has been gaining in popularity since Barack Obama stopped by
to answer questions last August. Yesterday Bill Gates
showed up to talk about his charity work and his global concerns; earlier in the week, journalist Matt Taibbi
explained why breaking up the banks should be the Holy Grail for activists, and The Pirate Bay's co-founder Peter Sunde
talked about why he hopes TPB dies soon. Dan Rather
fielded questions via video recordings
, while Arnold Schwarzenegger
preferred to write his answers down
(warning: kind of illegible). In the last month alone, three members of the House of Representatives showed up – Jim McGovern
(MA), Jared Polis
(CO), and Zoe Lofgren
(CA). Meanwhile, actor Dante Basco
admitted he had a crush on Emmy Rossum while she was doing a simultaneous AMA
; needless to say, Redditors mentioned it to her
, resulting in an adorably awkward exchange between the two.
posted by Rory Marinich
on Feb 12, 2013 -
A new lecturer
has joined the faculty of Trinity College: Dr. Conan T. Barbarian. Among the courses he will teach are "Vengeance for Beginners" and "Deciphering the Riddle of Steel."
posted by Chocolate Pickle
on Sep 15, 2011 -
In 1875, Josiah Mason
gave a gift to establish a college which was called the Mason Science College (now a part of the University of Birmingham
). Within the terms of the gift to the institutuion, one of the stipulations was that classics not
be taught. Of course at such an institution, the Founder Day's address
was logically given by Thomas Henry Huxley
on the place of Science in Education. Huxley preached the virtues of science and derisively dismissed all value in studying classics, and he wondered whether any rational person would choose to study classics over science. His conclusion was that the only people who would choose a study of classics are those like "that Levite of culture" Matthew Arnold
. Arnold took the opportunity to respond
to his friend. In his reply, Arnold acknowledged that nobody would expect him to engage Huxley in a debate about science, and though he wouldn't presume to take on Huxley in such a debate, he did want to mention something that struck him as he thumbed through a book
of Huxley's friend
. Arnold noted that he was struck by the idea that "our ancestor was a hairy quadruped furnished with a tail and pointed ears, probably arboreal in his habits." Arnold acknowledged that he isn't a scientist and therefore doesn't dispute such a claim, but he did want to point out that even if that were true, with regards to this good fellow, there must have been a necessity in him that inclined him to Greek. And would always incline him to Greek. After all, we got there, didn't we?
posted by dios
on May 26, 2006 -
Proposed Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32.1.
Proposed Rule 32.1
[.pdf] is an attempt to resolve a dispute in federal court practice over the propriety of citations to unpublished opinions. It is an argument
that has been played out in academic papers
and Circuit Courts. Judge Richard Arnold of the 8th Circuit, writing for the majority, held
that local rules which declare that unpublished opinions are not precedent are unconstitutional under Article III.
Anastasoff v. United States
, 223 F.3d 898, 900(8th Cir. 2000), vacated as moot on reh'g en banc
, 235 F.3d 1054 (8th Cir.2000). Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit disagreed
, holding that nonprecedential decisions are not inconsistent with the exercise of the judicial power. Hart v. Massanari
, 226 F.3d 1155, 1163 (9th Cir. 2001). The proposed Rule would resolve the circuit split, but the debate rages on.
posted by dios
on Feb 13, 2006 -