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There is going to be a party– Friday, Oct 17th at Freeland law office

We are hosting a party that is a tribute to Democratic House leader Bobby Moak.  There will be great music — a soul music with Effie Bert and friends– food, and drink. Here is the invite. You folks ought to come.

Brian Schmidt took his Nobel Prize to show his grandma…

In a Scientific American account of how the Nobel Prize changes your life, Brian Schmidt describes taking the prize to show his grandmother…

“When I won this, my grandma, who lives in Fargo, North Dakota, wanted to see it. I was coming around so I decided I’d bring my Nobel Prize. [...]

Gone Gurley

With apologies to Cari Gervin, here is one from my friend Dwight New, Auburn fan/graphic artist.

Apple is promising iOS encrypts your data so securely Apple can’t even see it, or give it to law enforcement

This is the best announcement I’ve heard from Apple in a while.  Lily Hay Newman reports on Slate:

In the new mobile operating system, all you have to do is add a passcode (which you should already have anyway!) to opt in to encryption that denies Apple special access to your data. Apple announced [...]

Mississippi Supreme Court today orders that the McDaniel appeal will rocket to a quick conclusion

… or at least, it will be argued quickly. Presumably, a decision will appear shortly thereafter.

Today, the Mississippi Supreme Court entered an order setting the schedule for the appeal:

Record due September 12th. McDaniel brief will be filed by Friday, September 18th. Cochran brief will be filed by Thursday, September 24th. Any reply [...]

Major memorable TV moments

This one stayed with me as intensely as the funeral of JFK and lots of other sixties TV. Just as vividly in my memory from age 8, almost 9.  I remember where family members were sitting while we watched this (Mom, who doesn’t remember it, was ironing, not a usual tv-watching thing).  Science [...]

A reminder to beware of those initial news reports during a crisis.

Last week, there was a good example of this when the New York Times (and others) reported that an Isreali Defense Force officer had been kidnapped and it turned out he’d died in combat (and possibly even from friendly fire).

Here’s one from 8/3/1914, courtesy of Matt Yglesias’s Twitter feed.

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Quote of the Day

“Fly specks, fly specks! I’ve been spending my life among fly specks while miracles have been leaning on lampposts at 18th and Fairfax!”

Dr. Chumley in “Harvey.”

Yes, I am still alive

Two weeks ago, my laptop died an ignominious death. I discovered I had a much calmer– almost zen– reaction to a longer than usual period of borrowed computers, loaners, and the like, than I’d expected.

I was really frustrated that I could not post on Anderson’s site to ask about Hazel Brannon Smith and [...]

Let’s do this again! What could McDaniel be thinking for a challenge? And what is his goal?

When an election has been successfully contested, this Court has employed different tests over the years to aid its determination of what form of relief is in order.[ ] By various routes, we have attempted to discern whether the entire election should be thrown out or only the tainted votes. We have employed a [...]