Barely Legally

Confessions of a Moot Court Bailiff

Well Put

Famed hacker magazine 2600 published a press release condemning the DDoS attacks on Visa.com, Mastercard.com, and other sites that are perceived to have acted unfairly to Wikileaks:

The assault on Wikileaks must not be overshadowed by the recent denial of service attacks and these certainly must not be allowed to be associated with the hacker community. This will play right into the hands of those who wish to paint us all as threats and clamp down on freedom of speech and impose all kinds of new restrictions on the Internet, not to mention the fact that the exact same types of attacks can be used on “us” as well as “them.” (Interestingly, it was only a week ago that “hackers” were blamed for denial of service attacks on Wikileaks itself. That tactic was ineffectual then as well.)

Maybe I see everything that happens on the internet through net neutrality-colored glasses, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

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Close Call

From the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog, Efforts To Ban Sharia Law in Courts Spreading:

According to this story in the USA Today, the movement to keep the Koran out of the courts isn’t limited to the Sooner state.

At least seven states, including Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, have proposed similar laws. Tennessee and Louisiana have enacted versions of the law banning use of foreign law under certain circumstances. Former U.S. speaker Newt Gingrich would like to see Congress adopt a similar [sic] for the federal courts.

Seriously, why don’t we have some sort of Constitutional provision prohibiting the government from respecting an establishment of religion? You’d think one or more of the Founding Fathers would have intended there to be some sort of metaphorical (and I’m just pulling this off the top of my head here) wall between church and state.

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Staring at the Wall to Wall

Jonathan Coulton’s song “Shop Vac” has received the “typographical music video” treatment.  Actually, that doesn’t do the video justice.  Spend the next three minutes watching this.  It’s catchy, I promise.

This Jarrett Heather guy has a history of making awesome things from JoCo’s music, apparently.

(via Shop Vac on Vimeo)

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What Wall Street Does

According to The New Yorker, the trading aspect of Wall Street is almost completely socially worthless, and only serves to make bankers rich… for a bit:

In September, [The Epicurean Dealmaker] and I met at a diner near my office. … Our conversation started out with some banter about the rivalry between bankers and traders at many Wall Street firms. As the traders came out on top in recent years, TED recalled, “they would say, ‘You guys are the real parasites, going to expensive lunches and doing deals on the back of our trading operations.’ ”He professed to be unaffected by this ribbing, but he said, “In my experience, the proprietary traders are always the clowns who make twenty million dollars a year until they lose a hundred million.”

I hadn’t heard of TED before, but I plan to start reading. On an empty stomach, though, guys. This finance stuff will make your soul hurt.

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Yes, Virginia

When I check my readership statistics, I like to see what search terms people are using to find my site. One day last month, these were the only three visitors who were referred from a search engine:

Yes, the deadly martial art of jujitsu, also known as “wearing pajamas and letting another man lie on top of you” is legal in New York.

I have no idea how far down the Google search results you’d have to scroll to find “BarelyLegally.com” from “Berly Leagly.”

As for the “Almost Legal” guy: something tells me he was a little disappointed when he got here. That’s leftover from the old blog name of Almost Legally. Good thing I changed the name to something much less easily confused for porn, right?

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Nerd Lawyer Finds Soulmate

How have I never heard of Law and the Multiverse before today? Examining real-life legal issues in the context of super heroes:

In the real world, this would cause significant problems for Batman and Gotham.  Batman’s rough and tumble style would lead to a rash of Section 1983 claims for damages and probably also for an injunction against Batman’s future cooperation in police investigations.  As discussed earlier, most evidence that Batman collects would be inadmissible, and police use of that evidence might bar the use of additional evidence collected during a subsequent police investigation.

Even the headlines of recent posts in the sidebar fills me with nerd glee: “Mutants and Anti-Discrimination Laws, Part Three,” “Law and the Zombie Apocalypse,” “Batman and Patents.”

That’s it, guys. Game over. Law blogs have reached their zenith. The last one to leave turns out the lights and feeds the Above The Law trolls.

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