Archive | July, 2011

When Perfection is Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

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What do Julia Roberts of Pretty Women, Beyoncé (formerly of Destiny’s Child), and Kim Karadashian of reality television infamy have in common? From Kim’s abs, to Beyonce’s skin colour and finally to Julia Roberts’ wrinkle-free, perfectly toned face, they have all been subject to what has now been ruled excessive and “misleading” airbrushing. The U.K.…
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drunk-driving

The Speed Limit, the Drinking Age, and the State of U.S. Driving

In anticipation of our podcast episode on road-related law, we take a look at the latest dangerous-driving statistics. To start with, however, here’s a little background history of speeding and drunk driving — the two most common causes of road fatalities. The first state to adopt laws against drunk driving was New York in 1910,…
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Take THAT George Lucas

The Empire Strikes Back: Stormtroopers Win their Freedom

Attention Star Wars fans! You have nothing to lose, and original-designed stormtrooper costumes to gain… In yet another intellectual property saga this year, the UK Supreme Court serves George Lucas a blow of galactic proportions at the end of his five-year battle against the artist-creator of his iconic characters. The father-of-two has been selling plastic…
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Raquel Nelson

How Can a Jaywalker Be Charged with Vehicular Homicide?

A four-year-old child is killed in a hit-and-run, the driver is convicted and then released early, and in charging the “jaywalking” mother, prosecutors are guilty of a lack of compassion. This is the sad story of Raquel Nelson and the death of her son AJ by a twice-convicted hit-and-run offender.  It would be a simple…
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More lessons still to be taken from the Civil War?

What Debt-Ceiling? Obama Can Use the 14th Amendment to Solve the Debt Crisis

With no bi-partisan agreement in the stagnating federal budget standoff, and talks over raising the debt-ceiling stumbling along, former President Bill Clinton has ushered Obama to an emergency exit. An obscure provision in section 4 of the 14th amendment, intended to ensure the payment of Union debts after the Civil War, states that the “validity…
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