Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 20, 2015. Outpost Timmerman is being upgraded to Ft Timmerman. A wall, (a 6’ tall privacy fence), has been installed. Finishing touches will be completed Saturday.
The SFIG, hosted by the Bar, will be shut down … to be replaced by a new and improved “Forum Based” list serve … with really onerous Terms of Service. A TOS designed to limit and curtail free speech, make it exceedingly difficult for Solo and Small Firm lawyers to organize dissent … and destroy the sense of “family” inherent to the SFIG “water cooler” format. In response, several members of the SFIG have set up a private SFIG clone, email@example.com … the old SFIG on steroids. Totally unmoderated, free and with the inherent ability to allow Solo and Small Firm lawyers to organize a dissent to Bar policies, should that be deemed necessary. Individually, as Solo and Small Firm lawyers, we are powerless … but organized, working together for a common goal, we can dictate policy. How?
The Bar Audit for 2014 has been posted on the Bar’s Website. Interesting read. Bars dues and CLE revenues in 2013 were $8,484,908.00 … in 2014, they increased to $10,862,738.00. The Bar’s total assets in 2013 were $4,826.044.00 and increased to $7,588,551.00 in 2014. Share with me, why we REALLY, REALLY needed a dues increase. Share with me why or Bar needs to sit on $7.5 million dollars in assets?
The primary source of revenues for the Bar, are Bar Dues. Solo and Small Firm lawyers make up almost 66% or our Bar … so we contribute 66% of the revenues. The second largest revenue source are CLEs. CLE revenues in 2013 were $2,829.039.00 and increased to $3,004,184.00 in 2014. The single largest non dues revenue source for the Bar, is the Solo and Small Firm Conference. The “Conference” has historically been a “family reunion” for the SFIG Family. I have no doubt, Solo and Small Firm lawyers attending the conference, generate MORE than 66% of the revenues generated by the conference. As a group, Solo and Small Firm lawyers are a force to be reckoned with, something the Bar has recognized these past 20 years by implementing suggested changes, ie. statute of limitations for Bar Complaints and the ability to destroy client files after 10 years of no contact with the client. Encouraging policy changes that benefit Solo and Small Firm lawyers, assuming we have a place and means to organize, (like the firstname.lastname@example.org listserve), is elegantly simple. Have the Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee or Bar liaison suggest changes. If our requests are ignored … call for a boycott of all Bar sponsored CLE’s. You can easily get 15 hours of CLE credit, (FREE), through PLI, (Practicing Law Institute). I wonder whether or not our BOG would be willing to listen to suggestions made by Solo and Small Firm lawyers to improve their practice … if the BOG is confronted with a potential $3 MILLION dollar loss of revenues?
I am somewhat surprised these items are not regulated, considering how intimate their use is. (CNN) — What’s in your pad or tampon? “About 70% of all American women use tampons. On average, a woman will use between 11,000 and 16,000 tampons in her lifetime. In fact, tampon-like devices have been used since ancient Rome, where women fashioned devices out of wool to absorb menstrual flow. Rolls of grass were used in parts of Africa, and Hawaiian women used ferns … Last month, members of the consumer group Women’s Voices for the Earth dressed up as boxes of tampons and pads and protested in front of Procter & Gamble’s corporate headquarters. They held up signs that said, “My uterus loves accurate labels.” According to market research group Euroshare, P&G is the largest manufacturers of feminine products, with 44% of the United States market share. Women’s Voices for the Earth wants manufacturers such as P&G to fully disclose what goes into tampons, sanitary pads and wipes.” Course, this could be a “slippery slope”, leading to labels showing what goes into athletic supporters, toilet paper and condoms.
Dogs never cease to amaze me: (BBC NEWS) — Meet the dogs who can sniff out cancer better than some lab tests. “Lucy, a cross between a Labrador retriever and an Irish water spaniel, failed miserably at guide dog school. As she was curious and easily excitable, random scents distracted Lucy from her master’s path, and it wasn’t long before she was unceremoniously kicked out. But her owners knew their smart dog held promise. They decided, if her nose was getting her into trouble (she was after all, bred to be a hunting dog), why not train her to sniff out something useful? For the next seven years, Lucy learned to sniff out bladder, kidney and prostate cancer, and was even used in a study. Over the years, she has been able to detect cancer correctly more than 95% of the time. That’s better than some lab tests used to diagnose cancer.” I suppose cats could do the same thing … if only they gave a damn!!
Sitting here finishing off the Ramblings. Today is Susan’s last day working for CVS. CVS has a horrendous employee turn over rate, for good cause. ‘Nuff said. Susan starts at Fred’s Pharmacy on Monday. Fred’s is a local chain, operating since 1947. She will be working 12 minutes from Ft Timmerman, 5 days a week, 8 – 5, or 9 – 6 and 2 Saturdays a month. The walls around Ft Timmerman will be completed tomorrow, (I’ll post pics on my Facebook Page.)
Time to post these Ramblings and settle in at Outpost Timmerman. May work on a couple of images. Nice, relaxing way, to spend a quiet evening. I remain nicotine free. Later, I will say a Thank You for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?). Be and sleep well, the best we have is on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Pascagoula, Mississippi … and the Editorial Staff, Dinker, Karly, Floyd and my L’l Buddy.)