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Comment Re:Context? (Score 0, Troll) 671

The serfs were taxed upon getting married, taxed for the birth of each child and for every death in the family. They were taxed for planting a tree in their yard and for keeping animals. They were taxed for religious festivals and for public dancing and drumming, for being sent to prison and upon being released. Those who could not find work were taxed for being unemployed, and if they traveled to another village in search of work, they paid a passage tax.

Hell, we're not that far off. Give Obama another 7 years...

Comment Re:probably no need to worry (Score 1) 596

I can't imagine this law being used on its own to prosecute somebody.

Nobody imagined that teenage girls would be prosecuted for sending naked pictures of themselves to their boyfriends (except for us "inflammatory alarmists" who told you this would happen ten years ago when the law started going overboard).

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 596

There was a famous case where a man was found with a LOT

I think I remember the case you're referring to, and if it's the same case, the man in question was only let go because the law technically wasn't in effect when he was arrested (like, the law went into effect on Tuesday, and the Canadian post office busted him on Monday). The prosecutor was quoted as saying "He sure got lucky, if we'd gotten him a day later, he'd be rotting in jail." There was a case here in the US (Christopher Handley, look it up), where somebody actually did go to jail for possession of same - and I know Canada is way less reasonable than the US on this topic.

Comment Re:So... (Score 4, Insightful) 596

Hm - I remember when CP laws started to go overboard, seeing people like the OP say something like, "You know, as vague as these laws are, someday, some teenage girl is going to take a picture of herself and post it on the internet and get arrested for peddling CP." People like you said, "Teenage girls are not the target of the law and you know it. Don't blow this up into something more than it is." Yet here we are in 2009, and teenagers seem to get in trouble for pictures on their phones every week...

Comment Re:Thought crime (Score 1) 586

so long as you don't enjoy it?

In fact, I recently attended a presentation given by an FBI special agent whose primary job involved investigating CP. He said that was pretty much exactly the case. I can't remember his exact words, but they were pretty close to: "so what makes a picture illegal? It has to be 'lascivious'. What makes a picture 'lascivious'? Is a picture of my child in a tub 'lascivious'? Well, no, but if somebody downloads that picture for his own gratification, it becomes 'lascivious'". (He pronounced it "lashivus", by the way, but I knew what he meant).

In other words, the standard is, "You know. Whatever the hell."

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