10 year old girl has her laptop confiscated over copyright law

Copyright laws have been with us for several hundred years so most people just take for granted that we need them to protect artists, entertainers, writers, etc. But people need to start questioning these laws. In the internet age, strict enforcement can only be achieved by a government takeover of the internet. Hopefully that’s not possible, but I’m no technology expert. Thankfully neither are the likes of Chris Dodd or Barack Obama.

Now in Finland you see police harassing a little girl because she tried to download a pop album “illegally”. It seems obvious that even if the government is unable to shut down the internet or censor it in any meaningful way (again I honestly don’t know the technological feasibility of this), they can use copyright laws to persecute people they don’t like or just make arbitrary examples of people for publicity sake.

Would art, music, and literature cease to exist without copyright laws?  Obviously not. For one easy example take the Star Wars movies. Fans continue to shell out bucks to purchase box sets of these movies despite the fact they are constantly on cable TV and can be viewed or recorded for free.

Would big entertainment companies and some actors/artists/writers make less money? Yes. But maybe Hollywood can produce a movie for less than $100 million if DVD sales or “legal” downloads would suffer. Maybe if Tom Cruise demands $20 million to appear in the next blockbuster, the studio can balk at his demand and give the role to a lesser known actor for a few hundred thousand. Would that really be the end of the world?

Senate Bill would let Federal Reserve read your Emails without a Warrant

Actually the bill written by Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) would allow pretty much every Federal Agency you can imagine read your emails without a warrant. (The Mine Enforcement Safety and Health Review Commission? Really?) But I thought putting Federal Reserve in the headline made it sound a little more scary than just saying 22 regulatory agencies.

I thought the Federal Reserve was a private bank. What other private companies can access our emails without a warrant? Chase? Wells Fargo? Lockheed Martin?  Hopefully you can sense the sarcasm here.

Government Employees Confident Government will give them a Raise

I think articles like these are written just to outrage Libertarians and Conservatives.

The Federal Workers’ Union is demanding that Congress leave them out of any deal related to the so-called “Fiscal Cliff”.

“Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have, and it is time our nation’s leaders found other ways to reduce the deficit than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service.”

Right. No other group has been asked to contribute to their pensions. These poor babies have to contribute 2.3%. What group of productive citizens has any pension at all?

And the idea that any of these parasites dedicated their lives to public service insults our intelligence beyond belief. The majority of them provide no service to the public at all. They are bureaucrats who assist the state in punishing productive citizens and extracting our money for their own benefit. The ones that do actually provide a service such as postal workers cannot survive on user fees like a private company and must be heavily subsidized by those of us who rarely use their service. Meanwhile there are obvious private alternatives that provide the same service better and more efficiently while making a profit. They do not extract money from the public through violence the way every government agency does.

Then there’s this:

After President Obama’s reelection, top federal unions said they were confident their members would not be targeted in such a deal and a pay raise would be instituted.

Big surprise.  Government workers vote for the Democrats and expect to be rewarded with a raise.  That’s the major reason why you need to shut all government offices on election day, so it’s more convenient for these guys to go vote themselves more money.

Finally the article throws in this gem:

In recent negotiations, Republicans are beginning to show signs they will agree to create new revenues from top earners, while specifics of spending cuts still are being hammered out.

So obviously all these Republicans that have been claiming raising taxes on the “rich” will hurt the economy were lying and never believed that at all. Either that or they are willing to hurt the economy to avoid any potential cuts to their beloved merchants of death.

Student Expelled for Refusing Location Tracking RFID Badge

A girl was kicked out of her Texas High School and forced to attend a different indoctrination center. Apparently the school she was going to had an engineering academy which she will no longer be able to attend.

I commend the young woman for standing up for her rights and shining the spotlight on the mini-police state that is the Public School System in this country. However, I think a more effective method to fight the government in this case is for Liberty minded parents to withdraw their children from these propaganda academies whenever possible.