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adelie 06/09/2008 9:13pm

btw, I oppose this bill because it does nothing to reduce the hoards of lawyers on both sides for this to work. Lawrence Lessig’s 14 year opt out, $1 opt in thereafter is much more reasonable, and allows human beings to understand and comply with the law without an entire law firm at bay.

adelie 06/09/2008 9:03pm

Ok, I just need to know; Question to all the great artists out there all anti-creative commons: Are Public Libraries just the greatest abomination that ever took place, and offense to your rights? Are used book stores and every consumer protection law that recognizes first sale doctrine taking food out of your child’s mouth (or great great grand-child’s)? Do you ACTUALLY believe this? If so, look forward to a trespassing lawsuit the next time I catch you painting a sunset overlooking my house you self important [artist wanna-be].

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adelie 06/09/2008 8:51pm

Geez, my parents and grandparents hard work only left me with a work ethic and moral code that insisted I become a science teacher in a public school. Poor me. Hopefully one day the law will recognize how I inspired these kids and garnish their wages for the royalty I deserve on their success.

It is also sad that you have a valuable copyright in your possession and you don’t know one bit about copyright law, obviously, based on your interpretation of this bill. Btw, have you honored the work of your grandfather, or do you just collect a check every so often?

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adelie 06/09/2008 8:41pm

Really? You just noticed? Were you asleep for the the NET Act, DMCA, CTEA or these other abominations of the law that were BOUGHT by the content industry’s Lawyers. I mean really, who paid you to post here? If you don’t want people STEALING your precious “art”, keep it in your sock drawer. All art builds on prior art, and if you didn’t know that, your art likely sucks. But if you like I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you are just a hypocrite.

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adelie 06/09/2008 8:26pm

You said “I have photographs that I HOPE will fade away with age. My neglect of those pictures is my right. Nobody has the right to steal it for their own purposes.”

You are obviously not familiar with something called the public domain. The PRESENT LAW say that if you let those photographs fade away with history, YOU ARE A THIEF! You can not make something, call it culture and then claim that you own it. YOU DO NOT OWN your creative works, you are granted a limited monopoly over the work for a limited period of time. If you disagree, go lobby for some change, otherwise get a little more familiar with copyright law, actually read the Constitution before you start spouting off property rights that don’t exist.

This is a bad Bill for reasons of fact that have nothing to do with your lies, and just because this will will be shot down doesn’t mean for a second that you were right.

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adelie 06/09/2008 8:14pm

I was going to comment on exactly the same article. The work in saving Orphaned works is a nightmare and the damage caused by this nightmare is PERMANENT! In his Last lecture at Stanford University on Free Culture – http://www.opensourcecinema.org/lessigfinal (must see for all that care about history, culture, or copyright, worth every minute, set aside some time) a major chunk of film history has been lost. Film is a new medium for expression, and in High School film class we were taught it was the only artistic medium for which we have the complete history, since it is only 130 years old. Problem is this isn’t true, not for lack of technology, but a copyright law that failed. Older films were produced on a Nitrate-Resin with a short shelf life before the acidic nature of the film eats itself away. Copyright holders had no motivation to save their worthless films, and historians were barred from saving them due to copyright law. well, copyright is 120+ years, and Nitrate-Resin film lasts 30-50 years. You do the math. I think for each work that should have fallen into public domain should be punished at least as harshly as someone could be for infringement, as it is equal to destroying government property, but that is personal. More real is that 50% of all works from 1935 – 1950 have been LOST FOREVER, while >90% of film from ~1880-1935 has been destroyed NEVER TO BE RECOVERED! The films are literally dust! We likely had the last chance to have the entire history of an artistic medium, and we lost it, not to war like the Library of Alexandria, but to our own, selfish bureaucratic mess. How sick is that? If the law that was in place when these works were created still applied to those works, this never would have happened. This bill has good intentions, but would only make the law more complicated than it already is. PLEASE LISTEN TO LESSIG! He is brilliant. If you oppose him, all the more reason as he is a big time Lawyer for the EFF and CC, and IS leading the big copyright cases soon to reach our supreme court.

adelie 03/17/2008 1:26pm

Needed legislation. Banks are preying on well-intentioned, poorly informed American Consumers. We should see credit as an opportunity for consumers to amortize necessary expenses, not a lottery ticket for a bank to get rich.

Please support this bill.

adelie 03/17/2008 11:38am

I am sorry to see so may votes and no comments, but it happens.

I initially disagreed wit this resolution because there are other more pressing issues in light of the time and expense necessary to follow through on a censure. Especially with the presidential term being so close to being over, what would be the point…

Well, that is what I had to think about. What would be the point of spending so much time and money to label the president and attorney general as having made “unpopular decisions”, “unrepresentative” of the desire of the American public… AT LEAST!

Well, i think it would show that the government can be held responsible as necessary by itself through the balance of powers established by the US Constitution, that the constitution and the law is meaningful, and that “justice for all” are not “just words”.

If we want people of this country to respect and believe in the rule of law, everybody must be accountable, especially the President and Attorney General.

If laws are just excuses for tyrants to justify their crimes, this would explain the political apathy of most Americans. This must change!

adelie 03/17/2008 11:37am

I am sorry to see so may votes and no comments, but it happens.

I initially disagreed wit this resolution because there are other more pressing issues in light of the time and expense necessary to follow through on a censure. Especially with the presidential term being so close to being over, what would be the point…

Well, that is what I had to think about. What would be the point of spending so much time and money to label the president and attorney general as having made “unpopular decisions”, “unrepresentative” of the desire of the American public… AT LEAST!

Well, i think it would show that the government can be held responsible as necessary by itself through the balance of powers established by the US Constitution, that the constitution and the law is meaningful, and that “justice for all” are not “just words”.

If we want people of this country to respect and believe in the rule of law, everybody must be accountable, especially the President and Attorney General.

If laws are just excuses for tyrants to justify their crimes, this would explain the political apathy of most Americans. This must change!

adelie 03/17/2008 11:02am

It is stuff like this that relly makes my head hurt. It makes me want to scream “This isn’t already the law?!? WTF?!?”.

Sorry I can’t come up with a more intelligible argument than that, but I don’t see how anyone can look at a gold tax and not immediately think corruption.

Thank you Ron Paul for pointing out the obvious.

adelie 03/14/2008 10:15am

In the last few decades, the world, and particularly the United States have become members of a world economy where businesses have subsidiaries anywhere they like. Despite the criticism, taxing income made sense 50+ years ago where depending on what you do, and how you make money, it can be taxed. This has worked its way to a tax code that is 3.4 million words, the longest US code title.

As businesses try to save money for consumers, our tax system effectively tells these businesses, in a very complicated way, to move all the labor and profits to other countries. We can’t blame corporations for being drivin by the forces of supply and demand, only ourselves for creating a tax system that is contributing to rising foreign investment, unemployment, and ultimately a recession in the US economy.

Take that power and burden away from corporations and tax at the level that will give businesses to bring jobs to the United States, and make profits that will encourage domestic business investment. No More nightmare trying to figure things out before each April 15th, and encourage businesses to spend their money on innovation, not tax lawyers (How long would it take you to read 3.4 million words?)

adelie 03/14/2008 10:02am

I think with 63 co-sponsors on H.R.25, the senate really needs to take a look at this. This is obviously something that would help a lot of people and stimulate the economy. Even if you liked the old (present) tax system, it no longer works in a global economy. We can either try to stretch our jurisdiction around the world, or tax “business” in a way that raises money for the business they do in the marketplace, not punish them for making money or giving people jobs.

Business will do their best to serve the consumer by finding the best legal way to reduce their costs. Our current tax system has instructed our corporations to outsource their labor, manufacturing, and even their profits.

This is not a fix that has been long awaited, this is a necessary to address a world dominated by a global economy. It just happens to be a fantastic coincidence (to me) that it would also save hundreds of millions of dollars by doing away with a system that is already greatly criticized.

This is not a proposal that would have made sense 50 years go, this is a proposal that address issues created by 21 century technology related to communication and distribution.

Look at the list and CALL YOUR SENATOR! Vote YES for S.1025

adelie 03/14/2008 10:00am

I think with 63 co-sponsors on H.R.25, the senate really needs to take a look at this. This is obviously something that would help a lot of people and stimulate the economy. Even if you liked the old (present) tax system, it no longer works in a global economy. We can either try to stretch our jurisdiction around the world, or tax “business” in a way that raises money for the business they do in the marketplace, not punish them for making money or giving people jobs.

adelie 03/14/2008 9:26am

According to CNET:
“Democratic Representative Bill Foster won a special election [March 8th 2008] in the 14th Congressional District of Illinois. This was the district that former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert held from 1986-2007. Hastert stepped down in November of 2007.”
Read the rest of the article at:
http://www.cnet.com/8301-13739_1-9892829-46.html?tag=more

Where is data on Bill Foster?!

adelie 03/13/2008 1:02pm

I think this bill is not appropriately named, because it is a study, not a change in legislation, but a study that should be done. Some positive changes have come with regard to helping unwanted children, and it is time for congress to take a good look at what has been going on for the last decade regarding those changes, and see what we can do to keep us progressive on this issue.

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adelie 03/13/2008 12:27pm

The president does have to make decisions, but they are more in the realm of leadership and being a role-model. Congress has our policy-makers, and the president has the power to veto policies when congress fails to have fully considered the issue.

The executive branch is in charge of enforcing policy, not making it. As can be seen Bush didn’t make bad policy, he allowed bad policy, and a good speaker will encourage and inspire congress members to look at sites like this one, and inspire Americans to use sites like this to express his opinions enabling him to approve and allow good policy.

With respects to weasel’s comments, I might agree he is not the kind of person we want as a senator when his qualities are much more suited for president (or technically Speaker of the House / Vice President, just on the basis of that particular argument).

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adelie 03/13/2008 12:14pm

While it appears there are a lot of abstains on his record, you must look at it relatively to others in congress. It is usually no secret which direction votes will go causing a lot of people to not show up when enough people will be there to get the right outcome. While it looks bad with respect to encouraging Americans to vote, he puts his time where he feels it will make the most important difference.

And it appears to be the record of nearly all other members of congress, so far as the ones I have checked.

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adelie 03/13/2008 12:07pm

That article was such a fantastic record. It is kinda funny that this was (likely) inspired by all of Hillary’s talk about “look at my record”. Guess she never thought someone would ACTUALLY do the research. Oops!

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adelie 03/13/2008 12:06pm

http://www.ontheissues.org/Barack_Obama.htm

This was the site that wit the kind of information that led me to give Obama my full support.

He is very opinionated. :)

adelie 03/13/2008 11:49am

http://www.ontheissues.org/Barack_Obama.htm

An excellent site on exactly where he chooses to stand on issues.

If you think Obama hasn’t taken some strong stances on exactly what he wants to see change and how, you haven’t been paying attention. His speeches were inspiring and motivational rather than dreary lectures about legislation. Some of the most important change he wants to see not mentioned in the above article that his ‘speeches’ have created is youth voter turnout. Young people have intelligently ignoring politics because of all the BS. Obama is getting people to listen and pay attention to government and care about what happens in this country. His ‘words’ have already changed this country in positive ways as the people this democratic process is for is now actually involved.

In addition to having the effect a good speaker can have, his stance on issues is revealed in his voting record and the bills he has sponsored and co-sponsored.

The Big media obviously likes him and kisses his butt while ridiculing Clinton in many unfair ways. They focus on his pretty speeches about hope and change while ignoring the vast amount of seriously hard work that he has put into government in his short period of time as senator.

He has continuously stood up for American beliefs even when it has been politically unpopular.

The president has very limited power and more importantly serves as a figurehead for the country with influence. We need a figurehead that encourages transparent government and and can speak in a way that makes people want to listen.

Behind the scenes and in analysis of their records, Obama and Clinton have voted the same, sponsored the same bills, and have expressed similar views on ‘issue resolution’. The difference is his honesty, range of experience, and ability to capture the attention of an audience.

Obama is exactly the kind of opinionated and decisive leader we want.

adelie 03/13/2008 11:23am

I would MUCH rather see a bill that would increase funding to 911 call centers, or change the system to take advantage of technology available in modern phone systems. While the information contained in the bill is interesting, it is best left to a kindergarten classroom where a program on emergency service education is already strong.

Though judging from its support and sponsors, I don’t think this was a serious bill meant to be passed, just one that makes great PR when you talk about having drafted it. (Apologies for the obvious bias, but i’ll admit it.)

adelie 03/13/2008 11:11am

Impressive legislation that is the type of thing the founding fathers would have wanted beyond the wildest dreams. Such transparency in the way government has till now been limited by technology. Fortunately we have the tools today to enforce such legislation without a burdensome cost.

This bill is VERY long and quite the read, so I may have not over-looked something, but as I can see this bill is great if not going in the right direction. It is likely this bill will be amended further given all the ways this bill could improve what democracy really means to Americans.

I look forward to seeing even more support for this bill!

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adelie 03/13/2008 10:21am

There are so many great programs out there. In my state we have ‘First Five of California’ that assist, encourages, and educates parents about the most important development years of a child’s life. Both organizations and the families I know that have been involved have had great success, and the real winers are the kids :)

Lets take what has been a proven success and set a standard for development and education younger, and part of that is to give preschool opportunities the same way we have given kindergarten opportunities for a very long time.

The ‘Return on Investment’ is too high to be ignored. Please support this bill.

adelie 03/13/2008 10:12am

If we can at least pay for people to go to school to become teachers then there is greater justification for their poor wages. People don’t become teachers because of the great pay. We understand. There is great intrinsic value. If we can at least cover a good portion of he tuitions for people to become teachers, at least they can enjoy the low pay, stable income teachers enjoy. But the expense of a masters degree (the kind of teachers we want), versus the income is wretched, particularly for those with masters in math and science fields, a place where it is getting harder and harder to find teachers.

This is much needed and long awaited legislation. Vote Yes!

adelie 03/13/2008 9:57am

US Tax code looks BAD on paper, and is. Who can be expected to read and understand a text that at present is 3.4 million words! Thomas Jefferson said (and this could apply to a great many other bills as well,

“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.”

Or more simply for any nerds out there, don’t you hate that guy that pulls out that D&D rule book to draw on some ancient rule nobody has ever heard of cause the books are too long for anyone to actually read and still have time let alone desire to play the game?

A law that can only be understood by an elite few is no law at all. Lets get this tax thing everybody has to do simple in a way everyone can understand and does not need to work so hard to get right. Lets give businesses, particularly global ones, in this country a reason to make profit here instead somewhere else where there are fewer taxes.

We are punishing businesses for making money. As if this ever made sense, it makes less sense in a recession. Let people work, let businesses make money, get rid of so much excess paperwork, and collect the money at the end (the consumption level) where taxes are difficult to evade.

Reduce corporate fraud while welcoming businesses, innovation, and labor. Vote YES, and get your representative to cosponsor this bill so it can make its way to the floor for a fair fight!

adelie 03/13/2008 9:12am

Yummm… National health care, good. Crunchy Bacon Coleslaw better! Looks delicious!

Wish I could find some information that shows long term effects / benefits of this bill. National Health Care that works sounds fantastic and is necessary, but without a plan that is supported by evidence is going to make things MUCH worse before they get better.

adelie 03/13/2008 7:53am

I think this is a great example of the dissonance between the government and democracy. I would bet anyone checking out this site knows the issues, but the most important I think people need to think about are that prohibition = black market. Further, there are people that use illicit drugs to self medicate, and we make criminals out of people that want help and can not afford it. And yes, this goes beyond ‘Marijuana’. The video below is an interview with a teacher / psychologist that advocates for the safe ingestion of marijuana for the treatment of ADD versus the more dangerous and addictive drug Ritalin.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=yj72e5q61Fs

This video doesn’t have anything I feel is very new, b ut combines some important points I believe most people could agree with to come to this conclusion: If the drug is safe, which all the evidence points to, it should be legalized. If it is dangerous, it MUST be legalized so we can have some control over what is obviously completly out of control.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9KLy150NR_U

With respect to the other illicit drugs mentioned, legalization would get rid of ‘dirty’ drugs (people would at least get the drug they think they are getting), and it would destroy an entire black market for these drugs, not to mention the violence and abuse that it is associated with. In the UK and other countries, special clinics give away clean, high quality drugs to addicts under the supervision of a doctor to keep them off the street, kill the black market, ensure proper / safe® dosages, and have available to the addict the resources to change their habits in their own time; none of the things these people would have available in a crack house / heroin den.

If people will do drugs despite legal or health consequences, do you want them in the streets around your children, or in a hospital where they can get help? Further, where would you like your tax money to go? A prison or a hospital? We can inexpensivly give help, or waste all our time and money continuing to call these people criminals.

VOTE NO! And please try to encourage the drafting of the RIGHT legislation that will take care of our nations drug problem. Too many other countries have proven it can work, and now we just need to catch up.

adelie 03/12/2008 8:15pm

This is exactly the kind of legislation that makes democracy look bad, 2 wolves and a sheep analogy. Tobacco is harmful, and we know it. It has been attempted to tax tobacco out of existence, but has failed. If you don’t believe so, keep in mind that a pack of cigarettes only costs a few cents to make and in places without tobacco tax, such as reservations, packs are frequently 25-50 cents each. ‘Rollies’ are a bit of the ‘loop-hole’ in that it is only taxed as tobacco and not cigarettes. No offense intended, but only the poorest people, in general, smoke ‘rollies’. Tobacco taxes move easily because the number of non-smokers outnumber smokers, so they are an easy target. Most people prefer cigarettes, and we already got an insane tax that people are willing to tolerate without restricting the freedom for poor to smoke. An unnecessarily harsher enforcement won’t make more people quit, but imho between all the different things they want to add, this will push things to a prohibition level that will create a strong ground for black market tobacco, which is what they are trying to get rid of in the first place.

We know smoking is bad, kinds know it is bad, it is heavily regulated, and taxed like CRAZY. We’re done, everything is fine, go home. Its already been dealt with.

Vote NO!

adelie 03/12/2008 7:56pm

I have seen schools already take steps to heavily filter content like the above mentioned bill. Blocking sites with user generated content, or other services that allow people to communicate with each other. This is the internet today. It is not just a place to buy stuff and read government approved books. People sharing information is the way we teach and learn, and this should be ENCOURAGED. Blocking social networking / web 2.0 sites is ignoring the future of learning, and alienates students. When students feel they are being blocked from learning, they either stop paying attention, or rebel. Neither of these situations are good for schools. Teachers and administrators NEED to embrace this way our kids are learning on their own, and understand the good with the bad. Also, mind you that based on the proposed rules, this very site would be considered objectionable and suitable for adults only. Is that really the message we want to send out children? Please vote NO, and Arkansas, PLEASE stop reelecting this idiot.


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adelie’s Supported Bills

Bill Status Last Action
H.R.2060 Internet Radio Equality Act (110th congress) Introduced Jul 10, 2007
H.R.3015 To delay the applicability to webcasters of rates and terms determined by the Copyright Royalty Judges for certain statutory licenses under title 17, United States Code. (110th congress) Introduced Aug 10, 2007
S.548 Artist-Museum Partnership Act (110th congress) Introduced Feb 12, 2007
H.Res.414 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that foreign governments should work diligently to legalize all computer software used by such foreign governments, and for other purposes. (110th congress) Introduced May 17, 2007
S.760 Four Corners Television Access Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Mar 05, 2007
S.1744 Global Democracy Promotion Act (110th congress) Introduced Jun 28, 2007
H.R.5351 Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008 (110th congress) House Passed Feb 28, 2008
H.R.1201 Freedom and Innovation Revitalizing U.S. Entrepreneurship Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Mar 19, 2007
H.R.1524 Artist-Museum Partnership Act (110th congress) Introduced Mar 14, 2007
H.R.25 Fair Tax Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jan 04, 2007
H.R.54 Teacher Recruitment Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced May 09, 2007
H.R.4060 Universal Prekindergarten Act (110th congress) Introduced Jan 15, 2008
H.R.1964 Freedom of Choice Act (110th congress) Introduced May 04, 2007
S.1 Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Sep 14, 2007
H.R.259 Baby Abandonment Prevention Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced May 09, 2007
S.1025 Fair Tax Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Mar 29, 2007
H.R.5427 Tax-Free Gold Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced Mar 17, 2008
S.Res.302 A resolution censuring the President and Vice President. (110th congress) Introduced Aug 03, 2007
S.Res.303 A resolution censuring the President and the Attorney General. (110th congress) Introduced Aug 03, 2007
H.Res.626 Censuring the President and Attorney General. (110th congress) Introduced Sep 10, 2007

adelie’s Opposed Bills

Bill Status Last Action
S.2248 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008 (110th congress) Senate Passed Feb 12, 2008
S.522 Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act (110th congress) Introduced Nov 07, 2007
S.1640 Vessel Hull Design Protection Amendments of 2007 (110th congress) Senate Passed Oct 05, 2007
S.1957 Design Piracy Prohibition Act (110th congress) Introduced Aug 02, 2007
H.R.1689 Curb Illegal Downloading on College Campuses Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jun 27, 2007
H.R.2597 Sanctity of Life Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Jul 16, 2007
H.R.1424 Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Oct 03, 2008
H.R.2033 Design Piracy Prohibition Act (110th congress) Introduced May 04, 2007
H.R.1531 Video Game Decency Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Mar 16, 2007
S.49 Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act (110th congress) Introduced Jan 04, 2007
S.1027 PACT Act (110th congress) Introduced Sep 11, 2007
S.1965 Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act (110th congress) Senate Passed Jun 03, 2008
H.R.1118 Drug Trafficking Elimination Act of 2007 (110th congress) Introduced Mar 19, 2007
S.Res.468 A resolution designating April 2008 as "National 9-1-1 Education Month". (110th congress) Senate Passed Apr 09, 2008
H.R.300 We the People Act (110th congress) Introduced Jan 05, 2007
H.R.5889 Orphan Works Act of 2008 (110th congress) Introduced May 07, 2008
S.2913 Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 (110th congress) Senate Passed Sep 27, 2008
S.3325 The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 (110th congress) Bill Is Law Oct 13, 2008