Jul 26

One Little Pill to Help Drinkers

There is a tendency in the US for sticking to certain beliefs, that there’s a single way to solve a problem and that’s it.  Such is the case with people who have problems with alcohol, the solution is nearly always quit, go cold turkey, AA meetings and never drink again.

However is that really the only way?  There’s problems with this thinking, for a start it groups a whole spectrum of drinking problems together.  From the successful professional who has a few too many drinks of an evening to the hopeless alcoholic who wakes up shaking and reaching for the bottle.  Is there really only one solution for every scenario like these?  Is AA the only route available.

There is a growing understanding that our treatment of alcohol problems is overly simplistic and there is another option to just promoting abstinence.  It’s important because alcoholism is a growing problem and the AA approach simply doesn’t work for so many people.  For those who do, spend years of their life hopping on and off the wagon.

Other strategies are beginning to be applied in areas of the US and Europe in particular.  Different tactic like medical interventions, therapy and even a new range of drugs which can help alcohol disorders.     There are a range of new drugs which are reporting exciting results, specifically naltrexone, Selincro and nalmefene.   Still not widely known but clinical trial results that are in a different league to traditional measures.

It sounds a bit too good to be true, a little pill to solve your problems but there is really some logic behind it.  These drugs tackle the compulsion to drink by removing the pleasure you receive from having another drink.  When most people drink their brains produce certain chemicals that make them feel good.    Unfortunately in some people this ‘good feeling’ cans oon turn into a dependency.

The drugs block these effects of opioids which make you feel better.  In effect the ‘feel good’ part of drinking is subdued which is theory should slow down drinking and reduce the desire to continue.  Without the pleasurable part why keep drinking is the logic and it seems to work.  The drug has been used in various treatments however this seems to be crucial to it’s success.  As as aid to abstinence it’s not been particularly positive, however in studies where patients are urged to use the pill alongside their drinking it’s been spectacularly successful.

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Jun 14

EU Take Legal Action in Migrant Crisis

There are increasing signs of a rift across the EU about how to deal with the migrant crisis. The European Commission have resorted to a legal challenge against Hungary, Poland and the Czech republic for their failure in taking in asylum seekers. The issue is likely to escalate as there is no real consensus for dealing with this issue among the 28 nations.

The governments in Poland and Hungary are particularly steadfast in their refusal to follow the migrant agreement. The idea was to help the front line countries like Greece and Italy who are being flooded with asylum seekers.

Similarly the Czech Republic agreed only to take 12 people and then indicated they would take no more. The ex-communist countries seem to be the worst in keeping to these agreements and it’s likely that this will cause increasing ill will among the community.

The EU migration officer, Dimitris Avramopoulos has told a news conference that they have made repeated call to these countries to little response.  These have been broadcast throughout Europe but you’ll need an EU based video proxy to access from outside these countries.

The commission has said the legal avenue was related to infringement procedures which is the method to punish countries who don’t meet their obligations.It’s not an easy option for the EU and is liely to lead to years of legal arguments before any penalties or fines can be imposed.

Some countries have been quick to criticise this approach which is likely to lead to increased political tensions and divisions within the community.  The Polish government for instance is ready to defend it’s position in the courts.  The EU is keen to keep unity among the remaining nations particularly due to the Brexit crisis.

However beyond the EU borders there are also issues with Russia and an problematic relationship with the USA.  The problem is that the arguments have continued for nearly two years now with little change. EU leaders feel that legal action is the only way to break the stalemate.  Most of the nations involved simply do not agree with the relocation system.

They are particularly concerned with the security issues that it raises, something that terrorist attacks in the UK and France have heightened. The reality is that these nations are benefiting greatly from the economic stability and investment of the European Union, so are likely to back down eventually.

Mar 07

Kodi Ban to Start in the UK

There’s many legal implications which will directly result from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union many of these will definitely be in the area of internet and copyright law.  Take for example the discussions mentioned in our last post regarding the use of the increasingly popular Kodi media box.

Now Kodi is simply some software that allows you to stream video of any sort from a myriad of devices onto your TV screen.  It’s fairly standard stuff however what makes Kodi so popular is the hundreds of add-ons that expand the capability of the software.  These programs allow Kodi to stream all sorts of copyrighted material from Sky, BBC, BT and Netflix to name but a few.  What makes it even more popular is that you can bypass the technical configuration required and by a pre-installed media box with all that done for you.

You can see why for the cost of one months subscription someone would be tempted to buy a full set up box capable of streaming every Sky Channel from movies to Sports.  No subscriptions, no ongoing costs – just buy the box and stream for nothing. With many people’s Sky accounts costing about £20 a week it’s not surprising that they became so popular.

One of the main legal protections people have currently for using these Kodi installed media boxes is a ruling by the European courts that  merely streaming copyrighted content (as opposed to copying it) was not illegal.  So someone  simply watching something as per Kodi, using a free smart DNS Netflix like this solution or a VPN then is not actually illegal currently.  This has meant the copyright holders have pursued the sellers and distributors of these boxes rather than the individuals.

Of these perhaps the VPN is the safest option simply because you can firstly completely hide your location and the software functions without any specific configuration to download movies or films online. However the others you can easily argue are specifically designed to watch copyrighted material.

Many people have of course, been downloading movies and films online for decades however it is Kodi which has probably moved this into the mainstream.  Downloading torrents anonymously like this takes a fair amount of computing knowledge – whereas buying a pre-configured Kodi box is no harder than setting up a DVD player.  Which is why the UK’s Intellectual Property Office is taking such a keen interest, no doubt heavily pushed by the mainstream media companies of course.

It’s likely that using these devices will become illegal much more quickly as a result of Brexit as the IPO will have more direct powers and are not as constrained as the European courts.  Also much of the legislation is already in place but just needs slight adjustments to encompass the people who use Kodi boxes to stream copyrighted material.

Mar 07

Kodi Legal Issues

At the moment, there’s much confusion about copyright laws and the how this affects the ability to stream films and TV shows online.   The arguments seem to be focussing on media streaming boxes installed with software called Kodi which effectively facilitates streaming subscription only services.

It’s not surprising these boxes have become so popular, for a small one off investment, you can purchase a box which gives full access to subscription services like Sky which can cost nearly £100 a month.  The android based media streamer bypasses the subscription requirements and enables you to watch the latest cinema and TV.   Companies like Sky are obviously not impressed with this, maintaining that it is little more than theft, you can see their point when they pay out billions in copyright and licensing fees only to see all their programmes streamed through a Russian server for nothing.

The Court of Justice of the European Union, probably the forerunner in trying to establish some sort of order in the digital world has ruled that you’re not actually breaking the law by streaming content.   So tools which allow this are perfectly fine too, you can stream via a VPN or sit and watch the Test match on your Kodi box.  So presumably are the millions of people who use things like Smart DNS and proxies to change their Netflix region like this article, although they would be merely switching their subscription rather than avoiding it.

There are lots of complications though and much seems to be centred on the Kodi software.  At it’s core, it’s merely a piece of software which streams movies over the internet, however to individuals it’s much more.   When you use Kodi with all the various add-ons available it can provide access to just about any piece of media on the internet – legitimate or stolen.  After installation no real technical knowledge is required, in fact many of the pre-loaded boxed look remarkably similar to the media boxes provided by the media companies themselves.

It is however these boxes which are being targeted by the authorities as being the most likely route to making downloading copyrighted material a criminal offence.    The problem for them is at the moment the EU copyright exemption makes streaming and viewing different from making a physical copy or downloading,  Which is why no Kodi user has yet been successfully prosecuted.

The manufacturers and retailers however look first in the firing line, in the UK there have been several raids on individuals who are selling pre-configured and installed Kodi boxes.  They seem to be much more of a priority for companies to target as opposed to providers such as VPN services which perform a totally legitimate service of security.  These battles seem to be being fought on a technical level rather than a legal one – read this – My VPN Stopped Working.

It is likely though that eventually using a pre-installed Kodi box to download or stream copyrighted material is going to land you in trouble.  It’s actually fairly easy to detect users and if it becomes illegal, you can be assured that a big clampdown would follow as it’s already costing companies like SKy millions every year in lost subscriptions.

Oct 26

Polish Torrents Legal Claims

There are of course lots of ways to make money on the internet as I’m sure you’ve seen thousands of emails and web adverts describing over the years.  Some methods, although not illegal are not quite as savory as others including the rather unpleasant tactic of copyright trolling.  We first saw this about 10 years ago when a UK law firm called ACS Law started trying to extort money off individuals who had downloaded movies, story here.   However it’s developed over the years and appeared in many areas of the world – usually under the pseudonym of ‘copyright trolling’.

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The concept consists of the copyright holder (or fee earning agent) trawling the internet looking for IP addresses who have downloaded their movies or music from torrent or file sharing sites.   They will then obtain the names and addresses or the people who are associated with those IP addresses and send them copyright claims.  It’s normally a threat of legal action with an option to settle for a specific amount, it can be extremely lucrative for the copyright owner particularly in the case of downloaded pornography. People don’t realise that they can be tracked down to their IP addresses if they’re using their home connections and that anonymous torrenting is something you need to take technical steps to achieve.

Imagine their millions of people using file sharing and torrent sites every day to download copyrighted materials completely unaware of the risks.  What’s more a large percentage who would probably rather pay up than a potentially embarrassing court appearance, which is what these trolls rely on.   It’s kind of like legalized extortion with the companies usually claiming the moral high ground but are more interested in making some easy money.

Poland seems to be the latest battleground subject to these tactics with hundreds of people being visited by the police seizing the computers of people who have allegedly download a comedy film called ‘Screwed’.   Presumably the police have obtained the IP and physical addresses from their ISPs although this doesn’t seem clear at the moment.  It’s a much more aggressive approach than happened in the UK where it was simply a civil case which didn’t involve the police or criminal courts.

The action is said to be aimed only at active uploaders and distributors of the copyrighted material.  However as every one using a standard torrent client will be uploading and sharing at the same time, this doesn’t really exclude anyone. It all sounds very suspicious and the involvement of the Polish police is extremely worrying as they seem to be seizing equipment and advising suspects to settle the demands outside court.   Standards of evidence collection and impartiality don’t seem that important in this situation, particularly as there are many scenarios where the technical information can be misleading.

 

Oct 26

New Dutch Law Threatens Single Digital Market

One of the biggest problem with establishing laws on the internet is everyone has their own idea of what’s required.  For you the digital individual can sit in one country and interact, buy, sell and chat with people and businesses in a host of other countries.  Every country has their own laws and it’s very confusing which should apply!  The European Union is attempting to establish a set of rules for a Digital Single Market (DSM) but it’s extremely difficult as each country still has it’s own internet based rules and regulations too.

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Take for example the new Internet neutrality laws adopted by the Netherlands this month, a single law or actually an amendment to their Telecommunications act banning zero rating in the case of certain services or categories. Nothing particularly controversial, yet it illustrates the difficulty in unifying digital markets simply because it contravenes what Europe has already decided that National regulators decide zero rating pricing on a case-by-case basis.

Meanwhile of course commercial enterprises have a slightly different agenda, T-Mobile Netherlands have launched something called ‘Music Freedom’ which allows customers unmetered access to music streaming services.  This offer also potentially violates the new net neutrality laws.

None of the laws are particularly restrictive and often represent a desire to protect the consumers.  However it is easy to see how individual countries passing hundreds of specific internet and telecoms laws will undermine a single digital market.  Combined with both individuals and companies also trying to implement their own specific choices makes for a formidable challenge.

At the moment individual consumers have to use technical skills and IP changing software to access digital products which are bought in one European country if they travel to another.  Yet the companies don’t like this for a variety of reasons and it’s why you’ll find things like Netflix VPN bans – here – mainly they say to enforce licensing restrictions imposed on them.

Sep 26

The Case for Restorative Justice

It’s appealing at least on a moral level, the offender has to reestablish the price tag of his crime, or offer a type of compensation. For example, if he vandalizes a car, that person must pay for the repairs. Often he is not fully aware of all the damages that have been caused, so confronting this issue aims to solve this. Additionally, offenders have to follow victims’ stories and face until the reality of what it is that they have done.

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The victim plays a significant role in this procedure and usually receives some kind of restitution from the offender, whether it’s monetary, community assistance, or whatever other services they might be able to provide. He or she may have in mind what an appropriate restitution plan might entail. He or she then described how he and his neighbour had been affected. For example, he or she may provide further information in relation to the background or the impact of the offence.  This can be done in a variety of ways, simply meeting the victim or often a presentation might be created by a legal team perhaps by using some online video editor free.

It is necessary to likewise concentrate on analyzing the victims of a crime because they can lead to a thriving arrest. When an actual victim of severe crime is in the room, it may have a major effect on re-offending.

There are numerous forms of restorative justice. Restorative justice, nevertheless, is no out-of-the-box solution. To be certain, restorative justice isn’t a simple fix. The method unlike things like statutory law is grounded in a completely different logic, based primarily on philosophy, and practice. Restorative justice stipulates a totally different manner of thinking about crime and victimization. Restorative justice takes a significant paradigm shift for everybody involved. Restorative justice empowers students to resolve conflicts by themselves and in little groups, and it’s an increasing practice at schools across the nation.

Restorative Justice is increasing exponentially in the usa. Restorative justice looks like the absolute most efficient way to start rebuilding. Soon restorative justice could possibly be the norm instead of the exception in regards to school discipline. In this manner, restorative justice appears to fit much more with the fundamentals of evidence-based practice.

Programs employing restorative principles get the central target of addressing the requirements of victims. Today restorative justice programs are found around the world. There is a multitude of programs and ideas connected with restorative justice.

Regrettably, the feudal system of justice has a severe flaw since it devalues the very individuals who hold the secret to its daily life and regeneration. The criminal justice process is second just to the educational process in the quantity of fads and experiments that temporarily course during the expert ranks. As opposed to the individual harmed who retaliates, it’s our justice system which strikes back on the victim’s behalf.

The retributive the heart of our present system has spawned the greatest absolute and per capita incarceration speeds in the history of earth. In addition, It has been driven by means of an urge to hold offenders truly accountable. From a victims’ perspective, among the reasons the conventional unlawful justice process is inadequate is it doesn’t have authority to call upon the full array of governmental resources necessary to fulfill the requirements of victims. Second, the requirements of victims ought to be adequately addressed. Moreover, it supplies help for the offender to be able to steer clear of future offences.

Jack Hargreaves

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Jul 18

Immigration Specialist and Lawyers

Immigration attorneys also handle the application procedure and procedures involved with neutralizing foreigners who wish to become US citizens. Any forms associated with the US immigration should be submitted and filed with this particular agency. This informative article looks briefly at the last year along with the issues which have arisen in the area of US Immigration. Because of it being a department of america federal government, many immigrants are quite intimidated when they need to cope with the USA Immigration and Naturalization agency.

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While this kind of attorney can often help speed up and smooth out the process, the expense to retain legal counsel for assistance with US immigration is generally not an option for several. You have to make sure your attorney is just a member of a minimum of one immigration lawyers association. You could also appoint an internet immigration lawyer to provide you with only advice.  Just have a search online in a location which is convenient, although if you’re outside the country you might need to spoof my IP address to access region locked websites. You need to pose as many questions that you can to your immigration lawyer.

To come across professionals which are seasoned in handling immigration, you might need a seasoned immigration law firm. Immigration laws also cope with asylum seekers. The attorneys also handle the legal issues connected with people that are refugees or seeking asylum. Immigration attorneys continuously monitor the hottest changes in immigration policy, legislation and procedures to be able to make certain their clients fully reap the benefits of the most up-to-date info.

Nonetheless of the results of the review, in the long run, you’ll have a better insight in your case and you may be educated of all of your immigration choices. As somebody who helps different folks periodically with immigration matters, this is really a fantastic reference to get. It needs to be remembered that there’s also a great heap of controversy surrounding emigration, especially from selected countries and particular portions of the world. There are a lot of people steps within the procedure to make this type of dream a reality and passing the US citizenship test is among the crucial steps.

A good number of these businesses are made to help individuals throughout the immigration process and possess a staff that are fluent in a range of languages to help overcome the language issue. Prior to making a final decision to really go through with US immigration, be certain to seek out good info, suggestions and input from others, in order to understand what the full process entails.  When you connect online try and use residential VPN services as they look like legitimate US web accounts.

The fee structure for the necessary forms has just been moderately raised. For this particular reason, it will always be best to have the latest editions, and also to check to make certain any law you’re relying on is still fantastic law and hasn’t been changed. In a few cases, the petitioner and beneficiary opt to manage the Immigration matter by themselves and in those situations a form G-28 will never be filed.

The other advantage to seeking out such aid, whether from a lawyer or from among the many businesses offering immigration solutions, is they can greatly aid in the avoidance of missteps within the citizenship procedure. In the instance of immigration bonds it’s the federal government with which you’re dealing. With these sorts of costs only for filing the correct forms, it is simple to observe why seeking to gain US citizenship is just too expensive for many. To find out more about immigration bond contact a neighborhood bail bond company.

Jul 18

Discussing the Gun Control Options

Proponents of gun control appear to believe the Amendment isn’t absolute. It is needed, and it can be accomplished. The next amendment right permits us to own guns. Safe gun storage probably will be near the highest part of the listing of new gun laws.

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They are able to carry on airplanes if they’re Federal Officers. They don’t have any guns for citizens. No, there will not be any tyranny by gun in the USA.

With the world wide web, what an individual can’t accomplish with a high-powered rifle, an individual could probably learn how to do with homemade explosives. Once the president started to discuss gun control, gun enthusiasts renewed their rush to buy guns and ammunition. It doesn’t go into various selection of guns or what’s the difference between riffles, shotguns and handguns. It generally does not safeguard our right to get automatic firearms, nor does this give any hint in any respect that it merely protects the right of our military to carry guns.  It is a worry what people can learn about firearms though especially using the web, obviously some of it is monitored by the security services but how much is hidden using proxies and VPNs like this online IP changer.

The typical criminal will not own a machine gun, and they’re far out numbered by ordinary morons that have a stock pile of every weapon you are able to think of within the gun cabinet.So yes. There’s also an extra two hours of training in the gun range about the actual use and security essentials of handling a firearm.

No consideration needs to be given to simple collectors in regards to gun control, make them collect stamps. The pro-gun, or what is generally called gun nuts, possess the firm belief the American people possess the right to not just carry a gun, yet to carry any form of gun which they want, while anti-gun groups need to get cleared of the right to carry a gun all together unless that individual is really a soldier or police officer.

You’ve got enough legal stuff below your pillow and on your own gun rack. They’ve gunshot monitors that may pinpoint the location of the fired gun inside a few feet. As it’s now, everyone can go into a shop and get any gun they desire. If a person would like to kill you or do harm to your own family members, I don’t think having a gun is likely to change that.

People would just begin shooting at anyone by using their gun drawn. Women are encouraged to be in possession of a firearm. Gun violence isn’t racial either here.

Those with guns hidden within the woods will soon be questioned regarding where their guns are. Much like drugs, making guns illegal won’t secure rid of them. They are going to bury their guns and ammo within the woods. Quite simply, if they have guns we ought to be permitted to not only have them too, but in addition be permitted to possess the exact same ones they do.

Guns are really not the issue, crazy, sic, mentally unstable individuals with guns are. The problem is that these people can do way more damage with a semi-automatic weapon than they can with a knife, we only have to watch the latest developments on BBC World News streaming to our laptops to see the truth in that.

In today’s world, many particularly in the US consider gun ownership is really an acceptable means of safeguarding your life from criminal elements. Carrying a stun gun is a superb approach to offer protection for yourself and your family members, but additionally it has a particular quantity of responsibility. So here is another group which should become hardly any consideration in regards to gun control. The gun enthusiast want to utilize the slippery slope argument.

Jun 29

A Primer on Equality Law

The very first section of Equity is Equality. Here is Equality from starting to end. Here is what you have to know more about the new law. In the aforementioned lawsuit, the worker should first prove there’s a wage difference.

Law is usually defined as a method of rules and regulations which are equal for everybody and are enforced through a pack of institutions. The Equality Act 2010 was made to offer comprehensive legal protection against the injustice due to status discrimination’. For him, the fresh law doesn’t reflect realities on the ground. For them, this law will produce more problems within the home than it is going to solve.

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Among the most significant innovations is really a procedure for contract compliance that is certainly consistent with EC public procurement law. A number of other states are now pursuing similar legislation. Besides that, the requirements are very different in each and every state. You could also consider selecting a student medical insurance plan for your own child if they’re close to an age that no longer allows them all to be covered by your present insurance plan.

Equality needs a greater level of group pluralism. Where Caste is, there may not be Equality. Within this light, there’s a particular utopianism about the modern equality movement. Yet both bodies of law proved generally treated as conceptually distinct.   In many countries you are not even allowed to access ordinary web sites and services whatever sex you are.    This is normally dependent on your location and your network address, for example a UK or French IP address would be able to access most content on the web except for specific region locked stuff.

Wellness is wealth is a rather popular saying. Indeed, gender equality is not just about women. Equality between women and men.

Of course equality can vary hugely depending on where you are, take Texas for example which has a superior risk pool for people that have been declined, due to health conditions. Contingent upon the individual’s condition they require different spans of care. This is perfect for individuals that are students but have dependents, like children along with a spouse.

If you’re self-employed as well as your company begins to have more clients, then you ought to get medical insurance through an expert employers association that may give insurance to small businesses less the exorbitant fees. That’s unless you’re a solitary small business proprietor in which case an individual medical insurance policy would be best. Here you’re supposed to prove it to the insurance policy company the job loss isn’t voluntarily. Actually, companies aren’t made to insure you.

Private medical insurance does not have to be difficult for anybody to obtain as there are lots of providers who are willing to do as such. Additionally, many health care providers don’t choose to split the actual expenses of services with the general public. It’s essential not merely for the standard individuals but additionally for the individuals with disability. Individuals who are employed in some specific occupations are entitled to insurance policy through their professional bodies or unions and certainly will be more fortunate with an insurance policy policy that’s specifically geared to their own needs.

One suspects the equality-label is generally used precisely due to its malleability within an age of moral uncertainty. It’s worth remembering that in the majority of secular accounts of the law, both of these sets of cases are rather minor footnotes. That still excludes a whole lot of people. There aren’t any ethics in biology.

No matter the case you must now qualify for group insurance. This way, you’ll have lower costs to cover under COBRA. If you’re able to not afford premiums in any way, there are lots of helpful government and private plans that might help. By spreading liability over thousands as an alternative to only a few, insurance companies have the ability to offer lower rates to associations.

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Jun 21

Brexit Law Changes

For the last few decades much of Britain’s employment laws have been based on EU directives and legislation.  Unfortunately it is not clear what if anything will change, indeed it is important to remember that the Brexit capmapigners have no actual control over  these laws even if we leave the EU as the majority are not in Government.

Here’s a few of the main issues:

Transfer of Employment

A set of regulations called TUPE which ensure that employment and conditions are transferred when a business or services changes ownership.  This offers significant protection for employees and their terms of services.  Will a UK government carry on with TUPE.

Agency Workers

The EU has introduced a lot of protection for agency workers ensuring that if they work for 12 weeks they will be entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions of permanent workers recruited directly by the company.  This was extremely controversial in the UK and it’s distinctly possible that this will be replaced.

Health and Safety

The EU has introduced a lot of health and safety legislation often with a lot of opposition in the UK, many who argue that it is burdensome and oppressive. It is unclear how much would be retained or replaced.

Discrimination

Another areas heavily influenced by European law, in fact pretty much all of the UK discrimination laws have an EU component.  Protections on grounds of disability, sex, race and religion have all been strengthened by EU law.  Although possible that  these could be weakened following an exit from the EU it is probably unlikely this would happen.

Holiday Payments

Another important area that has been influenced by the European Union.  Latest improvements include the rulings that holiday pay should include their full earnings rather than just the basic salary.   Many expect this to change if a UK government had the ability to control this issue.

Digital Market Place

An important area that is currently in development, many UK citizens earn their living online making and selling digital services and computer software like Identity Cloaker.   Overall the market for digital products across the world is confusing tangle of conflicting rights and regulations.  The EU is trying to produce a single market for digital products to help alleviate this situation.

Further Reading

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Jun 21

Pakistani Blasphemy Laws – Man Arrested

Throughout the world there are some very strict religious laws, and Pakistan has some of the most inflexible.  Last week Pakistani police sweeped down on the home of Jahanzaib Khaskhili in the town of Tando Adam.    His crime was unclear at first but it was soon revealed to be for the selling of shoes which carried a sacred Hindu symbol on them.

The shoes carried the ‘om’ symbol which is held sacred in the Hindu religion.  The arrest was supported by the local Hindu community leaders who called for the shopkeeper to be punished for this supposed crime.   The blasphemy laws sound quite reasonable on first glance simply making it a crime to insylt any of the major religions, There are specific extremist sections too though including defiling the Koran or insulting a certain Prophet Mohammad which carry either a life sentence or a mandatory death sentence.

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So what’s going to happen to the poor shopkeeper? Well the sentence for his particular ‘crime’ is slightly more lenient but still could be up to 10 years in jail plus some sort of fine.  Ali is reported to be cooperating with the police and authorities and is claiming he was completely unaware that he was committing a crime.   The police chief seemed to be sympathetic to these claims and is likely to be lenient.

They were also now pursuing the supplier of the footwear, who is also based in Pakistan but in the neighboring Punjab province.

What is evident though that visitors to Pakistan should be extremely careful about what hey do or say when in Pakistan.  It is easy for visitors from liberal areas like Europe to inadvertently break strict laws especially around religion.  It’s best to avoid any discussions or situations involving religions unless you are actively participating.

If you’re using the internet and or messaging try to use only protected or secure sites.  In fact it’s advisable to only post anonymously on social media sites, plus use encryption to protect your actual data and connection.   Many people in these countries routinely use a VPN like this to protect themselves and of course access region locked internet sites.

References:

James Jennings, author: UK Proxy Online: 2012 Nomad Publishing

Jun 21

More Strange Laws – Holiday Fun

Every country has a few of them, those strange laws which nobody seems to know the reason for but can ultimately land you in a  lot of trouble.    There are of course often sensible reasons behind some of they can be difficult to predict particularly for an outside.  These are not always in far flung exotic places either – check out some of these below.

France have a lot of laws, they are on the whole fairly sensible but it’s unlikely that everyone abides by all of them.  For example there is a law in place covering motorists, which states that every car driver must carry a high visibility best with them whilst travelling.  If you are caught without one, you can face a fine of just over £100.

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Other laws are slightly more predicable but  still a bit strange for a westerner to comprehend.  For example it’s best not to get too amorous in public whilst in Dubai.  In 2010 a UK couple spent a month in a Dubai jail after being caught kissing in a restaurant.   Others have faced even more serious sentences for similar offences.  You can also get in trouble for doing anything like this over the internet, so be careful what you stream over the internet using this best VPN for Netflix !

What could possibly happen in the laid back Caribbean, where we suspect the police probably spend a lot of time relaxing and taking naps.  But beware, be careful what you wear there, in the Caribbean for  some inexplicable reason it is an offence to wear camouflage clothing.

Most people would of course expect there to be some tough drug laws out there particularly in the middle eastern countries but even then they might surprise you.  For example in the United Arab Emirates, you don’t need to be carrying them – the slightest trace in your bloodstream is enough to land you a hefty jail sentence.  The drugs that are banned are not also obvious, for example codeine is illegal whereas it’s commonly sold in most European countries.

UAE is probably a place to avoid for a relaxing carefree holiday, for it has other laws which could catch you out.  Ever felt the need to swear at someone on social media for example, a very bad move in the UAE.  A few naughty words on Whatsapp or social media platform could land you with a fine of £50000, ouch !  Do yourself a favor and be very careful what you don online in some of these countries, keep a low profile and perhaps like me use a VPN like this to stream the News and stuff because not only will it hide where you’re visiting but also will encrypt what you say online too.

 

Apr 02

Dating Site – PoF Fined under Anti-Spam Legislation

The CRTC says the fine was imposed after complaints alleged PlentyOfFish Media Inc. sent e-mails that didn’t have a clearly labelled or easy-to-use unsubscribe alternative.

The apparent violations happened between July 1 and Oct. 8 of last year.

Markus Frind in Vancouver created PlentyOfFish 12 years ago and now has more than one hundred million users around the world. The service sends its users occasional e-mails which highlight people who have similar interests and notify them of new messages from fellow users. The majority of them are sent from a central mail server based of unknown location but with a US IP address.

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After they notified PlentyOfFish Media of the investigation, regulators say, the firm upgraded its unsubscribe procedure to obey the laws.

The dating website has additionally agreed to develop a compliance plan, including training for the staff and changes to match with the anti spam requirements.

“This case is a significant reminder to companies that they have to review their unsubscribe mechanics to ensure they’re clearly and conspicuously set out as well as may be readily performed,” said main compliance and enforcement officer Manon Bombardier in a release.

Before this month, the CRTC imposed the primary monetary punishment under the anti-spam law, which came into effect.

The organization has until the CRTC’s ruling to be contested by early April.

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What is the purpose of the law? Why do we need lawyers? Is there a better system available to society? Has the practice of law been corrupted by the greed motive? These are all vitally important questions that need to be discussed in a frank and open manner. The accessibility of an internet website makes it the perfect tool for hosting such a free ranging discussion on aspects of the law.

What is the Purpose of the Law?

“Sovereignty itself is, of course, not subject to law, for it is the author and source of law; but in our system, while sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of government, sovereignty itself remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts.”
[Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356; 6 S.Ct. 1064 (1886)]

The sovereign makes the law in order to protect his, her or their “life liberty and property”. The mechanism for upholding the body of rules known as the law is first the police force. Since part of the law is the right to a trial, lawyers and legal professionals become involved in the law process.

The notion of sovereignty varies from country to country. In England the monarch is the sovereign. In the USA, following the model handed down from the French Revolution ‘the people’ are the sovereign.

Under the American system ‘the people’ therefore have the right to change the law. And yet their elected representatives often seem reluctant to enact the changes that many of the people want. A classic example of this is the legalization of marijuana. The people of California clearly want this but their sovereignty is undermined by the overriding claim of sovereignty held by the federal government.

Why do we need lawyers?

Essentially lawyers are a product of the inaccuracy of language. As more words are used the more there is room for interpretation. Words are a way of modeling reality. The model is not reality. Thus, lawyers are needed to find suitable interpretations for the words of the law.

Secondly, the constitution upholds the right for a man to defend himself if accused by the law. The law is complicated and this right requires lawyers. In civil law the right for redress against a perceived wrong also requires the services of a lawyer.

Finally, as a result of the slippery nature of language, lawyers are needed to write agreements that cannot be easily broken.

Therefore, lawyers are experts in the details of the law as well as the language of the law. The details naturally include the important body of examples set out in precedence.

Is there a better system available to society?

Some countries use trial by jury; in others judges decide the verdict of guilty or not guilty. Either way lawyers are used to expound the opposing points of view of the plaintiff and the defendant. Should we scrap the system of lawyers and let people directly plead their case to a judge? As in the case of King Solomon, a wise man could see clearly to the heart of the matter and reach a just decision, mete out justice.

People are dismayed with the ‘tricks’ lawyers use such as pleading that technical proceedings were not followed correctly. It is commonly perceived that those with lots of money can retain the services of lawyers who are adept at throwing up smokescreens of words by which they can make ‘black’ become ‘white’.

There are clearly problems with the legal system. They might, however, reflect inequalities and problems in society rather than in the theory of the law.

Has the practice of law been corrupted by the greed motive?

The last point naturally leads on to the relationship in America between money and the law. People can become rich from using the law in the USA, more so than in any other country. Not only can some lawyers command high fees for their services but they can also take a commission for damages they recover.

The culture of ‘ambulance chasing’ is seen by many foreign observers as being endemic in the USA. This does seem to be an unfortunate side effect of the sovereign right to pursue a grievance through the legal system. Other countries have basically the same legal system as the USA with little litigation. One definitely has to question the motives of many plaintiffs. Greed undoubtedly is behind many court cases. However, sometimes it is the desire to clear ones name, or the desire to challenge the law itself. Again, we have to look not at the law but at the society that uses the law in cynical and greedy ways.

These are just notes to get the ball rolling. www.nalpexchange.org is about an exchange of opinions connected to the law. It is often quoted that the future is a foreign country; well the law is also a foreign country. This website intends to explore the law in its widest sense and in its most far reaching applications and influences in order to make the law less foreign to us.

Feb 25

US Recovery Won’t Boost Global Growth

Even though the US market is growing more firmly compared to the International Monetary Fund anticipated in last October’s World Economic Outlook, that acceleration is not going to suffice to improve international economic growth.

Instead, the pickup in the United States emphasizes the undeniable fact that we have been within an age of economic bundles that are divergent, although some boats being lifted by the tide but leaving the rust pails put the underside.

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Faced with that prospect, Europe and Japan are embarking on substantial monetary policy experiments, fuelling discussion of international “money wars”. To say that isn’t to deny the extent or value of the restoration that is based on American growth. But the increases to the economies in the rest of the planet from other areas shouldn’t be overestimated.

That change is portion of a broader tendency. From 1986 to 2000, as the planet market experienced a huge process each 1 per cent escalation in world GDP was correlated using better rise ensuring that commerce spread growth globally.

But that multiplier (which economists refer to as the “commerce elasticity”) has dropped to around 1.3, helping to clarify why markets go less closely in measure than they formerly did.   Just check out the news in these countries, you can use this tool to access national broadcasters from the USA and Europe like NBC, BBC, ABC etc.

In once, the decrease in the responsiveness of commerce to increase continues to be particularly marked in America, using the commerce elasticity dropping from almost 4 to of the American market.

The result will be to significantly muffle the direct spillover to the planet in general from a more powerful US restoration.  The prognosis for worldwide increase thus depends more heavily on each area’s own attempts — but the prospects are scarcely not worry in the heart as well as in its periphery of the planet market.

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Sep 18

Home Education – Is it Really an Alternative?

Multiple varying approaches regarding the way home education ought to be performed are out there. You can find various theories and methods, some of which we’ll be discussing in this article. In the final analysis, however, it’s up to you to decide what techniques will work best with your kids. Sometimes you may want to combine two or more approaches, and come up with a home schooling method of your own.

When you start home schooling, you must set up a schedule. Every family has a routine they normally go through, so that will need to be taken into consideration once the schedule is made out for the home schooling. It is a good idea to be as consistent as possible to the schedule you set up. It can be tempting when home schooling to be casual about time and schedules, since there’s no one supervising you and you can be a little flexible. To make sure your children are able to keep focused, it is important that you have a consistent schedule for individual subjects. It is necessary to have a schedule in place, even if it is changed over time.

Home schooling your kids can be very rewarding for both you and your children; you can provide some things that public schools are unable to. Not only will your children be able to see life in reality, but will also be able to experience places and people in reality. You have the opportunity to give your child a look at the real world when you decide to home school them; instead of sending them off to school where you know little about the curriculum. These lessons will be more defining to you child. Depending on where you live and what you do on a daily basis, will certainly have an impact on what sort or experiences your child may or may not be able to take part in.

There is a lot more flexibility of course than schools and professional teachers are allowed. You can focus on different subjects and use methods which are not practical in a classroom environment for instance. My friend uses the internet a lot to teach her two girls, they are both learning French and watch a lot of French TV online to help. It’s actually quite easy to if you change IP address you can access most of the French and French Canadian TV stations online.

To have an umbrella organization oversee the whole process is what a lot of parents find as the best approach of home schooling. If home schooling is a new experience, this can work well for you. This works really well because your children are at home, you are doing the teaching, and all of the educational materials, subjects and curriculum are supplied by the umbrella organization. If you’re unsure of how to get started or not confident in your ability to create your own curriculum, this may be a solution worth looking into. On the other hand, if you want the maximum amount of independence, the umbrella organization is probably not your best bet. There will be more ways for it to be done, once home schooling becomes more popular. There are other people doing home schooling also, and their experiences might help you a lot, if you will listen. However, when it comes down to it, you should do what you think is best for your own children.

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Aug 27

Important Legal Concepts About Professional Joint Ventures

Joint ventures are an exciting and lucrative way to earn nice profits for your online business. Despite their potential, only a small minority of internet marketers take the initiative and seek out joint ventures. No one has to do this, but it’s definitely a way to take an existing business to another level. You can gain access to skills, investment capital or other resources that you might not have on your own. Leverage is an essential principle in the business world, allowing you to benefit from another business’s resources. The fact is, anyone can learn to manage JVs, even if you’ve never created one before.

The success you reach with your joint venture is also going to depend quite a lot on the primary rules of etiquette. Along with being completely professional, you should be polite and friendly as well. Try hard to create a positive impression as best you can but you aren’t in business with them to be friends. Be friendly as much as you can, or as it is called in business: be cordial to your coworkers. Never come across like you are mistrustful of them, and people will tend to trust you when you give them the same courtesy.

It is imperative that you find a way to create a positive business relationship with your fellow JVers. Communicate with them online and promptly, if you’re in a country where there are restrictions then learn how to change ip address online so that you can use tools like Skype. It’s important to do this so that you’ll have an easier time setting up joint ventures in the future. Matching potential partners to your level of contribution is what you can do when looking for JVs. A major corporation, for instance, will probably not want to work with a solo marketer or a small business. Another example would be a midsized business ignoring a smaller business.

This is just the hard facts of the business world and you have to accept it. Serious money can still be made through IM, even though businesses operate like this. Gaining interest from a larger potential partner is possible if you can present a killer idea that will make them money. Although most of it is based upon negotiations, JV opportunities to follow some general guidelines.

Before you start contacting people about your JV, make sure you’re fully prepared. The larger the company, the more challenging it will be of course. Sending emails to other solo entrepreneurs is quite an easy task. With a larger business, though, you first have to get a list of names so you know who you have to get in touch with. Once you have the people you need, then send all of them your JV proposal. It’s best to arrange it so all of them receive your proposal together. Don’t be afraid to do some research, either online or by phone, if you aren’t sure who to approach at the company. You see the results of joint ventures every single day and multiple times. Each business has something to offer. They are linked by what they do together. What is happening is that both businesses promote each other in a positive way. So even if you have a one-person IM marketing business, invest in the tools like these – Buy VPN online, make the right contacts and you can still make this work.

Jul 09

Did the NSA Monitor Your Data?

Over a four year period, the US National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted the online accounts of various foreigners in a highly targeted investigation. Except it wasn’t that targeted at all and an investigation by the Washington Post has suggested that for every one legitimate target the data of 9 innocent individuals was swept up at the same time. These people were both Americans and non-Americans, there was little specific details that could tie these people together, it looks like just random people who got swept up in the investigation.

The surveillance files created consisted of some fairly detailed information, there were names, email addresses and full transcripts of messages for example. The investigation was a success including information about double agents, secret nuclear projects and the identities of some foreign hackers who had broken into US computer networks (although that could mean anything!). However the 90% who were not targeted had no protection against this federal snooping unless they had encrypted their communication using some VPN software.

It could be said that the results justified the intrusions into innocent internet user’s privacy. The tracking is said to have resulted into the capture of a Pakistan bomb maker in 2011,who is suspected to be involved in the Bali 2002 bombing. There were other examples apparently how the report was asked to withold those on the request of the CIA as they may compromise ongoing investigations.

So how many people were affected who were not supposed to be targeted were involved? Well the number is estimated by the Washington Post at approximately 10,000 individuals all who had their data catalogued and recorded. These were real people with real stories and the information read included ‘stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental health issues, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes.’

In addition to this, more than 5000 personal photos and pictures were collected. These are of course what we know about, remember this information was only revealed because Edward Snowden provided the Washington Post with the details. This is likely only one of many thousands of investigations taking place across the planet by the NSA and a variety of other National Security Agencies in other countries.

It’s worth thinking about doing something to protect your privacy unless you fancy your personal online details appearing in agency catalogues across the internet. The cost of a simple high speed VPN won’t make you 100% safe from the security agencies, but will stop your data being harvested and appearing there by mistake. These 10,000 people included in the leaked document are likely to be the tip of the iceberg, the wide spread network tapping is designed to harvest the data from millions of transactions so it’s highly likely the real figure is many times higher.

May 12

Young Lawyers Recruited for Military Service in 2014

Young lawyers are increasingly being recruited for US military service.  In addition to the basic pay outlined in this 2014 military pay chart, lawyers are entitled to many lucrative bonuses.

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No matter who you are, it is very likely that an important element to a job would be getting compensated for the work that you are doing. While this is a common interest that almost all humans experience, there is often no system put in place in order to ensure that people are getting what they deserve when it comes to the amount of money reflected in their pay. In fact, this is the reason why people often let their feelings about one another get into the way of the work that needs to be done. The purpose of military pay chart would be to ensure that each person has a specific role within the organization and something that they contribute which matters to the overall success of a project. Also, they are able to determine how those skills benefit them when compared to others that are serving at the moment.

If you are able you can check alternative sources of information in different countries for research.  One of the best is the BBC which has lots of information including links to pay scales.  It is only accessible outside the UK if you change your IP address using a tool like this, although the BBC blocks many VPNs now so make sure you check before you buy.

Reading the military pay chart would allow you to quickly discover the existence of things such as special duty pay, this would be additional compensation that is available when the person serving is required to take on additional risks that would be above and beyond what is normally expected in the role. The existence of this pay ensures that they feel encored when it comes to what they are bringing to the table. Everyone likes to feel appreciated and being able to make more money for the special skills that you have is a great way for the military to retain the best.

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Apr 30

Is Chinese Teaching Really the Model to Follow?

For people tasked with improving educational standards, pointing at China is often a very popular choice. There’s no doubt that in some measures that Chinese teaching methods are extremely successful. Chinese schools are full of well behaved, focused and motivated children studying up to 10 hours a day from a very young age. If you test something like math’s ability it’s likely a Chinese youngster will be far ahead of most western children of the same age.

But for many people, the ‘Chinese’ approach is not necessarily the best way to educate children. For instance, the method is very much based on rote learning, facts, figures and methods are memorized. Repetition and discipline pay an important role, where information is literally forced into the children. Even with the long school hours, children often have extra tuition in order to cope with the highly competitive University exam called the Gaokao.

It is important to remember that the gaokao is primarily a test of memory. But it’s an important test that will decide a child’s academic and professional trajectory through their life. Chinese children take these sort of tests from a very young age and all the teaching is designed around this memorizing facts and figures, it’s hardly surprising that Chinese children score very well in these sorts of environments.

The problem is that although in these sort of tests and assessments, Chinese children rate extremely highly – it comes at a price. There is a growing belief that the Chinese system is too extreme, children have loads of technical knowledge but often lack the ability to apply it. There is also a lack of imagination and interaction in Chinese school rooms.

For example one teacher said that Chinese children will write down anything you say and memorize it. It doesn’t matter what it is, even if it’s plainly ridiculous the children won’t question but merely remember it. There are clearly facets of a Chinese education that are worth emulating but as an overall educational experience it’s lacking in many areas too. The Chinese system encourages conformity and discipline, it doesn’t create great thinkers and visionaries – which is often what a country like China sorely needs. It’s not surprising really China tries to control every aspect of it’s citizens life, from politics to the internet. However even this control is starting to change, Chinese people frequently use vpns and proxies to bypass internet filters, choosing to watch things like the BBC like this video rather than State TV.

The parents and teachers in China realise that they need to instill more imagination in their children so often this is encouraged. Many parents routinely encourage their children to pick up English language skills over the internet and online media sites too – this video is an example of how they emulate filtering technqiues used in the USA to watch the BBC too – more information here.

Apr 07

The Youth Are The Hope Of The Nation

We will always feel heartache once we saw many victims of crimes who are innocent people. They don’t have any mistake or any violations done into the society but they are the one who died. The much said truth is that, they can’t have the justice they deserved to have because they are less people. As we can see, many innocents and victims are jailed. In fact, they don’t do the crime but they are the ones who are inside the jail paying the crimes they don’t even commit. The reason is that, the less people don’t have any voice and power to prove their innocence. They don’t have the money to fight their right and themselves. The thing part is that, those who are the criminals are roaming around the city freely. So, we must have to show sympathy and even do something just to make this straight. The foolish truth that money can buy anything can actually be stopped in our own hands most especially by the youth. The youth can be the hope of the nation. The Perl had explained how we can have a developed, good law and society.  

It is a big achievement to have a developing society. This means that the leaders are doing part and responsibilities. They sit on their positions as being the leaders and indeed do their responsibilities to serve the society. Implementing such law has its main purpose and reason and that is to have a better society. Perl designed to have a healthy and enhanced society. The youth are the ones who will be the future leaders and they must open their eyes with this fact. Some people laugh on the insight that youth are the hope of the nation. This is because they only have limited minds. The present leaders have been on their youthful days and this means that they can be a good leader in the future. The law and society must be handled well by good and intelligent leaders. If you take time to read about the law implemented by the leaders to be followed and respected by the society, you will understand how youth becomes the hope of the nation.

There are only a few who have realized how law and society connected to each other. Of course, the law is implemented for the society. The society must respect and follow the law to have a good and developing nation. Perl presented many times that the youth can be good leaders. It is better to have a young leader and intelligent one who have a good heart for the people. Once a leader has a good heart to the nation, this means that we can have a better society. This can now be a good start. Perl explained broadly about how the youth becomes the hope of the nation. Once the youth becomes educated and understand their part in the society, they are not just good people but good leaders as well. The society is in thirst of peace and the youth are the ones who can change this.

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