Re: Re: Re: Re: Holy cow! Mike takes a swipe at Wall Street!
Correct me if I'm wrong but he comes across as being reality-based, center-right, slightly libertarian.
Well, except for that "center-right", I agree with your assessment.
I wish people would just stop using that left vs. right BS. It's a meaningless, empty concept which was only briefly useful centuries ago in France. Today it's as useless as liberal vs. conservative. It's either a crutch for those too lazy to bother understanding mildly complex, nuanced concepts (degrading the ideas they attempt to express), or a club used to bash political opponents with intentional ignorance.
While I'm at it, "slightly libertarian" is goofy too. Either you're describing individual freedom and liberty or its opposite authoritarian, possibly even statist. Eschew intellectual sloth! I do. :-)
If you need statistics to prove anything - chances are it was not true to begin with ...
What do we say about those who use statistics to support an assertion, as you just did? Or, were you trolling for "funny" here?
You can drive a nail with lots of tools other than hammers, and just because the wrong tool was used doesn't make the chosen tool wrong. It makes the chooser wrong. Statistics can be useful, but knowing the limitations of any tool is useful too.
A pox on IV. They're not even trying to use their tools correctly. They're just molesting a flawed system for easy unearned gains.
Big Deal! This is old hat stuff for the Germans ...
I'd get off that high horse if I were you, before you fall off and hurt yourself. Klaus Barbie:
After the war, United States intelligence services employed him for anti-Marxist efforts and also helped him escape to South America. The Bundesnachrichtendienst, the German intelligence agency, recruited him, and he may have helped the CIA capture Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara in 1967.
There's lots of dirty laundry lying around on all fronts. It'll be a long time before the dust settles, but at least Germany has tried to do the right thing (mostly) since those days. It's sad to see this lapse of judgment on their part.
What would Bradley Manning do? He'd get nailed to a cross. He'd be a deer in the headlights. He'd be a Winston Smith, utterly oblivious to the magnitude of the avalanche of power about to fall and crush him. This's the 21st Century. The proper response to it is a cross between Jason Bourne and the Inglorious Bastards; that is, if you don't wish to end up like roadkill.
Snowden has the right idea, but he's far too trusting and naive as well.
Re: It's hard to feel sympathy for a bunch of hypocrites
Mainstream media gets wire tapped and their emails read, and suddenly Mainstream media thinks this is a HUGE problem, just not when it happens to regular Americans, ONLY when it happens to them.
Gee, I think I'm seeing a pattern here. For years, you've allowed your politicos and LEOs to run roughshod over your constitutional rights *for security* reasons, and you now think it's horrifying that they're even doing it to your Fourth Estate.
So when does mainstreet USA grow a backbone and live up to all the highfalutin' talk the USA was founded upon? You guys can crow and kvetch all you want, but until I see *a lot* more of you MEANINGFULLY standing up against this crap, you'll remain little more than noise from the peanut gallery, and we'll all continue being dragged down into hell with you.
You guys can't even keep Hollywood in line, and that's just money problems. Does your Declaration of Independence still actually mean anything to any of you?
The USA was once a beacon of freedom to the world. Recently, you've become the exact opposite of that.
There is a pretty hard and fixed line in the legal sand regarding hotels versus rental units. There is the very basic question of fitness for use, zoning, and all that.
That's what they like you to believe, but how well is any of that enforced? Search "hotel fire calgary". That was a supposedly professionally managed and bylaw compliant hotel which had padlocked chains disabling the fire exits. That's in Canada, not some "third world hellhole" country.
This entire discussion is BS. Just as cops don't really protect anyone (they just get to clean up the resultant mess), protectionist bylaws don't make commercial establishments act safer or better for their customers. They just keep out competition and allow the chosen few to keep their rates high. Protectionism is a very popular tactic for politicians and their friends, but its value to us is specious (based on pretense; deceptively pleasing) at best.
Swartz was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py and the social news site Reddit, in which he was an equal partner after its merger with his Infogami company.[i] Swartz also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act.
Do you have a wikipedia page, or are your many accomplishments listed anywhere online?
Re: Re: Kids, this REQUIRES trustable "man-in-the-middle"!
Intellectual property is a legitimate concept ...
No, it's not. Substitute "imaginary" for "intellectual", and it becomes clear. How do you transfer a thought held in one person's imagination to another person? You can describe it in words, or perform it in their presence, but there's no guarantee they'll then have the same thought that you're imagining. In fact, they'll immediately translate or transform it based on their personal point of view. It can't possibly be a one to one transferrance.
Re: Mike admitz what we knowz: "I'm no expert on extortion law".
Tort is a wrong. "Extortion" means "outside of being wronged".
Interesting theory, but perhaps you should learn to use a dictionary prior to pontificating. "Extort" is from the Latin "extortus", meaning to "obtain by coercion or intimidation." "Tort" is also from Latin, but from "tortum" or "tortus", meaning "Any civil wrong or injury; a wrongful act (not involving a breach of contract) for which an action will lie; a form of action, in some parts of the United States, for a wrong or injury." It appears the two words are only somewhat related homonyms (however, I'm no expert on dead languages).
On a more relevant note, have you yet nailed down the date and time when Mike peed in your cornflakes? I ask because I can't think of any other reason why you'd continue to force yourself read his stuff. You don't appear to gain any pleasure or knowledge from the experience.
... getting politically involved is certainly a proper way to pursue that goal. But I also don't think someone who has been openly flouting the law for years - and was convicted for doing so - should be commended for now trying to go through traditional channels to change it.
Why not? I'd think that's exactly what the authorities would wish for.
I don't know Peter and I can't remember being at TPB. I don't infringe on copyright; I advocate boycotting. However, I too have been "openly flouting" the law for years, assuming you mean, "To mock or insult; to treat with contempt."
My point was that Mike doesn't support piracy, so I can't believe he would support the candidacy of someone who has made a career out of it.
You don't have to support piracy to despise how copyright maximalists have in recent years corrupted the law and (supposedly) our elected representatives. I think your understanding of this issue is very one sided and pretty shallow; lacking depth. If you'd open your eyes to see the massive multi-jurisdictional regulatory capture that Hollywood (et al) money is buying these days, you'd be appalled too. You might even begin to understand what drives Peter and Mike to weigh in on this. Go play a DVD movie, and note the screen that says there's a quarter of a million dollar fine for copying said DVD. Now, how the hell did that happen?!? If that isn't WAY over the top, I don't know what is.
This isn't a new phenomenon. Popes used to sell Indulgences to sinners. Greed, corruption, and bags of money from privileged interests have always greased the wheels of civilizations for those willing and able to stoop so low. The wolves have paid the sheepdog's toll, and now the farmer's paying for the sheepdog's treachery.
I don't blame the artists who actually produce their stuff. They're as much victims of this mess as we all are. I do wish they'd stop enabling this mess through dealing with the people who're causing it, but that's just me spitting into the wind.
That said, 99% of the time when people are arguing that you should have to speak English in the US, they are just trying to express their racism in a way that doesn't scream "racism".
I guess I'm a one-percenter then. If I emigrated to China, I'd learn Chinese. I expect those moving in the opposite direction to be just as considerate. There's nothing racist about it. If you can't speak English, Spanish, or French in North America, you can't even talk to 911 and be understood.