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The recording and movie companies are constantly telling us that filesharing and piracy are killing their industry.
Well have I got an idea for them... and the rest of us!
I'm talking about an online media loan service.
This system would be incredibly simple and effectively act as a method of protecting the rights of the publishers whilst ensuring the freedoms of consumers.
It is a super-simple concept that is analogous with lending a DVD or CD to your friends and borrowing some of theirs in return.
The Prime Minister keeps trying to divert the public's attention from important issues in the lead-up to the election later this year, by constantly raising the issue of a new flag.Ed Snowden dropped another bombshell this week by suggesting that the US government has been complicit in shaping NZ's security laws in a manner that allows for greater surveillance.
Of course the Prime Minister doesn't really want the nasty glare of the spotlight on such a sensitive (and highly embarrassing) issue -- so he keeps talking about a new flag for the country.
Well I'm sorry, but I believe Ed Snowden and wonder if perhaps Mr Key has already designed the new NZ flag. It will be largely unchanged -- carrying the Southern Cross of white stars against a royal blue background. However, where once was proudly displayed the Union Jack, now the will be the familiar "Stars and Stripes" of our US overlords.
Key has engaged in weasel-words when he claims that the government is not engaged in any large-scale surveillance of its citizens...
Technically, he is 100% correct. The NZ government doesn't engage in such activities because it does not have to.
The members of the Five Eyes consortium have cleverly arranged their affairs so that each spies on the citizens of the other -- helped by the law-changes cunningly designed by the USA and foisted upon other members -- as described by Ed Snowden.
So Kiwis aren't being spied on by the NZ government, they're being spied on by the NSA (who has already been exposed by Snowden as doing so). When our government wants data on its own citizens, it simply asks the USA for that data -- while telling us to our faces that *we* aren't spying on you.
Of course -- but how on earth can we trust the future of the nation and its people to any government that would be so dishonest?
And if you think a change of government here will fix this problem then you're fooling yourself.
Whether it's a Labour, National, ACT, or almost any other government in power, they will also be coerced into "playing the game".
We were horrified by the actions of the Stasi during the mid-part of the last century -- but most Western governments now make the former East German ministry of state look trivial.
I feel so sorry for our grandfathers and great grandfathers, many of who gave their lives in the hope that they would ensure the freedoms and rights of their descendants. Sadly, we are now just like those against who we fought. Stripped of rights, privacy and freedom by the tyranny of governments who have run amok with the power they've been given.
Just a reminder -- if you want to put things right, there is probably only one way... Recoverable Proxy.
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