Archive for Stupid Government Tricks

Copenhagen

So last December the Danish had something on the order of 150 heads of state in Copenhagen for the failed climate talks. I wonder how much the security bill for that was.

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Over and done with.

Right. $1.2 billions spent, rights and reporters trampled, and vague promises of foolhardy economic policies proudly announced. I feel good about the G20 summit. You?

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Are Cameras the New Guns?

In which we compare and contrast:

In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.

via Gizmodo and

Accountability and privacy are both relatively new inventions; villagers three centuries ago knew little of either. But of the two, accountability is much more precious, and it is hard to enforce when a large swath of public life is shrouded in secrecy.

via David Brin.

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Obama wins the right to detain people with no habeas review

Today, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the Bush/Obama position, holding that even detainees abducted outside of Afghanistan and then shipped to Bagram have no right to contest the legitimacy of their detention in a U.S. federal court

via Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com.

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Opinion: The Devil is in ACTA’s details

ACTA will require courts to consider a ‘lost sale analysis’ when assessing the amount of damages to be awarded for copyright infringement. This assesses damages on the basis that an infringement represents a loss of revenue from a transaction that otherwise would have happened, and the damage is the price of the good.

via iTnews.com.au.

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eBay Inc. and Silver Lake Investor Group Settle Skype Litigation with Joltid Limited – Yahoo! Finance – Mozilla Firefox

As a result, Silver Lake and other investors including Andreessen Horowitz and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board CPPIB, will together hold 56 percent of Skype and eBay will retain 30 percent.

via eBay Inc. and Silver Lake Investor Group Settle Skype Litigation with Joltid Limited – Yahoo! Finance – Mozilla Firefox.

Why on earth is the Canada Pension Plan investing in Skype? Idiots.

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On Citizenship

The CBC is reporting that Abousfian Abdelrazik, a Canadian stranded in Sudan is deemed a security risk, denied a passport.

I do not believe a government is just that can decide to restrict the ability of a citizen to return home.

Word of the day: Disgusted.

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