HLPR Online editorial staff Introduction Persons with disabilities can pose complex challenges to law enforcement officers charged with keeping the peace. Police officers are often the first responders to persons with mental disabilities in crisis. These problematic, high-stakes encounters have drastically increased in frequency as a result of the gradual shift from … [Read more...] about Expecting the Unreasonable
Archives for February 2011
Jake Laperruque Growing up in the dawn of the Internet Age, as children we were often told, “don’t trust strangers online,” and frightened with stories of abductors posing as digital friends. But, while we have always been vigilant of an individual with a misleading online identity, right now we face a new threat with strong ramifications for democracy and discourse – the … [Read more...] about Fear The Sockpuppets
Anthony Kammer Frederick Kaufmann spoke last week at Harvard about his Harper’s Magazine article, The Food Bubble: How Wall Street starved millions and got away with it (pdf here), for an event sponsored by the HLS Food Society. Kaufmann has described, in scrupulous detail, how the creation of the Commodity Index Fundsin 1991 opened the door to speculation in commodity food … [Read more...] about Food Prices, a Speculator Sport?
Jason Harrow This is the fourth post in a multi-part series. In Part 1, I described Moore’s Law, which states that computer technology gets twice as good, for the same price, every two years. In Part 2, I argued that President Obama’s clean energy goals are overly optimistic because energy technologies do not obey Moore’s Law. In Part 3, I gave two other reasons why energy … [Read more...] about Moore’s Law and The Future of Renewable Energy: Part 4
Anthony Kammer It’s been months now since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law. Although the Dow and Wall Street bonuses have returned to 2007 levels, unemployment is still hovering around 9% and housing prices continue to decline. While these numbers tell us something about the health of the economy, it would be an enormous mistake … [Read more...] about Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Is the US Done with Financial Regulation until the Next Crisis?
HLPR Online editorial staff This post was written by Danny Rosenthal and Rachel Lauter and signed by nine members of the HLPR masthead, incoming masthead, and blog staff. Their names are listed at the end of the post. The full response of Alexa Shabecoff, head of the Harvard Law School Office of Public Interest Advising, is reprinted following the post. Three weeks ago, … [Read more...] about A Response to Harvard’s Career Advice on Wikileaks
Yevgeny Shrago Ohio and Indiana have followed Wisconsin into the Randian dream of breaking public sector unions by stripping them of dearly bought collective bargaining rights. Although most Americans (when polled by someone other than a Republican quasi-operative like Scott Rasmussen) oppose Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s plan, don’t expect this to be the sort of issue … [Read more...] about Wisconsin can afford tax cuts, not teachers?
Zach Luck Most people never owned a subprime mortgage, many never owned a mortgage, and very few will ever buy a mortgage backed security. But, look in your wallet and you will nevertheless likely find a complicated credit product: Your credit card. In 2009, in the wake of the financial crisis, Congress passed significant new limitations on credit card issuer billing and … [Read more...] about Financial Crisis Reform: What Does that Mean for You?
Jason Harrow 3. Two Other Ways That Energy Doesn’t Work Like Information This is the third post in a multi-part series. In Part 1, I explained the idea of Moore’s Law, which states that computer technology gets about twice as good, for the same price, every two years. In Part 2, I argued that the goals President Obama set for clean energy in his State of the Union are overly … [Read more...] about Moore’s Law and The Future of Renewable Energy, or Why We Can’t Get to 80 Percent Clean Energy in 2035: Part 3
Jason Harrow 2. The Challenge This is the second post in a multi-part series. In Part 1, available here, I explained the idea of Moore’s Law, which states that computer technology gets about twice as good, for the same price, every two years. In this Part, I explain that it will deceptively difficult to get to 80% clean energy in 2035. Feedback is welcome … [Read more...] about Moore’s Law and The Future of Renewable Energy, or Why We Can’t Get to 80 Percent Clean Energy in 2035: Part 2