Didn't the Supreme Court already rule that doing so was constitutional? Remember, no one is actually forced to buy health insurance, they are simply taxed (the Supreme Court specifically called it a tax rather than a penalty) if they don't. I don't know if I agree with requiring health insurance the same way some states require auto insurance but, I can't name a better way to make young, relatively healthy people join the risk pool of insured persons.
I'm actually somewhat surprised that my representative (Dan Kildee D-MI) signed. This being his first term, I would have thought that he'd feel more pressured to maintain the party line. Good for him (and those of us he represents) ^_^
Why would someone so vilified on the internet actually register his website with his actual physical address and (I assume) phone number? This is what PO Boxes and Google Voice numbers are for. I almost feel sorry for this guy and the rather large number of random things that will be delivered to his residence once this hits Reddit.
You do realize that no one born in the 21st century is old enough to hold office yet right? I don't know about you but I'm not OK with the idea of a group of 13 year old's running the American government. It may not be a huge step but it would still be a step in the wrong direction.
The Chiefs are named after the nickname of a former mayor of Kansas City, Harold 'The Chief' Bartle. He's the one who convinced the then owner of the Dallas Texans, Lamar Hunt, to move to Kansas City in the first place. A fan contest chose his nickname as the new team name.
He's not American and there are Bitcoin exchanges outside of the US so I'd say yes, he can get his money. In fact he's already cashed out 20% of it and bought an upscale apartment. Also, that $886,000 number is from April, if he hadn't cashed out some then, he'd have just over a million US dollars worth of Bitcoin as of yesterday.
You are aware that no sitting members of Congress are up for re-election next week right? There are a couple special elections to fill vacant seats (deaths and people moving to other political office) but no re-elections. That's a major reason that the shutdown was able to happen, it's not an election year so members of Congress didn't feel that their jobs were in as much danger.
I have the feeling that certain critical infrastructure systems are connected to the internet for the purpose of remote administration or monitoring. If a person who needs to have access is on the other side of the planet when you need them to have access, how else do you plan on getting them connected?
He's not running for re-election this time. NYC limits their mayor and city council members to three terms and he's about 90 days away from the end of his third term as mayor so he can't legally run again. That's probably why most of the worst crap cropped up since he began his last term in January 2010, he's not running for re-election again so he doesn't need to work as hard to hide it anymore.
B. It shall be an affirmative defense that the person communicating the information provided for in Subsection A of this Section was not involved in the commission of a crime of violence or creation of a circumstance dangerous to human life and reasonably believed his actions were necessary to protect the welfare of the public.
The emphasis is mine. Since they believe that it's in the welfare of the public, no law was broken.
So, since sniffing unencrypted packets in the 2.4GHz range has been declared 'wiretapping', will sniffing unencrypted packets in the 430–790 THz range be considered the same way? After all, I don't know if I want the visible light that I'm broadcasting unencrypted being seen by anyone.
While I do agree that, in the United States at least, corporations have enough power that if any major industry were seriously ticked off by a segment of law they could probably publicly flout it and get away with it; do we really want them to realize this?
If a few major tech companies decided to just leak the NSL's and got away with it, it could seriously bite the public in the butt in the future. What happens when the interests of the corporations and those of the people don't coincide (as is normally the case)?
That's a can of worms that I don't want to see opened. Let's hope that the courts rule in favor of governmental transparency on this one so we don't have to find out.
As long as the goods are properly declared and any customs duties paid, then there's no problem. The issues with customs start when you buy a large amount of stuff for personal use but they think you're going to resale it.
Don't give them any new ideas! Next thing we know, they'll be saying that since it takes time for the sound to travel from your mouth to the guy listening at your door, that they're not spying in 'real time'.