January 14, 2006


Subsidiary Thoughts has been retired as the sideblog for Conglomerate.

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January 02, 2006

Cracking an Insurgent Cell in Iraq

We don't link much to war news, but this is a fascinating account of an operation against insurgents in Mosul.

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December 31, 2005

WaPo's News of the Weird

WaPo collects offbeat news stories from 2005. Fun read.

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December 30, 2005

"Crime Crash" Continues in NY

The crime numbers in New York continue to decline. Is it the result of better police work? (Maybe) Cooking the books? (Probably not, they say.) Tougher sentences? (Hmm) Anyway you slice it, the numbers look good.

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December 28, 2005

Funniest Commercials of 2005

View TBS's funniest commercials of 2005. I actually know the actress in the Dr. Pepper ad, which is very funny. But my favorite was Carlton Draught (#3), which is almost as spectacular as Lord of the Rings.

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December 22, 2005

You Need to Get Out More

Here's Dan Shanoff from ESPN on tonight's Las Vegas Bowl:

Las Vegas (BYU/Cal): Is it me, or is there a cognitive disconnect between BYU playing in Sin City?

It's just you, Dan. Maybe you need to get out of New York more often. Las Vegas is chock full of Mormons, and BYU has been playing in Las Vegas for ages ... even before they were in the same conference as UNLV.

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December 21, 2005

What's Your Rate?

I saw this story last week in the National Law Review, but WaPo has some interesting discussion of the fact that Benjamin R. Civiletti charges $1,000 per hour for legal services. By way of comparison:

One partner at Patton Boggs LLP, the second-priciest Washington firm after Venable in the survey, charges up to $800 an hour. At Hogan & Hartson, the rate goes up to $750 a hour. Twelve partners at Covington & Burling, the District firm with the fourth-highest rate, charge up to $720 an hour.

More typical for partners in Washington firms is about $500 an hour, said Steve Nelson, managing principal for law and government for the McCormick Group, an executive search firm based in Arlington. The average for partners in large New York firms ranges from about $700 to $800, Nelson said.

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Top Searches of 2005

This is a fascinating compilation from Yahoo.

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December 18, 2005

Jib Jab's Year in Review

This video isn't knee-slappingly funny, but it's clever and well done.

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December 14, 2005

"Activist Judge Cancels Christmas"

Another fun read from The Onion.

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Christmas Lists ... on PowerPoint

This is from WaPo, and you can see a slide show narrated by an 11-year-old girl. Cute.

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Mark Cuban's latest investment "delivers filtered posterior and feminine warm water wash via two retractable wands as well as a heated seat."

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December 07, 2005

Aussie Corporate Law

Here is a terrific resource from Ian Ramsay and the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation at the University of Melbourne.

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December 03, 2005

BAR/BRI a Monopoly?

Los Angeles lawyer Eliot G. Disner has filed an antitrust lawsuit against BAR/BRI, claiming that the company that produces the most popular bar preparation course has monopolized the market and overcharged students.

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November 27, 2005

OJ Simpson "Almost a Ute"

If you are a college football fan, here is a strange story from the LA Times:

Almost a Ute: Before he enrolled at USC, O.J. Simpson went to the University of Utah on a recruiting trip. It was the summer of 1966 and Utah coach Mike Giddings, a former USC assistant, wanted Simpson. The coach handed the future Heisman Trophy winner over to several players for a get-acquainted session. Among them was an offensive lineman named Norm Chow, who would eventually become the Trojans' offensive coordinator under Coach Pete Carroll.

According to Giddings in "Conquest," Simpson committed to Utah that day, signing a letter of intent. But when Simpson returned home, a tenacious USC assistant, Marv Goux, persuaded him to enroll in junior college for one more year in order to join the Trojans.

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