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Submission + - Anti-Fracking activist in Texas disassembles Gas company propaganda (blogspot.com)

Walkingshark writes: Adam Briggle, a key leader in the Texas anti-fracking movement, has been one of the pivotal figures in the historic total fracking ban proposed in the city of Denton. With the help of the rest of the leadership of Frack-Free Denton, a medium sized city in Texas stands to be one of the key battlegrounds in efforts to rebalance the property rights of mineral owners and home owners. Now that the petition is going to the voters in the fall, the Gas industry is opening up their pockets to flood the city with propaganda designed to misinform voters so that the referendum to ban fracking will fail. Briggle, on his Denton Drilling blog, has published an incredibly well reasoned and articulate takedown of their usual propaganda, a piece of writing that could end up serving as the template for how to completely demolish the poorly worded half truths often deployed by industry. Read it here and have a chuckle, Depantsing the Perryman Report about Denton’s Fracking Ban.

Submission + - How to avoid corporate rights grabs as a condition of employment? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Have you ever read the new hire paperwork companies make you sign? Well, I recently got a new job and they insist that anything I think of during my employment with them belongs to them in its entirety. Is there any legal protection against this blatantly exploitative practice other than only ever working for yourself or small businesses who don't have legal departments sitting around waiting to steal from the employees? Here's the clause in question:

5. All ideas, inventions, discoveries, concepts, trademarks and other developments or improvements, whether patentable or not, conceived by Employee, alone or with others (including those conceived on behalf of or in conjunction with a Company customer or supplier), at any time during Employee’s employment, whether or not during working hours or on the Company's premises, that are within the scope of or related to the business operations of the Company ("New Developments"), shall (as between the Company and Employee) be and remain the exclusive property of the Company. Employee shall do all things reasonably necessary to ensure ownership of such New Developments by the Company or its designee, including the execution of documents assigning and transferring to the Company or its designee all of Employee’s rights, title, and interest in and to such New Developments, and the execution of all documents required to enable the Company or its designee to file and obtain patents, trademarks, and copyrights in the United States and foreign countries on any of such New Developments. Employee agrees to make prompt written disclosure to the Company, to hold in trust for the sole right and benefit of the Company, and Employee assigns to the Company all right, title, and interest in and to any ideas, inventions, original works of authorship (published or not), developments, improvements, or trade secrets that Employee may solely or jointly conceive or reduce to practice, or cause to be conceived or reduced to practice, during employment with the Company. Employee acknowledges that all original works of authorship that are made by Employee (solely or jointly with others) within the scope of Employee’s employment and that are protectable by copyright are “works made for hire,” as that term is defined in the United States Copyright Act (17 U.S.C., Section 101). Employee agrees to keep and maintain adequate records (in the form of notes, sketches, or drawings, and in any other form that may be required by the Company) of all New Developments, which records shall be available to and remain the sole property of the Company.

Comment Re:Cue the hatred of hip hop artists (Score 1) 92

If it takes someone years to explain why I should like something, it isn't worth liking. There are more productive uses of that time that are equally enlightening and enriching and don't require me to duck my head into the cesspool of pompous ramblings that is modern music education.

Comment Re:It's already out there... (Score 1) 622

You are just trying to pick a fight so don't be surprised when you get one.

That's what the video did too and they got a fight: the embassies being attacked. To then say that it is wrong and violence isn't the answer is being naive. In the real world, people respond to vocal provocation with physical force.


So it's justified if I'm at a bar and someone talks shit to me, for me to fly to whatever shithole you live in and beat your skull in with a hammer? Sound logic.

Comment Re:and where is exactly the problem? (Score 1) 915

Unalienable rights are unalienable by religions.

The concept of unalienable rights is a product of the 18th century and inextricably linked to religious belief: rights are inalienable because they are endowed by a Creator. Since modern societies find it increasingly unlikely that there is a Creator, that religious basis is no longer tenable and most of the West (with rising nations like China) now follows some variant of utilitarianism where rights are a convenient and mutable legal fiction to ensure general quality of life.

You've completely missed the substance of Enlightenment thinking and what the concept of "Creator" meant to most of the people who put this country together. More study needed.

Comment Re:Problem here is "racism" (Score 3, Insightful) 915

"It's the same God".

Bah. Different holy books preaching different ideologies and virtues in the name of God. The Gods mentioned can hardly be called the same.

So basically, this is like All Star Superman, Red Son Superman, Old School Superman, and new 52 Superman? All the same character, just different canons? :)

Comment Re:Global warming has been offset recently (Score 1) 1367

So you're saying a bunch of people who don't know anything about the field all agree with each other, but because there are lots of them I should believe them. Then you offer me advice on how to be persuasive. I've come to accept that some people are just parrots who are incapable of thinking. I guess you're one of them.

"The pyramid is opening!" "Which one?" "The one with the ever-widening hole in it!" -- The Firesign Theatre