I would have been surprised if the wolf guarding the hen house would have shot himself...
Who's to stop the Govt from illegally spying on us?
"William Binney, a former official with the National Security Agency, recently said that domestic surveillance in the U.S. has increased under President Obama, and trillions of phone calls, emails and other messages sent by U.S. citizens have been intercepted by the government."
"In the closing lines of a documentary by Laura Poitas, Binney notes that just because 'we call ourselves a democracy, it doesn’t mean we will stay that way.' The real problem, he says, is that 'people may have nothing to say about it… we haven’t had anything to say so far.'”
“We insist that the Professional Unionization of American (PUA) will enjoy freedom from prosecution for heavy handed tactics while insisting that Monopolies rule the culture.” - Overload Scumbag
The TechDirt article posted by Joseph Weisenthal back in May of 2007 was full of foresight.
“As the share of our GDP that goes to things like healthcare and legal services continues to climb, the market will inevitably produce new technologies designed to automate the tasks of highly paid practitioners .”
“As such, groups like the AMA and the Bar will increasingly find themselves standing athwart these technologies, and other low-cost solutions in the interest of their membership, just as a union would in the face of similar conditions. Let me state at the outset that this basic idea isn't a new one. The famous economist Milton Friedman was hated by the AMA for arguing that the control it exerted over the medical industry was preventing patients from getting low-cost care.”
JSTOR founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with a broad mission to help the academic community take advantage of advances in new technologies.
JSTOR launches a pioneering shared online library of high quality digitized journal back issues to help academic institutions save costs associated with the preservation and storage of library materials and to improve access to scholarship.
The GASB is changing the way that States & Cities post their pension liabilities, making them officially show the unfunded liabilities on the books. Entities that have an incentive to pretend that these liabilities aren’t real liabilities are going to get a rude awakening – see BK cities in CA.
Kevin Williamson wrote “GASBombed, The accounting-standards board is about to nuke state and local budgets — and it’s about time.” May 15, 2012 http://bit.ly/LlE3a2
Excerpt from article:
“CalPERS, the gargantuan California public-sector pension system, managed to avoid making adequate pension contributions for years by convincing the state legislature (which was only too willing to be convinced) that the Dow would hit 25,000 in 2009. (It didn’t. And it also may not hit 28,000,000 by 2099, as CalPERS predicted.) The legislature used those numbers to justify an enormous increase in pension benefits for California’s public-sector parasites, at a theoretical cost of $0.00: “No increase over current employer contributions is needed for these benefit improvements,” the fairy tale went. Those who want a stronger government whip hand over the investment industry should consider how governments act when they are investors.”
Mike is trying to save patents. He is pointing out that people who create AND are productive are being kicked to the curb for people who are not.
Any dumbass can sit around and file some vaguely worded idea that some dumbass at the patent office will approve. To actually make ideas work is what takes the talent. There are hundreds of patents that exist only because they were filed first, they were not put into production AND work first.
George Orwell saw this and more to come by observing the men who ran governments with strong central power and unchecked authority.
He held particular contempt for factions within the govt who were not answerable to the people and not subject to scrutiny or Parliamentary debate (Ministry of Truth, Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Plenty & Ministry of Love).
The FCC’s authority over the Internet is made up (by them) and should not be allowed to endure. The FCC appointed pinheads are accountable to no group of voters and should be forced to follow the previous federal court’s decision calling into question the FCC's authority for any regulation of the Internet. http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20004313-266.html
Congress, our elected officials who are “accountable” ;-) to the voters (see SOPA), are the de facto trustees of the Internet since it is WE THE PEOPLE’s Internet. I want to be able to call my Congressional offices and hold THEM accountable, I can’t do that with the FCC.
Being a big Governista lover has blinded you. You can’t think of a single right that is not given to you by Govt? That's sad.
“Because an "absolute right" is a very dangerous thing.” Reply ”I wouldn't say dangerous, I would say impossible.”
Regardless if you believe in a Creator or not, why do you think an "absolute right" must be written? A Natural Right is an Absolute Right. A Legal Right is something that Govt can strip away if they see fit.
Barring any violations by a person,
Isn't the right to live an absolute right? Or can Govt just remove one’s life when they see fit as G. Bernard Shaw argued?
Isn't the right to liberty an absolute right? Or can Govt lock up people up on a Robespierre whim?
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Regardless if you believe in a Creator or not, why do you think an "absolute right" has to be written? A Natural Right is an Absolute Right vs a Legal Right that Govt can strip away if they see fit.
Isn't the right to live an absolute right?
Isn't the right to liberty an absolute right?
Your thinking process regarding rights is dangerous to others.
Irony at its best. …unfair business practices, monopolies, collusion, price fixing, price gouging, vendor lockouts, rip-offs, deception, even dangerous products, etc...
All these can be attributable to Govt regulations more so than Capitalism. Govt IS the monopoly, price fixing, price gouging, vender lockout, (money wasting) rip-off, deceptive, collusive, killer drug approving, unfair business practice MACHINE of all time.
…government not understanding the consequences of their actions, and handing complete control over an important market to a single company, is the point of this post.
That’s exactly what I said. The unintended consequences of regulation caused S Korea to shoot itself in the foot. I was sarcastically pointing out that setting, what always looks like “appropriate and sensible regulation” at the time, has caused more damage to the world than Capitalism ever could. The disastrous regulations of N Korea, Cuba, the Soviet Block & China have killed 100’s of millions more than Capitalism.