Conspiracy

November 7, 2009 | Comments Off on Conspiracy

This week has been extremely hectic, so instead of gathering research, I will simply tell a personal story of mine. In college, I was president of a national honor society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS.)  In 2008, we held our national convention at the Coronado Springs Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  It was here where […]

Breaking Ground on the New Green Deal

February 14, 2009 | Comments Off on Breaking Ground on the New Green Deal

Guest post by Prof. Erin Ryan, Associate Professor of Law at William & Mary Reluctant members of Congress, listen up. You’ve tried bailing out the past. It’s time to bail in the future. Now that we’ve pumped trillions into failing industries that drove economic growth on little more than a ponzi scheme, it’s time to […]

What to Do with Detroit?

November 21, 2008 | Comments Off on What to Do with Detroit?

Automakers this week went before Congress to try to convince them that they needed a $25 billion bailout to avoid a massive disaster that would result in the loss of millions of American jobs.  Congress remained unmoved.  Congress gave the executives of these companies a little under two weeks to come up with a plan […]

Confrontation in a Scientific Age

November 19, 2008 | Comments Off on Confrontation in a Scientific Age

Fingerprints, DNA, CSI.  These terms are ubiquitous after the turn of the century and they are undeniable tools that the State and defendants alike can use to argue in criminal cases.  Behind the data lies a methodology and behind the numbers hides a face.  A decidedly modern question burns before the Supreme Court in the […]

From Garbage to Electricity: A Whole New Way to Recycle

October 27, 2008 | Comments Off on From Garbage to Electricity: A Whole New Way to Recycle

Imagine that the banana peel you toss into the garbage can today help power your home in the near future.  It might happen sooner than you think, if it’s not already happening in the landfill nearest you.  Power plants fueled by methane gases from landfills are starting to pop up all over the country.  The […]

Copyright Czar to Wage War on Pirates

October 8, 2008 | Comments Off on Copyright Czar to Wage War on Pirates

When I first read about legislation proposing a “copyright czar” (PDF), my first thought was: why are we using ancient monarchical terms to describe a man in our democratic federal government?  The copyright czar will, of course, have to be a man, because the word “czar” is gendered – as far as I can tell […]

Darwin and Design in U.S. Public Schools

October 2, 2008 | Comments Off on Darwin and Design in U.S. Public Schools

Intelligent design in school curriculum is a familiar topic for most of us after the media coverage of 2005’s Kitzmiller v. Dover Supreme Court case.  Dover dealt with a Pennsylvania public school board’s requirement that science teachers read a statement in biology class explaining evolution as “just a theory” and “intelligent design” as an option […]

Secrets, Secrets Are No Fun: Hacking and the First Amendment

September 9, 2008 | Comments Off on Secrets, Secrets Are No Fun: Hacking and the First Amendment

Remember the movie Hackers?  In one of Angelina Jolie’s earliest film roles, she portrays an underground computer hacker, a.k.a. “Acid Burn,” with a (micro)chip on her shoulder and a penchant for creating chaos.  The year is 1995, and the internet is just coming of age.  She and her grungy troupe of Jolt-drinking, Cheeto-scarfing computer hackers […]

AC/DC

August 30, 2008 | Comments Off on AC/DC

Improving energy efficiency in America is not just a matter of individual habit changes or policy shifts toward renewable sources. Our power grid is not currently equipped to handle the kind of energy innovations that could make us better, faster, stronger. We’re still operating with a power grid conceived 100 years ago and based on […]

Telecom Spying– You Are Still Not Safe

April 4, 2008 | Comments Off on Telecom Spying– You Are Still Not Safe

You’re still not safe because there’s still no terrorism exception to the rule of law. That was the message from the Attorney General this week in his address to the Commonwealth Club of California. After his initial remarks (which were on the ongoing effort to fight public corruption) he solicited a question on the debate […]

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