And if you unlatch a seatbelt while moving, the car automatically disables itself and the police are called.
My state (PA) already actively enforces the use of seat belts - while at the same time allowing motorcyclists to ride without helmets. I wouldn't be surprised if our irrational representatives would be fully in favor of this absurd idea.
Since when is the "American public" considered the customers being served by the Copyright Office. Methinks there is a much more narrow description of the customers served by the Copyright Office. But, hey, it reads a lot better when you the widest description possible.
Since NIH and University of Utah (a public university) were involved in the discovery of the gene, there should be no way to keep the gene a trade secret.
The first seven claims in the patent are for "an isolated DNA" - the DNA itself, not some method of manipulating DNA or any treatment related to DNA.
Patent claims: http://www.google.com/patents/US5747282?printsec=claims#v=onepage&q&f=false
I can't help but wonder what our world would be like if our current patent system was in place when man discovered things like gravity, fire, magnetism and electricity. I'm sure there are some good arguments for getting a patent on any and all use of those phenomena.
If all passwords followed the same rules, without requiring frequent resets, it probably would be relatively easy for people to remember a few passwords. But, keep in mind that 3 of the 10 phone number digits (the area code) is relatively meaningless, in terms of the need to memorize it. So, for the most part, people are only remembering 7 numbers - not exactly a large number of possible values, compared to the possibilities for passwords.
Even the bottom 20% pays an average of 17.4% of their income in taxes. It is absurd for anyone to say that some group "pays nothing." It is grossly absurd for a well-educated, former governor and many supposedly informed supporters, including a member of the House Budget Committee, to say "they don't pay anything."
Here is one summary of the overall tax burden as a % of income in 2011:
17.4% - Lowest 20% (Avg cash income: $13,000)
21.2% - Second 20% ($26,100)
25.2% - Third 20% ($42,000)
28.3% - Fourth 20% ($68,700)
29.5% - Next 10% ($105,000)
20.3% - Next 5% ($147,000)
30.4% - Next 4% ($254,000)
29.0% - Top 1% ($1,371,000)
Source (pdf): http://www.ctj.org/pdf/taxday2012.pdf
I'd bet that most climate evangelists would be more than happy if people would simply use common sense & agree that there is a problem - with the expectation that agreeing that there is a problem would allow the focus to shift to solving it.
Carbon tax, or whatever, isn't going to make your ice cream melt slower today. Unfortunately, too many people jump from that point to ignoring/denying the problem, then burn some more stuff to make the air around their ice cream colder. Then, their great, great grandchildren can burn even more stuff to keep their ice cream cold.