Article: “DNA from an escaped slave who ended up in Iceland ID’d in his descendants: The genetic jigsaw puzzle of an ex-slave in Iceland,” by Cathleen O’Grady, Ars Technica, 1/16/2018.
Article: “Cell Service: Inside the World of Prison Librarians,” by Jake Rossen, January 11, 2018, at Mental Floss dot com:
‘…. The escapism afforded by the books can dilute the urge to pass time by engaging in criminal behavior. Libraries can even prepare prisoners for reentry into society after release, arming them with knowledge to pursue careers.
Remember the 1989-1992 George HW Bush and Dan Quayle “White House Council on Competitiveness”?
It does not have a website (or even a Wikipedia page – do not confuse other competitiveness councils with the GHW Bush, D Quayle White House Council on Competitiveness, which was dissolved in 1993. (White House webpages, and all others, were in short supply back then, in fact virtually non-existent.)
It also should not be confused with the former White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs inside the Office of Management and Budget.
A Scottish “man on the street” was heard to say, “they weren’t using it anymore anyway, so we bought it. Americans will sell anything for the right price – their liberty, independence, health, and their children’s welfare – and it was going for a song, so we sang. We did refrain from offering them our bagpipes, which might have, ur, scotched the deal.”
Read more about Scotland and its Brexit fall-out, aka Scotch Eggsit, Scoot, Votey McVoteface, and more:
In a case that will be of interest for those following the Children’s Trust lawsuit:
“In New Zealand, Lands and Rivers Can Be People (Legally Speaking),” by Bryant Rousseau, July 13, 2016
“Can a stretch of land be a person in the eyes of the law? Can a body of water?
“Lack of Oxford Comma Costs Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute,” by Daniel Victor, March 16, 2017, New York Times.
“A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most polarizing of punctuation marks.
What ensued in The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and in a 29-page court decision handed down on Monday, was an exercise in high-stakes grammar pedantry that could cost a dairy company in Portland, Me., an estimated $10 million….” [Link to full NYT article.]
Other databases (Lexis, Westlaw, maybe, who knows) may start doing this too for students, scientists, and other researchers, but in the meantime:
LawSites’ January 18, 2017, blog post, “Fake Lawyer Blogs Repost My Post About Their Fake Lawyer Blogs,” by Robert Ambrogi is hilarious and worthy of a [TED Talk funny man] James Veitch award – and also certainly deserving of a Chuck Shephard News of the Weird entry. It also sounds like a Borowitz Report! Wowsers – a humor trifecta.
A country’s financial health, among other measures, depends a lot on views of how corrupt its political and financial leaders and systems are rated. (E.g. would you invest in a country where corruption is high, where you can’t record officially and protect in the country’s courts your financial and real estate investments, where corporate and government employees are “on the take,” etc?)
Here are some Corruption Ranking sources of information: