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#4: "Oh and if it's not Philly, then I would suggest Pittsburgh. " Drop the "if not Philly" part and you're on to something Ozimek!

I'm curious as to what you think is good about Pittsburgh

I went to college there. It's got very low cost of living, a lot of safe, walkable neighborhoods, high quality amenities for its size, a pretty well-educated workforce considering the city's blue-collar industrial past, and its still got some former industrial sites that could be re-developed pretty easily, I think.

Also, with the rivers there, I'm envisioning a new subsidiary/service for Bezos and Co: Amazon Barge.

My wife was offered a job at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in the mid 1990's. Before the interview, we started to use the subway. We walked down the stairs, I took a look, turned around and told her we would call a cab. During the interview, they told her not to worry about the gunfire she would hear, that the campus itself was reasonably safe. But not to leave anything in her car, even in the trunk. Apparently the campus wasn't that safe.

She took another offer instead.

All things considered I would rather be in Philadelphia. (W. C. Fields epitaph)

#1: not only the UK.

#6 - "More lawyers for the poor" means more lawyers living off the taxpayers. He should concentrate on procedural and systemic reform to reduce the need for lawyers.

“I pay very little attention to legal rules, statutes, constitutional provisions,” Judge Posner said. “A case is just a dispute. The first thing you do is ask yourself — forget about the law — what is a sensible resolution of this dispute?”

This is what mediators are paid to do. If he wants to be a mediator, he should go be a mediator. If he's a judge, he should apply the law, and he can fill his opinions telling the legislature all the ways they screwed up and what he thinks they should change, and send them to whomever he wants. That's how a democratic republic works.

I think he just wants to be a social engineer.

"#6 – “More lawyers for the poor” means more lawyers living off the taxpayers. He should concentrate on procedural and systemic reform to reduce the need for lawyers."

What procedural and systemic reforms will stop, say, landlords from withholding security deposits or employers from trying to cheat employees out of wages or overtime? These things actually happen in the real world and the only real alternative to handling them in the civil court system is to turn them into criminal or administrative violations that the state investigates and prosecutes.

As always, an example of charity is not an example of universality.

"I just bought a guy lunch .. therefore no one is hungry."

You're living in a country where the poor tend to be fat. The only hungry people are drug addicts and vagrants.

Art, you kind of missed his analogy here.

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"He should concentrate on procedural and systemic reform to reduce the need for lawyers"

Systemic reform (in addition to being the sort of meaningless panacea that always accompanies calls for inaction) is a lot harder when all of the powerful stakeholders have a vested interest in the status quo. As long as the rich and well-connected can hire a lawyer to make their problems go away while their employees and customers cannot, I would bet against any decrease in litigiousness.

The transactions you are talking about simply do not justify the costs of a lawyer. That's why we have small claims court, and perfectly ordinary people prosecute and defend landlord-tenant, commercial paper, and other disputes.

“More lawyers for the poor” means more lawyers living off the taxpayers.

Public legal services are not a big line item in state or local budgets.

If he meant replacing the residual assigned counsel plans with public defenders' offices, paying public defenders and prosecutors on the same scale, and having state-financed multi-county public defenders' offices, he might have a point. There's much about the legal system that appears to be there due to inertia (e.g. elected county coroners).

I think he just wants to be a social engineer.

'Arrogant megalomaniac' gets closer to the mark. Most amusing has been his bitch and moan about the competence of the Supreme Court. Professional jealousy in neon.

How many on this page are basically hitching and moaning because they aren't Posner?

He might do better as lawyer than judge, suing to stop mistreatment.

I assume everyone down on Posner's assertion "that those without lawyers are mistreated" is also cool with civil forfeiture? Onerous bail for misdemeanors?

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Agreed on all points save the last. I think he has simply aged into a curmudgeon and when the other judges told him he shouldn't waste his time reviewing and editing junior staff memos about stuff that doesn't matter he decided to pick up some dog poop and throw it into their backyards. Having been assigned criminal cases and prisoners' rights cases by federal judges when I was an associate and supervising associates who've volunteered on such cases to get their pro bono hours in recent years I can report, albeit anectdotally, that the prisons are not mostly full of harmless Libertarians put away for getting high or inner city kids locked up for shoplifting bubble gum. A recent example is that of a prisoner jailed for a "property crime" who claimed to have been abused by the guards. He immediately began hitting on my female associate and soon after wrote her very shall-we-say disrespectful letters. When his case was tossed as meritless he transitioned into threats. He spends his web access time stalking her, trying to trick her into making him a Facebook friend and writing her letters about all he's finding out about her. He'll be free in 4 years. No one in their right mind and with anything better to do would do what Posner claims he's going to do full time. But he is right about one thing. There's a lot of Trash down at the courthouse and in the penitentiary and it doesn't take long for most judges to figure it out.

I believe that the poor "farmed" with fines, fees, and bail are not in prison, at most jail, for shorter periods.

It's odd that a self-described "pragmatist" is so eager and willing to ignore the practical realities of governance and instead prefers to issue idiosyncratic decrees from on high.

6. Posner's career makes an excellent case for mandatory retirement.

See Ed Whelan's commentary on some of his published work. The subtext is that Posner's got issues.

Recall that people with Alzheimers (in contrast to other dementias) are commonly unaware they are impaired.

He's not even that old. He's just spent a long time being bad, so it feels that way

Philadelphia is a much better place to be a big company than a smaller one. Which is why many of those advantages for Philly exist at a lower price than many comparable cities. (It's also why most the smaller companies in the region are in the suburbs.) This is because Philadelphia has taxation and regulation that can be fairly onerous for a small company, but most of the large companies have enough clout and economies of scale to negotiate better terms with the city. This is, of course, a terrible way to run a city overall, but is probably to Amazon's advantage.

2. "a painting now valued at in excess of $100 million"

If that's the case, a Frans Hals painting would be worth more than an Ohio class submarine.

Can Bill Gates acquire first-strike capability?

The high end art market, like the high end real estate market is a money laundering operation.

Not true, those are fake news.

I will leave the color of that fireplace cookware to the reader.

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#6 "the judges, my colleagues, all 11 of them, turned it down and refused to give me any significant role."

He wanted complete de facto control of granting of pro se petitions. No surprise the other judges balked.

Seems like the other judges were smarter than the "legendary" Posner. They got rid of this giant pain in the a** by turning down a power grab.

+1. "I’d make whatever editorial suggestions — or editorial commands — that I thought necessary." Editorial commands that Posner thought necessary is the best indication of his machination.

#5 I guess we are to pretend it is not a savage rgiime we are talking abour.

#3 “Fruit names do not invite ghosts, [Taiwanese] food official says”

I feel reassured already. I am sure they did the proper research before deciding that. Again, why do we treat the savages as if they were adults? Long seem to be gone the days of Sir Charles Napier.

#1 fully charged pager can last weeks. In current power outage situation in Florida cell phone operation wont last a day.

Modern restaurants also now use pagers. Chef notifies waiters when food is ready. Customers notified when table is ready. Customers notify when ready to order or want services. Requests can be queued.

The claimed that it is costly is questionable. If the coverage area is local, like inside a hospital or restaurant, the usage might not involved commercial communication carriers, just like using local area wifi in a home.

Pager use in the health service is indeed very costly. Not because of the technology itself, but because it burdens people whose time is very valuable with inefficient communication.

If someone needs to ask a specialist a question, then they page them and have to wait by a phone. The specialist has to drop what they are doing and make a call (not knowing how critical the issue is). The call might be missed, causing the whole process to be repeated. Meanwhile, important care decisions are being delayed by hours.

The Exit Interview with Mr. Posner was impressive. All of his life he has seemed to people of good will like the barnacle-type of legal-academy intellectual, seeking to succeed in whatever sophistical (and charismatic in the sad way that legal academy celebrities are charismatic) way he could: sorry to be so negative, but that seems to be true (although he was kind to cats). And why does he retire? This is impressive: at the age of 78 he figured out that pro se litigants had been getting a raw deal forever, and he went to his fellow judges and proposed a small but effective, to the most practical degree, solution - he, Judge Posner, would read Every Single pro se brief (well, skim them, at least) in the entire Seventh Circuit (several big states) and do everything he could to make sure that the pro se litigants, who are typically not given any attention, were not rejected on the type of technical grounds that clients of the rich law firms Posner used to work for - remember, he has been a rich person since the early 1960s, at least - did not have to worry about. Apparently the other judges said No, We Don't Want you to review all the pro se claims, we will continue to apply the usual rules of rejection without letting you "interfere" with those rules, except in the portion of cases that would have gone to your chambers anyway. So, with a belated sense of justice (but who cares, belated is better than never) , Mr Posner quit: good for him. He has been a bad influence on the law for a long time, and a bigot against, among others, the sort of people who have lots of unborn babies ready to join the rest of us as humans, but it is fantastically admirable that he quit on such admirable grounds. Props, Mr Posner.

God bless Him. It is no small thing to show that one is repentant for having taken too much advantage of one's good luck in this unfair world. Something we all do, almost all of us, anyway, including me. I remember.

If Judge Posner wanted to help such litigants he could have done pro bono work as a lawyer or become a lobbyist of their behalf, but instead he wanted to arrogate more power to himself so he could refashion the rules to suit his fancy. That sort of impatience with the process of governance (he was unable to persuade a single judge) is what one would expect of Trump.

He seems to have said he figured out 6 months ago what you said tonight, which is why he quit 2 years before his planned retirement age of 80. I do not understand other people well and maybe I misunderstand Mr Posner. That being said, there is hope for all of us.

God bless him.

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