Humans have now carved up the Earth’s wilderness into 600,000 little pieces – The Washington Post

“Roads fragment natural habitats, and the more of them there are, the smaller and more compromised those habitats become. At the same time, roads give humans access to remote, once pristine regions, where they can begin logging, mining, accidentally (or intentionally) starting fires and much else.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/12/15/humans-have-now-sliced-up-the-earths-wilderness-into-600000-little-pieces/

Virtuous Reality | Robert Westbrook

The aim of every political Constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.
—James Madison, Federalist No. 57 (1788)

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—Donald Trump on Twitter (September 30, 2016)

http://thebaffler.com/salvos/virtuous-reality-westbrook

What I Think I Have Learned from 50 Years of Teaching American Law to Foreigners and Foreign Law to Americans by Julian Conrad Juergensmeyer :: SSRN

“The author reflects on the lessons he believes he has learned from 50 years of teaching foreign law to Americans and American law to foreigners. He first considers why students of any country should study foreign law and suggests the following reasons: 1. Learning for learning’s sake, 2. To understand your own legal system and laws better, 3. To improve your laws and legal systems, and 4. To be able to advise clients about the relevant laws and regulations of two or more countries. The author next considers how we should teach foreign law to American law students and considers several models: 1. Comparative law courses taught by domestic and/or foreign professors, 2. Domestic law courses with an element of foreign law added, 3. Foreign enrichment courses, 4. Summer Programs and “short sessions” abroad, 5. L.L.M. Programs, 6. Centers of Foreign Law – the University of Warsaw approach. In the final section of the paper the author considers how American law professors should teach American law to foreign law students and offers several basic suggestions: 1. Consider the language ability of the students and adjust your language accordingly, 2. Use visual aids, 3. Don’t go too deep or try to cover too much, 4. Try to incorporate legal concepts from the student’s own system, 5. Have a local professor attend class. The author concludes there is an increasing need for students from all nations to learn about the laws and legal systems of other nations. Secondly, no one approach is adequate. Legal academicians must constantly seek more effective and more innovative ways to globalize law teaching.”

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2872190

NYTimes: I Am Ashamed to Be Australian

” I’ve witnessed people trapped at borders and beaten by the police; children separated from their parents, wandering on busy, unfamiliar roads; families literally running for their lives. Sometimes, when they were not fast enough, I’ve seen people murdered.

And yet, in all that time, I have not seen the level of cruelty toward these vulnerable people that the Australian government is perpetrating against the refugees on Manus Island.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/opinion/sunday/i-am-ashamed-to-be-australian.html

The Secret Life of Time – The New Yorker

“William James wrote, “All my life I have been struck by the accuracy with which I will wake at the same exact minute night after night and morning after morning.” Most likely it’s the work of the circadian clocks, which, embedded in the DNA of my every cell, regulate my physiology over a twenty-four-hour period. At 4:27 a.m., I’m most aware of being at the service of something; there is a machine in me, or I am a ghost in it.

And, once the ghost gets thinking, there is much to think about—most of all, how little time I have in which to do all the things I’m thinking about and how behind I am.”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/12/19/the-secret-life-of-time

Saving the Great Oasis from Desertification – The New Yorker

Burkhard Bilger travels to sub-Saharan Africa, where he reports on a “thrillingly simple” undertaking by eleven nations to halt desertification. They are planting a “Great Green Wall” of trees, in “a column nine miles wide and almost five thousand miles long.” If completed, “it will be the largest feat of horticulture in human history.”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/12/19/the-great-oasis?