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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Reunions Make Me Nervous

I am off to my class reunion today (Class of ’75, Colusa High School).  If all goes according to plan, new things ought to post automatically every few hours.

I shoulda gotta haircurt.  Oh well, time to go …

Thursday, June 23, 2005


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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Delayed Blogging Today

Not much blogging until later today.  I  have an interesting project underway with Barry Ritholtz -- we will post it when it's complete.

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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Safe Blogging

From CNN Money:   

..."If you blog, there are no guarantees you'll attract a readership of thousands," states the manual. "But at least a few readers will find your blog, and they may be people you'd least want to expect....And there may be consequences."   

Below, a few tips from "How to Blog Safely (About Work and Anything Else)":   

  • A is for Anonymous First, the "no duh" warning: don't post any pictures, reveal your name or even confess you work for, say, an unnamed weekly newspaper in Seattle. "(I)t's clear that you work in one of two places," cautions the guide. Posting using a pseudonym is smart but, if you think using "Leanne" when your name is Annalee is a good idea, think again.
  • Technology as Alibi Superficial disguises go only so far when every wannabe pundit also has a unique -- and, unfortunately, traceable -- Internet address. The good news is, there are services like, and Tor that specialize in helping you keep your address and your identity under wraps.   
  • Be Exclusive You don't have to let the whole world watch. You can set up a blog that is password-protected. Blogging services such as LiveJournal let you decide who gets to see all or parts of your blog. Turns out, you can also block Google and other major search engines from listing your blog in Internet search results. To do so, you need to create a special file called a "Robots Text File."   
  • Have a Blog and Keep Your Job Mark Jen, the fired Google worker, isn't the only blogger to land on the unemployment lines. Delta Air Lines, Microsoft and Friendster, the on-line social networking service, have all allegedly canned hired help for blogging. Countless other employers are taking steps to prevent loose-lipped workers from disclosing company information on the Internet.   

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the First Amendment protects against censorship by the government, not employers or any other private party. In most states, employment is considered "at will," which means that employees can quit and employers can fire anytime and for any reason.   

And no states have laws to protect bloggers from job or any other discrimination, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.   

There is some good news, but not much. Most states specifically protect workers' political activities and opinions. Using a blog as a unionizing tool is also protected...   

And, of course, government workers are free to carp all they want online as long as they don't reveal classified or confidential information. 

I'm glad I have tenure and have located everything associated with this blog on non-university resources, and I'm protected by the government worker provisions. Even so, it makes me nervous to speak out in this political climate.

Unfortunately, not everybody enjoys such safeguards regarding their political speech. Small private employers can fire workers without giving a reason. How did we get to the point where we fear repercussions for voicing our political opinions?

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