I’m full of the feeling of emptiness, full.
An abundant famine
boils me in my soul’s fevered fields,
and this strange waterless boiling
startles the image in my poem
I watch the new-living picture,
a peerless rose
blush across the page!
But barely has she first breathed
when streaks of smoke begin
to obscure her face and fumes
consume her perfumed skin.
“On the evening of July 18, 1969, Mary Jo Kopechne died while trying to free herself from Edward M. Kennedy’s submerged automobile in a tidal channel on Chappaquiddick Island.”
“Imagine a world in which sin is visible,” writes Hannah Beckerman in her review of Dan Vyleta’s fantasy novel, Smoke
Stats Of The Week: Lawyers More Prestigious Than Priests
For most Australians the name of Long Bay is familiar only from news reports about hardened criminals. Its proper name is The Long Bay Correctional Complex, a.k.a.Her Majesty’s Australian Prison Long Bay and I was surprised to learn that it houses minimum security inmates, male and female, as well as the notorious maximum security prison. You can see from the photo how forbidding it looked in the 1900s, round about the time that Rebecca Sinclair started her three years Hard Labour, convicted of manslaughter for having performed an abortion on a woman who subsequently died. It is her story that is fictionalised in Eleanor Limprecht’s compelling novel…
"9th Circuit: It's a federal crime to visit a website after being told not to visit it."Orin Kerr has this post at "The Volokh Conspiracy."
"Appeals court: Florida must provide prisoners kosher food." The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuitissued yesterday via wheelbarrow
"Cloud-Storage Ruling for Microsoft Helps Criminals, Not Privacy": Law professorNoah Feldman has this essay online at Bloomberg View
"Democracy Has Its Costs, Including Your Mug Shot": Law professor Noah Feldmanhas this essay online today at Bloomberg View
TaxGrrrl, The Infiltrator: Drugs, Dirty Money, and Deep Cover
News from the Profession. New Ethics Rules for Accountants Not Impressing Everyone (Caleb Newquist, Going Concern). “I think it’s cute when an expert points to a Big 4 firm as a foremost example of business practices. It’s like a politician endorsing the local mob boss as ‘a pillar of the business community.'”
GANGSTER GOVERNMENT: Hillary Managed Her Emails Like Criminals I’ve Known.
How Uber secretly investigated its legal foes — and got caught Verge
Financing vs. Spending Unions: How to Fix the Euro Zone’s Original Sin Social Europe
The best and the brightest. Congresswoman Corrine Brown And Chief Of Staff Charged With Fraud Scheme Involving Bogus Non-Profit Scholarship Entity (US Department of Justice). The Florida Democrat allegedly believed charity begins and ends at home:
“Congresswoman Brown and her chief of staff are alleged to have used the Congresswoman’s official position to solicit over $800,000 in donations to a supposed charitable organization, only to use that organization as a personal slush fund,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.
“Her eyes were dark. Dark as chocolate, dark as cofifee, dark as the polished wood of my father’s lute. They were set in a fair face, oval. Like a teardrop. Her easy smile could stop a man’s heart. Her lips were red. Not the garish painted red so many women believe makes them desirable. Her lips were always red, morning and night. As if minutes before you saw her, she had been eating sweet berries, or drinking heart’s blood. No matter where she stood, she was in the center of the room. Do not misunderstand. She was not loud, or vain. We stare at a fire because it flickers, because it glows. The light is what catches our eyes, but what makes a man lean close to a fire has nothing to do with its bright shape. What draws you to a fire is the warmth you feel when you come near. The same was true of Denna.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss on Malchkeon
A group of Indian mountain climbers took fact-checking into their own hands after hearing some suspicious stories from two fellow climbers. We can all learn something from their methods
How Other People Influence You and Why That’s Ok
In his latest book, Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior, Jonah Berger, a marketing professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the ways in which our behaviour is shaped by others and examines our constant struggle to be optimally distinct—not too different and not too similar.
endless .... The relationship is symbiotic, fruitful, and fraught. The possibilities for bruised feelings are, of course,
Iris Scans, Palm Prints, Face Recognition Data, and More Collected From Millions of Innocent Citizens – “The FBI, which has created a massive database of biometric information on millions of Americans never involved in a crime, mustn’t be allowed to shield this trove of personal information from Privacy Act rules that let people learn what data the government has on them and restrict how it can be used. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed comments today with the FBI, on behalf of itself and six civil liberties groups, objecting to the agency’s request to exempt the Next Generation Identification (NGI) database from key provisions of federal privacy regulations that protect personal data from misuse and abuse. The FBI has amassed this database with little congressional and public oversight, failed for years to provide basic information about NGI as required by law, and dragged its feet to disclose—again, as required by law—a detailed description of the records and its policies for maintaining them. Now it wants to be exempt from even the most basic notice and data correction requirements…”
articulate argument and trenchant literary judgment... Last Revolutionary Judgement
Early in the Alcatraz Cellhouse Audio Tour, my wife pointed out one of the pictures in D-Block: right next to people imprisoned for narcotics offenses, conspiracy to kidnap, and murder was Mickey Cohen, in Alcatraz for tax evasion Al Capone at Alcatraz ...
Here Are the Deadliest Attacks on Cops in the Last 100 Years Vice
On 16 June 1997, the appellant met with management staff of the ATO and was handed a set of 19 written questions to answer. On 18 June 1997, the appellant provided the ATO with written answers. The appellant maintained that he was legitimately testing the computer system for weaknesses and legitimately “cutting and pasting” source data, rather than seeking to access material he was not authorised to access. On 17 May 2010, the appellant, Colin Dunstan, commenced a proceeding in this Court claiming damages for misfeasance in public office, breach of contract, conspiracy, defamation and interference with contractual relations. On 27 August 2014, a single judge gave judgment for the respondents. This is an appeal against that judgment. Colin Dunstan