This one is going to be all over the map.
A Day of Wrath, Onslaught and Sacrifice: an interesting article about the Yom Kippur war in JPost.
Perhaps one of my attorney readers will help me to understand this:
A bank accidentally sent confidential customer data to a random Gmail address. The bank asked Google to deactivate the recipient's Gmail account. Google said no. The bank went to federal court where Judge James Ware (Northern District of California) ordered Google to deactivate the user's account. The hell with the consequences to the Gmail customer who is accused of no wrongdoing whatsoever.
could understand the judge ordering Google to scrub every trace of the errant email
from Google servers, but what possible reason is there for severing the
customer's access to unrelated personal and business emails, documents and
contacts? Maybe I don't have all the relevant facts, but I'm left to wonder if the judge understands how damaging this decision could be to the innocent Gmail user.
Not that it has any direct bearing on the Gmail case, but perhaps you recall hearing about the judge in this case, James Ware:
In 1998, Judge Ware was reprimanded by the Judicial Council of the Northern District Court of California for fabricating the story of being the brother of Virgil Ware, a 13 year old black boy shot by teenage racists in Alabama in 1963 on the same day as the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. According to a story Judge Ware had told many audiences, he was riding his bike with his brother Virgil on the handlebars when Virgil was shot and killed by white racists. The incident was a real one, however it happened to a different James Ware.
The Line Between Democratic Representation and Bribery
Over at Capital Gains, Andrew Samwick says:
I heard a fascinating presentation on lobbying yesterday. The most shocking figure was the $4 million that Senator Baucus has taken from the health and insurance sectors in his political career...Why should it be legal to make a political contribution to a candidate who is not running for an office that represents you as a constituent? I do not think it should be. Imagine how different this senator's incentives would be if he could only raise money from the residents of Montana as individuals and not from organized interests.
On The Lighter Side:
an article about one of New York's last seltzer men. I fondly recall the seltzer man from my childhood in New York. Brooklyn had the best tap water I've ever tasted and the seltzer made from that water was even better. Well, the seltzer men have mostly gone the way of the once ubiquitous knife sharpeners and dilapidated carnival ride trucks that once cruised the streets of New York.