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Two Chinas, one value
  28 Mar 2010     4:05 pm

This item from Focus Taiwan didn’t end quite the way I expected it to:
A group of legislators expressed grave concern Thursday about rampant infringements or abuse of Taiwanese trademarks by Chinese companies whose products have not only circulated in China but have also been exported around the world.
Not just any legislators:  Taiwanese legislators.  More:
Lawmakers of different political stripes unanimously urged the administration to address the issue of what they called Chinese companies’ barefaced infringements upon Taiwan’s trademark rights and China’s controversial regulations on commodities’ country of origin.
Well, not entirely “different …

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Successes, I’ve had a few
  28 Mar 2010     3:20 pm

Success is hard to define.  We think we know it when we see it.  But we seldom do.  In fact, more often than not we actually misidentify things such as material abundance, popularity or power “success.”  They can in fact be correlative with success, but they are not success or even necessarily proof of success.
Thankfully as we get older this becomes more and more intuitive to us.  We learn to focus our inquiry when thinking about success.  The old maxim that “no man is a hero to his valet” reminds …

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One whale of a disconnect
  28 Feb 2010     2:14 pm

I’m not someone who wants to see a killer whale killed just because it killed someone.  It’s what killer whales do, and of course Dawn Brancheau, the Seaworld trainer who was killed by an off-kilter orca yesterday, knew that well.  Still and all, there’s something not only circular but disturbing about the reasoning displayed in this AP article about the Seaworld tragedy:
Brancheau’s older sister, Diane Gross, said the trainer would not have wanted anything done to the whale. “She loved the whales like her children. She loved all of them,” …

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Bottoms up!
  28 Feb 2010     11:08 am

Today is the Jewish holiday of Purim. (Unlike the biblically-based Jewish holidays, this is one, like Chanuka, on which orthodox Jews such as myself are allowed to blog!)
As well explained in the Book of Esther, it’s the holiday of turnabout, surprises, false identities, intrigue, perhaps some emotional legerdemain, and not a little spiritual confusion. The outcome isn’t always funny, or even fun, except perhaps in the sense of the divine comedy.
It all comes around in the end, though!
Originally posted on Ron Coleman’s pretty good blog, Likelihood of …

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Lug me tender
  28 Feb 2010     8:14 am

Should a law school be tendering seven figures of money to a minor league baseball team for stadium naming rights?  That is certainly a novel question.
I tackled the whole concept of branding, memory and stadium names in the context of the Mets’ Citi Field deal a few years ago–but a bank is one thing.  Heck, these guys know how to make record profits just by threatening to go out of business!  So who am I to say?
But a law school?  That’s something I know a little about!
And… with all due …

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Stimulus working? Not when it comes to thinking.
  18 Feb 2010     10:29 am

My friend Aziz Poonawalla, via Insty who, interestingly, links to the story guilelessly (I can’t buy a link these days–should I get a turban?), lays it right out:
Today is the one-year anniversary of the landmark stimulus bill which most economists agree has staved off a second Great Depression. The evidence that the stimulus has worked is overwhelming – the New York Times has an in-depth article looking at its actual impact on jobs, and an indispensable graphic showing a timeline of key economic indicators before and after its passage. There’s another beautiful chart based on …

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Google: Beyond the invisible hand
  14 Feb 2010     4:18 pm

No, it’s not all good.
Years ago I wrote,  “Google is  not a utility. Or an agent of the state, or a thing that owes anyone anything except to the extent they pay for it. At least for now.”
Out of nowhere comes Google Buzz.  It’s social networking that just appeared in your mailbox!  As Adrian Dayton said earlier today, “I feel a little bit like I have been “spammed” into joining Google Buzz.”
Here’s a chat I had this morning with social media consultant (not “guru”!) Brian Wallace, who is entirely responsible …

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Poor excuse
  17 Jan 2010     10:38 pm

Did you hear about this travesty in Haiti?
Earthquake victims, writhing in pain and grasping at life, watched doctors and nurses walk away from a field hospital Friday night after a Belgian medical team evacuated the area, saying it was concerned about security.
The decision left CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta as the only doctor at the hospital to get the patients through the night.
Truly awful. But check out this subtle spin in an excerpt from that CNN article quoted by Instapundit:
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, who led relief …

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Peace in our time
  22 Dec 2009     1:37 pm

Iran’s nuclear arsenal is a problem for which the blame can be shared across all Western regimes.  And I don’t blame Russia, China or North Korea, really, because they’re doing exactly what Russia, China and North Korea will do.  But this is not a Republican or a Democrat thing; it’s a disaster thing and a lack of guts thing and a collective-action-dilemma thing.
So <a href=”” target=”_blank”>here’s the thing</a>:
<blockquote>The international community can give Iran “as many deadlines as they want, we don’t care,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech to thousands of …

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Fenstermaker agonistes
  6 Dec 2009     2:05 pm

I’ve been wondering when this part of the Khalid Sheik Mohammed story was going to get a little air ever since I heard them interviewing one of the members of his “dream team,” Scott Fenstermaker, on the radio.
Ed Morrissey is very smart, but he’s missing something here about Fenstermaker: He is very, very stupid. I know this because I he was my adversary in a small case once–a case, in fact, in which he represented his own law firm, and thereby proved the ancient adage about what sort …

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Bringing new meaning to sleazy
  29 Nov 2009     9:34 pm

This advertising campaign is, well, bad. Very, very bad.
There is a certain irony, though, you know.
The defense representation being offered here is in fact completely legitimate — n0t only to sleazeballs, slime and creeps, who are constitutionally entitled to their defense (just not by me), but to people involved in all sorts of disputes (but typically divorces) who are wrongfully accused of being sleazeballs, slime and creeps.
But the choices made in these ads completely undermines that bona fide prospective, mainly because in the graphic, hyper-realistic and borderline pornographic pictures, …

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Hitler, copyright and “fair use”
  25 Oct 2009     5:21 pm

The “Downfall parodies” aren’t really parodies, in the legal sense. But as this one demonstrates, “Hitler” does seem to understand something about copyright, law, intellectual property management and, of course, slaloming through alternative realities:

Never before has an historical figure, much less one of history’s most evil men yet one still regarded as some kind of transcendent figure, been so thoroughly, widely and ubiquitously mocked and cut down to a symbol of utter foolishness. And, as “he” points out in this clip, never has a “classic” but otherwise fairly …

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The price of admission
  27 Aug 2009     11:01 pm

I felt a little bad writing a fairly vicious piece about Ted Kennedy that I posted pretty much at the cusp of his stay in this world. But then I considered that, seeing as how he was so sick, he probably would not read it. So I did not kill him.
What kills me right now, though, is that while there is nothing to be said for speaking ill of the dead, there is plenty to say about the very ill idea, which sounds like all but a done …

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Being Kennedy
  23 Aug 2009     11:36 pm

Senator Edward Kennedy is demonstrating his (seldom doubted) commitment not to end his time on this earth — which has more or less been “dedicated” to “public service” as Senator for Life from the People’s Republic of Massachusetts — without demonstrating, sadly with seem to be literally his last breaths, the full scope of the legacy he both inherited and built upon so magnificently: The Kennedy legacy of naked political cynicism, a literally life-and-death dedication to the maintenance of power, all leveraged cannily with a huge dollop of manipulating …

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“Searching” for balance between free expression and intellectual property
  16 Aug 2009     11:54 pm

Traverse Legal:
Mary Roach has a great post at CircleID on an area that we have talked about extensively, namely, copyright takedowns under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Mary’s post covers the more specific strategy of sending takedown notices to search engine providers, such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN, to effectively reduce access to stolen creative materials.
That’s worth checking out. How does it work? As Mary writes,
[R]ather than identifying the infringing copyrighted material itself, rights owners must instead identify the search result or directory page which links to …

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Head of State
  14 Aug 2009     5:23 pm

Sounds almost ordinary enough at first — this tweet from @EFF (the Electronic Reefer Freedom Foundation):
Another Obama image fair use controversy:
Oh, sure. Another vhWCk?! What are you, stoned?
Whoah, no. Much better! No, no, no.
Oh, ma-a-a-a-a-a-a-n!:

It was only a matter of time before someone combined a certain memorable image of a young future president with a jokey twist on his campaign slogan … to come up with a message that Barack Obama definitely did not approve. The folks at the National Organization for the Reform …

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Good Point
  13 Aug 2009     1:55 pm

Forbes ranks West Point as nation’s top college (via Insty):
A report released Wednesday by Forbes magazine ranked the U.S. Military Academy as the top college in the country in their America’s Best College review. “Marked by an intense work ethic and drive to succeed on all fronts, the West Point undergraduate experience also allows graduates to leave without a penny of tuition loans to repay,” Forbes stated in its release.

World War II Memorial — Washington, DC

Yeah.  You know, I’m on vacation this week — hence the lack of blogging, if …

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Humble sky
  2 Aug 2009     11:30 pm

TRYING TO FIND THE TRUTH BEHIND the Jupiter impact. “Something invaded our solar system and whacked Jupiter, but professional astronomers were looking the other way at the time. Now, as the shock wave slowly subsides, astronomers are working around the clock to find out exactly what hit Jupiter – and why they didn’t see it coming.
Please do. But meanwhile, Dr. Scientist, please stop demanding more and more of your mathematically honed, rational and flawless control over politics, ethics, economics and the rest of life.
Nothing personal. Love your work, …

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Niagara Falls — does Obama?
  26 Jul 2009     4:01 pm

REASON TV: Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie on Why The Obama Honeymoon Is Over.
I’m sure it’s a good piece, but as long as I have to go to Reason TV to find it, the honeymoon still isn’t over.
When Glenn links to ABC with this story, that’s when I expect to see rolling pins and broken dishes.

Cross-posted on Likelihood of Success, Ron Coleman’s pretty good blog.

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On their heads
  20 Jul 2009     11:55 am

Maybe this is for real now. Maybe the sky really is falling, and all my measured lectures for loyal and genteel opposition were wrong, wrong, wrong after all.
Because, you know, it’s really always about the money. And look what the New York Post, via Instapundit, is reporting:
Congress is now spending about $3 trillion more than it did in 1945, at the end of World War II, once numbers are adjusted for inflation.
The only thing that surprises me about this is that this is only happening for the first …

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