Animals interrupting wildlife photographers

The full thread is available here, via Joaquim Campa (@JoaquimCampa).

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Let freedom ring …

In honor of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and MLK Day, we are posting below a small sample of MLK-related postage stamps from around the world:

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Bubble Wrap Art

Via Kottke (links in original): “Cuban-born Darian Mederos does oil portraits that look like they are covered in bubble wrap. You can check out more of his work on Instagram.”

Artist Credit: Darian Mederos
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Happy Birthdays to Betty White and Mom

Pictured below is Betty White in one of her first film roles as Senator Bessie Adams in ADVISE AND CONSENT. Below the fold is my mom Oilda (center) with her mother Antonia (left) and me.

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Spring Syllabus

The Syllabus for my business law survey course is now available here: Spring 2021 Syllabus. Instead of Tiger King, ferocious lions, and zoos, this semester I have decided to focus on social media companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter in order to explore the legal and ethical environments of U.S. business firms. Enjoy!

Twitter and Facebook become targets in Trump and Biden ads
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Rona Lisa

Artist Credit: Ada Mbaise (@Adaani12)
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Degrees of extinction

  • Extinct (EX) – beyond reasonable doubt that the species is no longer extant.
  • Extinct in the wild (EW) – survives only in captivity, cultivation and/or outside native range, as presumed after exhaustive surveys.
  • Critically endangered (CR) – in a particularly and extremely critical state.
  • Endangered (EN) – very high risk of extinction in the wild, meets any of criteria A to E for Endangered.
  • Vulnerable (VU) – meets one of the 5 red list criteria and thus considered to be at high risk of unnatural (human-caused) extinction without further human intervention.
  • Near threatened (NT) – close to being at high risk of extinction in the near future.
  • Least concern (LC) – unlikely to become extinct in the near future.

For completeness, there are two additional categories:

These categories were developed by a private organization: the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (ICUN). More details here, via Wikipedia.

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Visualization of scholarly research

Hat tip: kleinmania
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The Flight 93 Impeachment

For the record, I referred to Trump as a “dangerous demagogue” as far back as 2015.

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Does anyone still remember this essay from 2016 titled “The Flight 93 Election” written by an anonymous coward? Either way, let us remember the real heroes of Flight 93, when 40 Americans sacrificed their lives to save the White House and the U.S. Capitol. (My two cents: impeach, remove, and arrest!)

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New Semester, New Questions

Update #1 (Jan. 12): According to this official announcement by Facebook, the social media giant is now removing/censoring all content with the phrase “Stop the Steal.” Don’t people have the right to be wrong? Is this the beginning of a new era of massive social media censorship? If so, why do reprehensible despots like the Ayatollah Khomenei or Cuba’s new dictator still get to use Facebook and Twitter? Whatever the reason, what’s the next thing to be banned? Pictures of Donald Trump? Messages in support of Scientology? Slogans with the phrase “Blue Lives Matter”?

Update #2 (Jan. 13): YouTube has just announced that it is not only “suspending” Trump’s video platform for seven days; YouTube is also “indefinitely disabling comments on President Trump’s channel …” Is it now time to regulate Big Tech?

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I will begin teaching my survey course on “The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business” on 11 January 2021, and this semester, I will once again focus on social media companies like Facebook. Below are some screenshots of the homepage of my course:

For my part, I am conflicted over this opening question. On the one hand, the risks mentioned by Zuckerberg cannot be ignored, but on the other hand, Zuck’s decision sets a dangerous precedent. Also, it is unlikely that Trump himself will be charged with the crime of incitement. So, how would you answer this question?

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