Auld Law Syne

It’s the end of the year and Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo are in a globetrotting mood. First, what effect will the Obama Administration’s acquiescence to the UN’s anti-Israel motion have on the future of the Middle East? Then, is the White House doing enough to sanction Russia — and is President-Elect Trump taking the threat seriously enough? Then, closer to home, will President Obama’s last-minute executive actions be able to survive the Trump Administration? Can your Alexa be used against you in a murder case? And what 2016 passing has John Yoo the most depressed? (SPOILER ALERT: it’s culinary in nature).

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  1. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Lamenting the end of the Carnegie Deli?

    From Law Talk on October 4, 2011!

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    • December 30, 2016, at 4:40 PM PST
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  2. Merrijane Thatcher

    I read an article that said the deli owner decided to close up shop for several reasons, including a bitter divorce, tax problems, and property issues. Don’t know why she just didn’t sell, but I think she is still licensing the name.

    • #2
    • December 30, 2016, at 10:16 PM PST
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  3. Israel P. Inactive

    @richardepstein You should know better. No one recognized the Jordanian claim on the land west of the Jordan River, save Pakistan and Britain.

    What was always called Judea and Samaria were never part of any modern country.

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    • December 31, 2016, at 9:04 AM PST
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  4. Israel P. Inactive

    The Republicans control the Senate. Declare it in recess for three days and he can make all the appointments he needs.

    • #4
    • December 31, 2016, at 9:36 AM PST
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  5. Full Size Tabby Member

    John and Richard derailing Troy’s agenda in the first 4 minutes (this time onto weddings, but sometimes it’s onto guns, McRibs, or elegant dining) is part of what makes Law Talk more fun to listen to than most legal podcasts. That Troy can get the agenda back on track demonstrates Troy’s considerable talent at hosting.

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    • January 2, 2017, at 10:44 AM PST
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  6. Blue Yeti Admin

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    John and Richard derailing Troy’s agenda in the first 4 minutes (this time onto weddings, but sometimes it’s onto guns, McRibs, or elegant dining) is part of what makes Law Talk more fun to listen to than most legal podcasts. That Troy can get the agenda back on track demonstrates Troy’s considerable talent at hosting.

    100% TRUTH.

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    • January 2, 2017, at 10:45 AM PST
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  7. jauchter Member
    jauchter Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Question about the issue of the police trying to subpoena data from an Amazon Echo device: Is this really any different from getting data from a home security system? If I have a security cam set up in my house and the cops think there may be evidence of a crime I committed on the tape (let’s assume I’m not very bright), couldn’t the police subpoena the relevant footage? The fact that it will invade my privacy, showing me doing all sorts of embarrassing things (like listening to Ricochet podcasts without joining, or eating a McRib) does not seem terribly relevant.

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    • January 2, 2017, at 10:07 PM PST
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  8. ibn Abu Member
    ibn Abu Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Apropos to the manner in which Amazon Echo records: https://www.wired.com/2016/12/alexa-and-google-record-your-voice/:

    Because their brains are located miles away, Echo and Home need an internet connection to work. They do have a very rudimentary education, though: The only spoken commands they understand on their own are “wake words” or “activation phrases,” things like “Alexa” or “OK Google.” Once you say those magic words, the voice assistants jump to life, capture your voice request, and sling it to their disembodied cloud brains over Wi-Fi.

    That means their mics are listening to you even when you’re not requesting things from Alexa or Google. But those ambient conversations—the things you say before “Alexa” or “OK Google”—aren’t stored or sent over a network.

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    • January 3, 2017, at 1:28 PM PST
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  9. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Not too far off the mark on the Russian “hacking”, Vermont’s own Senator Patrick Leahy managed to blame the Russkies on a recent “hack” at one of Vermont’s electric utilities (Burlington Electric Department).

    Except, of course, it wasn’t a hack, it was malware that an unwitting (and probably in some employment trouble) employee got onto a utility laptop outside of BED firewalls, and, well, there you go.

    But Leahy’s excitable statement about not letting this stand is hilarious. He couldn’t wait to pile onto the Russian thing to distract from the disaster the party he himself hacks for has become.

    https://dangerwaffles.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/lectures-by-leaky-leahy/

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    • January 3, 2017, at 5:49 PM PST
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