Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.


Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

I called. did you?

so true…

so true…


Last month we shared photos of a fantastic Tauntaun rocking horse and today the latest in Star Wars-related rocking horses is this awesome AT-AT Rocker. It was designed and made by Jen Yates, creator of EPBOT and Cakewrecks.

Click here to learn about how Jen created this geektastic rocker.

[via Geekosystem]

hmmm, this is too.


Presuming that they don’t smell bad inside or out, what’s not to love about these awesome Tauntaun rocking horses?

Thanks to a couple helpful commenters on io9, we’ve learned that they were handmade by a skilled Star Wars-loving woodworker named Chuck Bowman aka The WoodChuck.

2nd and 3rd photos via MEPD.

[via Geek Crafts and io9]

too awesome!

I just finished reading 16 A and B on over-criminalization and I was wondering if you have addressed jury nullification before. Reddit is all hot about it and claims that a jury can find a defendant not-guilty if they think an act should be legal (even if it currently isn't). Could you address this hot-button issue? Thanks.


I’m really saving that for the section on Advanced Crim Pro — which I won’t be getting to until I do Constitutional Law first.

But in a nutshell, jury nullification is when the trial jury decides to acquit a defendant even though the government has proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The trial jury’s job at this point in history is really little more than deciding whether the government proved its case or not, so there’s an argument to be made that jury nullification is improper, if not unlawful. 

However, it is an act of civil disobedience that has long roots in our system. In the colonies, it was used to prevent the punishment of those who sought independence. More recently, it has been used not so much to prevent individual injustices but systemic ones — I’ve had jurors tell me, for example, that they just didn’t want to see another young black man go to jail, no matter what he did. And now there has been talk of using it to protest unjust laws themselves.

But despite all the talk about it, jurors tend to do their job as properly as they can. And it is important to note that we require all 12 of the jurors to reach a decision together, which makes it really hard for one person’s moral qualms to override the process. Jury nullification is rare, as a result. Usually, the nullifying juror becomes an obstinate holdout who either causes a hung jury (making the victims and defendants and lawyers go through the whole thing all over again) or is eventually convinced to do his job like the rest of them. So concerns about the chaos, unpredictability and injustice of nullification are probably overblown.

Moreover, if all 12 really do go along with nullifying a charge, that powerfully tells you that either the law, or the way it is being enforced, does not reflect the mores of the relevant community. And the whole purpose of criminal law is to reflect just that — to punish those acts that are so bad that society says they’re deserving of punishment. So when nullification actually overcomes the systemic obstacles to its happening, one might argue that it’s a good thing for justice and for our faith in the justice system.

What people tend to overlook is that the Grand Jury is absolutely empowered to nullify. The GJ’s job isn’t to decide guilt or innocence, but whether you should be charged with a crime in the first place. So not only are they there to decide whether there’s enough evidence to support a charge, but also to act as the “conscience of the community.” In other words, to decide whether it’s really just and fair that THIS person be prosecuted for THIS offense.

Sadly, few grand jurors are ever told that they have this second role. They’re not really told this by judges, nor by the prosecutors who instruct them and present the evidence. If you want my opinion, people should be up in arms about that very real and systemic failing rather than any problems trial jury nullification may pose.

huh… that last bit there, that’s interesting.

now if I could just find someone who has created a method to search for two tags at once…

how about that… they did and I just don’t get on here often enough to notice it happened.

Seriously, if we believe a 14 year old is too immature to know how to take a pill, do we really think she’s adult enough to handle an unwanted pregnancy?

The truth is that the age restriction is completely arbitrary, tied only to our puritanical comfort levels. And listen, I get it; I think it’s fair to say that most people are uncomfortable with the idea of a 14 year old having sex. But here’s the thing - access to Plan B isn’t about keeping a 14 year old from having sex - by the time she gets to the pharmacy, that ship has sailed - it’s about keeping a 14 year old who has already had sex from getting pregnant. And despite what urban legend (or past embarrassing FDA memos) may tell you, making emergency contraception more available is not more likely to make young teens have sex - it will just make them less likely to end up pregnant.

We can’t let our discomfort with teen sex trump young people’s right to sexual and reproductive health and we can’t continue to let politics trump science. If we care about young women’s health and bodily autonomy and integrity, we’ll drop all age restrictions from emergency contraception. Anything less isn’t just illogical - it’s immoral.

"Hey, FDA: Drop the Plan B Age Restriction," my latest at The Nation (via jessicavalenti)

great stuff!


i cant even write with a pencil


Chicago-based artist Alex Solis creates simple drawings that turn into awesome finished pieces with the incorporation of his own hands and/or other ordinary objects, like potato chips or fruit. He brings his drawings to life by appearing to interact with them.

You can view more of Alex’s artwork by following him here on Tumblr.

[via Design Taxi]

neat stuff