Gotta go back to Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games books, if you want to do that. A friend recommended that I read them, and they are actually pretty solid for teen lit. After reading them, I mentioned the base similarity to Battle Royale to my friend, and was greeted with a "huh?". Hard to find a lot of people with solid Japanese cinema knowledge.
Let's say I freely tell the Hunger Games story to my friends, and say that my memory is perfect so they are receiving an exact, word-for-word COPY of the story from me. Are we stealing at this point? Are we even infringing?
Until we can legislate smarter people behind keyboards, there's no point in your fancy cyber-whatsits laws.
This wasn't a virus, it was a social engineering attack, akin to someone claiming to be the pizza guy so you buzz them through your apartment complex's security door. Bigger locks aren't the solution here. The solution is a frozen-pizza only apartment complex, or possibly an in-building pizzeria.
The problem I see with your reasoning is that you're assuming that the Federal Government is the best place to decide these things. If I'm ever in a position where I have to personally consider the ramifications of an abortion, then the opinions and pontifications of others will mean fuck-all to me. That's one of the most personal decisions anyone will ever have to make, and it's a decision for individuals to make. Barring that possibility, it's a decision that needs to stay as close to home as possible.
Paul's stances make sense to me in that he's for putting much of our lives out of the federal government's reach. At state levels, the representatives are more closely tied to their constituency, and so the true will of the people should be more clearly heard.
I've always heard him loud and clear on abortion, in that he says clearly that he's personally against it, but that it's just not the federal government's job to legislate what people can and cannot do with their own bodies.
Regarding gay rights, I think he addressed what is a core semantic hurdle in the gay marriage argument when he stated that, for purposes of government, hetero or same-sex unions should be termed "civil unions", which suddenly makes all 'marriage' arguments moot. As far as government is concerned, it becomes a matter of contract law, neutered and stripped of religious overtones.
Marriage is more a religious term than anything, and if it suddenly wasn't about some Bible-thumper's hackles being raised about a perversion of marriage, then they'd have to set the religious objection aside and admit that it's about bigotry.
Power corrupts, and what Paul is advocating would be to reduce the corruption by reducing the amount of power held in DC.
Granted, he gets marginalized, ignored, and tagged as 'unelectable', but go back and listen to what he's said, over and over, about SOPA/PIPA. He was scathing in his attacks on those bills, and never changed his tune.
At this point it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that the establishment won't let him anywhere near the Republican ticket in November, but I'm tired of people claiming there's not a good choice to be had.
Looks like the root cause was that there were some spam/phishing forms hosted through Jotform. Jotform stated that they try to keep the site free of this crap, and suspended around 65,000 accounts last year for phishing offenses.
It's still a horseshit call, especially by GoDaddy, but at least some more info is starting to get out.
The initial scan showed an 'anomaly' in an area on one of his legs. Senator Paul then proceeded to lift up his pant leg to show them the area highlighted by the scan, basically saying "Oh, the man-sized microwave says there's something weird right here? Let's look right here then." TSA was not appeased by his showing them bare skin in the EXACT SPOT where the scan claimed there might be something dodgy, and instead wanted to give him the third-base treatment. When Rand replied, in essence, that he was saving himself for marriage, they took umbrage and detained him, making him miss his flight.
Paul went beyond a pat-down, baring skin to show the TSA that there was nothing there, and yet they still wanted to touch his naughty bits.
Everyone bitches about how corrupt the government is, but so few have seen fit to posit a solution to the corruption, apart from more government, AKA campaign finance reform.
I think the better solution is to take power away from the centralized government, push it back closer to home, and leave the Congress/Senate with the bare-bones authorities that they should have.
If Congress no longer has the power to grant the favors sought, the money will dry up and we may get some worthwhile representation. I'm not saying that the MPAA/RIAA are geniuses, but even with their shady accounting they should be able to recognize this losing proposition.
Yeah, not so much in agreement here. Your comment, whether rightly so or not, reminded me of the push to pass Obamacare. No one could claim to have read the whole thing, and at one point we were told that we would have to pass it to find out what's in it.
If the Dems do understand the implications and still want this in any shape or form, what does that say about their opinions on liberty in general? I don't see any way to fix this, it's just giving the ban hammer to big content, a bigger hammer than the ones they already have.
The ready availability of Irish child pornography is especially troubling, as it serves to objectify what could otherwise be pristine source of food for the millions of starving. English children have to be told often enough not to play with their food, now we run the risk of having to constantly remind them not to fantasize about their food as well.
It's frustrating to watch Apple's treatment of their 3rd party devs. Looking at the updates to iOS 5, they're trying to squeeze out a number of successful apps by rolling their functionality into iOS itself. I'm wondering if they will suddenly swing a retroactive banhammer since these apps now duplicate existing functionality, though a formal removal isn't really necessary to kill any future downloads.
Very smooth Apple, letting others innovate for you, and then simply copying their core functionality for your next OS iteration.
I'll agree that it's a very unsavory situation, but I doubt very much that she, or her publicity team, truly want to move past it or forget it, at least not completely. I think they wan to get just far enough past it that no one can freely access the video or pics, but still keep it close enough to improve her name recognition.
She tried, and managed to swing a stint on Dancing With the Stars. Granted, that show is severely lacking in the 'Stars' department, but I doubt she would've gotten the call if she hadn't been plastered all over the news because of this video.