Monday, September 30, 2002

MORRIS: The Law Library Catalog
At Yale with links to others.
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When Body Language Lies

Most people call it "body language"—the clues to the meaning and intent of communication from others that we get from gesture, facial expression, posture—everything that isn’t spoken. The experts call it “nonverbal communication,” but it amounts to the same thing: a second source of human communication that is often more reliable or essential to understanding what is really going on than the words themselves.

Or is it? Accurate knowledge of body language is essential for success in interpersonal relations, whether in the business world or in personal life. However, much of our understanding is instinctive—and a good deal of it is wrong, according to modern communications research. What follows are some of the hardier myths, and the reality behind them.

MY DINNER WITH A PARTNER

An Invitation Turns Out to Be a Lot More Work Than Play

BY THE RODENT

Recently, one of The Firm’s power partners summoned me into her office as I passed by her door. I was flattered by the fact that this partner, who had never previously acknowledged my existence, was speaking to me–even if all she said was "Hey, you." After I stepped into her office, she continued: "I hear you’re the person doing The Firm’s immigration work."

"Of course," I told her.

It was true. I had recently been asked to do some work in this area of the law because The Firm’s real immigration attorney had left to start her own firm. I was picked because I had a bit of experience with immigration law.

While I was in law school, a couple of foreign friends of mine needed help with papers that had to be filed with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. These friends could not afford to hire a licensed attorney, and so I agreed to assist them. Well, perhaps "assist" is not the right word to describe what I did for them. And perhaps "friends" is not the right word to describe the current status of our relationship. You see, both of them now live abroad, forever banned from returning to this country.

The Firm asked me to fill in until a replacement could be hired.

After my short conversation with the partner who called me into her office, I concluded I had made a good impression because she called me the next day. "My husband and I are having a dinner party at our home on Friday night," she said. "I’d like you to please come."

Despite arriving at the house earlier than what I thought was fashionably late, I was made to feel as if I were very late. The partner met me at the door and as we walked through the entryway of the house I was able to look into the dining room and see that the other guests were already eating dinner.

"I’m sorry I’m late," I said, more as an inquiry than an apology.

"Oh, you’re not late at all," I was told. "Rosa just finished serving, and she can meet with you now."

This was one of those statements that was so incomprehensible, so seemingly out of context that I felt sure I had missed something very obvious. This sensation of being lost inside an intellectual wilderness was something I had grown accustomed to while working at The Firm.

As I turned toward the dining room, I felt my arm being tugged in the other direction, whereupon I was whisked past the dining room, through a hallway and into the kitchen. There at the counter stacking dishes was a uniformed housekeeper. She turned around and watched us approach.


"I understand you speak Spanish," the partner said to me.

"Uhh, I, umm, uhh," I responded with a perfect Castilian accent.

"This is Rosa," I was told before I could say anything else (in either Spanish or English). "She’s from Guatemala, and she needs a green card." The partner then motioned for the two of us, the two servants, to sit down at a small table there in the kitchen. "Otherwise, I am going to have to find a new housekeeper. I opened a file at The Firm for this. Bill all your time to that."

She then thanked me for the bottle of wine I had brought along and said she hoped it would go with the salmon filet they were enjoying in the other room. "You can let yourself out the back door. You’ve already eaten, haven’t you?" she asked, not expecting an answer as she walked out of the kitchen.

©2002 ABA Journal

Sunday, September 29, 2002

**Get On the AnswerBus for Natural Language Searching



I admit it; I still dig natural language search engine though they
aren't quite the big thing they were back in the heyday of Ask Jeeves
and the (late, lamented) Electric Monk.



If you still want that natural language goodness but don't want to
limit yourself to Ask Jeeves, check out the AnswerBus at
http://www.answerbus.com.



AnswerBus is a project of Zhiping Zheng, who has a paper on it at
http://www2002.org/CDROM/poster/203/. It's simple to use, though --
enter a question. Instead of giving you a list of possibly-related
questions, like AskJeeves, does, AnswerBus gives you a list of
answers.



I started with the obligatory question, "Why is the sky blue?" and
AnswerBus came up with ten possible answers, the first one -- which
was a hyperlink from the phrase "The reason the sky is blue is very
complex" -- being just fine. I then tried a question that's about the
only ST:TNG quote I know: "Why is the sky black?" That one wasn't as
easily answered, but I did get a relevant answer in #2 of the list of
ten.



AnswerBus couldn't answer the somewhat obscure question "Who wrote
Cocktail Time?" but had no problem with "Who starred in The Matrix?"
It got wildly confused with the question "How many pounds are in a
stone?" giving me a list of weights in stone and pounds. (I was able
to figure out how many pounds were in a stone by looking at the
weights.) "What's the weather in Boston?" went well, with answers
linking to several different lists of weather. "What are the hurricane
names for 2003?" popped the correct answer right up. A fun
exploration.



Another LLRX tipster.

**The Wall Street Executive Library

Looking for business and news reference? Check out the Wall Street
Executive Library at http://www.executivelibrary.com/.

This is more a fingertip-reference type site; instead of an annotated
link list this site is a link list gathered into topics that include
News Center, Magazines and Journals, and Office Reference & Toolkit.

There must be several hundred links on the front page alone, but the
site doesn't stop at the front page. Check out the headers for a
"more.." link. These links will take you to more extensive link pages
elsewhere in the site (The entire site has over 1000 links.) Check the
tutorial link for more information on how to use the site. I found a
few cool new links here; worth an explore.

From LLRX.com
xrefer - Overview What is xrefer?
xrefer is a giant online reference library, in fact, all the reference books that you’d expect to find in any good reference library. xrefer includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law. To find out about the titles in xrefer, look at the list of titles by topic.
ABCNEWS.com : Webster's Language for a New Generation Among the new words that made the cut for 2002 were treehugger (an environmentalist"), hottie ("a physically attractive person"), roadrage ("a motorist's uncontrolled anger that is usually generated by an irritating act of another motorist and is expressed by aggressive or violent behavior") and dollarization ("adoption of the U.S. dollar as a foreign country's official national currency").
"We added hottie, meaning somebody very attractive, and booty, meaning buttocks, and noogie, the prank of rubbing your knuckles on somebody's head," says James Lowe, a senior editor at Merriam-Webster.
The first great champion of American English, Noah Webster, believed that a great nation had to have its own language. He published the first genuinely American dictionary in 1806, which had 37,000 entries.
This
phantom graphic purloined from ScaryDuck.com, who has achived the high and distinguished honor of being designated the Best British Blog of the Year from the very leftist Guardian Unlimited (These are the guys that pay Chrisopher Hitchens to tell lies to the Brits about the US.)

In any event that notwithsatnding, this is truly a great award for Mr. Waldman and we really hope it gets him laid several times.

And the winner is... a duck. A Scary Duck to be precise: Alistair Coleman's witty, irreverent blog has beaten 300 rivals to take the title of Best British Blog 2002 and claim the prize of £1,000.
His blog features intelligent, confessional and entertaining rambles on everything from September 11, nuclear war and football hooliganism to the latest antics of a local dolphin nicknamed Randy.

It impressed the judges with its originality and personality: one described it as: "magnificent - well-written, focused and insightful". Another said: "The best writer of the bunch, the content is excellent."
Overlawyered.com archives -- May 2002 May 10-12 -- Lawyers say taxpayers owe $41 million to smuggled illegals' survivors. Two Yuma, Ariz. lawyers have filed wrongful death claims with the federal government's Fish and Wildlife Service demanding $3.75 million each for the families of eleven illegal immigrants who died in May 2001 while being smuggled through a desolate section of the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona near the Mexican border. The suit charges the government with failing to authorize the placement of water stations intended for use by unlawful visitors, though it knew smugglers of immigrants were active in the desert area. "It's absolutely untrue that anyone ever proposed to put stations where the aliens perished," said Tom Bauer, spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service regional office in Albuquerque. (Hernán Rozemberg, "Families sue U.S. over Mexican migrants who died in desert", Arizona Republic, May 9; David J. Cieslak, "Families of migrants who died last year file claim against U.S. government", Tucson Citizen, May 8).
Terrorism 101: A How-To Guide 180-page volume, seized from the Manchester, England home of a bin Laden disciple, offers jihad members guidance on subjects such as assassination, forging documents, and preparing poisons in its 18 chapters. The terrorism manual was placed into evidence last year by prosecutors during the federal trial of four men accused of involvement in the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (the below English translation was also placed in evidence). All four defendants were convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
We owe Mr. Rodger Schultz for this one:

A grave matter
A lawyer named Strange died, and his friend asked the tombstone maker to inscribe on his tombstone, "Here lies Strange, an honest man, and a lawyer."

The inscriber insisted that such an inscription would be confusing, for passers-by would tend to think that three men were buried under the stone. However he suggested an alternative: He would inscribe, "Here lies a man who was both honest and a lawyer."

"That way, whenever anyone walked by the tombstone and read it, they would be certain to remark: "That's Strange".

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Kylie Drops Madonna Castoff
It came as a shock last month when the British music press reported that Madonna had written a song for Kylie Minogue to record - something Madge had never done for anyone before. As it turns out, the press jumped the gun on the story. It turns out now that the song was not written specifically for Kylie, it was just a Madonna song that hadn't made it onto any of her albums. And now it looks like Kylie's backed off on the idea of releasing the hand-me-down at all. It was expected to be released as a b-side but her new single - the last from her platinum-selling "Fever" album - has hit stores without the song. Next out from Kylie will be a live set recorded in Manchester.
Reported by Trent on the Kylie coolist.

Message from Mayor Rudy Giuliani
to the United States Senate


September 25, 2002

Dear Senator:

On September 11, 2001, the lives of all Americans were changed forever. Our nation's cherished freedoms were assaulted and thousands of lives were lost.

Nobody knows better than the citizens of New York that we are faced with an enemy that not only thinks the unthinkable, but acts and executes at every opportunity. As a government we must do everything in our power to respond to this ominous and enduring threat. That means being as nimble and agile as the enemy if we are to protect the freedoms we so dearly treasure.

As a United States Senator, you are faced with an opportunity to support the President of the United States in this effort to fight the war against terrorism. As the Senate considers legislation to create the Department of Homeland Security, it is imperative that the President have every option at his disposal to protect the American people. That includes retaining all of his current national security authorities. It also means giving the President and the new Secretary the discretion to organize and manage the new Department.

A bipartisan alternative has been introduced by Senator Phil Gramm (R- TX) and Senator Zell Miller (D-GA), which builds upon many of the good ideas under consideration but addresses the two shortcomings. It restores to the President his current national security authorities regarding collective bargaining, and provides him with most of the important management flexibilities he will need to do the job. I urge you to support this bipartisan compromise legislation, and oppose any efforts to erode the President's current authorities.

Time is of the essence. The country must be prepared. That means organizing our resources to protect the borders and better protect the American people.

Sincerely,

Rudolph W. Giuliani

Follow this link to contact Senators

Experts


“Upon completion of his [prison] term, Hitler, who is not a citizen, will be expelled from the country. Further nationalist activity on his part, for the present at least, appears to be excluded.”
--Robert Murphy (US Foreign Service Officer in Munich), cable to State Department, March 10, 1924

“Mistreatment of Jews in Germany may be considered virtually eliminated.”
--Cordell Hull (US Secretary of State), quoted in Time, April 3, 1933

“Germany has no desire to attack any country in Europe….”
--David Lloyd George (former Prime Minister of Great Britain), interview with A.J. Cummings in The News Chronicle, September 21, 1936

“[Saddam has] no intention to attack Kuwait or any other party.”
--Hosni Mubarak (President of Egypt), July 25, 1990

“We don’t want war because we know what war means.”
--Saddam Hussein (President of Iraq), statement to US Ambassador April Glaspie at a meeting in Baghdad, July 25, 1990

“[If the US attacks Iraq, it will find itself] virtually alone in a bitter and bloody war that will not be won quickly or without heavy casualties.”
--Cyrus R. Vance (former US Secretary of State), testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, quoted in the New York Times, January 9, 1991

AND FINALLY, FROM THE “AL GORE, PLEASE CALL YOUR OFFICE” DEPARTMENT…….

“Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition….to the early use of military by the US against Iraq. I share your concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and against a resolution giving the President the immediate authority to go to war.”
--John Kerry (US Senator from Massachusetts), letter to a constituent, January 22 1991

“Thank you for contacting me to express your support for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush’s response to the crisis and the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in the Persian Gulf.”

--John Kerry, letter to the same constituent, January 31, 1991

Source: "The Experts Speak" by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky published by Villard.
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How to Get Out of Jury Duty The next time, I'm going to have a list of excuses ready so I can be excused. People are shameless about it, anyway. Every time the judge asked the prospective jurors a question such as "Does anyone here have any religious reasons that they can't serve?" this woman next to me would think a second, then go, "Oh, I do!" and raise her hand.
Here's my list, in case you get called and need to demonstrate your inability to render a fair and impartial judgment. Wait until the judge calls you to the bench to discuss your situation before you blurt any of these out, so the other commoners won't steal your material:
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Let's put Verisign to death
Here's a rallying point: A domain, hoopla.com, has been stolen with NetSol's complicity. A guy in Berlin faxed in a regstration for the domain (which was not set to expire until June) and NetSol handed it over to him. Instead of rectifying their error, they have told the owner to go to hell, negotiate to buy the domain from its new "owner," or just get lost.

Let's put NetSol to death. We're the Alpha Geeks of our social circles. When people ask us about registering domains, let's be sure to tell them to register anywhere except NetSol, because they will sell your domain to someone else and do nothing about it. When we attend conferences where NetSol or Verisign execs are speaking, let's hijack the Q&A and hound them about why we should trust them when they so cavalierly robbed hoopla.com's owner of her property. If NetSol resolves this issue (ha!), then ask pointed questions about why it took such a massive putsch to get them to do the right goddamned thing. If you're at an ICANN meeting, raise hoopla.com and your own horror stories and demand that NetSol be stripped of its charter. Tell your company to certify with companies other than Verisign. Don't use Verisign for credit-card processing.

and

Hoopla and Verisign from Textism.com
..............
I have my own, big, frustrating and endles problems with VeriSign/NetSol.
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MGM Mirage Seeks to Lure the Gamblers of Cyberspace
MGM Mirage plans to start an Internet casino next month, becoming the first United States casino to confront the challenges involved in offering blackjack, roulette and craps to gamblers on home computers.

The casino, whose computer operations will be based on the Isle of Man, a tiny island in the Irish Sea, will initially have a policy of refusing bets from residents of the United States, where it is illegal to offer gambling online.

The company will use new software and require proof of foreign residence in an effort to restrict betting to people over the age of 18 who are in a handful of European countries — no small task, given the challenge of knowing who and where someone is on the Internet.

Friday, September 27, 2002

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A Quiet Revolution in the Courts: Electronic Access to State Court Records
courts are finding themselves faced with some unexpected consequences of such an open access system as they become increasingly reliant upon the Internet. With caseloads growing each year, the Internet has become a valuable tool for court officials in terms of managing cases in an efficient and timely manner and streamlining document processing. At the same time, courts are using the Internet to give the public electronic access to court records, making judicial proceedings more transparent but also making widely available personally identifiable and sometimes sensitive information that, while legally a matter of public record, used to be practically obscure.

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Panel Says Bell Labs Scientist Faked Discoveries


By KENNETH CHANG
. . .
The molecular transistor papers led to his downfall.
In a paper in Nature last October, Dr. Schön and two colleagues said they had constructed a transistor where the main switching component was a layer one molecule thick. Two months later they had an article in Science reporting they had now made a transistor where the switch was a single molecule.

But other scientists noticed that the two papers included an identical graph. Dr. Schön said he had accidentally included the wrong graph in the Science paper and submitted a correction, which was published later.

Then, in May, Dr. Paul L. McEuen, a professor of physics at Cornell University, noticed more identical graphs, which supposedly represented data from different experiments. Dr. McEuen notified Bell Labs officials, who quickly assembled Dr. Beasley's committee to investigate.
The committee found more identical graphs. Other graphs appeared to be spliced together from different sets of data, often with identical curves appearing multiple times in the same graph.

The data in some other graphs were too perfect. Dr. Schön admitted that in some cases, he used curves of mathematical functions to represent experimental data, the report said.

The journals that published the research must now figure out what to do with the discredited articles. At Science, for example, a paper can be withdrawn only at the request of all of the authors.

"Obviously, the authors are going to have to come together and do something with this," said Dr. Donald Kennedy, editor in chief of Science. "If for some reason that does not happen, then we will have to make some announcement of the journal's position."

Dr. Kennedy said the peer review system that underlies scientific publication is not designed to catch fraud. "I don't think it's ever been expected to detect fraud wherever fraud occurs," he said. . . .
The Oxford English Dictionary has caught up with the language of the streets, and has put it in its new volume.
Many new entries reflect trends in British society and culture. Essex man, for long the butt of jokes from the rest of the country, can point to his official definition: "A confident, affluent young businessman ... characterised as voting Conservative and benefiting from the entrepreneurial wealth created by Thatcherite policies."

Recent literary and movie trends are taken into account, such as Aga saga, sex and shopping, and chick-lit/chick-flick. Science fiction shows its hold on the British imagination. From a galaxy far, far away come the Jedi, the Force, and the Dark Side; going boldly into the edition are Klingon, warp drive and warp factor.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Google Search: ranganathan
Considered the father of library science in India, his contributions to the field continue to have world wide influence. Having already embarked upon an academic career in mathematics, Ranganathan was appointed as first Librarian of the University of Madras in 1924, a post he would hold for 19 years.
Library Science Jeopardy
Legal costs for embattled Wall St firms adding up

But while investment firms suffer, some lawyers are facing boom times.

"You have to be very dead, very dumb or very blind not to be prospering as a litigator," Orr said.

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

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Rapsheets.com Adds More Than 5 Million Criminal Records To Its National Database -- www1.internetwire.com
MEMPHIS, TN -- (INTERNET WIRE) -- 09/10/2002 -- Rapsheets.com has added more than 5 million criminal records from three states and several Texas and Oklahoma metro areas to its databases, bringing its total coverage to more than 55 million convicted criminals. These additions include statewide records from Florida, Rhode Island and Wisconsin, along with county court records from Houston; San Antonio; Denton, Texas; Jackson, Miss; and eight counties in Oklahoma.

Monday, September 23, 2002

David L. Hudson, Jr. reports for the American Bar Association: From the September 20, 2002 eReport
BATTLE OVER ‘THE BEST’
Virginia Law Firm Challenges State Bar Ad Restrictions

If you are listed among the best, can you advertise it?

That question is the basis of a federal lawsuit filed this month pitting a Richmond, Va., law firm against the state bar association over an ethics opinion on advertising.

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen contends the ethics opinion restrains competition and violates the First Amendment.
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All I can say is think about the receptionist over there at the law office:
"Hello, Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen, may I help you?"
"Mr. Allen please."
"I'm sorry Mr. Allen is in trial. May someone else help you?"
"Mr. Allen, please"
"Mr. Allen is in a meeting with a client."
"Mr. Allen then?"
"Mr. Allen is on vacation this week."
"Okay, then Mr. Allen can help me."
"One minute please. May I say who's clling?"

Friday, September 20, 2002

WHEN THE END IS NEAR
Watch for Telltale Signs That The Firm Is in Trouble

BY THE RODENT

Worse than the recent news that major law firms are laying off staff and associates is word that entire firms are closing their doors. Like lawyers themselves, law firms now come and go. In today’s legal market, they dissolve, merge with other firms, reorganize and declare bankruptcy.

Much like other disasters, it is difficult to predict the collapse of a law firm. While things may be precarious, partners are unlikely to tip their hands about the state of affairs at The Firm. Associates must therefore look for indicators that the end may be near. Some clues–such as skipped partnership draws and the departures of certain power partners–are hard to miss. Others are even more obvious.

1. The partners put out a press release dismissing rumors that The Firm is having financial difficulties. While they proclaim that all is wonderful, it is often an act of desperation to discount information about The Firm’s finances that has been leaked to outsiders. Astute associates able to read between the press release lines can discern that the rumors are true and that The Firm’s collapse is imminent.

2. The Firm has a huge payroll, a peak-of-the-market office lease and no clients. This deadly combination has spelled the end of many law firms in recent years.

3. The Firm has a huge payroll, a peak-of-the-market office lease, no clients and merges with another firm that has a huge payroll, a peak-of-the-market office lease and no clients. The merger may postpone the inevitable for six months or so, but not much longer.

4. Peculiar behavior among partners. I don’t mean the usual strange behavior. I mean really strange behavior–even for partners. One telltale sign that The Firm is on its last legs: Client files begin to disappear. This is usually the result of partners in the know preparing to take clients with them when The Firm dissolves.

5. Ordinarily, partners use words such as "urgent," "right away," "ASAP," "rush," "emergency" and "immediately" to explain when they want projects completed. Associates should worry if, for the first time ever, a partner tells them to do the work "whenever you get around to it." This is a sure sign that The Firm won’t be in business long enough to complete the project.

The Rodent lived through the collapse of the branch office of a major firm. Although many of us among the associate ranks knew there were problems, we didn’t realize just how serious the situation was. That all changed when we read the writing on the wall–literally, in the form of posters plastered on the walls of The Firm’s file room, copying center and lunchroom. The posters contained motivational messages such as: "Success is a journey, not a destination," and "It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit."

These posters signaled the end for us. A law firm simply cannot recover from something like that. All they motivated us to do was to find new jobs elsewhere. A few months after the posters went up, the firm came down.

©2002 ABA Journal

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Statistical Malpractice – 'Firearms Availability' and Violence
Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D.
Tuesday, March 12, 2002
Part I: Politics or Science?
"There is a worrying trend in academic medicine which equates statistics with science, and sophistication in quantitative procedure with research excellence. The corollary of this trend is a tendency to look for answers to medical problems from people with expertise in mathematical manipulation and information technology, rather than from people with an understanding of disease and its causes.

"Epidemiology [is a] main culprit, because statistical malpractice typically occurs when complex analytical techniques are combined with large data sets. The mystique of mathematics blended with the bewildering intricacies of big numbers makes a potent cocktail. ..." – Bruce G. Charlton, M.D.
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1996

Once again, Americans for Gun Safety (AGS) and the Violence Policy Center (VPC), two strident gun control organizations, have entered the gun and violence debate with renewed vigor.

You already know about AGS using the 9-11 tragedy to push its gun control agenda using the disingenuous cliché of "closing the gun show loophole." (1)

Needless to say, AGS continues to neglect the fact that the government's National Institute of Justice 1997 study "Homicide in Eight U.S. Cities" has shown that less than 2 percent of criminals obtain their illegally-possessed firearms from gun shows. (2,3)

Moreover, AGS has claimed it has found a link between terrorism and gun shows. The link has been shown to be fully immersed in deception, used, once again, to exploit the 9-11 tragedy to further push its gun control agenda.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has correctly tagged AGS "an anti-gun lobbying group with no members, no gun safety programs, and now, no credibility." (4)
...[there's more, please read it]
Florida Rules etc.http://www.lexisone.com/legalresearch/legalguide/states/florida.htm#5
Press Bias and Politics: How the Media Frame Controversial Issues
This is among a lot of other very interesting stuff at the cut on the bias blog
Framing is the issue - that is to say, the context in which the topic is placed. And framing is the mechanism for this to happen:
As part of his findings, Kuypers said liberal opinions from editorials and news analyses often found their way into straightforward news reports.
I've pointed out a lot of examples of that kind of bias, through framing, on this site. As an example, think about this situation (don't panic, I have no reason to think it's true) - Bush deciding not to attack Iraq for six months to give the UN inspectors time to do their thing. Here is how it could be framed:
Neutral: "President Bush has decided to wait to attack Iraq until the UN inspectors have had the opportunity to review the current weapons situation in Iraq."
Liberal: "President Bush acknowledged the importance of having the UN on board today by postponing an attack on Iraq until UN inspectors have completed their task. Leaders at home and internationally applauded his restraint."
Conservative: "President Bush backed off of his promise to the American people today by bowing to pressure from the UN and world leaders. He plans to allow UN inspectors ample time to inspect Iraq's weapons program - time critics feel will just give Saddam more opportunity to refine his arsenal away from prying eyes as the inspectors are diverted from the real installations."
Obviously the conservatives would be very ...
Push Posters - Kylie

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Gusworld: Eat It Raw: The Joe Queenan Directory Joe Queenan is, in all probability, the funniest writer on the planet. I don't want to go all gushy here, so let me just say this: we're all damn lucky that so much of his work is available online, and, to ensure we appreciate just how damn lucky that makes us, this page is an attempt to create a complete list of everything Joe's written that's available on the Web, plus sites featuring interviews or reviews of his work (especially his seven books). Read it all and try not to piss yourself. Remember also that this only represents a fraction of Joe's phenomenal output.
Scott in Aberdeen reports:
Hi there
Just thought I'd apps on something I have found very handy. It's a web based search engine for finding streaming multimedia. I used it to find some Kylie files I hadn't seen/heard before and come up with some gems.

Give it a go. www.singingfish.com

Scott xxx

My Website :- http://finerfeelings.co.uk
' All this scratching's making me itch '

Monday, September 16, 2002

Eliot, George (1819-1880) Pen-name of the novelist Mary Ann Evans (at different times of her life she also spelt the name Mary Anne, Marian and Marianne).
[I was in her church in Coventry in 1997]

She was the daughter of a land agent in the rural midlands (Warwickshire); her father's work (the management of estates) gave her wide experience of country society and this was greatly to enrich her insight and the scope of her novels. Brought up in a narrow religious tradition, in her early twenties she adopted agnostic opinions about Christian doctrine but she remained steadfast in the ethical teachings associated with it. She began her literary career with translations from the German of two works of religious speculation (German influence on Victorian literature); in 1851 she became assistant editor of the Westminster Review, a journal of great intellectual prestige in London. Her friendship with George Lewes led to a union between them which they both regarded as amounting to marriage; this was a bold decision in view of the rigid opposition in the English society of the time to open unions not legalized by the marriage ceremony.
Her first fiction consisted of tales later collected together as Scenes of Clerical Life. Then came her series of full-length novels: Adam Bede (1859), The Mill on the Floss (1860), Silas Marner (1861), Romola (1862-3), Felix Holt (1866), Middlemarch (1871-2) and Daniel Deronda (1876). Up till Romola the novels and tales deal with life in the countryside in
Ten Rules For Search Engines
Hague Conference - List of the Hague Conventions LIST OF CONVENTIONS

The Hague Conventions on Private International Law
You will find below an overview of the multilateral treaties drawn up by the Hague Conference.
ASIL Electronic Resource Guide Treaties I. Introduction to Treaty Research
The history of treaties stretches back for thousands of years, (a treaty existed between the Hittites and Akkadians around 1380 BC, for example). However, it is only relatively recently that they, and the rules under which they are formed, have become increasingly codified. After drafting efforts in the early 20th century by various bodies such as the League of Nations, the International Law Commission of the United Nations drafted the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (1969) (http://www.un.org/law/ilc/texts/treaties.htm), which came into force in 1980.
embassy.org: the Electronic Embassy
The Electronic Embassy Web site turned seven years old on May 1, 2002. When the site was launched, only two of Washington's foreign embassies were on the Web.

Now, most of the embassies have homes on the Internet to complement their addresses on Embassy Row.

The embassy.org site's Business Directories allows companies serving the international community, and those working, living, and traveling internationally, to find their audience.

We are considering developing an educational board game based on the work of embassies and diplomats in Washington D.C. If you would like to be notified if our research turns into an actual game, please send e-mail to: game@embassy.org
An Atlas of Cyberspaces- 3D Information Spaces
Tamara Munzner visualization of www hyperlinking
DenhamGrey
Rather prolific list of KM and related links. Wow!
Some perspectives on Knowledge management

Knowledge management is essential for all profitable and viable businesses as we approach the 21st century! To succeed, businesses need access to, and become proficient in, the use of effective tools, methods, and practices that allow them to become self-sufficient in managing knowledge well. Although the realization that knowledge is the enterprise's most important asset is gaining broad acceptance, many business leaders admit that effective methods are often lacking to plan and manage the creation, organization, distribution, and realization of the value -- the use -- of knowledge and other intellectual assets. In effect, they have insufficient influence on how well these assets are managed to secure their enterprise's success. Many leading companies pursue KM to achieve and sustain world-class performance. For some, the value of KM is unquestionable and long-term. Others have started to make expectations explicit and to quantify achievements.

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Blog
William Safire
n an upbeat Independence Day column in The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan, the incurable optimist, wrote about all ''the lights that didn't fail'' America -- from cops and firemen to peach-growing farmers and cancer-curing scientists, from local churches to TV comedians to blogging.

Blogging? She explained the word as ''the 24/7 opinion sites that offer free speech at its straightest, truest, wildest, most uncensored, most thoughtful, most strange. Thousands of independent information entrepreneurs are informing, arguing, adding information.'' . . .
Turnitin.com

"I shared an essay with my students that I had submitted to Turnitin.com. They were quite impressed and a little perturbed at the same time. Impressed because of the thoroughness of the analysis; perturbed because the teachers now have access to such a wonderful service. They thought they had sole use of such educational aids!"

Thursday, September 12, 2002

A city boy, Kenny, moved to the country and bought a donkey from an old farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.

The next day the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry son, but I have some bad news. The donkey died."

Kenny replied, "Well then, just give me my money back."

The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."

Kenny said, "OK, then just unload the donkey."

The farmer asked, "What ya gonna do with him?"

Kenny: "I'm going to raffle him off."

Farmer: "You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"

Kenny: "Sure I can. I just won't tell anybody he's dead."

A month later the farmer met up with Kenny and asked, "What happened with that dead donkey?"

Kenny: "I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at $2 a piece and made a
profit of $898.00."

Farmer: "Didn't anyone complain?"

Kenny: "Just the guy who won. So I gave him his $2 back."

Kenny grew up and eventually became the chairman of Enron.
NEWS.com.au | Entertainment | Now it's Kylie: The Musical (September 12, 2002)
FORGET Mamma Mia! What the world needs now is a new musical based on Kylie Minogue hits.

It may be a grim prospect to those vocal critics who reckon the Singing Budgie should be left in a soundproof cage, but it's gonna happen.

Confidential can exclusively reveal the production, with the working title of Should Be So Lucky, is definitely on the singer's agenda – although in the embryonic stage.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Society of Knowledge Base Publishers
The Society is a membership organization for information professionals engaged in all aspects of managing intellectual assets in a business context. Members include people from librarianship, knowledge management, organization development, corporate learning, information technology, and business management. Benefits include a monthly Web journal, discounts on seminars and roundtables, and a personalized information and referral service.

Monday, September 09, 2002

INTERNET LEGAL RESEARCH WEEKLY
INTERNET LEGAL RESEARCH WEEKLY
September 8, 2002
Tom Mighell

Welcome to Issue #81 of the Internet Legal Research Weekly, a newsletter that delivers relevant and timely legal research information, and other fun stuff, to your inbox every Sunday. If you like what you read, please forward this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested, and encourage him or her to do the same! To subscribe, all you have to do is send an e-mail to ilrw-subscribe@topica.com. It’s free!

Sunday, September 08, 2002

USS Clueless
Case in point: I'm a strong advocate of attacking Iraq, for numerous reasons I've gone into before in more-than-great depth. I've also on more than one occasion attempted to look at arguments made by the opposite side.
August 19, 2002 Time magazine [link not found]

Crankiness in Decline, Says Old Guy


Youth-obsessed America has made it tough to age with crabby, righteous anger


BY GARRISON KEILLOR
There's a new survey out saying that people who take a positive view of aging actually live longer than those who grouse and grumble, which is hogwash, and I am paying no attention to it. I turned 60 last week and it's no picnic, and anybody who says so is whistling in the dark. Maybe this doesn't sound life-affirming to you. So — shoot me.

I didn't want a 60th birthday party but agreed to it under pressure lest I be thought a sorehead, and so all my jowly friends with thin dead hair sang Happy Birthday in their horrible ruined voices and we sat eating aged beef and heirloom tomatoes with a dry but experienced Chardonnay and old pals woofed about how happy and busy they are in retirement and gave me dumb birthday cards ("Welcome to the Incontinence Hotline ... Can you hold, please?") and a cake blazed up like the Hindenburg and some people I knew back when they were fun told me how good I look.

Back in the 1960s, birthday parties were major fun. The Grateful Dead was on the hi-fi and you danced and took powerful drugs and swam naked in the lake and lay on the sand talking about what you were feeling. But I can't do that anymore for fear of embarrassing my children.

This week, as a gift to myself, I'm going to Scotland. Turning 60 is darned awkward in America. We glorify carefree youth and feel sheepish if our abdomen is not hard enough to crack walnuts on and our heart is not warm and smiley. Geezers and geezerettes go around in juvenile clothes, shorts and flip-flops and jokey T shirts (my goal is to live forever. so far, so good). Embarrassing. A man my age should not aim for boyishness. He should wear an old tweed jacket and wool trousers and a silk vest with a great belly under it and have wild eyebrows the size of rats and carry a knobby walking stick and smoke torpedo cigars and sit around kicking the bejabbers out of the government. A guy can do that in Scotland.

In Scotland, old codgers like me don't buy into the fairy tale that these are the Best Years of Our Life. They know better. If life is a journey, then your 60s are the homeward leg when you're hung up in an airport and thinking bad thoughts about your travel agent. Your shoes have been x-rayed, your flight is delayed, you're trapped in a lounge full of idiots with those dangly cell phones and voices like chainsaws. You'd like to tell them to get lost. But in America we've seen a serious erosion of the right to be cranky. Ordinary grumpiness has been marginalized by blatant moodism, symptomized, pathologized, made to seem like a bad thing. Oprah is to blame for this, and the whole Onward & Upward, Little Engine That Could industry that has made smiliness obligatory. Look at the Clintons.

Here are two folks who spent eight years being attacked by midgets and now have fat contracts to write memoirs in which they could pound on their enemies and throw gravel at them, and will they? Will it be Payback Time? No, it will not be. They will say that those eight years of persecution only deepened their faith and drew them closer as a couple and made them realize how terribly lucky they really are.

In Scotland, memoirists would be expected to lacerate their enemies and rain garbage on them, and if you raked in $18 million doing it — bingo! more power to you. A wonderful dour tribe, the Scots, and the right to groan and moan is sacred in Scotland. Here we have been duped out of it by the people who gave us aromatherapy and seaweed wraps.

Face it: a nation that maintains a 72% approval rating on George W. Bush is a nation with a very loose grip on reality. And a man who turns 60 and tells you he never felt better is delusional. He has forgotten how it was when your whole being leaped and bounded, before you turned into a lumbering galoot. Nature is relentless; it programs degeneration into our DNA. Even if you're positive-thinking, hopped up on Viagra, and your face has been lifted and stapled to make you look like a feral woodchuck, nonetheless one day you'll look like something from the lost lagoon and have the sex drive of a smoked salmon. Nature doesn't care about your golden years; it's aiming for turnover.

You don't get to be old by putting on a happy face. What keeps you going is stubbornness and righteous anger: at ugly buildings, suvs, background music, the eminence of nonentities, at cravenness and cruelty in general and the shamelessness of this government — leading the lynching of a few corporate scapegoats to distract the mob from your own sins — the naked hypocrisy of it! If you're not brave enough to have morals when you're 72% popular, what hope is there for you? Give the bastards a hard time: that's how you get to be old. But why am I telling you, bubby? Grow up and come back when you know something.

TIME Magazine: The Bible & The Apocalypse
What do you watch for, when you are watching the news? Signs that interest rates might be climbing, maybe it's time to refinance. Signs of global warming, maybe forget that new SUV. Signs of new terrorist activity, maybe think twice about that flight to Chicago.

Or signs that the world may be coming to an end, and the last battle between good and evil is about to unfold?
Tweney.com - Understanding weblogs
After a couple of weeks, I realized that my weblog was turning into a useful repository of information. What was the URL for that nifty site about cork dolls? There it is in the weblog [6]. What about that news item on how many files are being traded over P2P networks? Right there [7].

In other words, I realized that a weblog could be a useful tool for personal knowledge management as well as for public communication. Because it's so easy to create and update a weblog -- the characteristic that has made blogging boom in the past year -- it's an ideal information capture device. Whenever you come across something interesting online, you can easily drop a link, a quote, and/or a comment into your weblog, and move on. You may never return to it, but it's there if you ever want to look it up again. Same with passing thoughts: Just jot them in the weblog.

Need to find something later? Use a search engine, either one built in to the blogging tool itself or, if your site has been indexed by it, Google.

Saturday, September 07, 2002

Knowledge Managerment
Answering Machine Greetings Actual answering machine answers recorded and verified by the world famous International Institute of Answering Machine Answers.
NameBase a cumulative index of names with short book reviews

Citations to names of individuals and groups involving :
assassinations, organized crime, and scandals
Wall Street and transnational corporations
foreign policy and media establishments
political elites from the Right and Left
Cold War history and intelligence
Found at Random Thoughts
Cow Parade - London's finest
Good stuf!

When I was in Portland Oregon earlier this year I just happened to time my visit to coincide with a most unusual event. Overnight, a hundred or so brightly painted and transformed fibreglass cows appeared. Because Portland is a relatively small city - the cows caused a huge buzz. Everyone stopped in the street to take a look and talk about what it was all about.


It has been interesting to watch what has happened in London as the organisers of the event have tried to create the same level of interest here. Somewhat typically, various councils in the city decided that they didnt want cows on their streets. The cows that I have seen have been pretty lame compared to the efforts in Portland. The Ritz cow for example is just painted blue with a bit of gold and a few mirrored bits. Today however, I found a cow worthy of mention. The Cow inspired by Harry Potter playing Quidditch is a great example of how these sculptures can make people take notice.
SecurityFocus HOME News: Hackers Deface Thousands Of Domains Parked At Verisign Rick Forno, chief technology officer for Shadowlogic and the former head of security for Network Solutions, said Verisign has begun relying on numerous partners for services it bundles with domain sales.

While Verisign has the ultimate responsibility to its domain customers, the blame for the security breach falls squarely on Interland, he said.
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Whoops, time to find a new web host and a new Registrar.
CERT Advisory CA-2001-04 Unauthentic "Microsoft Corporation" Certificates On January 29 and 30, 2001, VeriSign, Inc. issued two certificates to an individual fraudulently claiming to be an employee of Microsoft Corporation. Any code signed by these certificates will appear to be legitimately signed by Microsoft when, in fact, it is not. Although users who try to run code signed with these certificates will generally be presented with a warning dialog, there will not be any obvious reason to believe that the certificate is not authentic.
I. Description
kuro5hin.org || VeriSign Blackmails Its Former Customers
I know that's right!
MessageLabs - ThreatList The Threatlist shows a comprehensive list of every different type of virus we have intercepted on a monthly basis.
sophos virus infoW32/Klez-H
Type
Win32 worm

Detection
Detected by Sophos Anti-Virus since March 2002.
The worm searches for email addresses in the Windows address book and also in files with the extensions TXT, HTM, HTML, WAB, ASP, DOC, RTF, XLS, JPG, CPP, C, PAS, MPG, MPEG, BAK, MP3 and PDF.

The email message "From:" field will contain either one of the addresses found in the search or an address taken from a list inside the virus body.

The worm sends itself using emails with the following characteristics:

Subject line:
The subject line is randomly created using one of the following rules.

1.
A combination of "Hi,", "Hello," "Re:", "Fw:", or nothing

with

"Very" and "special" as the first word

and

"New", "funny", "nice", "humour", "excite", "good", "powful", "WinXP" and "IE 6.0" as the second, arranged in one of the following sentences:

"A %s %s game."
"A %s %s tool."
"A %s %s website."
"A %s %s patch."

e.g. "A special powful tool"

Friday, September 06, 2002

Dirty Laundry, Online for All to See



"It was the natural progression of technology," said Mr. Cissell, the clerk of courts for Hamilton County, whose seat is Cincinnati.

Mr. Cissell's three-person technology staff put together the Web site at www.courtclerk.org. State tax liens, arrest warrants, bond postings — all became searchable and accessible on the Internet.

"Everything we get is scanned and available," said Mr. Cissell, a former United States attorney. "It was very easy to open the door to the public."

Visitors have flowed to the site. So have the complaints.

Divorce lawyers say clients are furious that neighbors are combing through the details of their cases (and are even brazen enough to discuss them with them). A teenager was confronted by his father about a speeding ticket. A man complained to Mr. Cissell's office because his friends discovered his history of domestic violence.
NATIONAL POST ONLINE | FPMastering THE CONCEPT
Is KM just good information management?
For nearly 25 years, managers have had to master data processing, information management and knowledge management (KM). The more cynical among them suspect that nothing more substantial than "terminological inflation" is taking place. Part of the problem is there is no hard and fast distinction between information and knowledge; information may be (theoretically) public and knowledge locked in people's minds, but for the purposes of KM they occupy a continuum of increasing value.
Vandals in the Stacks?
A Response to Nicholson Baker's Assault on Libraries
Greenwood Publishing Group I1 Libraries and archives have violated their public trust, argues Nicholson Baker in his controversial book Double Fold, by destroying traditional books, newspapers, and other paper-based collections. Baker's powerful and persuasive book is wrong and misleading, and Cox critiques it point by point, questioning his research, his assumptions, and his arguments about why and how newspapers, books, and other collections are selected and maintained.
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A $64.95 book to refute a $19.72 book
Googling by E-Mail
A new service called GoogleMail gives you e-mail access to the popular search engine. Just send a message to google@capeclear.com with your query in the Subject line. The search results will be sent to your In box, usually within minutes.

The service was created by Cape Clear Software, which specializes in so-called Web services, or software that links online applications with other programs. Initially it was aimed at users of palmtop organizers and mobile phones. But in just a few months GoogleMail has handled more than 30,000 queries from a surprising variety of people, said Colin Newman, vice president for marketing at Cape Clear.

For example, GoogleMail is fielding many queries from places where online Internet access can be relatively expensive, like Russia and the Philippines. "People are creating e-mail queries offline and then going online just to send them," Mr. Newman explained. "Then they disconnect, and log back on later to download the results."

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

Today's Front Pages
The Newseum consistently produces compelling online exhibits, some
of which we've featured in Yahoo! Picks. "Today's Front Pages" is
no exception. The collection of 134 newspaper front pages from 24
countries offers a fascinating daily look at what is deemed worthy
of front-page placement around the world. You're sure to be surprised
at the choices in some regions. Don't miss the archived exhibit of
front pages from September 12, 2001, the day after the terrorist
attacks on the U.S. It's a solemn presentation of 70 images from
newspapers across the U.S. and the globe. This site's stunning
imagery proves the world can be seen from many different angles.
Weblogs All sorts of things to read and learn about weblogs, weblog finding and indexing tools.

One looks forward, if they type as well as me, to the day of speech-updated weblogs.

Monday, September 02, 2002

Crime in London over the top compared to NYC
"In America, uniformed cops eat in coffee shops, diners and restaurants and I always feel safer having them around," she said.

The actress also advised women to wear trainers in public in order to run faster if confronted by muggers.
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Wow. I din't think Liz dined at Denny's like me!

Sunday, September 01, 2002

A trenchant analysis this of the comparative advantages and reletive shortcomings anticipated between regular television and hig definition television, which as you may know has been enacted into law and you cannot escape buying a new television within the net 2 or 3 years by an act of congress.
If you don't want to watch television they will hold a hurricane, snow day, war or riot in your neighborhood so thew police can knock down your door and infgorm you of what you should have been watching, you numbskull!
TV vs. HDTV cartoon image