Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Glasses

My new glasses came in the mail today.

Trifocals. I love that, now I can see in between close-up and far-away. Narrow band of vision there, but it's better than no band.

Photochromatic, too. That was unexpected. But I like it.

I had nothing at all to eat today that was sweet (ignore the doughnuts I had yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that). Yep, no sweets today.

I neeeeeeed something sweet! Chocolate! Yes! Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting!

Okay, okay. Nothing sweet tonight, either.

Ice cream? No?



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CAC & Property Taxes

I read some opinions about the CAC property tax rate increase over a week ago.
One claimed it is taking our rights away. He says this is about our basic freedom to vote on issues that determine the future of this country.

Blog Posting

It has been a long while since I posted anything here. I am going to try again.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

U.S. Copyright Laws Are Wrong

U.S. Constitution - Article 1 Section 8

Article 1 - The Legislative Branch
Section 8 - Powers of Congress

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;

The above is only one paragraph of Article 1, Section 8, the paragraph that is relevent to this post.

"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts," - it seems to me that the The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and some other copyright laws, are actually in place so the corporations that have the copyrights can profit from them in perpetuity, and are restrictive to the progress of science and useful arts, i.e. unconstitutional.

"by securing for limited Times" - copyright in the U.S.A. was originally fourteen years. Now it is variable - life of author, creator, inventor +70 years - 95 years from publication or 120 from creation, whichever is shorter - renewable.

Yes, these are limited times, except for the renewable part. Doesn't that make it potentially forever?

"to Authors and Inventors" - When did publishing companies become authors? Or corporations become inventors? Sure, the corporations money and supplies are used to facilitate inventions and publishing companies use their money to publish works by authors, but this does not give them rights to them. They spent money on behalf of the authors and inventors and should make a "reasonable" profit for doing so, but not the rights (which are supposed to be 'exclusive'), nor the lion's share of the profits, to the works and inventions.

"for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;" - How can a copyright, or patent, be for the life of the author, or inventors, plus 70 years? The constitution specifies exclusive right to authors and inventors, how can the authors and inventors have exclusive rights to anything after they are dead?

It appears to me that what has happened, and still is happening is:

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and/or other greedy, obsolete organizations are trying to stop progress and turn back the clock by
spending a lot of money on lobbying, bribery or blackmail in order to get these unconstitutional laws passed instead of using that money to find new ways of doing business that reflect the realities of the modern world.
And/or our lawmakers have kowtowed to international organizations and other countries and passed these laws in violation of our constitution.


Our esteemed lawmakers can't read, interpret or understand one simple sentence in the U.S. Constitution.

The reality is probably all of these in varying degrees.

I remember (surprise) being taught in school that if the rulers of the U.S. want to do something not expressly allowed in the Constitution they had to make an amendment to the Constitution allowing it, not just pass laws that violate what is written there or pass laws not expressly allowed.

Oh, wait, that is actually written in that same Constitution. Another Constitutional violation.

We are losing our Constitutionally granted rights faster and faster because money speaks louder than the people.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

How Many Times Next Year?

Everybody should know by now that the government is back in full operation for a few more months.

I wonder if the Tea Bagger Republicans are planning on shutting down the government again? At a cost of how many more billions of dollars for us taxpayers to owe?

I would like to know when the next tax increase is going to happen, and it will, and how much it will be.

I can't think of much right now. I'll be back soon.

Hillary Clinton for President!