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Daily Archives: April 10, 2023

ReproductiveRights,gov: Update on Medication Abortion – “While the April 7, 2023, Texas district court’s decision in Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA threatens access to mifepristone, it is important to know that medication abortion continues to be approved and available for the time being. The Biden-Harris Administration will vigorously fight to protect access to critical reproductive health care and to medications that FDA has determined to be safe and effective. We have appealed the decision and will seek a stay. The Biden-Harris Administration remains committed to protecting reproductive rights, ensuring women can make their own decisions about their own bodies, and preserving the FDA’s authority to make science-based determinations about what medications are safe and effective. Read statements from President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Know Your Rights: Reproductive Health Care Reproductive health care, including access to birth control and safe and legal abortion care, is an essential part of your health and well-being. While Roe v. Wade was overturned, abortion remains legal in many states, and other reproductive health care services remain protected by law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to providing you with accurate and up-to-date information about access to and coverage of reproductive health care and resources. Our goal is to make sure you have appropriate information and support.
  • Your Reproductive Rights – Below you will find information on your right to access care and have it covered by your insurance or other health care coverage if you have it, where to go if you don’t have coverage, and how to get information if you don’t know. Most health insurance plans – whether you get coverage through your employer, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, or elsewhere – cover family planning counseling, birth control, and other preventive services at no cost to you. Federal law allows for federally-funded plans (e.g. Medicaid) to cover abortion in certain circumstances, and some private health insurance plans also cover abortion care…”
  • See also The U.S. Department of Justice is also working to protect access to reproductive health services under federal law. Visit the Justice Department’s Reproductive Rights Task Force website for more information.”

Clarence Thomas Defends Undisclosed “Family Trips” With GOP Megadonor. Here Are the Facts.

Follow up to ProPublica April 5, 2023 report – Clarence Thomas and the Billlionare – “In response to [the] ProPublica report, Thomas explained why he did not disclose lavish travel provided by billionaire Harlan Crow. But legal experts maintain the justice was required to make these disclosures….“Early in my tenure at the Court, I sought… Continue Reading

We need to tell people ChatGPT will lie to them, not debate linguistics

Simon Willison: ChatGPT lies to people. “This is a serious bug that has so far resisted all attempts at a fix. We need to prioritize helping people understand this, not debating the most precise terminology to use to describe it. We accidentally invented computers that can lie to us I tweeted (and tooted) this: We… Continue Reading

Restraining ChatGPT

Pearce, Russell G. and Lochan, Hema, Legal Education and Technology: The Potential to Democratize Legal Knowledge and Power (March 13, 2023). Latin American Law Review n.º 10 (2023): 63-79, Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 4387616, Available at SSRN: “The current technological transformation of legal education, including computer-based, interactive, and online modes of… Continue Reading

How Survives and Thrives in Amazon’s World

Wired: “…What started as a favor done on a business-trip whim has since become the great project of Hunter’s professional life. In its first few years of existence, Bookshop defied even its founder’s expectations and demonstrated how helpful its model could be for small businesses. Now, Hunter has a new plot twist in mind: He… Continue Reading

FBI Warns Against Using Public USB Ports Due to Malware Risk

MacRumors: “The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last week warned users to stay away from public USB ports due to malware risks. On Twitter, the Denver FBI office (via CNBC) said that public charging stations in hotels, airports, and shopping centers can be a malware attack vector. Bad actors have learned to use… Continue Reading

You Are Not a Parrot. And a chatbot is not a human.

New York Magazine – The Intelligencer: “And a linguist named Emily M. Bender is very worried what will happen when we forget this…A handful of companies control what PricewaterhouseCoopers called a “$15.7 trillion game changer of an industry.” Those companies employ or finance the work of a huge chunk of the academics who understand how… Continue Reading

‘Words Are Flowing Out Like Endless Rain Into a Paper Cup’: ChatGPT & Law School Assessments

Hargreaves, Stuart, ‘Words Are Flowing Out Like Endless Rain Into a Paper Cup’: ChatGPT & Law School Assessments (January 2023). The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2023-03, Available at SSRN: or “ChatGPT is a sophisticated large-language model able to answer high-level questions in a way that is… Continue Reading

Hashtags are everything on Mastodon — why not give them a home?

The Verge: “Mastodon has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of Twitter’s ongoing meltdown, and since I started seriously using it late last year, it’s won me over. While I still use Twitter for monitoring news and talking to the occasional source, Mastodon is my new home for shortform posting. But Mastodon has one significant… Continue Reading

Archive of NIST Technical Reports Now Public

NIST has worked with The Internet Archive under an arrangement with the Library of Congress to digitize nearly 25,000 technical reports the agency has published over the last 100+ years. These archives showcase publications, historic photos, and museum artifacts from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Archives and the NIST Museum. As the… Continue Reading