Mahybe they should call it the ping – pong club?

A religious nonprofit organization is suing Parkland School District in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, after Parkland High School deemed a pro-life student club too controversial and subsequently refused to approve its charter.

The national public interest law firm Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit against the school district, high school, and three administrators Tuesday after Elizabeth Castro and Grace Schairer submitted their proposal to the school in March and were rejected. The suit alleges that the school violated the federal Equal Access Act and First Amendment by failing to approve the club’s constitution, according to Lehigh Valley Live.

Settled? … In court.

The paper — whose lead author is Chris Clack, a mathematician who has worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado and now has an energy consulting firm — received coverage in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other outlets, including a piece from yours truly in this space. Clack’s paper went through rigorous vetting and numerous delays that lasted more than a year. Rather than accept any of the criticisms Clack and his nearly two dozen co-authors made, Jacobson responded with tirades on Twitter, EcoWatch, and elsewhere. He claimed that his work doesn’t contain a single error, that all of his critics are whores for hydrocarbons, and that, well, dammit, he’s right. Never mind that Jacobson overstated the amount of available hydropower in the U.S. by roughly a factor of ten and claimed that in just three decades or so, we won’t need any gasoline, diesel, or jet fuel because we will all be flying to Vegas in hydrogen-powered 737s.
But Jacobson has also made it clear that he’s considering litigation.

If you can’t do anything – teach. And if you can’t teach …

Top public universities pay administrators with jobs related to diversity initiatives an average of $175,088 per year, substantially more than other professors and faculty members, according to a Campus Reform investigation.

A sheet compiling the salaries of the top diversity administrators at 43 of America’s top public universities shows that virtually all are paid at least $100,000, with some going well beyond $300,000.

Security improvements.

One of Bitcoin’s attractions was always anonymity, but if you used it to buy something, your parcel was always trackable. Now, some researchers have used the blockchain concept underpinning it to make deliveries anonymous, too.

Bitcoin may have made money anonymous, but the problem is that privacy collapses as soon as you touch conventional centralized institutions, like the postal service or branded delivery companies. If you don’t want someone to know what you ordered, you take a risk sending it via the mail – although with drugs so easily concealable, many in Canada have willing taken that chance for years.
Now, academics have taken the onion routing concept popularized by Tor and married it with the blockchain to produce an anonymous parcel delivery system that is difficult, if not impossible, to track.

The problem … How much can you ‘fleece’ out of the UK before those who voted to stay discover that it’s about the money.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has called on both sides in the negotiations on the UK’s departure from the European Union to “get down to business”.

Mr Davis travelled to Brussels ahead of the second round of formal talks.

He said his priority was to “lift the uncertainty” for EU citizens living in the UK and Britons living in the EU.

The EU says there must be substantial progress on this – and on a financial settlement and the issue of the Irish border – before trade talks can begin.

In a brief appearance alongside EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier as their teams began this week’s talks, Mr Davis said there had been a good start to the process and it was time to get to the “substance of the matter”.

Mr Barnier said the negotiators would “now delve into the heart of the matter”.

India – the enigma.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brand of Hindu nationalism will likely be bolstered Monday when the country holds an election to decide its next president.

The position will be voted on by an electoral college comprising members of both Houses of Parliament and state legislators. Because of the domination of national and state lawmakers by Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the election of its chosen candidate is expected to be a mere formality.