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United States Court of Appeals DC ruling on Mechanical Royalties

It’s totally depressing to see a federal court reiterate the notion that the federal government can not put a streaming service out of business by raising songwriter rates too high.  It’s not the governments job to save companies that have bad business models.  If the streaming services can’t pay fair rates to songwriters perhaps they should charge their customers more, not pay songwriters less.  Why do the federal courts think songwriters have to subsidize the streaming business?  All in all a depressing read.  The system is broken.  Songwriters who every day add value to the GDP of this country are robbed and brutalized by their own government. A distant unaccountable unelected elite that has no concept of our lives.  Meanwhile they make Daniel Ek billions of dollars richer every year.  Does that seem right to you?

Trump Stooge

Flag of Treason

The Epoch Times

This seriously tainted news source is yet another conspiracy theory laden propaganda outlet that supports Donald Trump.

On December 20, 2019 it was reported that Facebook took down more than 600 accounts connected to the Epoch Times. According to an NBC News report “The network was called ‘The BL’ and was run by Vietnamese users posing as Americans, using fake photos generated by algorithms to simulate real identities. The Epoch Media group, which pushes a variety of pro-Trump conspiracy theories, spent $9.5 million on ads to spread content through the now-suspended pages and groups.”

According to an NBC News report the “outlet has spent more than $1.5 million on about 11,000 pro-Trump advertisements in the last six months, according to data from Facebook’s advertising archive — more than any organization outside of the Trump campaign itself, and more than most Democratic presidential candidates have spent on their own campaigns.” In general, straight news reporting is sourced and mostly low biased, however op-eds 100% favor the right with some promoting conspiracy theories.

Going forward, China must prohibit any and all live animal markets (wet markets) as well as the trade of animals, whether endangered or not. If they don’t ban them and enforce their prohibition, all other countries should refrain from any trade with, or travel to/from China.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/03/anthony-fauci-foreign-wet-markets-shutdown-162975

Westwood here we come!

We’re leaving our home in ground zero of LA Hell to move to the neighborhood of Westwood (actually 2 blocks south of Westwood). Los Angeles is a broken city, that’s for sure. Nothing like the place I moved to 20 years ago. It might be time to look into British Columbia…

 

T Bone Burnett rips Big Tech “surveillance capitalists” in blistering SXSW keynote

Full text of speech…

Paiste 2002 Goodness!

Tony Williams playing Paiste 2002 Cymbals

With Stan Getz, Chick Corea, & Stanley Clarke

The case against free

If you are thinking about whether or not you want to pay for someone’s work, you can undertake this thought experiment: if your boss told you that you weren’t going to be paid to go to work tomorrow, but you’re expected to put in a full day regardless, what you would tell them?

https://www.contentcafe.org.au/articles-stories-everything/the-case-against-free-2017-update

 

“Petty aphorisms like sharing isn’t stealing, for instance, help paper over an otherwise complex issue and excuse ignorance of the broader implications of a phenomenon like media piracy. In this regard, the public is constantly fed variations on the theme that operating a website, which is purposely designed to exchange infringing material and, by virtue of that exchange, earns its owners millions of dollars is somehow not criminal.”

http://illusionofmore.com/enough-with-the-legal-theories-about-piracy/