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Entries from November 2003

Throwing Down the Gauntlet

November 26th, 2003 · No Comments

Spammers have long been the scourge of the Internet. It’s hard to say whether they started first with email or with USENET’s NNTP-protocol-based newsgroups. The newsgroups are now virtually an historical artifact, due in no small part to spammers. And I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what spammers have done to email. The […]

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Tags: Blogs & Blogging

Jurassic Chinese Food: Peking Pterosaur

November 26th, 2003 · 1 Comment

I was trying to think of something lighthearted to write today, when I received an email from a sick friend whose co-workers just brought in Chinese food. As I started to reply, I thought, “Why not blog it?” 😉 So here’s my reply! Chinese food! Wow! I am soooooooo jealous! I ate a piece of […]

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Tags: Humor


November 24th, 2003 · No Comments

I haven’t had time to write a regular blog article because Friday night and part of Sunday were occupied with writing the first draft of what I hope will eventually become a law review article. Saturday was spent studying and as the tutor for a session on “Causation and Omission to Act” at San Joaquin […]

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Tags: Law and Legal Issues

The Predator Class

November 20th, 2003 · No Comments

A columnist for CBS News Online (Dick Meyer) believes that the entrenchment of a Predator class proves game-theorists are wrong about the evolution of cooperation.

But Robert Axelrod’s 1984 book titled The Evolution of Cooperation easily explains this.

To see how and to order books on this topic, click the link below to read the article!

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Tags: greed

Our Changing World

November 19th, 2003 · No Comments

The news this week of the impending extinction of the Chaffee Zoological Gardens in Fresno, California, has me paying more attention to stories like this one. I guess all that really matters in life is that there are freeways to get us from our beds to our desks and (although less so as more of […]

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Tags: Environment

Chaffee Zoo: Endangered Zoo List

November 18th, 2003 · 8 Comments

Today’s front page of The Fresno Bee tells the sad story that poor leadership and lack of will at the Chaffee Zoological Gardens is finally catching up with them.

Before going on, I should point out a potential bias on my part: My wife is Denise Chaffee, daughter of the late Dr. Paul S. Chaffee, affectionately known in his day as “Doc.”

Since many people probably no longer even know who “Doc” Chaffee was — as bewildering as it seems, I’ve searched long and hard and failed to find his name mentioned anywhere on the Chaffee Zoo website other than in the name of the zoo itself — here’s a little background….

[Note: The article also includes never before published photographs from Denise Chaffee’s private collection!]

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Tags: Fresno-Clovis

AOL-Intel-Microsoft: The Nigerian Contingent

November 17th, 2003 · 1 Comment

Seems people never learn, even otherwise intelligent people, like law students. I received an email today from a fellow student — as did about 300 other people to whom she sent it. The message explained how we could easily get at least $10,000. And all we had to do was forward her message to as […]

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Tags: Miscellany

Two (Countries) Can Play At That Game

November 14th, 2003 · No Comments

Baghdad Burning, which I found through Martin Sutherland’s SunPig.com — and, by the way, let’s boost his complaint about CarpetRight a little higher on the Google list — reminds me of something I read elsewhere and forgot to comment on. The United States is deeply frustrated with its hand-picked council members because they have spent […]

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Tags: The Bush Regime

A Judge No Mo[o]re

November 13th, 2003 · 1 Comment

Judge Moore is now Former Judge Moore. This is a good and necessary move.

As I said to my wife last night, a judge who doesn’t understand that he is violating the law even when his own peers have explained it should not be allowed to remain in office. This is especially true concerning fundamental, well-settled issues not just of constitutional law, but of civil procedure and the particular judge’s place within the system of laws of the country in which he expects to practice.

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Tags: The Rule of Law

Talk About Dropping A Bomb…

November 12th, 2003 · No Comments

There mere title of this article is both an appalling and chilling reminder of the ignorance of the so-called intelligent among us.

My first response is, “Yes. And annihilation of the planet will end world hunger.”

Now word yet on how much the Bush Administration is paying for this new(que-lur) PR campaign.

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Tags: Stupidity