The Bright Coast

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Archive for March, 2010

Another CL Gem

Posted by brightcoast on March 30, 2010

Link to posting here. Yes, that’s right, you can get paid $12 an HOUR to be a full time associate at this firm. Assuming it’s a 2000 billable year, just for fun, that’s $24,000 a year–meaning even if you paid every dollar of your paycheck to loan payments, you might still not make enough for just that one payment. Hello retail!


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THE Bill.

Posted by brightcoast on March 22, 2010

I feel as though in times of heightened political excitement, those of us trained to study the law sometimes have a tendency to follow or agree with a popular perception of the thing that we need to read and interpret for ourselves. In the spirit of that sort of democracy, I present you with the following link, HR 3590

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Thought Police Finally on the Internet

Posted by brightcoast on March 16, 2010

Story here about the feds spying on criminals online. My opinion, either don’t be dumb enough to commit a crime, flee, then post your location on the internet, or learn how to make your profile private. It’s funny, because it’s not the case of a person being investigated as a possible suspect for committing a crime, but a guy who literally already has been charged. The obvious issue is the lack of a clear moral, discernible line, between using the information for good and using it for ill. E.g. framing someone, making incorrect or illegal inferences, etc. However, I must say that the law doesn’t discuss the FRE, which should play an important role in a discussion of this nature. For example,  just like pretending to be someone’s cell mate and having them confess a crime to you, having someone pretend to be someone else on a social networking site doesn’t seem that far off. The fact that agents violate the cites’ user policies isn’t really relevant to the determination of whether their information gathering should be condemned.

 Big Brother is watching you.

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Fined for Homeschooling: The German Way

Posted by brightcoast on March 2, 2010

This takes the concept of federalism and personal autonomy in an interesting direction. I’ve long voiced my opinion that parents should have the right to opt out of the mandatory public education system. This is especially important in a country like ours where our Constitution is founded on freedom of speech, religion, etc.–and from what I can remember, education is a fundamental right.

Is it sad that I’m not shocked this case happened in Germany?

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