Although the new legislation limits itself to the area surrounding Downtown Atlanta, the state capitol building, and Atlanta City Hall, the city began easing restrictions that formerly only allowed food trucks to operate on private property and not on public city streets.
Here’s a story, of five friends, living together (not really), but absolutely trying to bring around 100 kilograms of allegedly North Korean methamphetamine into the United States for sale primarily in NYC and Boston. Part Breaking Bad, part season 2 of The Wire – check the indictment below for some interesting reading.
In the interview Tarantino provides six reasons why he thinks all recorded music should be free. Ever the opinionated music writer, and capitalist, I felt it only proper to offer a retort to his six points.
Intellectual Ventures owns a huge portfolio of patents. Quite possibly they also have some sort of patent that covers streaming music over the internet. Intellectual Ventures makes money through a sort of protection racket that helps Spotify defend themselves against companies like PacketVideo. For a considerable fee, a company can access Intellectual Venture’s storehouse of patents and use them defensively against companies claiming patent infringement. [Source]
An interesting read in the online version of The Economist regarding the hazards of patent law and it’s effect of stifling economic growth in the United States. Patents make sense to cover actually concrete concepts, and while I am for intellectual property rights for artists, IP law is getting out of hand. “Patents Against Prosperity” [via The Economist]
Much more information, and an intriguing video from Haiti regarding a similar issue available beneath the fold.
I have also decided to share a new article via eWeek citing similar issues beginning to affect the mobile phone industry showing similar issues affecting that sector’s development as well.
Today sees the passing of one of modern history’s great champion for personal freedom and human rights, Jack Kevorkian. I understand my politics at times are difficult for some to understand but hear me out before you dismiss this post based on what is not really a controversial statement at all.
Known to many as ‘Doctor Death’ for his public endorsement and practice of voluntary euthanasia. Much attention is paid in the United States in the handling of abortion issues, and how it pertains to government regulation over the physical bodies of its citizens.
“If the right of privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or beget a child.”
I, for one, do not see any fundamental distinctions between freedom to choose what is best for someone’s own body as it pertains to abortion, euthanasia, getting a piercing or tattoo, or even wearing a hijab. These issues are not within the scope of the powers given by the people to our government. Understandably, euthanasia, abortion, or any of these are not one-size-fits-all solutions but no founding father would have willingly waived these decisions to an appointed authority. Additionally, with the freedom over healthcare becoming a keystone issue in US Politics in recent years, it seems counter-intuitive that we should continue to support selective freedom in selecting healthcare options.
Rest In Peace to a misunderstood man who was not afraid to take a controversial stand and surrender his freedom hoping to expand individual rights.