Naw, he's where he belongs. It's not like the capitol is a pristine place he's fouling for the first time or anything. He doesn't need to be elsewhere; quite the contrary. See, if Congress doesn't refresh the manure daily, the place will collapse in on itself like an old termite mound. Goodlatte's just doing his share of spackling the walls, is all.
Is gov't capable anymore of getting off its asterisk and forcing the breakup of a premier corporation? On behalf of consumers or citizens??? (No need to answer that). If shareholders stood to lose some serious money, we'd see a bailout, maybe.
To continue with the movie plot, the first matrix failed because nobody accepted the contentment and harmony of the original design. Now, however, we have our pro-wrestling spectacle of MSNBC vs. FOX, which unfortunately too many people accept as the whole of reality.
A case can be made that President Obama is actually a program from the machine world, and just another level of control. His push for TPP and use of drones (Sentinels?) has me scratching my head.
Given our vastly more complex and diverse communications ecosystem, totalitarian regimes cannot realistically hope to commandeer, shut down, or otherwise neutralize all media as was done in your great-grandpappy's Germany. The thing now is to get people to settle in to their own comfortable bubble of reality, and "choose to accept the program, even if it is on an unconscious level"
Seems to me like it's working pretty well, given the number of Americans all comfy in pink goo filled pods, being fed the artificial reality piped in to them via MSM. The Wachowski Brothers got it right; so did Zynep Tufekci.
In reading the Huffpo article it became clear after two or three sentences that trying to follow Peak's ramblings wouldn't be worth my time. Stupid is a force of nature for which there will never be enough sandbags, and sometimes all you can do is just move to higher ground lest the stupid carry you away.
It's very simple; create a 501(c)-something group like the Authors Guild, Graphic Artists Guild, etc., etc., and get yourself in good graces with the WIPO cabal. Of course, once you begin receiving a slice of the non-title specific dark money sloshing around from all these "licensing agreements," you'll be expected to faithfully attend the dog-and-pony show conferences and conventions on copyright, and extol the virtues of copyright maximalism and the evils of piracy.
I just did a search on TD for "reprographic", and was surprised to get pretty much zilch. Millions of dollars in reprographic rights royalties, and of particular concern, "non-title-specific" fees, comes into the U.S. from IFRRO organizations and winds up in the hands of rats such as the Authors Guild and Graphic Artists Guild, who then get to do wonderful things with it in the name of "artists rights" and "copyright reform". I would think that this money would be on somebody's radar screen around here.
I know that the Graphic Artists Guild has received upwards of $500,000 per year, which it spends with little accountability to anyone. This free money sloshing around, courtesy of European copyright law, is something that needs more sunlight.
I'm sure Netflix will be fine, since without enough competition in the market they can pass at least some of the costs on to the consumer without killing off too much demand.
I doubt there will be any sudden catastrophic loss of net neutrality that wrecks civilization. Verizon's win is only a moderate-to-small disaster, as I imagine providers will just slowly turn up the heat so as to keep all us frogs from jumping out of the pot, and simply make a handsome profit for providing crap service in whatever time it takes for the FCC to redo its rules.
I did illustration work for a game developer, had a nice relationship with them until they sent a new contract written by the tall whites. They demanded ownership of ALL WORK created by me while I was engaged with them, unless I declared what was not to be their property and submitted samples. No need for additional proof that aliens are indeed taking over.
You have no excuses for not knowing all this. Seriously; if you had any brains, it would have clicked when you started seeing rights contracts containing "media existing anywhere, throughout the universe or in any alternate dimension(s), . . "
The problem with power is that it's not a question of less or more. Smaller government means a vacuum for others. Do you think Goldmad-sacks wouldn't finance their own army, and use it for fun and profit, if they could?
I suggest you think about who keeps spreading that nonsense and why. Geez, if I had a nickle for all the times I've heard "small government" mindlessly repeated, I'd be an oligarch by now.
If the Authors Guild is receiving reprographic rights money through the Authors Coalition, then it could be just play money, money to burn. I know the small handful of jerks running the Graphic Artists Guild have been able to keep GAG members entirely in the dark about approximately $200,000 in repro funds it has been receiving annually, which enables them to engage in all sorts of mischief without much accountability to anyone.
Speaking of mischief, as a plaintiff in ASMP's suit against Google, maybe GAG will find it has spent its money just as wisely as the Authors Guild, should the ASMP case come to a similar end.