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The Sonos Roam Is a Fun-Sized Speaker That Boasts Bold Sound

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 07:00
This super-portable gadget is easy to use, supports Alexa or Google Assistant, and works flawlessly at home or anywhere else.
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5 New Family-Friendly Movies and 1 Actually Good One

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 07:00
This year’s Oscar-nominated animated films have a uniformly safe, childish approach to death. But The Willoughbys—not nominated—will mess you up.
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Did This Scorching-Hot Planet Lose—and Regain—an Atmosphere?

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 07:00
A veritable hellscape of an exoplanet is challenging researchers’ assumptions about what types of worlds host atmospheres.
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Is Silicon Valley Dead? Not According to Venture Dollars

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 07:00
In a record quarter for VC funding, California still takes the cake—further evidence that reports of the region’s demise are greatly exaggerated.
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Carbon Emissions Could Plummet. The Atmosphere Will Lag Behind

The U.S. plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically in the next decade. Scientists say it's crucial that the U.S. succeed. Still, many of the positive effects won't arrive for decades.

(Image credit: Expedition 28 Crew/International Space Station/NASA)

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What We Know About The Suspect Who Planted Bombs Before The Capitol Riot

More than 400 people are charged in the Jan. 6 riot, but one suspect remains elusive to law enforcement: the person who left bombs near the Democratic and Republican national committee headquarters.

(Image credit: FBI/screenshot by NPR)

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Kristen Clarke's Civil Rights Record Led Her To Barrier-Breaking DOJ Nomination

Clarke is facing the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. If confirmed she would be the first woman and first woman of color in the job.

(Image credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Once On The Brink Of Eradication, Syphilis is Raging Again

Syphilis cases in California have contributed to soaring national caseloads of sexually transmitted diseases. Experts point to the advent of dating apps, condom fatigue and an increase in meth.

(Image credit: Wladimur Bulgar/Science Photo Library/Getty Images)

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Report: Capitol Police Leadership, Equipment Deficiencies Hampered Jan. 6 Response

The watchdog review also found that some advance intelligence offered a "more alarming" warning ahead of the day's events.

(Image credit: Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

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Coast Guard, Good Samaritans Searching For Victims After Severe Weather Off Louisiana

A "microburst of severe weather" may have caused a 256-foot lift boat to capsize in the Gulf of Mexico, about 8 miles south of Grand Isle.

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Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community

Office of the Director of National Intelligence: “This annual report, April 2021 of worldwide threats to the national security of the United States responds to Section 617 of the FY21 Intelligence Authorization Act (P.L. 116-260). This report reflects the collective insights of the Intelligence Community (IC), which is committed every day to providing the nuanced, independent, and unvarnished intelligence that policymakers, warfighters, and domestic law enforcement personnel need to protect American lives and America’s interests anywhere in the world.This assessment focuses on the most direct, serious threats to the United States during the next year. The order of the topics presented in this assessment does not necessarily indicate their relative importance or the magnitude of the threats in the view of the IC. All require a robust intelligence response, including those where a near-term focus may help head off greater threats in the future, such as climate change and environmental degradation. As required by the law, this report will be provided to the congressional intelligence committees as well as the committees on the Armed Services of the House of Representatives and the Senate.Information available as of 9 April 2021 was used in the preparation of this assessment…”

Categories: Law and Legal

1st Century Roman Statue, Looted A Decade Ago, Found In Belgium By Off-Duty Police

The statue is valued at 100,000 euros and was stolen from an archaeological site near the outskirts of Rome.

(Image credit: Carabinieri/AP)

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How to zoom in on small details in PowerPoint

Tech Republic – Use this zooming effect to draw attention to a small or important detail in your next PowerPoint presentation. “Some Microsoft PowerPoint slides have a lot going on. There’s might be a lot of small details or some important content, and editing that content isn’t practical. When this happens, you can create a zoom shape and use the grow animation to zoom in on the detail or content you’re talking about. Doing so allows you to retain the big picture, both visually and conceptually, while focusing on the heart of the discussion. In this article, we’ll create a zoom effect by animating a special shape, which I’ll call the zoom shape..”

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How to record separate audio for each person in a Zoom call

Tech Republic – “Recording a Zoom meeting can be helpful for lots of reasons, and creating separate audio files for each participant can make post-meeting editing much easier than trying to parse one big file. Let’s say you’re in a Zoom meeting. Someone says something profound or important about the topic at hand, but the moment passes without any record of what was said. Hopefully someone wrote it down, but if not, there could be an important piece of institutional knowledge lost the moment it was uttered.  Luckily, Zoom has the option to record meetings, both in audio and video format. There are a lot of reasons why someone would want to do so—creating a permanent record, easing the work of whoever is taking meeting minutes, giving participants or other employees the chance to watch it at another time or any number of additional cases…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Book Review of Pierre Schlag and Amy J. Griffin, How to do Things with Legal Doctrine

Little, Laura E., A Taxonomy of Taxonomies (Book Review of Pierre Schlag and Amy J. Griffin, How to do Things with Legal Doctrine (2020)). __ Journal of Legal Education __ (2021 Forthcoming), Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2021-14, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3795406

“This book review celebrates a new book’s adroit categorization of various legal analysis techniques. In doing so, the book review summarizes how authors Schlag and Griffin present an intriguing combination of jurisprudence and practical advice. Although the review makes light of the authors’ tendency to complicate and to create filigreed categories (as fair-minded lawyers tend to do), the book review largely praises the book’s usefulness for law professors, legal practitioners (and — to a lesser extent – law students) in opening minds to the various techniques for spinning and deploying legal doctrine. For those interested in understanding, describing, and channeling creativity, the review lays out the book’s description of important legal analytical techniques, such as using contrasting frame-shifts on an issue, segmenting or combining elements of a disputed transaction, demonstrating how varying levels of abstraction from specific to general can affect a result, and the like. The review translates the book’s references to classic jurisprudential texts, ultimately praising HOW TO DO THINGS WITH LEGAL DOCTRINE for accomplishing so much in one mercifully short and elegant volume.”

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Scope of CDC Authority Under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act

CRS Report – Scope of CDC Authority Under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), April 13, 2021: “Since the beginning of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, all levels of government have grappled with how to stem the spread of the disease. Until the recent authorization of several COVID-19 vaccines, community mitigation activities(such as social distancing and use of face covering), combined with traditional tools of communicable disease control(such as testing, contact tracing, quarantine,and isolation)—have been the primary strategies used to reduce or prevent COVID-19 transmission. Under the United States’ federalist system, states and the federal government share regulatory authority over public health matters, with states traditionally exercising the bulk of authority in this area.Consistent with this framework, states and localities have been at the leading edge of the United States’ pandemic response in many respects. For instance, to varying degrees, they issued mandates aimed at promoting the relevant public health measures, including temporary stay-at-home orders, restrictions on public gatherings, requirements to wear face coverings under specified circumstances, and quarantine requirements for out-of-state travelers. Because adherence to some of these measures—particularly ones that place restrictions on business operations—resulted in income losses for their residents and businesses, states have also issued orders aimed at alleviating the pandemic’s associated economic impact. For example, many states temporarily halted evictions or provided other housing support to assist households that have experienced pandemic-related income losses that rendered them unable to pay rent. The federal government’s pandemic response to date includes providing support to states through guidance, technical assistance, and funding, as well as providing certain direct assistance to private entities and individuals, including through several pandemic relief legislations…”

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Capitol Police Told to Hold Back on Riot Response on Jan. 6

The New York Times – “The Capitol Police had clearer advance warnings about the Jan. 6 attack than were previously known, including the potential for violence in which “Congress itself is the target.” But officers were instructed by their leaders not to use their most aggressive tactics to hold off the mob, according to a scathing new report – Review of the Events Surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Takeover of the U.S. Capitol, by the agency’s internal investigator. In a 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared for and responded to the mob violence on Jan. 6. The report was reviewed by The New York Times and will be the subject of a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday. Mr. Bolton found that the agency’s leaders failed to adequately prepare despite explicit warnings that pro-Trump extremists posed a threat to law enforcement and civilians and that the police used defective protective equipment. He also found that the leaders ordered their Civil Disturbance Unit to refrain from using its most powerful crowd-control tools — like stun grenades — to put down the onslaught. The report offers the most devastating account to date of the lapses and miscalculations around the most violent attack on the Capitol in two centuries…”

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What Plants Can Teach Us About Politics

Outside – “In his new book, ‘The Nation of Plants,’ botanist Stefano Mancuso suggests that human democracies may have something to learn from the world’s trees and flowers..

By perceiving plants as being much closer to the inorganic world than to the fullness of life, we commit a fundamental error of perspective, which could cost us dearly,” warns the Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso in his latest book, The Nation of Plants. Mancuso is director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology at the University of Florence and a leader in the emerging study of what he calls plant intelligence. Some biologists say that since plants lack neurons, plant neurobiology is an oxymoron. They dismiss the field as much ado about nothing—like the famous but ultimately debunked 1973 work The Secret Life of Plantswhich had everyone playing Mozart for their ferns but is now seen as a confused and wishful attempt to endow plants with a sentience they just don’t have.

Yet research by Mancuso and others has shown that plants communicate, perceive, and respond to each other and their environment, and can even exhibit something like memory. Plants may lack brains, but, as Mancuso has argued in popular books like Brilliant Green (coauthored with journalist Alessandra Viola in 2015), they’re in no way inferior in biological sophistication or evolutionary ingenuity to animals. In The Nation of Plants, Mancuso half-seriously suggests that they may even be smarter than humans when it comes to the way they live together…”

Categories: Law and Legal

'I Never Imagined This': Daunte Wright's Family Calls For Accountability

The family, joined by their lawyer Benjamin Crump and George Floyd's relatives, questioned why police felt the need to use force, in the form of a Taser or gun, on Wright.

(Image credit: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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Rusten Sheskey, Kenosha Officer Who Shot Jacob Blake, Will Not Face Discipline

"Officer Sheskey was found to have been acting within policy," Kenosha, Wis., police Chief Daniel Miskinis said Tuesday, adding that he knows "some will not be pleased with the outcome."

(Image credit: Wisconsin Department of Justice via AP)

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