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+ - Firefighters Watch As House Burns Down->

Submitted by SofaMan
SofaMan (454881) writes "Residents of Obion County, TN have to pay a $75 annual fee to a neighbouring town to access a firefighting service. One family didn't pay, so firefighters stood around and watched as their house burnt to the ground. Firefighters only acted when the fire spread to a neighbouring property where the resident had paid the fee. One neighbour was so frustrated with the fire department's inaction that he went to the fire station and assaulted a firefighter. I know many Slashdotters are libertarians or have libertarian sympathies, but is this taking things a bit far?"
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Comment: Re:right to not incriminate yourself? (Score 1) 1155

by vgbndkng (#33803538) Attached to: British Teen Jailed Over Encryption Password
Were this from the US, here's some wonderful perspective;

"The Lacey Act provides that it is unlawful for any person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase any fish or wildlife or plant taken, possessed, transported, or sold in violation of any law, treaty, or regulation of the United States or in violation of any Indian tribal law whether in interstate or foreign commerce..." Damn

Odds are good it wouldn't matter what you did or didn't say. We've elected reasons to find a way around your rights... or at least some hard working folks who... well, spend their time doing something.

Ignore me. I'm a silly little citizen.
Technology

+ - Segway Company Owner Dies While Driving A Segway 3

Submitted by necro81
necro81 (917438) writes "Jimi Heselden, the British multi-millionaire defense contractor and philanthropist, who bought the Segway company last December from inventor Dean Kamen, died yesterday after an accident while riding one of the machines. While using a ruggedized X2 version of the two-wheeled balancing scooter at his estate in North Yorkshire, he apparently drove over the edge of a precipice and into the River Wharfe. He was found later by a passerby and declared dead on the scene."

Comment: Torn (Score 2, Interesting) 578

by vgbndkng (#33199042) Attached to: Human Rights Groups Join Criticism of WikiLeaks
I'm still torn in regards to Wikileaks. On the one hand, transparency can be a phenomenal thing. On the other, it can't help but bleed interpretation, which in and of itself can lead to misgivings and the perversion of a "truth". Granted, there are concurrently 4 million different truths all bubbling away. Ew, interpretation just reared its ugly head. Does the right hand always want to know what the left is doing? In a perfect world, yes. In this one? I just don't know. Yep, still torn. I contributed absolutely nothing. Flog me.

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