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Comment Re:Great, so corporations are going to destroy the (Score 1) 70

Again, corporations don't have free speech rights because "they are people". The Supreme Court ruled the people who make up the corporations maintain their free speech rights when participating in the corporation.

In other words, Congress doesn't get to create a group of people called a "corporation", then strip The People of their free speech rights as a cost of participation.

The money buys almost exclusively advertising, which is the "press" part of the First Amendment, the means of mass production and distribution of speech, which governments used to outlaw independent of speech directly, to control opposition to their power.

Comment Re:I Continue To Be Baffled (Score 1) 466

It could be their business model is to spread like wildfire and make millions, then bail as laws clamp down, of course.

Threatening the cronly capitalism and rent seeking so prevalent in theoretically free societies (which means more than just freedom of speech, it means freedom to pursue earning money). Do they hurt anything besides entrenched interests?

Not really, no. Insurance and a license (the latter of which should only test compency, for an nominal fee, and not be limited in numbers, see freedom concept) are minor issues the entrenched are using as battering rams for the "useful idiots", as Stalin used to say. Look it up.

Comment Re:They are enabling criminals (Score 1) 466

This is why I am in favor of a constitutional amendment requiring all laws to be reauthorized every 5 years.

Takes the "winning the dictator" feel out of elections and politics.

You would naturally design a deliberate review system in from scratch. What we have is asinine dictatorship power dynamics leftoverz.

Comment Re:They are enabling criminals (Score 1) 466

It is about the slapping down competition to entreched interests, in and out of government. "Safety" and "insurance" are red herrings to distract the distractable.

South Korea proved this by outlawing Uber, then giving their business model to cronies of government officials.

Follow the money. Never fails. London, New York, Netherlands.

Comment Re:My money is on.... (Score 2) 86

If the NSA's intrusive powers, constitutionality aside, are all about terrorists, what in God's name are they doing passing normal crime info on to the FBI and DEA?

I don't think this revealation is all that secret. I recall some extra special terrorist power being granted to the FBI late Clinton era, and they immediately used it to bust drug people. They didn't even bother with the sophistry that drug distribution is a kind of terrorism.

No, when asked directly, they said, "Well, I know what we promised to use it only for terrorists, but the law doesn't actually state terrorist investigations only, so tuff." They lied to get it through Congress, then immediately began misusing it in a way only a lawyer or someone planning to throw a coup would find reasonable.

Comment Copy right (Score 1) 166

Congress was granted the power to secure copyrights, the right to copy (and sell) to encourage aithors to create by providing income.

You have the natural right to see the copyrighted material if you bought a copy! That's copy rights, not obfuscation rights. Where cometh this additional Congressional power?

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_