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  • Apr 15th, 2014 @ 10:06am

    What difference does it make?

    If the government continues to outsource security matters to private contractors, it doesn't really make any difference what the FBI does, they cannot oversea tens of thousands of workers in private companies.

    It is also my view that with modern survellience techniques, most lawmakers on capitol hill are compromised. I'd guess that the NSA, FBI etc have dirt on many if not most of them.

  • Apr 6th, 2014 @ 11:36am

    PROs totally misguided shakedowns...

    ASCAP and BMI are killing live music in my area. A tiny bar in a tiny town (Mike's Tavern, Cle Elum WA) has stopped hiring live music because of this. A very small wine bar owner in another nearby small town was told he needed to come up with $14,000 to cover what he owed for having occasional live and recorded music for the last ten years. I understand the need for these organizations, but dunning very small businesses for that kind of money is totally counterproductive. With the new world of downloads, the mechanical royalty revenue stream has dried up. In the case of BMI, they encouraged a songwriter friend of mine to report on the people who host the house concerts that he plays. (He plays only his own original material). Why the hell would he want to do that, these people are his friends and employers?