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The Volokh Conspiracy

The Volokh Conspiracy

Concurring Opinions Top 5 Pens — The Pen Addict (Updated 10/14/2013) I get asked what my favorite pens are all of the time. While that is generally an easy question to answer, what the reader often means is "what pen should I buy?" That is a much more difficult question because of the sheer number of variables involved. With my Top 5 lists, I try to capture what pens I am currently using the most in each category. Use these lists as guidelines. Top 5 Pens - Overall (Updated Oct. 2013) TWSBI 580 - Hard to beat the value and versatility.Sakura Pigma Micron - My go-to Field Notes pen.Uni-Ball Signo DX 0.38 mm - Vibrant, smooth, and consistent.Ohto Graphic Liner - Still amazed how good this pen is.Uni-Ball Jetstream - The pen of the people, and me if it is 0.5 mm. Top 5 Micro Gel Ink Pens (Updated Oct. 2013) Uni-Ball Signo DX 0.38 mm - More consistent than the Hi-Tec-C.Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.3 mm - The finest, crispest lines going.Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.4 mm - Super sharp lines, great clip. Top 5 Pens In The Store Top 5 Plastic Tip Pens

The Becker-Posner Blog Law and the Multiverse | Superheroes, supervillains, and the law 9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren't exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you. What's happening in Syria is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow even for those of us glued to it. Here, then, are the most basic answers to your most basic questions. Read award-winning novelist Teju Cole's funny and insightful parody of this article, "9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask 1. Syria is a country in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Syria is in the middle of an extremely violent civil war. 2. 3. 4. 5. Oh man, it gets so much worse. 6. 7. 8.

Above the Law: A Legal Tabloid - News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession Against Monopoly Your Labor Day Syria Reader, Part 2: William Polk - James Fallows Many times I've mentioned the foreign-policy assessments of William R. Polk, at right, who first wrote for the Atlantic (about Iraq) during Dwight Eisenhower's administration, back in 1958, and served on the State Department's Policy Planning staff during the Kennedy years. He now has sent in a detailed analysis about Syria. Polk wrote this just before President Obama switched from his go-it-alone policy and decided to seek Congressional approval for a Syrian strike.

Typography for Lawyers They’re Taking Over! by Tim Flannery Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean by Lisa-ann Gershwin, with a foreword by Sylvia Earle University of Chicago Press, 424 pp., $27.50 It’s become fashionable to keep jellyfish in aquariums. Box jellyfish have bells (the disc-shaped “head”) around a foot across, behind which trail up to 550 feet of tentacles. In 2000 a somewhat less venomous species of box jellyfish, which lives further south, threatened the Sydney Olympics. Most jellyfish are little more than gelatinous bags containing digestive organs and gonads, drifting at the whim of the current. The Irukandjis are diminutive relatives of the box jellies. It’s now known that the brush of a single tentacle is enough to induce “Irukandji syndrome.” It’s difficult to know how many victims the Irukandji have claimed. The box jellies and Irukandjis are merely the most exotic of a group of organisms that have existed for as long as complex life itself. Jellyfish are among the oldest animal fossils ever found.

EDRI | Digital Civil Rights in Europe The Delicious Irony of “Dark Money” It turns out that the liberal think tank Center for American Progress gets its funding from evil corporations just like everyone else. Among the top donors are multi-national corporations and industries such as Google, Northrop Grumman, and NBCUniversal. Not a day goes by without some big-government lefty railing about “dark money.” Just last week, Sen. U.S. The left’s preferred narrative is simple, easy-to-understand and has a ring of truth. But the fact that corporations also fund big-government organizations raises questions about this narrative. The truth is that most regulation is written by and for incumbent businesses to erect barriers to entry and to buy advantages over their competitors. Earlier this year, Center for American Progress donor Citibank hired lobbyists to literally write 70 out of 85 lines of a bill regulating derivatives trading which passed the House. There are three main reasons corporations like Citibank write their own legislation. U.S.

Geek/Lawyers | My other t-shirt is a pin-stripe suit. Patrick Cockburn · Hazards of Revolution · LRB 9 January 2014 Soon after the Libyan capital fell to the rebels in August 2011 I got to know a 32-year-old man called Ahmed Abdullah al-Ghadamsi. We met when he tried to evict me from my hotel room, which he said was needed for members of the National Transitional Council, in effect the provisional government of Libya. I wasn’t happy about being moved because the hotel, the Radisson Blu on Tripoli’s seafront, was full of journalists and there was nowhere else to stay. But Ahmed promised to find me another room, and he was as good as his word. He was lending a hand to the provisional government, he said, because he was strongly opposed to Gaddafi – as was the rest of his family. Ahmed was a self-confident man, not noticeably intimidated by the sporadic shooting which was keeping most people in Tripoli off the streets. When the protests started in Benghazi on 15 February he had been among the first to demonstrate in Fornaj, and he was arrested. What would Ahmed think of the Libyan revolution now?