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Chevron Lobbied For Corporate Sovereignty Rights In TAFTA/TTIP To Act As 'Environmental Deterrent'

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in 2014, Techdirt noted that arguably the most serious problem with corporate sovereignty was not the huge awards that could be imposed on countries, but the chilling effect the mere threat of those awards could have on national sovereignty. Show More Summary

Iran Held Accountable for Terrorism—and, Unsurprisingly, It’s Not by Obama

There should be no doubt the biggest advocate on behalf of Iran’s mullahs for almost eight years now has been President Barack Obama. While initially donning the armor of one who would do battle to ensure the Iranians never acquired nuclear weapons, Obama quickly removed that armor to get in bed with the mullahs. The […]

Bad Luck....Or Good Luck

Don't play the lottery Officer - you've used up a lot of luck : A suspect fleeing police tried to throw his gun onto a roof, but it hit a wall instead and went off, hitting an officer in the shoulder, prosecutors said Thursday.The officer's...Show More Summary

Rumors III

Seriously? Actually, this could work...for a little while at least.

Rumors II

This one has been popping up for months. Now a resolution to part of it? Speaking of ninnies.... while we are getting our collective asses handed to us by the media and Rahmbo has his bus parked on our heads. Nothing to see here... FOP State Lodge has agreed to pay Shields $100,000 to get out from under his lawsuit. Show More Summary

Rumors I

From the comment section: So, I'm not sure if anyone else's district has had this yet, but we were surprised yesterday by the sudden arrival of a civilian employee working behind the district desk without fore warning, handing out radios, being trained on AIRA, having I-clear access, not to mention the equipment, old shotguns, rifles. Show More Summary


A month ago I blogged about the LRBL and today I watched an wonderfully bad movie that used the concept. Naturally it features an alcoholic air marshal, a cute unaccompanied minor, a nervous Arab passenger wearing a taqiyah, an uncooperative...Show More Summary

My Friday Fermentation

On Fridays some folks unwind with mates at the pub … others flee for an airport to get home in time to see the kids … others make that list of  weekend chores. Here at The Agitator we’re all business of course. Tom ends his week by feeding Priscilla, his piggy bank (otherwise known as the […]

“Paramount Copyright Claim on Klingon Language Challenged in Klingon Language”

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“The Language Creation Society has filed an amicus brief challenging Paramount’s claim of copyright over the Klingon language in its lawsuit against Axanar, a fan-produced film set in the Star Trek universe….The amicus brief is peppered with Klingon words and phrases.” [Ed Krayewski, Reason] More: Ken White, Popehat. Show More Summary

Environment roundup

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Richard Pipes: “Private Property Sets the Boundary of the State” [Istituto Bruno Leoni video via Arnold Kling and Alberto Mingardi; my 1999 review of Pipes on property] “‘Housing is a human right,’ says [L.A.] group founded for the sole...Show More Summary

Police and prosecution roundup

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Teacher killed in the crosswalk, with the light. NYPD: “The victim behaved recklessly by crossing the street.” [StreetsBlog] North Carolina not among the 13 states in which legal standards require prosecutors to turn over evidence of...Show More Summary

Business Week on LabMD story

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

The amazing story of how a Federal Trade Commission inquiry devastated a thriving company, following a push from a spurned vendor, is the subject of a feature by Dune Lawrence at Business Week. My take last year at Cato, and more. Tags: Federal Trade Commission, privacy Business Week on LabMD story is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Man sues Whole Foods over dog bite

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Grocery chain sued over dog bite: “Richard Spring claims Whole Foods did not do enough to protect him from the dog, which was leashed to a ‘tie-up’ station provided by the grocery chain.” [KATU] Tags: dog bites Man sues Whole Foods over dog bite is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

“The dubious business of investing in mass torts”

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Elite personal-injury lawyers tell stories about having been pursued by litigation financiers offering tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars to buy a piece of their mass torts dockets.” But for unwary investors it can be a shark-eat-shark world. Show More Summary

Senators Release Request Feedback on Draft Legislation to Improve Meaningful Use

U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell...Show More Summary

Quietyme Unveils Intelligent Sensor For Real-Time Noise Reduction in Hospitals

Quietyme (pronounced “quiet time”), a intelligent sensor-focused company, today announced the launch of its automated, end-to-end solution for hospital noise reduction. The intelligent sensor technology utilizes proven continuous process...Show More Summary

Metro Transit Breaks Ground on New Cedar Grove Transit Station

Community leaders from around the region broke ground Thursday on a project aimed at improving public transit service in the south metro.

Mandating Smart Guns

Smart ass Ron Conway is banking on your stupidity. In the 2012 movie Skyfall, James Bond brandishes his trusty sidearm, but with a high-tech twist: There’s a sensor in the grip that reads palm prints so only he can fire it. The souped-up firearm saves the secret agent’s life, and in the real world, similar […]

Invincible Smuggles ‘Yoga Hosers’ Across The Border With Wide Release & Limited Tour

Invincible Pictures has scooped up U.S. rights to Kevin Smith’s horror-comedy Yoga Hosers with the film set as the company’s first theatrical release beginning July 29. Leading up to release, Kevin Smith will be touring with the film...Show More Summary

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