Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Nov 2011 23:20 UTC
Legal The saga surrounding SOPA will be dominating the headlines for a while yet, and today is no different. First of all, and most importantly, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution against SOPA, while also calling for net neutrality to become part of EU law. Second, and this is also interesting, we now have a list of software companies which are against freedom of speech on the web. Unsurprisingly, Apple and Microsoft are on this list. Update: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has spoken out against SOPA. Update II: Tumbler's anti-SOPA message on their website generated almost 90000 (!) phone calls to representatives. Amazing.
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RE[3]: us govt noob
by Tuishimi on Fri 18th Nov 2011 06:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: us govt noob"
Tuishimi
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2005-07-06

So there's no equivalent of a no confidence vote or double dissolution?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_dissolution

Granted these are political based solutions. (The people just can't demand an election)

What do you do if you have a government that says "We will do everything in our power to screw this country over!!!"

Is the only option rebellion?


No sir... not much can be done. When their term comes up we vote them out (or if they suck up to their constituents enough the last few months we vote them back into office, only to have them revert to their bad behavior).

Some states do have clauses in their constitutions that allow revolution. ;) I know NH does. Or at least did up to a decade or so ago.

My own choice for gov't (which will never happen with the Dems and Pubs holding onto power) would be libertarian or something similar where the function and scope of the federal gov't is drastically reduced to managing interstate and international commerce law, and defending our borders.

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RE[4]: us govt noob
by zima on Thu 24th Nov 2011 23:06 in reply to "RE[3]: us govt noob"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

My own choice for gov't (which will never happen with the Dems and Pubs holding onto power) would be libertarian or something similar where the function and scope of the federal gov't is drastically reduced to managing interstate and international commerce law, and defending our borders.

You'd just move goalposts, open up opportunities for really massive swindling, corruption (while you seem to grumble about "lobbying" nearby); it will be trivial for powerful enough entities (with enough capital) to coordinate them across states, largely unopposed - since you dismantled, just as such entities manipulated you into (when pushing on you the PR of "libertarians" ...or is that libertines?), any structures able to really oppose such.

The solution of flaws in administration isn't to destroy any real power of administration (and wasn't impotent central administration a major reason behind your 2nd civil war? So we know how the "able" people use such "liberties" http://www.osnews.com/permalink?489273 maybe also http://www.osnews.com/permalink?489271 )

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