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General Discussion / George R.R. Martin and copyright bogosity
« on: June 14, 2012, 05:35:52 PM »
http://grrm.livejournal.com/151914.html

I'm a big fan of the Song of Ice and Fire series and the Game of Thrones TV show, but Martin's views on copyright and fan fiction are kind of disturbing.

He essentially argues that fan fiction, even if it's just for fun, is illegal under copyright law and that he should be able to sue you for potential damages.

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If you follow college football at all, you know of all the crazy conference realignment that has been happening over the last two years. One such example was West Virginia jumping to from the Big East to the Big 12. My cousin is an alumni and has been following there situation pretty closely. Underneath all the talk about new revenue is a huge chunk of bogosity.

Like most state schools, WVU employs the accounting trick of charging off athletic infastructure, unkeep, equipment, and travel to the general college budget (the program still lost money last year, even when you count only direct costs such as scholarships, coaches' pay, and travel). The annual bill to the taxpayers for WVU sports, before the Big 12, was over $30M/year in cash value terms.

The other half of WVU's buyout was "borrowed" from the state treasury and the school's endowment.  Under terms that make repayment optional.  Bill to the taxpayers.

WVU has no real baseball park, and no softball program at all.  $22M in taxpayer built solutions are on the way.

Don't live in WV?  Don't worry, you can pay too.  Morgantown has a tiny airport.  Which is great because it gets a tiny number of tiny planes.   Fully adequate 359 days per year.  But unable to handle either the largest planes such as Texas or Oklahoma would charter to travel its team, or then large number of private jets and such the visiting high roller alumni would be flying.  So?  $16M in FAA funds diverted from real airports to build a longer runway and a private jet FBO.

Oh, and, $4M in direct appropriations (which WVU has always received) is joined by $6M for an "aviation study".   Football, like any legit team, flys charter.  But basketball would mix it up, driving (65 miles) to Pittsburgh and flying commercial.  Easy to do to a city based league.   Cannot do that in the Big 12.  So the state is buying and staffing a 30 seat Canadair.  Of course, its available for other things, if not being used for sports.  And, thus charged.  To the taxpayers.

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Background, Jacksonville is considering adding homosexuality to the city's anti-discrimination statues and this video is from the 5/22 city council meeting on the bill.

Ms. Daniels asked questions such as "Sexual Orientation. Could it be orientated to other types, like animals?" and "Is it true that in Egypt you can have sex with dead people?"


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General Discussion / Wayne Allyn Root says to vote for Romney
« on: April 06, 2012, 07:17:20 PM »
http://reason.com/blog/2012/04/06/wayne-root-former-libertarian-party-vice

If this doesn't get this goddamn carpetbagging Republican kicked out of the LP nothing will

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http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/227647

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Police are arguing the money had a strong odor of marijuana and that it therefore falls under a state law that allows money to be seized if it’s found in proximity to controlled substances, the lawsuit states. A police dog also performed a sniff test on the money, and his handler believed the dog detected an odor, the lawsuit states.

Richie said police have told him the cash isn’t available for independent drug testing.

Wtf does "his handler believed the dog detected the odor" mean? I think I'm detecting abunch of bullshit from the cops.

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General Discussion / Another example of why piracy happens
« on: February 05, 2012, 02:06:26 PM »
Long story short, I remembered I had money on my iTunes account, so I purchased Series 5 and 6 of Doctor Who. I figured after downloading, I would put them on my PS3.

Well guess what? Apple puts DRM on the damn things so my PS3 won't read them, nor will any device read them unless it has a lower case "i" in front of them. So now I'm off to BitTorrent to download the same seasons just so I can get them on my PS3.

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Hey guys
I've finally decided to get back into making youtube videos. The current idea I have in my head is to do MST3K type videos for the various UFO/paranormal shows that dominate cable TV right now (UFO Hunters, Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State,etc)

I figure to start off using History's UFO Hunters since most of those shows are already on youtube, so I doubt History or their parent would DMCA it.
Anyone interested?

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General Discussion / Need some help writing a press release
« on: January 24, 2012, 02:49:42 PM »
So I've been tasked with writing a press release trying to alert the local news stations/paper to a protest we plan on having against the NDAA. Here is what I have so far

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FEBURARY 3RD PROTEST AGAINST FLORIDA’S SENATORS SUPPORT OF THE NDAA
Libertarian Party, Occupy Jacksonville, Oathkeepers, and others come together to protest the indefinite detention of American citizens

Jacksonville, FL (Jan. 27th, 2012) - On February 3rd, multiple groups and concerned citizens will descend upon the offices of Congressional officials to protest the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA.). The act, specifically sections 1021 and 1022, would potentially allow for the indefinite detention of American citizens without the right to due process.
   Locally, this protest has been spear headed by groups such as the Libertarian Party of Duval County, Occupy Jacksonville, and Oathkeepers. The protest will be centered on Marco Rubio’s Jacksonville office on Prudential Drive from approximately Noon until 7pm EST.
   Marco Rubio’s office was chosen because he voted in favor of the NDAA despite being elected on a platform of smaller government.


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General Discussion / THE SNITKER PARADOX Muzzled by the Media
« on: January 15, 2012, 06:07:40 PM »
This is a quick documentary on the relationship between the media and the Libertarian Party of Florida's US Senate candidate Alex Snitker. The main point is the Catch-22 logic used to exclude him from the televised debates. The media would never include his name in the polls, but would then say he couldn't be in the debates because he wasn't polling well.


A quick thing I want to point out, Snitker didn't pay the $10,000 filing fee himself. The LPF paid it using party money.

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General Discussion / The US Is Trying To Censor Scientific Journals
« on: December 21, 2011, 11:46:19 AM »
I wonder how statheists like thunderf00t will react to the government trying to sensor scientific journals
http://gizmodo.com/5870004/the-us-is-trying-to-censor-bird-flu-studies-in-scientific-journals

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General Discussion / Ron Paul
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:23:37 AM »
Safe to say everyone who is an active poster on here is at least a small "l" libertarian and I know Shane and myself are members of the Libertarian Party.

As the primaries keep inching closer, obviously everyone in the "liberty" movement is getting on the Ron Paul bandwagon. I would like to take the temperature of the forum here on your opinions on Paul.

1. Are you currently registered Republican? If not, are you planning to register Rep. to vote for Paul in a close primary/caucus?

2. Are you planning to vote for Ron Paul in your state primary/caucus?

3. Are there any policies/actions that Paul supports that you disagree with him on?

 

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