What we're seeing now is nothing more than the inevitable outcome of 'Brave new World' meets Capitalism. The most profitable creations now are not the steel mills of Carnegie, but the ones and zeros of a Jobs or a Gates. It is only natural that those ones and zeros, formerly not considered worth anything should now assume the status of property. Screwed up? Yes. But predictable. The fact that ones and zeros are little more than knowledge translates to knowledge becoming 'owned property.' Here's where Huxley's classes meet Orwell's 'Big Brother.'
Easy translation: The car you once owned and tuned up now becomes rented by you and illegal to tune up. The corporation owns the car and the process. With less people going to jail for Marijuana, we'll fill the jails with car-modders.
What's next? Is a Lincoln descendant going to lock up the Gettysburg Address? How about a Washington descendant claiming all rights to Washington's Farewell Address? Uh oh! Doesn't some Roosevelt somewhere have the rights for 'Speak softly and carry a big stick?'
Keep locking up history under copyright. Then only the wealthy will get to see it and you can really lay claim to an ignorant populace.
This case may end up being the first and foreshadow many such outcomes in the future. As minor drug offenders are released from jail or not prosecuted because of marijuana legalization, those very cells will NOT be left empty. The privatization of prisons and continuing failure of the economy to employ its citizens will lead to the need for filling those cells.
Watch as Hollywood presses for the incarceration of file sharers and the government begins to oblige more and more. In this perverse system replacing drug offenders with file sharers will be viewed as a solution.
The only thing left is the imposition of a Lettre de Cache. That's where Louis XVI signed the letter deeming you guilty and tossing you in the Bastille. Seems like we're getting pretty damn close to that now.
Aw shucks. Now I guess I'll have to either destroy all my five generations of family photos done with white backgrounds including my parents and great-grandparents wedding photos. Hey they were sepia on white. Am I safe there?
Are we the dumbest people on the planet or do we simply allow stupid fools to run our lives, with imbecilic results?
Einstein was a patent clerk in the Swiss patent office. I'll bet he would have said something akin to "Sind Sie ein F---ing Moron?' when asked to allow a patent on this.
Actually that's correct, but for the union quip. The citizens who pay those high prop. taxes definitely won't put up with stupid and uncivilized behavior. The union in those towns has made the unspoken tradeoff, increased pay, more citizen involvement, higher caliber of police civility and less confrontation.
They express it to their union members as follows: You're getting better pay and benefits and the demands are greater. Deal with it or go elsewhere.
Same can be said of the teacher's situation and other.
Actually you don't; not to that extent. Head out to the NY suburbs and stupidity like that pretty much gets tossed off the force. The town's taxpayers would be very vocal. In the city there's a whole lot of insulation there. It's easier for that ignorance to exist for a longer period of time.
For those Big Apple residents who remember a decade or so ago when the Bloomberg administration was negotiating with the NYPD for a salary contract and was so proud of itself for getting the starting salary to be unbelievably LOW, this comes as no surprise. YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. Want to hire cops for the salary you'd pay a baby-sitter? It's time for US citizens to consider the quality they really want in their government employees, hospital workers, teachers, etc. Dumb is really expensive in the long run. No surprises here. And, no, I'm not a government employee.
No. Don't send him a copy of the 1st amendment. I don't think he'll read it. Instead send him a sweatshirt with the words '1st Amendment' in a large circle with a big oblique line through it. On the back in bright bold kelly green letters 'Hypocrite-in-Chief'. Who knows - he might actually wear it.
Surprised? Don't be. Isn't Indiana the state that at one point (1930's) thought about passing a law making pi = 3? Instead of 'easy as pie' they were looking for 'pi as easy'. Luckily someone explained the absurd ramifications of denying mathematical reality. I guess the lesson didn't stick. Oh well.
Hmmm. Should I think twice the next time I bank online, or buy something online? RSA broken? Credit card encryption still valid? Did the NSA get to do what so many hackers failed to do? Bring down all monetary transactions on the internet? Remember the discussions decades ago about breaking the encryption? 64 bits then 128, then 256. Where exactly does that put us now?