Friday, April 06, 2001heir to canada?
im just a bill
thus far the only thing ive dug up regarding private property rights and the constitution can be found in article 5 in the amendments to the constitution and not in the main body of the constitution as originally claimed. i will search on as this was an incomplete exercise.
Article V. "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."hardly a ringing endorsement for intellectual property rights. in fact, sounds more like the issue of eminent domain.
ahh, thar she blows.
Article 1. Section 8. Clause 8: "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;"i guess the "fuzzy" words are "limited times" and perhaps "useful arts". guess ill have to read up more on copyright law. well?
news you can ooze
been a little light on the politics lately. the medias got a story they can goose for a few days and with it a mild upsurge of bushwhacking out of the china incident. could you imagine if this happened on clintons watch? every nutbag conservative would find a way to link it to the lippo group and unsavory tibetan monks. meanwhile the media is doing another fine job of masking the truth with regards to the florida election results. heres the consortiums take on the numbers game. and more. and more. well?
masters and servants
seems a $1.2 trillion tax cut has passed the senate. both sides will claim victory. still seems like alot. i seem to recall the dems shooting for $800 million over ten years. and which types of tax cuts are these? and what about the estate tax issue? surely another run will be made to decrease capital gains taxes. this story is just beginning to take shape. well?
the other guy blinked 182
didnt follow that mtv announcement too closely the other day or that of musicnet or yahoo but heres a good follow up for those who dont want their music force fed by the major parties with their proprietary technologies. i wish i was more informed prior to our liquoring it up with the man. not that our advocate wasnt in full throat. i am often impressed by the mans breadth of knowledge and i am not inured to charm. and after struggling to keep up with the internet chatter with my mind split asunder, im never too sure of my own capacity to articulate. however, i do know the difference, albeit superficially, between the ottoman empire and the austro-hungarian empire. normally i will call someone out on their mistakes but instead i questioned my own intelligence. there was no otto-hungarian empire that i am aware of. sure, it may have been a slip up but when offered up with certitude, i am apt to doubt myself. now i just have to read the constitution for issues regarding private property. what was that argument again, that intellectual property rights greatly encourage innovation and production? we will bring down those behemoths yet. well?
the long run
took me a while to figure this one out, the morning song, that is. i assumed it was an eagles song but its just plain ol glenn frey.
"The One You Love -- I know you need a friend, someone you can talk to Who will understand what you're going through When it comes to love, there's no easy answer Only you can say what you're gonna do I heard you on the phone, you took his number, Said you were alone but you called him "Sue" Isn't he the guy, the guy who left you cryin'? Isn't he the one who made you blue? When you remember those nights in his arms, You know you gotta make up your mind Are you gonna stay with the one who loves you Or are you goin' back to the one you love? Someone's gonna cry when they know they've lost you Someone's gonna thank the stars above What you gonna say when he comes over? There's no easy way to see this through All the broken dreams, all the disappointments Oh girl, what you gonna do? Your heart keeps sayin', "It's just not fair" But still you gotta make up your mind"well?
Thursday, April 05, 2001drop the chalupa
le temps purdue
sometimes i hate myself. and sometimes i really hate myself. right now im just disappointed with myself. or maybe i despise myself. i did make it out today though so theres still a dash of hope. or is that a dashed hope? try mrs dash!! i must eat too much chicken. well?
Wednesday, April 04, 2001idealogs
been reading dynamist of late. seems slate is going to launch a "me zines" section. not sure how it will manifest itself. obviously kausfiles will be included. i wonder who else will be sanctified? maybe jm marshalls talking points? and why not drat fink. if only hed get his act together. what thinkest about "me zines"? someone else was pushing "micro publishing" as an alternate to "weblogs" which apparently has alot of negative baggage attached to it already. i guess it reeks of amateurism. but really, me zines? and why not "idealogs?" its more specific and tidier than micro publishing and it comes complete with a clever pun instead of poor syntax. also "zines" are by nature amateurish and thus the stigma has not been removed. whereas "idealogs" despite sounding like a 1970s toy company has a fresh and bold outlook, one that screams (albeit demurely) "vision." or maybe, revision. when am i going to get that call from kinsley? well?
itchy and scratchy
face the music
Tuesday, April 03, 2001play ball
well. i swear upon my addled meninges that i had a post which said ill take duke but ill be rooting for arizona. got lost in the ether. but it happened. baseball games are long but when the payoff is sweet it all seems worth it. mets beat atlanta in extra innings. my new favorite player (not really) japanese import Tsuyoshi Shinjo. must be about time to get that dish. where have i heard that before? well?
message to myself
i watched the first four episodes of the sopranos third season. a friend had taped them. i can see why people like it. we can only hope that more quality programming will be forthcoming from its talented creators. but i wonder how much it would be diminished by 18 minutes of commercials? it is rife with product placement but that tradeoff seems worthwhile (to a point) if a seamless narrative is allowed to unfold. coincidentally, the show has the cover of newsweek. heres the article -- Why the Sopranos Sing. well?
Monday, April 02, 2001that little monkey
get up kids
Sunday, April 01, 2001double duh
what happens to a downtrodden neighborhood when a swanky whole foods supermarket drops from the sky? by the way, ive been to the fresh foods supermart in arlington and its almost enough to make you want to live there. well?
its your money