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Law and Human Suffering: A Slice of Life in Vichy France

Curran, Vivian Grosswald, Law and Human Suffering: A Slice of Life in Vichy France (July 25, 2016). Journal of Law and Literature, Forthcoming; U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-20. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2814288

“This essay discusses three diaries from the Vichy era, the period of the Nazi Occupation of France: Jean Guéhenno’s Journal des années noires 1940-1944, Hélène Berr’s Journal, and Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar’s Ceux qui ne dormaient pas. Guéhenno was an educator and writer who entered the Resistance in 1940. His diary offers deep moral reflection as well as accounts of the dishonorable peace Vichy imposed and the ignoble servitude to which the new collaborationist French State and the Nazi occupier subjected France. In the final pages, as Leclerc’s army marches into Paris, with a victory he understands to be thanks to the help of the Allied forces, Guéhenno dares to rekindle his former faith in humankind. Berr was a young university student born into a wealthy old French Jewish family, the daughter of a famous scientist. Sensitive and generous-spirited, she lived an unusual life inasmuch as her family seemed to suffer no material hardship throughout the years that culminated in their deportation in the spring of 1944. Among the memorable events of her diary is her experience of the first day she was forced to wear the yellow star. Finally, Mesnil-Amar’s diary spans just one month at the end of the war in France, the month in which her husband has been detained and is about to be deported on the last train to leave Paris. The diary evokes her embracing of Jewish identity as a result of being identified as Jewish by anti-Semites. The lyricism of her writing approaches poetry in a work that is both a retrospective and a love letter to her husband. These diaries show us a slice of life of the times, but they also spur us to reflection on law and humanity, their limitations, potentials and fluctuations.”

GQ: The Guantanamo Quagmire

Pearlman, Adam Ross, GQ: The Guantanamo Quagmire (June 9, 2016). Stanford Law & Policy Review, Vol. 27, 2016. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2792512 “Accepting for argument’s sake the twin premises that sending Operation Enduring Freedom detainees to Guantanamo Bay (GTMO) was in line with the international and domestic law of detention as it then… Continue Reading

Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16

Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16  I. Elaine Allen, Ph.D. Professor of Biostatistics & Epidemiology, UCSF Co- Director, Babson Survey Research Group Jeff Seaman, Ph.D. Co- Director, Babson Survey Research Group. “Most higher education faculty are unaware of open educational resources (OER)–but they are interested and some are willing to give… Continue Reading

Searching for the Internet of Things on the Web: Where It Is and What It Looks Like

Searching for the Internet of Things on the Web: Where It Is and What It Looks Like. Ali Shemshadi, Quan Z. Sheng, Wei Emma Zhang, Aixin Sun, Yongrui Qin, Lina Yao  (Submitted on 23 Jul 2016). “The Internet of Things (IoT), in general, is a compelling paradigm that aims to connect everyday objects to the… Continue Reading

Volkswagen Agrees to Record Settlement in Emissions Case

FTC news release: “In two related settlements, one with the United States and the State of California, and one with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), German automaker Volkswagen AG and related entities have agreed to spend up to $14.7 billion to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests and deceiving customers. Volkswagen will offer consumers… Continue Reading

Combined Measurement of the Higgs Boson Mass in pp Collisions at s√=7 and 8 TeV with the ATLAS and CMS Experiments

A remarkable example of and tribute to the 5154 authors from around the world who collaborated as scholars to publish this paper jointly. Combined Measurement of the Higgs Boson Mass in pp Collisions at s√=7 and 8 TeV with the ATLAS and CMS Experiments “A measurement of the Higgs boson mass is presented based on… Continue Reading

British University Tests Drones That Scan For Evidence Of Landmines

Popular Science: “Landmines never stop waiting. The simple machines are explosives with triggers, set in the ground primed and ready for someone to set them off. For landmines, the war never ends. For humans, war does, and the landmines that once marked the front line between warring factions can change instead to deadly artifacts, a… Continue Reading

ConsumersUnion campaigns against robocalls

“…last year the FTC still received over 3 million complaints about unwanted calls. The problem? Some legitimate companies still aren’t respecting the Do Not Call list. And many of the unwanted calls are from scammers or non-legit companies, who don’t care if they violate the law. Many operate overseas, making prosecution even tougher. So far,… Continue Reading

Presidential Policy Directive – United States Cyber Incident Coordination

PRESIDENTIAL POLICY DIRECTIVE/PPD-41 SUBJECT: United States Cyber Incident Coordination, July 26, 2016 “The advent of networked technology has spurred innovation, cultivated knowledge, encouraged free expression, and increased the Nation’s economic prosperity. However, the same infrastructure that enables these benefits is vulnerable to malicious activity, malfunction, human error, and acts of nature, placing the Nation and… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Board Statistical Releases: a Publications History

Finance and Economics Discussion Series Divisions of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs Federal Reserve Board, Washington, D.C. – Federal Reserve Board Statistical Releases: a Publications History, Sian L. Seldin, 2016-016. “The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has published extensive statistical information on the U.S. economy and banking industry since 1914. This… Continue Reading

WTO Statistics Database

Welcome to the WTO Statistics Database, which allows you to retrieve statistical information in the following presentations. The Trade Profiles provide predefined information leaflets on the trade situation of members, observers and other selected economies; The Tariff Profiles provide information on the market access situation of members, observers and other selected economies; The Services Profiles… Continue Reading

Mortgage Servicing: Community Lenders Remain Active under New Rules, but CFPB Needs More Complete Plans for Reviewing Rules

Mortgage Servicing: Community Lenders Remain Active under New Rules, but CFPB Needs More Complete Plans for Reviewing Rules, GAO-16-448: Published: Jun 23, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2016. “As of September 30, 2015, community lenders held about $3.1 billion in MSRs on their balance sheets. Servicing is a part of holding all mortgage loans, but… Continue Reading