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  • MTA Pretends 'Unlimited' Means 90

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 15 Jul, 2010 @ 03:05pm

    Straphangers.. Re: Re: New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is going down the same road. To deal with its budget crunch the MTA is planning to say that its unlimited ride cards are actually quite limited.

    NYC subway cars used to have leather straps for people w/o seats to hold on to-- thus riders where and still are called STRAP-hangers in NYC lexicon. today we have metal bars not leather straps ,, but the lexicon is still used.

    Welcome to NYC
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    And , again it is just a toothless MTA proposal to limit the un-limited -- very unlikely to happen. The MTA wants an uproar , so they can look nice when they do not do it.

    But they are cutting back service here in NYC -- esp on late nite transit -- which as a musician who works late into the night is a pain for me

  • MTA Pretends 'Unlimited' Means 90

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 15 Jul, 2010 @ 10:29am

    Re: Re: any limit = not unlimited

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/07/13/2010-07-13_mta_plan_for_limited_unlimited_metrocard.html

  • MTA Pretends 'Unlimited' Means 90

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 15 Jul, 2010 @ 10:27am

    Re: any limit = not unlimited

    ME : This is just a proposal. MTA does this all the time ,, a few months ago they proposed doing away with Student Free fare cards ,, but the uproar killed it.

    The MTA pulls these little political tricks all the time. It is actually pretty savvy on their part-- they threaten something they really do not want to do , to horse trade it off elsewhere

    { full disclosure , I was on staff @ "NYPIRG / Straphangers Campaign" for six years [83-86 & 92-95] , I am still somewhat involved as a volunteer. http://straphangers.org/)


    more:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/07/13/2010-07-13_mta_ plan_for_limited_unlimited_metrocard.html

  • MTA Pretends 'Unlimited' Means 90

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 15 Jul, 2010 @ 10:18am

    New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is going down the same road. To deal with its budget crunch the MTA is planning to say that its unlimited ride cards are actually quite limited.

    ME : This is just a proposal. MTA does this all the time ,, a few months ago they proposed doing away with Student Free fare cards ,, but the uproar killed it.

    The MTA pulls these little political tricks all the time. It is actually pretty savvy on their part-- they threaten something they really do not want to do , to horse trade it off elsewhere

    { full disclosure , I was on staff @ "NYPIRG / Straphangers Campaign" for six years [83-86 & 92-95] , I am still somewhat involved as a volunteer. http://straphangers.org/)


    more:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/07/13/2010-07-13_mta_plan_for_limited_unlimited_metrocard.html

  • Larry Lessig Challenges ASCAP Boss To A Debate Over Whether Or Not Creative Commons Undermines Copyright

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 15 Jul, 2010 @ 09:39am

    Re: Re: Re: "Let's address our differences the way decent souls do. In a debate."

    "If you think you can do better then start your own blog."

    I did ten years ago- still active -- see my profile..

    but I just do not have the time in life to accept and moderate comments there ,, other then comment by email-- please do comment of you wish. If it is worthwhile I post and reply

  • Larry Lessig Challenges ASCAP Boss To A Debate Over Whether Or Not Creative Commons Undermines Copyright

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 15 Jul, 2010 @ 02:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: "Let's address our differences the way decent souls do. In a debate."

    better

  • RIAA Accounting: Why Even Major Label Musicians Rarely Make Money From Album Sales

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 14 Jul, 2010 @ 09:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Musician -songwriters do ! that was the point.

    and often enough the studio pros do become contributing writers to a song.

  • Larry Lessig Challenges ASCAP Boss To A Debate Over Whether Or Not Creative Commons Undermines Copyright

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 14 Jul, 2010 @ 09:52pm

    Re: Re: "Let's address our differences the way decent souls do. In a debate."

    Point again -- 5 meaningless replies

  • Larry Lessig Challenges ASCAP Boss To A Debate Over Whether Or Not Creative Commons Undermines Copyright

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 14 Jul, 2010 @ 07:24am

    Re: "Let's address our differences the way decent souls do. In a debate."

    This thread is case in point. Totally meaningless posts on a good source for debate. Ever wonder why Lessing does not post here Mike ?

    Moderate and Facilitate Mike ,, and you will get more "quality debate",,--- and more good traffic & ad clicks .
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    I really do not understand why you Mike let threads here fall into the gutter. How does that help a good public policy debate? What purpose does it serve? Entertainment for posters?

  • RIAA Accounting: Why Even Major Label Musicians Rarely Make Money From Album Sales

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 14 Jul, 2010 @ 07:13am

    Re: Re:

    The whole post shows all the more reason why Musician -songwriters need full protection of ASCAP to protect song royalties. That is where many songwriting-musicians make their real $$.

    Pro studio musicians do OK -- are they rich ,, no ,,,,,but they make more than 90 % of people who gig music in bars for a living. Studi guys in a union and get scale. But they do not need a strait jib , like bar band dudes do.

    Copyrights & Royalties now and forever

  • Court Says FCC's Indecency Policies Violate The First Amendment

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 14 Jul, 2010 @ 07:03am

    good call by the Courts

    :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_Nrp7cj_tM
    The Seven Words by George Carlin

    Lenny Bruce is also redeemed.

  • UK Newspapers Point Out That Prince's Anti-Internet Crusade Makes No Sense

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 14 Jul, 2010 @ 06:59am

    We've already discussed Prince's bizarre anti-internet stance,

    Mike , your stance is the bizarre one. Price is asserting his LEGAL powers of ARTIST CONTROL under copyright laws.

    If you do not like , tough.

  • Larry Lessig Challenges ASCAP Boss To A Debate Over Whether Or Not Creative Commons Undermines Copyright

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 14 Jul, 2010 @ 06:57am

    "Let's address our differences the way decent souls do. In a debate."

    too bad techdirt is not a forum for addressing "our differences the way decent souls do. In a debate."

  • Libraries Worried About Potential Supreme Court Ruling Concerning Legality Of Selling Imported Omega Watches

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 12 Jul, 2010 @ 05:31am

    Now, some will obviously state that this is a problem for Congress, not the courts, to fix. And, to some extent that is true.

    MIKE :"Now, some will obviously state that this is a problem for Congress, not the courts, to fix. And, to ==some extent that is true==."

    ME : It is all true. The courts rule on what law says. If the law has "un-intended consequences" Congress has to fix the law. They will. Congress likes libraries.

  • The Myth That Without Gov't Monopolies Or Subsidies, Discoveries Will Be Hidden By Secrets

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 07 Jul, 2010 @ 05:26pm

    By Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) - 04/13/10 02:31 PM ET :

    By Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) - 04/13/10 02:31 PM ET :

    The copyright laws offer creators incentive to produce new and unique works. These may come in various forms, including movies, music, and books, all of which are important components of American culture.

    These works create jobs, from their production and manufacture to the advertising and sales that support them.

    To cultivate these new jobs, intellectual property enforcement must keep pace with an ever changing digital world.

    As an avid photographer I am intrigued by the debate at the turn of the 20th Century about whether photographs were copyrightable creations, or merely technical representations.

    Public discussion then helped shape copyright laws to accommodate the new medium, just as it does now as times and technologies continue to change.

    Today people watch television on handheld devices, skim books on digital readers and enjoy music on laptops, benefiting both content owner and the user.

    But along with these new opportunities for distributing creative content, the World Wide Web has also brought new challenges.

    "A rampant increase in online piracy threatens the financial viability of those same copyright owners who benefit from our new technology.

    This risks harming not only those creators, but the hundreds of thousands of jobs that result from their products.

    It also instills the user with a fundamental mistrust of the technology. Effective intellectual property enforcement is necessary to counter this attack. "

    http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/91929-celebrating-the-birth-of-copyright-sen-patrick-leahy

  • The Myth That Without Gov't Monopolies Or Subsidies, Discoveries Will Be Hidden By Secrets

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 07 Jul, 2010 @ 11:34am

    Let me suggest this. If you want to win the hearts and minds of people, find your Frank Capra.

    ME: I bet the young geeks here , totally miss that reference,

  • The Myth That Without Gov't Monopolies Or Subsidies, Discoveries Will Be Hidden By Secrets

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 07 Jul, 2010 @ 11:28am

    MIKE :Including multiple elected officials,

    MIKE :"including multiple elected officials"


    ME : NAME THEM. There are no members of Congress who agree w/ you Mike on Copyrights.

  • Prince: No Music On The Internet; The Internet Is Over

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 07 Jul, 2010 @ 10:06am

    Re: Re: Maybe not so stupid...

    Prince is VERY smart dude.

    And a GREAT musician.

    But, I also think, his disdain for "Internet Pirates" is quite real.

    Easily equal to mine.

    Go-Prince-Go!!

  • Prince: No Music On The Internet; The Internet Is Over

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 07 Jul, 2010 @ 10:03am

    Re: Re: Kudos to Prince-- for protecting Artist Control RIGHTS

    Clearly Prince proves you are wrong.

    Your "words" are meaningless,

    And out of step with the realities of how COPYRIGHTS give Musicians complete control over legal distribution of their music.

    The Gov't & law will fight the Pirates for Prince [& me.]

  • Prince: No Music On The Internet; The Internet Is Over

    Technopolitical ( profile ), 07 Jul, 2010 @ 04:59am

    Kudos to Prince-- for protecting Artist Control RIGHTS

    MIKE : ...Prince and his music, he is all about control. Control is everything to him. And one thing that does not work in this new digital era is being ridiculously anal about controlling how others access or listen to your music. So, he went somewhat ballistic."


    Me : It is all about Artistic CONTROL not $$ , as I have been proclaiming here for a while.

    Glad you agree Mike.

    Kudos to Prince-- for protecting Artist Control RIGHTS

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