Monthly Archives: December 2005

It’s Not Too Late to Give

There are still several hours in the tax year. It may be too late to emulate my brother and acquire that extra two-legged tax deduction, but it’s not too late to make charitable donations online via Network for Good.

We particular favor Ashoka, Daily Bread Food Bank of Miami, EPIC, Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights), and the University of Miami H.O.P.E. program (student public interest programs), but there are so many good causes to choose from.

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BlogAfrica Quiz — Easy Grading

BlogAfrica has a ten question news quiz on Africa in 2005. Fortunately, they’re much easier graders than I am: 60% is a passing score — and I just squeaked in.

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Don’t Even Think About It

Via Concurring Opinions, this marvelous piece of refried boilerplate from the AALS Section on Contracts:

IMPORTANT SMALL PRINT LEGAL DISCLAIMER

This web site is a forum for the exchange of information and points of view. Opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the Section on Contracts or of the Association of American Law Schools, which when you think about it are really only reified abstractions that have no independent existence and therefore can’t really have any “opinions” about anything at all, so we’re not sure why we have to say this. All statements herein are the sole responsibility of the authors, except for any that are inaccurate, irresponsible, tasteless, or actionable, which are solely the responsibility of student editorial assistants who are working as independent contractors and for whom we will accept absolutely no responsibility whatsoever. There are no warranties, either express or implied, for the use of this site. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice, since only an idiot would take free legal advice on an important issue from the casual musings of a law professor instead of paying a practicing lawyer who actually knows the law of the jurisdiction you’re in. Any disputes arising as a result of your use of this site shall be decided by arbitration under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce in Japan, unless you happen to be somewhere in or near Japan, in which case it shall be decided in Belgium. Your reading of this provision signifies your assent to all its terms.

Perhaps this is a good time to refer readers to my own personal web site disclaimer? (Reprinted below for your convenience.)

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Because You Need to Procrastinate at this Time of Year

They claim that no one can play Strange Attractors without laughing at least once. I believe it.

This game uses only one control, the space bar, which turns gravity on when you press it. Weird, silly fun.

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Max Fitzgerald Froomkin

My boys have their first male cousin: Max Fitzgerald Froomkin. Born last night, the large economy size.

Both Dan and Paige are doing well.

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Policy Wonk Joke

The debate over blog wonkery reminded me of a joke my dad told me, probably back in the good old days of the Nixon administration.

Q: “What’s the difference between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to research?”

A: “Democrats believe in research. They go out and commission the best experts they can find to advise them, then read the results. But when the results don’t agree with their plans, they just file the report. And then they go do what they were going to do anyway.

“Republicans don’t believe in research. They skip straight to the last step.”

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In Praise of Wonkery

Angry Bear, that most excellent economist, sums up a bloggish debate that apparently broke out while I wasn’t looking. Seems that there’s otherwise sensible people out there who argue that there’s little if any point in bloggish wonkery at this moment in US history because no one in power cares about facts anyway.

A better argument for the “no facts please, we’re American” point of view might have commented on the need to break through the right-wing financial and ideological dominance of mass media (and I don’t just mean Fox, I mean a New York Times that thinks it is 1944 and FDR is President).

But even the strongest form of that argument is wrong. Angry Bear goes to the trouble of working up wordy justifications for, well, justifications, and does the usual nice job. But I’m afraid my view on this is quite simple, some may even say simplistic:

The truth may not always set you free, but there is no real freedom without truth.

Academics, wonky bloggers, muckrakers, we all play our small parts in the Experiment that is democracy.

So, how’s the experiment going this year?

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