I don't know if anyone's paying attention any more...
Where to start? Again, I'm sure we could find a stock or other investment opportunity that has dropped in value over the last month. But picking a arbitrarily (and ridiculously short) time frame in which to make this argument is just... well, stupid. It makes no sense. We could easily point to the inflation of Bitcoin over the past year and suggest that based on Mahcnin's own logic that Bitcoin is a good investment. Both arguments are equally stupid.
I'm not sure you understand the argument about the deflationary nature of Bitcoin. He's not talking about the "inflation" (increase) in value of an investment in Bitcoins, he's talking about the fact that Bitcoins tend to go up in value over time, thus it is an inherently deflationary currency.
Since there can never be any significant number of bitcoins added to the economy (there could be more generated/found/whatever it's called, but not a huge amount more), if bitcoins gain interest and usage, demand for them will go up. With a limited supply, prices go up. And when the value of a currency rises, you get deflation. A deflationary currency is not particularly useful to buy things with since you're always better off holding onto it than spending it, so it's better as an investment. I don't see this as a problem for the US economy, but it sure is a problem for bitcoin.
Ares isn't illegal. File sharing isn't illegal. But distributing or receiving copies of copyrighted material without permission is illegal. So whoever you talked to is off base telling you you're not allowed to have a file sharing program on your computer. However, don't use it to download or upload anything without permission from the copyright holder (which it sounds like is the only thing you were doing with it).
He's angry at Google not because they're not wiring his city, but because he claims that ISPs elsewhere will increase his prices (and everyone else's) to compensate for the reductions in price and/or improvement in service that they have to make because of the competition from Google.
He's still taking the position that nobody should try to make the situation better unless they can improve everything all at once for the entire country. That sounds nigh impossible to me, so I would take this piecemeal approach over nothing, even if it doesn't benefit me immediately.
Two recent developments that the liberal (defined in the US) political force has produced: Obamacare and announcement of the Downsizing the US military
Obamacare (you know, health insurance provided by private for-profit corporations) was originally an idea from a conservative think tank. Republicans only opposed it because Obama. The military downsizing was proposed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, a Republican.
The movie comes out and it is called "Hell spawned rape bands," where your band's characters are depicted as vicious Satanists who prefer pre-teenagers. What you said on camera is overdubbed to show that you are child rapist predator scum.
Sounds like more of a defamation case than copyright.
Re: We tend to forget the truth of the matter and get lost in some some numbers, so here are some for you.
Simply try to ask yourselves if the people hurt or injured by police are really so innocent and picked on by a paramilitaristic government, what were they doing to attract law enforcement's attention to begin with?
Yeah, anybody shot by police was almost certainly guilty anyway... of SOMETHING. Really these trials are kind of a waste of time.