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Yes, Stealing Intellectual Property is Stealing

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Stealing…is Stealing

One of the ongoing ridiculous myths that exists on the Left – and, even more maddeningly, with some on the alleged Right – is that stealing intellectual property (IP) is…not stealing.

In this warped worldview, entering a Best Buy and stealing a DVD movie – is bad. Downloading-without-paying-for the exact same movie – is somehow less bad. It is, in fact, not bad at all.

The weak and feeble argument for this – is that you are not stealing anything physical, so you aren’t stealing. You aren’t depriving anyone of anything tangible.

Which is absurd. You aren’t stealing the DVD from Best Buy to get the shiny, flat piece of plastic. You are stealing the DVD from Best Buy – to get the IP that is imprinted on the shiny, flat piece of plastic. More

Google’s Long, Sordid History of Rampantly Abusing Its Massive Power

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All Hail the King – or Else

Uber-huge mega-company Google has been of late repeatedly buffeted by very unflattering news. Story after story demonstrating Google’s corporate philosophy of using its massive power to bend others to its will – and break those who won’t.

Some of us have been chronicling this for years. But now it is breaking into the very mainstream.

The Dutch boy removing his digit from the Google news dyke – was James Damore. Damore, a Google engineer, wrote a memorandum detailing the surprising oneness of Google’s hive mind.

Google’s Ideological Diversity: Making Colleges and Robert Mueller Look Good

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Net Neutrality Proven Titanically Stupid – By Net Neutrality’s Proponents

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So Let’s Put Them in
Charge of the Internet

Network Neutrality has for more than a decade been all the rage on the Left. Emphasis – as is alway the case with the Left – on rage.

Especially so now, as the Donald Trump Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the process of rolling back said power grab – along with the equally ridiculous imposition on the Web of 1934 Title II landline telephone law. All imposed just two years ago by the Barack Obama Administration’s FCC.

Net Neutrality is the titanically stupid insistence that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) treat each and every thing on the Internet exactly the same.

For instance, emails from Nigerian princes – deserve equal access to you as does a doctor performing your remote, online Lasik eye surgery. If that causes your surgeon’s connection to buffer and stall – well that’s just too bad. You didn’t want to read those Nigerian prince emails anyway.

We less government types find Net Neutrality and Title to be titanically stupid for at least two reasons. It is antithetical to the Constitution – and to even a rudimentary understanding of economics. More

The Media-Silicon Valley Nexus Loves Covering Cronyism – Until It Involves Democrats

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It’s All So Very Helpful

We very much dislike government cronyism. It is one of the very many very awful byproducts of government that is too big for the britches we are forced to purchase them.

And we have incessantly documented how ridiculously biased is the traditional media.

And we have repeatedly chronicled how the center of the media world has moved from the ridiculously Leftist New York City-Washington, D.C. corridor – to the insanely Leftist Silicon Valley. Subscriptions aren’t driving this high speed rail – nearly so much as are clicks, Tweets and Shares.

And most important of all – Search results. Before you can click, Tweet or Share something – you first have to find it. And if you’re scanning the Web for news using Google – far and away the most used search engine – you’re almost certain to get skewed Leftist results. More

The Trump Administration Should Halt the Importation and Sale of Stolen Goods

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Apple Training Their Sights on the US Economy

In Reality, stealing is bad. In Washington, D.C. – it is the operational model. A feature – not a bug.

So it is understandable that when a Donald Trump campaigns for President in part on halting theft abroad, DC Conventional Wisdom (which is neither conventional nor wisdom) – is that he will lose the election. His introduction and insertion of Reality – is utterly alien to the DC Geniuses.

The theft Trump highlighted with the greatest frequency – is the $600 billion (and likely more) per annum in intellectual property (IP) theft in which China and the rest of the world engages.

We invent and create things – and they steal them. Which does egregious damage to our economy now. And it is a woeful disincentive to our continuing to invent and create things – which does egregious damage to our economy going forward. More

The Utter Dumbness of the Bureaucracy ‘Comment Period’

The United States is a Constitutional republic. What does that mean?: “A constitutional republic is a state where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government's power over citizens. In a constitutional republic, executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is tempered by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power.” These divisions of government were emplaced here by our Founders - to also protect We the People from government. Each branch is supposed to serve its limited role - in the whole. When one branch starts doing things another branch is supposed to be doing - things quickly go awry, and government gets very big. Our Legislative Branch - is tasked with legislating. And only the Legislative Branch is so tasked. Its officials - whom We the People elect - write the laws under which we live. The Executive Branch - is headed by the President we elect. Who signs the laws passed by the Legislative. And then his Branch - executes. Millions (ugh, yes, millions) of unelected bureaucrats implement the laws written - as written. No more, no less. No Executive Branch agency can write a single regulation - unless they are first tasked with so doing by the laws of the Legislative Branch. And they must write the regs within the confines of the laws of the Legislative Branch. Anything else - and they are performing a cheap imitation of the Legislative Branch. Constitutionally - no bueno. Our federal register - the government’s catalogue of regulations - grows by thousands of pages every year (until, it appears, the arrival of President Donald Trump, God bless him.) Under ex-president Barack Obama the register grew exponentially - during a time of historic Congressional deadlock and inactivity. Which means these tens of thousands of pages of new regulations - were nearly all added completely untethered to any legislation. That’s the Executive - pretending to be the Legislative. Constitutionally - no bueno. One of the ways these agencies attempt to cover up their unilateral power grabs - is with a veneer of alleged We the People participation. Behold the utter dumbness of the “Comment Period.” Where some agency of which you’ve never heard - and to whom you’ve elected no one - quietly announces a period where you can file thoughts on the damage they’re about to inflict upon you. Of course, the Comment Period is entirely and solely Democracy Theater. (Again, we’re a republic, not a democracy.) Again, if the government wants to do something new - the process has to begin with legislation by the Legislative Branch. Not bureaucratic fiats by Executive Branch agencies. The Comment Periods - are just dumb. Again, these bureaucrats aren’t elected. And they are under no obligation whatsoever to have the comments you file - affect at all what they're about to do to you. If the comments favor the power grab they are about to execute - they trumpet the results, and move forward as planned. If the comments oppose - they ignore the results, and move forward as planned. And this nonsense - allows for much additional nonsense by outside pro-government Leftist groups. They get to turn the Democracy Theater - into Kabuki Theater. They enlist their armies of uninformed nonsense-spewers - to spew their nonsense into the comment process. To wit: The current cavalcade of inanity being shoved at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Trump’s FCC is in the process of undoing a huge Obama FCC power grab. Internet reclassification - to absurdly subject the Web to 1934 landline telephone law - so as to then impose the absurd Network Neutrality. A HUGE power grab - and titanically stupid policy. The Trump Commission is absolutely correct in undoing all of it. Because they are - we can count on the pro-government Leftist groups to screech bellicosely in opposition. Launching DearFCC: The Best Way to Submit Comments to the FCC about Net Neutrality It’s Official: Trump and Pai Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality: “Help Save Net Neutrality: Send a Comment to the FCC.” (Pai - is Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.) Comments for the FCC on the Net Neutrality Proposal But the Comment Period results - have only served to reveal how dumb the Comment Period is. Oh - and how violent and racist the Leftists are. Pro-Net Neutrality Activists Filed 5.8 Million Fake Comments with the FCC Fake Pro-Net Neutrality Public Comments Flood FCC From Russia, Other Foreign Countries John Oliver’s Net Neutrality Campaign Filled With Bots, Fake Comments, Racist Attacks Against FCC Chairman And let’s be honest - Net Neutrality is a relatively little-known, fairly complex issue. Survey Finds Vast Majority of Americans Are Clueless about Net Neutrality Which yet again proves that this bureaucratic Comment Period - is just dumb. If they don’t know what it is - why have them comment upon it? Why have any portion of the bureaucracy's decision predicated upon the results? If Net Neutrality is so important to We the People - impose it the way the Constitution mandates it be imposed. Have our elected Legislative Branch officials convince us we need it - and then write law emplacing it. Pass it through both Legislative houses - and have the President sign it. And then - and only then - have the FCC impose it. Strictly and solely within the confines of the law directing the FCC to impose it. At this point, finally, nearly everyone is clambering aboard the Constitutional approach. ISP, Edge Groups Talk Net Neutrality Legislation: “House Energy & Commerce Republican leadership got together, both in person and by phone, with the major trade associations on both sides of the net neutrality issue Monday in a series of meetings throughout the day to discuss possible legislative pathways to clarifying the FCC’s network neutrality authority.” Which only leaves the hardcore anti-Constitutionalists demanding the power grab path. Groups Urge Lawmakers to Oppose 'Devastating' Net Neutrality Rollback Despite Republican Appeals, Democrats Not Willing to Deal on Net Neutrality Legislation There’s just no pleasing some radical, pro-government, anti-Constitution people. This first appeared in Red State.

Defining Dumbness Down

The United States is a Constitutional republic. What does that mean?:

“A constitutional republic is a state where the head of state and other officials are elected as representatives of the people, and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government’s power over citizens. In a constitutional republic, executive, legislative, and judicial powers are separated into distinct branches and the will of the majority of the population is tempered by protections for individual rights so that no individual or group has absolute power.”

These divisions of government were emplaced here by our Founders – to also protect We the People from government. Each branch is supposed to serve its limited role – in the whole. When one branch starts doing things another branch is supposed to be doing – things quickly go awry, and government gets very big.

Our Legislative Branch – is tasked with legislating. And only the Legislative Branch is so tasked. Its officials – whom We the People elect – write the laws under which we live. More

John Oliver: Multi-Millionaire, Big Government, Big Business ‘Champion of the Little Guy’

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HBO Calls It ‘Last Week Tonight’ – Because ‘Cashing In’ Was Already Taken

HBO’s alleged comedian-host John Oliver (I’ve never found him to be particularly amusing) has the same problem a lot of wealthy Leftists have.

God has blessed Oliver (whether Oliver realizes it or not) – Oliver is wealthy. He makes a whole lot of money – in a field where maybe one in a thousand can even buy groceries plying their wares. Making it in entertainment is catching lightening in a bottle – twice.

Oliver makes huge coin – for a less-than-imperative service. He isn’t curing cancer. Nothing wrong with it – but he’s a court jester. Making as much as he does for what he does – leaves a lot of people in his position feeling almost like they’re cheating at life.

Many thus feel the need to crusade for causes – to make up for the incredible good fortune they enjoy. And when you aren’t a signally deep or practiced thinker – that oft means falling for the shallow facility of Leftism.

Oliver has fallen hard. And there’s no diving in his thought pool. More

Silicon Valley’s ‘News’ Services: Bad News for Less Government Everywhere

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Beware the Silicon Valley – and Thus the Web

For decades now, all of America’s major institutions – have been broadly, unquestionably Leftist, and rigidly opposed to any deviance from the entrenched doctrine.

Colleges and universities, Hollywood and entertainment, the Sciences and the News Media – all deeply in Leftism’s thrall.

And then there is the Silicon Valley – now the biggest, baddest, broadest institution of them all. Because of their dominance of the Internet – they have their hands in all of the legacy institutions.

The Silicon Valley has had for more than a decade a license to print money. And they bestow tens of millions of dollars of it in endowments to Leftist colleges – including tons of coin in directed “science” like global warming…oops, I mean climate change.

The Valley is out Hollywood-ing Hollywood – self-producing a great and growing number of movies and television shows. More

Apple’s Whiplash-Inducing Hypocrisy on Patents

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This One Goes to Eleven

iEverything tiny little company Apple (market cap: $820 billion) is in the midst of executing a unilateral war against Qualcomm.

Apple Sues Qualcomm Over Patent Royalties: “Apple also wants back some of the billions of dollars it claims it was overcharged in ‘Qualcomm’s illegal scheme’ to control the market for mobile phone chips.”

No, what Qualcomm is doing – is engaging in a legal, very reasonable effort to control the market for its patents.  Apple wanted to use Qualcomm’s patents, Apple signed contracts to use them, Apple uses them – and now Apple is trying to get out of paying for using them.

Oh – and to put this in technological perspective: The iPhone – without Qualcomm’s patented technologies – is basically a skinny rotary phone. Just about all the things that make an iPhone an iPhone – come from Qualcomm. More

Google’s Ideological Diversity: Making Colleges and Robert Mueller Look Good

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I’m Sure This Will Go Well

Anyone both remotely in touch with Reality and honest – knows and acknowledges that the vast majority of our nation’s colleges and universities are ultra-Leftist academic swamps. In dire need of just the sort of draining Washington, D.C. so richly deserves.

96% of Political Donations from Ivy League Faculty & Staff Went for Obama

Liberal Bias in Colleges Bleeds into Classroom

Liberal Intolerance is on the Rise on America’s College Campuses

Ahh…the diversity. Want more evidence? For but one catalogue, take a dive into CampusReform.org. The collegiate Leftist inanity is nigh endless.

President Donald Trump’s Special Persecutor…oops, I mean Prosecutor – is Swamp Thing Extraordinaire Robert Mueller. Who is giving the staffing of his unlimited-budget, no-time-limit, no-parameter-limit “inquiry” – the old college try. More