Please help stop the Pro-IP act

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 

A relative of mine was once worked in government. For years we’d argue about whether government was really for the people or simply an instrument of corporate interests. He always took the side that government was for the people and that while special interests had excessive clout, government was made by people who genuinely wanted to make the world a better place and fulfill the mandate of our constitution.

Then came the Sonny Bono copyright act, an act that made no concession what so ever to either the Constitution (Copyright is a limited monopoly offered for the sole purpose of promoting the progress of science and the useful arts and is not, and never was a “property right”) nor to the public good (entirely selling out the public interest for private gain). He lost confidence in government and now works as a lobbyist.

As disheartening as the fundamentally unconstitutional direction copyright law has taken in recent years in order to prop up a largely unnecessary publishing and distribution business, a model that has been obviated by the technology of the internet, it takes a far more sinister turn with the Pro-IP act.

This act does more than merely turn the government into a strong-arm profit enforcement agency for the entertainment industry as recent bills such as Sonny Bono, NET, and the DMCA have done by criminalizing what is fundamentally a civil complaint, it creates a Stazi-like federal enforcement agency with the power to seize property in a way that seems on it’s face to violate the 5th amendment.

The irony of violating the spirit and letter of Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 by creating a false property right that retards the progress of science and the useful arts and enforcing that false property right by violating everyone’s Fifth Amendment right to real property is extraordinary.

I cannot help but imagine entertainment industry lobbyists falling out of their chairs laughing and snorking their champagne.

Posted at 12:34:51 GMT-0700

Category: politics

Retarded in Canada

Monday, June 9, 2008 

Why is Canada Retarded? My flights from Toronto are often retarded. Now I find that in Motreal there’s a whole store for Couch Tards. What up with that? What up with the politically incorrect language?

Posted at 19:00:33 GMT-0700

Category: photoplaces

Bonus Plane

Monday, June 9, 2008 

Our flight from ORD to DEN was cancelled. They let us know we could fly tomorrow on a ORD-LAX-OAK flight and get in either on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning or something. I probably could have made my OAK-YYZ flight… But we got lucky – on flight 11 originally from JFK to SFO somebody’s leg exploded, clots or something; apparently there was blood everywhere so they had to land. Then they couldn’t clean all the blood up so they had to find another airplane. For reasons we don’t understand this plane is now going to DEN. Instead of arriving in SFO at 2:30 they’ll be getting in around midnight.

Posted at 16:00:31 GMT-0700

Category: planestravel

Our 747

Monday, June 9, 2008 

Our 747 relected in the glass of the gates at FRA.

It looked a lot cooler in real life….  747s are big….
Posted at 05:00:28 GMT-0700

Category: photoplanes

Heading Home

Monday, June 9, 2008 

After a lovely visit to Italy, Austria, and Germany. The upstairs of a 747 feels like a private plane but with more comfortable toilets, a bigger kitchen, and a bunch of boring old men (as a rule).

upstairs on 747.jpg
Posted at 04:00:28 GMT-0700

Category: photoplanes

Vienna Austrian air club

Sunday, June 1, 2008 

Not a bad club, stylish and quiet but the liquor selection isn’t very good (limited, mostly well-drinks) though it is free and there’s food.

There is good free wifi with no hassle (not even a log-in screen, so you can use it with a skype phone).

Vienna Austrian air club.jpg
The wine is called pimple.
Posted at 10:17:21 GMT-0700

Category: photoplanesreviewstravel

Vienna Purple Escalator Lights

Sunday, June 1, 2008 

viena purple escalator lights.jpg
I still don’t know why escalators have lights under them.  I’ve been asking since I was a kid.  The lights in the US are almost always pale green, and generally people never even notice them.  But on the purple line in Vienna, they are purple.  Nice touch…
Posted at 10:17:15 GMT-0700

Category: oddphotoplaces