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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

 
List of famous suicides - Wikipedia -- interesting for some odd reason.
--Perc
 
Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas Our obligation is to define the liberty of all, not to mandate our own moral code." - Lawrence v. Texas, 123 S. Ct. 2472, 2480 (2003)...

 
Even More New Beatles Songs On The Horizon Plastic::SciTech::Music: Yamaha's new Vocaloid software may well allow for the complete elimination of the singer from the music process.

 
Democracy Be Damned: Fla Pols Won't Fund Small Classes The voters of Florida made it clear they want small class sizes in Florida primary schools, passing a state constituional amendment mandating shrinking class sizes over a ten-year period. Then the Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, future presidential candidate, made it clear that he intends to subvert the voters? will because nothing, not even children or democracy, is worth raising taxes for. Now comes the the Republican leadership in the legislature to say that they just won?t even try to pay for small classes, because, really, what?s the point in doing that unless the voters again make it clear that they really meant what they said. Better first to try to get the voters to repeal the constitutional amendment in the hopes it will all blow over. King says state can?t pay for smaller classes. And, hey, lets make the next vote in a special election in August, when turnout in South Florida is likely to be at its lowest! ?The people have to speak,? one of the legislative leaders said?ignoring the fact that they already did....

 
Supreme Court of Florida Appoints Committee on Privacy and Court Records The Supreme Court of Florida has appointed me along with a bevy of state law luminaries to its Committee on Privacy and Court Records. You can read the Administrative Order (.pdf) and the Press Release. There is also a useful webpage with background information. The tension between online public access to court documents and privacy raises really hard questions for which I have no ready answers. As an abstract matter it isn?t easy to say why if a record is ?public? in the sense of being available in the basement of a courthouse somewhere it shouldn?t also be available online for all of us who find it hard to get to that basement. On the other hand, as a realistic matter, some filings - especially pro se filings in family law cases - have lots of sensitive (and basically irrelevant) personal information that could easily enable identity theft. Putting that data online exposes people to substantial risks that it would be good to shield them from. Florida law on procedure and on technology issues often serves as a model for South American courts, and even for other states. By addressing this issue directly, the Supreme Court is shouldering this responsibility...

 
Froomkin on National ID Cards at FSU At Florida State,...

 
Gregory on Stalinism at George Mason At George Mason's...

 
Ugliness Surrounding Jackson Allegations Going Full Steam CNN reports: The boy who accuses singer Michael Jackson of molesting him grew up in a turbulent family where violence "was a daily occurrence," according to court documents filed by the boy's mother two years ago upon her divorce from...

 
SCO: Without Fear and Without Research In case you haven't heard, a company called SCO Group has been filing lawsuits left, right, and center claiming that they own copyrights in various parts of the otherwise free, open source Linux operating system: Not only are they embroiled...

 
Today's New Blawg

Dan Fingerman writes DTM. Dan's a recent Boston University School of Law grad and California Bar admittee, and worked as a summer associate in 2002 with Wiggin & Dana, the firm behind the Franchise Law Blog. Posts from the last month or so cover a wide variety of topics including law, technology, and culture: "Pesky spirits die hard, I guess." [Via the Blawg Ring]



 
Say Hello Say hello to Southern Exposure, a new group weblog on latin american affairs. One of the contributors is Randy Paul,...

 
Novelist Takes On the Patriot Attack Author Sara Paretsky, who writes the popular V.I. Warshawski series, is afraid of the Patriot Act. So her new novel,...

 
no way would I ever do this. "A Florida company has announced plans to develop a service that would allow consumers to pay for merchandise using microchips...
[via danklife]

 
AntiBushFilter blatantbush.com. Anti-Bush shirts by Superosity's Chris Crosby. Free plug because the O'Reilly shirt made me laugh.

 
British Library catalogue soon searchable through Amazon Amazon has purchased a license to create a searchable index of the entire British Library catalogue, including 1.7 million titles that predate ISBNs.
The deal gives Amazon the right to use the British Library's bibliographic catalogue, which contains 2.55 million books. Crucially it includes 1.7 million produced before the introduction in 1970 of the International Standard Book Number (ISBN), a 10-character code that uniquely identifies any modern book.
Link (via Ben Hammersley)

 
Jackson and Spector: Pathologies Bred In Isolation The dangerous, outrageous behavior of Michael Jackson and Phil Spector (some just alleged, some not in dispute), in court...

 
"Architecture and Hygiene," by Adam Kalkin Just finished this wonderful little book. Kalkin is on the bleeding edge of architecture, his structures and creations being so...

 
Bang & Olufsen has lost its way Once upon a time, this company was known for sound systems with beautiful design and extortionate pricing. The prices remain...