Is this the ides of Yule? Hard to tell with mid-December temperatures in the 10C/50F range. 55F in Watertown, NY today. It is slowing down around town - the university emptying out, folks daydreaming of Christmas cake soon to come, people writing Christmas cards instead of clamouring in the streets. By the way, if you get anything from me this time of year it will be late. I seem to be always finding a reason to not open up that pack of cards. So it will be late.
- Dear Mildred Dover, Attorney General of PEI: try that one again:
...Speaking to municipal officers, he accused Dover of displaying "underhandedness and sneakiness" in the way she prepared the amendments. "That language is totally inappropriate and unacceptable," said Dover. "He operates under the Canadian Bar Association's code of professional conduct. The code says, Mr. Speaker, and I do have it with me, and I quote, "he should take care not to weaken or destroy public confidence in legal institutions by broad irresponsible allegations of corruption or partiality ?."Does the highest...h'mph...law enforcement official in a province really think that the Code requires lawyers to not make unpleasant blunt comment about the acts of a legislature? The rules on legal institutions refers to the courts, the body of which we happy few are officers. We are not officers of the legislature. Further, we are otherwise directed to civility in relation to public authorities which generally includes the direction (at CBA Code, Chap XIII, Rule 3) "the lawyer should not hesitate to speak out against an injustice". Further (At CBA Code, Chap XVIII, 9):
The lawyer is often called upon to comment publicly on the effectiveness of existing statutory or legal remedies, on the particular effect of particular cases, or to offer an opinion on causes that have been or are about to be instituted. It is permissible to do this in order to assist the public to understand the legal issues involved.We are asked to be particularly careful in our discussion of the courts as we also recognize that they cannot speak back...as opposed to an Attorney-General who can and who is in an opposing and adversarial position to the interests of the lawyer's client. Remember - this is a politician hitting the big red button in their brain for being called underhanded and sneaky. The inhumanity of it all. Sneaky. And at Christmas, too.
- Have I mentioned recently...ummm...Matsuzaka! The Red Sox will clearly control the universe next year with the best pitching line-up in the history of all human endevor. All are doomed. I have been wearing my Red Sox t-shirts all week in celebration. In oneness with those who know me not but care for me. That is the miracle of sports fandom. They care. They really care.
- By comparison, I guess I am not that big of a fan of hockey. Maybe it's that thing I have about anything called a stick:
Billed as "the single most important piece of hockey memorabilia in existence," the world's oldest hockey is now up for grabs on eBay. As of Thursday morning, 26 bids had sent the price of the coveted piece of Canadiana soaring to $2.2-million (U.S.). Gord Sharpe has owned the hand-carved, one-piece hickory stick since the age of 9. It was given to him by his great-uncle, whose grandfather Alexander Rutherford Sr. fashioned the stick on his farm near Lindsay, Ont. for play on a nearby pond. The stick is believed to have been carved between 1852 and 1856.
- You people really need to deal with the fact that in winter I sleep in a bit:
Gary Rith to me: 7:34 am (11 minutes ago)Go!
c'mon, dammit, POST!
Alan McLeod to Gary: 7:38 am (7 minutes ago)
I woke up at 7:22
Gary Rith to me 7:38 am (7 minutes ago)
who cares! just got a message from cm and the race is ON!
- I am listening to a discussion of "presenteeism" which is the opposite apparently of "absenteeism". It means encouraging people to not show up at work when they are sick. The pendulum just started its way back. Next, the virtues of a cluttered desk.
- Speaking of a trend coming to an end:
After analyzing thousands of credit and debit card transactions over a two-year period, Mr. Bernoff found that Apple has historically been able to sell only 20 songs on average for each iPod device sold. "If iPod owners continued to purchase music tracks throughout the lifetime of their ownership, one would expect to see iTunes sales growing at a faster rate than iPods," he concluded in a new report. Years ago when CD players were introduced, consumers rushed out to buy new music libraries. Clearly, the iPod is not having the same effect on content, he said.This is the problem with the digital world - no stuff. We are creatures of stuff more than we are of money. If things are not acquirable without payment and come with no stuff, why would there be any economic inertia behind that change? It wouldn't. The transactional event is hollowed out. Soon people will clamour in the streets for the return of stuff.
Update: my pal Dan noted another issue with the 2.0 world.
- How does the governmental administrative process of "giving up" actually occur? Is there a protocol? A guide?
In a major blow to the Bush administration’s efforts to secure borders, domestic security officials have for now given up on plans to develop a facial or fingerprint recognition system to determine whether a vast majority of foreign visitors leave the country, officials say. Domestic security officials had described the system, known as U.S. Visit, as critical to security and important in efforts to curb illegal immigration. Similarly, one-third of the overall total of illegal immigrants are believed to have overstayed their visas, a Congressional report says.That is nutty. Aside from the security issue, who gets to decide that they have "given up on plans". Is this some sort of infiltration of libertarians?
Tracking visitors took on particular urgency after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when it became clear that some of the hijackers had remained in the country after their visas had expired. But in recent days, officials at the Homeland Security Department have conceded that they lack the financing and technology to meet their deadline to have exit-monitoring systems at the 50 busiest land border crossings by next December. A vast majority of foreign visitors enter and exit by land from Mexico and Canada, and the policy shift means that officials will remain unable to track the departures.