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Archive for August, 2011

Taxpayers and Private Sector to foot the bill for PROTECT IP Act

 

With a bill of about $10 million per year, the PROTECT IP Act will be paid for by taxpayers, but the burden on the private sector will be even worse with costs forecasted at around $150 million. Under the PROTECT IP Act, ISPs, search engines, and other parties are required to shut down websites that allegedly engaged in copyright infringement. As far as I know, it’s not that they’re convicted of copyright infringement and then ordered to be shut down. This applies to all sites accused of infringement, meaning that the government can force ANY website to shutdown based on an allegation. That seems like a violation of the first amendment.

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First Hand Account of a Juggalo Gathering

One of the writers over at Deadspin.com pulled a Hunter S. Thompson and dove head-first into the mind-boggling Juggalo culture. Each year, on private property in rural Illinois, thousands of Insane Clown Posse fans, a.k.a. Juggalos, come together in a lawless, drug-fueled, sexed-up, clown-faced frenzy.

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Billionaires Planning Libertarian Island In Int’l Waters

What do you get the man who has everything? His own island in international waters, apparently. Billionaire Peter Thiel has invested $1.25 million dollars in an organization that wants to build a libertarian island in international waters. This island would have relaxed building codes, almost no rules about weapons or gun control, no environmental regulations, no welfare, no minimum wage, and no morality-based laws, which probably means legalized prostitution, gambling, and drugs. This “super-vegas” would no doubt be home to the world’s elite, while it’s serving class would most likely be subjugated mercilessly. This exact scenario is in a video game called Bioshock, and guess what? Everybody died.

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