(IMHO) almost misses the point ... there will always be disagreement about such things.
My first question is under whose authority does the USTR deny a Senators request? Why isn't he arrested for doing that? (or at least be "forcibly removed from the building" so the Senator has access?) How can that be legal; does he have a note from the President?
and if we can play games with 'who has what authority' (concerning treaties) then we can also change our assumptions about the public's ability understand (via our ELECTED reps) AND the motivations, tactics, & morals of those close to the negotiations.
ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha; it's over
is the 'k st' area suitable for heavy industry? can we beg Bill Gates and Google to buy it up and encourage industry to put some union jobs there (free beer and public transportation from 1700 to 0300 on fri & sat!?!)? wouldn't that be awesome?
they could offer dibs on the choice positions to out of work lobbyists. you know, something they're actually qualified for (and, if you think like me, their karma _probably_ says they deserve) like bumper installing for one of those people who drive the cars off the line
this is so much faster than i ever dreamed possible
Let them come to my kids school - I'd actually welcome it.
Keep saying things that make no sense and assume kids stupid, that's the way to get through to them it seems.
You give your spiel and we'll have a talk - but it'll probably be a lot of "Dad - you won't believe what these people were trying to sell us today!"
I'm sorry, but to me copyright (and patents) are morally indefensible (and repugnant) - that's the way I present it.
My kids directly know two people who have recording studios in their homes - and have seen the entire process from recording to mixing to 'pressing disks' (go ahead - tell them how awful you think it is - they can spot an opinion from a mile away)
They'd probably think trotting out all those people and saying they "need to be paid" was funny - just like when I had a field trip in 4th grade (I'm 39 now) to see the only business in town that used a "mainframe" and sparring with the (rather old) lady who 'ran' it. She insisted all the pins and cards and people (and noise) was necessary to print their forms and track their stuff. I tried to explain that I could write several small programs to do most of that for her in my spare time on my Commodore 64 - and if I could do that then those shiny new apple 2's (or whatever was out at the time ... PC Jr's maybe?) with a professional programmer doing the coding was exactly what she needed to be looking into.
I learned what an "incredulous look" was that day - and I picture her every time I hear the 'copyright' lobby babble.
At first I thought it was cool, I felt like I was missing something - so I subscribed (years ago).
Then it began to 'feel' different (I'm not sure how else to express the vibe) and I looked elsewhere (for many years)
More recently the "I'm missing something" vibe returned, so I added them to my RSS reader and I was seriously considering a print sub (not that I'd always read it .. just to support them) then the IPad app mania (seriously??) kinda cooled me a little - now this (I had the exact same impressions of their motives)
Forget it, they're as clueless as (insert old media company name here). I wonder if the "missing something" vibe was some sort of marketing ploy that they have down pat? (feeling gamed is icky)
Kinda like my XM sub. - they feel SOOO "old school" that it pains me to give them my money but I LOVE hockey, and they have a channel named "Home Ice" that is pretty awesome ... but do you really want me to (secretly, kinda) loathe you?