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Daily Archives: January 4, 2022

A law banning plastic packaging for some fruits and vegetables in France went into effect on Jan. 1

Why not in America? “Thirty types of fruits and vegetables – including cucumbers, carrots, apples, and bananas – will no longer be allowed to be wrapped in plastic, with only packages of over 1.5kg receiving exemptions. Chopped or processed fruits will also be exempted, and providers of some fruits, like raspberries or cherry tomatoes, will get more time to find a plastic alternative for packaging. All plastic packaging for fruits and vegetables will be phased out in France by 2026.”

Seriously, Upgrade Your Face Mask Omicron is everywhere.

NYMag Intelligencer – “Dr. Abraar Karan explains why cloth masks don’t cut it….One of the most vocal advocates for the use of higher-quality masks throughout the pandemic has been Stanford infectious-diseases doctor Abraar Karan, who has researched COVID transmission and been calling for the use of high-filtration masks since the spring of 2020. His Twitter… Continue Reading

What is Uncivil Religion?

Uncivil Religion: January 6, 2021 – “A Collaborative Digital Project Between the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Religious symbols, rituals, identities, banners, signs, and sounds suffused the events surrounding the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. This project begins to trace the thread… Continue Reading

Facebook Hosted Surge of Misinformation and Insurrection Threats in Months Leading Up to Jan. 6 Attack

“A ProPublica/Washington Post analysis of Facebook posts, internal company documents and interviews, provides the clearest evidence yet that the social media giant played a critical role in spreading lies that fomented the violence of Jan. 6… Facebook groups swelled with at least 650,000 posts attacking the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory between Election Day and… Continue Reading

Researchers Find Election Falsehoods Surged on Podcasts Before Capitol Riots

The New York Times: “A new study analyzed nearly 1,500 episodes, showing the extent to which podcasts pushed misinformation about voter fraud….Researchers at the Brookings Institution reviewed transcripts of nearly 1,500 episodes from 20 of the most popular political podcasts. Among episodes released between the election and the Jan. 6 riot, about half contained election… Continue Reading

Hundreds of crimes, little punishment: Inside the sentences since the Capitol attack

Politico: “This is a living database that will be updated weekly with new sentencing information, analysis and data throughout 2022. More than 150 people have pleaded guilty to storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, but relatively few defendants have received prison time for their role in the insurrection. A POLITICO analysis of every sentence to… Continue Reading

States are redrawing every congressional district in the U.S. Here is where we stand.

Politico: “What is redistricting, and why does it matter? Every 10 years, each state redraws its political lines. These processes take months to unfold in state capitals all around the country — and their results mold the balance of power in Congress for a decade. Our analysis uses local voting tallies and Census data to… Continue Reading

Skeptics Say, ‘Do Your Own Research.’ It’s Not That Simple.

The New York Times: “A new slogan has emerged in the culture: “Do your own research.” On internet forums and social media platforms, people arguing about hotly contested topics like vaccines, climate change and voter fraud sometimes bolster their point or challenge their interlocutors by slipping in the acronym “D.Y.O.R.” “Two days after getting the… Continue Reading

Making Progress in Legal Education: Leadership Development Training in Law Schools

Teague, Leah, Making Progress in Legal Education: Leadership Development Training in Law Schools (May 26, 2021). Baylor Law Review, Vol. 73, No. 1, 2021, Available at SSRN: “This article serves to introduce to articles in the Baylor Law Review Leadership Symposium issue which is the fourth annual leadership symposium connected with the work of… Continue Reading

The Year in Cheer 192 ways the world got better in 2021

Reasons to Be Cheerful – This is a wonderful read not least because amidst the upheavals of life in the time of COVID, individuals and groups around the world have chosen, in a myriad of ways to create change in innovative and impactful ways that benefits the lives of millions around the world. A sustainable… Continue Reading