Wednesday, May 31, 2017
And that may be why we love the ritual public denunciation of fallen idols. If we convince ourselves that they are monsters and moral outliers, then we do not have to face the much more terrifying possibility that they are schmucks like us — and that we are schmucks like them.
I don't have anything against Tiger Woods and I can't even imagine being brought up as he was. But the guy is a horn dog. A lot of people were when they were younger, but he's getting on now. He's not a Bill Clinton, but he needs to settle down.
Original Methods Originalism Part I: The Basic Idea and the Different Versions - Online Library of Law & Liberty
One approach to constitutional originalism is called original methods originalism, which John McGinnis and I have developed. While the theory has received significant attention, the overall relationship of the different parts of the theory have not always been understood. Therefore, I thought it would be useful in a couple of posts to discuss various aspects of the theory and how they relate.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
In what will no doubt prove to be infuriating to liberals and most libertarians, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision today which will provide a greater measure of safety and security to law enforcement officers. There has been a bit of precedent in our court system dating back to 2002 and springing from (where else?) the 9th circuit which came to be known as the provocation doctrine. Resulting from a 2002 lethal force case, the short version of the story is that the court ruled that an otherwise justified use of force by the police may still be deemed unlawful if they “provoked” the incident by acting in an illegal manner prior to the encounter with the suspect(s).
Many executives ask me what artificial intelligence can do. They want to know how it will disrupt their industry and how they can use it to reinvent their own companies. But lately the media has sometimes painted an unrealistic picture of the powers of AI. (Perhaps soon it will take over the world!) AI is already transforming web search, advertising, e-commerce, finance, logistics, media, and more. As the founding lead of the Google Brain team, former director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and now overall lead of Baidu’s AI team of some 1,200 people, I’ve been privileged to nurture many of the world’s leading AI groups and have built many AI products that are used by hundreds of millions of people. Having seen AI’s impact, I can say: AI will transform many industries. But it’s not magic. To understand the implications for your business, let’s cut through the hype and see what AI really is doing today.
A reasonable observer might conclude that is all that is happening in the Trump administration. But even as those troubles fill news sites and cable TV, administration officials are quietly moving ahead on one of the president's top campaign promises: the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Although it hasn't received much attention relative to the president's many problems, extensive planning for the wall is under way, officials are evaluating specific proposals, sites are being studied, and yes, there is money available to get going.
The work is being done under President Trump's executive order of Jan. 25, which declared the administration's policy to "secure the southern border of the United States through the immediate construction of a physical wall …" The order went on to set a high standard of effectiveness: "the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States" along the border. Finally, the order cited an existing law, the Secure Fence Act, which in 2006 called for the construction of "at least two layers of reinforced fencing" and "additional physical barriers" on up to 700 miles of the 1,954-mile border.
It will pointlessly screw up a lot of ruggedly beautiful desert country to no purpose, but it will I suppose reduce illegal immigration. A wall sounds better than "various high-tech interdiction methods". Someday, people will look at this wall and wonder what purpose it served, like the Great Wall of wherever.
Don Ghermezian, president of developer Triple Five Worldwide Group of Edmonton, Canada — which also built Mall of America — said this is not your father's shopping mall. In addition to millions of square feet of retail, the project would include an indoor ski slope, a water park, a submarine ride attraction, a skating rink, 2,000 hotel rooms, theaters, a performing arts center and places to eat and drink.
The idea, Ghermezian said at a recent public hearing, is to give millions of residents and tourists in the Miami area a family-friendly alternative to Orlando attractions such as Disney World and Universal.
It sounds horrific. People will love it.
That isn't what this article is about really; it just mentions that in passing. What's most irritating is that the NY Times website has something in its script that makes it impossible to copy, let alone use my increasingly antiquated "Blog It" software. So I have to be creative and tell you about it.