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I have been following a rather amusing story recently: one involving an eccentric attorney and some potentially salacious information. Today, the Supreme Court weighed in, and Steven Nelson of U.S. News and World Report took note: The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not intervene to allow release of phone records from the late ‘D.C. […]

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NBC News’ Pete Williams reported today on oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court. The arguments stem from former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s criminal appeal. McDonnell was convicted in federal court two years ago for accepting bribes while in office. From Williams’s report: A jury convicted McDonnell in 2014 on a host of federal bribery charges […]

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  I s creation, in the arts, or elsewhere, a matter of chutzpah or daring — perhaps of overweening pride? It often is.  And sometime it’s a matter of humility, stepping aside, letting another speak through one. Thus the Odyssey begins, Sing in me muse, Sing of the man of twists and turns driven time […]

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I am reading about legal news out of North Carolina, but perhaps not the legal news you’re expecting. Rather, I am reading Radley Balko’s Washington Post blog in which he discusses a proposed rule for North Carolina prosecutors and the State Bar’s bizarre resistance to it: [Attorney Brad Bannon, of the North Carolina Bar’s ethics committee] wants […]

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  The only good thing that came out of 9/11 was that the building fell on him.   –Michael Scheuer, former head of the CIA anti-bin Laden task force, testifying before a congressional committee, applauding the death of John O’Neill, former head of the FBI’s NYC anti-terrorist task force.   The New Yorker has begun […]

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Fantasy has it rough. It bears a reputation of being trivial, flashy, adolescent, and entertainment-driven. Indeed, some fantasy is. But, such a judgment is unfair to good fantasy, which is none of the above. Because fantasy is so blatantly allegorical, when it is good, it reveals a forthright understanding of how reality functions. And, when it is great, it resembles myth, with […]

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Memorable lines from William Blake: Twofold, twofold always May God us keep From single vision And Newton’s sleep       Imagination lets us see the world as other than a Newtonian assembly of spinning atoms (updated to Quarks), or as a Darwinian stage for Fitter-gene transmissions, or as a Brainy locus for neurological pathways. […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the Roe vs. Wade case on it's 40th anniversary at The University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, Saturday, May 11, 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973. It established a nationwide right to abortion. Ginsburg, the second woman to serve as Supreme Court justice, was appointed to the high court by former President Bill Clinton in 1993. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Last December, I wrote about the arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of Evenwel v. Texas. The plaintiffs were attempting to use the “one person, one vote” principle established by a history of Court rulings to change the system of apportioning Texas’ congressional districts. Currently, states use total population in dividing up districts. […]

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  I have no complaints about living in Maine. I find good music, good restaurants, good friends in the small city of Portland. I’ve taught inland and upstate in Bangor – just this side of Old Town, home of the classic canvas canoes I grew up with and rigged for sailing in a tidal river […]

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Berlinde De Bruyckere, No Life Lost II, Installation view, Hauser & Wirth, 2016, photo by Mirjam Devriendt

Or, Dying, “What does it feel like?”   First approach Torvald Helmer: Oh, you think and talk like a heedless child. Nora, his wife: Maybe. But you neither think nor talk like the man I could bind myself to. As soon as your fear was over—and it was not fear for what threatened me, but […]

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Two weeks ago I wrote about the relationship between privacy and power, and how may of today’s spokespeople for the oppressed focus more on stopping surveillance in the name of privacy than daring to call for surveillance of oppressors, or imagine ways that surveillance could be used to create a world devoid of oppression. Since […]

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Two weeks ago I wrote about the relationship between privacy and power, and how may of today’s spokespeople for the oppressed focus more on stopping surveillance in the name of privacy than daring to call for surveillance of oppressors, or imagine ways that surveillance could be used to create a world devoid of oppression. Since […]

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April 27, 2016

North Carolina's -- and the 36 other states' -- refusal to adopt such a rule shows, at the very least, remarkable cruelty. Not to take even simple steps to make sure innocent people are not imprisoned. One can't help feeling whispers of a policy of "we want to keep certain types of people in prison whether they're guilty of crimes or not". Is it worth noting that, with such policies, North Carolina, and the others, show how little interested they really are in the teachings of Jesus Christ?

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Two weeks ago I wrote about the relationship between privacy and power, and how may of today’s spokespeople for the oppressed focus more on stopping surveillance in the name of privacy than daring to call for surveillance of oppressors, or imagine ways that surveillance could be used to create a world devoid of oppression. Since […]

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April 21, 2016

Amen. But, I am not surprised, in light of the bizarre rules and laws the state legislature, overwhelmingly manned by attorneys, passes.

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Two weeks ago I wrote about the relationship between privacy and power, and how may of today’s spokespeople for the oppressed focus more on stopping surveillance in the name of privacy than daring to call for surveillance of oppressors, or imagine ways that surveillance could be used to create a world devoid of oppression. Since […]

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April 18, 2016

William Eaton's thoughtful remarks lead me to sketch an imaginary parallel case. The fatal accident at Bradley Lane and Second Street almost certainly could been prevented if cars had obstacle sensors, or if children were better trained to handle intersections, or if Mrs. Jones had succeeded in getting the “Slow, Children” sign and a traffic guard installed on Second Street. Different levels of explanation call on different explanatory factors, from a focus on Wall Street and Auto Safety concerns to neighborhood child education to the difference live traffic guards can make. If ...

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