Hey, we do *respectable* puff pieces

For some reason aldaily thought it was worthwhile to link to this piece concocted by the august-sounding Social Issues Research Centre. Executive Summary Gossip is not a trivial pastime: it is essential to human social, psychological and even physical well-being. The mobile phone, by facilitating therapeutic gossip in an alienating and fragmented modern world, hascontinue reading

At least they think the Earth is round

These guys are relatively obscure State legislators, so don’t take it too seriously, but this is pretty funny: Meet our new friend, Georgia State House Rep. Ben Bridges (R), chairman of the retirement committee in the state house. Bridges is now in a bit of trouble for the beans about evolution being the product ofcontinue reading

Unnecessary Headline Week Begins!

And once again ctv.ca kicks it off: Bobby Orr’s father Douglas dies at age 82 I searched for the significance of this, but it’s just what it says: an old man died, and his son is Bobby Orr. Still, it’s almost as newsworthy as the story that leads the Canada section this morning: Vancouver 2010continue reading

You know the Court is unhappy when…

“Mrs. Dickie is awarded her costs before this Court on a solicitor and client basis and in the Court of Appeal on a substantial indemnity basis.” In any civil action, if you lose there’s always the risk that you’ll end up paying the other side’s costs–sort of. Usually costs are awarded on a party-and-party basis,continue reading

Thoughtless Headline Week Continues!

Baird ready to shut windows on greenhouse: globeandmail.com OK, thoughtless might be a bit harsh. However, it’s one of those classic cases where the headline sounds clever, but misunderstands something it’s trying to make light of — in this case, the greenhouse effect. Because wouldn’t Baird be opening the windows of the greenhouse… so wecontinue reading