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“There’s a lot of misinformation out there about legal rights and responsibilities in the digital era.

“This is especially disconcerting when it comes to information being shared with youth. Kids and teens are bombarded with messages from a myriad of sources that using new technology is high-risk behavior. Downloading music is compared to stealing a bicycle — even though many downloads are lawful. Making videos using short clips from other sources is treated as probably illegal — even though many such videos are also lawful.”

one of the great…

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…mysteries of life in these United States is the domination of an industry by one or two giants that are providing each other “competition” without innovation for their customers. My general guideline is if the company is getting all of its customers to sign non-negotiable contracts one can be sure competition has more or less evaporated in that industry. We see this in rental properties, cell-phone contracts, power company services, national water companies, credit card offers–even your doctor is locked by global contracts that are non-negotiable. A post by Derek Powazek (details below) sums this up beautifully. I think of it as the short version of Atlas Shrugged. It is the third key to business relationships.

Derek Powazek – Don’t Work for Assholes
It can be very intimidating to turn down work, especially in these uncertain economic times. But the months I spent suffering that fool 12 years ago would have been better spent building my portfolio and hustling to find better clients. All the time you spend working for an asshole is time you’re not spending to find a gig that will, in the long run, pay you better, teach you more, and make you happier.

Nowadays, the only asshole I work for is me.

It is a simple question, and a small number: $9,718.49! The real question is not what would “156.3 million” people do with 9.72 thousand USA dollars. The real questions are “Who got US$1.519 trillion and what did they spend it on?” However, giving money in equal parts to every person in the USA would be more equitable than what has happened with government bailouts. The question that could be asked is “Why would a free people accept the load of debt that has been thrown upon them without their consent by the rotters and the looters that have taken up control of the politicians in Washington, in the states, and in local jurisdictions?” The question that could be asked is “How would we find the 156 people in the US that could take ‘$1.519 trillion’ and using all of their considerable intellect and energy, make money–turn ‘$1.519 trillion’ into ten times that through their ingenuity and understanding of wealth and innovation?”

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$9,718.49

According to CNN, this is the amount we all would have gotten if the bailouts went to taxpayers and not the banks. What could you have done with $9,718.49?

…for change is ongoing. Though the slide into oppressive regulation and the crippling of freedom may seem rapid and permanent, we still have reason to support organizations that take the initiative to educate, serve and represent.

Creative Freedom Foundation: Home

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…to power

can you believe I heard “Speak truth to power” for the first time on Ruforia’s Chronic Fatigue?

Recently I suggested a Christian friend name their child Jesus. “What higher honor for a Christian could there be?” was my argument. Almost everyone I know has a name they got from their beloved father/brother/uncle/mother/sister/aunt/gran-whatever. If your father is God, and your beloved brother is Jesus, can’t your son be named for the one you love? Any Christians want to weigh in here?

I submit it would not go well for the new little “Jesus” in many communities in America. I guess it’s more acceptable in the Latin community, though; I met Jesus from South America a few years back. Wonder if pronunciation makes it less challenging to the devoted? Hey-soos was a fine—and funny—fellow.
And if naming the kid Jesus is challenging, wouldn’t Jessie set someone off too? Hey–let’s be on the safe side. Make a law against people with names that start with a J; No wait—that would be a bad idea.

Not that it matters—I would rather make my own name than borrow the fame of someone else. Still—I am glad I’m not Sudanese. They probably would be a lot harsher on their citizens than they are on their foreigners:

Bloomberg.com: U.K. & Ireland
The British teacher convicted by a Sudanese court of insulting Islam and sedition after she allowed pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad will be deported after serving a 15-day jail sentence

It may be this was a lenient, loving and compassionate response in their community.  It’s not like I have all the facts right?

I wonder if naming my teddy bear Hey-soos is covered under the first amendment? Think I’ll stick to Elvis; Everybody loves the King.

The religion we perpetuate without love and compassion is no worthwhile belief at all.

…different is response from responsibility.

Schneier on Security: The War on the Unexpected
If you ask amateurs to act as front-line security personnel, you shouldnt be surprised when you get amateur security.

What you don’t get in the news is a vision of the Internet that big corporations (telecoms) would create if they succeed in stifling net neutrality. Imagine an Internet where the available content is as limited as the evening news is limited in fully describing all that is occurring in the universe. The stifling of net neutrality is the stifling of innovation and freedom. Write your state and federal representatives; You can bet telecoms and cable are expending all means to support the stifling of “net neutrality” legislation.

Senate Chair Takes on FTC in Net Neutrality Fight – News and Analysis by PC Magazine
At issue is the topic of net neutrality, which essentially guarantees equal online access so that every Web site on the Internet, whether it is a major companys portal or a homemade storefront, has the same right to speed and access. Some major Internet service providers, however, have called for a system that would allow for tiered, rate-based access.