WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2006 -- Legislation that would strengthen the rights and protections for some 120 million internet bloggers passed the U.S. Senate today. Offered by Senator Jeffrey Jarvis (D-NJ) and Senator David Searls (OS-CA), the National Disambiguation Act was accepted as an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2007 National Defense Authorization Act. It cleared the Senate 49-47.
"This is a major victory for advocates of Internet Transparency," said Senator Jarvis. "Anonymous criticism, that's been the scourge of the blogging community, is now history."
The National Disambiguation Act creates a national identity database. In addition to Social Security Number, a thorough profile of all net citizens will be compiled and maintained. It will include professional credentials, professional and personal associations and complete financials. This information will be available on demand by anyone in any transaction whatsoever. Ultimately, equality is achieved by handicapping the most intelligent, athletic or beautiful members of society down to the level of the lowest common denominator. This will be overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Handicapper General.
Do you know that the Rolling Stones only paid 1.6 per cent in tax on earnings of £81.3 million last year? "Well all right!" said in my girlie impersonation of Mick Jagger's strut, shoulders back and pouty lips protruding.
According to the band's semi-lucid lead guitarist Keith Richards (reportedly worth £180 million), "The whole business thing is predicated on the tax laws. It's why we rehearse in Canada and not in the US. A lot of our moves have been basically keeping up with tax laws: where we go, where not to put it, whether to sit on it or not."
Well that's right! "The whole business thing" always seems to intrude on what certainly are the rightful privileges of the rich and famous. And that regrettably always comes with such the dirty perception of malfeasance. It may work for the bad boys of rock but what about your everyday low-profile gazillionaires?
On Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 7:41 AM, Ronn Torossian, President and CEO of 5WPR, emphatically promised that he was going to sue us. No real reason, he was just irritated by our teasing him about getting in bed with pornographer Joe Francis. Anyway, Ronn gave his obscenity-laced word that we'd see the complaint in 72 hours. It's now late by
Kathleen Durazo about A Measly $2.8 Million Goes Missing, Lawsuit Results Fri, Jul 31, 10:58:34 AM Ray Durazo (the founder) sold the company to Dan in 1999. He was not involved in any of this. He (and I) found out about the lawsuit in the LA Times. In addition to embezzling this m [...]