"ICT (information and communications technologies" is a major business for New Zealand, contributing almost $23 billion to the economy in 2012, up by 17% since 2010. A third of ICT sales were generated by telecommunications services, and $1.6 billion came from exports."
You need not forgo written entertainment, the web has tons of self published fiction just waiting to be read. And some of it is quite good! Whenever I discover a really good story on the web, I send the author $5 - $20 just to show my appreciation. But I'll be damned if I am going to pay over $5 for an ebook from Amazon or any other distributor.
"Even the generous social programs act as a trap, keeping people at the bottom. Instead of helping people advance, they pay them to stay put."
Ah yes, the Republican mantra, based on zero evidence but an enormous ego. Based on 50 years of observation (across 50 States) and first hand experience, I can attest that your statement is a damn lie perpetrated by ignorant self entitled Republicans.
Don't know where you got your list, but the following is from the State Department site.
Algeria Central African Republic Congo, Democratic Rep.Of Cuba Equatorial Guinea Eritrea The Gambia Guinea-Bissau Iran Korea, North Kuwait Libya Malaysia* Mauritania Papua New Guinea Russia Saudi Arabia Syria Thailand* Uzbekistan Venezuela* Yemen Zimbabwe
E-mail? How about when Comcast takes your phone number, and it's associated voice mail, and gives it to someone else? And then stonewalls by continuously claiming it's impossible for that to happen, for four days? And then tells me I can get my phone number back if the new subscriber is willing to let it go? And teh new subscriber, being an absolute low life, offers to let it go for the miserly sum of $500.
Just use ultraviolet light to kill MRSA, works better with less harm to the patient. First hand experience, while going through chemo for Hodgkin's Lymphoma (killed my immune system every two weeks), I developed a MRSA infection in both lower legs. After all other antibiotics failed I was admitted to the hospital for a every 12 hour, seven day course in intravenous antibiotics. At the end of the seven days the MRSA infection was reported to be cured and I was cleared to go home. Three days later the pus was oozing out of the open hole in my leg and the MRSA returned.
I did research and re-discovered ultraviolet light killed bacteria. Ultraviolet light fixtures were sold for the purpose of killing bacteria until the FDA stopped the practice by declaring them medical devices that must be certified by the FDA around 1950 or so. I found one that was originally sold by Sears in the late 1940s for sale on eBay and bought it. 40 minutes on each leg, three times a day, for five days, and the MRSA infection was gone.
This is a time for this site, Popehat, and a number of other legal/tech sites to step up to the plate and offer our own bill to be passed. Set up a website that allows people to sign a petition supporting our bill that allow people to list their address, thus identifying their Representatives and Senators, and letting them know their own Constituents are supporting our bill. Call it the Internet Rights bill. It's time for "We the People" to stand up and remind a bunch of politicians exactly who they work for.
It's our damn bill, now pass it or resign from Congress.
I don't know where you get your info, but we're discussing the above article, and it says the following:
"First, years back, Cox was actually one of the first ISPs to kick people offline for file sharing, publicly stating that the DMCA required it. This argument was, and remains, incorrect, but it's unclear if Cox still follows the same practices today. The filing says that Cox says this is its policy, but it doesn't actually follow through."
It appears to me that they do have a repeat infringers policy.