Race Discrimination reduces Asian American top college entrance by half
- Ivy Leagues Universities and other selective schools discriminate against Asian-Americans in the college admissions process.
- Ivy league schools have 15-22% Asian enrollment versus 40-50% at top universities without race discrimination.
- The UC (University of California) system picks students based predominantly on grades and class rank.
- Caltech is a top school that does not discriminate based on race and Asian Americans are over 40% of the students admitted to Caltech.
- UC Berkeley does not discriminate based on race and it has Asian American enrollment at 42.3 percent.
- At UCSD (UC San Diego), 50% of undergrads are Asian.
- At UCLA, 40% of undergrads are Asian.
- Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz believes that the lawsuits against Harvard and Yale will win at jury trial stage.
- He thinks the Universities will win at the appeal court stage.
Russian Church Forced To Pay For Crypto Mining
- A court ruling in Russia recently determined that a church must pay higher electricity fees, due to the fact that they are running cryptocurrency mining hardware on the property.
- In fact, the court ruled that even though the church did consume more electricity, that it should still be charged lower than the standard rate.
- Many wonder whether this will cause repercussions, and whether the state will force private individuals to start paying higher rates in order to mine cryptocurrency.
- This is not the first time that an organization has been mining cryptocurrency when it shouldn’t have in Russia, as Russian engineers at the Russian Nuclear Center are facing criminal charges for using a supercomputer to mine bitcoin earlier this year.
- Of course, time will tell whether this court ruling will actually affect those who mine cryptocurrency in the comfort of their own home.
A Love Story That Upended the Texas Prison System
- The Ellis Unit, about fourteen miles north of Huntsville in a boggy lowland area of East Texas, was known as the toughest prison in the system, and there was no worse place to be in Ellis than solitary.
- Cruz’s record up to that point confirmed the assessments most prison officials had made when he entered the system in 1961, after an arrest and conviction for the aggravated robbery of an ice house in San Antonio.
- Even talking to another prisoner about the law was a violation and could be punished with weeks of hunger and darkness in the hole.
- Cruz did several stints in solitary for possessing or sharing contraband books and documents—including Cochran’s Law Lexicon, 4th Edition; Casebook on Criminal Procedures in the Courts of Texas; and The Constitution of the United States of America.
Child at the center of a legal fight over keeping her on a ventilator has died
- The 9-year-old girl, who had been declared brain-dead, was at the center of an ongoing court dispute between a Fort Worth hospital, which wanted to remove her from the ventilator, and her parents, who wanted to keep her on the machine.
- A judge this week ruled in favor of her parents' request to have a temporary restraining order against the hospital extended.
- Payton was not removed from the ventilator, Moore said.
Wall Street research firm Autonomous is embroiled in a lawsuit over claims of gender-pay discrimination and retaliation — and it's getting uglier
- Autonomous Research, a global research firm based out of London that specializes in financial stocks, is embroiled in a legal fight with a high-ranking female partner over claims of gender-pay discrimination and retaliation — and the battle is getting uglier.
- Baskett, who filed suit against the company and several senior executives in federal court nearly a year ago, alleges that after she raised concerns over the pay discrepancy, as well as what she alleges were compliance lapses with regulators, her claims were not taken seriously and senior executives began a "hostile and open campaign of retaliation against Ms. Baskett to force her out of the firm," according to her complaint.
- Thus far in court, Autonomous' legal strategy has been to argue that the case should be dismissed out of hand because Baskett, as a partner and member of management, is an owner rather than an employee of the firm and thus isn't entitled to discrimination protection.
When Americans tried to breed a better race: How a genetic fitness 'crusade' marches on
- The film, written and directed by Michelle Ferrari, is filled with jaw-dropping moments: newsreel footage of white American families merrily competing in "genetic fitness" contests at state fairs where they were measured like livestock; a retelling of a pivotal court case where a teenage mother was forcibly sterilized by her mother; and the story of how the irrepressible inventor of Kellogg's Corn Flakes became a champion of eugenics.
- Ferrari shows how America's sterilization policies inspired Nazi Germany's leaders to launch their own eugenics program, which later led to genocide.
- If social ills were caused by "feebleminded" people with bad genes, as many eugenics champions argued, why not make the world better by eliminating bad genes?
- The film shows how the eugenics crusade was finally stopped by several factors: A counterattack from the scientific community, changing attitudes toward poverty triggered by the Great Depression, and later revelations about Nazi atrocities.
'Biggest case on the planet' pits kids vs. climate change
- The lawsuit also argues that the government violated the public trust doctrine, a legal concept grounded in ancient law that holds the government is responsible for protecting public resources, such as land and water—or in this case, the climate system—for public use.
- Several groups representing the fossil-fuel industry, including the American Petroleum Institute, joined the lawsuit as intervenors, but disagreed “to the extent of climate change, to the emissions that cause it, and to other scientific principles,” Quin Sorenson, a lawyer representing the industry, argued in court.
- Last week, the Trump administration shifted course on the case and asked that a federal appeals court review Judge Aiken’s decision to proceed to trial.
- In challenging the government’s role in climate change on constitutional grounds Julia Olson, the plaintiffs’ lead lawyer, harkens to the realm of historic Supreme Court cases that established new constitutional protections in situations when Congress failed to act.
An Arkansas court quietly ruled that truck drivers need to be paid minimum wage even when they're not driving on the job — here's what it means for drivers around the country
- The court ruled against PAM Transport, an Arkansas trucking company founded in 1980, after the firm was named in a class action suit for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal law that requires employers to pay truck drivers at least minimum wage.
- It's a move that speaks to other court cases appearing around the country in favor of ensuring truck drivers are paid for every hour they spend on the road.
- Justin Swidler, the attorney representing the truck drivers in the PAM case, told Business Insider that truck drivers might also spend hours or days not driving because they are waiting for shipments.
- In 2015, PAM paid truckers $3.45 million in a similar settlement concerning a class action suit by employees who alleged PAM didn't pay them minimum wage.
Just 25% of Americans Think Kavanaugh Was Entirely Honest in His Testimony, Poll Finds
- Just 25% of the American people believe Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was telling the whole truth when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, according to an AP-NORC poll released Friday.
- According to the poll by AP-NORC, 43% of Americans disapprove of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, compared to the 35% who approve.
- Just 1 in 3 Americans state they have a lot of confidence in the Supreme Court following Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
- According to a Gallup poll from the summer, prior to Ford’s accusation and Kavanaugh’s confirmation, faith in the Supreme Court wasn’t much higher then at around 37%.
- When it comes to honesty, the AP-NORC poll states 31% of Americans say Kavanaugh was largely lying in his testimony, while 39% say he was mostly honest, but hiding something.
- Regardless of party, Americans are roughly evenly divided on whether or not the Senate Judiciary Committee treated Kavanaugh fairly.
With $4.1 billion at stake, Nutrien waits on Chilean court to rule on ‘Hail Mary’ lawsuit
- If the lawsuit delays the sale long enough, some analysts believe Nutrien may be forced to ditch its Chinese buyer and sell its stake in SQM on the open market — for as much as US$1 billion less than the original price.
- As a condition of the deal, antitrust regulators required Nutrien to sell its stakes in a number of companies, including its 32 per cent stake in SQM, a large potash producer and the world’s largest lithium producer.
- Although Chile’s antitrust regulators and court approved the sale to Tianqi this summer, Chile’s Constitutional Court earlier this month blocked the sale while it considers a legal challenge to their decision filed by Ponce, through his business, the Pampa Group.
- In any case, the deal fell through, and now Tianqi is seeking to buy a 24 per cent stake from Nutrien for $4.1 billion, pending review by Chile’s Constitutional Court.