Happy Canada Day

In the age of Trump I’ve never been happier to be Canadian. Best nation in the world I’d say.

I’m flying the Maple Leaf on my bike.

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incompetent people think they’re amazing

Not me. Not you.

But most people are dumber than they think.

It’s called the Dunning–Kruger effect.

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detailing Trump campaign COLLUSION

It’s hard to keep track of the many, many instances of collusion with Russia.

Definition: “secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy in order to deceive others

At least 200 instances. None reported by the campaign. In fact they made every effort to hide that collusion. Lying repeatedly.

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I love The Good Fight

Just finished season 2.

It’s the sequel to 7 seasons (156 episodes) of The Good Wife. But is, perhaps, even better.

Plots are derived from important stories of the day. You learn a lot about how the legal system works in the USA.

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Rose Leslie as Maia Rindell is one of my favourite characters. That’s Mrs. Jon Snow to the rest of the world.

Sarah Steele as Marissa Gold is even better.

Possibly best of all is Nyambi Nyambi as Jay DiPersia.

The whole cast is great. Guest stars this season included Alan Alda as Solomon Waltzer, F. Murray Abraham as Burl Preston, Rob Reiner as Judge Josh Brickner, Wallace Shawn as Charles Lester and many, many more.

The show is proudly anti-Trump — a theme I enjoy too.

 

The Rooster Bar by Grisham

Rooster Bar (2017) is the 25th legal thriller novel by John Grisham.

Grisham was inspired to create the story after reading an article entitled “The Law-School Scam” that appeared in The Atlantic magazine in 2014. …

I continue to be impressed with Grisham. He’s getting better as an author.

This entertaining and unpredictable plot touches on many current topics including:

  • Law School diploma mills
  • American student debt
  • Medical malpractice
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Corruption in Sengal

In the novel the fictional law school is based on REAL for profits like the Florida Coastal School of Law, part of the InfiLaw System of law schools owned by Sterling Partners.

Florida Coastal is ranked in the bottom 25% of U.S. law schools. About 35% of graduates — most with student debt of about $200k — found full-time long-term jobs practicing law within nine months of graduation.

Students should be very wary of signing on with InfiLaw.

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related – “The Law-School Scam,” by Paul Campos

Gray Mountain by John Grisham (2015)

Another excellent Grisham.

This time a female protagonist – Samantha Kofer.

She’s a young lawyer let go by the world’s largest legal firm in New York because of the 2008 Recession. The one on George Bush’s watch. The one caused by lack of government banking regulation.

Samantha is furloughed. She can keep her health benefits and legacy at the firm for a year if she does charity legal work.

She relocates to the rural Appalachia Mountains in Virginia. A slowly dying coal town.

Most of the book deals with a battle against strip-coal mining lawyers. I found it fascinating.

The book is titled Gray Mountain, one of those that’s been decimated by strip mining.

There are other clients. All too poor to be able to hire a private lawyer. Case studies.

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Some found it preachy. It is.

Some found it too slow moving. I’d disagree. It kept me going.

Some critics I’m sure never read the book. They are some sort of Trump / Coal advocates. Lashing out.