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SCOTUS update

The world's eyes are on a US child abduction case. The supreme court will decide how to apply international law in the case of a mother taking her daughter from Italy to the US to flee her allegedly abusive ex-husband.

A case about international child abduction law has the world watching SCOTUS

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea that your once true love will take off with your child to another land.

This week the US Supreme Court will consider just such a horror story, the tale of a small child separated from her mother and at the center of an international custody dispute of global significance.

Trump and the courts

Objectivity is on trial in Trump's impeachment hearings. A republican congressman sought to undermine a panel of four legal experts by asking whether they voted for Donald Trump—attacking a core principle of the judiciary system that people can put biases aside and act impartially.

The concept of objectivity is under attack at the Trump impeachment hearings

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars testifying, questioning their objectivity and suggesting that they could not possibly be unbiased if they didn't reveal how they voted in the last presidential elections. And with each observer they manage to convince of this impossibility, we all lose a little bit more.

Trump's taxes will stay secret, for now. Trump argues that, as the president, his financial records are special. Lower courts have disagreed—but the US Supreme Court has granted the president's legal team more time to work on their petition.

The Supreme Court grants Trump’s emergency stay in financial records case

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't signaling her approval of Trump's legal stance, just giving him time to file a petition for review, and it happened to be her because the justices rotate duties with respect to emergency applications. Now the House of Representatives must respond by Dec. 11 and the justices will ultimately have to decide if they want to walk into this political landmine and accept review of three financial matters dealing with Trump's records and his claims the executive is special.

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Reshaping society

Electric cars make their mark

2019 was the year electric vehicles grew up. From budget Kias to fleets of e-trucks, this was the biggest year for vehicular electrification yet—but several blockbuster launches belie a hard road ahead as automakers are forced to reinvent themselves.

2019 was the year electric cars grew up

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious for EVs.Tesla has done the yeoman's work of proving you can sell a million or so electric cars to the masses. Its Model 3 accounted for 1 out of every 6 EVs sold worldwide. Now VW, GM, Ford, and others have painted a giant target on Tesla's back. Let the race begin.

EV vehicles seem to be following the same adoption trends as solar panels. The public scoffed and laughed at solar panels that were 9% efficient and cost $1MM per square inch. But incrementally over 10-15 years they got better and more affordable. Now those same people who scoffed at solar panels before

EV vehicles seem to be following the same adoption trends as solar panels. The public scoffed and laughed at solar panels that were 9% efficient and cost $1MM per square inch. But incrementally over 10-15 years they got better and more affordable. Now those same people who scoffed at solar panels before are considering a small loan to have them installed on their home roofs. EVs are incrementally getting more practical and reliable and the bulk of consumers will move that way before we know it.

Canopy branches out

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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The “super wolf blood moon” is a media and SEO invention

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Contributions

  • I don’t mind when the media generates excitement over something as simple and sweet as staring at the sky. Better still if we can do it with a poetic name. The important point, people, is to look at the moon tonight and every night.

  • Ok a blood moon is when with refraction of certain light colours giving it the appearance of being red . Super moon because as it gets closer to the earth and comes lower in the horizon it appears much bigger , it's all about perspective. Higher in the horizon or appears big because there is no frame

    Ok a blood moon is when with refraction of certain light colours giving it the appearance of being red . Super moon because as it gets closer to the earth and comes lower in the horizon it appears much bigger , it's all about perspective. Higher in the horizon or appears big because there is no frame of reference. Reporting like this is sad .

  • Super Wolf Blood Moon is also the name of my band. 🎸

  • Tonight is a perfect time for some natural moonshine. Caught the article just at the right moment when the eclipse is beginning. Merci.

  • I agree as far as media distractional tactics this has to be relatively harmless. I would rather gaze at the blood moon than the blood orange.

  • The term Blood Moon in Biblical prophecy appears to have been popularized by two Christian pastors, Mark Blitz and John Hagee.

    They used the term to apply to the full moons of the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months, with no partial lunar eclipses in between.

  • It's interesting and seems worthwhile to trace cases of language and event manufacturing in the media, even when we applaud the effects. I want to both call it the super wolf blood moon and understand how this language came to be.

  • What's the big deal what it's called? It's a real event that is rare and should be named something.

  • As SEO marketer, It is important to understand what they do and just do.

  • Saw it and it was glorious. You can take Santa Claus, but leave us the Super Wolf Blood Moon.

  • “Worse, though, are the bizarre attempts at integrating the extremely popular search term into stories where it really makes no sense.”

    Something to note about current trends in SEO, relevant to this article, is search engines have been advancing their ability to recognize proper subject context and

    “Worse, though, are the bizarre attempts at integrating the extremely popular search term into stories where it really makes no sense.”

    Something to note about current trends in SEO, relevant to this article, is search engines have been advancing their ability to recognize proper subject context and key phrase synonyms. Therefore stuffing popular key words and phrases into pieces where it has almost no relevance will do little good in the future.

  • #projectbluebeam

  • The meteorite impact captured during the eclipse (sought after for years) is sensational news for this Eclipse

  • So there is such a thing as a blood moon. You just don’t like where the name comes from. I don’t like how alligators got their name, but there’s not much I can do about that, is there?

  • It's one of the most beautiful objects I have ever seen in the night sky. It does indeed have a red hue from my location unlike what some are saying.

  • Elijah, excellent writing and I apologize for certain types in Christian circles that just act like “Beserkers” and I agree with your take on them, although that being said you may show a bit of your underbelly as your leanings are fine with it being a “ wolf moon” but not open to a Blood moon as to

    Elijah, excellent writing and I apologize for certain types in Christian circles that just act like “Beserkers” and I agree with your take on them, although that being said you may show a bit of your underbelly as your leanings are fine with it being a “ wolf moon” but not open to a Blood moon as to the Christian kooks push your button as they do mine at times “ but” you seem like a very good information gatherer so you should be aware that a blood moon is mentioned 3 times in the Bible once in the OT & twice in the New and the old Aramaic acknowledges it as a Blood Moon, so for any believer this is exciting stuff ! however the Bible does not say this one spells our doom, but it could be significant, you could look up Jonathan Cahn ( Jewish Rabbi) he puts a better explanation to this better than the beserkers , I love Quartz readers as usual most just loved the beauty in it , I had a stunning view from my deck in the Vancouver Canada area , it was stunning & I found it had a spiritual deep sense within. ( Keep gathering Elijah!

  • I find myself completely in accord wth Ephrat Livni. The important thing is to go outdoors and look at the moon. The moon can take care of itself.

  • I think people have been doing same thing before the internet revolution.

  • More Anti-Christian nonsense?

  • What is big deal with all this

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