Scalia on Globalization & the Law

Fora TV has picked out one of the most provocative extracts from Justice Antonin Scalia’s lecture to the American Academy in Berlin, here concerning the role of the judiciary vis-à-vis natural law, which is a highly contentious point, but just one of many raised in the somewhat lengthy talk.

Should you have the time, it’s worth listening to the whole thing, if for nothing else than the Q&A at the end which is predictably entertaining (which is where this clip came from). Whatever one thinks of Scalia’s legal opinions, he’s most certainly not dull or unfunny.

Top of the World

Exactly six years since construction began, today marks the opening of the $2 billion Burj Dubai, a ridiculous monstrosity that reaches half a mile into the sky. At a reported 2,717ft (slightly more than twice the size of the Empire State Building) the new “superbuilding” is now the tallest man-made structure in the world, surpassing the 2,063ft KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota. By comparison, the CN Tower is a piddling 1,815ft.

Meanwhile, more than nine years after the WTC was destroyed, America’s new “Freedom Tower” is finally getting off the ground.