Wednesday, December 31, 2008

http://is.gd/egQq "Are you Palestinians or Israelis? I assumed you were Canadians." - Wayne Lennox, Orillia

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Attn: VIP client requires legal assistance immediately. http://www.slaw.ca/2008/12/24/pro-bono-project-for-the-season/

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mitch Kowalski. Watch this guy if you are at all interested in how economy will affect the law.
http://is.gd/denm

Monday, December 22, 2008

חג שמח

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Heading to the ski slopes @Dagmar today.
Think CSIS might be spying on you? http://is.gd/cMXP If they can violate solicitor-client privilege, anything is possible.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Saddam Hussein’s Dysfunctional House of War http://lawiscool.com/2008/12/19/saddam-husseins-dysfunctional-house-of-war/

Thursday, December 18, 2008

♫"I'm just a brother man, descended from the motherland"♫
[UTube] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI2szueHoL8
Bad storm for S Ontario tomorrow. Stay in if you can.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Racial Extremists Are Infiltrating the Military for the Chance to 'Kill a Brown' - http://is.gd/c0rN RT @jmbzinedotcom
I'm wondering if my concealed shoe-thrower will violate s. 90 of the Criminal Code as prohibited device. http://is.gd/c0oc
Law student (that's me) publishes textbook with Oxford University Press.
http://www.law.uwo.ca/News/December_08/Omar_textbook.html

Monday, December 15, 2008

Serve your court documents via Facebook. http://is.gd/bSIu
Just don't use their superwall.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Walking in the Other Person’s Steel Toed Boots.
http://is.gd/bDTR
A story of a violent neo-Nazi, a Jewish lawyer, and a murdered immigrant.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Abu Ghraib torture started at the top. http://is.gd/bzPD Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously finds techniques did not work.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Remember that Canadian stuck in Gitmo? http://is.gd/brf4 Turns out he was innocent, in addition to having all his legal rights removed.
Heading to TO soon.
UWO might go on strike too.
And I'm done for the term, as of 1 min. ago.
More Harpocrisy: Brodie joins H&K, despite Accountability Act and promises. http://is.gd/bm5M
No accountability behind closed doors.
"When you're smiling," ♬ http://is.gd/bjHQ your social network smiles with you. http://is.gd/bcgi Happier people have more Facebook friends.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Eeew, Quicklaw just updated their interface. Not that it's bad, I just don't have time to learn it on a deadline.
Omar is MIA for the next half, and a day. DND Please.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Canada still complicit in torture in Afghanistan. http://is.gd/b6Hf Backwards reasoning as to why Charter doesn't apply.
Google digitization initiatives restoring value to print media. http://is.gd/b1Nt You'll be able to "Google" your old news now too.
"I'm really happy about Eknady statement about northmical share in the coreless."
London (England) law firm at center of Somali piracy negotiations. http://is.gd/b0Sy
Yes, a legal career does have the potential for fun.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

This is for all the people who judge others based on how they treat the help. http://is.gd/aWzI
You'll never guess who her boss was.
If you have even the slightest propensity to bust the windows out my car, please stay very, very far away from me.
http://is.gd/aWjX ♬
Kudos to Bob.
http://is.gd/aUgo
The King is Deposed. All Hail the King.
(Omar for King of Kanata).
Remember those Predator drones from Afghanistan? http://is.gd/aPJU
Well the US is going to use it on our border against us. No missiles plz.
♬There's a hole in my tar sands, dear Liza, dear Liza... http://is.gd/aPHL
Oh boy... John Stewart is talking Canadian politics...

Monday, December 8, 2008

George Smitherman, MPP: "I want to cast my vote."
Economic crisis won't wait for Harper to get his act together. http://is.gd/aLaG Urgency seems to elude him (☛Don't vote Tory 4 Economy)
Fry said it best. But she'll be ignored.
Ponchos, raincoats, socks constitute "material support." http://is.gd/aIMD
Better hide those toothbrushes, or you might be next.
33-50% of all skinheads in Moncton come out to oppose coalition rally.
http://is.gd/aIF7
They REALLY hate power to the people.
Black vote reached historic high of 67%, or 13% of all votes.
http://is.gd/aIgM
Political inclusion is the answer for social marginalization
Afghan map [pdf] showing how bad things are in Nov. 08 alone. http://is.gd/aHuq
(Anyone heard of this Tanji Valley? I can't find sources)
Afghan map showing how bad things were in Nov. 2008 alone. http://is.gd/aHuq
(Anyone heard of this Tanji Valley? Can't find sources)
Kissing can be a high-risk activity, http://is.gd/aHDb
resulting in temporary hearing loss.
Taliban more popular now than when in power. http://is.gd/aHqb
(Yes, including women)
Canada still figuring out what we're doing there.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Obama will actually use diplomacy to bring peace to the Middle East.
http://is.gd/aA4h
Anyone shocked? Not even a little awed?
Diapers are admissible by law for stalker astronaut case.
http://is.gd/azVO
מתנחלים committed their own "pogrom," according to Olmert.
http://is.gd/azVr
Harsh language, for sure.
Understanding Mumbai, India and terrorism (from a guy who is actually from that country). http://is.gd/ayjB

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Harper should have remembered his promise,
"not to govern as though I have a majority." http://is.gd/axrA
Nuc Med PET scan sets off State trooper. http://is.gd/awOS
Ask me some day about my nuc med stories in the U.S.
Lib leadership contenders, which is better: Potential opp leader, or guaranteed cabinet member?
http://is.gd/awBr
♬Time is on my side♬
CAW backs coalition.
http://is.gd/aw7n
Leadership contenders better too, or risk gains Hargrove has made over the years.
http://is.gd/aw7C
Dutch realize prostitution, sale of drugs, may contribute to money laundering, extortion and human trafficking.
http://is.gd/avpg
Ya think?
A preacher, an elf, and a security guard walk into a "holiday" display in WA. http://is.gd/avn3
O'Reilly ♪laughing all the way, "ha ha ha."♪

Friday, December 5, 2008

Prorogue a 'Very Dangerous' Precedent http://s3nt.com/avvy
Harper, Harper, go away.
Your days of governing will not stay.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I want to prorogue my exams. Hey, if the PM can set precedent anyone suffering lack of confidence can follow, why not us?
http://is.gd/ahM6
Poverty affects brain function. http://is.gd/afDS Or, why Cons should invest in social programs instead of trickle-down effect.
Just saw a red fox on the walk home. Must have been chasing the pink bunny.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Video of Harper lying yesterday during Question Period.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hud-RA7OqCI
Or sorry, "not factually accurate."
"No."
Harper cannot be trusted.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb1hmuauyfg
Harpocrisy: Alliance conspired in their own "separatist conspiracy" in 2000.
http://is.gd/a5Rg
Secret documents revealed (Globe)
"Harper 'lies' (yes, lies) about coalition details" - Broadbent
http://is.gd/a6HB
Why bother doing question period live? They can just loop Harper saying "separatist plot" over and over #coalition RT @tachyondecay
Dion was on fire yesterday, Question Period.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdGL_fu9CVA
Courtesy Jeff Jedras.
Harper attacks coalition's links to Bloc http://snurl.com/72gzq but he had his own coalition deal with them: http://snurl.com/72h0t
RT @rhh

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

˙ǝldoǝd ǝɥʇ oʇ ɹǝʍod uɹnʇǝɹ oʇ uoıʇılɐoɔ ʍǝu ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ uʍop ǝpısdn ɐpɐuɐɔ ƃuıuɹnʇ ǝɹɐ ǝʍ
10 Things You Shouldn't Put in an E-mail http://s3nt.com/auai
May officially backs coalition. http://is.gd/9URw
It's now Canada v. Tories; Dion's quote out of context & r worse for econ than NE1
http://is.gd/create.php
"With a different Conservative leader in place, the coalition could lose some of its lustre..."
See ya Harper!
Tar Sands PR fiasco continues with new report.
http://is.gd/9RAx
Indicates bird habitats seriously threatened.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Vote For Slaw in ABA Top Blogs. http://tinyurl.com/6xgsd8
(site I contribute to)
Newly declassified documents (CNN). http://is.gd/9KV7
Saddam allowed to gas Kurds so Iraqis could buy surplus US grain.
http://is.gd/9OuJ
If Stephen Harper were truly interested in democratic elections he would have included Proportional Representation into his plan.
"Canadians voted for 308 M Ps. Not just Mr Harper"
"Eon says Economics around the world, except for Canada. Harper doesn't care."
"It seems like the collation and Government is a go. Twenty four cabinet members and stimulus package approves."
Heading back to London.
Exam time.
DND.
Law, Huah. What is it good for?
http://is.gd/9Ky6
Absolutely something.
"I'm stock at the strike at York University. Trying to get this School of Business where I'm teaching a class this morning."

Sunday, November 30, 2008

What Legal Marketers Need to Know About Social Media http://tinyurl.com/56dd2w
They said the same thing about e-mail.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

2006 Homeland Security law invokes the Almighty.
http://is.gd/9pCD
Ordered to publicize benevolent protection in "secular" state's reports.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Harper cancels scheduled opposition meeting Mon.
http://is.gd/9rZw
Scared of sane Canadians finally uniting against his incompetence.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Just heard @parkernow of CNW Group give a great talk on Bay St. for Legal Marketers.
Just got back from 1st Can. Place dowtown, heading to Pickering for dinner.
"Omar, you'll be a great lawyer. You carry yourself quite well." - Paul Martin, PC, former PM of Canada. 11/26/08
Twitter disables SMS service in Canada.
http://status.twitter.com/post/61703653/canadian-sms-service

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ann Coulter's jaw broken and will be wired shut
(Actual headline)
http://is.gd/91z3

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

OECD says rich nations face greatest shrinkage, worst recession since '80s.
http://is.gd/90cs
Let me know when to move to Czeck Rep.
ABA Recalls Defective Lawyers http://s3nt.com/apst

RT @lawiscool
Time in front of comp screens, video-games consoles vital to childhood development.
http://is.gd/8Vpk
Yes, Facebook is good for you.
Harper: Recession imminent. But let's chill for now. http://is.gd/8VgP
Economists: Action needed urgently. Who voted Tory 4 economy?
Why Obama should end the "war on terror"
http://is.gd/8UU3
Bush's infantile response harmed national interests; time to declare it dead.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Facebook tries to acquire Twitter, and "Fail Whales."
http://is.gd/8LyS
They should've hired Ahab for that hostile takeover.
If a person who represents themselves in court 'has a fool for a client' http://is.gd/8Sad
then there's a lot more fools these days
Moon report released. http://is.gd/8OBu
Suggests s. 13 repealled, alternate methods to address issue developed.
Jack Bauer shouldn't be US role model: http://tiny.cc/87CqF
RT @indictbush

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Strangest hate crime case of the year. http://is.gd/8H3H

Pics: http://is.gd/8H8I
Vid: http://is.gd/8H8Q
New studies show religion makes you nicer http://is.gd/8D4T , live longer http://is.gd/8GZs.
Spaghetti Monster has benefits http://is.gd/mXT
Does social media expose PR weaknesses?
http://blogs.zdnet.com/feeds/?p=315
FB stats from US Presidential election.
http://is.gd/8FeH
More than 20% increase in use.
Law Blogs, Aggregated
http://is.gd/8EPs
Do you need an aggregated feed too, or is just a site enough?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I have QuickLaw helpdesk on speed dial.
This is pathetic.
Who needs NAFTA when you have free trade with Columbia? http://is.gd/8AkH Btw, let's ignore human rights abuses worse than China.
Experienced lawyers work with clients. Young lawyers work with paper. You like working with paper, right?
http://is.gd/8zAw
Teen OD's live online. Watchers encourage him to die.
http://is.gd/8w05
Reality entertainment gone too far?
Remember how Tories accused Libs of lavish spending?
http://is.gd/8yjt
They spend more, and during tough economic times.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Job market for witches in Sweden rising amidst bad economy.
http://is.gd/8v6t
Transferable skills for lawyers remain a challenge.
Idea from pirates for major economic stimulus: hijack large amounts of oil.
http://is.gd/8tg0
Wait, tried that already. Twice.
Google launches personalized searches.
http://is.gd/8rFX
Maybe now I'll stop getting feminine hygiene products when I Google "Mens Rea."
Emergency procedures enacted for (computer) virus infecting UK hospitals.
http://is.gd/8pOG
Fortunately MD handwriting available as backup.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Did New Deal prolong the Great Depression?
http://is.gd/8nM0
I'm skeptical - maybe it just made it less severe.
NIC 2025 Report.
http://is.gd/8n52
Wealth transfer from West to East. New global players. Scarcity of resources. More conflicts, crime.
Was soil type responsible for voting patterns in the South?
http://is.gd/8mO0
"Rich loamy soils" of Cretaceous seas overwhelmingly for Obama
Statscan says Canadian kids have a drinking problem.
http://is.gd/8iJB
And it's usually sugar.
♬It's me again...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bqiQ7A0SMs
...As I fall on my knees today...♬
(Luciano, 1993)
Obama might create Chief Technology Officer cabinet position. http://is.gd/8fuG
Are Canadians eligible?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I'm busy. Maybe time to actually do some work by Friday.
Politicians frustrated by the very same copyright laws they enact.
http://is.gd/87ru
Law makers should think carefully.
Learn to drive standard transmission before taking up carjacking.
http://is.gd/85St
(Crim Law Tip)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Is there a better way than Google to search for a lawyer?
http://is.gd/80Of
Richard Dearden fires Harper as a client in Cadman case.
http://is.gd/7WCK
New SCC tests for patnent “obviousness” and “anticipation.”
http://is.gd/7WyT
Rothstein J introduces new "self-evident” factor.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Big Mike gets Early Release for being Overweight http://s3nt.com/ahyw
Do marketers belong on Facebook?
http://is.gd/7SEb
Or are they just eavesdropping on the conversation?
Off to London, hoping to miss the snow.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Batman, Turkey Sues Warner Bros.

http://tinyurl.com/5k28bt

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dark side of Asper legacy revealed in Izzy's bio.
http://is.gd/7GsU
This is the guy who lobbied Liberal and donated Conservative.
"If you redistribute wealth it's socialism. If you redistribute wealth upward, it's policy." -Henry Giroux
http://is.gd/7CAm

Friday, November 14, 2008

Golden CO bans Menorahs on city property. http://is.gd/7zHm
Christmas lights, Santa somehow not religious, get exemption due to "tradition."

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Conservatives consider selling CN Tower.
http://is.gd/7qZ4
Next up, the maple leaf, beaver and the Canadian flag.
Best (fake) NYT issue. Ever.
http://www.nytimes-se.com/
Sources of conflict in Liberia frequently misunderstood.
http://is.gd/7kWK
Wondering if it will be too late before they underStand Darfur.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Going to Toronto tomorrow night.
Crude prices fall under $60.
http://is.gd/79id
Bush admin out of time to start another war to boost personal retirement funds.
Seems everyone is 'bah Humbug' this year.
http://tinyurl.com/5k73oo
Upside - great sales, shopping time!
Lawyers get noticed for social media.
http://is.gd/78Pc
This is proof that bench, sorry web, advertising works.
Thought collection plate stealing was bad - how about the whole church.
http://is.gd/76Zd
Didn't capitalism save Russia from poverty?
I'll have some energy crisis with that credit crunch, please.
http://is.gd/76Ro
Paris agencies advises: it's the end of the world. (Globe)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Face time is a dying phenomenon for more lawyers.
http://is.gd/75Tc
Meanwhile, ugly people of the world rejoice.
I'm free. For now, until the next paper deadline.
Then exams.
Palin defers to G_D for 2012.
http://is.gd/75xQ
No word on if s/he accepts standing.
Fannie May might go under.
http://is.gd/6YU3
♫ We all fall down. ♫
I wear a WHITE poppy.
http://www.ppu.org.uk/poppy/

Monday, November 10, 2008

Harper abandons Premiers in tough economic times.
http://www.liberal.ca/story_15469_e.aspx
Obama plans to close Gitmo, hold criminal trials. http://is.gd/6SFb
The rule of law is restored - almost. Constitutional rights debated.
Activists thinking about boycotting Utah.
http://is.gd/6I5f
That's one big state.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

J. Paul Getty - "The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights."
All the oil will be done by then.
Interviews with human rights lawyers Pearl Eliadis, and Donna Seale. Look for it in an upcoming podcast soon.
Sepulcher monks brawling again. http://is.gd/6MEM Ethiopians chilling on the penthouse as usual, but now it seems it might cave in.
Stimulus plan, Chinese style. http://is.gd/6Mpf
$586-billion for transport, social welfare, boost wages, cap costs. NE1 mention of banks?
Garry Wise posts interviews from bloggers right before the election. http://www.omarha-redeye.com/canadian-progressive-bloggers-on-obama/

Saturday, November 8, 2008

5 jobs that supposedly suck.
http://is.gd/6JqA
Makes mine seem better.
(check out the 5 overrated ones too)
5 jobs that supposedly suck http://is.gd/6JqA and another 5, more overrated than law. http://is.gd/6JqE
Makes me feel better at night.
Obama most obsessive supporters have no further purpose in life. (Onion)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3_95F5e-Ac
Man sues Idaho for $3 million after mosquito bite. http://www.2news.tv/news/34110794.html

Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm on academic lockdown for a few days. ✎
Recession as usual tactics won't work.
http://is.gd/4Inl
Time to rethink capitalism.
The First _____ President http://tinyurl.com/6dxkhb

RT @slaw_dot_ca
♬We've only just begun...♬
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__VQX2Xn7tI
The fight isn't over just cuz Obama won. http://is.gd/6ANM Emanuel fought anti-war Dems; Summers pushed Cornel West out of Harvard.
Honda makes mechanical shoes.
http://is.gd/6AMn
There's no trunk space though, and no word yet about on-board GPS.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wilkins: 'You'll miss Dubya.'
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Politics/2008/11/06/7329981-cp.html
Not likely. I feel safer with Obama.
rbST from cloned and genetically modified cows produces more milk.
http://tinyurl.com/6b7kvo
It's also banned in Canada.
Lower you risk of breast CA by 30% with migraine therapy.
http://tinyurl.com/5lxr4a
Obama Win might be a Boon for Law Firms http://s3nt.com/9qf
RT @lawiscool
McCain and Palin had "a difficult relationship."
http://tinyurl.com/5nknuu
Republican infighting revealed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWZHTJsR4Bc
Palin didn't know NAFTA countries, Africa is a continent.
A real personal brand is not about self-promotion.
http://tinyurl.com/6lo2yd
Obama becoming a popular baby name.
http://africa.reuters.com/wire/news/usnSP74512.html
Not Hussein?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Athletes didn't pave the way for Obama.
http://www.salon.com/sports/daily/feature/2008/11/06/obama/index.html
Dear Sarah Palin, We eagerly await your $150,000 clothing donation on Nov 5th. Thanks in advance, Goodwill http://tr.im/u8x
RT @cameo
Interview with CTV done.
Doing an interview with CTV news this afternoon.
remember remember the 5th of november; when V's were drawn on Smith yet because Obama won nothing felt amiss, and midnights dream pure bliss
Major election upset.
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=tSEOXRLSpVc
Obama and McCain beaten by voting machine. (Onion)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

How long? Too long.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAYITODNvlM
This lie lasted long enough.
Is this over with Ohio in the bag? Let's hope so.
Race, age, post-grad ed, and 1st time voter stats interesting.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26843704
Vote Hussein not McCain, and we might get a higher voter turnout in the U.S. than Canada in over 50 years.
Between 1995 and 2005, roughly 60 right-wing terrorist plots were uncovered in the US. http://shrinkify.com/fgg
RT @jmilles
I'm wondering if Joe the Plumber is hiring.

McCain & Palin might be looking for jobs soon.
Palin To Black Person: Todd & I Live With Racial Discrimination, Too!
http://tinyurl.com/6khegq
Obama is actually Irish.
http://www.americablog.com/2008/11/barack-obama-is-irish.html
And I'm Polish.
McCain votes for Obama.
http://tinyurl.com/6hxgo4
Blue bin is Democrat, right?
Due to long lines today, McCain voters have been asked to wait, and cast their votes on Wednesday
(Video) Obama in Virginia last night; fired up and ready to go.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjA2nUUsGxw
Stock picks for an Obama win:
http://tinyurl.com/5eojar
health sector
infrastructure securities
alt energy invest
Rove predicts 338-200 Obama win.
http://rove.com/election
Glad he knows his time is over (for now).
Obama win could boost defence spending, given economic crisis?
http://tinyurl.com/6zvf8l
Let's hope not.
Leader of KKK says Obama is an alien. I don't think he's referring to Mars
http://www.javno.com/en/world/clanak.php?id=199470
Will there be Obama inspired riots? http://tinyurl.com/5ho5qm
Rosa Parks sat so King could walk ..King walked so Obama could run Obama is running so we can all FLY!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Audette: Usually we get through 30% of our questions.
http://tinyurl.com/5oy9xs
With Pallin, we did the whole list.
Ont. to get $347M in equalization.
http://tinyurl.com/64ndyk
We're finally a "have-not" province.
Not sure if this is a good thing yet.
4 Handshakes from OBL.
http://tinyurl.com/5f58za
Communications Data Bill will result in wholly false associations.
Remember Maher Arar?
♫Como Se Dice...Como Se llama? OBAMA, OBAMA♫

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0dMxqgS1-8

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Confessions of an Obamaniac in Canada.
http://lawiscool.com/2008/11/02/confessions-of-an-obamaniac-in-canada/
YorkU strike catching heat on Law is Cool.
http://lawiscool.com/2008/11/02/yet-another-strike-at-york-university-and-osgoode-hall/
Is Obama A Mixed Blessing for Canada? http://tinyurl.com/5922jo

RT @slaw_dot_ca
"Syria and the Law of the Jungle."
http://www.thestar.com/News/Ideas/article/528935

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Legal Intersection Between Sexuality and Race http://lawiscool.com/2008/10/30/the-legal-intersection-between-sexuality-and-race/

Thursday, October 30, 2008

"Leaving Royal Bank Plaza now. Heading to the Marriott on Bay."
The BC Medical Association's rectal speculum in the medical museum is the scariest thing I've seen this Halloween.
http://tinyurl.com/5bbjon
I'm heading downtown TO this afternoon, with free time 3-5, 7 on.
Contact me on my cell (CAN-HIT-OMAR).
GNI will fight for intl human rights.
http://tinyurl.com/5bdaqs
Testing a tinyurl. http://tinyurl.com/ypvmdn

Looks like FB might have blocked them.
The Economics of Structured Finance.
http://tinyurl.co/6557as $Trillions transformed
into securities far riskier than advertised.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Your plants can now speak to you through Twitter.
http://tinyurl.com/5jwdj5
RT @LDpodcast
When robbing a pharmacy, don't drink the morphine in the store.
http://tinyurl.com/6gn5jo
(Crim Law Tip)
Diversity and gender issues likely to take back seat in tougher economic times.
http://tinyurl.com/6opdn2
Some states hire armies of lawyers to count votes.
http://tinyurl.com/5hnb32
Good to know post-grad prof degrees are useful for something.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow: This is Middle Eastern McCarthyism, a target of opportunity.
http://www.shalomctr.org/node/1461
Obama interns with President of Spain to boost his resume and get more experience.
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=CU1QxIIb0JU
(The Onion)
$1 trillion for War in Iraq could have paid for college for every American.
http://tinyurl.com/69w3bx
Or paved every interstate with gold.
Florida voting rolls include dead people.
http://tinyurl.com/6dg49d
Someone there has been watching too much of The 6th Sense.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rapper Azizi made video of Obama assasination before yesterday's events.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXV8V_CAaGA
Review of Butcher and Bolt.
http://tinyurl.com/5c8ctr
Challenging rigidity of thinking of the Afghan mission.
The emotional distress
of law students appears to.. approach that of
psychiatric populations
http://tinyurl.com/6ony25
BoE: Global finance could lose $2.8-trillion.
http://tinyurl.com/63opap

Monday, October 27, 2008

Skinhead group tries to kill/decapitate Obama and 102 black people.
http://tinyurl.com/63ufbc
We knew this would happen.
Family law tip - Cold feet about your wedding this weekend? Don't heat things up by setting fire to the hotel.
http://tinyurl.com/56e8by
Negative e-Bay feedback sparks first online auction libel suit.
http://tinyurl.com/6ktvj4
Purple tomatos fight cancer.
http://tinyurl.com/5obty7
And no, it's not Dr.Seuss.
Crim Law Tip: Tale 9/11 off speed dial before burglary.
http://tinyurl.com/5g5djj
Bailout is the hottest lobbying game in town.
http://tinyurl.com/5zyhx4
Insurers, auto companies, securities dealers seek a $250 bil cut.
Fees owed to lawyers by Lehman Bros. tops even Enron.
http://tinyurl.com/6ep5qy

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Finally. "It shouldn't matter."
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=_LXMMmfd1lw
From Campbell Brown of CNN.
Healthy immigrants develop cardiovascular risk the longer they stay in Canada.
http://tinyurl.com/5u9cd8
Welcome?
Big Brother is monitoring Twitter for subversive activity.
http://tinyurl.com/553q9t
Yeah, that probably means you too by their definition.
Copyrighting Facts in Movies - "We Are Marshall" http://tinyurl.com/5s4mvj
W Eu banks hold almost 3/4 of the $4.7 trillion cross-border bank loan bubble http://tinyurl.com/5btrw5
Makes sub-prime look sad.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Labour Law tip of the day:
Take your hand off the trigger before falling asleep on the job.
http://tinyurl.com/5cf2hq
RT @DevinJohnston Canadian complicity in torture: http://tinyuri.ca/d4mx1
Keep this in mind with the Iacobucci report.
Banks have no intention of using $250 million bailout to create more loans.
http://tinyurl.com/63ugf7
Try hoarding and takeovers instead.
Health warnings stimulate craving spots in brain, make smokers smoke more.
http://www.prwatch.org/node/7861

Friday, October 24, 2008

I'm hearing about the entrapment case of Rex vs Singh, of Sikhs in B.C. in the 1800's accused of homo sexuality.
http://tinyurl.com/5hrhml
I'm spending the weekend in London.
Yes, this happens occasionally.
McCain volunteer claiming attack by a black man admits she faked it. http://tinyurl.com/58wrx5
Paid $60 for her new scar
McCain volunteer claiming attack by a black man admits she faked it.
http://tinyurl.com/5qo8l
Paid $60 for her new scar.
♬ Ring, ring, ring... banana phone ☎... ♬
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=j5C6X9vOEkU

Thursday, October 23, 2008

RT @lawiscool Economic Downturns Might Mean Less Summer Hires http://s3nt.com/08v
Inequality in US cities similar to Africa.
http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE49M7U220081023
Race a key determining factor.
Greenspan admits flaw in his economic ideology.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2008/10/23/greenspan-shocked-to-find-flaw-in-ideology/

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

You know the economy is bad when gangs turn to throwing rocks during drive-bys.
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/168/story/509734.html
Correlation or causation? http://www.slate.com/id/2202707/

Starbucks and recession.
INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY?
http://capslockday.com/
Election machines showing errors, rejecting ballots.

http://tinyurl.com/6e9veb

You guessed it - it's Florida.
High-interest NY mortgage lawyer shot.

http://tinyurl.com/5kmlkl

Economy is now officially killing people.
you know it's tough times when bankers fly coach.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aIft9KyDUso0&refer=home
$Can @ 3 yr low.
http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=900883
Time to cash in my US savings?
There are times I hate Red Bull. I want to sleep in the night time, it usually helps the next day.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I'm ecstatic that ping.fm is back online. But there are still some bugs they need to work out. Widgets are still giving errors.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Omar Ha-Redeye: tastes like fried chicken. http://www.quizgalaxy.com/result.php?q=83&r=1

Must be those Obama bucks.
RT @slaw_dot_ca Canada Bans BPA in Bottles http://tinyurl.com/5mmaqx

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I'm now doing a JD instead of an LLB. Just like that, no transfer required. (Senate approves UWO JD initiative).

Friday, October 17, 2008

"I'm down town Toronto this weekend call me on my cell to get a hold of me."
I'm on my way to Toronto, will be around Yonge + Carlton
Animated Human Rights.
http://www.slaw.ca/2008/10/17/hr-declaration-animated/
Obama bucks? When they don't even understand the charges of racism, it's that much worse.
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/10/16/obama-bucks/
RT @slaw_dot_ca Individual Freedom and the Common Good http://tinyurl.com/5f42o3
Does NCR by mental illness defence need to be revised?
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2008/10/16/mclean-vigil.html?ref=rss

Thursday, October 16, 2008

McCain: Obama is not an Arab. He's a decent family man.
Someone want to tell me again about racism on the right?
http://tinyurl.com/3l8yu6

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Omar is going through Puerto Rico tonight, then heading to the Virgin Islands.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7672212.stm
CNN Headline: "Omar Becomes a Hurricaine."
http://tinyurl.com/3omv6v
Didn't think I was that upset from last night's results.
Harper steals from Dion's playbook.
http://tinyurl.com/4jr5ff
Now we know why he didn't have his own platform.
And so it begins.
Harper to stack the Senate.
http://tinyurl.com/3qj2u5
"...a [wo/]man who takes no interest in the business of government... has no business here at all."
http://tinyurl.com/3zmcyt
Election costs were estimated at $3.5 million, just for another minority govt. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/09/04/election-bill.html
Lowest voter turnout, EVER in history. Canadians, what were you thinking?
http://ca.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idCATRE49E1B320081015
Conservative majority averted. NDP and Grits now need to get over petty differences and work together against Tory minority.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Vote Count so far: Cons 43.6 Libs 30.0 NDP 11.9 BQ 13.4 Green 0.0

http://enr.elections.ca/National_e.aspx
Voting is as easy as Anything But Conservatives.
http://www.voteforenvironment.ca/
RT @lawiscool Harper Will Seek to Dilute Ontario Vote Even Further http://s3nt.com/wnx
"Late morning or early afternoon is the best time to avoid lines at the Boating Force. Don't forget the boat today."

Monday, October 13, 2008

I'm not sure I like the new LI layout yet.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

RT @slaw_dot_ca Was "Slacker Uprising" a Thumb to Copyright Industry? http://tinyurl.com/47q5p2
"I'm at Pacific Mall, at Kennedy and Steels."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Evaluation of Live-Blogging from Audio

Yesterday's experiment with the world's first live-blogging event from audio had mixed results.

Traffic from the (Canadian) Thanksgiving weekend resulted in a delay by about 45 min. after the event officially started, but it was still before the main speakers arrived.

One of the best features of the minimal lag time for the text conversion, usually within a minute or two from calling in the message.  There were absolutely no problems getting through to the line to the service.  Updates were made hours in advance to any mainstream media coverage, except possibly live television.

But the biggest limitation appeared to be recognizing the text, despite efforts to speak slowly and clearly.  Specifically, names were frequently missed and dropped out entirely, especially if they were in any way unique.  Stéphane Dion and Jean Chrétien were obviously missed, even with (and perhaps because of) a French enunciation.

Situational factors also intervened.  There was no telephone reception in the main room, meaning real-time play-by-play developments could not be posted as planned.  A considerable amount of background noise, including the live pounding of dhol drummers easily drowned out attempts to call in.

The utility of this call in technique was still demonstrated.  Telephone reception is usually better than laptop reception would be anyways.  Most events will not have such an overwhelming amount of background noise, and a Bluetooth attachment would easily allow hands-free updates in frequent intervals.  Word recognition could use some work, but as long as names are avoided it generally seems to do a decent job.  Even this issue can be addressed by the option to attach a link to a voice file for each post, which would clarify any ambiguities present.

Aside from media personnel using this for covering events, voice to blog applications can be used in meetings, conferences, or even emergent situations ("I need help ASAP for ____ Please contact me if available).  It's definitely easier than trying to text or open a laptop for quick status updates, especially since the service provides a (free) local telephone number to call in to.

Text of posts that did manage to get posted are below, with some edits indicating where text was lost.
Friday, October 10, 2008 9:18 PM
"Summary of today's talk, a vote for Harper is a vote for more lies."
Friday, October 10, 2008 9:07 PM
"Finally got out. There was no reception in the building at all so I couldn't update anything."
Friday, October 10, 2008 7:46 PM
"[With} Andrew Cam[p]bell of the Ontario [Young Liberals] Liberal's and talking about how incredibly packed this place is and what a wonderful turnout we have."
Friday, October 10, 2008 7:43 PM
" [Jean Chrétien,] former Prime Minister of Canada has arrived to large applause by the crowd."
Friday, October 10, 2008 7:37 PM
"Adam Isa [, a] leader [in] of the Somali community is also here[.]  [The atmosphere is] staff are exciting.  [Jean Chrétien is] are expected to arrive shortly."
Friday, October 10, 2008 7:27 PM
"Just supposed to daily  area. [ran into ______, a Toronto] Lawyer, the [ in the Toronto area. The] mood is upbeat."
Friday, October 10, 2008 7:20 PM
"Just land [ran] into Ryan [Singh} of the Ontario young Liberals right here in the street. So, [it] seams like every body is having hard time finding parking."
Friday, October 10, 2008 7:16 PM
"There's so many people here to see Deon [Dion] here today there's not even [any] parking left, so we [will] have to find parking some where else."
Friday, October 10, 2008 7:13 PM
"Arriving at saint un, Edmond Campion Secondary School about 45 mins after the event has started. Let['s] see what I can catch."
Friday, October 10, 2008 6:36 PM
"Between the four accidents on the highway and long weekend traffic, it looks like I might be a little bit late."
Friday, October 10, 2008 5:46 PM
"Shelley [Filling] up gas in kitchner. Vault [Vote] Liberal for cheaper gas."
Friday, October 10, 2008 4:38 PM
"[...] The first micro blog in history to cover a political event live."
Friday, October 10, 2008 4:37 PM
"I'm leaving London Ontario for Brampton while doing the first audible micro blog in history."
(continue reading &aquo;)
Blog Post: Evaluation of Live-Blogging from Audio http://www.omarha-redeye.com/evaluation-of-live-blogging-from-audio/
Blog Post: Evaluation of Live-Blogging from Audio Yesterday's experi... http://www.omarha-redeye.com/evaluation-of-live-blogging-from-audio/
"I'm at the royal Ontario museum in Toronto."

Friday, October 10, 2008

"Summary of today's talk, a vote for Harper is a vote for more lies."
"Finally got out. There was no reception in the building at all so I couldn't update anything."
"Andrew Cambell of the Ontario Liberal's and talking about how incredibly packed this place is and what a wonderful turnout we have."
" former Prime Minister of Canada has arrived to large applause by the crowd."
"Adam Isa leader of the Somali community is also here staff are exciting. are expected to arrive shortly."
"Just supposed to daily area. Lawyer, the mood is upbeat."
"Just land into Ryan of the Ontario young Liberals right here in the street. So, seams like every body is having hard time finding parking."
"There's so many people here to see Deon here today there's not even parking left, so we have to find parking some where else."
"Arriving at saint un, Edmond Campion Secondary School about 45 mins after the event has started. Let see what I can catch."
"Between the four accidents on the highway and long weekend traffic, it looks like I might be a little bit late."
"Shelley up gas in kitchner. Vault Liberal for cheaper gas."
"The first micro blog in history to cover a political event live."
"I'm leaving London Ontario for Brampton while doing the first audible micro blog in history."

Live-blogging Dion in Brampton Using SpinVox

Live-blogging is a strange beast.

That's what Ivor Tossell's headline said in yesterday's Globe.

Live-blogging is definitely not something new, but it does seem to be catching on in Canada.

Tossell said,
It seems like every news organization that has something to prove (and there are none that don't) has spontaneously taken up the practice of live-blogging. It might have something to do with election season, which has spread live blogs the way the fall weather gives everyone the same cold at once.

Live-blogs are actually micro-blogs, or short status updates that cover an event in frequent intervals.

Seeing how Omar Ha-Redeye's face is currently plastered from coast-to-coast on television defining the basics of technology in politics, it might be wise to demonstrate aptitude one step ahead of the mainstream media.

Omar will be covering an event tonight, live-blogging using entirely new technology.  Well, the technology has been there for a while, but it hasn't been used in this way ever before as far as we can tell.

Stéphane Dion is celebrating Canada's multicultural heritage tonight in Brampton.  He will be introduced by Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, and accompanied by Andrew J. Kania, Ruby Dhalla, Omar Alghabra, Hon. Navdeep Bains, Bonnie Crombie, Hon. Albina Guarnieri, Hon. Gurbax Malhi and Paul Szabo.

He will call in updates using SpinVox, which will be coverted to text using Ping.fm and posted as a live-blog.  You can follow him on Twitter, or one of the many other social network services that support mirroring.

There will be a lof of activity on these sites in the next little while, but it will all be over in a few hours. (continue reading &aquo;)
Blog Post: Live-blogging Dion in Brampton Using SpinVox http://www.omarha-redeye.com/live-blogging-dion-in-brampton-using-spinvox/
Blog Post: Live-blogging Dion in Brampton Using SpinVox Live-b... http://www.omarha-redeye.com/live-blogging-dion-in-brampton-using-spinvox/
Blog Post: Bob Rae Speaks at Western Law on Foreign Policy http://www.omarha-redeye.com/bob-rae-speaks-at-western-law-on-foreign-policy/

Bob Rae Speaks at Western Law on Foreign Policy

[caption id="attachment_306" align="alignright" width="148" caption="Bob Rae and Omar Ha-Redeye at a fundraiser in 2007"]Bob Rae and Omar Ha-Redeye[/caption]

Hon. Bob Rae spoke this morning at the University of Western Ontario Law School on A Changing World: New Directions for Canadian Foreign Policy.

He said that Canada needs to find its own voice on the international scene.  If we disagree with our American neighbours, this does not mean it is anti-Americanism.

We have our own national interests we need to pursue.

Notes from the talk can be read on Law is Cool. (continue reading &aquo;)
Blog Post: Bob Rae Speaks at Western Law on Foreign Policy ... http://www.omarha-redeye.com/bob-rae-speaks-at-western-law-on-foreign-policy/
I'm looking forward to hearing Bob Rae speak at Western Law on foreign policy this morning.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

"I'm speaking to my social networks using SpinVox. Micro blogging on a totally new level."

Deb Matthews, MPP, Minister of Children and Youth Services

Some attribute the following quote to Otto van Bismark,
I have about made up my mind that laws are like sausages — the less you know about how they are made the more respect you have for them.

[caption id="attachment_291" align="alignright" width="148" caption="Omar Ha-Redeye and Deb Matthews during the 2007 Provincial election."]Omar Ha-Redeye and Deb Matthews[/caption]

Deb Matthews, MPP, a current member of the provincial cabinet in Ontario, shed some light on the inner workings of legislation.

"The Intention of the Legislature": The Role of Politicians, and process of government in creating social amelioration laws was delivered at Prof. Jeff Schlemmer's class, Law and Social Welfare.  They were joined by Prof. Sam Trosow's Urban Law class.

Omar Ha-Redeye sat in.

There are many steps a law has to go through, and many shareholders that provide their input.

Budgetary considerations are consistently paramount, especially when a ruling party has committed not to run a deficit or raise taxes. (continue reading &aquo;)
Blog Post: Deb Matthews, MPP, Minister of Children and Youth Services http://www.omarha-redeye.com/deb-matthews-mpp-minister-of-children-and-youth-services/
Blog Post: Deb Matthews, MPP, Minister of Childre... http://www.omarha-redeye.com/deb-matthews-mpp-minister-of-children-and-youth-services/
Quiet whispers of a Liberal win.

http://www.thestar.com/FederalElection/article/514538
RT @rhh Democracy is not a spectator sport. Turn off your TV and do something about it. Give a damn.
Your Bay St. career could lead to alcoholism and substance abuse.

http://tinyurl.com/3kssrr

Just say "No."
I might not be going to Toronto this afternoon. Might be tomorrow instead. The sacrifices for politics.
I'm heading to Toronto this afternoon for the long weekend.
A gloomy diagnosis for Conservatives.

http://tinyurl.com/4cd224

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

RT @LiberalTour Dion wows Bay Street! He did it by showing his plan address the insecurity of financial market.
Yes, even leading independant economists back carbon taxes.
http://tinyurl.com/4hnqcj
"best approach" to combatting climate change.
Visions of a Dion cabinet (per Cherniak).
http://jasoncherniak.blogspot.com/2008/10/what-would-dion-cabinet-look-like.html
TR @npelection2008 Barbara Yaffe: Harper’s cold shoulder hurting party http://tinyurl.com/3p8voa

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

RT @slaw_dot_ca New blog post: New Proposed Apology Legislation in Ontario http://tinyurl.com/4eqm7s
RT @slaw_dot_ca New blog post: You’re Not Paranoid, You Really Could Be Watched http://tinyurl.com/524yve

Monday, October 6, 2008

Is it possible that 38k Canadians will vote for the environment instead?
http://tinyurl.com/3ggp4p
J-Rad catches Harper plagiarizing, again.
http://j-rad.ca/2008/10/harper-plagiarism-three-strikes/
Bloggers come in useful this election.
I'm ♫Bounce♫ to Baba Brinkman, the new Liberal theme song. http://www.myspace.com/bababrinkman
He hit the floor; next thing you know; Harper got low, low, low...
http://tinyurl.com/3o26ou
32% per Harris-Decima
The Conservatives’ ideology is imported, but the incompetence is homegrown.
http://www.liberal.ca/story_15216_e.aspx
Urban terrorism attempts to intimidate Liberal voters in Toronto.
http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_27622.aspx

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Does integrity, intelligence, knowledge, experience, judgment, courage & vision count?
http://tinyurl.com/4kj635
Is slick marketing better?
[Obama] couldn't help who his father was... didn't name himself... I am convinced he is a Christian http://tinyurl.com/4yeknr If he wasn't?
Palin condemns female Obamites to eternal damnation.

http://tinyurl.com/4jnjg8

Scared yet?
If about 13,000 NDP votes had gone Liberal in 2006, it would have been a Paul Martin minority government.
http://tinyurl.com/4fqxtf

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Harper's majority nightmare is slipping.
http://www.citynews.ca/news/news_27608.aspx
OJ is guilty, this time.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/10/04/oj.simpson.verdict/index.html

Friday, October 3, 2008

UWO Law now has coverage up on Lerners LLP Cup 2008.

http://www.law.uwo.ca/News/Sept_08/Lerners_08.html

Interview with CBC Radio on Min. Flaherty

Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, spoke at the University of Western Ontario law school today.  Paul Mayne of Western News covered the event.

Omar Ha-Redeye was interviewed by CBC Radio over the students' reactions to Min. Flaherty's speech.

Omar responded to Min. Flaherty's comments on his dialogue with Premier McGuinty over taxes in the manufacturing sector.

Flahert's was quoted and highly criticized for his remarks about the economy in Ontario in March 2008,
It discourages investment in the province of Ontario.  If you're going to make a new business investment in Canada, and you're concerned about taxes, the last place you will go is the province of Ontario.

When Omar asked him personally about how this could potentially be interpreted internationally and affect investment in Ontario, Min. Flaherty said the statements were taken out of context.

Min. Flaherty also spoke at great length about the sub-prime mortgage crisis, and the state of the Canadian economy.  He claimed Canada was highly respected among G7 countries for its economic stability.

Omar told the CBC that the 2007 The Conference Board of Canada report, Mission Possible: Sustainable Prosperity for Canada, predicted the current volatility in American markets.  They recommended Canada strengthen its economy by diversifying its trade partners.  Omar felt that Canada was not doing enough to strengthen trade ties with the EU, China and India.

Finally, Omar raised the issue of the Afghan mission.  The Harper government initially refused to release information about the cost of Canada's role in Afghanistan, only recently succumbing to pressure and agreeing to provide the figures.  Omar said that the financial and political cost of an expensive commitment that fails to have clear goals, objectives, or definitive end date, should be evaluated in context of our fragile economic times. (continue reading &aquo;)
Blog Post: Interview with CBC Radio on Min. Flaherty Hon. Jim Flah... http://www.omarha-redeye.com/interview-with-cbc-radio-on-min-flaherty/
Blog Post: Interview with CBC Radio on Min. Flaherty http://www.omarha-redeye.com/interview-with-cbc-radio-on-min-flaherty/

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I am now officially collapsing from exhaustion.

It will be one additional calendar day before I even try to respond to anything else.
Instant poll says Dion a clear winner.
http://tinyurl.com/4l8hmh

Canadians might yet see the light.
Breaking news: Just made the Torys negotiations finals.
Let the good times roll
http://www.law.uwo.ca/Programs/negotiation_Competition.html

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Blog Post: Blogger Interviews On CBC http://www.omarha-redeye.com/blogger-interviews-on-cbc/
Blog Post: Blogger Interviews On CBC The "Black Ops of Politics," that's what the... http://www.omarha-redeye.com/blogger-interviews-on-cbc/

Blogger Interviews On CBC

The "Black Ops of Politics," that's what they're calling blogging.

Omar Ha-Redeye and Devin Johnston were interviewed by the CBC on the use of technology in politics.

You can see one of these clips here. (continue reading &aquo;)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Yes, that is me on CBC news. Keep an eye out for me several dozen more times before the election.
How can you believe Steve?
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iKWs_ywDV8W9RSbqxtCJ8yxjD9PQ
Harper caught plagarizing speech.
Everyone in Canada call 1-866-580-3625 (DNCL) today.

Declaration of war against telemarketers that call me at dinner time.
RT @rhh Those voting for bailout rec 54% more money from banks and securities firms than those who voted against: http://tinyurl.com/4bostp
Man arrested after dialing 911 50x/month to get a lift to the drug store.

http://tinyurl.com/52stfa

Lesson: medics do NOT do refills.l
Statement of Claim: Pregnant woman need not apply.

http://tinyurl.com/3fkcx7
But Mommy, you forgot to pack my cocaine for lunch today.

http://tinyurl.com/536va2
Umh, Doctor.... there's a bear in the ER.

http://tinyurl.com/4de53z

Monday, September 29, 2008

$700 Billion? Big deal.
Try $10 Billion a month in Iraq.
http://tinyurl.com/4zyb8v
Oh btw, the surge didn't work.
Peace in the Middle East?

http://tinyurl.com/4pgpap

Now THAT would be a happy New Year.
Hot Seats; illegal hard wood you can sit on.
http://www.newyorker.com/online/video/2008/10/06/081006_logging
לשנה טובה
and
عيد مبارك‎

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Centre for Public Theology Advisory Council

Omar Ha-Redeye has accepted an invitation to serve on the Advisory Council for the Centre for Public Theology (CPT).

The mission of the CPT, which is housed at Huron College at the University of Western Ontario, is listed on their new site:
Our goal is not advocacy so much as intelligence – in a better informed academy, in a more discerning church and other religious institutions, and finally, in a public that is better educated in the religious and ethical dimensions of societal issues, in full view of a world in which religious conviction is of massive and increasing public importance.

The Centre's intention is thus to promote critical theological research and publication on issues of concern facing our society in an increasingly globalized world. A cycle of topics relating to politics and justice, human life, and the environment will be examined. Over the next three years, these topics will come to focus in the following: Canada's role in Afghanistan; HIV infection and AIDS; and finally, the threat of climate change and the question of energy policy.

The CPT is connected to the Global Network for Public Theology (GNPT), which is chaired by Prof. Nico Koopman of South Africa.  The administrative centre for the GNPT is the Centre for Theological Inquiry at the Princeton Theological Seminary.

The purpose of the CPT can be further explained,


The CPT was established through a SSHRC major grant to promote research, reflection and disseminate constructive theological interaction concerning Canadian public life between the academy and other non-traditional University stakeholders include NGOs, Faith-Based Groups (FBOs), Politicians, Media and interested persons in the general public. The Centre, however, is NOT an advocacy group for a religious or theological tradition but a nexus from which Canadian based and international theologians, social scientists and other scholars, together with religious leaders, policy makers, NGO/FBOs, media and the public can engage in constructive dialogue on theological, moral and cultural issues that frame current and historic Canadian context in the area of public life, policy and service.
(continue reading &aquo;)
Blog Post: Centre for Public Theology Advisory Council http://s3nt.com/td7
Blog Post: Centre for Public Theology Advisory Council http://s3nt.com/td7
Racist Freedom Party makes considerable gains in Austria.

http://tinyurl.com/3fakxp
Only thing more entertaining than seeing Obama-McCain debate is seeing McCain and McCain debate

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=5g5Wl2gg6o8
I'm looking forward to the all-candidates meeting on human rights tomorrow.
http://publish.uwo.ca/~djheap/ETC/ACM_poster29092008.pdf

Saturday, September 27, 2008

New Nayzm.com stats interesting; I'm top 0.1% for reputation.
http://omar.ha-redeye.name
I guess my recommendations now hold serious weight.

Dion in London at the Marconi Club

Liberal Party leader, Stéphane Dion, was in London again last night.

He spoke to a packed room of over 250 people at the Marconi Club, and was joined by Gerard Kennedy, Jacquie Gauthier, Martha Dennis, Sue Barnes, Glen Pearson and Suzanne Van Bommel.

Deb Prothero provided excellent coverage of the event.

A couple short audio clips from the event are available on Law is Cool. (continue reading &aquo;)
Blog Post: Dion in London at the Marconi Club http://s3nt.com/s79
Blog Post: Dion in London at the Marconi Club http://s3nt.com/s79

Friday, September 26, 2008

Finalist in Lerners LLP Cup

On Sept. 24, 2008, Omar Ha-Redeye participated in the Lerners LLP Cup.  The competition mimics an appellate court, where the issues of law are under dispute, rather than the facts of the case.

The competition discussed a theoretical review of the Supreme Court Case R. v. A.M. 2008 SCC 19, over the constitutionality of sniffer dogs in schools.  Omar had coincidentally met with Justice Binnie, who ruled with the majority in this case, and briefly spoke to him about the decision the previous week.

The University of Western Ontario describes the competition,
The Faculty runs an internal appellate advocacy competition called the Lerners LLP Cup. This voluntary competition gives upper-year students the opportunity to argue a hypothetical case before an appellate court. Judges, practicing lawyers and third-year students generously volunteer their time to act as judges for the competition. The top students advance to the final rounds to compete for the Lerners LLP Cup. Doing well in this competition is the gateway to qualifying to represent Western Law in one of several external advocacy competitions.

Omar was selected as one of 8 finalists from well over 50 competitors from all upper year students at the school.

He will proceed to the final competitions next week,  which is actually judged by members of the bench from the Court of Appeal.

He will also be eligible to represent UWO at the external moots during the January Term, 2009, which includes the Jessup (sponsored by McCarthy Tétrault LLP), the Laskin, Wilson, and Niagara (sponsored by Lerners LLP), and the Gale and Canadian Corporate/Securities Law competitions. (continue reading &aquo;)
Blog Post: Finalist in Lerners LLP Cup http://s3nt.com/s5i

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nurses are the true heroes of health care.

http://tinyurl.com/3n2gr2

Wonder if the "Med Mal card" works as well as the "Dr. card."
Off to work again.
Harper's thinks "policies of hate are all right.

You cannot build economic policies on massacres."
http://tinyurl.com/4s9juf
Harper is skipping the UN summit.

http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=295e2cf1-330b-4c13-92ed-e65e1dac1900

Leadership?
Money doesn't grow on these trees.

http://tinyurl.com/46q9cg
Gitmo prosecutor steps down over suppressed evidence.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7635028.stm

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Why You Should Apply to Law School

On three separate days, Omar Ha-Redeye met with undergraduate students at the University of Western Ontario to talk to them about why they should apply to law school.

On Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 he spoke to the Black Law Students Association.

On Tuesday, he met with the African Students Association.

On Wednesday, he met with the Caribbean Students Organization.

Omar is the President of the Black Law Students Association at the University of Western Ontario.

The group is a chapter of a larger organization, the Black Law Students Association of Canada (BLSAC), which raises awareness around issues of advocacy relating to minority populations in Canada.

A special thanks to Craig Cameron, Ugbad Farah, and Carly McLarty for making this possible.

Full text of the speech is as follows:

Why ALL of you should apply to law school


My goal today is to convince all of you here today that you should continue your education beyond your undergraduate degree, and that the legal profession is what you should pursue.

What I love best about the law is the ability to challenge and break down stereotypes. For example, Canadians generally overestimate the number of minorities that have committed a crime, which is usually lower than the general population.

However, the 1995 Report of the Commission on Systemic Racism in the Ontario Criminal Justice System stated, it is no secret that "black accused, for example, are more often held without bail".

The need for advocates to fight this subtle yet pervasive form of discrimination is pressing indeed.

Maybe Criminal law isn't your thing.

A recent survey indicated that the average salary in Canada was just over $36,000.

The jobs that required a high school education a generation ago now require a bachelor's degree. The opportunities simply are just not there for recent university graduates without professional and advanced degrees.

Lawyers and legal professionals ranked the highest out of all careers in Canada, with an average of $123,000 for lawyers and $178,053 for judges. Only specialist physicians made slightly more.

But medical schools in Canada are swarmed with applications. There are only 2,400 positions a year across Canada, but there has been a 20% increase in applications recently. Only 0.5% of applicants to McMaster University and 6% at UWO are accepted.

If you have a science background and thought that your only alternative to med school was graduate research, you're wrong. One of the booming areas of law is intellectual property, and lawyers in this field almost always have a science or engineering background before law school.

That doesn't mean getting into law school is easy though. You do need a strong undergraduate GPA, and have to worry about this pesky test called the LSAT.

But it's worth it, unless you are completely content with the status of minority people in Canada.  A legal career allows you to pursue professional goals while maintaining an advocacy role within society.

And because the law affects nearly everything we do, there are areas of law that are of interest to everyone.

Fred Rodell, a former professor at Yale, wrote back in 1939, in a book entitled "Woe unto you lawyers,"

It is the lawyers who run our civilization for us - our governments, our business, our private lives. Most legislators are lawyers; they make our laws. Most presidents, governors, commissioners, along with their advisers and brain-trusters are lawyers; they administer our laws. All the judges are lawyers; they interpret and enforce our laws. There is no separation of powers where the lawyers are concerned. There is only a concentration of all government power - in the lawyers. As the schoolboy put it, ours is "a government of lawyers, not of men."

It is not the businessmen, no matter how big, who run our economic world. Again it is the lawyers, the lawyers who "advise" and direct every time a company is formed, every time a bond or a share of stock is issued, almost every time material is to be bought or goods to be sold, every time a deal is made. The whole elaborate structure of industry and finance is a lawyer-made house. We all live in it, but the lawyers run it.

And in our private lives, we cannot buy a home or rent an apartment, we cannot get married or try to get divorced, we cannot die and leave our property to our children without calling on the lawyers to guide us. To guide us, incidentally, through a maze of confusing gestures and formalities that lawyers have created.

A legal career is not only the smart move in tomorrow's volatile markets, it's the right one.

The deadline for law school applications in Ontario is Nov. 3, just over a month from now. You still have time to prepare your application and get it in.

And if you need any help reviewing or planning your application, please feel free to contact me.

(continue reading &aquo;)
Blog Post: Why You Should Apply to Law School http://s3nt.com/sv4
Blog Post: Why You Should Apply to Law School http://s3nt.com/sv4
ANYONE but Harper.

http://vimeo.com/1784775

Yes, Canadians are that afraid.
Your coffee could be contaminated.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080923/health/health_china_cda_coffee_recall
When will it end?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Google phone (yes, that's right) measures how long it takes to hit the ground when you throw it in the air.

http://tinyurl.com/3kvjjd
Do you think it's time for this guy to Lego of his 2 million block obsession?

http://tinyurl.com/3up7dr
Don't bail out the kids?
http://tinyurl.com/4fy687

That's tough love.
Sarcasm is lost on some.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Diabetic man beat into a coma by police in a Detroit suburb.

Serves him right for faking a DUI.

http://tinyurl.com/3qhkbs

Liberal Platform Highlights

The new Liberal platform was released today.

The title is Richer, Fairer, Greener : An Action Plan for the 21st Century.

The economy is listed as the highest priority, with oil dependancy listed as a crucial issue.

Canada uses more fossil fuels per person than any other country in the planet.  This makes our economy more fragile than most.

Through a plan of tax cuts and incentives, the Liberals will strengthen our economy and address pressing environmental concerns.

Canadians living in poverty, especially children, are especially targeted for assistance.  Jobs for all Canadians, and educational opportunities are important steps to achieve this.  Accessibility to health care and affordable drug costs for the elderly are values that Canadians deeply cherish.

Liberals also take special steps to address gender issues, proposing the addition of gender to hate crimes and addressing issues of domestic abuse.   Immigrants are an important part of the Canadian workforce, and skilled trade are needed for a prosperous Canadian future.  Liberals also want to revive the Kelowna Accord, and strengthen relations with First Nations communities.

Perhaps most compelling, the Liberal platform actually costs out their strategy, itemizing each initiative and estimating revenues and expenditures for a four-year period.

The Liberal Party also wants to restore Canada as a voice for peace and justice in the world, as good citizens of the world. (continue reading &aquo;)
Blog Post: Liberal Platform Highlights http://s3nt.com/sid
Blog Post: Liberal Platform Highlights http://s3nt.com/sid
More than 1/3 Liberal candidates are women, more than any other party.
http://www.thestar.com/comment/columnists/article/295485
Liberal platform released today: Richer, Greener, Fairer Canada.
http://www.liberal.ca/platform_e.aspx
NDP-Liberal coallition possible to oust Harper's Conservatives.
http://www.thestar.com/FederalElection/article/503547

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Robber leaves when told no sale, no money. Forgets his driver's license behind.
http://tinyurl.com/4nn4rw
The Conservative campaign is itself harmful to the environment
(Liberal news release)
http://www.liberal.ca/story_14791_e.aspx
New legal research guide for Hong Kong - an important common law market in the future.
http://tinyurl.com/4o97kh
Should "only a reasonably well-educated person should be given command of [the world's biggest] nuclear arsenal?"
http://tinyurl.com/3pwkxy

Saturday, September 20, 2008

German racists plan protest, gather 30. Counter protestors arrive with 5k.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7627047.stm

Last test for today (promise)

I'm playing with custom triggers to see what happens.
http://omarha-redeye.com

Still Testing

Seems like I'm always playing with settings and technology.
Let's see what this does: http://omarha-redeye.com
Billable Hours while Breaking a Sweat

http://lawiscool.com/2008/09/20/billable-hours-while-breaking-a-sweat/
Blog Post: Top Ten National Security Myths http://s3nt.com/r59
Blog Post: Top Ten National Security Myths http://s3nt.com/r59
Blog Post: On Liberal "Leadership" http://s3nt.com/r57
Blog Post: On Liberal "Leadership" http://s3nt.com/r57
Blog Post: Republican Presidents Should Have Mandatory Geography Lessons http://s3nt.com/r55
Blog Post: Republican Presidents Should Have Mandatory Geography Lessons http://s3nt.com/r55
More on the new Twitter, via Social Media Mafia.
http://socialmediamafia.com/2008/09/the-new-twitter/
| I'm thinking that the quest for social media is kind of like the Holy Grail.
And not the Da Vinci Code, more like the unattainable type.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Gas prices going up 4.8 cents tonight.
Blog Post: Interview with 106.9FM http://s3nt.com/r2i
Blog Post: Interview with 106.9FM http://s3nt.com/r2i
Blog Post: Tagged by Devin Johnston http://s3nt.com/r2c
Blog Post: Tagged by Devin Johnston http://s3nt.com/r2c
Ask your medical resident how many hours of sleep s/he had last night before letting them cut you open.

http://tinyurl.com/4b7hy9
| I'm listening to Hon. Justice Binnie and Hon. John Major on The Role of the Supreme Court in Canadian Government
http://tinyurl.com/4mdagg
Gas prices down today.

Fill them up folks.

http://www.680news.com/more.jsp?content=20080919_070022_9436
Cabinet shuffle.

http://www.thestar.com/News/Ontario/article/501511

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Firm law blogs should be curtailed with disclaimers to avoid liability.

http://tinyurl.com/4sjaqq
Are law school elections like "...being the Barbie and Ken of the class..."?

http://tinyurl.com/3mc5ng

Rebecca Cohn@ UC Davis Law.
Are law school elections like "...being the Barbie and Ken of the class..."?

Rebecca Cohn at UC Davis School of Law (King Hall).
Harper responsible for Ritz's incompetence.

http://www.liberal.ca/story_14699_e.aspx

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fed rescues AIG with $85B loan. Unprecedented move.

http://tinyurl.com/5u9w5w

Sign of how bad things are?
Pallin assistant harrases bloggers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html
Story is out: "Dion promises more funding for students."
http://www.thestar.com/FederalElection/article/500684
Gilbert & Sullivan's Utopia, Limited, or The Flowers of Progress (official title) is really about corporate law .
http://tinyurl.com/5bxntd
Gilbert & Sullivan's "King Paramour" is really about corporate law. Just heard the sample in class.
My prof is playing opera music in Corporate law.
Seriously.
Just heard Dion speak at the University of Western Ontario

More money for research, students.
Fake lawyer won't defend himself.

http://blog.lawinfo.com/2008/09/16/man-accused-of-being-fake-lawyer-wont-defend-self/

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Dion on Drugs: $900 million for catastrophic coverage.

http://ping.fm/lDY2q

Wow, what a platform.
Blog Post: This is Harpernomics http://s3nt.com/rjt
Blog Post: This is Harpernomics http://s3nt.com/rjt
...(con't)

I deny the allegations outright.
Due to the partisan nature of my election coverage, I've been accused of receiving compensation from one of the political parties. (con't)

Monday, September 15, 2008

"Mr. Harper's chummy charm will end the minute positive media relations are no longer necessary"

http://ping.fm/JphX0
New Nanos poll puts Liberals at just 6 points ahead.

http://ping.fm/tMO5m

Yeah, that's really close.
A plea to those who live in the 905.

http://ping.fm/OEVuH

Please, not him, not now, not ever again.
Anonymous comments on paper's website protected according to Montana court.

http://ping.fm/ioFH8