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Sunday, October 09, 2005

If It Ain't Broke ... Break It

If it ain't broke, break it. That would be the approach the Roanoke Times seemingly wishes to take with regard to recent U.N. and E.U. demands for more "international" control of the internet. An editorial today:
The Internet's future is up for grabs

Resentment over U.S. control requires diplomacy to avoid global confusion.

Deep inside the Internet, 13 computer systems keep the global network running smoothly. The United States controls them, but many nations want an international body to take over. How things go could change cyberspace for everyone.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is responsible for making sure the servers, domain names and billions of possible IP addresses perform as expected.

In theory, the executive branch of the U.S. government could disrupt the Internet in another nation through ICANN.

All of which has many nations worried that too much power is in the hands of one country. A United Nations work group recommends the United States and ICANN relinquish authority to an international body.
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And what is the Roanoke Times' recommended course of action whenever the United Nations makes demands? Yield. Acquiesce. Surrender.
... the countries most vocally demanding control are the likes of China, Iran and Tunisia, hardly paragons of personal liberty to entrust with management of a system that relies on the free flow of information.

Yet, if the United States does not give some ground, several nations have threatened to create their own root servers. That would fracture the Internet, causing confusion and some degree of costly communications disruptions.

Even the European Union last week effectively called for throwing down the gauntlet and challenging the United States.

These issues will be the topic of an international summit next month. With global sentiment already mixed at best regarding several U.S. policies, American delegates should at least avoid unyielding, unilateral posturing that may provoke the rest of the world to split the Internet.
We certainly don't want to provoke these countries, even though many of them are at least corrupt and inept and at worst murderous and tyrannical. We need to destroy the most innovative, most dynamic, most rapidly developing, most revolutionary system to be developed in a hundred years because the Europeans - and Cubans - want to control the free flow of ideas.

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Eminent Domain Out of Control

I read recently that there are thousands of cases pending around the country involving government's (local, state, federal) exercising its power of eminent domain. A number of those cases involve property being seized from private entities and handed over to private entities. In the United States of America.

One such case comes to us from St. Louis and government's vital need there for a new shopping center.

Drawing the line on eminent domain
By Joyce Howard Price, The Washington Times

Jim Seelbach, 83, lives in a suburb of St. Louis and he is about to lose his home of 20 years. The city wants it to make way for a shopping center.

Mr. Seelbach and several dozen neighbors in the city of Sunset Hills face an eminent-domain order that could seize their properties to develop the $160 million complex filled with stores and offices.

Even if he were amenable to moving, he says the money offered for his home would make it impossible to find similar housing.

Mr. Seelbach has refused to accept the $118,000 offered for his two-bedroom, one-bath frame dwelling in the Sunset Manor subdivision near St. Louis.

"I can't find another home for $118,000, and at 83, there's no way I can even obtain a mortgage," he says.

Likewise, his neighbor, John N. Hogan, 79, a Korean War veteran who has lived in his house for nearly 50 years, doesn't want to move and doesn't think he has a fair offer for it.

"They want to take my three-bedroom, two-bath redwood home for $147,000. But I can't buy anything in this area for $147,000," he says. (
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Lives are being destroyed for a shopping center. A SHOPPING CENTER.