Atlanta Eases Food Truck Restrictions

Atlanta City Council votes to allow food trucks to operate on certain public streets in Atlanta’s Government District

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.

Read the full write up on Atlanta Magazine

Feds Halt 100 Kilogram North Korean Meth Import

Here’s what happens when the government gets wind of your attempts to import 100 kilograms of North Korean methamphetamine into the United States

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.

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Six Reasons Music Shouldn't Be Free

Grooveshark founder and CEO Sam Tarantino recently suggested all recorded music be made available free. As a capitalist and writer I felt compelled to argue

Appropriately printed in the online magazine notorious for stealing intellectual property, Gizmodo recently reported on an interview with Grooveshark CEO Sam Tarantino.

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.

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Andy Baio on Yahoo ('A Patent Lie')

Recounting my sentiments in an earlier post on dangerous software trademark law, Andy Baio contributed this editorial to Wired on Yahoo’s recent litigation against Facebook.

Software patents should be abolished, plain and simple. Software is already covered by copyright, making patent protection unnecessary.

Ask any programmer — developing software is as creative and unique as writing poetry.

A Patent Lie: How Yahoo Weaponized My Work (Andy Baio) [via Wired]

The Dangers of Patent Law

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.

Editor’s Note
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.

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Remembering Jack Kevorkian

"Dying Is Not A Crime" -J. Kevorkian

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.

The Supreme Court of the United States issued the following opinion in it’s 1992 case Planned Parenthood v. Casey citing the Fourteenth Amendment:

“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.