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Ruminations of the Easily Amused for 1/2/2015

2 January 2015 at 9:38:09 AM

First year for awhile I haven't sat down and made up resolutions for the upcoming year. Looking back, I see I didn't do most of the things I said I was going to LAST YEAR. I do think that if one puts something in mind to do and considers it, that the steps to get it done will show up. At least it works that way for me. 

So, dragging them out again with hopes I do them. Create wooden toys. Change out the donkey structure I built a couple of months ago and alter the roof (will talk about that more on a different post). Test out more cooking recipes instead of sticking with the safe ones. Do stained glass. Practice the piano and my recorder. Test out xplit. 

One of the most humorous things to me about politics is how early the people, of any party, start actually running. The chances of what I'm about to say are zero, but I'd love to see where the actual politicking season runs ONLY for a few months in the summer before fall elections and these people DO THEIR JOBS the rest of the time. I am not enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton running. (I WILL be voting Democratic). I actually wish Elizabeth Warren would run. Overall, can't we have ANY elections where there isn't a Clinton or a Bush (that goes for YOU, Jeb Bush. Go sit down). I don't know if Rick Perry has been clamping down the lid on his stupidity, but have seen where he hopes that his heartless way of running oil and gas rich Texas trumps people thinking he's stupid.What ABOUT Rick Perry and his claims?

First of all, let's get something straight: Perry didn't turn Texas into a low-tax, low-regulation state. Texas led the country in job growth under Ann Richards, too. And it's not like homeowners are thrilled about their low property taxes. All Perry really did was shift some business taxes to homeowners and call it a win.

But the genius — and it truly is a genius — of Perry is that he imagined that he was in charge of everything and seemed to convince everyone to go along with it. The axiom is that the Texas Constitution does not give many powers to the Governor's Office.

Perry didn't care. He dictated budget terms to a supposedly co-equal branch of government. He privatized state government billions of dollars at a time. He turned Texas schools into testing centers.

The business lobby became a de-facto extension of the governor's office because his former staffers were stacked out there like cordwood. Many of these former Perry staffers remained loyal to the Governor even as they represented corporate clients.

Because Perry had friends on both sides of every business fight, he wielded extraordinary power to decide who got what. The rules? Rules were for other people. Perry treated his economic development funds like petty cash, and if it all wasn't quite illegal, few argued that it wasn't quite right, either.

What could have entered the public domain in 2015?

 If the pre-1978 laws were still in effect, we could have seen 85% of the works published in 1986 enter the public domain on January 1, 2015. Imagine what that would mean to our archives, our libraries, our schools and our culture. Such works could be digitized, preserved, and made available for education, for research, for future creators. Instead, they will remain under copyright for decades to come, perhaps even into the next century.

Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the current copyright term is that in most cases, the cultural harm is not offset by any benefit to an author or rights holder. Unlike the famous works highlighted here, the vast majority of works from 1958 do not retain commercial value, but they are presumably off limits to users who do not want to risk a copyright lawsuit. This means that no one is benefiting from continued copyright, while the works remain both commercially unavailable and culturally off limits. The public loses the possibility of meaningful access for no good reason.

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