Thoughts

Right Tantek, the situation is worse than I thought. That does not hide the fact that Microsoft is pushing on the U.S. government and asks it to push on the European Commission. That's just a scandal. This is <digression>wwwoooooow, seeing an Aston Martin by the window</digression> just the kind of attitude that makes other countries complain about the U.S. because it's not discreet enough. Oh, and that does not hide the fact that US judges often turn their coats when they feel the wind is changing of direction ; they want to be re-elected.

Here is a list of thoughts, some related to this case, some not :

  1. the way political parties are financed is one of the biggest sources of corruption in the western world
  2. money donations to political parties should be highly taxed
  3. money donations to political parties should be limited to a given amount
  4. increase of a money donation to a political party from one year to the next one should be limited to a given percentage ; decrease should be unlimited
  5. judges should never be elected ; they should be appointed by a college of other judges, that college of judges itself randomly chosen among all the judges every let's say 5 years (why 5 ? because in the US it must be >4, length of the presidential mandate, and >2 because there are elections every two years ; must also be an odd number to put some spice in political life since 4 and 2 are even); it should be strictly forbidden to any government official to interfer with a decision from a judge or the college of judges ; it should even be strictly forbidden, and punished, to any government official to criticize or condemn a decision from a judge or the college of judges
  6. all references to religion should be banned from the State and in particular from Justice. Separation between religion and state should be considered as a fundamental component of democracy ; in particular, a country where a given religion is Religion of State should be blacklisted as non-democratic. A country where religious arguments are accepted or even required by Justice should be blacklisted as non-democratic. Yes, I do understand that puts some members of the European Union on such a list
  7. political and diplomatic immunity should not exist at all
  8. life sentence should be automatic for barmen/barmaids making bad quality expresso and french bakers making bad croissants or flabby (sp?) bread
  9. always let the music and film industry define formats if they want to ; they usually do it so badly the format is immediately copyable/hackable. Only copyable/hackable innovations succeed