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Friday, March 24, 2017

Report: White House hoping the health-care bill tanks today; Update: Set to blame Ryan? « Hot Air

An added benefit if the bill goes down would be the leverage it provides the White House to start shoving Paul Ryan towards the exit as Speaker. While at Breitbart, Bannon was allegedly known to refer to Ryan as “the enemy” and hoped to have him deposed by spring 2016. He’s worked with Ryan since the election on health care, and reportedly was a good soldier for Ryan and Trump last night in warning the Freedom Caucus during a meeting that it’s time to suck it up and back the bill. But according to Gabriel Sherman, Bannon is moving behind the scenes to blame Ryan if the bill fails:

via hotair.com

Believe nothing. I think that's the only thing you can take from all this counter- counter- counter spinning.

March 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Utah Cuts DUI Alcohol Limit To Lowest Level In U.S.; Law Also Affects Gun Owners : The Two-Way : NPR

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill into law that lowers the maximum blood alcohol limit for drivers to .05 percent from the current legal threshold of .08 percent — giving Utah the strictest drunken driving law in the nation.

In addition to drivers, the law applies to anyone carrying a dangerous weapon.

Lowering the limit has been controversial, pitting opponents in the tourism and hospitality industry against backers in the health and transportation fields. As member station KUER's Julia Ritchey reports, "The governor's office has been inundated with hundreds of calls on the bill, most of them in opposition."

via www.npr.org

I was in Park City skiing a few weeks ago where I saw my sister and brother in law. We talked about this proposed law but I don't recall if we concluded anything. I might have fallen asleep.

March 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

These Iconic Animals Could Again Be Hunted in Alaska's Refuges

Sprawling over 77 million acres, Alaska’s 16 national wildlife refuges are peppered with iconic animals, from grizzly bears and black bears to wolves and coyotes. But these predators, which have enjoyed increased protections since this past summer, could once again be hunted using controversial methods such as trapping and baiting.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

Those darn Alaskans.

March 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

This Is Your Brain on Puppy Pictures

The leading theory, known as the "baby schema" effect, says a release of the chemicals dopamine and oxytocin is triggered in the brain when humans look at puppies. The same chemicals are released when we look at babies, and similar chemicals are released when we fall in love.

via news.nationalgeographic.com

March 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Putin critic Denis Voronenkov dead: Ukraine's leader calls killing a Russian terror act - CNN.com

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN)A former Russian lawmaker and Kremlin critic who fled to Ukraine last year was shot dead Thursday in Kiev -- a killing that Ukraine's President called a "Russian state terrorist act."

via www.cnn.com

March 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

City of Imperial Beach confirms: plume of dark water coming from Tijuana River - 10News.com KGTV ABC10 San Diego

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) -- - More putrid-smelling brown water is emptying into Imperial Beach from the Tijuana River - and
South Bay residents fear that it's another sewage spill.

via www.10news.com

turds in the lineup.

March 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

TransCanada gets presidential permit for Keystone Pipeline - Business Insider

TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline between the US and Canada, said Friday that it received a presidential permit from the Department of State. 

via www.businessinsider.com

March 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Trump delivers ultimatum to GOP on ObamaCare repeal | TheHill

The president on Thursday night gave an ultimatum to House conservatives, telling them he’ll leave ObamaCare in place unless they get on board with White House-backed legislation to repeal and replace the seven-year-old healthcare law.

At a dramatic closed-door House GOP conference meeting, Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, delivered the message to rank-and-file Republicans: After weeks of talks, Trump is done negotiating the bill and wants a vote on Friday, according to a source in the room.

via thehill.com

It's the only way to deal with them.

March 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Did Obama Abuse Raw Intelligence? - WSJ

My greatest concern—the one that keeps me awake at night—is that the awesome powers of our intelligence community might have been corrupted for political purposes. While we’re not witnessing broad, Stasi-style surveillance of citizens, it’s clear there have been serious errors of judgment and action among our otherwise professional intelligence community. This is truly scary. We have to learn the entire truth before anyone, in or out of Congress, can again have confidence in our intelligence community.

via www.wsj.com

March 24, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Trump demands Friday vote on health care plan - POLITICO

President Donald Trump is demanding a vote Friday in the House on the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told GOP lawmakers. If the bill fails, Trump is prepared to move on and leave Obamacare in place, Mulvaney warned.

via www.politico.com

That's interesting. Never bluff a bluffer I guess.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Potential 'smoking gun' showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says | Fox News

The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.

via www.foxnews.com

Well, that's not good, if true. Still, they're spying on everyone else.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bull gores 11-inch horn up matador’s butt | New York Post

The matador ended up with the bull’s horn some 11 inches up his rectum, causing “severe” injuries.

via nypost.com

That has to hurt, I don't care who you are.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Gorsuch hearings were a pathetic charade | New York Post

What a charade. The Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is liable to drive Americans nuts. There ought to be a way to suspend the senators’ pay for every hour one of them talks.

Or wheezes. I mean, I’m pushing 71 and it takes me an hour to answer the phone. But I’ve got nothing on Sen. Patrick Leahy. In Vermont they’ve got a horse-drawn plow that talks faster than he does.

via nypost.com

I didn't watch them.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century | Brookings Institution

Case and Deaton find that while midlife mortality rates continue to fall among all education classes in most of the rich world, middle-aged non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. with a high school diploma or less have experienced increasing midlife mortality since the late 1990s. This is due to both rises in the number of “deaths of despair”—death by drugs, alcohol and suicide—and to a slowdown in progress against mortality from heart disease and cancer, the two largest killers in middle age.

via www.brookings.edu

Link to the paper.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People : Shots - Health News : NPR

In 2015, when researchers Anne Case and Angus Deaton discovered that death rates had been rising dramatically since 1999 among middle-aged white Americans, they weren't sure why people were dying younger, reversing decades of longer life expectancy.

Now the husband-and-wife economists say they have a better understanding of what's causing these "deaths of despair" by suicide, drugs and alcohol.

via www.npr.org

They said the bottom rung on the social ladder is now occupied by white people.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Here's Why Nunes' Obama Spying Revelations Are Such A Big Deal

Many of the reporters present didn’t seem to grasp the significance of what Nunes revealed. You can — and should — watch that press conference here.

via thefederalist.com

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Still no deal after Freedom Caucus meets with Trump as new poll puts approval of GOP health-care bill at … 17/56 « Hot Air

“This is called walking into an electoral chainsaw,” writes Harry Enten of the new Quinnipiac numbers, noting that both HillaryCare in 1993 and ObamaCare in 2010 polled about 10-15 percent higher — and both led to utter midterm devastation for Democrats.

via hotair.com

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

U.S. Preparing Case Accusing North Korea In 2016 Theft At N.Y. Fed | The Huffington Post

U.S. prosecutors are building potential cases that would accuse North Korea of directing the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The charges, if filed, would target alleged Chinese middlemen who prosecutors believed helped North Korea orchestrate the theft, the newspaper said.

via www.huffingtonpost.com

Those darn North Koreans.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Uh oh: Ryan delays House GOP meeting this morning as leadership looks for votes « Hot Air

Ryan’s weekly press conference, which was scheduled for 11:30 this morning, has been pushed to 3:30 as well. Take a step back here now, mindful of how conservatives screeched at Democrats in 2009 and 2010 for “rushing” ObamaCare through, and reflect on the fact that the House is still set to vote this evening on a bill that would remake America’s health-insurance industry … which they’re still writing, and which literally no one has read. Peter Suderman can’t believe that seven years of tea-party windbaggery about proper procedure and having to “pass the bill to find out what’s in it” has deteriorated into this farce:

via hotair.com

I would expect no less. This is the GOP we're talking about.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Democrats weigh deal to let Gorsuch through - POLITICO

A group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

via www.politico.com

I would say, no deal, or else make a deal and then renege on it later.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted - POLITICO

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump’s transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November’s presidential election.

via www.politico.com

So criticizing Nunes for revealing this to Trump is the pot calling the kettle black, while denying that it is really itself black, or says it may be black, but is revealing an even blacker blackness on the part of the kettle, while the pot claims the blackness of the kettle is the real story, and further that there is no evidence of actual collusion between itself (the pot) and the blacking agent (the fire), if I'm seeing this right.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

US Officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians - CNNPolitics.com

The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings, according to those U.S. officials. The information is raising the suspicions of FBI counterintelligence investigators that the coordination may have taken place, though officials cautioned that the information was not conclusive and that the investigation is ongoing.

via www.cnn.com

This doesn't sound good. OTOH I think Pence would make a pretty good POTUS. OTOOH it might mean the dem-socialists would get back in power and continue their maniacal gnawing on the pillars of our government. Better hurry up and get Gorsuch confirmed. Also, I advise you stock up on canned goods and bottled water, just in case.

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gorsuch is the intellectual the court needs: Jonathan Turley

Many of us had great respect for Scalia, who was a judicial icon on the court. Yet we do not need a jurist who tries to be a knockoff or facsimile of Scalia. We need someone who is comfortable in his own intellectual skin. The priority should be not to replace a conservative with a conservative but an intellectual with an intellectual. Gorsuch is precisely that type of nominee.

via www.usatoday.com

March 23, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Maine anti-discrimination bill would protect… climate change skeptics « Hot Air

If you live in Maine you already enjoy the normal complement of protections against discrimination based on religion, race, gender, sexual orientation and all the usual demographic pigeonholes. But if a new bill being introduced next month manages to be passed into law you can also be protected from the government based on your position on the subject of climate change. This sounds like satire, but apparently it’s not. (Yahoo! News)

via hotair.com

March 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Orange Coast College honors anti-Trump instructor Olga Cox, but she turns it down - The Orange County Register

COSTA MESA – The community college instructor who called Trump’s election “an act of terrorism” during class was named faculty Colleague of the Year – but she turned down the honor.

via www.ocregister.com

How demure.

March 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Girl steals Pope Francis' hat at Vatican greeting

As Pope Francis leaned forward to give Estella Westrick a kiss on the cheek as he greeted the faithful on St. Peter’s Square, the 3-year-old from Georgia caused a sensation by reaching up and yanking his white skullcap, or zucchetto, off his head.

via www.usatoday.com

Ahhh.

March 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Grand Jury: San Diego's trash cans are brittle and the city should replace them for free - 10News.com KGTV ABC10 San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The city of San Diego's curbside refuse bins that are provided to the public are brittle, and replacement costs depend on where you live, according to a county grand jury report issued today.

via www.10news.com

Yeah, I've noticed this. My Recycling bin should be tossed out and a new one provided. Seriously!

March 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Even In Nevada, "Get It In Writing" May Not Be Far From The Mark - CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

Desert Palace, Inc. v. Michael, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19202 (D. Nev. Feb. 9, 2017) (quoting the casino’s complaint).  In this case, the patron allegedly exhausted his entire credit limit and then avoided the casino’s employees who attempted to have him execute a marker.  Allegedly, he has since returned to his home in England and refused to execute a marker. 

via calcorporatelaw.com

This is presumably not what they mean by "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas."

March 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Parliament shooting: Man shot at Westminster bridge | Daily Mail Online

At least one person is dead after a terror attacker brought carnage to central London today by mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and attacking police with a knife in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.

More than 12 people are said to have been hit by a vehicle on the bridge after a 4x4 drove into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into the gates of Parliament.

An intruder, described by a witness as 'middle-aged and Asian', then managed to break into the grounds of the Parliament and stabbed a police officer before he was shot. The policeman is thought to have since died.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

This is breaking news and some of the "facts" reported above will turn out to be wrong.

March 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Teacher Can't Stop Smiling After Being Accused Of Having Sexual Relations With Teen | The Huffington Post

A married high school science teacher is facing felony charges after accused of having sexual relations with a student ― but it appears to be her smiling mug shot that’s creating the most buzz.

via www.huffingtonpost.com

Maybe she's just one of those people who's always smiling. It's a nice way to be actually. And maybe she thinks her 17 year old is the bee's knees.

March 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Leakgate Finds Its Joe McCarthy - WSJ

If Donald Trump tweeted his accusations about President Obama wiretapping Trump Tower to get the media off his alleged ties to Russia, then Democrats at Monday’s hearing of the House Intelligence Committee used those same tweets to distract from their lack of goods on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Adam Schiff, the California Democrat and ranking member, not once but twice on “Meet the Press” touted “circumstantial evidence of collusion.”

He tweeted the same words again almost as soon as he got off the air.

via www.wsj.com

March 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Terror threat? DHS bans in-flight electronics for travelers from eight nations « Hot Air

These days, having a laptop or tablet is almost a must for air travelers to dispense with the boredom of a long flight. Those coming to the US from eight international airports will have to travel old-school with printed material for their reading pleasure, according to a new edict from TSA. In a confidential memo, the agency has forbidden all electronic devices larger than a cellphone from being carried onto the flight, although passengers can have them in their checked baggage:

via hotair.com

Islamoelectrophobia.

March 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Watch: Ben Sasse causes Gorsuch to burst into laughter with hilarious text from his wife – TheBlaze

“My wife also sent me a text a little bit ago and said – and I’m sure she didn’t expect me to read it, but – ‘how in the world is Gorsuch able to go so many hours at a time without peeing?'” Sasse said, reading from his phone.

This was enough to send Gorsuch, and the room, into a laughing fit.

“I won’t make you answer, but the SCOTUS bladder is something the whole country stands in awe of,” added Sasse.

via www.theblaze.com

He's young and in good shape and the whole thing is only funny to those under 50.

March 22, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Watch: Gargantuan chicken rules the coop in Kosovo - UPI.com

March 20 (UPI) -- A viral video of a European man's massive chicken sparked debate about whether the dog-sized bird was a fake, but experts said the giant bird is very real.

via www.upi.com

H/t Dave Barry's blog, but not this one.

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Engineer Creates Sex Robot That Needs To Be Romanced First | The Huffington Post

“Basically she likes to be touched. She has different modes of interaction ― she has romantic, she has family and she has also sexy modes,” Santos told Ruptly TV.

via www.huffingtonpost.com

Pretty soon there will be a sex doll that always has a headache and will only have sex if you promise to give it things.

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

"I thought it was a bird": Bizarre moment 'crackhead' feels up cement mixer because he thinks it's a woman - Mirror Online

A " crackhead " has been filmed trying to get intimate with a cement mixer - because he "thought it was a bird".

In the bizarre clip, the middle-aged man can be seen rubbing the metal for several seconds.

However, he then turns to a man filming, saying he thought it was a woman's bottom.

via www.mirror.co.uk

Seems like there's a law school hypothetical here somewhere.

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Police: Man charged after crashing car into tree repeatedly ‘to prove a point’ | The Westerly Sun

STONINGTON — A local man is facing charges after police said he repeatedly drove a car into a tree on his property in order to “prove a point” to another resident at the address.

via www.thewesterlysun.com

But did he win the argument?

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

California woman recovering from rare infection after scratched by rose bush | Fox News

“I've heard of five people who've died from the same incident,” said Gonzales, who added that doctors say she could have died had she waited a matter of days before coming into the emergency room.

via www.foxnews.com

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Harvard Law to accept GRE scores for admission - The Boston Globe

Harvard Law School announced Wednesday that it will allow applicants to submit the Graduate Record Examination in place of the Law School Admissions Tests traditionally used to evaluate candidates for admissions.

via www.bostonglobe.com

The LSAT is a dumb test; the GRE is pretty good. That's my view.

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Questions over credibility of Trump spy claim originator | Daily Mail Online

The blogger behind incredible claims that the FBI had a warrant to examine the Trump campaign's communications is facing serious questions about her legitimacy after making a series of conspiracy-theory claims about elaborate Russian plots that appear to have little basis in reality.

Louise Mensch is a British politician turned New York blogger who reported on the website Heat Street that the FBI was granted a FISA court warrant to access communications made by Trump's team during the presidential campaign.

via www.dailymail.co.uk

The British press always breaks these stories first for some reason.

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Border wall fight: California considers divesting pensions from companies building wall between U.S. and Mexico

Assembly Bill 946 would require the California Public Employee Retirement System and the California State Teachers Retirement System — the two largest public pension funds in the nation, with investments of $312 billion and $202 billion, respectively — to liquidate investments in any company involved with the wall’s construction within a year. It would also require the pension-fund management to report a list of those companies to the Legislature.

via www.mercurynews.com

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Gorsuch to Feinstein: Here are a lot of “little guy” rulings you seem to have overlooked « Hot Air

Clearly, it’s been a very long time since Feinstein has practiced law [see update below]. The first rule in cross-examination is not to ask questions to which the answer is unknown. This isn’t a trial (well, not formally anyway), but even as a politician one has to wonder what she thought she was accomplishing with that question. Not only did she make herself look ignorant on Gorsuch’s track record after having almost two months to prepare for this hearing, Feinstein offered up a gilt-edged invitation to Gorsuch to undermine Senate Democrats’ best populist and class-warfare argument against him. In addition, Gorsuch managed to answer the allegation yesterday about hostility toward women by citing Orr and Simpson. 

via hotair.com

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Boise man arrested for lewd conduct with underage girl | Idaho Statesman

Jay W. Croft was booked into the Ada County Jail Monday on three felony charges of lewd conduct with a 15-year-old girl.

via www.idahostatesman.com

Funny, he doesn't look like, etc., etc.

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pioneer Fire logging salvage project could set national model | Idaho Statesman

In the last 30 years, the amount of federal timber available for sale in most of America’s national forests has been reduced between 70 and 99 percent. A University of Idaho study suggests that forest and wood product production jobs in this state have diminished from nearly 20,000 in 1991 to 12,479 in 2016. An unreliable and constricted supply of logs has been the largest factor forcing mill closures in Idaho towns like Kamiah, Orofino, Coeur d’Alene and Elk City. Over that quarter of a century, some 7,500 Idaho forest-dependent families have lost the employment, homes and lifestyle they once lived and loved.

via www.idahostatesman.com

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Camille Paglia Says Sheryl Sandberg Is 'Smug and Entitled'

"I thought her bestselling book, Lean In, was utterly dishonest in failing to acknowledge how the affluent lifestyle of women executives like herself requires a rotating squad of servants and nannies, whom she has carefully kept invisible," Paglia said.

She also derided "privileged white middle-class girls at elite schools" for their inability to express themselves "forcefully," arguing that their request for college administrators to intervene in their dating lives was "neurosis and hysteria."

"They have to run to parental proxies on campus grievance committees to intervene for them. This isn't feminism—it's neurosis and hysteria," Paglia said.

via freebeacon.com

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

The rise of the hipster bird-watcher

And so, it’s official: bird-watching is the new must-have string to the millennial’s bow. Once regarded as the preserve of middle-aged men wearing complementary shades of olive and beige, a nationwide survey of Britain’s hobbies and interests has discovered that 32 per cent of men aged between 16 to 25 have been birding.

via www.telegraph.co.uk

There's that great scene in a Jimmy Stewart movie where he goes bird watching with his boss -- what is it?

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Obama IRS gave 'Satan Club' creator fast tax-exempt status as conservatives delayed: Watchdog - Washington Times

“While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) makes conservative groups wait years for tax-exempt status an ‘After School Satan Club‘ launched to hinder Christian-based counterparts got its nonprofit ranking in just ten days,” Judicial Watch said in a statement released March 16. “The classification is offered to charitable, religious and educational organizations that operate as nonprofits. Under the Obama administration, IRS political appointees illegally targeted conservative groups, either making them wait up to seven years for tax-exempt status or denying their application altogether.”

via www.washingtontimes.com

Satan always pays his taxes.

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (1)

California's Boondoggle Bullet Train Goes Off The (Fiscal) Rails | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis - IBD

State Waste: The Golden State's vaunted bullet train project, planned to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, may be in its financial death throes. If so, it's probably the best fiscal news for the Golden State in years.

via www.investors.com

Let it be so!

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Supreme Court needs judges like Gorsuch because America has leaders like Schumer | Washington Examiner

Never mind that in all three cases, one of which was decided unanimously by a three judge panel that included one of former President Bill Clinton's appointees, Gorsuch scrupulously applied the text of the laws as written by the Congress in which Schumer serves. Schumer just didn't like the outcomes or, to be more precise, he hopes the outcomes might be sufficiently tear-jerking that they can inflict damage on the judge's chances of confirmation. He feels pressure from his party's left wing to make a show of resistance against Gorsuch's nomination, which seems likely to be smooth sailing.

via www.washingtonexaminer.com

March 21, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Automating the Professions: Utopian Pipe Dream or Dystopian Nightmare? - Los Angeles Review of Books

Experts differ on the real likelihood of pervasive legal automation, and its effects. Frey and Osborne put the risk to lawyers at under four percent, and project that paralegals are in much more danger. But empirical research by economist James Bessen has complicated even that assumption: “Since the late 1990s, electronic document discovery software for legal proceedings has grown into a billion dollar business doing work done by paralegals, but the number of paralegals has grown robustly.” Like MIT’s David Autor, he observes that automation can create more jobs than it eliminates. Considering the role of text-mining software in law firms, the management consulting firm McKinsey says automation amplifies “the value of expertise by increasing an individual’s work capacity and freeing the employee to focus on work of higher value.” Researchers Michael Simkovic and Frank McIntyre reach a similar conclusion. All of this research taken together suggests that the Susskinds commit the classic “lump of labor” fallacy, assuming that there is some fixed amount of legal work to be done, and thus any cession of that lump to machines results in less work for extant professionals.

via lareviewofbooks.org

March 20, 2017 | Permalink | Comments (0)