Wednesday, April 16, 2008

So many lobbyists...

... so profoundly full of shit, and/or simply profoundly -- and contentedly -- ignorant. Not that either condition stops them from pontificating, and endeavoring to control my life -- with my government's blessing -- of course. And me with so little capacity for mendacity tolerance. [Sigh...] If only they'd actually read the bill, HB686, they'd already know, just for example, that it's restricted to con-su-mer prod-ucts (and not, say, wholesale bulk drug containers for pharmacists to portion out). Unless, of course, they had read it, and just assumed the Senate Commerce Committee hadn't...

And btw, in case these people really don't grasp this, barcodes are a visual technology! I can see them! They're their own damned label! Try to hide them (without, say, modifying the entire infrastructure for UV or infrared, which I nevertheless already have technology capable of detecting). Go ahead. But why would you want to? And if they can print them, they can print an RF-friggin'-ID notice right next to 'em. Hell, the "absence" of color might even be cheaper to print. You know what to do... 4/15/2008

(The first-hearing-of-the-day "cigar bar" bill, Exec'd in the final 20 seconds of the video-to-come, clearly gave too much credit to the consumer, to his intelligence, put far too much "freedom" in "free market." It was ITL'd handily and perfunctorily. Interesting how we were warned in lobbyist testimony about implementing Draconian measures in requiring blanket "truth in advertising," but not a peep about continued Draconian "no exceptions" universal smoking bans on private property. I guess the first is about "my" business, and the second is about "yours." Funny how "principles" can be so... fluid. Yes, that's a 'Firefly' reference...)

Video to come, just as soon as Google figures out what's wrong with their Video Uploader. Damn. But I felt compelled to post this much. Check back later...

EDIT: Video now here.

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