What are the odds of any given piece of copyright protected artwork surviving the 150 or so years before it can be legally copied? A huge percentage of films from the last century literally dissolved in their canisters before they could do so.
>Kirk and the entire USTR seem to have taken exactly the wrong lesson from this. Rather than recognizing that the way to pass comprehensive trade agreements is to actually be more open and involve the public from the very beginning, so that there's more widespread agreement and support for what the USTR is doing, they've gone in the other direction.
That only applies if your goal is to pass an agreement beneficial to the public. If that's not your goal, then you want to completely avoid those sucking little rodents stealing the life force from true American corporation owners.
Ok, can anyone clue me in a bit on this subject? I get that people are spamming bulletin boards all the time, but how is Google choosing who to punish? What makes some spams worse or better than others?
The major American 'news' networks have completely abdicated their role as a check against government abuses. They exist only as commercial delivery vehicles, and produce only news-flavored drivel. I use the word "newsertainment," but I'm sure there's some better term out there waiting to be used.
You get pulled out of line by uniformed officials. Your bags are taken away from you. You are not told why you are being put in a small room with a locked door and being interrogated. You know full well that the government abuses its power and that your civil rights are no longer guaranteed. At the very least, you expect you could be in that room for 23 hours. And you didn't get a chance to tell *anyone* where you are or what just happened.
And you think they're going to let you whip out a recording device and start recording? Or that you're going anywhere anytime soon if you don't answer questions?
Seems to me that the only winning move is not to play. Stop supporting the products of the copyright maximalists, and go out of our way to show that those who do not get rabid about copyright and, instead, continue to create can be well rewarded.
I just don't see a way we can win on their playing field.
Mayor Menino is a rather big supporter of the BPD, but the new incoming mayor: Walsh? Yeah, he's a major union guy, he's going to let the BPD do whatever they want and ask them if they want help doing it.
So, let's be careful here. The rules say that if they enter the premises with a warrant for X, and they see Y, and Y is evidence of a crime unrelated to X, then they can seize Y.
However, what is not at all clear is, as the article states, why they were going through the wife's computer or papers looking for the husband's guns. That sounds like it was a violation of her 4th amendment rights.
I like the idea of algae farms being used to grow biofuels. They can take up minimal space (vertical tanks) and require a relatively small amount of energy input if done right (hell, they can feed on sewage). I see this as a somewhat inefficient, but worthwhile due to some side-benefits, system for creating supplemental fuels.
But to take up crop space, and grow corn or soy specifically in order to burn it in your car? No, that's insane. Even if we ignore the issues with monoculture, soil degradation, compaction, fertilizer runoff, and energy consumption, it's still just a lousy source of energy with almost no side-benefits.
*Some* of the other potential crops can be grown on marginal land not useful for growing much food, such as elephant grass etc., but, really, we need to stop burning things for energy. It's time to really push for alternative means of consumption as well as production.
As a liberal, I consider Dianne Feinstein to be the strongest case for conservative politics out there. She is a disgrace to the United States of America and brings down her party with her unethical antics.