Let Us Give Thanks 🦃

It's been a while since one of these blog posts addressed a favorite American pastime, cooking. As a way of saying "Thank You" to everyone who shares their cooking tips online, and as a way of getting ready for Thanksgiving, please read on for information on a technique that has the potential to make chicken or meatballs fluffier.

Half dollar sized chicken meatballs can work well as an appetizer. Lamb meatballs as well as pork and red meat meatballs also can work well in this size. Yum. Paired with a dipping sauce that is complementary to the entree, sharing these tiny savory treats is a great way to get guests relaxed and mingling around the dining room.

To prepare, assemble the meatball ingredients, including breadcrumbs, to your liking. The more breadcrumbs, the less dense the meatballs will be when they are cooked, and less dense is good for an appetizer. (Notwithstanding edamame, which makes a great appetizer; there are probably lots of other great dense appetizers...)  Now take some olive oil and warm it in a sauce pan. Once the oil is warm, add the warmed oil to the reserved breadcrumbs. The bread crumbs will immediately absorb the warm oil. Then add the bread crumbs to the meat mixture, or if you are reading this aghast at the use of ground meat, please feel free to try this with ground chick peas and share your results. You can preheat the oven around the time you start apportioning the meat mixture.

Chicken Meatballs Appetizer:

Ground chicken meat, 1 lb.
salt, thyme and rosemary to taste
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup bread crumbs

Mix all ingredients, except for the breadcrumbs and the olive oil, together. The breadcrumbs should be in a separate ceramic or other heat-safe bowl somewhere. Warm the olive oil over low to medium heat in a saucepan. When the viscosity of the oil begins to change, the oil is warm enough. Take it off the heat and pour the oil over the breadcrumbs; use a fork to combine well. Let breadcrumbs sit for about a minute and then add to the ground meat mixture; combine well. Use an ice cream scoop or other spoon to apportion the meat mixture and roll into spheres that are about the diameter of a half-dollar.
Place in an oven-safe tray that is large enough to fit all of the meatballs without them touching and bake for about seventeen minutes at 450 degrees.

The dipping sauce: Remember earlier in the blog post where it states this recipe is best used for appetizers? Well think about what your main entree is going to be. If it involves roasting or sautéeing anything, make a simple roux and add some of the pan drippings from the roast, or from the sautée to the roux to create a complimentary dipping sauce for the appetizer. If you're fresh out of ideas, or if you are attending a pot luck and have no idea what the main course will be, try one of these ideas for a dipping sauce. 

Thank you for reading and Happy Thanksgiving🦃 


Notes From CLE with Preet Bharara & Co. in September

At CUNY law for continuing legal ed:

The first speaker is former political candidate and professor of law, Zephyr Teachout. Arguing for some type of strict liability standard in corruption matters, she observes that we are unaware when we are influenced

Is there something inherent in policing that leads to corruption? This question was posed by the panelist from Sidley Austin. Later he references Caperton.

There is an interesting comment, within the context of public corruption, about the existence of an anonymous website for self-reporting http://ipaidabribe.com/ )The anonymity of it raised an eyebrow from me, especially as was thinking recently about , and a pseudonymous Twitter account. Had been thinking about how I personally was surprised that  was being pseudonymous online (if it is, in fact ■) because it seemed like an abdication of leadership to me. Those of us who have the authority and the education and the skill set need to consider the value of coming forward and setting an example of what is appropriate and legal and what is not, especially for the benefit of those who are not so sure. However if ■ and I disagree then, clearly, reasonable minds may differ on this issue. 

Nevertheless, what can reliably be determined about a data set that is self-reported and can't be verified/authenticated?  Am briefly reminded about that legal case regarding anonymous Yelp comments, it could be anyone- thus intent may be at issue. 

(Note: the above paragraph takes on a renewed level of significance after last week's #MeToo tsunami, so here is a link to "A cryptographic solution to securely aggregate allegations could make it easier to come forward" h/t Legal Hackers

It is marvelous to be in a classroom again, and to catch up with the dean and my constitutional law professor.

Now we are having a break and Preet Bharara should be here soon... We shall see what will happen.. ( I think he has arrived because some of the panelists excitedly headed backstage)...

Preet! So far 7 people have silently gotten up with posters to protest something, something about the Bronx, the protestors seem to see him as a proxy for law enforcement generally. 

Will be thinking about tonight for some time...

Sent from my iPad

(Somewhat redacted to shield those who may prefer to stay anonymous  -MCC


September 2017

A couple of weeks ago, I decided I needed a break from my everyday life. Normally, for me, when I feel like this, I get on a plane and explore some new far-away place. But for the past year, since around October of 2016, my own health had been a bit spotty, and I had taken a break from extensive travel. I will hopefully be well enough to go back to my usual ways around January 2018, and am really looking forward to that, but in the meantime, I recently took a staycation.

My friend Gary died this week (I drafted this Saturday), on September 13th.
We first met around 1995 at college. He was the immediate past executive editor of a campus newspaper where I eventually became business manager. His role at the paper meant that my initial sense of him was that he was the boss. Some of those college adventures were experiences that inspired part of a novel I once wrote (novel, not memoir- it is a novel written in memoir style). As our respective lives unfolded, we stayed in touch, and when he got married, his wife and I connected, which cemented our ongoing friendship--22 years of friendship at the time of his passing.

Gary touched many lives, in various ways. Right now I am trying to distill what I learned from him, as I consider my own life during this staycation:

Gary’s immeasurable kindness was subtle; he shared friendship and support, all the while being unobtrusive and non-invasive. He enjoyed making pies and sharing recipes, peppering dinner conversations with vocal impressions from literature and Monty Python jokes. He had strong opinions on what kind of beer should go with chili, sometimes commenting with such conviction, like it was the most important thing *ever*-- which I found calming.

Sometimes we debated ICANN policy, or traded perspectives on data retention. Mostly we talked about cats.

I can’t believe he’s gone.

It’s relevant for me that he passed near Rosh Hashanah. I took my staycation to conclude around then, a symbolic decision about taking some time to contemplate, aiming for an improved perspective, while observing the cycle of life.
I will take his example of prudent, quiet support into the next year, and beyond.

Thank you, Gary.



Canada 150: 1867-2017



In Memoriam

Dr. Harbottle, who made significant contributions to the art and science of authentication, passed away last November, on the Friday before the presidential election. I learned of his passing last night. Dr. Harbottle was one of my mentors, and over the years he gave me (and many others I presume) quite a lot to think about.
Here is a link to his obituary: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsday/obituary.aspx?pid=182396556

 Thank you, Dr. Harbottle -MCC


High Emotion Words

This week #phishing was in the headlines again as we learned over one million Gmail users had received a fraudulent Google docs sharing request: https://threatpost.com/1-million-gmail-users-impacted-by-google-docs-phishing-attack/125436/ .

While #InfoSec professionals generally agree that employee training is one way to raise awareness of this type of attack, there is still a lot of room to learn with regard to phishing education best practices, with one EU based study asserting: “There is a lack of empirical data on the consequences of using deception in organizational phishing studies.”(https://ethicalencountershci.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/chi2016_workshop_ethicalphishing_cameraready_final.pdf )

We know that email users are sometimes tempted by the lure of easy money, as in the now ubiquitous “I’m a prince & I won the lottery!” type scams. Others may have their cognitive judgment impaired by the use of emotionally loaded words. Here is a link to a list of words that are considered to be emotionally persuasive: http://www.thepersuasionrevolution.com/380-high-emotion-persuasive-words/

Some legal professionals focus on bringing or defending suits for pecuniary losses associated with, for example, identity theft that sometimes follows from a data breach, or on complying with data protection regulations generally. There is implicit in these types of legal actions some type of culpability on the part of the hacked entity (“failure to exercise reasonable care in protecting… information”).

However, phishers often use well-known brand names without authorization. The perpetrator of the latest news grabbing phishing attack is unlikely to have a licensing agreement with the brand they are purporting to be. Phishing attacks, thus may also, at least tangentially, be diminishing the value of said brands with no fault at all attributable to the damaged brand.

What do you think is the best way to address a method of redress for the copyright and trademark holders who are harmed when the value of a global brand is affected by a criminal phishing spree?   


Data in Baskets

            In August of 2014, hackers, evidently specialists in cloud security, released to 4Chan, candid iPhone (amongst other smartphones) photographs taken by Hollywood celebrities, who apparently believed that the photos would not be automatically uploaded to Apple’s iCloud cloud storage service. Clearly, they were mistaken in that assumption; iPhone users upload their photos to iCloud by default. As iOS devices become an increasingly popular item in the lawyer’s toolkit, this episode should have been especially instructive for practicing legal professionals.

     Attorneys are, of course, generally obligated to keep information relating to their representations of clients confidential. New York’s Rules of Professional Conduct make clear that a lawyer shall exercise “reasonable care” in preventing the disclosure of confidential information.

     Various state bar associations’ ethics committees have opined on the propriety of using cloud services. The New York State Bar Association’s Ethics Committee has stated that the “reasonable care” standard in maintaining confidentiality should include the lawyer’s ensuring that the cloud computing service has an enforceable security obligation, investigating what security is used, and how the cloud computing service deletes or manages data.  The opinion distinguishes between the storage and the transmittal of data, while at the same time avoiding the use of the phrases “data in motion” and “data at rest.”

     Cloud computing and storage have become very popular in recent years with mega cap tech companies providing such services for little to no cost. As reliance on cloud services has grown, so have the risks. Attorneys may want to consider mitigating these potential risks by diversifying; they may want to consider allocating their data assets with a variety of cloud services, rather than putting all of their easter eggs in one digital basket.

     How has Apple’s security posture changed since 2014? How have data protection regulations evolved since 2014?

With thanks to Aaron Collins, Esq.

Artwork by Martha C. Chemas, Esq. using Google Autodraw 


#Throwback Thursday Privacy

Privacy has, again, been in the news a lot this week. Here is a link to a recording of a panel discussion from 2012 in New York City that addressed this issue: https://archive.org/details/IsPrivacyOverhyped-FourViewsOfTechnologySecurityAndDemocracyOnline.

And here is a link to some media coverage that the event received at the time: http://observer.com/2012/04/is-privacy-overhyped-a-panel-discusses/. 

The media doesn't mention it, but I was there also, standing behind Jacob Appelbaum and his attorney in the audience, and apprehensively and curiously observing the interplay between the stated positions of these various personalities.

Are we making progress or nah? J