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Google Tacitly Admits Stealing Is a Lousy Thing to Do

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To Replace ‘Don’t Be Evil’ As the Google Slogan

The titanically huge mega-corporation Google yesterday took time out from its record-setting-most-money-ever lobbying of Congress to admit – accidentally, perhaps – that the systemic, wholesale stealing of which it is so fond is a lousy thing to do.

Which is more than a little ironic – in many, many ways. For instance, Google has ramped up further still their massive lobbying efforts – in large part to get a law passed that would make it much easier for them to steal the very thing they now admit they shouldn’t be stealing.

The items being stolen – are patents. The bill Google wants passed is the Through-the-Looking-Glass-misnamed Innovation Act – which would strip mine the ability of patent holders to defend themselves against people stealing their stuff. Like Google.

So when Google published this yesterday, it certainly seemed strange. More

Constitutional Private Property Rights Trump Legislation Written to Appease Donors

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Another Stellar Example of Bipartisanship

Private property rights are a fundamental component of any successful economy. If you want a nation to prosper – property must be safe in its owners’ hands.

Intellectual Property (IP) shouldn’t be treated any differently than physical property. In fact, in most instances – in many ways – IP is far more important.

The spark of creation that is, for instance, the Microsoft Windows operations program – the Intellectual Property – is exponentially more valuable than each and every one of the millions of physical copies burned to disc for sale in stores.

But IP is bizarrely viewed by many as somehow different – less than. People who would never have stolen a compact disc from Tower Records have no compunction downloading-without-paying that same album.

And as music theft site Napster first broadly demonstrated – continuing technological advances make IP theft ever-easier. Despite what Hillary Clinton recently asserted – Secret Service agents standing guard on a server isn’t an effective way to protect its contents. More

Currently in Power – The Google Administration

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A Long and Fruitful One – For Them and No One Else

There’s an old military pilot adage – believed to have been born during World War II.

When youre taking flak, youre right over the target.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal offered up:

Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House

Search giant averages a White House meeting a week during Obama administration.

One meeting a week – for six years. That’s a lot. What kinds of things would they discuss? More

GOP: The Grade School Boy Trying Too Hard to Get the Silicon Valley Girl

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He Likes Her Just a Little Too Much

As an adult, watching a fifth grade boy who obviously likes a fifth grade girl is at once amusing – and nostalgically bittersweet. The shyness, the awkwardness, the indecision. But mostly, it’s the limitless lengths to which the boy will go to try to please the girl.

Hopefully, we as men and women grow out of this – and at least get a little better at wooing others. Sadly, the Republican Party’s crush on the Silicon Valley has not advanced past the elementary school stage.

The GOP wants the Silicon Valley’s love. And by love we mean the millions of donation dollars that currently go mostly to Democrats. And sadly, it appears some Republicans will go to nearly any length to curry some of that coin.

Including giving up core conservative principles. Currently on the Win Your Love sacrificial altar – private property rights. More