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    Education: that which reveals to the wise,
    and conceals from the stupid,
    the vast limits of their knowledge.
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    Canuck the crow's attacks halt Vancouver mail delivery

    Postal deliveries have been suspended in part of a Canadian city after a well-known crow called Canuck attacked a mailman.
    Canada Post said it would not resume deliveries at several addresses in East Vancouver "until such time as the hazard no longer exists".
    Canuck is said to have drawn blood after biting a letter carrier.
    The bird is known for riding the city's SkyTrain and stealing shiny objects, including a knife from a crime scene.
    Canada Post spokeswoman Darcia Kmet told the BBC: "Unfortunately, our employees have been attacked and injured by a crow in that Vancouver neighbourhood while attempting to deliver the mail.
    "Regular mail delivery was suspended to three homes due to it being unsafe for our employees.
    "We are monitoring the situation when delivering the mail to other residents on the street. If our employees believe it is safe to deliver to those three addresses, they do so."
    Shawn Bergman, who maintains the Facebook group, Canuck and I, which chronicles the crow's exploits, said the bird had repeatedly attacked a Canada Post worker, causing broken skin and bleeding.
    Shortly afterwards letters stopped arriving at his home and two adjacent properties.
    He wrote on the Facebook group that it has been about two months since he or his neighbours received any mail.
    "With the neighbours getting upset, there have been both subtle and not so subtle threats against Canuck's safety," he writes.
    Mr Bergman received a response from Canada Post that said: "We are safeguarding our employees by not delivering to areas where the crow has been known to attack until such time as the hazard no longer exists."
    Canuck's anti-social behaviour has even stooped to crime-scene tampering.
    In May 2016 he swooped to steal a blade that had allegedly just been used to threaten police officers.
    One of the constables gave chase and the bird dropped the vital piece of evidence before making his getaway.
    Crow attacks are not uncommon in Vancouver, with one online database mapping the birds' assaults.

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    Crows do not forget. Or forgive.
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    Obviously a male crow.

    The unofficial Canada Post motto:

    "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. But crows? Forget it!"
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    Be well. Do good. Keep in touch.

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    Donald Trump: Could the US president pardon himself?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beskar View Post
    Donald Trump: Could the US president pardon himself?
    Very interesting idea, and I could see the shape of arguments either way. Since it only applies in the context of litigation, we can only test the viability of self-pardon if Trump pardons himself and is then brought to court by the government for the various things we imagine could be pinned on him. The judge makes a decision in that case, then the inevitable appellate decision, and finally to the Supreme Court.

    Notably, even if legitimate and successful the act of self-pardoning could then be considered as criminal (e.g. obstruction), and it would not apply to state-level prosecutions or to impeachment proceedings.

    And I don't know at all what to make of this development, but apparently, contrary to consensus, Ken Starr in the investigation of Bill Clinton way back when asserted that:

    “It is proper, constitutional, and legal for a federal grand jury to indict a sitting president for serious criminal acts that are not part of, and are contrary to, the president’s official duties,” the Starr office memo concludes. “In this country, no one, even President Clinton, is above the law.”
    No idea if that holds up.

    Whither executive immunity on all levels?
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    An analysis of the Presidential Daily Diary for Richard Nixon's tenure suggests that Nixon suddenly abdicated his White House work halfway into the Watergate scandal, up to the time of his resignation - but maintained his public appearances.

    (Check "the analysis" spoiler for the graphs, if you find this TLDR)


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    On August 9, 1974, Richard M. Nixon formally resigned the presidency; however, folklore hints Nixon informally
    quit fulfilling his duties well before then. As Watergate became less “a third rate burglary” than “high crimes and
    misdemeanors,” rumors of President Nixon’s wallowing, wandering, drinking, and mumbling swirled. Yet evidence
    for such assertions has been thin, and prevailing scholarship offers compelling reasons to believe Nixon’s institutional
    protocols overrode his individual proclivities. This study offers a new, systematic look at Nixon’s presidency by coding his
    public events and private interactions with top government officials during every day of his presidency. Contrary to our
    expectations, the results corroborate the rumors: Richard Nixon effectively quit being president well before he resigned
    the presidency. In fact, it turns out there was a defining moment when Nixon disengaged from his administration: on
    December 6, 1973, the day Gerald Ford was confirmed as Vice President.


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    "In the scholarly parlance, then, “presidency-centered” theories of presidential behavior have largely supplanted “president-centered” ones"
    2. Presidents since at least Nixon have operated within a "standard model" of internal operation, where "issues and advisors reach the president per a rigid protocol, following a clear chain-of-command, led by the president, managed by a Chief of Staff, channeled through a cadre of advisors, and informed by a vast array of domain-specific experts"

    “All presidents share basically the same wiring, and they can be counted upon to behave in the same basic ways”. On the other hand, organization is not operation, and the latter is the place where presidents’ individual preferences should matter most
    Tantalizing tales of Nixon’s wallowing, wandering, drinking, and mumbling during Watergate hint that the scandal not only broke “the man,” but also “the model” he created. [...] “There was a time during the Watergate crisis when President Nixon was nearly incapacitated”

    The Analysis

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    As Kissinger’s reflections indicate, Nixon’s personal
    contacts with government officials constitute a particularly
    good indicator of his work habits (as opposed to, say, his
    social calendar). Fortunately, the Presidential Daily Diary
    includes a comprehensive log of those interactions. Here is
    the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum’s holding

    The Daily Diary of files represents a consolidated record of
    the President’s activities. The Daily Diary chronicles the
    activities of the President, from the time he left the private
    residence until he retired for the day, including personal and
    private meetings, events, social and speaking engagements,
    trips, telephone calls, meals, routine tasks, and recreational
    pursuits. For any given meeting, telephone call, or event, the
    Daily Diary usually lists the time, location, persons involved
    (or a reference to an appendix listing individuals present),
    and type of event


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    As political scientists have eschewed “president-centered”
    theories for “presidency-centered” ones, Richard Nixon’s
    experience presents an intriguing case. While Mr Nixon’s
    personality was once cited as integral to understanding his
    presidency, recent research emphasizes Nixon’s role in
    forging the institutional presidency. That President Nixon
    embodied this intrinsic tension—“man” versus “model”
    inspired us to test whether Nixon’s work routines were as
    robust as his model or as brittle as its creator.
    To that end, we drew on an extraordinary archival
    resource—the Presidential Daily Diary—to discover that
    Nixon’s “system” did seem to discipline his deliberations
    through his first term, and even into his second. However,
    we also found strong evidence that Nixon “the man” ultimately
    discarded his “model,” operating more or less in
    isolation during his last eight months in office.
    most striking of all was how abruptly this change occurred,
    upending White House deliberations in a single moment:
    the day Gerald Ford was sworn in as Vice President.

    A follow-up investigation of President Nixon’s public
    activities—his public addresses, remarks, and news conferences
    —evidenced no comparable decline. Even as his work
    behind-the-scenes fell to one-seventh of the level it had
    been during his first term, President Nixon continued to
    hold public events, even into the waning days of his
    besieged presidency. We thus find Richard Nixon maintained
    the fašade of working long after he quit doing the
    work itself.

    More valuable than clarifying the historical record on
    Richard Nixon, his model, or his legacy are the broader
    implications for understanding the modern presidency. The
    first is a greater awareness concerns presidency research
    and evidence. To date, most empirical data on presidents’
    influence draw from their work outside the White House—
    their relations with the citizens, reporters, lawmakers,
    judges, and beyond—rather than on the chief executives’
    activities inside the West Wing. There are many reasons for
    this external focus—not the least of which is presidents
    purposefully conceal their inner-workings—and much has
    been learned about the nature of presidential influence with
    others, especially its limits. Nonetheless, Nixon’s experience
    reminds us that the place where “president-centered”
    factors are likely to matter most is
    the very place the scholarly
    literature and empirical record is thinnest: presidents’
    work behind-the-scenes, inside the White House.

    That leads to a second noteworthy lesson emerging from
    this study: “presidency-centered” models of presidential
    behavior presume presidents are purposeful, if not fully
    rational. “Rationality” is a reasonable assumption in most
    cases, and it has helped presidency scholars identify the
    (considerable) constraints on presidents’ discretion and
    influence. But as much as we have developed insightful
    theories to help understand what happens when presidents
    reach for the ceiling, it is important to recall just how little
    we know about what happens when they fall to the floor—
    because they can, as Nixon did.

    Draw your own hasty conclusions and extrapolations.
    Vitiate Man.

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