"Captain, we have entered orbit around Earth."
"Excellent. Commence communications intercept."
"Captain, a ship has launched from the surface and is moving to intercept our course. The ship identifies itself as the USA Constitution
"Red alert! Evasive maneuvers! Load proton lawyer tubes!"
"Lawyers loaded, sir."
"Target that ship and fire!"
"Direct hit, sir! The ship's shields have been neutralized by our Non-Disclosure Agreements and Motions to Delay"
"Fire phasers! Pew, pew, pew!"
"The Constitution...has been violated, captain."
"Outstanding. Continue full communications intercept. File a report with the ship computer, redact, and bury somewhere deep in the janitorial logs."
"Ahh. Another day, another victory for democracy."
The more I read these stories, the more I want to start a Kickstart campaign to buy thousands of 10 ft x 8 ft pieces of plywood, cut them all into the shape of a middle finger, and start propping them up at various locations around Washington DC. Cuz frak you, DC. Frak you hard, just like you've been frakking us for decades.
While reading this I'm reminded of the little South African bastard in Lethal Weapon 2 who plugged a dozen bullets into Mel Gibson then had the balls to hold up his papers and yell "Diplomatic Immunity!"
There's a very deep rabbit hole you could go down when forming an internal dialogue about this subject, and it gets ever more complex and tragic the deeper you go.
It's truly amazing, the divide between what the government expects of you and how much they can punish you for not meeting their expectations. In many cases, even if you ultimately win, you're still in far worse shape than you were before, with little chance of ever being "made whole" again.
"Please, Mr Government. Can you provide me with a list of all crimes? I would like to make sure I do not trespass against those laws."
"Sorry, we can't provide that information. Way too much work."
"But how can I be sure that I'm not breaking any laws"
"We're constantly monitoring your email, phone calls, and your location. We know what library books you check out and can get your credit card and banking data whenever we want. If we suspect you broke a law, we'll arrest you."
"Arrest me!? But then I'd have to spend money on bail, on a lawyer, and take time off from work. All because you suspect I may have committed a crime?"
"Freedom ain't free, sir."
"But that's not freedom."
"Sorry, it's my lunch break."
This is a Bloom County comic strip waiting to happen...
The hubris required to do something like this is truly outstanding.
"My music is worth $1 per listener. I determined that's the minimum price I'll take for somebody to listen to my music. If they don't want to pay that much, then I won't let them listen. I'd rather get nothing than 65 cents per listener; that's just plain insulting to my artistic sensibilities and demeans my talents. I said I want a DOLLAR, damnit!"
This is kinda like some subway guitar player putting a sign on his open guitar case telling passers-by "minimum donation: $2. Keep your freaking coins to yourself".
Unfortunately that'll probably add another aspect of the government screw-job the family is already getting - TAXES. I'm no CPA, but I'm fairly certain that you can't just give another person a truckload of money without paying a dime to the IRS as a tax except in very specific circumstances.
Remember, this is the same IRS that asks you on your tax form, on your own honor, if any of your income was obtained illegally. Because if so, you owe Uncle Sam a piece of the action.
Terms and conditions apply. The NSA is not required to fulfill or otherwise honor the bearer's request. The NSA reservers the right to deny or redact, either partially or entirely, any information provided to the requestor as a result of coupon's redemption. Coupon value=$1/.0FUCKALL
I think I know what happened here. ICE took over the domain on behalf of the RIAA and Thomas Dolby, the RIAA put up a paywall. After a year or two, ICE will release the domain back to the rightful owners.
A concert-goer filmed (presumably) a pianist with a cell phone.
The concert-goer (presumably) paid for a ticket.
There was an audience, so many others paid for a ticket.
The audience was at the Ruhr piano festival, noted in the article as "the largest worldwide gathering of the international pianist elite", so many, many others paid for tickets.
Sounds like the concert on the whole is pretty successful. How again is Youtube destroying it? If this world-renowned pianist is struggling, maybe it's not due to Youtube, but it's because (again, as quoted in the article) of "the relatively few concerts he performs each season"
Actually, there's a fairly easy fix this. If you want the government to get all excited about allowing people to unlock their phones, just tell them it'll make it a lot easier for them to spy on "terrorists". They'll absolutely wet themselves in joy.
I have no idea if unlocking a cell phone would make it easy to spy on people - maybe it would, but I'd guess more likely not. But since when has Congress been interested in the facts? "You mean we can more easily spy on citiz...er, terrorists, if we make it easier to unlock cell phone? Law passed! Get this to the President STAT!"