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North Dakota Republicans Want to Legalize Running Over Protesters

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[Bill introduced last week would protect any driver who 'unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic;' AKA 'allows for people to literally be killed for exercising their right to protest in a public space.' *RON*]

Nadia Prupis, staff writer Common Dreams, 16 January 2017

Running over protesters may soon be legal in North Dakota, if conservative lawmakers are successful in advancing legislation introduced last week.

House Bill Number 1203 (pdf) states that, "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a driver of a motor vehicle who unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic on a public road, street, or highway, is not guilty of an offense."

The bill is slated to be heard by the North Dakota's House Transportation Committee on Friday.

Acclaimed Canadian author lays out dirty back story of fossil fuel industry and government

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[What they'd rather you not know and, frankly, are counting on you being not interested enough to read about. While Rome burns we can all fiddle and listen to Alanis Morrisette's Isn't It Ironic? *RON*]

By Warren Bell, National Observer, 16 January 2017
Jessica Ernst, the biologist who on Friday lost a split decision in the Supreme Court of Canada over suing the Alberta Energy Regulator, is no ordinary person.

And she hasn't really lost, because the SCC did not argue on the merits of her case, but rather rejected the procedure that led her case to their door. They opined, five judges to four, she should have gone through lower courts, and not headed straight to the highest court in the land.

UK's Antarctica research base to relocate as 'precautionary measure'

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[Scientists to be removed from Halley VI Research Station amid fears facility could slide into encroaching ice fissure. See also: Epic Antarctic voyage maps seafloor to predict ocean rise as glacier the size of California melts. *RON*]
Hannah Summers, The Guardian, 16 January 2017
The British research base which first discovered the hole in the ozone layer is to close for the winter amid concerns it could fall into a giant ice chasm.

Scientists will be removed from the Halley VI research station, which is run by the British Antarctic Survey and is situated on an ice shelf, between March and November as a “precautionary measure” because of fears it could slide into an encroaching fissure.

We See What We Want: On the Ever-Widening Political Divide

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[Marco Polo thought he saw unicorns - he was wrong. Let's, instead, call a rhinoceros a rhinoceros. *RON*]
Gabrielle Bellot, Literary Hub, 19 January 2017

In the closing decades of the 13th century, as he traveled through the islands of Sumatra, Marco Polo declared to the world that he had found unicorns. He had not merely discovered one, either; there were “numerous unicorns,” he wrote, “very nearly as big” as the “wild elephants” he had also found in the same habitat. They were not the regal equine beings he had expected, who were so pure that, legends assured him, they would only rest their head in the lap of a virgin maiden. Indeed, they bore a striking similarity to a creature one might expect to find on the island he called Java the Less: the rhinoceros. But Marco Polo had never heard of rhinoceroses. Unicorns he already believed existed; therefore, an animal that moved about on four legs with a horn on its nose had to be a unicorn, eve…

Nussbaum Receives The “Highest Honor” Federal Gov’t Bestows for Humanities

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[Martha Nussbaum is one of our great living philosophers: Creating Capabilities and The Therapy of Desire are both excellent. A profile on her in the New Yorker gives this anecdote: "When Nussbaum was three or four years old, she told her mother, 'Well, I think I know just about everything.' Her mother, Betty Craven, whose ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, responded sternly, 'No, Martha. You are just one person among many.' Nussbaum was so frustrated by this response that she banged her head on the floor." Her professional life pretty well set out to turn herself into that little know-it-all! :-) *RON*]
By Justin W., Daily Nous, 18 January 2017

Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will be delivering the 2017 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The Jefferson Lecture is a program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is “the hi…