The 4 Types of Supreme Court Justices (jdargis)
eroes might be the most familiar. As believers in big, bold strokes, they do not hesitate to use the Constitution to strike down acts of Congress and state governments. They believe in big principles, and in big rulings in the service of those principles. Justice Anthony Kennedy often plays the hero. After writing several other opinions advancing gay rights over the years, he wrote the court’s opinion last term, Obergefell v. Hodges, striking down state bans against same-sex marriage. Brown v. Board of Education, invalidating racial segregation, was unquestionably heroic, as was its author, Chief Justice Warren, the iconic judicial hero.
But there’s something significantly different about this incident that has caused this “mistake” claim to fail. Usually, the only voices protesting or challenging the claims of the U.S. military are the foreign, non-western victims who live in the cities and villages where the bombs fall. Those are easily ignored, or dismissed as either ignorant or dishonest. Those voices barely find their way into U.S. news stories, and when they do, they are stream-rolled by the official and/or anonymous claims of the U.S. military, which are typically treated by U.S. media outlets as unassailable authority.
Many out there get upset when I compare derivatives trading to gambling, and perhaps it would be more accurate to describe most derivatives as a form of insurance. The big financial institutions assure us that they have passed off most of the risk on these contracts to others and so there is no reason to worry according to them.
This Has Become Routine — Paul Craig Roberts (richcabot)
Also routine is Washington’s obliteration of weddings, funerals, and medical centers with bombs and drones. Two days after Obama expressed his despair, frustration and anger over the Oregon mass shootings, a US air strike hit a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. According to numerous news reports, at least 19 people were killed, including 12 members of Doctors Without Borders, and another 37 wounded. The US air strike killed one person on the operating table, and intensive care patients burned to death in their beds.
The New U.S. Real Estate Bubble (Tiffany B.)
When people talk about the rebound in U.S. real estate, primarily they’re talking about luxury homes. It’s the hottest, most lucrative end of the market. Sales for houses priced above $1 million rose almost 9% last year, more than double any other price category, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
Buyers from China are the ones setting those record prices. How?
Interestingly, after the “number” was reported, the S&P 500 futures embarked on a 40 point reversal from the 10 point gain that the Fed had managed to achieve overnight. A 40 point reversal that was not just a “flash crash” because it took several minutes to transpire. Conversely, gold had been pushed lower by Yellen’s gang and it embarked on a $33 dollar upward reversal.
“Today’s announcement is nothing short of thrilling because it carries justice,” said Jesselyn McCurdy, a senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union. “Far too many people have lost years of their lives to draconian sentencing laws born of the failed drug war. People of color have had to bear the brunt of these misguided and cruel policies. We are overjoyed that some of the people so wronged will get their freedom back.”
In written testimony to a U.S. congressional oversight panel, Volkswagen’s top U.S. executive said the carmaker has withdrawn its certification application for some 2016 model year vehicles due to a software feature that should have been disclosed to U.S. and California regulators as an auxiliary emissions control device, or AECD.
Volkswagen separately identified the vehicles as 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbodiesel Beetles, Jettas, Golfs and Passats.
“Subsidies have been cut and changes to planning rules mean that wind turbines should only get planning permissions if they have been clearly backed by local people,” she said. “Some have characterized these changes as motivated by ideological opposition to anything green. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Sky High Farm is both a sustainable farm—whose produce is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, alongside pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, and chicken—and Colen’s home and art studio. He purchased the 40-acre plot in Columbia County, New York, two hours north of New York City, in 2011.
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