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Archive for July 12th, 2007

Posts on Moore v Frederick, a.k.a “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-07-12

This post merely pulls together a set of posts analyzing the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" (US Supreme Court Morse v Frederick) case I came across from the must-read Language Log (a gaggle of grammarians) and discussed at Legal Soapbox (now at skepticlawyer) so you can follow more elements of the thread (chronologically) and enjoy a controversy about free-speech, vocabulary, semantics, and a court trying to please administrative agenda.

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Posted in Humor, Language Use, Law, USA | 3 Comments »

Ranked posts – last month

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-07-12

Over the leaf is a page of the top-ranked posts over the last month or so, with a couple of emphemeral posts culled.

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Fundamental Rights: EU: Article 5: Prohibition of slavery and forced labour

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-07-12

This is the sixth in a series of posts that will explore issues from the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the draft EU constitution (see official PDF or my reworking into HTML), and covers another article from the first chapter of the charter concerning dignity.

Article 5: Prohibition of slavery and forced labor

  1. No one shall be held in slavery or servitude.
  2. No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour.
  3. Trafficking in human beings is prohibited.

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Persistent Vegetative State: Decisions getting harder

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-07-12

I’ve taken a few days to reflect on a New Scientist article Persistent vegetative state: A medical minefield (actually entitled Impossible awakenings in the hardcopy version), which unsettled my previous near-certainties about matters like the Terry Schiavo controversy, (which post mortem investigation thankfully indicates to have had a reasonable conclusion).

The article describes various "awakenings" of people classified as being in a PVS (Persistent Vegetative State) when given a number of drugs, or hints emerging from sophisticated scans.

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