[kwlug-disc] Meeting with (not so new) MPs in KW region.

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Sat May 7 17:05:32 EDT 2011

On Sat, 2011-05-07 at 13:08 -0400, Russell McOrmond wrote:
> On Sat, May 7, 2011 at 9:34 AM, L.D. Paniak  wrote:
> > Ridiculous url notwithstanding, can we counter such arguments?  I have a
> > problem with proof by eminent authority (Dr. Ficsor said I was
> > right...), but I guess that is how legal debates work.
>   Take a look at: http://billc32.ca/faq#wipoguide
>   It is important that people recognise that Dr. Mihály Ficsor is not
> so much an expert, but a lobbiest from outside of Canada.   He was
> actively involved in pushing forward as a Hungarian the policy
> laundering position put forward by the USTR on technological measures.
>   He lost that debate in 1995/1996 when the vast majority of WIPO
> countries rejected the inclusion of "access controls" and a
> prohibition on tools and services that can be used to circumvent these
> access controls.  He has then lobbied globally claiming that he won
> the debate, and that WIPO had actually meant to say what he promoted
> and never got.
>   He is relying on the short attention span of people, as well as the
> fact that politicians are generalists and won't know that what he says
> of the history is incorrect.
>   It is pretty  dishonest what he is doing, but it is part of the
> political debate to claim that up is down, left is right, and that
> "We've always been at war with Eastasia".
>   Hope this helps.

It isn't even necessary to take your word for it.  I invite the
interested to have a look at the good Dr. Ficsor's rebuttal of Geist's


If you can wade through the gratuitous overuse of boldface typeset,
Oxford English Dictionary citations, non-sequitur comments (did I miss
something?) on the Oscars and New York brothels and belief that his
"good faith" interpretation of the issue at hand trumps all others, you
can come to your own conclusions. 

And what is a "wealth destroyer" anyway?  I've never heard that one
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