GM Recall Concessions Hardly Mollify Plaintiffs Bar | National Law Journal. Has the Internet had an effect on the practice of law? You bet. We use tech tools for just about everything we do. Technology, and the Internet, have enhanced our ability to do what we do best: get the facts, apply the facts to real life situations and problems, and analyze them for the benefit of our clients. However, the Internet has also changed corporate behavior and public relations. The speed of information flow to the citizenry has made crisis response more important than ever. In fact, in some cases, it has modified the strategy of litigators. In the current GM recall controversy it is widely expected that GM, excused from liability for problems occurring before its 2009 bankruptcy, will still set up a fund to pay claims to victims of its defective automobiles. Statutes of Limitations are legal bars to action when claims are made beyond a statutory guideline. Does anyone believe that GM would waive that legal protection if we weren't in an age when the news is disseminated in seconds around the world? What if the BP oil spill weren't front and center on the Internet and TV every day after it happened? The Internet is a two edged sword for PR people. On the one hand, it makes it easier to get out a positive message to many people. On the other hand, it is driving legal strategy and decision making all over the globe.
Althouse: Should the Girl Scouts give up cookie-selling?. Okay, enough is enough. I have endured the nanny staters in California banning Big Gulps, McDonald's food, and other insane regulations on human beings rights to eat what they want. Now, they are saying that Girl Scouts are "profiteering off an obvious public health problem?" What a fatuous ignorant fool. It is beginning to look like some doctors need to take a pill. They are so unhappy with Obamacare regulations that they are leaving medical practice? I hope these bozos are among them. Human beings have the right to make choices about their own bodies. But, more than that, in moderation there is nothing unhealthful about Girl Scout cookies or any other food, for that matter. When are we going to look inward at our own faults and frailties, and stop judging others? Somebody needs to tell these Doctors that their insane theories say more about what problems they have themselves than about others. I am an apolitical person normally. I don't like spouting political beliefs in public. I believe Dale Carnegie when he says that nobody wins an argument. But, when you try to regulate my choices about what I eat, or what I drink, or what I smoke, because YOU think it is unhealthy, I suggest you not come under my sphere of influence. OMG. I may go off my diet and eat a box of Thin Mints in protest. Any Girl Scouts or Scout mothers within the sound of my voice: you have a customer here.
Beware the Ides of March | TIME.com. Okay so the middle of March wasn't so good for Julius Caesar. And Brutus didn't do too well either. For "Brutus is an honorable man". But, every month has its ides, since it just means middle. So, if you need to beware something with ides in it, get ready for a monthly ritual. Or weekly, if you count the ides of a particular week. As Shakespeare would say: "The past is prologue". It is likely that there will be evil deeds done as long as humans roam the planet. So, have fun today. Just check over your shoulder for a guy waving a sword and wearing a toga.
Mardi Gras - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. One of the fun things about going to college in New Orleans was the annual Mardi Gras celebration. Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, is the last big party before the Lenten season. One of the most frightening lines of my Catholic upbringing was always: "What are you giving up for Lent?" I never wanted to give up anything, and I had a little game with my parents in which I tried to get them to think I really liked something I hated, so that I could "give it up" for Lent. In any event, IMHO, every day should be lived responsibly; but, with a little Mardi Gras fervor built in. Life is short. Party on.
Execupundit.com. Michael Wade always makes me think. When I think, I blog. When I blog, you have to read. When you have to read, you have to think also. So, read his post on Dignity and come back to me in a minute.
Off The Base | A space for active duty military members, veterans and their families.. Forgive me for bragging about SWMBO; but, as the Florida Department of Veteran's Affairs Veteran's Preference Administrator, she is the State's leading expert in the matter of the Veteran's Preference statute, and is a disabled Army veteran herself. (She is also a beautiful human being, inside and out). She is serving as a panelist for the Women Only Veterans Conference on March 7th, and will be trying to get women veterans to understand the benefits of laws passed to help them. She wants women vets to know that the Government of Florida wants to help them. All they have to do is ask.
Do you moderate your speech out of fear of offending someone? Does it seem that the list of offendees seems to be growing every day? Do you moderate your communications out of fear that the NSA or some Government agency might be listening? If so, this clip from a movie about totalitarianism might be instructive. (from Execupundit):
Study: More Children Growing Up In Single-Parrot Households | The Onion - America's Finest News Source. Good friend, Bill Holmes, alerted to me to this shocking state of affairs. Apparently, a growing number of children in America are growing up in single parrot households. This doesn't bode well for the country's future, and I implore each of you to do your part to increase parrot adoption in your own communities. The survival of your country could be at stake. My kids have grown up with four parrots, and our more than normal lifestyle is, I believe, the reason that they are both becoming successful adults. So, don't deprive your children of parrots. Adopt more than one. We need it.
Execupundit.com: Small World. Execupundit gives some good advice this morning; not talking critically of anyone in a crowded restaurant. However, he is still thinking in an analog fashion, and we live in a digital world. I tell my kids to measure their words carefully all the time. We live in a world of digital spying, electronic devices that can record our voices, and movements. Mom said it best: "Never say anything out loud or on paper unless you wouldn't mind seeing it on the front page of your newspaper". In an Internet age, we should modify that to millions of web pages. Shhh.... somebody is listening, watching, recording, etc.