Ah, the American voter. They know of Hillary's speaking fees, the superPAC money, have some suspicions about the Clinton political machine, know of the media's complicity-- like a brook trout sees the hook, right there, glinting in the sunlight. But hey, those feathers kinda sorta look yummy, so here goes nuthin', . .
Maybe the Oregon thing will all blow over once it's explained to the protesters that our for-profit prison industry is based on keeping as many people locked up for as long as possible, and that sending the two guys back to the slam is simply the good ol' American way of doing things. Go home boys, nothing more to see here.
Oh, right, in this case it's happening to "us" rather than "them." Glad to see you're awake now. Maybe we can open up the discussion to include the vast number of Americans who've already discovered that our criminal justice system, and prison industrial complex in particular, are a little lacking in the fairness department.
the Authors Guild lost at every stage, wasting the money of its members.
It's been a while since I've had a look at the Authors Guild form 990 tax returns; a quick look at their latest return available on Guidestar shows dues revenue of $913,560. With total functional expenses of $3,156,111 I'm somewhat curious about just who's money it was that got spent. Authors Guild EIN is 13-2509231 for any of you financial nerds who want to dig.
I had a science teacher in high school who was keeping his rotary dial phone as long as possible; he proclaimed that touch tone phones were a rip-off for charging people more, and forcing them to adopt technology they didn't want or need. It was funny then. Lately, not so much.
Moot questions. Secrets are all now profit potential. I have a cookie recipe that uses FLOUR. Oops, the secret leaked; so now all you peasants in the cookie making and eating world can choose to either prove in court you're not liable for damages, or you can settle out of court for the very reasonable sum I'll cut from your hindquarters. Simple how it all works.
I predict that self-driven vehicles will need the capacity to bluff, to threaten bending a fender once in a while. Otherwise, people in self-driven cars on the Long Island Expressway or NJ Turnpike will never reach their destinations the same week they began their journeys.
That said, there's no guarantee that real-world adaptations will be positive. For example, what happens when human drivers discover ways to exploit the tendencies of self-driving vehicles for their own selfish advantage? "Ah, a self-driving car-- I cut in, they brake; I make my exit, they don't; SWEET!" I wonder if there could be a messy evolution of behavior, with unpredictable twists and turns.
My dream is to place on individual representatives a requirement that they must pledge specific amounts to programs in order to fund them. See who the champions of bridges to nowhere really are; see exactly what each rep's priorities are.
This omnibus spending crap is the refuge of cowards.
Abusive user agreements, ToS, and other contractual monkey business are everywhere these days. The New York Times just ran a 3-part series on arbitration clauses, which they say are unfortunately and too-frequently being upheld in court.
Given the Times' focus on this short-circuiting of justice via contract, I'm now waiting with great anticipation for them to print their in-depth article (coming any day now) on how circumvention of U.S. law by ISDS arbitration in the TPP will be a good thing.
Recall notices, like with cars, to past students might be nice, too--
"Dear Graduate of MacArthur High School, Irving, Texas;
This is to inform you that your education has been found to be grossly substandard, due to instructors who have since proven themselves to be utterly incompetent morons. If you have noticed that people you elected governor were not as smart as you'd hoped, despite their Poindexter glasses, that more of your kids have contracted STDs, despite the shuttering of women's health centers, and that your neighborhoods are less safe, even though more Texans are armed, it may be due to the substandard education you received. We urge you to consider additional education at accredited, reputable institutions to help remedy this situation."
" . . .unusual to see a case being brought by a homeowner rather than a designer . . "
In broader terms of owners of IP seeing themselves as the creative geniuses, and thinking of the actual creators as merely hired help, (if they bother to think of them at all) then this is as common as dirt. Just another day at RIAA and MPAA.