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Comment The presumption of innocence & vigilantism (Score 1) 550

As Supreme Court Justice Byron White said. You don't need the presumption of guilt, To be just punishment only need to dished out "when he concludes that his interests require ... and the record strongly indicates guilt." e.g.The Edublogs site went dark for about an hour after its hosting company, ServerBeach, pulled the plug. The hosting firm was responding to a copyright claim from publisher Pearson, which said one blog had been illegally sharing information it owned.

Comment Re:Put them to work (Score 1) 1054

"Your friend the baker was right," said my colleague. "The dictatorship, and the whole process of its coming into being, was above all diverting. It provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think anyway. I do not speak of your ‘little men,’ your baker and so on; I speak of my colleagues and myself, learned men, mind you. Most of us did not want to think about fundamental things and never had. There was no need to. Nazism gave us some dreadful, fundamental things to think about—we were decent people—and kept us so busy with continuous changes and ‘crises’ and so fascinated, yes, fascinated, by the machinations of the ‘national enemies,’ without and within, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us. Unconsciously, I suppose, we were grateful. Who wants to think?

Submission + - Anonymous Creating Megavideo and Megaupload Altern (ibtimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous, the group who retaliated against the United States Government for bringing down file-sharing websites Megaupload and Megavideo by hacking the websites of the MPAA, RIAA and the Department of Justice, is once again taking matters into their own hands and creating a Megaupload and Megavideo alternative of their own.

The website, www.AnonyUpload.com, was registered on Monday to a P.O. box in Sunnydale, Calif. to an "Adrian Jesson," though Anonymous says that the domain registration will change to a Russian host. "For your safety, our infrastructure will be out of the U.S. jurisdiction


Submission + - Did the MAFIAA Manipulate US DOJ to Shut Down Comp (techdirt.com)

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: At TechDirt, in an article about Busta Rhymes support of MegaUpload, there's an excellent summation of the legitimate alternative, digital-friendly business-model pusued by REAL content creators on file sharing sites.

"In fact, this is part of the ecosystem, especially in the hip hop world. It's why the artists also support those hip hop blogs that the RIAA insists are dens of pure thievery. The artists release their tracks to those blogs, knowing they'll get tons of downloads — and actually get money. If they do deals with labels, they know they'll never see a dime. Putting music on Megaupload is a way to get paid. Working with a gatekeeper is not."

Do you think that the US DOJ is being used to crush competition for incumbent "gatekeeper" industries, who have a history of taking maximum profits, without adding tangible value?

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 1) 258

In 1845, the State of New York passed a law which authorized the pursuit and arrest of anyone who “having his face painted, discolored, covered or concealed, or being otherwise disguised, in a manner calculated to prevent him from being identified, shall appear in any road or public highway, or in any field, lot, wood, or enclosure.” So you're only 167 years to late.

Comment Re:Anti-fracking goal (Score 1) 299

They still drill in The Geysers because the resulting quakes are predictably minor and the geothermal energy harvested is much more economically important than cracked foundations, paying millions in claims or not.

Actually, it isn't. The generation facility at The Geysers has never been profitable. It has always been under production and over budget. It must be seen as a failure on all levels. We don't even have reliable power in Middletown, for fuck's sake, let alone the rest of the county.

It's obvious he meant:

"They still drill in The Geysers because the resulting quakes are predictably minor and cracked foundations, paying millions in claims, is much more economically important than the geothermal energy harvested or not."

See they are add millions to the economy, that a geologically stable method wouldn't.

Comment Re:Freedoms (Score 0) 156

In a self proclaimed republic, or Nation-state as they like to be called these days, citizens are responsible for the actions of the state. The whole principle of Nation-State is that they get their power by it being delegated to the state by it's citizens.
The "I can't be held liable for the car crash because I had set the curse-control and was in the back of the RV making a sandwich at the time of the accident." defense doesn't work.

  Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. (The Rome Statute was agreed upon in 1998 as the foundational document of the International Criminal Court, established to try those individuals accused of serious international crimes.) Article 33, titled "Superior Orders and prescription of law,"[5] states:
1. The fact that a crime within the jurisdiction of the Court has been committed by a person pursuant to an order of a Government or of a superior, whether military or civilian, shall not relieve that person of criminal responsibility unless:
          (a) The person was under a legal obligation to obey orders of the Government or the superior in question;
          (b) The person did not know that the order was unlawful; and
          (c) The order was not manifestly unlawful.
2. For the purposes of this article, orders to commit genocide or crimes against humanity are manifestly unlawful.

PS Yes I am a stateless person.

Comment Lynch's Law upheld again. (Score 1) 156

The term "Lynch's Law" was used as early as 1782 by a prominent Virginian named Charles Lynch to describe his actions in suppressing a suspected Loyalist uprising in 1780 during the American Revolutionary War. The suspects were given a summary trial at an informal court; sentences handed down included whipping, property seizure, coerced pledges of allegiance, and conscription into the military. Charles Lynch's extralegal actions were retroactively legitimized by the Virginia General Assembly in 1782.

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