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Comment: Re: Simple answer... (Score 1) 482

by rickb928 (#48646435) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

You think taxation and theft are different? One takes from you for the benefit of another, against your specific will, and on penalty of death. The other takes from you, well, you get it yet?

Or perhaps you not only accept that you pay taxes that go towards what you find abhorrent, but you agreed that failure to pay can ultimately be punished by death.

In America, we have killed for selling cigarettes without paying the proper tax. Cigarettes.

Comment: Re: Separate Marginal Tax Rates for IP (Score 1) 153

by rickb928 (#48644655) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Yeah, I enlisted rather than risk draft. But i didn't get a chance to vote for anything until later, and it's hard to discern which party could take credit for what. I'm suspecting no choice was good.

Overall, however, I've tried to vote for less federal government. Plenty of ways to blame everyone else for what you perceive as harming you and your future.

Go for it.

Comment: Re: Separate Marginal Tax Rates for IP (Score 1) 153

by rickb928 (#48642221) Attached to: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

Well. I was born in the 50s, and only witnessed the birth and growth of those born 10-20 years after me.

And they had substantial opportunity for college. The GI Bill still afforded veterans great opportunities. College enrollment rays among high school graduates grew steadily between 1978-1988, which doesn't make lot of sense if opportunity
diminished.

BTW, being anonymous leaves you with less credibility than if you had a name. But you're probably either too lazy to register, or too afraid of losing karma, to fess up. Stay anonymous. Comments from the unknown are assumed to be just as valid as from those who choose not to hide their identity.

Comment: Re: Simple answer... (Score 0) 482

by rickb928 (#48633953) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

1. Taxing marijuana so far has been problematic. Taxing medicine is risky, and resistance to that might cause more problems. Recreational use, of course, has an excellent taxation model in alcohol.

2. Beware of taxing stuff. If they want to, they can kill you if they think you aren't paying those years the way they think you should.

Comment: What remedies at law exist? (Score 1) 388

by rickb928 (#48617989) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

For other types of distribution, what remedies at law exist?

For instance, if I start mailing pirated Blu-Ray disc all over the world, do they instruct the various shipping agents, postal agencies, and so forth to refuse to accept anything from me, and also to refuse to deliver to me? Can they do this without informing me? Do I have recourse if this also denies me lawful services?

If I merely pack and ship these discs for someone else, is there a fix in law to also deny me access to shipping methods?

Do they put me/us in jail? Do they have the right to go wherever I am in the world, arrest me, and imprison me for this? Would I be denied even the mail from the court informing me of this?

This seems to be another example of technology being used to accomplish what could not be otherwise done. Removing a domain from DNS sure does eliminate their ability to distribute illegally-derived content, but doing so surreptitiously seems to be nasty business.

Is this an expansion of enforcement actions that may not itself be legal?

Comment: Re:The US Internet Shutdown Switch (Score 4, Insightful) 388

by rickb928 (#48617915) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

I don't prefer to ignore this. I instead am thankful.

You don't want the UN involved. And you'll have to recommend a better nation or group of nations to oversee DNS. Or another corporation.

This arrangement has worked very well for a long time. There is nothing to fix, and everything to defend.

No problem is so formidable that you can't just walk away from it. -- C. Schulz

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