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Inside Legal Blogs [By Jeff] Last week, the Workplace Prof Blog offered up an assessment of cyberslacking, the practice of goofing off on the computer at work. Apparently, it’s the hot new thing. About 45% of Americans say they are distracted by the Internet while working. Employers waste $750 billion per year on salaries for time wasted in cyberspace. So what are you waiting for? Stop working, and start goofing off with this week’s law blog roundup.

Concurring Opinions and the Volokh Conspiracy picked up on an article from the Christian Science Monitor that discussed why email, the mode of communication du jour, makes it so easy to misunderstand each other. At Concurring Opinions, Kaimipono D. Wenger states that the same is true with blogs. In addition to not being able to pick up on nonverbal cues, blog readers face other disadvantages when trying to extract meaning from a blog post. Sarcasm is tough to transmit through the bloglines. In addition, blog posts, like emails, are often fired off in haste. I can assure you that this is true. This article is being written mere minutes before its Mondaymorning deadline. I’d better move on to the next paragraph. Here we go! The big blogging story of last week involved ABC News’ blog The Blotter, where a story emerged of the federal government wiretapping journalists to uncover their secret sources. A secret government informant told reporters Brian Ross and Richard Esposito to

Global Tracking Devices into our spines next

He blames the “Holocaust Industry” for

fall. The tracking devices are very stylish and

spreading misinformation regarding the fate of

can play MP3s, so there is nothing to worry

the European Jews during World War II. Darby

about. If you wake up in the middle of the night

is presently headed for New Jersey to speak

and hear someone breathing on the other end

at a “pro-white rally.” This guy is kind of like

of the phone, relax, it’s just Karl Rove checking

the white power Ross Perot—only crazier and

in.

dumber.

On a related note, the progressive research

Reeling from soaring gas prices? Richard

and analysis blog Think Progress presented

Posner of The Becker-Posner Blog says, “Quit

a critique of the current NSA domestic spying

your complaining, you big baby!” A stark-

program and how it could expose the major

raving conservative evaluation of the current

telecommunications companies to billions of

gas crisis was posted on The Becker-Posner

dollars worth of lawsuits. According to Think

Blog a short while ago. Posner says the high

Progressive, AT&T, Verizon, and BellSouth violated the Stored Communications Act; and even the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act can’t protect them. They claim the telecommunications giants could be liable for $1 billion for every American whose records were surrendered to the U.S. government. That’s well over the established rate of $1.99 for the first minute and $3.99 for each additional minute.

gas prices are a good thing! It reduces our

get new cell phones because the government

dependency on foreign oil and puts more money into the economy. He points out that the nature of the gas industry is routinely causing spiking and that the government’s scrambling to satiate oil-addicted Americans is both hasty and myopic. Another development from weeks past was the return of attorney Roy Black. As highlighted in a post from Evan Schaeffer’s

Legal Underground, Roy bid the practice of law

was listening to their calls. I would advise them

From the “Uh-Oh” files comes this Instapundit

to invest in new cell phones anyway so they

story of a bat-guano crazy Democratic

can get some of that Bluetooth technology.

candidate for Alabama Attorney General.

Following the leak about the U.S. government’s

Candidate Larry Darby, founder of the Atheist

secret prisons in Poland and Romania, the

Law Center, took some lumps from the

feds took a keen interest in knowing who was

Alabama press for his religious views. He

talking with reporters about what. The tenor

tried to win some brownie points by admitting

of The Blotter piece is rather alarmist. Next

that although he is an atheist, he has plenty

thing you know, they’ll be complaining when

of insane beliefs. Chief among his screwball

Until next week, fellow blogophiles, keep

the government begins inserting Reagan 2900

notions is that the Holocaust never happened.

watching the blogs.

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adieu to star in the mega-flop lawyer reality-TV show The Firm. The TV show fizzled out and was swept under the rug without fanfare. Black is back now, representing radio personality Rush Limbaugh in his OxyContin case. Even the brightest Hollywood stars fade away, Roy. Welcome back to the fold.


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