Tuesday, August 9, 2016

It's not just me complaining its also the American Bar Association


Trump Economic Plan Calls for Every American to Inherit Millions from Father

“There are people at my rallies, desperate people, desperate because they want jobs,” he told his luncheon audience at the Detroit Economic Club. “Once they inherit millions from their father, they will never want a job again.”



I can understand people wanting an "outsider".  Plenty of appeal for that.   But we can't just stop there.  Howard Sterne is an "outsider".

Think I'll stay home today.  I kinda have that feeling I will be accidentally killed by a drive by shooting feeling.


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Scientists: Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans


Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study report.
The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.
More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”
While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.
While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.

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Controversial Oberlin Professor Suspended Over Anti-Israeli Comments

by jonathanturley
1456789323213We previously discussed the controversy surrounding Oberlin Professor Joy Karega, who has attracted fervent criticism for her social media comments including blaming Israel for the 9/11 attacks. In a move that will magnify the free speech issues discussed earlier, Karega has been suspended with pay as assistant professor of rhetoric and composition.
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Rio Olympics Ratings Plunge To Levels Below 1992 in Barcelona

by jonathanturley
2016_Summer_Olympics_logo.svgMany have criticized NBC for its dismal coverage of the opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympics for inane comments, numerous commercials interruptions, and a bizarre decision to repeatedly play over the ceremony music with an interview from one of the creators on the "vision" underlying the ceremony (that NBC was not showing). Whether it is the general controversy over the selection of Rio or the NBC coverage problems, the viewers are not tuning in -- at least thus far. The ratings are substantially below those of 2012 and 2008. Indeed, the rating are even below 1992 levels.

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Here's Why Texas Students Wait Weeks for Basic Mental Health Services, by Aneri Pattani — Students who need help dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues often must wait weeks to see a counselor at Texas' major public universities.

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Rio Olympics Ratings Plunge To Levels Below 1992 in Barcelona

by jonathanturley
2016_Summer_Olympics_logo.svgMany have criticized NBC for its dismal coverage of the opening ceremonies of the Rio Olympics for inane comments, numerous commercials interruptions, and a bizarre decision to repeatedly play over the ceremony music with an interview from one of the creators on the "vision" underlying the ceremony (that NBC was not showing). Whether it is the general controversy over the selection of Rio or the NBC coverage problems, the viewers are not tuning in -- at least thus far. The ratings are substantially below those of 2012 and 2008. Indeed, the rating are even below 1992 levels.


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Abolish private, for-profit probation that puts offenders deep in debt, ABA House urges




EGAL ETHICS

Federal Circuit appears unlikely to reverse order disqualifying company's entire legal department


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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit doesn’t appear inclined to reverse a federal judge’s order disqualifying the entire in-house legal department at Acacia Research Corp., a company known in some circles asa patent troll or a “patent privateer.”
The Federal Circuit heard arguments last week on U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel’s order disqualifying the in-house lawyers and one of Acacia’s outside law firms, Law.com (sub. req.) reports. The Austin, Texas, judge had disqualified the lawyers because Acacia hired the in-house lawyer for intellectual property from Schlumberger Ltd. before suing Schlumberger for patent infringement.
Acacia had argued that the in-house hire from Schlumberger, Charlotte Rutherford, had been walled off from the litigation. But evidence suggested she had approved the recommendation to sue, according to the Law.com coverage.
Schlumberger’s lawyer, Maximilian Grant of Latham & Watkins, asked the Federal Circuit to adopt a blanket rule to prevent such conduct in the 5th Circuit.
According to Law.com, Acacia appeared to be on the losing side during the arguments. “Acacia Research Corp. should have brought shovels to court Wednesday, given the hole it kept digging before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,” the article said.
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It's not just me complaining its also  the American Bar Association

ABA ANNUAL MEETING

Abolish private, for-profit probation that puts offenders deep in debt, ABA House urges


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On Monday, the ABA’s House of Delegates easily passed and strongly condemned the use of for-profit, privatized probation companies funded by the offenders themselves.
Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division,Resolution 111B met with strong approval from the House, after a year in which these private probation systems have become a focus of civil rights lawsuits in jurisdictions around the country. The ABA submitted an amicus brief to the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the subject in April, condemning the use of private-probation contractor Providence Community Corrections and similar systems that jail probationers who can’t afford their fees.
John R.B. “Jack” Long of Georgia moved the resolution for the Young Lawyers Division. In jurisdictions that use private probation, he said, low-income people can be trapped in a cycle of debt by private-probation companies that have an incentive to keep them on probation as long as possible. They’re almost always funded by the offenders themselves, he said, and the monthly fees go to the private company, not toward the person’s fines or court fees.
When the person on probation runs out of money and is unable to pay, Long said, the company can petition to jail them in lieu of payment. Thus, it is possible, even in 21st century America, to be jailed for poverty.
“I challenge you to [search the web for] private probation, and try to find one positive argument about the practice not offered by one of the owners of a private-probation company,” he said.
The resolution passed easily, and in the wording of the resolution, “urges state, local, territorial and tribal legislatures to abolish ‘offender funded’ systems of probation supervised by private, for-profit companies.”
Another resolution from the Young Lawyers Division was withdrawn Monday afternoon. Dana Hrelic, incoming chair-elect of the division and a partner at Horton, Shields & Knox, explained thatResolution 111A sought to urge legislatures to criminalize “grooming” behaviors by adults who prey on children sexually through the internet. This was an outgrowth of former YLC chair Lacy Durham’s (PDF) project World Wise Web, seeking to teach young people how to stay safe online.
However, Hrelic said, the Criminal Justice Section has raised some ”helpful comments” that led the YLD to withdraw the resolution. She said the division looks forward to working with the Criminal Justice Section on an improved resolution.
See also:
ABA Journal: “Privatized probation becomes a spiral of added fees and jail time”

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