Saturday, November 26, 2022

Holiday Season Help for Our New Neighbors!

In this holiday season, take a moment to imagine you and your family must flee a war-torn country, such as Syria, Ukraine or Afghanistan. What happens next?

(tl;dr: provide help now!)

When you apply for asylum, that is a process that begins at the UN level. You go through an extensive application and screening process, then the UN finds a country to host your famly. If the US agrees to take you, there is further screening and extreme vetting which includes bio-metric and health scans, interviews by various US intelligence and security agencies, background checks and cross checks, more interviews, and then, possibly after a process of 18 – 24 months, you are told if you are accepted to come to the US or not.

To travel to the US, an agency contracted with the US government purchases airline tickets for your family on the basis that the money will be repaid to that agency – you sign a promissory note for whatever the cost of the tickets is. A family of 6 – 8 people whose tickets were about $1200 – $1400 each, saddles your family with a debt immediately upon arrival in the US.

The agency rents an apartment and may provide some assistance for about 3 months, then the families are expected to make it on their own. The adults are expected to find work right away, and the children begin attending school.

Most likely you will have arrived with only the contents of a suitcase, and must find everything else you and your family need to live. This is difficult.

My friends at SCM help to pick up where the resettlement agencies have left off, providing practical resources, some financial assistance, and activities. We have provided English lessons for the adults and Arabic grammar and writing for the children, information on navigating in the community, how to do things like ride public transportation, pay bills, and just get everyday things done that are different than what they did at home.

You and I and all of us can do something practical to help these, our newest neighbors, feel welcome in our community.

We set up Amazon Wish Lists of things they need that will be shipped directly to them, no middleman involved. Currently, all the families we are helping are in Spokane and have arrived within the last 2 months. Below are the links to the wish lists for each family. Why not go see if there are a few practical items you can have sent to them and show that we are a kind and welcoming people!

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

November 2022 Free CLE

 Here is the Free CLE Calendar for November 2022, and spilling into December. Share this information freely, and let me know if you know of other free CLE so I can share it at http://4freeCLE.blogspot.com


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November Free CLE

November 1:
The Law and Neuroscience of Mass Shootings. By Fordham.
Can the United Nations End Racism? Symposium on the Global Anti-Racism Ecosystem at the UN. By Fordham.
The Intersection of Diverse Teams and Litigation Successes>. By Perrin.
Race Law and the Public Intellectual Speaker Series. By Fordham. Series Continues Nov 8+15.
Key Insights from the 2022 Legal Trends Report. By Clio.
November 2:
HIPAA - Understanding Enforcement, Penalties & Research Strategies. By LexisNexis.
Employer Summit 2022: New Workplace Challenges. By Cozen O'Connor. Continued Nov 3
Breached! An Inside Look At Cybersecurity For Law Firms By LexisNexis. Also Nov 7,8,14,28+30.
November 3:
Employer Summit 2022: New Workplace Challenges. By Cozen O'Connor.
Diving Deeper into Legal Research Potential: Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts. By LexisNexis.
Misunderstandings Which Exist Between The Mortgage And Real Estate Industries. By CES.
Diving Deeper into Legal Research Potential: Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts . By LexisNexis. Also Nov 14+24.
Marijuana In The Workplace: An Update And A Look Forward By LexisNexis. Also Nov 11+29.
November 4:
Diving Deeper into Legal Research Potential: Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts . By LexisNexis. Also Nov 4,14+24.
Research & Drafting Techniques For Finance: Replacing LIBOR. By LexisNexis.
Legal Evolution: Analytics And Artificial Intelligence In The Law. By LexisNexis. Also Nov 9,16,18+23.
November 7:
Tax Research: Fundamentals For Efficiency. By LexisNexis.
Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts. By LexisNexis. Also Nov 11+22.
Breached! An Inside Look At Cybersecurity For Law Firms By LexisNexis. Also Nov 8,14,28+30.
Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts. By LexisNexis. Also Nov 11+22.
November 8:
Bankruptcy and Cryptocurrencies. By Dechert.
Race Law and the Public Intellectual Speaker Series. By Fordham. Series Continues Nov 15.
Breached! An Inside Look At Cybersecurity For Law Firms By LexisNexis. Also Nov 14,28+30.
November 9:
Current Trends in Landlord-Tenant Subrogation Claims. By Cozen O'Conno.
Trust Accounting: The Important Ins and Outs of Compliant Trust Account Recordkeeping. By Minnesota State Law Library.
National Security Review Of Foreign Investment Transactions. By LexisNexis.
Legal Evolution: Analytics And Artificial Intelligence In The Law. By LexisNexis. Also Nov 16,18+23.
November 10:
Immigration Pro Bono: You Don’t Need to Know It All on Day One. By ABA.
Collaborative Law for Non-Matrimonial Civil Disputes. By WSBA.
When to Sponsor the Permanent Residence Process for your Foreign National Population in H-1B and L-1 Status. By Cozen O'Conner.
November 11:
Cybersecurity: An Attorney's Ethical Duty. By LexisNexis.
Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts. By LexisNexis. Also Nov 22.
Marijuana In The Workplace: An Update And A Look Forward By LexisNexis. Also Nov 29.
November 14:
Diving Deeper into Legal Research Potential: Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts . By LexisNexis. Also Nov 24.
Breached! An Inside Look At Cybersecurity For Law Firms By LexisNexis. Also Nov 28+30.
Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts. By LexisNexis. Also Nov 22.
November 15:
Embrace the Robots: Automate Law Firm Tasks + Grow Your Practice. By Smokeball. * Navigating Systems with your Immigrant Survivor Client. By ASISTA.
Race Law and the Public Intellectual Speaker Series. By Fordham.
Remote Proceedings. By Veritext.
Leveraging Technology to Prepare Briefs with Greater Efficiency and Accuracy. By LexisNexis.
November 16:
Enabling Modern Slavery: The Role of Hotels and Venues in Sex Trafficking. By Perrin.
Fowl Play! Avoiding Ethical Violations. By Attorney Protective.
Employment Law: Navigating The Cannabis Legalization Minefield. By LexisNexis.
The Ethics of Advocacy: Survey of Judges' Opinions of Lawyer Conduct. By LawPay.
Washington County Law Library Monthly CLE. By WCLL.
Legal Evolution: Analytics And Artificial Intelligence In The Law. By LexisNexis. Also Nov 18+23.
November 17:
Washington Initiative for Diversity Legal Executives Diversity Summit. By Washington Initiative for Diversity.
Legal Writing Conventions to Remember and Legal Writing Conventions to Forget. By Dakota County Law Library.
November 18:
Fall 2022 Asylum Conference. By The Advocates for Human Rights and The Binger Center for New Americans.
Current Challenges in Reproductive Health Care: Medical, Policy & Legal Perspectives. By CMLaw.
Trends To Watch In Energy Law. By LexisNexis.
Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts. By LexisNexis.
Legal Evolution: Analytics And Artificial Intelligence In The Law. By LexisNexis. Also Nov 23.
November 22:
Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts. By LexisNexis.
Navigating The New Town Square: Cultivating Competency In Basic Online Legal Research. By LexisNexis. Also Nov 29.
November 23:
Legal Evolution: Analytics And Artificial Intelligence In The Law. By LexisNexis.
November 24:
Diving Deeper into Legal Research Potential: Advanced Online Legal Research Concepts . By LexisNexis.
November 28:
Cyber Law And Cybersecurity Insurance 101. By LexisNexis.
Breached! An Inside Look At Cybersecurity For Law Firms By LexisNexis. Also Nov 30.
November 29:
Self-Management Tools for the Successful Lawyer. By WSBA.
Marijuana In The Workplace: An Update And A Look Forward By LexisNexis.
Navigating The New Town Square: Cultivating Competency In Basic Online Legal Research. By LexisNexis.
November 30:
Ethical Concerns - Conducting Research Via Open Web. By LexisNexis.
One Year Since EPA's PFAS Roadmap-Updates and Preparation for 2023. By Perrin.
Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and Professional Liability Coverage Issues. By Cozen O'Connor.
Breached! An Inside Look At Cybersecurity For Law Firms. By LexisNexis.


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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Paths and Reading The Manual

The complaint was raised on a Facebook Toastmasters group about a new member who was having trouble writing a icebreaker speech because they hadn't picked a path or read the icebreaker project information. Many or most commentators sympathized with the poster, but my response was - I think - a bit more thoughtful:

It seems to me that this conversation surfaced two issues.

One is the issue of picking a path before doing an icebreaker. To some people, including myself, this means making a commitment to something big without having had a sample taste, which to us is irrational.

I appreciate that there's a tool which is supposed to help you pick a path, but investing effort into the thoughtful use of the tool and confidence in the result requires confidence in the overall process, a confidence which for some people requires having a sample first.

Not everyone feels this way, but many do. It is an attitude towards life which is often based upon experience.

In contrast, the old CC manual promised basic competency in public speaking. You do not have to make a choice, you simply execute the program, during which you develop confidence in the competence of the Toastmasters method. At that point you are in a position to make a thoughful long-term commitment by picking another manual.

The second issue is that of reading the directions.

There are people in life who enjoy reading the whole manual before starting their car, and people in life who just want to go for a drive. Both attitudes have their advantages, and people with one such attitude drive the other crazy.

As I understand the attitude of people who believe in reading the manual, if you start on page first and go to page last, you will absorb all the information you need to tell you how to execute the project. You just have to have confidence that it is worth investing your time and doing all that reading, and retain all that information in your head at the end.

As I understand the people who just want to drive the car, investing all that time is a waste. Indexes and Tables of Contents exist for a reason: you can skip ahead to the important parts, and save the extraneous persiflage for later. Rather than memorize a lot of sentences in paragraphs that were written by someone else, you build up a structure of meaning in your brain based upon your understanding of the minimum content of the manual that you need to execute the project.

I have never succeeded in changing one kind of person to the other. It is probably not a good idea to try.

It might be helpful to understand one's own orientation in this regard, and develop a method for coaching a person with another orientation. One method might be to walk through the table of contents with the person that you are coaching, and help them to understand how to use the manual (or online educational resource, if you prefer) to achieve their goal.

Of course, first you have to understand their goal (not everyone wants to be world champion of public speaking or even to add letters after their name!) but that is another topic (well, maybe not; presumably their goal is related to their choice of path, but that takes us back to the first problem.)

Monday, June 20, 2022

Responding to a Creationist complaint about criticism

On Facebook, I wrote a brief response to an article by Dembski that promised to demolish a criticism of the book. I might need to reuse this content, so here it is:

Well, I read the article that this article links to, and it is pretty funny. Apparently, Mr. Dembski's Theory relies upon improbability and what he calls "specification".

Since he is talking in theoretical terms only at this point, and not with reference to the data, we can only interpret what he means by in probability in terms of the arguments from improbability commonly made by creationists or, as he calls it, believers in intelligent design. These arguments generally fail due to a number of fallacies. The most fundamental such fallacy is the assumption that because a particular thing that happens is highly improbable, it could not have happened by chance. For example, if you deal out 52 cards into four Bridge hands, that particular configuration of cards in that particular order in those particular for hands is improbable. And yet, somehow, people manage to play bridge. The fallacy is obvious.

His specification argument is basically an example of the lakebed fallacy. It will be observed that the water in every lake exactly matches the shape of the lake bed. Every lake!!! How could this be? It could not have happened by chance! Clearly lakes are intelligently designed!!!

Finally, this article is a good example of the snooze fallacy. The author evidently thinks that he throws enough words on a page, we will fall asleep and accept the validity of his argument. This frees him from having to actually make the argument; he can simply promise to make the argument at some point in the future if we can stay awake long enough for that future to occur.

This may enable him to sell a few more books or even draw salary from a creationist institution, so I applaud him for having a business model. It's got to be easier than doing stand-up comedy.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Parking Strip Poppy

 

I did not expect much from planting the scrap of parking strip to the left of my drive, but once Brian and Melody converted their part to a nice garden, I felt inspired to follow suit ... in my own way.

I covered the grass in many layers of cardboard held down by the tree root Izzy had severed to put in the drive ... I figured it belonged in there somewhere ... and put down all the dirt I had. I put in a few random plants and a lot of leftover flower seed. Some of the plants did well, some poorly - I'm guessing maybe the sunflowers are pickier about their roots ... but these poppies are delightful!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Alien Spiky Sphere Sighting!


 These are actually quite small but when I crop the photo closely, the size is hard to determine. They could be scary alien visitors!

I had thought they were horse chestnuts but the facebook consensus is that they are most likely


  • Betty Anderson: ouch
  • Patrick J. Luby: they're back......
  • Pamela Palombi McCollum: Ow ow ow ow!
  • Jon Caulkett: what are they?
    • Randall E. Winn - Jon Caulkett I assumed they were horse chestnuts, but little aliens remains a possibility
  • Leslie C. MacPherson Randall E. Winn yup, on both counts
  • Jacob Drahos: camels on the sahara
  • Aimée Moran: Macro-COVIDs
  • Joann Raley: Thar she blows!
  • Vicki Jackson McGaugh: Sweetgum tree balls. We cut the trees down, since they blow over easily during hurricanes. Their lumber is all but useless and the wood is hard to split and pops too much for firewood. Bonfires are all it's good for.
  • Rita Mallon: "Covid gang terrorizes the city"
  • Leah Vandiver Barrett : Dangerous tumbleweed Michelle Garamella : We called those itchy balls through childhood fallen from the front yard tree
  • Susan Smith Sanford : I remember well! I lived on the beach in my 20s, and every time I took my little poodle outside, I had to pull those off of him. Not an easy chore...
  • Donna Stolz : COVID clusters that stayed in the sun for a long time. ☀️
  • Leslie C. MacPherson Yup on both counts
  • Stephani Moss : Abstract snowman
  • Jennifer Lee Carillio-Biggin : Covid is coming! Haha😄🤣
  • Heather Gray : Nice photo!
  • Holly C Michaud : They are also known as witch burrs or witch balls (true story) and used in many spells. 3 is a protection number so i would say don't mess with the local squirrels lol 🐿🐿
    • Randall E. Winn Holly C Michaud do NOT mess with the squirrels. Or the crows. They remember!
  • Jazmyne Richards: I’d caption it, “My poor bare feet”
  • Cathleen Barszewski Falconer : From sweet gum trees … I looked it up last year because the cemetery at the end of our street had so many. My first thought was they were horse chestnuts but they were hollow which is why I ended up researching them.
    • Randall E. Winn Cathleen Barszewski Falconer thanks! I will check them next time I see some!
  • Jasper Z Cruill: alignment
  • Rebecca Phillips: Gods Art !!
  • Dawn Powell : The prickly road!
  • Danny Berry: they're from Sweet Gum trees.
  • Nick White: They look like sweet gum balls to me - at least that's what we call them in Atlanta
  • Kathleen Hoffman: Ouchie!
  • Joe Defazio: obstacle course on my lawn
  • Peggy Brogan: Death Trap for Seniors - I am well qualified to so caption, since one of them, subtly moving on its own volition while I was standing perfectly still, dropped me face first in the back yard of the then-new home.
  • Sandy Martin : Line dancing aliens … put your right tentacle out ….
  • Robert A. Riccobene: A Rolling Sea Urchin Gathers No Moss...

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Trillium and Sword Fern

 

Every day, look to see something beautiful.

Or funny.

Or that just makes you smile!

Saturday, April 16, 2022

fire hydrants for decorative purposes only

 

Today's walk involved delivering some yarn I was giving away through Buy Nothing. I like to have a purpose when walking!

I took me through a few blocks that I do not recall every visiting, in the process of which I passed this miniature park (possibly owner by an adjacent apartment complex, I'm not sure) which looks to be the finest dog exercise area of its size that I've ever seen!

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Seven images from today


Dog Seen On Walk
More Beauty Seen On Walk
Tulips At Stump Mesa
This is where they keep the rain
It snowed today!
I really like my Trillium
He looks scary but just wants to sniff!








































Also 
  • Signed up for NAD+ study (bioanalytica.io) study. I’ll get Fitbit and instructions in the mail soon
  • STU Zoom practice for contests - help Yuki and observe Alexandre likewise coaching. Impressed with Yuki'd use of hand+glove for prop character. 
  • Gamed w/Ed and Borgette but “Elfenland” which is not really that great a game