Post for Apr 22-28 2012

TaN: Rejoinder to myself: Only man-made things are commodities and private property are those that are neither natural nor the Commons (i.e., the entirety of resources that are “held in common” or the sum total of everything, from natural resources to all products of man’s labor of which people have traditional rights or claims to).

It would appear that the rich and the powers-that-be are still at it – i.e., still trying to “privatize” and “commoditize” everything, trying to get their “claws” into everything.  Nothing seems to be sacred to them.  Today, they are venturing into the fundamental needs of man – water and air.

Their greed is boundless as they have already found ways to own things FOREVER – giving further credence to the saying, “The world has (more than) enough for all men’s needs but not for one man’s greed.”  The epitome of this is in Information Technology (IT) – specifically in software – and in Entertainment – specifically in music and in films – where consumers are bilked into purchasing only the rights to use the products but not the ownership.

This is the very foundation of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), where consumers can be liable for piracy and other so-called “illegal” activities.  Since the consumer merely buys the right to use, the manufacturer still retains ownership and, thus, can dictate the disposition of the product – because it still legally belongs to them.

And to make matters worse, there was a proposal to extend the duration from a minimum of 20 years – as if 2 decades is not long enough to recover and earn from the exclusive sale.  On the average, whatever capital that was put into the introduction and marketing of a product will have been recovered within the first year.

And it just keeps getting worse.  The exclusivity can be “renewed” or “extended” by just making minor changes to the product just prior to expiry date.  [And, speaking of expiry date, expiry dates are mandated on many items are unnecessary – for instance, in dry food items, because we know that dry things do not spoil and, therefore, will not expire.  Much of the expiry dates on dry items are “in aid of consumption” – i.e., to ensure that people will have fears and doubts as to the safety and will not gamble with their health when, in truth, the food is still edible.]

It is about time that the interests of the majority or greater number be given more attention and, if needed, the 99% will have to take it from the 1%.  The biggest stumbling block is the mindset – we have been conditioned into believing and accepting our status in the scheme of things (i.e., we work our tails off so the rich can have their lives of luxury, of affluence, of over-abundance, of lavishness).  As they say, What the mind can conceive, the body can achieve.  Please permit me to invite you to peruse:

TaN: Discovery of something natural cannot be subject to ownership.  Based on the principle that Nature cannot be patented, the discovery of natural things cannot be subject to claims of ownership and, by extension, neither can concept and ideas stemming from any natural thing – regardless of whether it was borne from a discovery or otherwise.

This TaN came about because of the persistent and continuing row between China and SEA nations – more specifically the Philippines – with respect to the jurisdiction and sovereignty over Scarborough Shoal.  Neither (or none) of the disputing parties can make any legal claims, regardless of who was able to discover/come across (and named) it.  The fact remains that the disputed piece of real estate is a natural occurrence and, therefore, cannot be claimed by anyone.

Moreover, if the reason behind these disputes over territory is the need for political boundaries to demarcate jurisdictions, it is a very troublesome issue that will never be resolved or settled amicably until and unless man learns to share and cooperate, to live by the commandments of Jesus the Christ – the true co-owner and co-creator of all (with the Father) that we see and have.

To quote from the video “The Pale Blue Dot” (1994) by (the late) Carl Sagan (Nov 9, 1934-Dec 20, 1996), to wit: …on February 14, 1990, from a distance of 6.4 billion kilometers, Voyager 1 captured this image, of our EarthHere, the entire world fills only 0.12 pixel and appears as a tiny crescent of light. …

Look again at that dotThat’s hereThat’s homeThat’s usOn it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being, who ever was, lived out their livesThe aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ‘superstar’, every ‘supreme leader’, every saint and sinner, in the history of our species, lived there, on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.”

The Earth is a very small stage, in a vast cosmic arenaThink of the rivers of blood, spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters, of a fraction of a dotThink of the endless cruelties, visited by the inhabitants, of one corner, of this pixel, on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants, of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are, to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.”

Our posturings, our imagined self importance, the delusion that we have som privileged position, in the Universe, are challenged, by this point of pale lightOur planet is a lonely speck, in the great enveloping cosmic darkIn our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come, from elsewhere, to save us, from ourselves.”

The Earth is the only world known, so far, to harbor lifeThere is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrateVisit, yesSettle, not yetLike it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand.”

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character building experienceThere is, perhaps, no better demonstration, of the folly of human conceits, than this distant image of our tiny worldTo me, it underscores our responsibility, to deal more kindly, with one another, and to preserve snd cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”


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