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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
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.
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.
Published on Nov 19, 2012
The Workplace Prof Blog offered up an assessment of cyberslacking, the practice of goofing off on the computer at work.