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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Gavin Newsom does not understand Patents.

Today Lt.Gov. Gavin Newsom released a report titled "AN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS AGENDA FOR CALIFORNIA." In it he outlines a plan that will get rid of redundant regulations and other obstacles for new business.

I liked the idea, but looking at the actual report I was stunned by the 6th page. He is using the huge amount of patents as an example of the innovation in our state. I'm willing to bet that most of those patents are practical duplicates of another. There is a huge problem with patents at the moment. Most concern software and programming. None of them actually have code attached to them. If he thinks those patents can create more jobs if we lessen regulations he is dead wrong. Those patents were filed for the sole reason of making money through litigation. Shell companies have been set up just so they can milk startups with bogus patent lawsuits. Nothing in his report mentions the number of fraudulent patents being filed today.

http://ltg.ca.gov/docs/LGN_Econ_Agenda.pdf

Friday, July 22, 2011

Obama on Religious Hiring practices

Today at a town hall meeting at the Uni. of Maryland Obama dogged a question about tax-payer funding of religious organizations. The question was 'What would you say to a woman who has been denied employment because of her religion or lack of religious beliefs by a taxpayer-funded organization?' Instead of addressing tax payer funding of religious organizations he focused on the privilege of religious organizations to choose who they hire, regardless of their funding sources. He only said he 'worked closely' with these organizations to influence their hiring practices and what that means I really have no idea.

via Friendly Atheist

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