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Environment roundup

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:59:21 +0000

Getting deserved attention: blog post on hundred little regulatory obstacles that can block piecemeal redevelopment of commercial space [Johnny at Granola Shotgun via John Cochrane and Tyler Cowen] Suit that asserted legal personhood for Colorado River: a good case for sanctions? [Greg Herbers/WLF, Marianne Goodland, Colorado Springs Gazette] Large U.S. farm study finds no cancer […]

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Charles Dickens in Tax Court, courtesy Judge Mark Holmes

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:05:42 +0000

Bob Kamman, Procedurally Taxing: “I searched other Tax Court orders and decisions available at the Court’s website. Surprisingly, this is the only reference to Jarndyce. I searched for Dickens. There were petitioners named Dickens, and petitioners with an address on Dickens Street. But the only other Dickens reference came from an opinion by the same […]

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Now unsealed: official report on Wisconsin John Doe probes

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:01:06 +0000

After the state’s high court ordered files of the politically charged Wisconsin John Doe II investigation destroyed, something else happened instead: “The Guardian published a leaked trove of documents from the John Doe II proceedings, including court filings, draft filings, and selected evidence prepared and kept by only some members of the prosecution team.” A […]

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Update: Oregon admits error in traffic engineer case

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:02:08 +0000

As reported in April, the state of Oregon fined Mats Järlström of Beaverton $500 for supposedly practicing engineering without a license after he sent a letter to state officials challenging traffic camera practices, including various calculations, and mentioning his background as an electrical engineer. Now the state has admitted that it erred and violated his […]

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Monument designations and White House proclamations

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 14:59:31 +0000

Some imagine President Obama can expand the bounds of national monuments by unilateral proclamation, but President Trump cannot shrink them back by the same mechanism. But that’s not how it works, explained Jonathan Wood in a September piece on the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase/Escalante controversy. More: Ronald Bailey. And Randal O’Toole on a high-profile […]

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Campus climate roundup

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:02:23 +0000

Pauli Murray, civil rights activist after whom Yale recently named a residential college, stood up for her worst foes’ right to speak [Peter Salovey, New York Times] Viewing everything through lens of identity and power disables the intellect [Jonathan Haidt] Penn Jillette and free speech scholars ask Brandeis president to reconsider decision to ditch play […]

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Quebec lawmakers to shopkeepers: don’t greet customers with “Bonjour hi”

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:05:10 +0000

A bilingual greeting might make English speakers feel too welcome, so the legislators of Quebec passed a unanimous though unenforceable resolution disapproving of its use by merchants [Dan Bilefsky, New York Times] Tags: Canada

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ADA mass filing roundup

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 11:02:59 +0000

Virginia credit unions hit with wave of website accessibility claims [Tina Orem, Credit Union Times] McDonald’s, Kmart, others settle suits over website access for the blind [Samantha Bomkamp, Chicago Tribune] “Attorney exploits the blind to sue businesses: suit” [Julia Marsh, New York Post] Wheelchair-using donut shop owner/manager from California tells Congressional hearing she’s been sued […]

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How the underground economy saved Spanish cheesemaking

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:05:15 +0000

For years the government of Spain did its best to suppress small-scale cheesemaking, one of the traditional products that now does much to burnish the image of Spanish food around the world. But scofflaw dairies kept the craft alive, I explain in a new Cato post based on an Atlas Obscura account (“Franco had imagined […]

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High Court debates wedding cakes and forced expression

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:38:27 +0000

“On the Left, some pine for a hard-line opinion that claims of religious liberty or free speech can never, ever provide an excuse for discrimination. But it’s not just the Alitos and Clarence Thomases who would oppose that outcome. All four liberal justices yesterday gave indications that even if they would not draw the line […]

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