Category Archive: Law

Apr 15 2014

That’s a terrible chart


I wish I’d had this a few weeks ago, when I was telling students how not to present their data. This is a chart illustrating the effects of stand-your-ground-laws on murder in Florida. I glanced at that and thought, “Whoa, surprise: the stand-your-ground-laws had a pretty dramatic effect in reducing murder. I did not expect …

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Apr 07 2014

A good mission for MRAs

Have you heard of the Prison Rape Elimination Act? It was passed a long time ago. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, …

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Jan 17 2014

Cinematic Appraisals gets appraised


Ashley Miller is getting legal threats from a company called Cinematic Appraisals, because she found their claims laughable, and publicly laughed at them. I have to join in the laughing. They claim to be a scientific script review company — for a fee, they’ll take a look at your movie script proposal, run it through …

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Jan 17 2014

Gun culture in America

Write one post about gun control, and guess what happens? Your inbox fills up with crap from people who love their guns. Just love ‘em. It’s everything from calm descriptions of existing gun laws, and aren’t they onerous enough already (no, obviously, they aren’t) to veiled threats to show me how useful concealed handguns are …

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Dec 29 2013

Uganda, Great Britain, same difference

Uganda is notorious for having some of the most repressive anti-gay laws in the world, but that’s not enough for the bluenoses of Africa, oh no: they’ve just passed sweeping anti-pornography laws. The Bill defines pornography as any cultural practice, form of behaviour or form of communication or speech or information or literature or publication …

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Dec 25 2013

Holiday sentiment

I’m pretty comfortable here, waiting for the kids to get up and open their presents, last night we had a pleasant evening with a vegan dinner with mead, and later today we’re getting on a plane and heading back home, so I’m too mellow right now to write something ferocious. For that, I recommend reading …

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Dec 23 2013

So simple, even an invertebrate can understand it

The Digital Cuttlefish read the federal ruling striking down Utah’s gay discrimination laws, and makes an interesting point: Utah’s arguments were stupid. Not just poorly reasoned, but youtube-comment-grade stupid. You’d think after all these years of clever people trying to rationalize their religious beliefs into law, you’d think someone would have said something that would …

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Oct 13 2013

Guest post: Fighting for refugee and migrant rights

[This is a guest post from Walton. Trigger warnings: violence, sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, hyperskepticism, racism.] In January 2013, Jackie Nanyonjo was forcibly returned to Uganda on a charter flight, escorted by guards from the private security contractor Reliance. Jackie was a lesbian woman from Uganda who had come to the UK to …

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Sep 27 2013

Good advice for those threatened with a defamation suit

It darn well better be good advice, because I’m following it. Although “Step Seven: Better Call Saul” is a little worrisome — I don’t know how much my lawyer knows about money laundering or setting up fake identities. We seem to be committed to following the rule of law and conventional operating procedures here.