Noon-Thirty News 07/06/10

Posted in News on July 6th, 2010 by bl1y

What’s 300 – 300 – 600 – 3900?

The answer: Legal job growth for May and June.

Initial reports had the legal sector growing by 300 jobs in May, but a recalculation not only took away that growth, but found 600 jobs had been lost.  June was worse, with the loss of 3,900 jobs.

In America It’s Called Soccer…
[Bitter Lawyer]

In the rest of the world, it’s called futball.

But, in law firms, it’s called “canceled vacation.”

More than two years ago I began planning a trip to see the World Cup in South Africa, and a little more than a year ago I cleared the trip with all the appropriate supervisors at my firm.

[...] A week ago, I was told I would have to cancel my trip because some work had come up.  But, not just any work, work for a department I’m not a part of.

Sounds like someone works for the Koman Coulibaly Legal Group.  Sorry bro.  Or, as they say in South Africa, “BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Kobayashi to Experience Different Hot Dog Eating Contest
[USA Today]

You may have heard over the weekend that Kobayashi, the amazing hot dog eater from Japan was not only not allowed to compete in the annual July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog eating competition at Coney Island, but was arrested after climbing on stage in a last ditch effort to get into the competition.

Kobayashi spent one night in jail, and has been released after pleading not guilty to trespassing and resisting arrest.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas
[Above the Law]

So big in fact, that Texas needs yet another law school.  University of North Texas’s headline:

Opening a public law school at the right time in the right place.


Feminist Profs Accidentally Discredit Selves
[Time Magazine via Feminist Law Profs Blog]

If you know many feminist professors, you’re probably familiar with the mantra that everything is caused by societal norms, and genetics have virtually nothing to do with anything.  …Except that gays are gay by nature, but there’s not a biological or chemical explanation to be discovered, so stop looking…

Well, the Feminist Law Prof’s Blog has posted a story about some (pretty ethically questionable) experiments involving hormone treatments given to pregnant women.  Turns out that differences in hormones can cause girls to behave like stereotypical girls, or to behave more like tom boys, and vice versa for boys.

Turns out that boys will be boys, and not that boys will be boys because we reward archetypical boyish behavior and reinforce such behavior through societal norms.

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Close of Business News 06/22/10

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22nd, 2010 by bl1y

Orange is for Prison, Not Socialist Futball
[Yahoo Sports]

When Barbara Castelein and Mirte Nieuwpoort, showed up to a World Cup soccer game, they and about 30 other women they were with were booted from the event.  With all the vuvuzelas that are allowed through, and soccer’s history of disruptive fans, it seems it would take something pretty serious to be kicked out, so what was their offense?

Wearing identical orange dresses.

The dresses were provided by Dutch brewer Bavaria as part of a marketing campaign, but FIFA gave Budweiser an exclusive advertising deal for the World Cup.

But wait, there’s more.  Although FIFA claims it did not press charges, the two women were Castelein and Nieuwpoort were arrested for wearing the dresses.  In South Africa it is a criminal offense to advertise at an event without permission of the event organizer.  The women were released and the charges dropped, but this story really makes you appreciate living in the First World, where we have freedom and don’t have to put up with BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

I Think this is What UNIDROIT Governs
[ via Lying for a Living]

The National Pork Board sent online retailer a cease and desist letter over their canned unicorn meat product, which used the slogan “The New White Meat,” which the Porkers thought was a little to close to “The Other White Meat.”

“But what makes this cease and desist so very, very special is that it’s for a fake product we launched for April Fool’s day.”

That’s right, the product is not real.  And, because it’s not real, the slogan is parody and so is free to continue using it.  What’s next, investigating animal rights abuses at South Park because of Man-Bear-Pig?

Judge Blocks Deep Water Drilling Ban

A federal judge in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, a ruling the White House said it would immediately appeal.

Really? Is this serious? Come on!

I mean, the oil spill is sooo April, 2010.  Can’t we get something else in the news?

An Offer Deferred
[Above the Law]

What happens to an offer deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
It does.

12 associates at Baker & McKenzie who had their offers deferred twice and told if they weren’t brought on board by June, there wouldn’t be a place for them (likely because the class behind them would be brought on in September or October instead).  Only 1 associate got a job.  The other 11 are now officially out in the cold.

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It’s a Nigeria vs. Germany!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 17th, 2010 by bl1y

It’s a Nigeria vs. Germany! Look! There’s a Nigeria vs. Germany!  Oooh!  Oooh!  Alright you see?  This shocks you.  It shocks you.

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