They didn't' work against Dion or Ignatieff. Dion and Ignatieff both worked against themselves. They lacked charisma even when compared to Stephen Harper (for people who don't know Stephen Harper, that's the Canadian political equivalent of opening for Bon Jovi).
I really think the attack ads had nothing to do with the prev election results, it was much more about frustration with the Liberal party and the leaders being fairly lackluster, combined with a very clever Conservative approach to Quebec.
While I agree with what Dennis said above, not sure I agree with what you've said. A great deal of art is made with primary intent being profit. Further, I don't think there's anything wrong with that (those I've noticed anecdotally that this type of art is less appealing to me personally, that doesn't mean it isn't art).
What Dennis has said is true (imo), art's value is increased by people considering and appreciating it. However, value != price, so people valuing it, in and of itself, does not imply profit, or even revenue.
The crux of the issue is then how to monetize this. That's a lot of what this site talks about. "Legislating away the internet so we can maintain monopoly on distribution" is a common approach, fraught with problems (as supporting evidence, see, for example, Techdirt in its entirety).
Re: Until you clowns devise some other suite to protect efforts,
then more or less existing copyright is the ONLY system under which creations will be produced. No one is going to expend efforts if anyone can take the product and use it as theirs. You can't compete with free.
First Rihanna and Chris Borwn get back together, now this! It's like 2008 all over again!!
Re: Workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains.
I agree, Mike totally would suck at discussing his notions while hunting. He would probably also not be able to discuss his notions while suffering from bubonic plague. Ahh the good old days.
It's amazing the things Mike can't do. I had a leaking faucet once and sent Mike an email demanding he come and fix it. He hasn't yet, totally undercutting any economic argument he makes. It's still leaking Mike, what the fucking fuck? How can we take your points about price vs. value seriously if you don't show up at my house with a wrench and fix my goddamned faucet?
Also, one time, I kidnapped Tim Cushing, and tried to make him pilot a small jet plane. I won't get into the gory details but suffice it to say he was awful. It was almost as if he had no pilot training whatsoever.
In re-reading, my evolution thing was unclear, so allow me to clarify: if someone wants to believe/preach ID, garden of eden, we all sprang from Zeus' head, the Raelian origin of life, or whatever other nonsense on their own time, go for it.
In a science classroom, it is an affront to knowledge and personal freedoms to impose some religious or pseudo-religious nonsense, especially in the face of overwhelming evidence, and lack of any actual scientific debate about the merits of evolution as a fundamental theory. When "teaching the controversy" involves first creating a controversy, it's imposing religion and pseudo science and very much about control.
Democrats protected by the political stupidity of Republican Party
The challenge that is part of this is the apparent chronic foot-=in-mouth disease suffered by the republican party. Every time they discuss "legitimate rape", the whole "I only work for 47% of you" thing, referring to all women as "vaginas", or any time Sarah Palin opens the wind tunnel that is her mouth, they especially alienate the people I would generally associate with the anti-sopa movement.
The challenge faced by Republicans is that while they talk a "small-govt" game, substantial streaks of "moral majority" pseudo-theocratic or autocratic, and often mysoginistic or xenophobic nonsense slip through and are extremely off-putting.
Personal freedoms (such as gay marriage, not victim-blaming in rape cases, anti-evolution, etc...) weigh more with me than an intelligent approach to copyright.
The Republican party doesn't need to change its message it needs to change its DNA. It cannot equivocate about issues such as those mentioned above, and cannot try to sneak through religion or "morality" (often immoral) under the cloak of libertarianism.
As such, this will, by and large, continue because, while offputting, the other is worse.
What if someone create a bomb and killed 10m people? Would you still say "they need their miranda rights"?
Yes, absolutely. In fact moreso. It's especially important in that case(and in this) to make sure the gov't "got the guy", and isn't just railroading some asshole. That's a BIG part of the motivation of due process.
Further, the point of this exception is when there's an imminent or ongoing substantive threat to members of the public, not just because we're all really mad.
Certainly you haven't seen enough evidence yet to prove guilt (no one has, 'cept maybe the investigators), but did you expect them to rush over and present it for your review? There is a fair bit of evidence circulated by media (assuming media can be believed (not opinion, that's crap, but the stuff they're reporting as fact)) that certainly implicates these two.
If you're a wanted terrorist, are you really going to give a confession to the person whose car you stole, much less let him live?
First off it would be a bit odd if that's what the case was hanging off of, but it's not. While the media certainly trumpeted that aspect of this whole affair, the carjacking and gunfight were probably what drove law enforcement to pursue these guys more than the offhand statement in and of itself. Additionally, the statement hasn't even been reported (i.e. what they actually said, that I've seen at least), and I certainly don't put it past two scared, impressionable morons to make self-incriminating, self-aggrandizing statements like that.
Did you get that from Jayne? He's not womanizing. He "takes advantage of the free ones" in Heart of Gold (the only action I recall him getting in the entire series), but he's never condescending or dismissive to women, and seems to defer to Zoey a fair bit.