Democracy? Constitution? You are missing the point: The Senators are not giving up rights or control - they are freeing up their agendas to have more time to talk with 'sponsors' about 'donations'. And with many of those 'sponsors' being the very people keen on passing TPP and TTIP with as little debate as possible, they'll be in a good mood for those 'donation' dinners, too. Win-win!
Leaving aside the Hillhouse vs Hersh discussion, I'd disagree with Mike here that breaking a story is a nice thing only.
It seems so wrong that current copyright laws give extremely powerful protection to anybody who spends a few minutes hacking a short report about the bin Laden-story in a computer, and no protection at all to those who did all the work of researching the story, and risk having their career, reputation and possibly lives destroyed by former CIA spokespersons and others who think destroying the authors is the best way to destroy the story.
The problem is not new, Hillhouse and Hersh are not the only victims here. The same goes for Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and others, who have been forced into hiding and live on donations, while copyright made those rich who report on their work.
... for something they might do in the future? We don't know for sure would they would do if the police didn't stop them, but locking a couple of managers away in prison for a short time is small price to pay to keep our children safe. Right?
... that is has apparently been known for a while that any passenger equipped with a tablet and information available on the internet can play pilot on UNITED planes, and both UNITED and FBI have decided that it is ok to continue flying UNITED planes with this security hole.
... perhaps Mr Boies could confirm that certain documents - such as the ones talking about influencing the Scottish referendum, bribing officials to put pressure on Google or using other illegal tactics to Sony's benefit - are indeed genuine and written by Sony before you delete them?
If they are so concerned about upholding the law, they could now complete their withdrawal from the public life, lay down their jobs and start a new life breeding rabbits or tending gardens.
After all, their decision to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden was a disgrace for judical profession as such: a) it was based a law that was written to fight state-threatening terrorists, not people who publish inconvenient truth (and expose government crimes which said judges don't appear to lose sleep over) b) extradition was granted despite the Swedish Governments refusal to rule out an extradiction to the US (putting into question the entire motive of 'we need Mr Assange in Sweden to defend swedish citizen's rights) c) extradition was granted despite the refusal of the swedish authorities to simply interview Mr Assange in London (which turned out to be perfectly feasible when some judges worth their titles asked the right questions)
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Hats off to the founders of Tidal for cutting out the 'creative' publishers who seem to help themselves to the Lion's share of music revenue for the service of copying .mp3-files from a master CD to various online platforms. Way to go, Jay-Z!
Regarding the 'free' music, pictures on the internet suggest that it pays enough Jay-Z to afford decent suits. Is there any information about recent earnings of Tidal's founders? Memory suggests that they have all been doing rather well recently.
Is there any truth in rumors that a certain justices car has been seen suspiciously close to areas where drug dealing is taking place? That his bank account and credit cards may have been used for money laundering? Perhaps his access to his car & money should be restricted until he can prove his innocence? Just to be on the safe side, no accusation of wrongdoing implied.
I was inspired not by Bob or the original tenant, but by an internet blog. In the absence of any contract with Windermere Cay's, I should be safe to post my opinion about Windermere Cay's, and any photographic impressions I may associate with that honorable society.
It is not those AGAINST The Idea that Just Want Everything 'Free Of Charge, Free Of Responsibility', it those FOR it.
Secret services. police. publishers. media organizations. All of them want data retention. All of them promise the blue sky if they get it - no more terrorists, children will be safe, creative people will finally be able to pay for their own coffee. Hurrah.
Pay for it? Nah, the infrastructure has to be paid for by someone else. Every Australian has to pay 24 dollars every year for benefit of being spied upon. Accountability? Operate in the dark, lie, cheat and wiggle out of any enquiry, and envoke 'national security' if all else fails. Or change a law retroactively to avoid prosecution.
And the benefits? Data retention has been around for a long time in some countries. Crime rates? Unaffected. Terrorists? Don't seem to be impressed. And child abuse? Well, while GCHQ and Scotland Yard and all the other 'security agencies' were busy filming and monitoring everything that anybody does in Britain, the real criminals conducted what David Cameron described as 'sex abuse on 'industrial scale'. Thousands of children being abused in real life while the people paid to protect them sit in dark basements and stare at computer screens.
So, when the Australian police wants their citizens to shell out $24 per year for their ISPs to collect data, it is the perfect time to be greedy and tell them to get back on the streets and chase real criminals. If the French had told that to their police, the journalists murdered in Paris recently might still be alive.