Monthly Archives: May 2024

Cited by Washington Supreme Court

My article Wrong Turn in Cyberspace: Using ICANN to Route Around the APA and the Constitution, 50 Duke L.J. 17 (2000), got cited by the Supreme Court of Washington in Assurance Wireless USA v. State of Washington Department Of Revenue, 544 P.3d 471, 484 (2024) …

…but for something so obscure that I had to look up the article to see if I really said that 24 years ago.

Seems that I did.

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Progress!

Matt Levine writes:

Every time I see an article like this:

Starting from Dec. 30, chocolate makers that sell or produce in the EU will have to show that the cocoa they use wasn’t grown on land cut from forests since the end of 2020. In practice, it means that each morsel of cocoa that makes its way into the bloc will need to be linked to the GPS coordinates of the farm where it was harvested.   That’s where people like [Brice-Armel] Konan, who helps monitor cocoa farm data in Ivory Coast for the Rainforest Alliance, a nonprofit based in New York and Amsterdam, and his smartphone come in. Such nonprofits, along with industry groups, governments and chocolate companies, are racing to help farmers record the data they need in time.   Ivory Coast’s cocoa and coffee regulator says it has mapped just over 80% of the country’s estimated 1.55 million cocoa farms. That leaves some 300,000—or about 2,000 a day—to be mapped or otherwise accounted for by Oct. 1, the start of the new cocoa season.

I immediately search for the word “blockchain.” Five years ago, this article would absolutely have used the word “blockchain.” In 2024 it does not. I suppose that is some sort of progress.

Go read the post. Stay for the shrimp….

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They Really Are Insane

DeSantis Signs Law Deleting Climate Change From Florida Policy:

Florida’s state government will no longer be required to consider climate change when crafting energy policy under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican.

The new law, which passed the Florida Legislature in March and takes effect on July 1, will also prohibit the construction of offshore wind turbines in state waters and will repeal state grant programs that encourage energy conservation and renewable energy.

The legislation also deletes requirements that state agencies use climate-friendly products and purchase fuel-efficient vehicles. And it prevents any municipality from restricting the type of fuel that can be used in an appliance, such as a gas stove.

I guess they’re in a hurry to force the state under water?  Won’t take much….

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Puppies in Politics (2)

Like everyone else, I was surprised by the news that South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem boasts in her forthcoming autobiography about shooting Cricket, her 14-months-old wirehair pointer, due to Cricket’s “aggressive personality”.  Political commentators seem to think that she did this to show her toughness, with a particular eye, perhaps, to signalling to Donald Trump that she’d be a fine Vice Presidential candidate.

What surprised me more than the cruelty of the act — we’re talking about a modern Republican Governor after all — was that Noem seemed ignorant of the role of dogs in modern politics. Mitt Romney got pilloried for tying a dog on his car roof.  Dr. Memhet Oz might be a Senator from Pennsylvania but for this video about his actually killing puppies:

And as I’ve noted before, in a 2008 Maryland Senate ad in the (ultimately losing) candidate tried to make fun of attack ads against him by invoking his love for … puppies.

It worked, though, for Senator Raphael Warnock,

…and it wasn’t even his dog.

Meanwhile, it turns out that shooting your dog might also be a class two misdemeanor in South Dakota.

In any case, what sort of politician thinks that the W.C. Fields crowd is a demographic worth pursuing?

And I think it probably will be Sen. Tim Scott, anyway.

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