Tuesday Open Thread

Sunday Open Thread

Best political photo in awhile:

In Kentucky it used to take 1,800 hours of irrelevant training to become a natural, African-style hair braider. That was because hair braiders needed to obtain a cosmetology license to practice hair braiding. But yesterday, Governor Matt Bevin held a ceremony to commemorate the signing of S.B. 269, […]

Wednesday Open Thread

Scene 23 from the Bayeux Tapestry: Harold swearing oath on holy relics to William, Duke of Normandy

On this date in 1825 the British Parliament officially ended feudalism.

Tuesday Open Thread

Always bears repeating.

Monday Open Thread

Ernesto Miranda

On this date 50 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court handed the Miranda v. Arizona case in which the Court held suspects must be warned of their 5th Amendment right after arrest and before being interrogated. Miranda’s conviction was overturned and his case was retried without the confession and he was convicted […]

Now He’s Intestate

An Australian woman has received permission to remove her dead partner’s testicles. From The Daily Mail: A woman has won a legal battle to remove her late partner’s testicles from his dead body in the hope of using his sperm to have a child.

The Toowoomba woman was granted permission to remove his testicles […]

Gender Neutered Pronouns

UCLA Law professor Eugene Volokh at the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy blog has an enfuriating/interesting piece on New York City’s plan to fine people for not using the proper pronoun to refer to them. Don’t think “he, she, or it”. No. Think “zhe, ze, hir, et al. I shit you not:

So people can […]

Friday Open Thread

On this date in 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862,

Inconsistent Vegetative State

The priesthood of scientists and medical professionals… they don’t nearly as much squat as they purport to know. From the journal Aeon comes this unsurprising yet still disturbing story about how many folks — thousands of people — are still “here” even though they have been diagnosed as persistent vegetative…:

I had just finished […]

Monday Open Thread

Marriage of King John I of Portugal (House of Aviz) to Philippa of Lancaster, daughter of John of Gaunt to seal the Treaty of Windsor

On this date in 1386 England and Portugal sealed the longest-lasting diplomatic alliance in the Treaty of Windsor — still in force to this day.

[…]