Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jan 2012 15:48 UTC
In the News "Last weekend Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff wrote a column in the Salt Lake City Tribune supporting the pending SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills. In his article Shurtleff argues that the bills are a necessity if the US is to 'stop Internet thieves and profiteers'. An interesting take, but not very credible, as the Attorney Generally who may soon have the power to seize domains, simply passed off MPAA-penned propaganda as his own words." Unbelievable.
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Unbelieveable ?
by silviucc on Wed 11th Jan 2012 16:09 UTC
silviucc
Member since:
2009-12-05

No, he's just showing us all who he is working for.

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RE: Unbelieveable ?
by Jondice on Wed 11th Jan 2012 16:54 UTC in reply to "Unbelieveable ?"
Jondice Member since:
2006-09-20

An unscrupulous lawyer, say it ain't so.

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Utah
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 11th Jan 2012 17:53 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

I think its in Utahian's blood to do what ever they think is the right thing even if it means selling out to corporate interests to do so.

They think they know what the right thing is to do, but don't understand the subject. So there perfectly fine having a non biased party write all of it up, and if extra money changes hands well that's just a confirmation that they did the right thing.

If that sounds messed up, you are very sane.

Its a different kind of corruption than the more typical Chicago school, where right and wrong are just dependant on dollar amounts.

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RE: Utah
by leech on Wed 11th Jan 2012 21:14 UTC in reply to "Utah"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

I think its in Utahian's blood to do what ever they think is the right thing even if it means selling out to corporate interests to do so.

They think they know what the right thing is to do, but don't understand the subject. So there perfectly fine having a non biased party write all of it up, and if extra money changes hands well that's just a confirmation that they did the right thing.

If that sounds messed up, you are very sane.

Its a different kind of corruption than the more typical Chicago school, where right and wrong are just dependant on dollar amounts.


Living in Utah, I agree fully. It really is messed up here. Orrin Hatch for example is a living example of Stupidity meets Corruption on a grand scale. They don't fully understand the whole separation from Church and State here, so needless to say if some sort of issue comes up that is "oh, those evil copyright violators! They must be stopped!" while at the same time their daughters/sons are saying "Hey dad, I got this cool new movie from a friend of mine on DVD-R!" Then they are like "oh, cool, let's watch it!"

Yes, I actually know some (not so normal) people that are like that.

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RE[2]: Utah
by coren on Thu 12th Jan 2012 13:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Utah"
coren Member since:
2006-05-22

[OT]
At least, for me, it's "comforting" to read that the separation between State and Church and the Stupidity + Corruption pair is not just an Italian problem.
[/OT]

Edited 2012-01-12 13:26 UTC

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Newbie?
by CapEnt on Wed 11th Jan 2012 22:49 UTC
CapEnt
Member since:
2005-12-18

Probably Mark Shurtleff doesn't understand a dime about anything IT related, and is just delighted by the prospect of his new powers if SOPA and PIPA get approved.

Power for the sake of power, he wants more. It's never enough.

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kateline
Member since:
2011-05-19

"Unbelievable."

Not at all. In the US much legislation is handed to legislators from lobbyist groups. The legislators then make minor tweaks and present the lobbyist-written material as their own bill.

This process is considered acceptable by most legislators but is not generally understood by the American public.

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saso Member since:
2007-04-18

This process is considered acceptable by most legislators but is not generally understood by the American public.


I can tell what it's called everywhere else in the world: corruption.

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But not plagiarism?
by Karig on Thu 12th Jan 2012 13:07 UTC
Karig
Member since:
2007-04-27

So we have to have our freedoms curtailed and our websites put at risk in order to save the world from copyright violations --

-- but plagiarism by Utah's top law-enforcement officer is OK.

Wonderful. We're obviously in good hands here. :/

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Only one letter away
by Soulbender on Fri 13th Jan 2012 16:22 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

PIPA is only one P away from meaning "screw" (the sexual kind) in Swedish.

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RE: Only one letter away
by zima on Sat 14th Jan 2012 01:50 UTC in reply to "Only one letter away"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

In Polish it is (exactly) a somewhat vulgar description of a woman (think maybe also ~"old whore" and not really in a promiscuous way), or of her reproductive organs, or of a "cowardly" (and so on) man.

Ahh, all the wonderful associations possible thanks to the tribes of Europe and their tongues ;)

PS. So what's the modified form in Swedish / what happens with than one P?

Edited 2012-01-14 01:52 UTC

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