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The Atlantic: Corporations, Still Not People.

Well, I keep reading and rereading the Constitution and I still can’t find the word ‘corporation.’ This Supreme Court, with its new form of crony capitalism, seems to see the words everywhere.

07/03/14 • 11:19 AM • ConsumptionHuman RightsLawPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ars Technica: IRS policy that targeted Tea Party groups also aimed at open source projects.

Worth watching. “You have a substantial nonexempt purpose because you develop software published under open source compatible licenses that authorize use by any person for any purpose, including nonexempt purposes such as commercial, recreational, or personal purposes.

07/02/14 • 03:00 PM • LawPoliticsProgrammingSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Las Cruces Sun-News: New Mexico bans text messaging by all drivers.

A statewide ban on texting while driving takes effect Tuesday in New Mexico. Under the new law, drivers are prohibited from sending or reading text message and emails — even while at a stop light or temporarily stuck in a traffic jam. Motorists also will be banned from searching the Internet on smartphones or other hand-held wireless devices. However, the law does allow a driver to pull over to the side of the road to send or receive a text message.”  Good. This habit has become a scourge.

07/01/14 • 08:17 AM • LawSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: A Grieving Father Pulls a Thread That Unravels BNP’s Illegal Deals.

Worth your time to read through.

07/01/14 • 08:12 AM • EconomicsHuman RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Facebook emotion study breached ethical guidelines, researchers say.

As a researcher, you don’t get an ethical free pass because a user checked a box next to a link to a website’s terms of use. The researcher is responsible for making sure all participants are properly consented. In many cases, study staff will verbally go through lengthy consent forms with potential participants, point by point. Researchers will even quiz participants after presenting the informed consent information to make sure they really understand.

06/30/14 • 02:58 PM • Human RightsLawScholarlyScienceSocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protestors.

Boo hiss, part deux.

06/29/14 • 11:05 AM • EnvironmentalHuman RightsLawTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Earthquakes shake Oklahoma and Texas – and locals want to know why.

When considering the unexpurgated list of fracking’s costs, how do you value destabilizing the Earth’s crust?

06/26/14 • 10:18 AM • EnvironmentalLawNaturePolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: What’s behind India’s tide of sexual violence.

Of course, while television is introducing a normalcy to sex, it has also furiously perpetuated the objectification of women, feeding the voyeuristic desires of millions who are sexually frustrated and lonely. [snip] Yet, what happens when reality strikes? Unfathomable rage.” Those who say media (tv, video games, etc.) are benign, need to read this.

06/26/14 • 09:51 AM • Human RightsLawTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: A Brief History of Oaths and Books.

But the use of any text during a swearing-in ceremony is, if not exactly a gimmick, at least more style than substance. There is no constitutional requirement for any federal official—firefighter, ambassador, or President—to take the oath of office over a particular text or, in fact, over any text at all.” Using an e-text? Death of the practice within a decade.

06/20/14 • 02:55 PM • BooksHistoryLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Chicago Trib: Washington Redskins trademark canceled by U.S. Patent Office.

Would you complain about a team calling themselves any other racial epithet? Of course you would. There’s a simple fix, just switch epithets: The Washington Rednecks. There’s even an anthem available. Or does that hurt someone’s feelings? Think about it.

06/18/14 • 12:26 PM • HistoryHuman RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NPR: Eccentric Heiress’s Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block.

She had three apartments on New York’s Fifth Avenue, all filled with treasures worth millions, not to mention a mansion in Connecticut and a house in California. But the enigmatic heiress Huguette Clark lived her last 20 years in a plainly decorated hospital room — even though she wasn’t sick.

06/17/14 • 09:55 AM • HealthHistoryHome & LivingLawPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

KRQE.com: Assayi Fire erupts near Gallup.

Watson says the fire was caused by a man burning weeds and tumbleweeds at a camp nearby.” You’ve GOT to be kidding me. In these winds?

06/16/14 • 01:26 PM • EnvironmentalLawNatureSanta Fe Local • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Art Newspaper: Matisse painting in Gurlitt hoard was Nazi loot, researchers find.

Even though it could not be documented with absolute certainty how the work came into [Cornelius Gurlitt’s father] Hildebrand Gurlitt’s possession, the task force has concluded that the work is Nazi loot and was taken from its rightful owner Paul Rosenberg.” And, who is Paul Rosenberg?

06/16/14 • 08:40 AM • ArtsHistoryHuman RightsLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AP: Court - Searchable Books Database is ‘Fair Use.’

The library lets the general public search for particular terms but shows only page numbers where the term is found, unless the copyright owner has authorized more extensive information.” Given the last manuscript I had read by commercial OCR provider, I think it will be in authors’ best interest to personally verify that any scans are accurate and correct … and that could end up an onerous and costly-in-time task.

06/11/14 • 08:23 AM • BooksLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

KRQE: ABQ woman shot in face while driving.

Good lord. The entry point on the windshield is kinda low to come from a bridge and still hit her in the face, no?

05/31/14 • 01:51 PM • HealthHuman RightsLawSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ProPublica: Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?

After Mindi started arguing, medical staff sent her for a psychological evaluation and notified local child welfare authorities, according to court records.” And, as per usual, everything went downhill from there. An important read.

05/30/14 • 09:19 AM • HealthHuman RightsLawPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Google brings you the ‘Edit Yourself’ form.

Unfortunately, the EU ruling only applies to European citizens, so Americans and those outside Europe can’t put in a request.

05/30/14 • 08:42 AM • GoogleHuman RightsInternetLawSecurity • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Texas can keep source of execution drugs secret, attorney general says.

My guess? They’ll just reuse fracking chemicals.

05/29/14 • 04:10 PM • Human RightsLawPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Photo Attorney: Free Legal Guide for Online Publishers and Media Creators.

Of note.

05/29/14 • 03:04 PM • LawPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FStoppers: Facebook Software Engineer Teaches You How to Steal Copyrighted Images.

According to his bio, Jesse Chen is a software engineer at Facebook and recent graduate of UC Berkeley. Jesse has a personal blog which we recently stumbled across that includes a blog post from 2012 that detailed how to go about stealing copyrighted images and removing watermarks.” Causing a bit of hoopla. Who would actually spend that amount of time, though? Most people don’t have the skillset.

05/29/14 • 10:43 AM • LawPhotographySmall BusinessSocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WSJ: Lawsuit Filed Over Cooper Union Tuition.

The plaintiffs’ aim: to stop the school from introducing tuition next fall and to prompt a court investigation into how the board has managed school finances.

05/29/14 • 09:33 AM • ChildhoodEconomicsHome & LivingLawScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FT: The threat facing online comments.

… according to the ECtHR, a news website should anticipate types of stories that might attract defamatory or insulting comments and be prepared to remove them promptly – or even before the comment has been reported, which might mean websites will be forced to pre-moderate any comment it publishes.” Good grief. Keeping an eye on this.

05/25/14 • 01:52 PM • InternetLawNewsWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: French mayor ‘castrated and killed by jealous husband’.

And here we thought the French were OK with extramarital affairs ...

05/23/14 • 12:06 PM • GeneralLawPsychologyTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Archaeology News Network: Zahi Hawass cleared of corruption charges.

Investigations for this round of allegations showed that all Egyptian antiquities in question were displayed through legal means abroad and were secured against damage. Also, all revenues from the international exhibitions were placed in the government’s coffers, prosecutors said.

05/21/14 • 12:53 PM • HistoryLawScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: BP mounts last ditch effort to limit Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement.

I wouldn’t limit a situation that hasn’t yet resolved.

05/21/14 • 12:21 PM • EnvironmentalLaw • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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