Senator Dodd, thou hast the brains of a pissant, milord. Though I can believe it, what with some of the stuff like the one committeeperson who apparently believes that the island of Guam is actually floating and could capsize if too much stuff were put on one side.
What I'm getting at is this royal attempt at displaying the sheer ignorance of those who have no business being in the positions of power they're in. Namely this:
"some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns" Ex-fucking-scuse me?! What the hell is the MPAA doing? Exactly that, wanting everyone to be corporate pawns, you're all just pissed because they won't be YOUR corporate pawns who have to shove money into your pockets just for the "priviledge" of breathing or daring to look at something.
"It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today." Like what the big business backers Dodd and the MPAA have in their pockets are trying to do right now? Mr. Kettle, there's a Mr. Pot on line 1 for you.
"intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests." Which is exactly what the MPAA and other corporate intrests backing PIPA and SOPA are doing!
"It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.” And it is our hope that the lot of you will take off your greed hats and put on your common sense hats, that is if you haven't lost them already, and see that what you're doing will be what kills your industries, not what you're professing to be protecting against. Because if you want to get technical, YOU'RE supporting piracy by putting your stuff out in the first place. Point is, if people want it, especially the really hard to find stuff, and you're refusing to let them at it all the while dangling it like a carrot in front of their noses, don't be surprised when the rabbit bites you or just wanders off, leaving you with nothing either way.
If you do manage by some wild chance in hell to actually push them through, PIPA and SOPA will come back to bite the lot of you in the ass big time. Don't think it won't because it will. People just won't buy your crap, won't go to movies, buy DVDs, or stream any of it. They won't watch TV which would put the squeeze on advertisers, then where will you be? Out of a white-collar job completely just because your greed got the better of you.
Nuff said. Peace out.
Full story here. http://www.dailytech.com/Obama+Admin+
"It was found that the office of Rep. Smith had illegally used a photograph from artist DJ Schulte as a background, without proper citation (and hence without permission)."
From Consumerist: Someone at the RIAA Downloaded $9 Million Worth of Pirated Dexter Episodes
According to the folks at TorrentFreak, a check of the RIAA's IP addresses on YouHaveDownloaded.com show that someone at the association actually downloaded a torrent with the entire first five seasons of Dexter. Sixty episodes at $150,000 per violation would equal $9 million.
Full story at the link so as not to eat your Reading pages.
Adult children’s ‘bad mothering’ lawsuit dismissed
Raised in a $1.5 million Barrington Hills, Ill., home by their attorney father, two grown children have spent the last two years pursuing a unique lawsuit against their mom for “bad mothering” that alleges damages caused when she failed to buy toys for one and sent another a birthday card he didn’t like.
The alleged offenses include failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then 7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, "haggling" over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.
Last week, at which point the court record stood about a foot tall, an Illinois appeals court dismissed the case, finding that none of the mother’s conduct was "extreme or outrageous." To rule in favor of her children, the court found, "could potentially open the floodgates to subject family childrearing to ... excessive judicial scrutiny and interference."
In 2009, the children, represented by three attorneys including their father, Steven A. Miner, sued their mother, Kimberly Garrity. Steven II, now 23, and his sister Kathryn, now 20, sought more than $50,000 for "emotional distress."
Miner and Garrity were married for a decade before she filed for divorce in 1995, records show.
Among the exhibits filed in the case is a birthday card Garrity sent her son, who in his lawsuit sought damages because the card was "inappropriate" and failed to include cash or a check. He also alleged she failed to send a card for years or, while he was in college, care packages.
On the front of the American Greetings card is a picture of tomatoes spread across a table that are indistinguishable except for one in the middle with craft-store googly eyes attached.
"Son I got you this Birthday card because it’s just like you ... different from all the rest!" the card reads. On the inside Garrity wrote "Have a great day! Love & Hugs, Mom xoxoxo."
In court papers, Garrity’s attorney Shelley Smith says the "litany of childish complaints and ingratitude" in the lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt by Garrity’s ex-husband to "seek the ultimate revenge" of having her children accuse her of "being an inadequate mother."
"It would be laughable that these children of privilege would sue their mother for emotional distress, if the consequences were not so deadly serious for (Garrity)," Smith wrote. "There is no insurance for this claim, so (Garrity) must pay her legal fees, while (the children) have their father for free."
Messages left for Smith were not returned. Steven A. Miner, reached by phone, did not comment. In court papers he said he only filed the lawsuit after much legal research and had tried to dissuade his children from bringing the case.
The Cook County judge who ruled on the case, Kathy Flanagan, declined to assess sanctions against Miner, but said the lawsuit amounted to nothing more than children "suing their mother for bad mothering."
DePaul University law professor Bruce Ottley, who co-wrote a textbook on Illinois tort law, says courts have long carved out an exception to family members suing each other, barring any extreme conduct.
"If junior slips on the rug in the living room and sues mom or dad, that can’t happen," Ottley said.
He said such emotional distress damages are a way for the legal system to address situations — sexual harassment for instance — where there is no physical harm. But those bringing a case to court must prove the conduct was outrageous.
"The fact that it is such a high standard, it doesn’t succeed very often," Ottley said.
Oh yes, having kids makes you a better person! And their father was one of the prosecuting attorneys no less. I think it was a petty revenge thing on the part of the dad for the most part. I say the judge should not have only thrown the charges out, but had an official reprimand placed on the father for wasting the court's time filing such an idiotic suit and had the kids put into mandatory counseling (Denis Leary style) to fix that kind of spoiled attitude. Discipline camp maybe. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go put my faith in humanity on life support.
"Protesting members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church were met with an unlikely group of counter-protesters Monday at Arlington Cemetery. - Among those counter-protesting at the cemetery's main entrance: About 10 members of a group that claims to be a branch of the Ku Klux Klan from Virginia called the Knights of the Southern Cross. They were cordoned off separately in a nearby area, but drew little attention as they gave out small American flags behind a banner that read "POW-MIA."
Details found here: http://www.religiondispatches.org/
"PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Legislature has approved emergency legislation to head off picketing by a Topeka, Kan., church at the funeral service for a 9-year-old girl who was killed during Saturday's shooting in Tucson."
Up YOURS Phelpsie and your pack of sociopathic whackos!
"He really doesn't have a pulse, but he has blood pressure because blood is being pumped out from his ventricle into the aorta at a constant pressure," explains Dr. Kirk Garratt, clinical director of interventional cardiovascular research at Lenox Hill Hospital."
Full story here: http://www.globe-democrat.com/news/
This restaurant is just across the parking lot from where I work.
"Cullenism is a religion based on the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. This series, which consists of four books, follows the adventures of The Cullen family and several other characters including Bella Swan. The Cullen family are a group of extremely attractive vampires and the film adaption of Twilight turned the series into reality for many fans. One of the two main characters of the story, Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattison in the film) captured many girls hearts from the moment the film hit the big screen. Not that girls weren't already in love with Edward from the books, but the film appears to have taken the attraction to the next level. The Cullenism religion is the belief that the books are so good that the Cullen family deserve to be worshipped and the books treated like a bible. A member of the Cullenism religion is known as a Cullenist."
It almost leaves me with no words though I kind of expected such a thing to develop.
People, it's a work of FICTION! Same as Dianetics! Harry Potter! Avatar! It's make believe! NOT REAL! If Edward is real then so is Blade and he's coming for your big-haired douchebag Count Emo Von Disco Ball. If everything they're saying is real then Severus Snape followed in Dumbledore's footsteps and is secretly gay, and he eloped with Edward. It's true! It MUST be true since they DO exist right? Right?
Things like this only affirm my own leanings towards atheism. Honestly if one looks at the Bible from a standpoint of pure logic, it's a few historical events wrapped up in several layers of fiction. I could probably do similar by combining world history with The Hobbit and the Narnia Chronicles.
My point is simple. A lot of people out there would tell me about my beliefs,"Just because you say something doesn't exist doesn't mean that it actually doesn't!" Well by the same token, just because you say something does exist doesn't mean that it actually does. Get the complete set of facts before you start professing. If you're daft enough to believe a work of complete fiction, and a rather crappy one at that like Twilight, then I'd love to know what you're doing out without a handler. Time to go up your Haldol dosages not by milligrams but by factors.