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There’s Already a Process for Bad Patents, So Let’s Not Destroy All Patents

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Let’s Not…

There are some people who simply, bizarrely do not like intellectual property.

Some are full-blown Leftists – who do not like private property at all. (But don’t you dare try to take for the Collective the smart phone on which they’re Tweeting their disdain for private property.)

Others are to varying degrees small “L” libertarian. Who somehow bizarrely delineate between physical property (which they’ll protect) and intellectual property (which they won’t). Who would have arrested a thief leaving Tower Records with an armful of CDs – but who is even as I type downloading-without-paying that exact same music.

We are in the 21st Century surrounded by and immersed in the wonderments of a (dwindling-ly, less-and-less) free market economy – largely made possible by the protection of intellectual property. Without it – we would be literally nowhere.

Were Steve Jobs unable to legally safeguard his magic iPhone, not only would there not currently be Iteration 6S – there would never have been an Iteration 1. Because Jobs wasn’t an idiot. More

Shocker: The Media as One Cheerlead Another Government Power Grab

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

“Does the media have any questions?”

The American media cabal is…ridiculous. They are the Borg of politics – many entities, but of but one Leftist mind.

Led around by their noses by whatever hack government-growing politician is before them at that moment.

Remember this?

Obama Administration Admits They Lied About Iran Deal, ‘Ventriloquized’ The Media

The (New York) Times reports that (White House National Security Advisor Ben) Rhodes and his lackeys have “become adept at ventriloquizing many (media) people at once”:

The easiest way for the White House to shape the news, he explained, is from the briefing podiums, each of which has its own dedicated press corps. “But then there are sort of these force multipliers,” he said, adding, “We have our compadres, I will reach out to a couple people, and you know I wouldn’t want to name them—”

“I can name them,” I said, ticking off a few names of prominent Washington reporters and columnists who often tweet in sync with White House messaging. More

Net Neutrality Court Ruling: Government Wins, We Lose

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Judges Breaking Things

The Washington, D.C. Circuit Court yesterday delivered a bizarre, antithetical-to-reality 2-1 ruling upholding the Barack Obama Administration’s Internet power grab.

In February 2015, the Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – unilaterally, without Congress – “reclassified” the Internet. Meaning they would willfully ignore actually-pertinent, most-recent law – and instead pretend law written in 1934 for landline telephones was also intended for an Internet that wouldn’t exist for another half century.

The “technological experts” at the FCC did this by pretending that omni-directional, globe-spanning Internet networks – are no different than our comparatively-uber-simplistic telephone networks.

In the name of “competition, competition, competition,” the FCC slammed the Internet with laws written for a government-mandated monopoly.

But if you regulate the Internet like it’s a monopoly – you will soon end up with a monopoly. And that monopoly – will be the government. See: the Post Office. And the Veterans Administration. And ObamaCare…. More

Google Is Rigging Searches For Hillary Clinton

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Big Mother

This is huge news – but it is hardly surprising.

Google – President Barack Obama’s biggest crony in a sea full of armadas full of legions of Obama cronies – has been cozying up to the woman Obama just endorsed to succeed him: Hillary Clinton.

And by “cozying up” – we mean warping their search results to hide Clinton’s decades of scandals and scandalous behavior.

Last year, Wired magazine warned us about the election-manipulating power of Google:

Google’s Search Algorithm Could Steal the Presidency: “‘We estimate, based on win margins in national elections around the world,’ says Robert Epstein, a psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology and one of the study’s authors, ‘that Google could determine the outcome of upwards of 25 percent of all national elections.’”

So the goods on Google delivered by SourceFed and their host/writer Matt Lieberman – are devastatingly awful. As chronicled in their recently released stand-up video with visual aides. We will lean heavily on excerpted transcripts therefrom – because what they’ve done is so beautiful and terrible. Here we go: More

Peter Thiel Should Learn a Broader Litigation Lesson from his Gawker Lawsuit

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Lawsuit Lesson Learned?

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel is a pretty smart guy. As partial evidence, I give you his self-made net worth of $2.7 billion. He co-founded online payment mega-company PayPal – which was in 2002 sold to eBay for $1.5 billion. Anyone who saw the very good flick “The Social Network” knows Thiel was one of the first outside investors in Facebook. He still owns a chunk, and is on their Board. He invested in LinkedIn. He’s…done well.

Thiel obviously has a knack for knowing what is worth his money, time and effort. So it was noteworthy when he officially acknowledged that he helped fund professional wrestler Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against the online publication Gawker (Gawker had amongst other things posted a Hogan sex tape.) Hogan was awarded $140 million for Gawker’s invasion of his privacy.

Why did Thiel fund Hogan? Because nine years ago, Gawker invaded Thiel’s privacy – with a story headlined “Peter Thiel is Totally Gay, People.” Thiel said Gawker followed up with similarly invasionary stories on several of his friends (and others) – which Thiel said “ruined people’s lives for no reason.”

So Thiel “funded a team of lawyers to find and help ‘victims’ of the company’s coverage mount cases against Gawker.” Which begat Hogan.  Thiel assessed why he stepped up: “I can defend myself. Most of the people they attack are not people in my category. They usually attack less prominent, far less wealthy people that simply can’t defend themselves…It’s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence.” More

The Incompetent, Pathetically Slow Government Has Placed Itself Between You and the Economy

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

More Regulations Dead Ahead

Behold “Mother May I?” government. Where the private sector can’t do a thing, make a move, invent or innovate – until after the incompetent, pathetically slow government finally gets around to granting permission to do so. If we’re lucky – more likely than not, they’ll say Nay.

This is why our economic growth has remained stifled and stunted. President Barack Obama will be the first chief executive in our nation’s history to never, ever have a year of even 3.0% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. (By contrast, Ronald Reagan – who inherited a far worse economy than did Obama – AVERAGED 3.5% GDP growth.)

The terrible laws passed by President Obama and his Democrat-majority Congress are bad enough. Obamacare has basically outlawed full-time employment. Dodd-Frank didn’t shrink too-big-too-fail banks – it suffocated and shut down thousands of the small banks we all say we want. Leaving us with just the banking monsters with which to deal.

Which is a lesson of too much government – the monster companies are the only ones who can afford it. It’s the little guys who get crushed under the Leviathan’s weight.

The American people found revolting these Democrat laws – and elected first a Republican House and then a Republican Senate to stop them. Did that cause President Obama even to pause? Of course not. His instead became the Unilateral Fiat Administration. More

Government Subsidizes, Government Warps and Distorts – Government Bails Out

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Government Rolls –
They’re Nigh Never-Ending

My favorite joke about government and its inanity goes something like this:

A guy is running late for a meeting. He’s in his car – stuck on a single lane blacktop behind a county government truck. He can’t pass – it’s a double yellow line.

Every fifty yards the county truck stops and two guys jump out of the back. Right beside the road, one guy digs a hole – and the other fills it back up. Then back into the truck they go. Fifty yards later, same thing. Lather, rinse, repeat.  

After about the sixth time, the guy stuck behind the truck is steaming. He checks to see if it’s clear to pass the truck – and it is. So he whips around and up to beside the truck’s driver.

“What the heck are you guys doing?” he asks, infuriated. More

Apparently, Failing Civics Class is a Media Job Requirement

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

The Media Is, As Always,
a Huge Threat

Our public schools have for decades served not as education facilities – but as social services and indoctrination centers. From which the average graduate can’t read the diploma they’re handed – but they can roll a condom on a banana. Where people are brainwashed into preferring failed-everywhere socialism over wealth-producing capitalism – but are blithering, blinkered boobs when asked why.

The late, great comedian George Carlin understood why government does this: “Governments don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. That is against their interests. They want obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept it.”

Most government schools don’t teach – or don’t teach properly – one of the greatest documents in human history: our Constitution. Which produced the most prosperous, egalitarian nation ever. But which government schools by and large impugn as racist and fatally flawed – and thus not worthy of proper consideration.

So concepts like the separation and balance of government powers – are foreign to most government school victims. Concepts like: More

Donald Trump, China, Trade – and Intellectual Property Theft

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Perhaps a Little More
Umph is Required

We are in the midst of a presidential race that is fundamentally changing how many view – and thought they knew – politics. Donald Trump especially is radically altering that map. What many thought were permanent lines – turned out to be drawn on an Etch-a-Sketch. That the presumptive Republican nominee has spent the last year shaking into oblivion.

Much of what Trump has altered – desperately needed to be altered. Change can be a very good thing – especially when terrible ideas and actions have been ensconced and accepted as “the norm” and “that’s how it’s always been done.

That’s certainly the case in many instances with intellectual property (IP). Intellectual property has come to be seen as somehow less than physical property – and thus less worthy of protection from theft. In an ever increasingly digital economy – that’s even less good.

One of the first major purveyors of IP theft was Napster. Launched on June 1, 1999, Napster was a website designed to allow its users to steal digital copies of music. Millions of people downloaded songs – for which they did not pay. These same people – who would never have walked into a brick-and-mortar Tower Records store and stolen the same music on CDs – had no compunction doing the exact same thing digitally. In this way did Napster help begin to artificially, dangerously lessen the perceived value of IP.

But just because you aren’t stealing anything tangible – doesn’t mean you aren’t stealing. By illegally replicating a song (or movie, or book, or….) – you are lessening the value of the legal copies thereof. It is the exact same reason you aren’t allowed to print fake money – because it devalues real money. (Someone please tell the United States Treasury.)

Flash forward nearly two decades – and we have China. Which is Napster on uber-steroids – ensconced as government policy. On May 15 on Fox News Sunday, in defense of Trump’s call for a reanalysis of how we cut trade deals, Republican former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said “When you hear, for example, that the Chinese last year probably stole $360 billion in intellectual property from the United States, I think being tough about that’s a good thing. I think conservatives can be for very tough-minded trade.” More

In Venezuela, Net Neutrality Does In Fact Mean Internet Censorship

Seton Motley | Less Government | LessGovernment.org

Not a Hybrid
We Should Be Seeking

Venezuela is an official Socialist Utopia disaster area. (It would be nice if Team Bernie Sanders and his Democrat cohorts were paying attention – but who are we kidding.)

The United States State Department issued a travel warning back on September 18 (which still appears to be in place). The news, meanwhile, is chock full of horror stories for the people of Venezuela – the victims of full government’s inexorable conclusion.

Venezuela: How the Socialist Paradise Turned into Debt and Hyperinflation Hell

Venezuelan Economy Collapsing as Debt, Hyperinflation Take Their Toll

Imagine No Possessions, Imagine Venezuela

‘We Are Like a Bomb’: Food Riots Show Venezuela Crisis Has Gone Beyond Politics

What Venezuela’s Food Rationing Tells Us: The Price Of Something Is The Price Of Something

Venezuela, Where a Hamburger is Officially $170

With Socialism, you end up with just about nothing of everything – except government. There’s always plenty of that.

If you think $170 hamburgers are expensive in Government Xanadu – imagine how expensive “free speech” is. A government run amok – that has ruined its nation – can not allow its people to discuss said damage. So you get:

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