I'm so glad I was a kid in the 80s before all BS hit the proverbial fan. We played dodge ball, kick ball, tag, etc. I wasn't particularly good at any of these games, but I still enjoyed them. We used a merry-go-round in kindergarten and it was great fun to try to jump on it while it was turning at breakneck speed. We had tall slides, see-saws and swingsets that seemed like they would catapult you into the air. We climbed on monkey bars that seemed as tall as Mt. Everest to our innocent eyes. Did injuries occur? Yes. I distinctly remember a girl falling and being hurt badly enough that an ambulance had to be summoned. But seeing that taught me that we were not invulnerable and I played carefully. If we were to have been shielded as today's children are, would we have learned those limits? Perhaps with time, or perhaps, like some of today's children, we would have to take incredible risks just to taste blood or feel pain.
School officials are trained to think with a "worst first" mentality, meaning they see threats where other people see humor. Air travelers will recognize this in the TSA, as they also are trained to think "worst first".
We have the TSA at our airports, bus terminals, train stations and NFL stadiums, the NSA on our phones, tablets and computers and Obamacare in our hospitals and health clinics. Garbage like this is simply "training" for what lies ahead. God help us as a nation.
The police are being militarized in terms of equipment, clothing and weaponry and now even their attitude toward the citizens they are supposed to serve. They seem to view us the way US soldiers viewed the citizens of Baghdad when the US invaded Iraq ten years ago. How long before they are driving tanks through our neighborhoods?
Copyright doesn't protect the original artist, only the big entertainment industry. In the new digital era, 20th century copyright has been rendered irrelevant and is trying to legislate its survival at the new technology's expense.
Copyrighted? That? That's a mental exercise we did when I was in junior high. You have to decide what you want to take with you from the crash site in order to survive. I don't even see how that can be copyrighted.
Copyright was originally a matter for the civil courts. When did it become the domain of the DOJ for them to confiscate domain names, search people's digital media at border crossings and basically become the MAFIAA's enforcer?
I would say have a five-year maximum of copyright, not this author's life plus 70 years BS. That was at Disney's behest and should be done away with immediately.
Also, all personal, non-commercial use should be allowed. An anime fan who wants to make an AMV of Naruto with Slipknot or whatever playing in the background shouldn't be penalized for doing so.
The DOJ has only succeeded in making Kim Dotcom an Internet folk hero along with Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. Let them dig themselves in deeper. The cognizant know what they are doing and aren't fooled by their talk of "justice" and "intellectual property".