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Intellectual Property: No One Understands Theft Better – Than The People Being Robbed

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How Could You Steal From This Face?

I am a retired musician. I play three instruments and sing. And most important from a prospective remuneration perspective – I wrote the stuff we sang and played.

I never sold my goal of fifteen million records – so here I sit before you now.

But life’s rules are immutable. And writing about them – in song, or essay, or free verse or whatever – changes them not a whit.

I was a hopeful records-seller residing in Austin, Texas – “The Live Music Capital of the World” – when stolen-music-website Napster burst on to the scene. From which you could download tens of thousands of songs – without paying a penny for any.

I steadfastly refused to illegally steal any tunes from Napster. But in Austin I was surrounded by musicians – and I can not recall a single one of them who didn’t illegally steal from Napster. More

Silicon Valley: If Something on the Internet Is Free – You’re the Product

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Always and Everywhere

The Internet is a wonderment. Perhaps the greatest feat of human achievement…ever.

Of course things like penicillin and the polio vaccine are wonderments – and amazing betterments of man. But they were rifle shots. The Internet is an omni-directional automatic shotgun. With benefits redounding up and down – in 360 degrees.

To name but one medical benefit: Soon doctors will be able to perform examinations, surgeries and other procedures…remotely. Doctors Without Borders…on steroids. Dedicated broadband connections will allow cameras and robot hands to be controlled by doctors…from anywhere. Delivering lifesaving care…anywhere and everywhere.

America’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – are the world’s leaders. They have connected the vast land mass that is America (it is much easier to connect tinier places). And rapidly delivered us from ridiculously slow 14K dial-up – to 1GB of lightening speed…and beyond.

And we are on the verge of the Fifth Generation (5G) wireless network – which really should be called Second Level. This transformation will infinitely expand our Internet – and our concept of the Internet. And deliver us countless things we can not yet even conceive. More

Democrats Have Totally Given Up on Legislation and Legislating

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If You Can Keep It…

A half-century-plus of government school victims has rendered We the People collectively, increasingly less and less capable of walking and chewing gum simultaneously.

Let alone understanding our republican government – and how things are actually supposed to work.

For everyone who succumbed to their government indoctrinations – behold an introduction to how our democratic republic is supposed to work.

We have three branches of government – the Legislative, the Executive and the Judicial. Short version:

The Legislative – writes and passes legislation. We elect the legislators – which purports to give us direct say over what laws govern us.

The Executive is headed by the President – whom we also elect. The President signs the legislation – at which point they become laws. The Executive Branch – then executes these laws. No more – and no less. If there is no precedent legislation – regulations from the Executive…are illegal. More

Ending DC’s Titanically Stupid Fake ‘Free Trade’ Is the Far More Important Policy Change

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For an Exciting
Change of DC Pace

First – a bit of disclosure.

DC is a fairly small, very expensive place. If you’re involved in politics – you know a whole lot of other people who are involved in politics.

With many – you disagree on a lot of stuff, and agree on a little. With many others – you agree on a lot of stuff, and disagree on a little.

The old saw is: If you want to see someone with whom you agree on everything – look in a mirror. And even then, with a lot of these people,….

We run a joint called Less Government – so you can guess on which side of the ideological aisle we reside. We want less government – in all things, everywhere.

We don’t fall prey to short-term thinking. For instance, it took us more than a century to get into this $4-trillion-per-year federal mess – we ain’t correcting wholly, instantaneously. More

Intellectual Property Crisis: U.S. Drops Out of the Top Ten in Innovation Ranking

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We’re Losing the
Entirety of the Economy Cloud

We are in the very first stages of what is now – and will for a long, long time be – a global Information Economy.

In which more and more of what we produce – is of the mind. And less and less reliant on muscle.

We are no longer an Agrarian Economy – where the vast majority of Americans make their living off the land.

We are in the latter stages of an Industrial Economy – where the vast majority of Americans make their living via manufacturing.

To be clear – to paraphrase Mark Twain – the stories of manufacturing’s death are highly exaggerated. As President Donald Trump is proving – with manufacturers beginning to return in droves to America’s shores.

But even with things Agricultural and Industrial – life is always made better with products of the mind. More

Oops: Burger King Accidentally Proves How Dumb and Unnecessary Net Neutrality Regs Are

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Shocker: A King Wants Government Totalitarianism

All the rage last week amongst the mis-informed masses – and the mass media misinforming them – was a pro-Network Neutrality video burger joint Burger King (BK) bizarrely extruded.

The pseudo-news stories about the BK video – were nigh endless. They all breathlessly praised the cow palace for presenting its digital whopper.

The problem with the video – from the perspective of BK and its media cheerleaders – is it is supposed to tell us why massive government regulations under the banner of Net Neutrality are so vital.

What the video actually, accidentally does – is demonstrate (yet again) how dumb and unnecessary Net Neutrality regulations actually are.

The video begins with man-on-the-street interviews – where no one included has any idea what Net Neutrality is. They shouldn’t feel bad – because after watching BK’s video…they still won’t know what Net Neutrality is. More

The Post Office: Doing All the Wrong Things in All the Wrong Ways

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The Pony Express 2.0

Government is awful at doing…just about everything.

In no small part because of the rigid, unyielding dictates of human nature. Government, of course, being populated by humans – is not immune to these dictates.

Because of government’s susceptibility – there is the Yellow Pages Rule.

“What’s ‘Yellow Pages?’” I hear the Millennials ask. Fair enough:

Since the advent of the Internet, an increasing number of people no longer know what a phone book is.  Thick, heavy tomes periodically updated and delivered to your residence – full of listings of people (White Pages) and businesses (Yellow Pages), their addresses and phone numbers.

Back in the Cretaceous Period – this was how you found contact information.

So – The Yellow Pages Rule: More

The Left’s Latest Copy-and-Paste Fake Grassroots Campaign

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Leftist Electronic Fakery

The Left is notorious for runaway gangbuster campaigns with massive grassroots groundswell support – that are actually not runaway gangbuster campaigns with massive grassroots groundswell support.

The Left’s ideas – are awful. Because of this awfulness – their ideas aren’t very popular with We the People.

Thus the Left isn’t any good at generating support. But they are absolutely GREAT at making it look like they are generating support.

In these fraudulent endeavors – they have many massive built-in advantages over we who fight for Reality-based public policy solutions that garner actual public support. More

College IS for Dummies: Harvard Government-Run-Internet Edition

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SO Worth It

One of our ongoing, recurring themes is – College IS for Dummies.

Colleges and universities aren’t education facilities. They are continued indoctrination centers – they pick up where government schools K-12 leave off.

Government schools indoctrinate the radicals – colleges activate the radicals.

The Academies have for more than half a century been packed to the rafters with absurdly Leftist professors and administrators.

Conservative legend William F. Buckley first gained national prominence by writing “God and Man at Yale.” Which chronicled his all-encompassing uber-Left experience as an undergrad – and was published in 1951.

That was eighteen years before Woodstock – and the ridiculous, radical campus “freedom” movement. Where school faculty after school faculty allowed the student inmates to storm their offices, take over and run the asylum. More

We Need to Fully Populate FTC Leadership – to Stop Residual Obama Awfulness

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Time to Cut the Obama Ties that Bind

Now as anyone who knows me knows – I am not one to lightly call for more government in any way, shape matter or form.

And I am a HUGE fan of President Donald Trump’s approach to Executive Branch staffing.

Trump: No Plans to Fill ‘Unnecessary’ Appointed Positions: “‘I look at some of the jobs and it’s people over people over people. I say, “What do all these people do?” You don’t need all those jobs.’”

Trump is absolutely, 100% correct. And has been absolutely, 100% consistent.

Here Are the Federal Agencies Trump Plans to Cut as President

To wit:

EPA Staff to Get Cut in Half

Amen and Hallelujah. More