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When I take my last breath and they publish my obituary, the first line will say that I presided over the intelligent design trial. I can't top this, I don't think, and I'm fine with that, if this is what I'm remembered for. I'm proud of what I did. I thought I discharged my obligations and my duties well.
A fascinating interview with the judge who presided over Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District (2004), a case on the teaching of Intelligent Design. The interview is, I think, as interesting for his explanation of how he did (and still does) his job, as well as the specifics of the case itself.
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I can't quite express how much glee McCain vs. YouTube vs. DMCA causes me. Suffice to say it's a lot.
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You know how people always say that trying to make ISPs enforce arbitrary filtering is like trying to make a telco block obscene calls a priori? Well, Eircom are being sued for not implementing anti-downloading measures. I feel conflicted about this: eircom are, bar none, the purveyors of my worst customer service experiences; however, I feel in this issue that they are the target of a nonsensical lawsuit. I wonder if the Irish legal system supports amicus curiae-type things submitted by members of the general public?
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A lawyer "representing the US Government" in a case in the UK claims that America has the right to kidnap those wanted by US law. I'm sure this will turn out to be an over-reaching interpretation by a lawyer with no official sanction to do so, but it's certainly an... interesting point of view.
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Without references, because I know I read both of these on multiple reputable sources, and you can go look them up yourself if you're that way inclined: When pressed on the issue, El Shrubya said that he, too, wanted to shut down Guantanamo, but was somehow stuck waiting for the Supreme Court; however, when the Supreme Court made their decision, he said he didn't like it and was going to continue on the original track anyway.

That about right?
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The trial of five anti-war protesters accused of criminal damage of a United States Navy plane at Shannon Airport has collapsed following a suggestion by the defence that the trial judge had attended the inauguration of George W Bush as US president.
(from Ireland.com, who lock their content up behind a paid registration for which several very public passwords no longer work)
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In doing so, mangles english language:
"The numerosity and substantiality of the disclosures..."
clickosity on the linkiality to readinatise moreible

DART redux

Aug. 17th, 2005 12:51 pm
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Bizarrely, common sense appears to have prevailed. Who'd've thunk? Now I want to know how, if a majority of the drivers voted against action, this ended up in the labour court in the first place?
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I am satisfied that HMG's position is that there is not, and has not been, a state of war between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Iraq... (link)
I've only skimmed this (it's late, I'm sleepy) but what's far more interesting than that statement is the precedents used in determining various bits of the judgment. The judgement cites cases back in the 1600s, and also makes the rather interesting point that technically, the UK hasn't been at war since 1939 (that being the last time the Government made a formal declaration of war).
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If the UK Gov't introduces legislation to criminalise "incitement to terrorism", can Tony Blair be prosecuted under it for the Iraq fiasco?
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Portmarnock Golf Club’s defense for excluding women from full membership is that the equal status act interferes with its members’ right to freedom of association. This has been upheld in the High Court. Note that the Irish Constitution (which I imagine would be the overriding legislation here) doesn’t actually grant an unfettered right to freedom of association; it offers such freedom only so long as "public order and morality" are upheld. This little loophole is used by such acts as that which allows you to be arrested if you belong to an organisation such as the IRA. What I find interesting about the ruling, however, is that freedom of association is generally considered to be an inclusive right; that is, it is your right to belong to an organisation. It seems odd, and indeed an unintended use of the right, to construe it as your right not to allow others to associate with you.

I don’t think this one is over, either.
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I can't be the only person who is bemused by the fact that while the incumbent government is busily pontificating on how Sinn Féin cannot hope to be treated as a proper political party while they are associated with crime, the Minister for Transport is under investigation for improper handling of a tender and a former member of the main government party has just been jailed for six months on tax evasion charges. To say nothing of the ongoing tribunals investigating planning irregularities and the participation by various politicians in same.
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The Hosiery Act of 1845 as well as the Adulteration of Coffee Act of 1718 are among 91 laws set to be expunged from the Statute Book because they are no longer required.

The Government today published the list which also includes the Servants Act of 1715, the Burning of Bricks (Dublin) Act 1770 and the Dangerous Performances Act which was brought in in 1897.

Laws relating to past historical events will also be purged, including the Dublin Reconstruction (Emergency Provisions) Act of 1916.
Really, I think this is just so we don't end up on one of those "In Dublin, it is illegal to wash your animals in the park after midnight" flongmails.
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  • Denial
  • Bargaining
  • Anger
  • Despair
  • Acceptance
  • Lawsuit
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From c|net's RSS feed right now:
MPAA could learn from RIAA
The film industry should learn to deal with piracy the way the recording industry is--by making legal means of getting movies easier and cheaper. (link)
Hmm. Could've fooled me. I thought the RIAA was all about issuing individual lawsuits, breaking standards in an attempt to prevent disk copying, lobbying congress to shut down peer-to-peer technology...
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It's only been two years since y'all instigated the prolonged and divisive ruckus, why stop now?

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