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"It has been frequently noted that many corporations exceed nation states in GDP. It has been less frequently noted that some also exceed them in population (employees).

But it is odd that the comparison hasn't been taken further. Since so many live in the state of the corporation, let us take the comparison seriously and ask the following question. What kind of states are giant corporations?

In comparing countries, after the easy observations of population size and GDP, it is usual to compare the system of government, the major power groupings and the civic freedoms available to their populations.

The corporation as a nation state has the following properties:

* Suffrage (the right to vote) does not exist except for land holders ("share holders") and even there voting power is in proportion to land ownership.
* All executive power flows from a central committee. Female representation is almost unknown.
* There is no division of powers. There is no fourth estate. There are no juries and innocence is not presumed.
* Failure to submit to any order can result in instant exile.
* There is no freedom of speech. There is no right of association. Love is forbidden without state approval.
* The economy is centrally planned.
* There is pervasive surveillance of movement and electronic communication.
* The society is heavily regulated and this regulation is enforced, to the degree many employees are told when, where and how many times a day they can go to the toilet.
* There is almost no transparency and something like the FOIA is unimaginable.
* The state has one party. Opposition groups (unions) are banned, surveilled or marginalized whenever and wherever possible.

[...] If small business and non-profits are eliminated from the US, then what's left? Some kind of federation of Communist states.

A United Soviet of America."
--Julian A., 2007
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+Amit Goyal 0.05% even for the poor is negligible. That is why I do not understand why the US is all up in arms over a 1% tax hike suggested 10 years ago for social medical care. It benefits everyone, healthy people work, go to school etc. Who cares about the small percentage of abusers why punish everyone when so many could benefit so much and thus become a more productive citizen?
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Good article. There've been quite a few of those lately, from Forbes of all places.
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A very nice reference (compiled back around 2002 or 2003, for people wondering why Firefly got shut out). I assume the black background represents the Death Star.
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The fact that every news agency in the world is not screaming their heads off about this story right now speaks many damning volumes about our media's priorities. Well. 'our'.

"Maybe there’s a legitimate law enforcement reason to strip a man naked, strap him to a chair, tie a “spit hood” around his mouth, put a hood over his head (see video at the link), and douse him with pepper spray until he dies. That’s what sheriff’s deputies in Lee County, Florida did to 62-year-old Nick Christie two-and-a-half years ago.

I certainly can’t think of any such legitimate reason. But Lee County State’s Attorney Stephen Russell apparently can. Because he cleared the deputies involved of any wrongdoing."

Some pretty good comments over at http://boingboing.net/2012/01/02/florida-deputies-cleared-of-wr.html too.
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Terri finds all the weirdest/best stuff. Thank you CoW for randomly introducing us!
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I like this game. Come see if you share my character flaws!
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Some very slick editing. I LOL'd!
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Whoops, our bad. :P
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I like this idea quite a lot.
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write your own script...
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p.much!
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Happy New Year :)
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Via +fidel gonzalez , the proverbial Glass of Water through the lens of the software/gaming industry. http://i.imgur.com/zjhkS.png
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This is hilariously ironic, and also (per a couple of the comments) slightly worrying. As noted in said comments, lawyers don't care where they can wrangle up an argument for legal precedent from, as long as they can find some scrap of judgment saying what they want to say, and now here's a case exploring the boundaries of human-ness and finding the X-Men to be outside it... I suppose I should really try to find the actual decision before getting too worked up though. It'd be interesting to see exactly how the arguments played out.
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I love NPR's Radiolab.

They did a cool story recently about Toybiz V. United States where in Marvel comics argued that mutants are not human beings http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2011/dec/22/mutant-rights/
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