nothing of importance is handled by the UN.
The UN eradicated smallpox and are very close to eradicating polio, if they did nothing else all the bluster and bullshit will have been worth it. If you expect them eradicate the people you personally view as tyrants and warmongers, you will be bitterly disappointed.
Sit down and talk? Really? How old are you, 12?
I'm in my 50's, in my experience it's the adults/nations who stamp their feet and won't talk who are generally perceived as immature. There's a strong meme in the US that only "good nations" should have a seat at the UN, it's a meme that displays a complete lack of understanding as to why the UN was formed in the first place. Also, if you believe in the US ideal of free speech you will defend ImADinnerJacket's inalienable right to stand on the podium and spew his bile to the world, nobody is forcing you to listen, which is why ImADinnerJacket is normally talking to empty seats.
she had not even actually broken a law
Rosa Parks went much further than that, she deliberately and shamelessly broke a strict social taboo of the day. She was lucky not to have been raped and beaten for her insolence. Passive civil disobedience in the face of systematic and violent oppression, such as displayed by Indians under Gahndi and American's under MLK, takes a lot more guts than what Snowden did. Having said that, I agree - "Berating him for [running] is not just unrealistic, it's asinine.".
Copyright is not property.
LOL, tell that to the judge. Most of them have a good sense of humour, he will probably laugh so hard he will let you off.
oh 'accidentally' - I don't have an answer.
Men at work vs "Kookaburra in a gum tree"
Public roads are basically public transport infrastructure for private vehicles. Driving on public roads is not an individualist pursuit, nor do you have any "inalienable right" to do so without the express permission of a license. The license is proof to everyone else sharing the road that your knowledge of the rules has been tested. You either cooperate with others by following those simple rules. If not you are removed from the driving population via arrest, or they wash your remains into the gutter with a fire hose..
I can't see how those claims will not be laughed out of a US court, the simple fact is that if you subtract $12B from the revenue IBM has made from the US government, the shareholder has received a consistent and healthy profit from the relationship for at least the past six decades.
Seems to me this is a political law suit, their intention is to make a point, they already know they will lose and have written the whole thing off as "advertising"..
The US government is quite likely IBM's biggest customer. IBM just has to read out the profit/loss statement from the US government to demonstrate the occasional $12B damage in brand recognition is just "the cost of doing business" with the US government. IBM's lawyers are probably sitting around snorting coke and laughing their arses off at this.
A brief history of the NBN:
Right wing make hay while the sun shines and stash away a $40b "nation building" fund. ($40B is a line item in the US budget but it's lot of money in a country of 20 million)
Left wing gov come up with NBN plan..
Academics and engineers nod approvingly.
Right wing opposition leader (Malcom) cautiously endorses the idea
Left wing gov cracks open the piggy bank and hands out contracts.
Right wing leader is deposed because he was negotiating in good faith with the left on carbon pricing, he is replaced by new leader (Tony).
Tony makes sure Malcom is not going to be a future problem by handing him the impossible job of attacking the plan he cautiously endorsed.
Malcom goes on TV and attempts not to look foolish while trying to convince the nation that FTTN is better that FTTH.
Tony wins election, merges the Science and Industry ministry and drops the position of Minister for Science. Malcom sacks NBN board and replaces it with Tony's business cronies.
Contractors sit around burning dollars waiting for someone to tell them WTF is going on.
Some time in the not too distant future the money is gone and we have half an NBN for twice the price. Democratic governments take market competition to the extreme and the inevitable result is infighting and waste. If anyone has a better idea I'm all ears, but please don't say "self-regulation", corporations have the same basic political machinations as governments, when left to their own devices they suffer the same distrust, infighting and waste, it's just easier to spot in democratic governments.