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Monthly Archives: October 2021

American bumblebee could be officially declared endangered

Live Science: “The American bumblebee (Bombus pensylvanicus) population has plummeted by 89% over the past 20 years, and an “endangered species” listing could be imminent, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency will conduct a one-year review, after which the species could become protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which provides a legal framework… Continue Reading

Under the Umbrella: Promoting Public Access to the Law

Jones, D. R., Under the Umbrella: Promoting Public Access to the Law (October 16, 2021). Journal of Intellectual Property Law, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2021, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: “People need to know the law and have access to the law. Allowing copyright claims in “the law” can lead to severe restrictions on public… Continue Reading

Merriam Webster Adds 455 new words from ‘dad bod’ to ‘deplatform’

Among the 455 new words and definitions: “Oobleck, air fryer, whataboutism, FTW, and fourth trimester. Just as the language never stops evolving, the dictionary never stops expanding. New terms and new uses for existing terms are the constant in a living language, and our latest list brings together both new and likely familiar words that… Continue Reading

The Research and Writing Template

Kitenge, Erick and Trautman, Lawrence J., The Research and Writing Template (August 26, 2021). Available at SSRN: or “While every business school discipline (accounting, business law, communication, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, organizational behavior, and strategy) each possess scholarly trends and momentary fashion, scholarly research and writing has developed over the years in… Continue Reading

Americans Don’t Trust Their Congressional Maps To Be Drawn Fairly. Can Anything Change That?

FiveThirtyEight: “The United States is in the middle of a once-in-a-decade process: redistricting. And although it’s early yet — 19 states aren’t expected to finalize their maps until next year — a number of states have proposed maps, and there are debates happening all across the country over which ones to pass. Six states have… Continue Reading

Antitrust Needs to Be Simple

The Atlantic: “When violations of the law are hard to punish, authorities will usually give them a pass. Americans have gotten far too used to the idea that corporate behemoths are free to acquire any company they want, engage in predatory behavior, and bully, squeeze out, or demand kickbacks from smaller rivals. Indeed, the U.S.… Continue Reading

U.S. Climate Change Policy

CRS Report – U.S. Climate Change Policy. October 28, 2021: “The greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere trap radiant energy, warming earth’s surface and oceans. Scientific assessments conclude that GHGs very likely have been the main driver of warming of the earth’s lower atmosphere since 1979. The most recent global assessment projected that surface temperature… Continue Reading