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Monday, November 10, 2003

 
Plastic: Shockingly, Senate Lets Politics Get In The Way Of Truth
 
Plastic: Shockingly, Senate Lets Politics Get In The Way Of Truth
 
Fleshbot bares all The AP reports on porn magazine sales going limp. But today comes word of a new site that will spice things up a bit -- and doubtless lead to the firing of an office worker or two. Nick Denton, president...

 
The Saudi-Al-Qaeda Conflict - Is Defending The Lesser Of Two Evils Too Evil? Plastic::Politics::Terrorism: Al-Qaeda has been blamed for recent terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, whose ruling regime Osama bin Laden has long vowed to bring down.

 
Profile in Courage You do read some humbling things online. Here?s one: t a c i t u s: Failure of nerve. Impressive as this is essay is, I wonder if the non sequitor with which it concludes is correct: Is it wrong to think that, on average, politicians who have served in the military may be more sensible in their use of force than those for whom combat is an abstraction? And even if that is wrong, does it follow that it?s wrong to suspect draft-evaders, again on average, of middle-aged over-compensation? History is an uncertain guide. For example, both Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon served in the Navy, and both escalated in Vietnam. Clinton had a draft deferment and built a great big military. Current events, however, strongly suggest a conclusion....

 
Legal Theory Lexicon: Public Reason Introduction 

 
Lawyer Hit With $5M Judgment in Malpractice Case This guy has to be the worst lawyer ever: Marietta, Ga., attorney Don C. Huprich was having a bad day. In a letter he faxed to DeKalb Superior Court Judge Linda W. Hunter on Sept. 15, he informed the judge...

 
Law Firm Fined for 'Piling On' Claims An unprecedented $400,000 fine against one of Seattle's largest law firms is shaking the legal community, prompting some lawyers to predict that local litigation may never be the same. Those applauding the fine say it will make lawyers think...

 
Shades Of Lexis And Westlaw

Penn State is among the first colleges to consider offering students "free" Napster access, by building the cost into a per-term technology fee. ("Getting in tune with colleges: Music services hope free downloads will lure students;" syndicated from the L.A. Times, Jon Healey) I guess law students should be happy there's no Kazaa equivalent for legal research; if there were, Lexis and Westlaw might not be so willing to underwrite student access in reliance on the paying customers they stand to gain with each graduating class.



 
Is Katherine Harris Delusional? From the Washington Post: "It's been a little overwhelming. We're getting phone calls from all over the state, ringing off...

 
High Court Examines Right of Confrontation The Supreme Court hears oral arguments today in Crawford v. Washington. The issue is whether there are exceptions to the...

 
The Law of Averages Jason Salavon is an artist who creates images (and video) by averaging data to create seemingly complex amalgamations. From the mundane to the more exotic (and nsfw) his work shows the regularity inherent in almost all media.

 
The Matrix Unloaded This guy has hit the nail on the head. I've been marveling at how it was possible to completely screw up the sequels to what I consider the greatest action movie of all time. Matt Feeney has precisely and eloquently pinpointed everything wrong with the Matrix sequels.

 
Infinitely expressive smileys This highly tweakable smiley-generator is part of a computational semiotics project to refine the expressivity of machine-mediated communications. Link (Thanks, Hamish!)


 
Hill of Crosses Amazing photos of the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai, Lithuania, a small hill where hundreds of thousands of crosses have been deposited by pilgrims since the town was raided by Teutonic Knights in the 14th Century. Link (via Geisha Asboi)


 
Cops Raid High School, Find Nothing From the Times and Democrat via the Drudge Report: Fourteen officers cordoned off the main hallway of Stratford High School...

 
Why we have pets "It is an incarnation of an ancient human practice of taking in wild animals. The big picture is that we...

 
ThisisLondon -- all joking aside about John Woo movies with John Travolta... imagine waking up and seeing somebody else's face in the mirror? Could you ever get used to not having your own face? What are the effects on the personality as a result of this change?
--Perc