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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Bass Strait, Dire Straights

Eye-candy du jour… A competitor in the 66th Sydney to Hobart yacht race heads towards a storm cloud. This year’s ocean race has been hit by thunderstorms and hail, but only one boat has withdrawn. Photo by Carlo Borlenghi, as seen in The Guardian

All the best for the Festive Season

To all of you! Thanks for reading our posts over 2010. I’d better get back to Christmas festivities – I hear much hilarity as the kids attempt to play their new board game…

Ask Not

US President Barack Obama has signed a landmark law allowing gay people serving in the military to be open about their sexuality. Mr Obama said the law meant that tens of thousands of Americans would no longer be asked to live a lie. He had campaigned to change the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, […]

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – Sexting and the St Kilda football team

Sorry I haven’t been about much. It’s been nuts, literally. But I thought I’d write about the furore which has arisen in Melbourne after a 17-year-old girl posted photos of nude AFL players from St Kilda football club in retaliation for alleged ill treatment at the hands of various players. The Age reported yesterday: St […]

Seasons Grievings

Australia is launching a criminal investigation into the Christmas Island shipwreck that killed at least 28 people, under people trafficking laws. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said more bodies may be pulled from the sea after a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers crashed into jagged rocks. She said the boat may have been carrying more than […]

How to sell a car

Used car salespeople generally have a very low rating in the public’s estimation. Some of you may remember the poster of Richard Nixon with the words “Would you buy a used car from this man”, a tagline credited to New York political journalist Noel Parmental.  (I found a copy here.) I once discussed the purchase […]

If you tolerate this, your pension will be next.

Fan as I am of schlocky eighties sci-fi from my misspent youth (Predator: bestest filum EVAH!), I’ve been thinking recently of the Dolph Lundgren classic DARK ANGEL where a nine feet tall alien goes around pumping victims full of stolen heroin before harvesting the resultant endorphines with a spike for sale on the intergalactic drugs […]

Bare Faced Liar

Gerry Adams has denied claims on WikiLeaks that he was an IRA leader and had advance knowledge of the infamous Northern Bank raid. According to the latest US diplomatic cable leaks, the Irish government had “rock solid evidence” on the allegations. But Mr Adams said the claims were not new, that he had denied them […]

Bork on anti-trust – Guest post by Joseph

[SL: Joseph is an occasional poster and regular lurker on skepticlawyer, a PhD graduate in Economics from the University of Queensland, and a trader with Nikko. And as you all know, we often use the expression 'Borked' around the place to describe something terminally and utterly... borked. Robert Bork, however, is a real person, once […]

Comparative Law 101: Roman law v Common law and Julian Assange.

I wrote a long comment on a lengthy LP thread concerning the Wikileaks brouhaha earlier. I wrote it because there is a great deal of what seems to be willful misunderstanding of the differences between Roman law and Common law jurisdictions. I have reposted it below. Originally I was going to do a detailed analysis […]