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Month: July 2012

Internet Defence League Formed

A new and possibly very important organisation has just launched on the internet.  They are made up from online businesses, political groups and lawyers have joined together to form a group called the Internet Defence League.   They have been inspired by the attempt by big businesses to implement the awful SOPA which would have threatened virtually everything that was good about the net.

Congress backed down on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) after a huge response online from literally millions of people online.  It was a great example of digital democracy – banding together to block something that would have destroyed internet freedom.  One of the issues that was highlighted is how long it takes to organise an effective protest online.

So someone came up with rather a good idea based on the hit show Batman.  When Gotham city was in trouble, the mayor would ask Batman for help by shining a big Bat signal in the sky.  The Internet Defence League has adapted to produce the Cat Signal.

 

It is actually a small piece of code that you can install on any web site, forum or blog.  The code can then be activated whenever some threat to the freedom of the internet is created.  So if you see the cat signal on a few web sites you know that likely some piece of terrible legislation is making it’s way through congress or something like that.

It is something that is well needed, there is a growing sense that the internet is being taken over by governments and big business.  I forget how many times I get blocked surfing around the internet – it used to never happen.  I kept getting so fed up with restrictions on web sites based on location I now have a dedicated proxy service to bypass them.  It even helps me watch the BBC abroad check this out – http://www.theninjaproxy.org/tv/how-to-use-a-bbc-iplayer-proxy/.

This digital signal will hopefully not need to be used very often but I suspect we might get used to seeing it.  There are some pretty big websites signing up to this league and incorporating the code.

How music can help lawyers concentrate on their work

Music enables lawyers to think clearly by preventing any disruptions and consequently, it increases their level of concentration significantly. In effect, it enables them to complete their tasks more efficiently by putting them in a trance that makes it possible for them to relax and focus more. However, since music that has heavy vocals or rhythms can cause distractions, it is advisable for lawyers who listen to music while working to opt for quiet, instrumental music in order to achieve their desired results.
Although there are many doubts about the ability of music to make lawyers more productive, there are even more reasons for them to listen to it while working because it plays a vital role in enabling them to change their mood. Lawyers who listen to music at their workplaces become more productive and receptive because they do not notice the music most of the time. Although certain types of music produce better results, the common verdict by researchers is that music increases the productivity of lawyers significantly by enabling them to concentrate and memorize more. To find interesting Bruno Mars music here @ http://www.brunomars.nl/
Music reduces the levels of stress hormones significantly especially if it has an upbeat rhythm and hence it is ideal for lawyers and especially those who want to relax more in order to improve their productivity.

Wine Shipping Laws

After Prohibition the United States Federal Government wisely took a step back and allowed the states to create their own alcohol laws.  As you might expect, what has transpired over the past hundred or so years has left the entire system a bit of a mess overall.

From many state’s spitting on the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, to others not allowing any shipment of alcohol at all, to others goal tending for local retailers and wineries the current state of affairs leaves something to be desired.

For the average cheap wine club it makes life difficult, but luckily there are a number of trade groups working to overturn these archaic and unfair laws.

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