Monday, May 8, 2017

Fascism explained via cartoon

Supper was pizza and Blue Bell. Something about that doesn't sound right.

Colbert's comedy monologue offended and disapponted me...but not near as much as our politicians' speech. FCC should investigate Congress.


Who, besides the 500 people in Congress is NOT for this?



Presidential quotes our children have to learn in school.
Kennedy - Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
FDR - "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

I just don't remember our parents having to worry about grounding us if we quoted a President.


Some of the recently freed girls from Chibok in Abuja, Nigeria, on Sunday.
After Boko Haram Releases Nigerian Girls, an Anguished Wait for Parents


Following years of rumors, Nigeria confirmed that 82 girls who had been taken were released. But many parents still had no idea if their daughters were among them.


Calling Out Foul Fans: It Is Time For An Unsportsmanlike Conduct Rule For Fans

by jonathanturley
The Red Sox management is moving aggressively in the wake of the allegation by Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones of racist taunts at Fenway Park , including the banning for life of a fan who made a racist comment to another fan during a recent game.  Boston police are also looking into any possible criminal conduct, including the throwing of peanuts at Jones and others.  Below is my column in The Hill Newspaper on the proposal for a new federal crime for prosecuting racist fans.  Putting aside the serious constitutional issues, it is entirely unnecessary. The problem with both rowdy and racist fans is the inaction of ballparks, not the insufficiency of criminal laws.



Hmmm. I'm beginning to think selling plaques to lawyers must be a profitable business.


Aleida Garcia and her husband, Jorge, on their property near the Rio Grande in Los Ebanos, Tex., in March.
Trump's Wall Faces a Barrier in Texas: Landowner Lawsuits


In a state where land ownership has an almost mythic resonance, opposition to a wall bordering Mexico could delay construction for years.

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas had spoken out against local law enforcement officials who failed to cooperate with federal immigration guidelines.
Texas Governor Signs a Ban on Sanctuary Cities


The law, which seeks to prevent the local authorities from limiting cooperation with federal immigration officials, was opposed by some city police chiefs.




Abbott signs 'sanctuary cities' bill into law

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a sweeping ban on "sanctuary cities" into law on Sunday, giving police officers new authority to question a detained person's immigration status and blocking local entities from passing laws that would prohibit these questions from officers.
Read more 





What You Need to Know About Emoji Law (Yes, That's a Thing)

, The Recorder

Emojis taken from Surveying the Law of Emojis paper, published by Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University - School of Law.
Emojis taken from Surveying the Law of Emojis paper, published by Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University - School of Law.

How will the courts deal with questions of interpretation raised by emojis? 
A survey of cases by Santa Clara University School of Law professor Eric Goldman found 80 opinions through 2016 that contained the term “emoticon” or “emoji,” with about half of those cases occurring the past two years. Goldman posted his findings on SSRN on Monday in a paper that encourages courts and practitioners "to prepare for the coming emoji onslaught.” 
“I read a lot of cases and every now and then I see something new that I haven’t seen before, and it gets me thinking,” said Goldman in a phone conversation Thursday.

In this case, it was an opinion that actually contained an emoji that sparked his curiosity and made him realize that in the text-based world of legal research there was no sure-fire way to find other opinions that included emoji.
Based on his research, Goldman expects a surge in legal disputes based on competing interpretations of emoji-based communications and fights over the intellectual property that underlies the small, digital pictographs themselves.
“Everyone is using emojis and many people don’t understand the technological underpinnings and the potential legal consequences” of emoji-based miscommunication, Goldman said.
Here three takeaways from Goldman’s findings.

All Emoji Aren’t Created Equal

cow emoji

That cow emoji you’re texting might not be the same as the cow the receiver sees on the other end of that text message.
Although a cow is one of the roughly 2,000 emoji defined by the Unicode Consortium, which sets software internationalization standards, Google, Microsoft, Apple and other tech companies have veered significantly from Unicode’s black-and-white line drawing of cow. Some have adopted the black-and-white spots associated with dairy cows, others the brown fur associated with beef cows. Others have gone with more cartoon-style images and included accessories such as a cow bells. What cow appears on any given screen—or if a cow appears at all—depends on the implementation of the emoji on either end of the communication. 
Although variations in images of cattle in text messages might not provide obvious fodder for a legal dispute, Goldman points one example that seemingly could be.
The “Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes” emoji changed significantly between different versions of Apple’s iOS operating system. For iOS 6.0 users the emoji shows a face with clenched teeth in a straight mouth while for iOS 10.0 it shows a wide, curved grin. One study showed that people interpreted the earlier implementation to mean “ready to fight” while the later version is more clearly smiling and happy. Someone on a new iPhone sending that emoji to someone using an older version of iOS could unintentionally appear threatening.
Speaking by phone Thursday, Goldman said that he can foresee scenarios where both parties have legitimate, divergent understandings of a particular communication. “It strikes me as raising a bunch of uncomfortable legal problems,” Goldman said. "In the criminal context—someone could literally go to jail for thinking they were saying one thing when they were saying another.” 

Get Ready for Emoji Trolls

poop emoji

Goldman suspects intellectual property law could be behind technology companies’ widespread practice of implementing their own versions of emoji. His hypothesis is that companies are creating their own emoji either to preserve their own trademark or copyright interests or to shield themselves from potential liabilities from others. “If this hypothesis is true, then IP law is causing the proliferation of unnecessary differences in emoji implementations that reduce IP risk but increase potential user confusion/misunderstanding,” he wrote. 
Goldman said Thursday he expects the IP scrutiny of emoji to increase after the release of “The Emoji Movie” this summer, an animated film feature emoji as characters. He also said he would expect that some trademark and copyright holders will get aggressive in seeking licensing fees from emoji platforms. “Trolling behavior shows up in a wide range of intellectual property. I don’t see why it won’t occur here as well,” he said.

Courts Catching Up 

judge emoji

Goldman’s study identified how the text-based legal research tools fail to capture visual communications in opinions. In a footnote high in the paper, he notes that the paper is best read in PDF form since electronic databases aren’t likely to include most images and are unlikely to warn of the graphical omissions. 
Lexis and Westlaw aren’t alone in their struggle dealing with emojis. The courts, likewise, are figuring things out on the fly. In the criminal trial against the operator of the Silk Road online black market, federal prosecutors reading text messages to jurors initially skipped over any references to emoji. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in the Southern District of New York, however, eventually required prosecutors to orally describe the emojis as they read.
Goldman said Thursday that judges are one of his target audiences for the paper. Said Goldman, “Questions are being asked about emojis and there aren’t that many answers.” 

In Texas we DO like our cowgirls. Jennifer Peel


 ON THE FIRST day, God created the dog and said, sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past.. For this I will give you a life span of twenty years.

The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"

And God said that it was good.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."

The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"

And God again said that it was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."

The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"

And God agreed it was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."

But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"

"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves.. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it as a public service. If you are looking for me I will be on the front porch.


How To Spot Fascism Before It’s Too Late
Posted May 4th, 2017


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