"At present, you can get well and truly bombed for much less than it would cost to eat at McDonald's. "
This costs SFR 11.70 here, 3dl beer in a restaurant or pub costs SFR 4.50, so no; but in a store, you can get 5dl beer for SFR 0.8 to SFR 2, so yes again.
But then, getting drunk is very much a question of speed. I can drink 6 liters of beer (SFR 9.60 to SFR 24) spread out over a day without getting drunk. But 3 liters spread over 3-4 hours will get me drunk.
"There's a case for a reasonable federal whiskey tax, say about fifty dollars a bottle ($250/gallon, $2/shot)."
"reasonable" only if you're a bloody puritan puke.
However, the idea that what "liberal" and "conservative" mean in Europe is different from what they mean in the United States is absolutely fact.
Yes. Here "liberal" usually refers to "corporatist", and "conservative" refers to "corporatist".
Whereas the usual (but of course also totally wrong) meaning of the US "liberal" would be called "socialist" here; whereas the usual US meaning of "conservative" would probably be called "reactionary". At least if you ask the others.
And "libertarian" refers to "anarchist", "green" to "green", and "pirate" to "liberal" (in the original sense).
Those 'indigenous communities are distressed about the commercial exploitation of their folklore and other forms of cultural expression by "outside" entities.' will be even more distressed if this comes through.
Because then, nobody else but them will be allowed to play around with their cultural heritage, leading to decline and finally extinction of their culture. In the end, all the cultural heritage of some group (let's say "Hopi") will be in the hand of some kind of "steward", most probably some kind of company, and nobody else will ever hear of it again, except when somebody uses some element by pure chance, in which case he will be sued.
.. hurts the MPAA/RIAA profits, as does all the legal content indexed by the search engines,
Yes, turns out there are people out there writing their own books, making their own music or even movies. And even giving them away under free licenses. And people might even learn such competing content exists by perusing search engines like google.
Clearly, there must be done something against this, otherwise people will NOT buy the things the MPAA or RIAA deigns to offer.
18 The judges must make a thorough investigation, and if the witness proves to be a liar, giving false testimony against a fellow Israelite, 19 then do to the false witness as that witness intended to do to the other party. You must purge the evil from among you.
Actually, this refers to something else completely. low justice is for minor infractions and civil disputes, high justice for big crimes, and has the right to capital punishment.
So if you publish a book without being authorized to do so, your case will go to the low court, which sorts out things like the new-fangled copy-right and other civil infractions.
If you've beaten up a servant of your lord (or your city), or have been accused of having done so, you go to the high court. If it turns out said servant had committed perjury, he'd be stripped of his legal rights, including the right to ever again swear an oath in a court...
Would a "reasonably decent POTUS" really: - Not end the war on drugs - Not close gitmo as promised - Not be transparent as promised - Fullfill the wishes of the MAFIAA - Wage a war on whistleblowers - Have people assassinated - Have people tortured - Have the whole world put under surveillance - Allow everyone and his neighbor to frack below other peoples land
The list goes on and on.
The only "decent" things I can find is that he really seemed to be trying the get Americans a decent healthcare system, and the he killed off some weird pipeline. But being a bit social and a bit eco-friendly doesn't really cut it against being a fascist.