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Long article about the seafood industry that traces the fate and rising price of a single lobster from trap to table (and is a little callous on the question of whether lobsters can feel pain and whether it matters)

Sometimes apologies are done right

Sometimes guys come to understand how privilege and sexism can affect them.

What doctors don't know about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and some of the reasons why (part 1; part 2 is linked in the article). Short bite: the medical community can't decide on which symptoms are diagnostic of CFS. Exercise intolerance might be one of the more definitive symptoms.

A neuroscience researcher who is a Buddhist is interviewed about the scientific literature on the health benefits of mindfulness meditation. There isn't that much solid evidence. And there's not a lot of support in medical mindfulness programs for some of the uncomfortable states of mind that meditation can bring up. (Which isn't to say "No one should do it." It's to say that perhaps people are treating mindfulness meditation as a hammer, running around looking for nails and forgetting to get their thumbs out of the way.)

Prince Fielder is a pro baseball player who sometimes gets mocked for his size. He posed nude for ESPN magazine and IMHO he is GORGEOUS. Rated PG.

Jury nullification: It's the law and sometimes it's a good idea. However, the courts don't want you to know it's the law, so defense attorneys are forbidden to talk about it in court.
Nullification dates back to the trial of William Penn and William Mead in 1670 in England. When jurors refused to convict them of unlawful assembly, the judge imprisoned the jurors. On appeal, a higher court released the jurors and found that they could not be punished for acquittal. The first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Jay, said in 1794: “The jury has the right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.” And it remains entirely legal for a jury to acquit, regardless of the evidence, as a means of resisting unjust laws and sentencing. Juries have nullified to protest injustices throughout American history—in defense of the Boston Tea Party, against the Fugitive Slave Act, against Prohibition.

Despite this proud tradition, nullification has been a well-kept secret since 1895, when the Supreme Court ruled that while juries had the right to nullify, judges were not required to inform them of this power.
31 Struggles Kids Today Will Never Understand: So wow, now the generation after mine feels old. They remember being sad about not being able to fit their whole music mix on a CD. It was more painful when it was a cassette and you'd already painstakingly recorded most of the music onto it. In a shoebox in the middle of the road.

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Jul. 14th, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
in my jury duty times, they've asked questions that seemed designed to identify anyone who might potentially do nullification.
Jul. 14th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
Same here.
Jul. 14th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
So did you decide that it was part of your nullifying duty to answer in a way that wouldn't lead them to think you were a nullifier?
Jul. 14th, 2014 08:10 pm (UTC)
I did, but the prosecuting attorney rejected me anyway. I think it was something about being a fat gender nonconforming person with purple hair who rides a mobility scooter and takes notes during the juror questioning.
Jul. 14th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
Jul. 14th, 2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
In this case, I had no problem with the law they were trying the defendant for; I think laws against burglary are a good idea. I might have doubted the evidence more than some people though. The prosecuting attorney asked me if I would be able to convict based only on circumstantial evidence and I was like "Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm if I believed the evidence."
Jul. 14th, 2014 11:34 am (UTC)
The problem with jury nullification is that it is just as likely to result in a miscarriage of justice as it is to avoid one. One reason a jury might feel sympathy for a defendant is if he and the jury are from the majority ethic group and the alleged victim is from a minority.

Encourage jury nullification, and you give a charter to BNP/EDL* thugs to do what they like so long as they're in a majority-white region. Bear in mind that we have scarcely any jury selection process in England, so you pretty much get the jurors who are drawn from that day's selection unless they are clearly unfit to serve or provably know someone involved in the case.

* British National Party and English Defence League. Our home-grown KKK wannabes.
Jul. 14th, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
Whereas in the US the racism is built into the criminal "justice" system.
Jul. 15th, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
I think of jury nullification as a way of guaranteeing that the justice system won't be worse than the general population. It's a gamble either way.
Jul. 14th, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
Sounds like we need Miranda rights for nullification.
Jul. 14th, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
I like it! "I take the Fifth on whether I would follow the judge's instructions to convict based on the evidence."
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