Monday, February 25, 2013

I’m with Grotius – and maybe with Dodds too, but not with Dickerson.

November 14th, 2012

I agree with Grotius – the 17th century Dutch jurist, in that one can freely revoke their offer to agree/contract.  To expand on his sentiment, one should be able revoke an offer even after it has been accepted, in my opinion.  Moreover, I view an offer and an acceptance as just furthering the negotiation process until a definite agreement has been stated – which of course would be when the situation becomes a win-win for both parties; or so the possibility exists, anyhow.  If you find the last point blasphemous, hear this:  Until the point where products or money or whatever valuable consideration begins to change hands and does change hands, everything is still up in the air.  Larger and more long-term deals may have some problems with this sentiment of mine, but even there, nearly all terms of an agreement should be open to re-negotiation at any time. 

One should be able to revoke an offer at anytime, because such seems to happen all the time anyhow.  Let’s say A has a couple of tickets to the big show this evening.  He can’t attend or wants to sell the tickets for the money, or whatever.  B has expressed an interest in buying the tickets.  A says he wants $100 each to sell.  B hesitates and says he will get back to A with his decision in a little while.  B decides to buy and contacts A attempting to accept A’s offer of $100 each for the tickets.  A now declines to sell saying he wants $175 each.  For the purists in the crowd, assume this is not a face to face discussion (let’s make it an email or cell phone text offer or fax or something) and maybe A has received another offer for more money than his initial $100 dollar offer in the interim since the time A made the initial offer to B.  Anyway, in this hypothetical, no valid offer would have been apparent according to the proposed doctrine and A is free to take the higher offer for the tickets. 


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Superbowl Power Outage: Cyber Attack or Typical Gov’t Ineptitude?

Feb 3rd, 2013 - Superbowl Sunday.

Bravo to the Baltimore Ravens for winning the big game.  However, the extended electrical power outage at New Orleans' SuperDome was quite disturbing.  If the outage was a result of the usual matter of our aging infrastructure or as a result of our typical government ineptitude or government sponsored monopoly’s ineptitude, that’s one thing – as I’ve blogged many times before. 

But…, if it all turns out that the power outage was a result of some type of Chinese cyber attack or the likes, that’s another story!  ‘Cause they can kill our presidents and steal our money, but if anyone f…’s with our Superbowl, it’s likely time for war!!!

Then again, we have seen this before with 49ers games…  See:  Power Outage at the 49ers v. Steelers Monday Night Football Game at
   Maybe the reach of PG&E (49ers fans) is much more potent than we could have imagined.  

It will be interesting to see what they tell us and what they don’t tell us about this Superbowl power outage, no doubt!


PS.  Oh..., prbbly worth mentioning, I ain't really no retard.  Of course I am aware that the types of lights they have in stadiums can have a significant strike time. The question is what made the lights go off?

Superdome power outage halts Super Bowl XLVII

US mulls action against China cyberattacks

Chinese cyber attacks on West are widespread, experts say

Like..., would they tell us the truth anyhow?

Is the Nation Under Siege? Could We Trust the Nation’s Press to Tell Us?