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The Workplace Prof Blog offered up an assessment of cyberslacking, the practice of goofing off on the computer at work.

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                             [By Jeff]
                             Last week, the Workplace Prof Blog offered up an assessment of cyberslacking, the practice of goofing off on the computer
                             at work. Apparently, it’s the hot new thing. About 45% of Americans say they are distracted by the Internet while working.
                             Employers waste $750 billion per year on salaries for time wasted in cyberspace. So what are you waiting for? Stop work-
                             ing, and start goofing off with this week’s law blog roundup.

Concurring Opinions and the Volokh                    Global Tracking Devices into our spines next        He blames the “Holocaust Industry” for
Conspiracy picked up on an article from the           fall. The tracking devices are very stylish and     spreading misinformation regarding the fate of
Christian Science Monitor that discussed              can play MP3s, so there is nothing to worry         the European Jews during World War II. Darby
why email, the mode of communication du               about. If you wake up in the middle of the night    is presently headed for New Jersey to speak
jour, makes it so easy to misunderstand each          and hear someone breathing on the other end         at a “pro-white rally.” This guy is kind of like
other. At Concurring Opinions, Kaimipono              of the phone, relax, it’s just Karl Rove checking   the white power Ross Perot—only crazier and
D. Wenger states that the same is true with           in.                                                 dumber.
blogs. In addition to not being able to pick up
on nonverbal cues, blog readers face other            On a related note, the progressive research         Reeling from soaring gas prices? Richard
disadvantages when trying to extract meaning          and analysis blog Think Progress presented          Posner of The Becker-Posner Blog says, “Quit
from a blog post. Sarcasm is tough to transmit        a critique of the current NSA domestic spying       your complaining, you big baby!” A stark-
through the bloglines. In addition, blog posts,       program and how it could expose the major           raving conservative evaluation of the current
like emails, are often fired off in haste. I can      telecommunications companies to billions of         gas crisis was posted on The Becker-Posner
assure you that this is true. This article is being   dollars worth of lawsuits. According to Think       Blog a short while ago. Posner says the high
written mere minutes before its Monday-               Progressive, AT&T, Verizon, and BellSouth           gas prices are a good thing! It reduces our
morning deadline. I’d better move on to the           violated the Stored Communications Act; and         dependency on foreign oil and puts more
next paragraph. Here we go!                           even the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance          money into the economy. He points out that the
                                                      Act can’t protect them. They claim the              nature of the gas industry is routinely causing
The big blogging story of last week involved          telecommunications giants could be liable for       spiking and that the government’s scrambling
ABC News’ blog The Blotter, where a                   $ billion for every American whose records         to satiate oil-addicted Americans is both hasty
story emerged of the federal government               were surrendered to the U.S. government.            and myopic.
wiretapping journalists to uncover their secret       That’s well over the established rate of
                                                                                                          Another development from weeks past
sources. A secret government informant told           $.99 for the first minute and $3.99 for each
                                                                                                          was the return of attorney Roy Black. As
reporters Brian Ross and Richard Esposito to          additional minute.
                                                                                                          highlighted in a post from Evan Schaeffer’s
get new cell phones because the government
                                                                                                          Legal Underground, Roy bid the practice of law
was listening to their calls. I would advise them     From the “Uh-Oh” files comes this Instapundit
                                                                                                          adieu to star in the mega-flop lawyer reality-TV
to invest in new cell phones anyway so they           story of a bat-guano crazy Democratic
                                                                                                          show The Firm. The TV show fizzled out and
can get some of that Bluetooth technology.            candidate for Alabama Attorney General.
                                                                                                          was swept under the rug without fanfare. Black
Following the leak about the U.S. government’s        Candidate Larry Darby, founder of the Atheist
                                                                                                          is back now, representing radio personality
secret prisons in Poland and Romania, the             Law Center, took some lumps from the
                                                                                                          Rush Limbaugh in his OxyContin case. Even
feds took a keen interest in knowing who was          Alabama press for his religious views. He
                                                                                                          the brightest Hollywood stars fade away, Roy.
talking with reporters about what. The tenor          tried to win some brownie points by admitting
                                                                                                          Welcome back to the fold.
of The Blotter piece is rather alarmist. Next         that although he is an atheist, he has plenty
thing you know, they’ll be complaining when           of insane beliefs. Chief among his screwball        Until next week, fellow blogophiles, keep
the government begins inserting Reagan 2900           notions is that the Holocaust never happened.       watching the blogs.


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