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I Couldn't Not Note This on A2K

 
 
sozobe
 
Reply Mon 11 Sep, 2017 12:45 pm
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Judge Richard A. Posner, whose restless intellect, withering candor and superhuman output made him among the most provocative figures in American law in the last half-century, recently announced his retirement.

The move was abrupt, and I called him up to ask what had prompted it.

“About six months ago,” Judge Posner said, “I awoke from a slumber of 35 years.” He had suddenly realized, he said, that people without lawyers are mistreated by the legal system, and he wanted to do something about it.

[...]

The immediate reason for his retirement was less abstract, he said. He had become concerned with the plight of litigants who represented themselves in civil cases, often filing handwritten appeals. Their grievances were real, he said, but the legal system was treating them impatiently, dismissing their cases over technical matters.

“These were almost always people of poor education and often of quite low level of intelligence,” he said. “I gradually began to realize that this wasn’t right, what we were doing.”


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/us/politics/judge-richard-posner-retirement.html

(Did I forget some thread circa 2005 where we speculated about the most unlikely possible futures -- including this, Trump becoming president, **** like that? A thread that maybe some bored godling decided to use as a template?)
 
revelette1
 
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Reply Tue 12 Sep, 2017 07:03 am
@sozobe,
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(Did I forget some thread circa 2005 where we speculated about the most unlikely possible futures -- including this, Trump becoming president, **** like that? A thread that maybe some bored godling decided to use as a template?)


eek.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 12 Sep, 2017 07:16 am
@sozobe,
Well, heck! Hope you and yours are doing well!
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 12 Sep, 2017 08:13 am
@DrewDad,
Hello! We're good yep. The kid's a junior in high school, somehow. How are all y'all?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 12 Sep, 2017 08:19 am
Set and I were talking about Posner on the weekend. Reminiscing about a poster who was mmm a fan. Must have been something in the air.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 12 Sep, 2017 12:47 pm
That was Possum . . . massagato, etc. A relatively new member was bashing the constitution as an outdated relic of the 18th century, which surprised me as he almost always post what some people call "progressive" viewpoints. That's a conservative meme, especially after President Plump said the same thing on Faux News. This member then cited Posner as support for his thesis.

I almost asked: "Is that you Possum?" but then I thought better of it, and restrained myself.
hightor
 
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Reply Tue 12 Sep, 2017 02:19 pm
@Setanta,
No, I'm not now nor was I ever massagato! (I remember him from Abuzz.)

And my point wasn't that the document is an outdated relic, but rather that employing it successfully seems to be beyond the grasp of the elected officials in our current political system. Hyper-partisanship, corporate personhood, dark money unleashed by the Citizens United decision, and lately the eclipse of real journalism by social media have all contributed to the current situation. It's as if the Constitution deserves a better country.
ossobucotemp
 
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Reply Tue 12 Sep, 2017 02:32 pm
@hightor,
I would like to give you several thumbs up re your point of view, and thanks for explaining it.

I was only momentarily at Abuzz but remember the name massagato. Sounds like a good name for a bad dog... except that I tend to like dogs.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 13 Sep, 2017 06:52 am
@sozobe,
Pretty, pretty good.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 13 Sep, 2017 08:22 am
@ossobucotemp,
ossobucotemp wrote:

I would like to give you several thumbs up re your point of view, and thanks for explaining it.

I was only momentarily at Abuzz but remember the name massagato. Sounds like a good name for a bad dog... except that I tend to like dogs.

Massagatto came back with varying names, until he likely was universally ignored his last time around. One of his names was something like oligato.
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