Can Universities Control the Operation of Municipal Zoning Ordinances?

If you’re in a particular zoning district of Bloomington near Indiana University, the zoning ordinance gives you a limited number of permitted uses, and an even more limited number of permitted residential uses. One of those uses is “fraternity house/sorority house”, where the fraternity or sorority has to be “sanctioned or recognized . . . through whatever procedures Indiana University uses to render such a sanction or recognition”.
Every once in a while, a fraternity gets derecognized by the University.

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The UN summit on food systems took two years to plan. It’s offered nothing to help feed families | Michael Fakhri

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The UN summit on food systems took two years to plan. It’s offered nothing to help feed families

Michael Fakhri

As the UN food systems summit takes place on Thursday, governments can do much more, writes Michael Fakhri, UN special rapporteur on the right to food

‘Hunger, malnutrition and famine are not caused by inadequate amounts of food. They are caused by the political failures that restrict people’s access to adequate food.

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The UN summit on food systems took two years to plan. It’s offered nothing to help feed families | Michael Fakhri

OpinionFood security

The UN summit on food systems took two years to plan. It’s offered nothing to help feed families

Michael Fakhri

As the UN food systems summit takes place on Thursday, governments can do much more, writes Michael Fakhri, UN special rapporteur on the right to food

‘Hunger, malnutrition and famine are not caused by inadequate amounts of food. They are caused by the political failures that restrict people’s access to adequate food.

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How the Brain Shapes Reality and Imagination

This is happening all over the place. Over the centuries, humans have come up with all sorts of concepts to describe different thinking activities: memory, perception, emotion, attention, decision-making. But now, as scientists develop greater abilities to look at the brain doing its thing, they often find that the activity they observe does not fit the neat categories our culture has created, and which we rely on to understand ourselves.
Let me give you a few more examples:
Reason/Emotion. It feels as if the rational brain creates and works with ideas, but that emotions sweep over us.

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RIP Steve Wasby

I was deeply saddened to learn that Professor Steve Wasby passed away earlier this month. Steve was a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Albany. I had never met Steve, but he was a regular reader of the Volokh Conspiracy. Steve subscribed to the Volokh daily email list so would get all of our posts in bulk. Steve would then reply to that email to tell me what I got right and what I got wrong. Steve especially enjoyed my posts about the en banc process. He had studied the Ninth Circuit’s internal proceedings in some depth. I will miss his frequent insights.

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Want People to Eat Less Meat? Fake Burgers Probably Won’t Cut It.

Sam Island
Spring was a bad season for carnivores: Popular cooking website Epicurious committed publicly to leaving beef out of all of its recipes, and one of the world’s most famous fine dining restaurants, Eleven Madison Park, announced that it was nixing all meat from its menu. Both moves were made in the name of environmental sustainability—meat production is thought to be responsible for around 15 percent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
While the news may have put ranchers on the defensive, entrepreneurs in another industry were jumping for joy.

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McDonald’s and the Failed Promise of Black Capitalism

Review of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain (Livewright, 2020)

As Darnella Frazier’s video of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin circulated, hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding an end to racist state violence flooded the streets in cities all across the US. They were met with violent, retaliatory cops tear gassing and shooting them with “rubber” bullets.

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McDonald’s and the Failed Promise of Black Capitalism

Review of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain (Livewright, 2020)

As Darnella Frazier’s video of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin circulated, hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding an end to racist state violence flooded the streets in cities all across the US. They were met with violent, retaliatory cops tear gassing and shooting them with “rubber” bullets.

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McDonald’s and the Failed Promise of Black Capitalism

Review of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America by Marcia Chatelain (Livewright, 2020)

As Darnella Frazier’s video of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin circulated, hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding an end to racist state violence flooded the streets in cities all across the US. They were met with violent, retaliatory cops tear gassing and shooting them with “rubber” bullets.

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It’s Time for a New Crime Bill

It’s time for Democrats to propose a new crime bill.
No, not one like the original 1994 crime bill, famously spearheaded by President Joe Biden when he was a senator. While the role that piece of legislation played in fueling mass incarceration has often been exaggerated, its emphasis on building new prisons and nudging states to adopt harsher criminal penalties effectively doubled down on America’s unnecessarily punitive approach to justice and public safety.
Democrats don’t want to—and shouldn’t—do that.

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