We may have a problem breaking Britain's speed record. The state of the US today is strangely reminiscent of the state of the British empire in 1900. Britain was at its peak economically, and militarily invincible. Less than twenty years later it was in full decline.
A lot of that reversal was due to the Boer War, which Britain entered out of pride and "won", sort of, but at colossal expense, ending up looking a lot less invincible to challengers like Germany. Today the US has the Afghan war. Hmmm.
Right, who can forget Attorney General Ashcroft, appointed after losing an election to a dead man? If that expression of public disapproval couldn't stop his appointment, nothing could. Oddly enough, Ashcroft appears to have had more integrity than his successor, Gonzalez. We'll have to wait a while for history to assign Holder a level of odium in relation to those two, but it's not looking good for him.
Why $50 just for each bad hit, and not for every filing? If I want to issue pretty much any kind of enforceable legal document I have to pay a fee per filing, legitimate or not. There should be a fee payable with each and every DMCA takedown.
When I see one of those Chilling Effects links, I click on it first. The "offending" URL is invariably still working and is usually what I was looking for. Though the other night I clicked through one and ended up at Hulu, viewing content provided by the organization that issued the takedown. Go figure...
As long as people won't stop feeding the trolls, may we please have a system where, when the trollish comment is flagged, the entire fucking response thread disappears? That way I won't have to waste my time looking through the next 40 column inches of witless arguing to find another relevant comment.
Not just atheists. Anyone who understands the scientific method would oppose the teaching of both alchemy and creationism as science in public schools. This includes many people of faith. On the other hand, nobody would object to teaching creationism in the context of religious studies.
We're talking politics and what citizens care about. Copyright isn't an issue that citizens riot about. Food can be.
I'm not sure what point you're trying to make. True, copyright in and of itself isn't an issue that citizens riot about. It doesn't affect them; they consider it irrelevant and ignore it. On the other hand, attempts to enforce copyright through DMCA takedowns, ludicrous statutory damages and the criminalization of civil tort does affect citizens.
I'm sure nobody in North Africa gave a damn about illegal fruit trading until Mohamed Bouazizi made it an issue.
I believe Mr Khanna needs to be returned to Congress for the public good. Is there perhaps a safe Republican seat where he might mount a primary challenge for 2014? Texas 21st District would be good. I have my check book out.
Re: Does Stockholm Syndrome make us love the Grim Reaper?
Since most of the diseases that make people miserable and long for death are related to aging, extending lifetime by preventing senescence should take care of that problem nicely. Imagine living 80 or 90 years in the body of a 25 year old. Life would be pretty sweet.
Unfortunately, if such a technology were developed, only the most unsuitable people would be able to afford it.