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Tim Dooley

Degree is Shaked II

When we might write a sociology book, the ancients would tell a story. Our preference for the literal, explicit, and linear should not be allowed to persuade us that our science is more sophisticated than narrative—as we have seen, the Iliad and the “Judgment of Paris” long anticipated sociology’s distinction between “ascribed” and “acquired” honor—nor to authorize our reading ancient narratives in the same manner as a textbook. On this note, let’s return to Genesis. With a merely literal reading, we purchase six-day young-earth creationism at the cost of reducing… Read more Degree is Shaked II

Auto Damage: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Half a lawyer’s job is telling people things they don’t want to hear. For example, most calls I take concerning automobile damage terminate with the complaint that “you’re telling me I’m basically screwed.” Keep reading to find out why I’m usually thinking “yes.”  If the cost of repairing a vehicle is less than its fair market value, then the owner is entitled to the cost of repair and related expenses, and to compensation for any depreciation in value. If the cost of repair is greater than the vehicle’s value (i.e.… Read more Auto Damage: Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?