American Solidarity with Iraqis

The image of Americans dipping their fingers in blue ink in solidarity with brave Iraqis is striking. Before the war, we assumed that the ordinary people of Iraq would treat us as liberators. Briefly, they did. But the horrifying physical insecurity they faced soon led them to demand more of the foreign military force in the land. I think many Americans might have perceived Iraqis as ungrateful for the sacrifice of our treasure and blood, ungrateful for the liberation.

Wireless in Subways?

My friend Shane tells me that Blackberrys work in the NY subways because they run on old radio pager technology. Apparently, the subways have long had radio transmitters that allow people to be paged while underground, not just in stations.

Is this true? Also, what happens in Tokyo or Seoul? Is there wireless data being transmitted--for pagers or phones?

Vote for Top Legal Thinkers

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As I mentioned a couple of months ago, the magazine Legal Affairs is conducting an online poll of the top 20 Legal Thinkers in America. Of course, they recognize the poll is unscientific, but it's a fun exercise nonetheless.

The authors of the poll have offered up a list of 125 names, and allow you to choose 5 from the list, with one additional write-in.

Rumsfeld and Responsiblity

Rummy.jpg reminds us that last year,

In the middle of the controversy, Rumsfeld appeared before Congress and said he took "full responsibility" for what had happened, and he said he would step down from his post if he thought he could no longer be effective.

Bush then publicly expressed confidence in Rumsfeld.

Some thoughts about the Copyright Office comments

I've been thinking about the recent copyright office call for comments on orphan works. What is it that I would wish? The word that keeps coming back to me is "transparency." I have to live within the system, but it would be so nice if one could have tools that helped with this process -- that is

- online data bases FROM THE COPYRIGHT OFFICE (or somewhere else official) that one could search easily to see if a work has been renewed

Bush Unveils Privatization Strategy: Divide and Conquer

The President will announce that those 55 and older will not face benefit changes in their social security. (Presumably, those 55 years or older who are still in the work force will also not be eligible to privatize part of their social security contribution.)

The plan is simple: to remove the most mobilized, organized, informed constituency from objecting to the partial privatization of social security.

John Yoo Wrong on Geneva Conventions Again

In a remarkable op-ed in the LA Times, John Yoo and Robert Delahunty offer a defense of the Administration's refusal to apply the Geneva Conventions in two cases (1) the war against Al Queda; and (2) the Taliban.


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