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Daily Archives: April 29, 2018

New on LLRX – Detainers, Detention and Deportation: From Presence to Personhood

Via LLRX.comDetainers, Detention and Deportation: From Presence to PersonhoodKen Strutin’s latest guide on criminal law is an expansive, extensively documented, expert work that provides researchers, scholars, lawyers, judges, advocates for criminal justice, librarians, students, and Americans, a timely and essential guide to seminal issues that are currently the subject of widespread debate – in Congress, in states and local communities across the country – and litigation – in America’s courts, the court of public opinion, and on social media. Strutin takes up the immense challenge of these volatile subjects with his first statement: “There is no such thing as an “illegal” person. For the virtues of citizenship are not exclusive to law books, but found in the dignity of individuals. Ancient peoples who made the first journeys to new lands quickly discovered that humanity is a flower that can bloom anywhere. Since then, lines on maps have served to separate people from personhood. He continues – “Immigration laws and policies have the power to conflate race, ethnicity and national origin with lawbreaking, economic rivalry, and terrorism. A targeted noncitizen occupies an indissoluble bubble of isolation and obloquy that separates them from the moral force of state laws, the integrity of its officials, and the decency of its citizens. For them America is an inside out prison comprised of sensitive locations, sanctuary cities, and degrading confinement. If the immigration system bears a resemblance to criminal justice, it is because they share a forge upon which people are hammered out.” Through the outstanding scholarship Strutin offers here, it is my hope that readers will engage with these issues that are intrinsically connected to Democracy and respect for human rights.

DOJ Deleted Language About Press Freedom And Racial Gerrymandering From Its Internal Manual

BuzzFeed: “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ordered a review of the US Attorneys’ Manual, which features high-level policy statements as well as practical guidance to prosecutors on how to do their jobs. Since the fall, the US Department of Justice has been overhauling its manual for federal prosecutors. In: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ tough-on-crime policies.… Continue Reading

Americans and the Holocaust – through the news Americans did know of threat to Europe’s Jews

The United States Holocaust Museum – Americans and the Holocaust [this presentation includes text, video/audio and photographs] – “Holocaust history raises important questions about what Europeans could have done to stop the rise of Nazism in Germany and its assault on Europe’s Jews. Questions also must be asked of the international community, including the United… Continue Reading

Paper – Privacy and Freedom of Expression In the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Privacy and Freedom of Expression In the Age of Artificial Intelligence – April 2018. Joint Paper by Privacy International and ARTICLE 19 [a global human rights organisation, which works around the world to protect and promote the right to freedom of expression and information (‘freedom of expression’). Established in 1987, with its international office in… Continue Reading

Currency and cryptocurrencies converter

CurrencyConvertOnline: “Welcome to easy accurate and powerful online currency converter. You can convert 2636 currencies and cryptocurrencies with 60 languages support. Among other things, we recommend you to visit the useful sections of the site for analytics: exchange rates table andcurrency converter with support cryptocurrencies. No less important are two sections: list of all currencies… Continue Reading

National Archives publishes online dashboard of its investigations into lost, altered or destroyed public records

Sunlight Foundation: “To engage in a monumental understatement, it’s a big deal for the public’s information to be altered or disposed of without justified intention and public notice of the removal. In spring 2018, for the first time the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) has begun using the Internet to inform the American public… Continue Reading

Library of Congress Posts U.S. Supreme Court Cases collection

LC Collection – more than 225 years of decisions – “U.S. Reports United States Reports is a series of bound case reporters that are the official reports of decisions for the United States Supreme Court. A citation to a United States Supreme Court decisions includes three elements that are needed to retrieve a case. For… Continue Reading

Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now

Fast Company – In a world of fake news, the only antidote is our ability to judge the reputation of the people supplying us with information: “There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of information that circulates, the more we… Continue Reading

The pie chart: Why data visualization’s greatest villain will never die

Quartz – “The point of charts is to communicate data effectively. Or, at least, that is the point according to data-visualization experts. The truth about why people like and use charts is more complicated than that. For the regular person, it’s more about art than science. There is no better demonstration of this than the… Continue Reading

Intel Committee Publishes Russia Report

Washington, April 27, 2018 – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes issued the following statement today: “The Intelligence Community has finished its declassification review of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation final report. Given the substantial public interest at stake, the Committee is publishing the redacted version we’ve received. However, we object to… Continue Reading

Origin of our species: Why humans were once so much more diverse

New Scientist – The idea that all humans evolved from a small population in East Africa turns out to be wrong. Our beginnings were far stranger and more colourful. “…if you were to travel back to the very beginnings of our species and select a random group of humans, they would look unlike anyone living… Continue Reading