the rules of any legal system are necessarily indeterminate. The argument consists of two...




January 27, 08:49 AM   /   Althouse   /   These turning-the-tables arguments don't always work out the way the table-turner thinks.

Ha! The men I know would be thrilled. pic.twitter.com/xWZxeabPKt — Gail Heriot (@GailHeriot) January 27, 2023 Via Gail Heriot on Instapundit .  Now, that's a screen shot, not a working embedded tweet, and there are lots of Twitter accounts named "Women in Power." There's no "@" line. Did som...




January 27, 08:25 AM   /   Althouse   /   What is the book Albie is reading 20 minutes into "In the Sandbox," Episode 4 of Season 2 of "The White Lotus"?

This is a key moment in the story, so I especially wanted to know what book it is... ... but I'm generally very interested in what books characters are reading in all episodes of both seasons of "The White Lotus." There's so much reading in these things, often "performative reading." The characte...




January 27, 07:48 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Attorney Reinstated After Disbarment For Theft from County Bar Association

The Wyoming Supreme Court has reinstated a disbarred attorney, accepted an (appended) Review Panel's favorable findings. Cody Enterprise (founded by Buffalo Bill in 1899) reported on the disbarment Cody attorney Sam Krone, a former state representative and county deputy prosecutor...




January 27, 07:16 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The tale may seem like a throwback to 'Never Been Kissed' and 'Hiding Out,' PG-13-rated movies that featured the high jinks of adults impersonating high school students..."

"... to report a news story and hide from the Mafia. But students at New Brunswick High School said they were worried that [Hyejeong] Shin’s behavior suggested that her motives were far less comical.... Students told a New Brunswick Today reporter, in a video posted to YouTube, that Ms. Shin had ...




January 27, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Historical Event in the Northern District of Illinois




January 26, 06:29 PM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise/sunset.

Snow erased the line between the water and the sky at sunrise: Those are my photos from this morning. Later, Meade went out and caught the sunset:




January 26, 03:14 PM   /   Althouse   /   "If I run, there are forces within the Democratic Party who would be trying to invisibilize me."

"I think they will have an easier time invisibilizing me if I run third party. If I do run, and I run as a Democrat, I will be more inconvenient to the people who need to be inconvenienced." Said the charmingly glib Marianne Williamson, quoted in "Potential Biden challenger Marianne Williamson he...




January 26, 12:37 PM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Professor Wax files grievance against Penn Law Dean Ruger

An informative report from The Daily Pennsylvanian.




January 26, 11:29 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Our exaggerated reverence for the creative impulse derives from the romantics of the early 19th century... and filtered through from intellectual bohemia..."

"... to the upper middle classes.... Now, quite banal instances of human creativity are preposterously overvalued. Witness the often conceited superiority of those in only tangentially creative professions. Why should a newspaper columnist or an advertising copywriter feel himself to be more inte...




January 26, 11:00 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Will “Liberal Constitutionalism” Survive the Joint Attacks from “Illiberal” and “Democratic” Constitutionalism?




January 26, 10:42 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Off The Books

The unusual circumstances of the sale of an automobile has led to findings by a Maine Grievance Panel that an attorney had violated a previously-imposed probation and authorizing the filing of an information seeking suspension On July 29, 2016, Respondent...




January 26, 10:25 AM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   "Modern Sentencing Mitigation" by Meixner

John B. Meixner Jr. (University of Georgia School of Law) has published "Modern Sentencing Mitigation" on SSRN. Here is abstract: Sentencing has become the most important part of a criminal case. Over the past century, criminal trials have given way...




January 26, 10:21 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Driving 100 Miles in an EV Is Now More Expensive Than in an ICE/Deadhead miles and opportunity costs make electric vehicle ownership dramatically more expensive..."

"....than just your average car powered by a gas engine.... Combustion drivers pay about $11.29 per 100 miles on the road. EV drivers who charge up at home spend about $11.60 per 100 miles. The price difference is more dramatic for those who mainly recharge at stations. Frequent charging station ...




January 26, 10:00 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   The Caller ID Showed Santos (No, Not George)

A public reprimand has been imposed on an attorney by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers for violation of Rule 4.2. The appended Hearing Report (citations omitted throughout) tells the story. The attorney had been appointed to a criminal matter...




January 26, 10:00 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Tani, "After 504: Training the Citizen-Enforcers of Disability Rights"




January 26, 09:35 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Enumerated Powers and Race




January 26, 09:15 AM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   "The Right to Defy Criminal Demands" by Volokh

Eugene Volokh (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law) has published "The Right to Defy Criminal Demands" on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Craig is trying to force Danielle to do something, by explicitly or implicitly threatening...




January 26, 08:58 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   No Mitigating Factors

An attorney has been disbarred by the Minnesota Supreme Court The Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action against respondent Ignatius Chukwuemeka Udeani. The petition alleged that Udeani breached his ethical duties to...




January 26, 08:16 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Claims Against McDonald's Former Officer Survive

The Delaware Chancery Court denied a motion to dismiss claims against a former senior officer of McDonald's Defendant David Fairhurst served as Executive Vice President and Global Chief People Officer of McDonald’s Corporation (“McDonald’s” or the “Company”) from 2015 until...




January 26, 07:43 AM   /   Althouse   /   "At first, the suggestions my lover made were just funny. Right away he told me that I should be wearing much tighter clothes, sporting necklines that showed off my boobs..."

"... and dressing in brighter colors—that I should be, essentially, more gender-conforming. I told this to a female friend, who sighed, 'I’ve run that experiment before with men: "Be my stylist! What do you like seeing me in?" And the result is always, always being sexualized.' I had hoped for hi...




January 26, 07:22 AM   /   Althouse   /   "It’s not that I dislike the royals themselves; I don’t know them personally and really don’t think about them much."

"But I do think about race, class, power, and postcolonial inequalities quite a bit, and so I harbor an unwavering contempt for an institution that stood at the pinnacle of empire and places inherited privilege at the very heart of the British establishment. There is also, if I’m honest, a lack o...




January 26, 06:41 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Successfully marketing a product so that it feels local everywhere is an art. I’ve started calling this crucial step in a product’s development 'smallwashing'..."

"... i.e., when a brand positions itself as a small business and shows up on shelves as if it were small, even though it has probably been through at least one comfy fundraise and a hotshot General Catalyst VC sits on the board.... It’s up to the actual companies to decide on their values — Will ...




January 26, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Stern on Omniscient Narration and the Fellow-Servant Rule




January 25, 06:23 PM   /   Althouse   /   The woods at midday.

It was 12:36 p.m. and snowing when I took this picture today. This is a full color photography, with absolutely no adjustments made to it. It looks so black and white, but there is a slight blue cast to the snow and some brownness to the twigs.




January 25, 06:10 PM   /   Althouse   /   I laughed at this WaPo headline: "Biden’s devious plan to break the MAGA fever just might work."

That seems like more of the usual fluff. But it turns out the "devious plan" is to spend "enormous amounts" of federal money. That's not crediting Biden with cleverness — as I was expecting.  But "devious" doesn't mean devilish. It means by way of a winding path — circuitous, rambling, devia...




January 25, 05:54 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Late in Anna Karenina, in a period of self-imposed social exile in Italy, Anna and her lover, Vronsky, are treated to a tirade on..."

"... the destructive superficiality of the 'free-thinking' young men—proto-disrupters, if you will—who populate the era and have been steeped in 'ideas of negation.' 'In former days the free-thinker was a man who had been brought up in ideas of religion, law, and morality, and only through confli...




January 25, 05:39 PM   /   Althouse   /   "The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying — the good, the bad and the ugly — so that they can make informed choices at the ballot box."

"But that does not mean there are no limits to what people can say on our platform. When there is a clear risk of real world harm — a deliberately high bar for Meta to intervene in public discourse — we act." Said Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, quoted in "Meta to Reinstate Trump’...




January 25, 02:58 PM   /   Balkinization   /   The Debt Limit and the Limits of Obstructionism




January 25, 12:16 PM   /   Althouse   /   The NYT focuses on the Wisconsin Supreme Court election.

I'm reading "2023’s Biggest, Most Unusual Race Centers on Abortion and Democracy/The election for a swing seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has huge policy stakes for the battleground state. Cash is pouring in, and some of the candidates have shed any pretense of judicial neutrality" by Reid J. E...




January 25, 11:46 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   Sudden "resignation" of Pitt Law Dean

The Provost's cryptic announcement. Perhaps the Dean had compelling personal reasons for resigning (but then why did the statement not say so?), but more likely,...




January 25, 11:19 AM   /   Althouse   /   "[I]t wasn’t hard to spot Russian literature in the discourse surrounding the war—particularly in Vladimir Putin’s repeated invocations of the 'Russian World' ('Russkiy Mir')..."

"... a concept popularized by Kremlin-linked 'philosophers' since the fall of the Soviet Union. The Russian World imagines a transnational Russian civilization, one extending even beyond the 'triune Russian nation' of 'Great Russia' (Russia), 'Little Russia' (Ukraine), and 'White Russia' (Belarus...




January 25, 11:16 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Former Washington Bar President Suspended In Idaho

A former President of the Washington State Bar has been suspended for five years with two years withheld by the Idaho Supreme Court for misconduct in connection with expenses charged to two law firms and to the Washington State Bar...




January 25, 11:00 AM   /   Balkinization   /   The Constitutional Theory of the Working Constitution




January 25, 10:52 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Idaho Explains Rejection Of Proposed Anti-Discrimination Rule

The Idaho Supreme Court has issued a statement explaining its decision to reject an anti-discrimination ethics rule that had been proposed by vote of State Bar members In November 2021, the Idaho State Bar Commissioners (“ISB” or “the Bar”) submitted...




January 25, 10:17 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Client Identity Gamble

A recent decision of the New Jersey Appellate Division is summarized below Defendants – an attorney and law firm – have a client that produced a report, which asserts plaintiffs unlawfully conducted gambling-related business in forbidden countries. At the client's...




January 25, 10:08 AM   /   Althouse   /   "Some fans tried to mount a 'Save Splash Mountain' campaign, even urging opponents of the switch to enlist the help of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R)."

"Others acknowledged they would miss a classic but were looking forward to a new chapter for the ride. Still others argued that it was past time for the original to go, given its source material." From "Splash Mountain has closed.... The controversial flume ride at Magic Kingdom in Florida took i...




January 25, 09:56 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Interim Suspension Follows Arrest

An interim suspension has been ordered by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct of the son of a former Governor of the state Lisa Ballard, Executive Director of the Supreme Court Office of Professional Conduct, has presented to...




January 25, 09:30 AM   /   Balkinization   /   Constructing Enumerated Powers




January 25, 09:30 AM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   "Sex Exceptionalism in Criminal Law" by Gruber

Aya Gruber (University of Colorado Law School) has published "Sex Exceptionalism in Criminal Law" on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Sex crimes are the worst crimes. People widely believe that sexual assault is graver than nonsexual assault, uninvited sexual compliments...




January 25, 09:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Furtaw on Nemo Tenetur in Equity




January 25, 08:42 AM   /   Althouse   /   Speaker McCarthy pithily states why Schiff and Swalwell will no longer serve on the House Intel Committee.

  The questioner tries to make it about Santos — a ridiculous distraction that McCarthy rebuffs: the lies of Schiff and Swalwell are more relevant and consequential. McCarthy doesn't get sucked into trying to minimize Santos's lies. He just maximizes Schiff and Swalwell's lies. Maximizes or ...




January 25, 08:10 AM   /   Althouse   /   "By this time four years ago, the Democratic presidential campaign was in full swing, with Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Kirsten Gillibrand..."

"...  all having opened exploratory committees or announced runs. This go around, the Republican field is frozen in place. Those preparing to challenge Donald Trump in the GOP’s presidential primary are taking their time.... An adviser to one potential presidential candidate has discussed wi...




January 25, 07:20 AM   /   Althouse   /   "When you ask Americans how they save energy at home, 'turn off the lights' has been at the top of the list since the 1980s."

"But when it comes to actual savings, it doesn’t even crack the top 10. Like most conventional wisdom about how to reduce household energy and emissions, much of what we believe about our homes and appliances is wrong." Writes WaPo's climate advice columnist Michael J. Coren, in "We still use app...




January 25, 06:30 AM   /   Althouse   /   "If you just sit tight, sometimes that renovation you wanted becomes something you would now want to un-install."

I'm reading  "Want to break up with your gas fireplace? Here’s how to convert it/With pressure growing to ban natural gas in the home, experts explain what it takes to change a gas fireplace to wood-burning or electric"  (WaPo).  We live in a house that is 100 years old, and it has...




January 25, 12:30 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Torrie on Depression-Era Canadian Farm Debt Relief




January 24, 07:22 PM   /   Althouse   /   Sunrise — 7:29.




January 24, 03:59 PM   /   Althouse   /   "It was like flipping a switch. I would look at food and it wasn’t even appealing, and I am someone who loves food!"

"I almost had to remind myself to eat. It just took away all the cravings.... I remember looking in the mirror, and it was almost like I didn’t even recognize myself,” she said. “My body looked great, but my face looked exhausted and old." Said some fool quoted in "Those Weight Loss Drugs May Do ...




January 24, 03:28 PM   /   Althouse   /   Is China doomed?




January 24, 01:55 PM   /   Empirical Legal Studies   /   Data on Whether Lawyers Add Value in IPOs

A common complaint is that lawyers provide the "grit" while the I-bankers provide the "grease" when it comes to commercial transactions, especially IPOs. Existing research on lawyers' transactional roles focuses on two alternative perspectives: The skilled advice and the passive...




January 24, 12:37 PM   /   Discourse.net   /   The Case of the Capitol Police and the January 6 Near-Putsch

At Press Watch my brother drops the results of an intensive investigation into the Jan. 6 committee documents and more in The story no one wants to touch: Why the Capitol Police enabled 1/6: The news media’s continuing failure to … Continue reading →




January 24, 12:00 PM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Tully, Schmidt on Amar's "The Words that Made Us"




January 24, 12:00 PM   /   Althouse   /   "Benjamin Franklin, who is often inaccurately said to have discovered electricity, once shocked himself while trying to electrocute a turkey."

"Franklin believed that 'birds kill’d in this manner eat uncommonly tender,' although modern poultry research... appears to indicate that the flesh of birds killed by electricity might actually be tougher. Franklin’s testimony is one of the earliest accounts of what it feels like to touch the wro...




January 24, 11:33 AM   /   Althouse   /   Things that must be done "within one yard of a woman."

I'm reading "'Must be within one yard of a woman': Proud Boys trial reveals group’s strict 'no wanks' rules/The group's official handbook places strict conditions on masturbation, testimony reveals" (Salon). Here's the text of the rule: "A Proud Boy may not ejaculate alone more often than once ev...




January 24, 11:21 AM   /   Althouse   /   "In academia the Soviet Jew has long been seen as an ideological suitcase ripe for stuffing."

"Whether as an idealistic but ultimately failed Communist, a Zionist in training, an eternal refugee, or a Tevye-like throwback for his nostalgic American brethren, the Soviet Jew wanders across the imagination with a counterfeit passport always in need of stamping....  The inability to conf...




January 24, 11:00 AM   /   Balkinization   /   The Roberts Court as Champion of Racial Justice




January 24, 10:35 AM   /   Althouse   /   "The first time I saw Bob, I was still a folk singer and Bob was still a folk singer. He was playing at one of the big clubs in the Village...."

"I sat there and I listened to him and I said, 'Well, shit, I can sing better than that.' Then it penetrated to me what he was singing. I listened to the words. Then I thought seriously about just quitting the business and taking up another line of work. I knew I couldn’t match that...." Wrote Da...




January 24, 10:06 AM   /   Althouse   /   Wanda Sykes, guest-hosting on "The Daily Show."

She goes after Biden and she goes after Trump. Most interesting to me was something that wasn't a joke — before becoming a stand-up comedian, she worked for the NSA for 7 years. I had to look it up to make sure it was not a joke. Wikipedia:   Her mother, Marion Louise (née Peoples), worked a...




January 24, 10:05 AM   /   Brian Leiter's Law School Reports   /   ChatGPT goes to law school at the University of Minnesota

Oy veh: How well can AI models write law school exams without human assistance? To find out, we used the widely publicized AI model ChatGPT...




January 24, 10:03 AM   /   Legal History Blog   /   Freedom of Expression at American Law Schools




January 24, 10:03 AM   /   Neuroethics & Law Blog   /   "How To Read a Corporation's Mind" by Diamantis

Mihailis Diamantis (University of Iowa - College of Law) has published "How To Read a Corporation's Mind" on SSRN. Here is the abstract: To hold corporations liable for most significant harms, the law needs some mechanism for attributing mental states...




January 24, 09:46 AM   /   Legal Profession Blog   /   Media Remarks Draw Reprimand

The Manitoba Law Society has reprimanded an attorney for media comments about a high profile case Mr. Prober made derogatory and unfounded comments to the media about the complainants in the Peter Nygard case. He said their statements about their...




  

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