The IP-Industrial Complex (and how to fight it) David Koepsell, Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (2010-10-27).
When I began law school, the term for copyright protection was a mere life-of-author plus 50 years. The term for patents was 17 years. By the time I graduated, copyright terms were extended an additional 20 years, and patents an additional 3. The ongoing efforts by industry to extend their...(Linked Thursday 2010-10-28.)
The President With Two Faces. Jesse Walker, Jesse Walker: Reason Magazine articles and blog posts. (2010-10-28).
The Advocate reports: When it comes to same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama acknowledged Wednesday that "attitudes evolve, including mine" during an interview with five progressive bloggers.... On the question of marriage, President Obama began by clarifying that he wasn't going to "make big news" at that particular moment. But his...(Linked Thursday 2010-10-28.)
Obamacare Fosters Oligopoly. Sheldon Richman, The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty (2010-10-27).
Well, now. It seems Obamacare is increasing concentration in the medical industry. From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal: The turn toward consolidation among insurance companies is not new, and neither is it among doctors, hospitals and other providers. Yet the health bill has accelerated these trends, as all sides race to...(Linked Thursday 2010-10-28.)
Screw Tolerance. Marja Erwin (2010-10-28).
Tolerance is when the straight man *chooses* not to hurt the lesbian womon.Liberation is when the straight man *can't* hurt the lesbian womon.Or the same on myriad other axes of oppression: class, race, religion, sexual congruence, disability status, and so on.(Linked Friday 2010-10-29.)
Intellectual Property (General)
Another Isolated Incident. Radley Balko, Gangsters in Blue (2010-10-16).
Montgomery, Alabama: “They could have at least apologized,” says LaKisha Dixon. She just wants to hear Montgomery police officers say they’re sorry. Last month, officers entered her home without even knocking on the door. Dixon and two children were inside. “It was three tall men with masks on and big...(Linked Monday 2010-10-18.)
On the Ground Floor… James Tuttle, On ALLiance (2010-10-17).
Dear Friends, Fellow Workers and ALLies, A grand opportunity present’s itself. We have the ability to aid a rising Anarcho-Star. Anna O. Morgenstern of C4SS.org and Tranarchism blog spot (and soon ALLiance Journal) fame is pursuing two literary projects, one fictional and the other non-fictional. At this time, and until...(Linked Monday 2010-10-18.)
The Real IP Pirates. Stephan Kinsella, Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (2010-10-16).
It’s bad enough that IP advocates dishonestly use the word “theft” to describe use of your own property in contravention of a monopoly issued by the state. (After all, as Nina Paley reminds us, copying is not theft; when you use information to guide your action or configure your own...(Linked Monday 2010-10-18.)
“Princess Boy”: Addressing Children’s Gender Non-Conformity. Sociological Images (2010-10-18). The important thing about this is a pair of fundamentally decent parents and a group of adults realizing that the only "issue" here is an issue with their own anxieties, which they are perfectly capable of overcoming. And thank goodness for that. Because of course there is no problem with Dyson; other than being weirded out by being put in front of a crowd of strangers for a teevee show, he is obviously happy as a clam. Not with being "non-conformant" (who the hell are these Genital Correctness busybodies that we're supposed to " "conform" to? and why should we care what those assholes think?) but rather with just being his own self. The people who deserve a label are the power-freaking Genital Correctness Busybody Brigade, whose obsession with conformity and anxieties about sex-class drive them to treat little kids like crap for wanting to wear pretty things, or for playing games that they enjoy. Thank goodness they are absent from this conversation; it makes me feel that much better about the world. (Linked Monday 2010-10-18.)