Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Long overdue but very happy news.

Alan Turing has finally been given a posthumous pardon (here).  Too many wonderful people have been punished for being gay--just for BEING gay.  Very happy to see this news.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bravo, Jonathan Marks!

His take on the ridiculous American Studies Association boycott of Israel (here).  Where is the American Studies Association's boycott of China and other nations that make academic freedom a myth? 

I'm sorry, but I can't help but believe that anti-Semitism is at the root of this boycott. 

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A feel-good donation opportunity for you from The Bloggess.

See here.

Really? An academic boycott of Israel? Why the leaders of the American Studies Association are misguided.

Here's the news story.  Rather than either (1) trying to learn about the nuances of what's going on in the Middle East or (2) trying to engage their Israeli counterparts in a real discussion of the issues, the American Studies Association has voted in favor of an academic boycott.

What on earth IS an academic boycott?  Will the American Studies folks stop reading scholarship produced by Israel academics?  Will they stop teaching things that are based on Israel academics' research?  (Even though there are some typos, this listing of Israeli contributions gives a flavor of what Israelis have contributed to the world.)

I'm willing to admit that good-hearted people on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian issue have important and valuable things to say, and I'm willing to listen.  I'm not willing to listen to academics who prefer to turn their backs, shut their eyes, and plug their ears in a grown-up version of "I'm not listening to you" behavior.


Monday, December 02, 2013

New to practicing bankruptcy law? Where to begin, where to begin....

So I received a copy of PLI's Financially Distressed Companies Answer Book 2013, and it's been waiting for me since June.  For folks who have no background in bankruptcy law, it's a nice way to spot the issues and get some citations.  It gives enough of a forest-trees look to be a good intro to the field.  It's one of several books that provide good intros to bankruptcy law, like Charles Tabb's Bankruptcy Anthology, Michael Bernstein & Jack Ayer's Bankruptcy In Practice, and similar good overviews.

I'd be remiss in not pointing out that there are great treatises out there, too, including an upcoming one from Bloomberg....

Today's Throw Grammar From the Train is about "utilize"--yay!

See here.  I've been riding this particular hobbyhorse for a long time.  My guess is that people use "utilize" to sound "educated." 

If I can get lawyers to realize that they write more clearly when they write as simply as possible, I will have done something useful.