Christmas Markets in Europe are currently Featured at ViaMichelin.com

If you have never seen one of the fantastic top Christmas markets in Europe, you should, if you can.

We subscribe to the ViaMichelin Newsletter and they have a great feature in their current edition on some of the top Christmas Markets in Europe, with great photography and descriptions.

We know many people at this time of year who drive to specific Christmas markets here in Europe much in the same way that tourists visit famed cultural sites – these markets are that impressive.

Take a look at the photos and descriptions – you might find something you like (click on the numbers below the initial photo at that link to view more Christmas markets).

The Year 2007 Will Soon End and 2008 is Coming : What Does the Future Hold? Try the Search Engine Filter Future Scanner

Future Scanner is a search engine filter that scans the future – click any year you want, starting at the year 2008, going year by year to the year 2020 – and … beyond. Obviously, there are all kinds of predictions for 2008 as we head into the New Year.

Drug Testing & Law at The Issue + Flat Tax

The Blog Newspaper The Issue has as its current Issue of the Day the subject of Drug Testing, which then links to blogs covering that topic from a legal point of view.

The Newsroom currently points to a discussion of The Flat Tax.

The whole site looks like it is just starting up yet and the color selection is candylike, but a Blog Newspaper like this is an interesting idea.

Two Articles on the Growing Power of Blogs – via Neil J. Squillante of TechnoLawyer

Neil J.Squillante of TechnoLawyer sent me the following e-mail some time ago under the title: “Two Articles on the Growing Power of Blogs”. I had not posted it yet but here now is Neil’s email on this important topic (the links in his email are operative):

Hi Andis,

In case you missed them, FindLaw recently published two
articles about blogs:

In “How Bloggers Influence Corporations,” David Canton of
eLegal Canton issues a wake-up call to large corporations.
In so doing, he cites several BlawgWorld blawgs, including
Canadian Privacy Law Blog, Michael Geist’s Blog, and
George’s Employment Blawg. Read the article.
http://technology.findlaw.com/articles/00006/011004.html

In “The State of Legal Blogs: A Report From the Frontlines,”
Blawg.com founder Bill Gratsch discusses the breadth and
diversity of today’s legal blogosphere compared to the early
days five years ago. He also lists several blawg
directories, including his own Blawg.com, our BlawgWorld
eBook, and the always mysterious Blawg Review. Read the
article.
http://technology.findlaw.com/articles/00006/011014.html

Sincerely,

Neil J. Squillante
PeerViews Inc.
825 Third Avenue
Second Floor
New York, NY 10022

TechnoLawyer
http://www.technolawyer.com

BlawgWorld
http://www.blawgworld.com

LandingPage Interactive
http://www.landingpageinteractive.com
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Christmas Gift Ideas : The Book Stars Stones & Scholars Is a Ray of Light in the Darkness

What the Da Vinci Code is to fiction, this book is to non-fiction.

Looking for that special gift for an academic who has everything?

He may not have this:

Stars Stones and ScholarsHARDCOVER or SOFTCOVER
a pioneer study in the history of civilization. The book claims to decipher the megaliths as Neolithic border and landmark stones sighted (and sited) by prehistoric astronomy. The book is controversial, arguing that mainstream academic evaluation of archaeological evidence is faulty.

See the reviews here…… megaliths

Sevenload As An Alternative to YouTube for Video Uploading and Downloading – Andis Kaulins in 2007 Hitting a 300-Yard Drive

OK, here is the 60-year old LawPundit at Golf Club Cochem on the Moselle driving range hitting a drive 300 yards at the start of the 2007 golf season. I swung a bit too hard on this one, but to see why the ball travels as far as it does, turn off the sound and just concentrate on the speed of the clubhead at impact and beyond. Clubhead speed gives you that extra distance. Swing THROUGH.

Link: sevenload.com
Germany has come up with an interesting photo and video site called sevenload that serves for many as an alternative to YouTube. As written at KillerStartups.com:

Sevenload.com is Germany’s leading digital media platform for photos and videos on the internet.

Sevenload (correctly written without the capital S as sevenload) is available not only in German, but also in English and Turkish, with more languages planned. Here are the links:

sevenload in English : http://en.sevenload.com/
sevenload in German: http://de.sevenload.com/
sevenload in Turkish: http://tr.sevenload.com/

China and US Patent Reform : The Rule of Law and the Consent of the Governed : The Patent Monopoly Factory

Patent Reform in the USA has drawn the attention of a Chinese expert.

Philip Brooks’ Patent Infringement Updates in the posting China Weighs in on U.S. Patent Reform Bill points out that Yongshun Cheng, current director of the Beijing Intellectual Property Institute and one of the top three IP figures in China, is of the opinion that the proposed US Patent Reform Act of 2007 would make it easier for patents to be infringed.

Take a look at Brooks’ posting as well as the original translated article by Cheng.

People such as myself, who strongly support the US Patent Reform Act of 2007, appreciate Cheng’s concerns and arguments. Any time that you change the laws to restore balance to any system, you are going to get countervailing effects, and some of these may in fact be some of the dangers that Cheng identifies.

Nevertheless, when the law is confronted with a system that is greatly out of balance – then such a system must be tweaked to save the system as a whole, even if the actions to be taken also have some negative implications.

It is imperative – as a matter of the successful rule of law – that laws in force are seen as sensible by the governed so that the governed can give their consent to them and thus give them legitimacy. This is the Jeffersonian doctrine of consent by the governed, which incorporates the idea of limited government. Whenever the government begins to play too large a role in the affairs of business and commerce, you have trouble brewing ahead.

Under current patent law, the government in the United States through the USPTO and the courts has played an increasingly significant role in redistributing wealth in a bizarre fashion to people who have not earned it. The USPTO in granting patents for thousands of obvious inventions – which should in fact have been denied patent protection – and the courts, by enforcing existing patent laws and protecting undeserving patents, have been acting as handmaidens to the virtual extortion of monies by patent holders and patent trolls from legitimate enterprises.

This raises danger signals for democracy.

Obviously, this can not go on, and the Patent Reform Act of 2007 is designed to put a stop to the most obvious flagrant and widespread abuses of patent law – abuses which still daily mark our news headlines.

Read generally Zachary Roth’s The Monopoly Factory