According to this article in the ABA Journal, we should expect “a rosy [job] outlook for law grads in 2016.”
Monday, November 24, 2014
The amazing story of a stray dog that followed an extreme adventure team through miles of Amazon jungle - The Washington Post
They offered the pathetic-looking animal, mud-splattered and bleeding, a Swedish meatball. The dog lapped it up. And from that moment on, the dog wouldn’t leave the team’s side. They thought he would disappear back into the jungle. But he didn’t.
I know the numbers are big, but the argument that Harold Hamm had little to do with the increase in the couple’s household net worth and thus shouldn’t have to share more with his former wife is unfair. If people think Sue Ann Hamm should be satisfied with $1 billion, why isn’t the reverse true? Why shouldn’t the ex-husband be able to live on half of the $18 billion the stock is worth?
HELSINKI — Wedged hard against Russia’s northwestern border, peaceable Finland has long gone out of its way to avoid prodding the nuclear-armed bear next door.
But now the bear is provoking Finland, repeatedly guiding military planes into Finnish airspace and deploying submarines and helicopters to chase after Finnish research vessels in international waters.
Russia's not big enough?
Val Rust’s dissertation-prep class had devolved into a highly charged arena of competing victim ideologies, impenetrable to anyone outside academia. For example: Were white feminists who use “standpoint theory”—a feminist critique of allegedly male-centered epistemology—illegitimately appropriating the “testimonial” genre used by Chicana feminists to narrate their stories of oppression? Rust took little part in these “methodological” disputes—if one can describe “Chicana testimonials” as a scholarly “method”—but let the more theoretically up-to-date students hash it out among themselves. Other debates centered on the political implications of punctuation. Rust had changed a student’s capitalization of the word “indigenous” in her dissertation proposal to the lowercase, thus allegedly showing disrespect for the student’s ideological point of view. Tensions arose over Rust’s insistence that students use the more academic Chicago Manual of Style for citation format; some students felt that the less formal American Psychological Association conventions better reflected their political commitments. During one of these heated discussions, Rust reached over and patted the arm of the class’s most vociferous critical race–theory advocate to try to calm him down—a gesture typical of the physically demonstrative Rust, who is prone to hugs. The student, Kenjus Watson, dramatically jerked his arm away, as a burst of nervous energy coursed through the room.
Microaggression! You microaggressed me! Good lord.
With a decision from the Michael Brown case grand jury expected any day, the question of what actually happened during the shooting seems to be receding into the background, replaced by the symbolism and political narrative. This was the point I was making several days ago, when I ended a post about the case with the line that “sadly, it appears that the facts are not really of interest to at least some of Michael Brown’s supporters.” A number commenters criticized me for failing to offer proof of this point. But with every passing day, it is becoming clearer and clearer that many people have already confidently made up their minds about what the (still-secret) grand jury evidence really shows.
As an InformationWeek staffer recently assigned to this beat after only occasionally covering health IT in the past, I was surprised how unanimously and passionately dissatisfied most doctors are with the usability of this software, which they see as draining rather than enhancing their productivity. I'm sure there are exceptions where doctors are more enthusiastic about technology, the software they are using is higher quality, or a little of both. But if you open the door to a conversation about how horrible medical records software is, you'll get an earful.
This is from 2013, but there are lots of stories. Just google it. But if Docs hate the software so much, then why the heck do they use it? Think about it. Jeopardy song. That's right. Because the federal guvment requires them to use it, thus wasting what has got to billions of dollars and making every practicing medico except perhaps a few plastic surgeons who don't have to worry about it, miserable. And making their families miserable too. Thanks a lot, guvment.
Impeachment, moreover, would tend to normalize its use as a political weapon, even though the framers intended that it be used only in extreme cases that endanger the republic. Only inveterate Obama haters think that is true here.
Peter Schuck is a pretty reasonable guy. He must be uncomfortable at the YLS.
Now the Asian students are suing. In a lawsuit against Harvard, they are claiming that Harvard demands higher qualifications from Asian students than from others, and that it uses "racial classifications to engage in the same brand of invidious discrimination against Asian Americans that it formerly used to limit the number of Jewish students in its student body."
Sunday, November 23, 2014
But there is a fifth recourse, which the new Republican Congress might consider in view of President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants: the power to censure. In fact, censure could work in tandem with Congress’s other powers, helping the legislature make the moral case for responding to the president’s lawlessness.
How about a tax on tees?
(CNN) -- What makes a woman want to have sex isn't totally hormonal, as it can be with men.
Instead, women need a lot more to be turned on, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
This is news.
Obama: ‘Absolutely Not’ Legitimate for Future Presidents to Apply My Logic on Executive Actions | National Review Online
Vatican’s new top prosecutor of abusive priests implicated in past failure to stop notorious abuser, Donald McGuire - Metro - The Boston Globe
A prominent American Jesuit recently named by Pope Francis to prosecute priests accused of sexually abusing minors under church law was himself one of several Catholic officials who allowed a notorious abusive priest to remain in ministry for years after learning of his long history of sexual abuses, legal documents show.
President Obama in an interview broadcast Sunday didn’t rule out visiting Ferguson, Mo. after a grand jury reveals whether they decide to indict the police officer involved in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Conservative expert on immigration law to pursue suit against executive action - The Washington Post
He has devoted his career to an immigration fight he always believed would be incremental. First he sued states for offering in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants. Then he wrote tough immigration enforcement laws for Arizona and Alabama. Then he counseled Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on the legality of using the National Guard to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. He has been playing the long game, hoping to build a consensus case against amnesty over the course of his career, but now, listening on the phone, it sounds to him as if Obama is saying the case is over and the ruling is in. If so, his life’s work is unraveling, and a last stand will have to come now.
You don’t have to be Hari Seldon to figure out what the next two waves of Conventional Wisdom will be regarding President Obama’s just-announced
unilateral amnesty“Immigration Accountability Executive Action”:
MK is more cynical than I am. Maybe he's right though. Via instapundit.
We quoted comments from a specialist in immigration law in “When you’re strange.” I emailed him a follow-up question and he elaborated his comments through the day. I thought those of us trying to understand what Obama has wrought might be interested in taking a look at the rest of our correspondence.
I guess if you're Facebook or Google, you get your way. It's called "leaning in." I guess it's OK if its easier for Chinese or Indians to get jobs in the US, though it does keep salaries down. I just object to the sneaky way this is being done; all inside baseball.
And in return, what does the deal promise from China’s side? Why, China gets to continue its pharaonic drive to industrializing the nation of 1.3-billion people for the next 16 years in all its luxuriant excess, as the old laws used to say, without let or hindrance. Only after 16 full revolutions of our blue planet around the sun, wheeling its way all during that time towards a humidification apocalypse, will China absolutely, you can bet on it — cross its coal-fired heart — put a cap on carbon dioxide emissions.
It seems entirely possible that Roberts might focus narrowly this time on the snippet of the act extending subsidies only to those insured by exchanges “established by the state.” One argument he might make in defense of that position is that Congress has the ability to go back and fix any unclear language through a revised statute.
Not that the Court is corrupt, as that legal pinhead Krugman argues, but it hurts the ACA supporters that the popularity of the law among the thinking classes (whatever you call them) is on the wane. They don't want to tie themselves to a sinking ship.
Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation provides the foundational precedent for President Obama's executive order on immigrants in the country illegally.
I tend to think O's action on immigration is probably constitutional, at least in the sense that the Supreme Court would probably uphold it, in the unlikely event somebody with standing could get the issue before them. Of course, it's still a rotten idea, one more rather big step down the road to the matriarchal termite mound of America's future. You can imagine a republic with greater fidelity to our constitution than we have, but we are not that country. It's therefore quite a stretch to say it's unconstitutional. That said, this piece by Bruce Ackerman makes a fine argument against the executive action, though that is not its intent.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The word carnivore doesn’t even begin to describe weasels. These little critters are hunting machines. While their favorite food is voles, they will also prey on other small mammals and rodents such as mice, chipmunks, shrews, rabbits, gophers and rats. They hunt in a zig-zag pattern, running from burrow to burrow, using their long slender body to enter a burrow and hunt down its inhabitant. On occasion, they will attack animals larger than themselves. They will rush-attack the animal at great speed, grabbing onto the base of the skull, and crushing the skull with the help of their canine teeth.
Lots here about the relative size of weasels. Not sure, dearime, what you have in the UK. It seems rather stupid of them to be hunting them in Idaho, however, given what voracious predators they are.
Using a public restroom hand dryer? You may be spreading bacteria all over the place. - The Washington Post
But what to do with those wet hands? Putting them under a hand dryer could end up spreading bacteria in public restrooms, according to research conducted by University of Leeds scientists and published in the Journal of Hospital Infection.
I've always hated those things, more as I get older.
‘Now, That’s What I Call a Friday News Dump’: Final Report Released After Two-Year Investigation Into Benghazi | TheBlaze.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- President Obama quietly signed a classified executive order authorizing a more expansive role for U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2015, ensuring American troops will be fighting in the country for at least one more year, The New York Times reported.
San Francisco is a weird magnet for poop. Travel around the city in the grimmest of Easter Egg hunts, and you'll find turds basking on sidewalks, chilling in flower gardens, gumming up subway escalators—hell, you'll even find them littering the roof of a three-story building with no roof access.
I assumed upon moving here this was the marking of irresponsible dog owners. I wish I could still believe that. But Jennifer Wong has torn the brown veil asunder with "(Human) Wasteland," a revolting map of all the anthropogenic excrement around San Francisco.
$weet dreams: Obama billed taxpayers $295,227 to fly home to 'sleep in his own bed' | WashingtonExaminer.com
In what a taxpayer watchdog group called an unusual abuse, President Obama’s decision over Labor Day to fly home from New York to sleep in his own bed instead of overnighting and then attending the New York wedding of his chef cost Americans $295,227.
I know how he feels, but my solution is not to leave in the first place.
Newly discovered hormone points to potential treatment for obesity, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease -- ScienceDaily
Jiandie Lin of the Life Sciences Institute described how in mice the hormone, NRG4, is secreted by so-called brown fat cells and communicates with the liver to regulate the conversion of sugar into fat. Mice without NRG4 became obese and developed hallmarks of type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. When scientists genetically elevated NRG4 levels in these mice, however, the animals were protected from these metabolic disorders when fed a high-calorie, high-fat diet. The research was published in Nature Medicine.
If obesity is cured, how will we tell who's hip?
COARSEGOLD, Calif. (AP) -- When it comes to controlling California's flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state.
With this backdrop, several tribes in the past two years have fallen into nasty, sometimes violent, power struggles pitting factions and families against one another.
Seattle is a strange city. There’s a giant troll under one of the city’s main bridges, a giant statue of Vladimir Lenin on a random street corner and an annual Spam carving contest to take in. The neighborhood with the Lenin statue, Fremont, encourages visitors to set their watches 5 minutes ahead, because Fremont is the self-proclaimed center of the universe.
Seattle v. Portland for the weirdest.
Is This The Real Reason Obama Announced the Order in Vegas? | The Blog on Obama: White House Dossier
President Obama today is playing golf at the Shadow Creek golf club in North Las Vegas, reputed to be the nicest golf course in Vegas. It’s 55 degrees and mostly sunny.
At 44 degrees, it’s a little too cold today in the Washington area for a comfortable round.
This is the 47th time he’s played this year and the 204th outing of his presidency.
The best-selling author also known as "Lemony Snicket" tweeted Friday that his remarks Wednesday night, centering on a joke about black author Jacqueline Woodson being allergic to watermelon, were "monstrously inappropriate and yes, racist." Handler pledged $10,000 to a campaign for diversity in publishing and added that for 24 hours he would match donations up to $100,000. On Thursday, he tweeted that his humor "clearly failed."
He's a good liberal.
The Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco house the largest glass mirror reflector telescope in the world. The Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) is owned and operated primarily by Spain. The surface of its concave focusing mirror eschews the parabolic glass bowl design of traditional telescopes. The reflector is actually 36 small hexagonal German glass mirrors tiled together in the shape of a single large hexagon with a missing tile in the center. This design is very similar to the slightly smaller Keck telescopes in Hawaii. GTC also employs adaptive optics to constantly fix the distortion of incoming starlight caused by its passage through atmospheric turbulence. Larger glass telescopes have been proposed, but none will be open for at least several more years.
Friday, November 21, 2014
New DHS immigration rules: Drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, gun offenders not top deportation priorities | WashingtonExaminer.com
The new priorities are striking. On the tough side, the president wants U.S. immigration authorities to go after terrorists, felons, and new illegal border crossers. On the not-so-tough side, the administration views convicted drunk drivers, sex abusers, drug dealers, and gun offenders as second-level enforcement priorities. An illegal immigrant could spend up to a year in prison for a violent crime and still not be a top removal priority for the Obama administration.
President Obama’s hubris has forced a constitutional crisis. Republicans need to start saying that — and acting like it.
Well, I need to read more, but I don't think so. It's a sharp conflict between the WH and Congress and between the parties, but the Constitution probably permits this mess to develop. People are always invoking the Constitution.
But I’m in a unique position when it comes to Gruber. My public criticism of him goes back to 2010, when he exhibited precisely the traits of deception and evasiveness that have gotten him in trouble now. In fact, he has become an avatar of not only Obamacare, but of liberal paternalism, a caricature of the snotty know-it-all technocrat who will make decisions for people without consulting them. That some of this perspective actually shows up in the health care law is a major reason for its difficulties, and a bigger problem for Democrats going forward.
WASHINGTON—House Republicans on Friday filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over implementation of its health-care law, which GOP leaders have called executive overreach by President Barack Obama .
I fear this is a waste of time and a little bit of money.
I think if you polled the Cal Bears fanbase before the season started in August, many would be happy with the thought of five wins for the entire season, and maybe being more competitive in the 117th Big Game (Saturday, 1 p.m. PT, Fox Sports One) against Stanford than the rivalry-worst 63-13 shellacking last season.
I'm afraid the hatred of Stanford, which reaches pathological levels at Cal, has caught up with me.
Eight Observations About OLC Memo on Constitutionality of Executive Action on Immigration | Josh Blackman's Blog
RTWT. I found it made me feel better, oddly perhaps. This via volokh.com
Obama, immigration, and the rule of law [updated with additional material on precedents for Obama's action] - The Washington Post
Opponents of President Obama’s recently announced plan to defer the deportation of up to 5 million undocumented immigrants argue that it undermines the rule of law. After all, they contend, the president is required to enforce federal law as written, not pick and choose which violators to go after and which to exempt. But, in reality, all modern presidents inevitably make policy choices about which violations of federal law to prosecute. Obama’s decision to defer deportation is in line with those of past presidents, and well within the scope of his authority.
Historical vindication happens. The Obama White House assumes it will happen to them. Thus they can do pretty much what they want.
What they forget is that facts largely decide what history thinks—outcomes, what happened, what it means. What they also forget, or perhaps never knew, is that the great ones are always constructive. They don’t divide and tear down. They build, gather in, create, bend, meld, and in so doing move things forward.
That’s not this crowd.