Legal briefs, in even the most high profile cases, rarely make headlines. They are technical documents intended to persuade judges in a case about particular points of law.
In American law schools, students now take courses to help them master the arcane genre of brief writing. Their persuasiveness depends on carefully marshaling legal precedents and complex, factual arguments. As a result, they seldom interest anyone outside the legal community.
On Aug. 12, we witnessed a rare exception.
If American standards are simply too high, and not instead that French patients have higher future risk, then many of the 90,000 Americans awaiting a kidney transplant could reap major benefits from the more lax standard in Europe.
But why? The answer may lie in the mysterious magnetic field structure of the pulsar.
This Totalitarian Principle expressed by Nobel laureate Murray Gell-Mann actually originated with Plato. Nothing new there, what is interesting in a recent article by by Tom Siegfried in Science News is that Gell-Mann doesn't seem to have been inspired by T.H. White of "The Sword In The Stone" fame.
White did have statement in the 1958 edition of "The Once and Future King" compilation but not in the prior books leading back to 1938. Gell-Mann had placed it in a strong nuclear force paper in 1956.
Red Bull GmbH has agreed to pay $640,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by lawyers for Canadian energy drinkers who insist they bought a can of Red Bull in the last 12 years thinking that Red Bull would literally give them wings.
Decisions like this are why states are creating truth in labeling laws for broccoli that wants to claim to be rice and plant juice that claims to be milk. While the companies argue no one is fooled by such marketing, and governments argue that if no one believes it the companies shouldn't lie, this settlement shows again it is lawyers who will win at the end.
The company removed the product from stores in in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.
The samples came from 1,100 pounds of snow gathered from Antarctica where the high altitude of the sample kept it free of dust contamination. The snow was melted in a German lab and analyzed with an accelerator mass spectrometer, where the rare nuclear iron-60 isotope was detected.
Not "unproven" or other terms that coddle activists who trade in disinformation, it's a lie.
But aesthetics and a distaste for FCC bullying are fine reasons to object. Net neutrality is not the first time the FCC engaged in the kind of 'we are the government' tactics the IRS and the US Post Office engage in, anyone who tried to create a low power radio station and got threatened with jail knows it's a common tactic.