"The more difficult to use and underground something is, the less people will use it."
Heard of a little thing called the Prohibition? It was a little thing, you might not have heard of it, but it was a period in the 1920's when you couldn't buy alcohol. Shocking, I know. The government went around saying it was illegal to buy beer, and punished anyone they could find.
Guess what happened? Even though it technically was difficult to buy beer (you couldn't do so openly, you had to be circumspect about it, go through shady channels, basically some amount of effort) and it was underground by default seeing as how it was illegal...people still continued to drink. In large numbers. The US government threw 15,000 agents last I checked at this, and failed completely.
This was because the PEOPLE didn't want it to be illegal.
Hi there, great to see you bob! I'm one of them darned'd pirates you hate so much. Hang on...something in my pocket's poking me...ughh, what is it...ticket stubs? Oh yeah, I went to see the movies. Twice in the past week, Star Trek and Iron Man 3. Plus, I've made plans to see Great Gatsby with a friend.
I look to my left, I see a whole pile of PS3 discs and DS cartridges on my bedside cabinet. I look on my desktop, I see an icon for Steam and Origin, both with a large library of games. (We're talking hundreds of euro's worth).
I also infringe.
That's the problem you and your ilk have. You want to attack the pirates, but you ALWAYS, always always always, forget that the biggest pirates are also the biggest customers. You simply cannot separate pirates from customers. We're both. I'm both. Attack me for infringing, and I will stop paying altogether (mainly because you, in your infinite wisdom, would think that taking away my internet connection somehow helps your profit margin)
"The Pirate Bay was ruled to "encourage infringement". Which to this day, still has me scratching my head. How can a court find someone guilty of aiding a crime, (not in committing the crime themselves) but not actually charge anyone with committing the actual crime?
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Again, sheerly an anti-copyright WEDGE for Mike.
How the fuck did you know I've got a poster of Mike (naked, not that it's your business) on my bedroom door, Mike Masnick figurines, a Mike Masnick mug, and every time my computer boots up it says "Hello. Rikuo. You. Really. Know. How. To. Turn. Me. On!" in Mike Masnick's voice? You spying on me, huh!? How dare you criticize Der Fuhrer! Heil Masnick!
Is that what you really believe goes on? That we're some sort of cult?
I can't link to it, as I don't know where I heard it, but I heard of a recent case where a guy was jailed for looking at real child porn. He got out, but was re-jailed for looking at child porn again - except this time, it was hentai. As in drawn pictures of little girls (described as elves hundreds of years old, but with the looks of young girls).
In my opinion, that was bullshit as well. As horrible as real child porn is, drawings are..well, drawings. I can draw two stick figures in a compromising position, and if I happen to put the text "8 years old" on the one with a dress, does that make it illegal child porn? What if I draw a vertical line next to the 8, making the girl 18?
That's the gay parade where men were openly sodomizing each other? All I saw was a bunch of floats and people walking slowly down a road, waving, smiling, dancing, etc. At no point did I see one man bend over, and another man proceed to have anal intercourse.
Do you want to know why there are gay parades? It's because for decades, centuries, those who were gay were discriminated against. This is undeniable fact. Over time, they fought back, and won rights. They won the right to keep their jobs, etc.
What is it with you and conflating homosexuality with bestiality, and pedophilia? As long as the people who are having sex are adults, I don't care what it is they do. Note that excludes children and non-humans. If they want to add a third or fourth adult into the mix, fine, that's their business, nothing to do with me or you.
Also, what is it you think is happening in schools "indoctrinating children with the gay lifestyle"? Do you seriously think that schools are going around saying to kids "You had better be gay". What is a "gay lifestyle"? I've known plenty of gay people and until they told me, I would never have known. They weren't all flamboyant about it. They looked and acted like regular hetero people. They just happened to have sex with a person of the same gender.
As for attacking millions of people's morals...there is no such thing as an absolute morality. I find what you're saying to be very immoral.
You're basically taking the argument that millions of people can't be wrong, because...there's millions of them. Well sorry to say, but that's wrong in and of itself.
I notice you didn't answer how and why homosexuality is evil.
"Gays use emotional ploys to violate children's 1st Amendment right (i.e. freedom of religion),"
You obviously have no understanding what that means do you? A child in a public school in the US, in a school that receives funding from the state or federal government, CANNOT promote a religion. It's called the separation of church and state. The founders of the US were quite rightly scared of what would happen if one religion were to indoctrinate children on what is evil and what is not.
You have, in the US, a freedom of religion, to join whatever religion you want. Based on your comments, you're in one branch of Christianity (and for the record, I grew up in Catholic Ireland, went to three Catholic schools. In fact, I learned recently that my secondary (high) school, which is run by the Marianists, actually had an openly gay headmaster). The founders feared what would happen if a religion were to insert itself one way or another into a government body and use its influence to discriminate against a certain group of people.
That is precisely what you are doing. Care to tell me exactly how homosexuality is evil? Where's the harm it is causing? I myself am hetero, and I don't give a damn if the guy sitting next to me on the bus takes it up the ass from his partner when they're alone.
Define evil for me. What is it?
Here's why I don't obey the Bible. Because it is an out-date piece of shit. It is contradictory and in several places, glorifies acts that everyone on the planet rejects. Lot's daughters committed incest and the equivalent of date rape when they got their father drunk. Cities are wiped out in the Old Testament, whole populations massacred and we're told this is good.
Not only that, but in obeying it, I would willingly become a slave. A slave to a tyrannical Sky Daddy, who seems to have serious mental issues. Sky Daddy hates homosexuality...then why the fuck create it in the first place? God cannot judge us for going off and doing our own thing when he is supposedly the one who gave us free will in the first place. I would rather burn in hell for eternity than submit to your "loving" dictator, because that's what he is. Your god is a tyrant, one who creates arbitrary rules that make no sense and you are a slave who gladly puts on chains, simply because it's what you were told to do.
Okay, I'm a perfect example of that data set. What would happen if I was tried for copyright infringement and among the most likely punishments I either lose internet access, I get imprisoned, or I get handed a fine so large that it cripples me for life?
The out come would be I would STOP buying content altogether. Indeed, I would mostly be unable to do so, not having Internet access, thus losing Steam. I wouldn't have the money to buy anymore, because of the statutory damages. I would be paying it off for the rest of my life, even if I was found guilty of sharing 1 song with just 1 person.
Imagine if you will, Walmart finding out that it's suffering thefts (and no, not for one second do I agree that infringement = theft) but notices that those who steal also tend to spend more than non-thieves. At that point, a smart executive would immediately begin planning how to get those thieves to spend more. Not kick them out of the store and lose their revenue entirely. Sure, you're preventing theft, but it doesn't bring in more revenue and profits.
You are a massively hateful person. I'm going to say why.
At first, you constantly complained of gay people constantly shoving their sexuality in your face. Okay...I can somewhat understand that, but beneath it all, was an undercurrent of hatred towards homosexuals themselves. You said that there was some sort of festival where men openly sodomized each other. Can you link to that? Where the men arrested for indecent exposure, which doesn't take into account sexuality?
You've now conflated homosexuality with pedophilia, as if one who supports homosexual rights must also automatically support pedophilia/bestiality/whatever. THAT IS WRONG, especially when you brought up NAMBLA. There is a huge difference between them. Homosexuality involves willing, consensual sex between two ADULTS of the same gender. Pedophilia involves the willing/unwilling act of sex with a MINOR, i.e. a child, someone whom EVERYONE agrees should not be having sex. Such an act harms them, whereas adult homosexuality doesn't.
Yes homosexuality is no longer considered a mental disorder. That's because it was proven not to be. It wasn't propaganda. Can you point to any evidence that it is? Sexuality in humans is more than just reproduction, otherwise you would have to be against sex between barren hetero couples. And yes, you did imply that homosexuals cannot love, when you said "It's homoSEXUALITY, nothing more", as if to a homosexual, there can be no feeling of love when engaged in the act.
Yes, if wider society deems a group of people as "not normal", it's called bullying. Even if there is no violence. The smaller group feels unwelcome, has rights stripped away, all for engaging in an act that harms no-one.
You hate gays. As simple as that. You want no mention of them at all in schools, as if their existence is a shame. You are far too obsessed with other men putting their penises in other men: I don't care, why do you? It's not your penis. If the parades in San Fran bother you, DON'T GO!
"Before the Megaupload take down, not many people would have known who he was;"
Only too true. I had been using Megaupload for a couple of years before the fiasco of his arrest, with paid accounts. However, I hadn't heard of Kim Dotcom. I didn't know or care who ran the company. Now I do.
Wow. Actually, not wow. What I saw there is pretty tame for the copyright trolls. Comparing links to a robber advertising empty homes (a robber who steals physical items while committing trespass, mind you) is par for the course for trolls. I love the amount of comments, all three of them. Somewhat surprising that one of them is a dissenter, rightly calling out the bullshit.
I also love the second comment there, saying "I'm not convinced there *isn't* a crime he's committed in the UK". Wrong. If memory serves, O'Dwyer was either found not guilty at trial or the UK police investigated but didn't take him to trial (I can't remember which). Meaning, that he has not been declared a criminal! But when has that stopped the copyright cartels, they're all about sidestepping the courts and going for Punishment Upon Accusation.