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Links to some interesting places:
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Junk Science Blog and debunking discussion forum.
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Volokh Conspiracy
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Prof Bainbridge Blog
Clayton Cramer
David Friedman's homepage
Vodka Pundit
Tiki Lounge
Jim Dunnigan's site
Cold Fury
Karl's blog

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Sunday, January 30, 2005

72% turnout. The Iraqi people just ignored the terrorists and walked to the polls en masse. That is an amazing accomplishment for Iraq and the Coalition forces there.


To date, there have been historic elections in Afghanistan and Iraq because of the determination of President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair. A few years ago, I would have ridiculed the idea that this could have been accomplished in one much less both of those countries. I'm truly astonished.

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Thursday, January 27, 2005

"Michael couldn't hurt a child, he loves children too much."

That's a quote from Michael Jackson's mother in an interview tonight on an entertainment news program.

Just in case you were wondering where the stupid part of the Jackson genome comes from.

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Monday, January 24, 2005

As I'm interested in copyright law, I was interested in this discussion of an interesting issues in intellectual property law - the status of fan fiction - on the blog Scrivener's Error. Part 2 here. I've had similar reservations of some of the Ninth Circuit cases mentioned, but I'm still digesting the full piece and look forward to follow up by Petit.

Hattip to Prof Bainbridge.

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Prof Bainbridge points out something I've been saying, that AARP can go stuff themselves.

AARP is a completely fraudulent operation, luring people with the illusion of being an organization representing seniors but then adopting ideological positions not always consistent with the interests of their members.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

To those active in the debate about global warming, a key issue is that low quality and outright dishonesty of the IPCC reports. There is an active debate going on about a key underpinning of the IPCC reports, the Mann "hockey stick" - a description of historic global temperature trends - that reveals some suspicious manipulation of data.

Today, we see that the IPCC "researchers" are still up to their shenanigans as Chris Landsea writes this letter explaining why he objects to Kevin Trenbarth misrepresenting the research in the area of hurricane frequency and global warming.

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Monday, January 17, 2005

Just when you think that California lawyers are falling behind in the ethics race to the bottom, they find some new talent.

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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Glenn Reynolds points to this story in India Times about people calling up call centers located in India to abuse the employees there. Evidently in the name of striking back against off-shoring of call center jobs.

Personally, I'm very pro-Free Trade. So I've no sympathy with the goal. But can anyone sincerely in opposition to free trade policies tell me that this is anything but childish abuse of people? Glenn makes reference to a thread of racism in Leftist opposition to off-shoring and other free trade policies. I've seen it before.

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The below email went out to Staples corporate relations today:

I have recently seen news reports that state that Staples withdrew advertising from the Sinclair Broadcasting corporation. Evidently, Staples does not care for Sinclair's editorial comments.

Oddly, I did not see any news of Staples withdrawing advertising from CBS Inc. in light of CBS News broadcasting a "news" story based on forged documents slandering the President of the United States. If I missed that event, please correct me.

In the absence of such a correction, I thank you for making my choice of office supply stores easier. I will be shopping at Office Depot from now on.

Robin Roberts
Update: The return email from Staples denies that they were withholding advertising from Sinclair:

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Our media buying process with Sinclair Broadcasting stations has recently been misrepresented by an organization with no affiliation to Staples. Staples regularly drops and adds specific programs from our media buying schedule, as we evaluate and adjust how to best reach our customers. We do not let political agendas drive our media buying decisions.

Staples does not support any political party. We advertise with a variety of media outlets, but do not necessarily share the same views of these organizations or what they report. As we have done for a number of years, Staples will continue to advertise on Sinclair Broadcasting stations.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

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Monday, January 03, 2005

According to this piece in NY Daily News by Stanley Crouch, Essence magazine has decided to begin to crusade against the negative and degrading images of women in Hip Hop music. Great news, as it is long past time for someone to begin this crucial work.

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