Monthly Archives: March 2005

Tentative ruling favors Apple in blog case

Remarkable timing, this, given that drdenny and I were just discussing the question of what is a journalist anymore.

A California judge has issued a tentative ruling that Apple Computer can force three blogging sites to divulge their sources, according to reports.In the preliminary ruling, issued Thursday, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge said that the three blogging sites, which had disclosed information about Apple’s upcoming products, did not have the same legal protections that shield journalists, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

I suspect this is merelythe first small skirmish in what will eventually turn out to be a rather large war. By the time we get the term “journalist” properly redefined for the Internet Age, I imagine that a couple hundred years of legal precedent will prove to be more of an impediment to understanding the issue than anything.

It would be fun to see the Supreme Court actually go back to the actual text of the 1st Amendment and consider what freedom of the press actually means, given (as drdenny aptly notes) the punctuation of the clause in which it resides.


Baker says US needs to get serious about global warming

I’m not sure this is the actual 7th Sign, but I’m pretty sure it’s mentioned somewhere in Revelation:

Mar 3, 2005 — HOUSTON (Reuters) – Former Secretary of State James Baker, a close ally of the Bush family, broke ranks with the Bush administration on Thursday and called for the United States to get serious about global warming.

Baker, in a speech to an audience that included a number of oil company executives, said “orderly” change to alternative energy was needed.

“It may surprise you a little bit, but maybe it’s because I’m a hunter and a fisherman, but I think we need to a pay a little more attention to what we need to do to protect our environment,” he told the Houston Forum Club.

“When you have energy companies like Shell and British Petroleum, both of which are perhaps represented in this room, saying there is a problem with excess carbon dioxide emission, I think we ought to listen,” Baker said.


[Credit: Thanks to Pit West Virginia Desk Chief Steve Reynolds for the tip.]