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10 Rules to Live By

August 3, 2010

Last night I found a video On Demand of 10 Rules to Live By, courtesy of Mad Men. Enjoy:

1. You are the product

2. Live like there’s no tomorrow. “I’m living like there’s no tomorrow, because there isn’t” – Don Draper

3. There’s a place to cry – your apartment

4. When God closes a door, he opens a dress

5. If you don’t want to have a fight, stop talking

6. Being with a client is like being in a marriage (sometimes you get into it for the wrong reasons and eventually they punch you in the face.)

7. Evaluate your strengths

8. Have a summer house: What kind of company do you want to work at? The kind where everyone has a summer house.

9. Only boring people are bored

10. Put your nose down and pay attention to your work

Check out the video: http://www.tvsquad.com/2010/06/24/do-you-know-the-mad-men-rules-video/

Good Luck With Finals…Don’t Over Study

April 27, 2010

In 1900, a Harvard student went crazy studying for con-law and died from “overstudy.” Thanks to http://joshblackman.com/

The Future of Humanity Depends on You!

March 22, 2010

How to be a Winner

March 4, 2010

So you’re awesome, and you think everyone should know it? Take a few tips from this Texas Attorney on how to be a winner. This dude is by far my legal hero:

Above the Law notes:

Texas attorney Adam Reposa is not shy about singing his own praises. The man registered with the State Bar as “Bulletproof,” after all. He’s not jailproof, though. He was slapped with contempt of court charges for making the “jerk-off gesture” within sight of the judge, and sentenced to 90 days in prison.

Below is this dude’s awesome business card. Enjoy!

It’s unconfirmed whether the claims on this card are true but, Above the Law did point out that we must point out that he did manage to get his own 90-day jail sentence shaved down to less than two weeks. He went to jail on February 2 and was released on February 12 (to serve the rest of his sentence at home).

This guy knows how to win and you should know it! Lawyering Texas one DUI at at a time!

– JDR

Lack of Health Care Kills

March 1, 2010

Compare that with the amount of money we are spending on the War on Terror and the problem is only further exacerbated. Globalissues.org shows us the way our government is spending our money:

Unfortunately the allocation of taxes has been grossly misapportioned to fight a war of idealology with out of control spending.  The Congressional Research  Service noted:

With enactment of the FY2009 Supplemental (H.R. 2346/P.L. 111-32) on June 24, 2009, Congress has approved a total of about $944 billion for military operations, base security, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs, and veterans’ health care for the three operations initiated since the 9/11 attacks.

With spending so disproportionate and ever increasing, and with House and Senate Republicans on an all out war against health care, it is astonishing to see the utter disregard for human life in our own country. Those who oppose Heath Care reform need a wake up call. If anything, at least remove the insurance companies from anti-trust exemption in an effort to create a competitive market.  Robert Reich, in the New York Times notes:

More than 90 percent of insurance markets in more than 300 metropolitan areas are “highly concentrated,” as defined by the Federal Trade Commission, according to the American Medical Association. A 2008 survey by the Government Accountability Office found the five largest providers of small group insurance controlled 75 percent or more of the market in 34 states, and 90 percent or more in 23 of those states, a significant increase in concentration since the G.A.O.’s 2002 survey.

The health care industry is a non-competitive industry that is racking up profits, as America’s five largest health insurers made a total profit of $12.2 billion last year; that was 56 percent higher than in 2008.

I am not opposed to making a profit, far from it, but I am opposed to the monopolization of the health care industry at the expense of people dying. The 52:1 ratio mentioned above is startling, and while we hunt down suspected terrorists, sacrifice more of our privacy and civil liberties, American citizens are dying by our own inaction.

Most importantly we are misappropriating tax dollars on a war most Americans don’t believe in, with the Insurance Companies remain unchecked monopolies. Clearly, when it comes to quality health care verses military spending, this is not a competition.

– JDR

The Cost of Doing Business

February 15, 2010

I was talking to some fellow law students today about jobs and the cost of college. With the massive layoffs of lawyers recently and the level of underemployment (which I’ll talk about in the near future) we were wondering about the value of our education versus the cost of obtaining that education.

I received two undergraduate degrees from a state university (B.A. in PoliSci and B.A. in English). The cost of obtaining these degrees was outweighed by their actual real world value. It was difficult to procure employment with these two degrees, and even more difficult to find a job that would pay me a decent wage. While business degrees are similarly situated degrees in Engineering or Accounting seem to be the exceptions to the rule. A college degree just isn’t worth much anymore. We’re spending too much and getting too little. The American University is the ultimate failing business, and they’re just too big to fail (in the sense of importance). Don’t believe me? Consider the Following:

Now my argument is not anti-education by any means.In fact my opinion is quite the opposite.  These facts illustrate the problem with higher education in America. The cost is prohibitive and the benefits are neutral if not outweighed by the cost of debt and low starting salaries. Universities should be in the business (as they are taking our money and providing a service, they are businesses) of producing a quality product – high-caliber students and high-caliber Universities.

-JDR

Hulk Angry, Hulk Protest

February 11, 2010

The Iranian Green Movement has been in full swing since the disputed elections in June of 2009. Iranian citizens took to the streets wearing green and waiving green flags in protest of Ahmadinejad reelection. The student let protests were largely censored by the Iranian government, preventing news reports from leaving the country (except via Twitter). While the protests in the streets have subsided, the movement is very much alive in Iranian sports.

In their World Cup Qualifier, the Iranian Soccer Team wore green wrist bands in support of Moussavi. The plays wore the wrist bands despite government censorship knowing full well that the event’s popularity would prevent the match from being censored

Think Progress Reports:

After half-time, only one player kept his green wristband on. Iranian bloggers speculated that “Ali Abadi, chairman of the Iranian Football Federation (FFI), who is close to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had telephoned Seoul during half time and instructed the players to remove the green wristbands immediately.”

Hulk Angry Hulk Smash

Earlier this month the Green movement took a hilarious turn, as Body building champion Rashid Ghaleh Shahini painted his entire body green in solidarity with the Iranian Green movement, when he participated in the Fajr body building championship of Western Islamabad.

The Bodybuilder used green paint to protest the 2009 elections, while simultaneously giving nerds all over the world a shred of hope that all that comic book collecting , superhero costumes, live action role playing and comic-con attendance was not in vain.

While I support Mr. Shahini’s point of view, I find it hilarious that being a real-life portrait of the Incredible Hulk was the best way in which Shahini could protest the elections in Iran.

Persian2English notes:

An Islamabad blog post reported: “Ghaleh Shahini who has in numerous tournaments, even on the national level, made us proud, appeared in these championships with his impressive body in the green color of the Green movement. The championship organizers, however, refused to let him compete and expelled him from the tournament. He could have easily shined at the championship and was visibly by far the best contender.

Apparently Hulk Angry, Hulk Protest!

-JDR