Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bahamas Development Thoughts

Bahamas Development Thoughts

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Well, I can't seem to comment on this link: https://www.facebook.com/WLarryRoberts/posts/10151642230956175

So here is my simple take. We need to roll back Nassau / New Providence development. The history is here. Let Freeport / Grand Bahama have the Manhattan / Hong Kong deal. (Can our rock support sky scrapers?) Move our working parliament to Grand Bahama. Have a ceremonial opening and closing of parliament here in the old buildings and use them as museums for the rest of the time.

Further, all new government office hires that do not deal face to face with customers shall be hired for jobs in Grand Bahama. With telecommunications and the net, the jobs can easily be there. Land should be more affordable. Congestion should be less. Quality of life should be greater. I think they even have enough water to drink down there.

Promote historical tourism in New Providence. Promote your Vegas style tourism in Gran Bahama if you like. Keep the out islands boutique as suggested.

No government incentives / help for further development on New Providence. No government incentives / help for large scale development on the out islands.

And now for my crazy idea. I need to get in my quota of crazy ideas. (I may have posted this before. It is not a new idea to me.)

Pick and island other than New Providence. Preferably a decent sized island. Eliminate the need for work permits on that one island. Make it so that so long as a person is eligible to come here as a tourist, they are welcome to come to that one island and live full time and work, either as an employee or in a business they start / own / run.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Free Markets And More

Free Markets And More

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Free markets, limited liability corporations and other distortions.

This will hopefully be a good beginning in setting down some of these ideas. Also hopefully, I will continue to add to and refine these ideas with time and quality feedback.

I have been putting forward the idea for some time now that a limited liability corporation is in fact a government meddling in a free market and that said meddling gives us in effect a non-Free market. At the minimum it is a distortion of the Free market caused by the government.

I cannot seem to get too much discussion going around this point, especially with respect to some of my more pro Free market, pro libertarian, pro capitalist friends. Take me up on this guys. It might be a worthwhile discussion.

Now, limited liability corporations may be a worthwhile meddling in a Free market, but they are a meddling and if you are a Free market proponent, and especially one on the more strict end of things, the case needs to be made.

Also, when people want to have the government step in and deal with what they see as abuses of living people by corporations, you need to be open to the possibility that they may not in fact be calling for any initial government meddling in the Free market but rather wanting to government to correct the abuses made possible and arising from the initial meddling done in creating these limited liability corporations in the first place. (Even if they do not make the argument in these terms.)

Let's move on from the mere fact of limited liability corporations and the inherent meddling in and distortion of the markets by governments when they allow for the creation of said corporations to businesses that need to government to step in and "force" rights of way and other similar things to make things "work".

Let's take a phone or electric company. Did the government force any private land owner to sell some land or grant a right of way through or over some land in order to make the effort viable? If so, we are already not dealing with a Free market situation. The government has already meddled in that market with possibly long lasting consequences. This meddling needs to be at least acknowledged when discussing problems relating to the company and its effects on people.

Then we come to the calls to privatize government corporations and services. Fine and dandy. Unless we simply replace a government monopoly with a privately owned monopoly. You will have to make a much stronger case to try and justify that situation.

What benefits does society derive from a private monopoly, possibly overseen by government regulators? What negatives arise?

What benefits does society derive from a government owned monopoly, possibly overseen by semi-independent regulators?

Or do you not want to see any monopolies at all? Do you not buy the idea of natural monopolies?

That is enough for tonight. Hopefully more thoughts to come.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Department Of Beach Surveys

 The Department Of Beach Surveys.

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The government hires people and sends them to the beach every day. They get a clipboard and a short form to fill out daily. Something like:

Date:
Location:
Survey Taker:

Did you see any sea life today? Y/N
Did you see any birds today? Y/N
Did you see any land animals on the beach today? Y/N
Was it Windy / Calm?
Was it Sunny / Rainy?
Did you encounter any tourists on the beach today? Y/N
   If Yes, did they seem to be having a good time? Y/N
Did you have an enjoyable day at the beach today? Y/N
Optionally note below anything of interest you might want to.

Perhaps if other countries do not have enough beaches, they could send those workers to our country to do the surveys here.

Previous mentions of this concept:

2009
http://www.bahamasissues.com/archive/index.php/t-21481-p-2.html

"What happens to all the untrainable people who got jobs as political favors and are unskilled and basically unhireable anywhere else other than the civil service?

Reassign them to the Department Of Beach Surveys.

Or to the Department Of Redundancy Department Bureau Department Council Board Department."

 2006
http://www.varlinux.org/?p=11290

"
Well, for my country, I keep suggesting the department of beach surveys.
Instead of laying off workers who become redundant or for any other reason, assign them to the department of beach surveys.
They must report to the beach each workday. They are responsible for their own lunches. (This will spur industry as the lunches will be provided by lunch wagons and the like.)
They will be responsible for taking statistics on seagull sightings, fish sightings, tides, seaweed, beach erosion and may other things.
Of course, thay can take swim breaks, rest breaks under the palms, etc.
Everyone is happy. Government does not have to lay off votes. Re-assigned workers get to enjoy the natural beauty of our wonderful beaches on all workdays except for bad weather days, these can be in office or home offices to write up data and reports from fine weather days.
Regular citizens are happy because the regular government departments run better due to not being overstaffed by de-motivated workers.
Win, win, win!"

2009
 http://www.varlinux.org/?p=17061

"
I often suggest down here that we institute the Department of Beach Surveys.
Move those who don’t want to work and the other dead wood into the new agency. Send them to the beach every day with a clipboard and pencil with a for that they have to tick off.
At the beach today did you see:
[] Sand
[] Water
[] Fish
[] Seagull
[] Other marine bird
[] Non-marine bird
[] People other than Government Workers
[] Tourist
[] Boat
[] Jet plane
[] Prop plane
[] Car
[] Truck
etc.
Put up signs: “Your Tax Dollars At Work”
At least the other government offices may not be so gummed up…"

Friday, September 7, 2012

DJZ. Reflections On The Midnight Freedom Show

DJZ. Reflections on the Midnight Freedom Show


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...

September 7, 2012
For those of you doing the Free Music thing (making recorded music and releasing it under a license approved for Free Culture as per Freedom Defined’s Definition of Free Cultural Works - http://freedomdefined.org/Definition ), if you want to increase the chances of getting your Free music played on broadcast radio, read on. If you have no such desires, you could skip this if you like.

Back in December 2008 I made this announcement on Jamendo:


“Well, I am working on a new project now that NaNoWriMo is done, November was some month.

1. Plan is to play one BY-SA or BY or similar licensed song at midnight on Y98 every day.
2. At the same time, a link to download the song will be published on the Y98 web site.
3. Prefer songs in our genre but close may pass at the start.
...”
In May of 2009 I posted this on my blog zotzbro.blogspot.com :
“Midnight Freedom Show 1

OK, so since the beginning of the year, I have had a small radio show that airs at around midnight every night on Y98.7 in Nassau Bahamas.
...”
I have worked for a group of radio stations for many years, but I am not on the music side. I am on the tech side of the business. Still, I had a daily radio show on one of our stations for a year and gained some perspectives on what made or would have made my life easier and what made it more difficult.
Lately I have been thinking about the show and what I liked about it and what I struggled with. Its good points and its bad. I have been thinking about writing up a little article trying to help people doing the Free Music thing.
I have been thinking of more possible advice for people doing the Free Music thing who might want to get their music played on the radio.
Over the years since the last show, I have thought occasionally about picking it up and doing it again. The time commitments have always resulted  in the idea being put back on the shelf though.
In the post on my blog, I mentioned that putting full lyrics on the page where the song can be downloaded would be helpful in getting the song played. I have some other tips.
So here we go.
1. Put lyrics up. (Mentioned already.)
2. Make sure the Free license is easy to find on the same page as the lyrics and download.
3. Make a high quality download available. Or offer to send one when contacted.
4. If the download is not radio friendly, put up an alternate version that is. Don’t make the DJ work harder to get your song ready to play on the radio.
5. Give some biographical information about yourself and some information about the song for the DJ to talk about.
6. Give contact information so the DJ and fans hearing the song can get in touch.
7. Record a generic Artist Drop and make it available for download.
8. Record an introductory announcement to your song and make it available for download.
9. Record a back announcement to your song and make it available for download.
10. Describe your reason for using a Free license.
11. Describe what commitment, if any, you have to Freedom and Free licensing now and going forward.
12. Offer to record customised versions of 8 & 9 above for the station / DJ.

The Midnight Freedom Show was not a normal show in many respects. Since I only played one song a night and since I seldom repeated a song during the whole year, my time to find and vet the songs and ingest them into the automation system as a show was skewed to the high side. If I were doing 5 to 10 songs per show per night and repeating songs as I went, my time per song and likely time per show on average for the year would have most likely been lower. I think a lot of the above would have made things better even in  that situation though.

I would like to do this again sometime for you artists doing the Free music thing, but things will need to improve to make the time commitments workable. Did I mention that I did the show for a year with no pay? I was a labour of love on my part and a thank you to you musicians from me. Many were the days / nights when my young son would complain that I was spending too much time on the show. Not to mention my wife doing the same. (Oops, seems I did mention it.)

If you would like to get on the air, perhaps we can work together on some of the above with like minded musicians around the world and I can get a bunch of songs pre-selected and ready to go before approaching the guys about doing another show. Let me know if you are interested.

I would like to say more to come but look what happened to that earlier blog post.

all the best,

drew

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Crazy Idea Creative Commons NC Fee

Crazy Idea Creative Commons NC Fee
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So there is quite the debate going on right now on the Creative Commons mailing lists and on identi.ca as to the possibility of CC dropping or deprecating BY-NC and BY-ND variants as a part of the upcoming license version refresh.

I have asked for years that if CC does not drop the NC and ND stuff, they at least create a FreeCC brand / logo / etc. that those who use CC licenses but are only interested in the Free side of things can use and promote.

Dropping them would be OK with me too,

So this morning I had this crazy idea.

Since the people who use the NC license on their works reserve the right to make commercial use (make money from / profit from?) of their works for themselves and seek to restrict others from doing so, might it be fair to ask them to pay Creative Commons a small fee for the use of the NC license for each work that they release under such a license? Would it also be fair for CC to demand a small ongoing rate tied to revenue from the work on a yearly basis?

I can hear the howls now. Sorry.

If you are an NC user and are howling, consider this:

Those who use a Free BY or BY-SA license for their works allow others to earn revenue and possibly make a profit from their works. CC can do so if it chooses. The people who comprise CC can too. You, on the other hand want to reserve all of the revenue and profit for yourself. Why should you not pay a small fee to protect your works with such a finely crafted license? Why not pay a small percentage of the revenue you earn from your work thus protected? (Don't forget that a small percentage of $0.00 revenue is $0.00.)

If you don't want to pay with money, pay by sharing.

Hah! Ouch? I just had an even crazier idea to add to this:

CC could begin charging web sites etc for the right to offer the NC licenses for use in their site. If the sites need to, they could pass this on the the users as well. Nice way to double dip a bit there...

all the best,

drew
(who may try and improve on this bit of crazy. Help doing so appreciated.)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Crowd Funding Freedom

Crowd Funding Freedom

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So KickStarter kicked it off in the minds of many and IndieGoGo lets people outside of the US get in the game. (There are others as well, if you have such a site, send me the link for possible inclusion in the little post.)

This is something for people who crowd fund projects to consider and if they like the idea to insist on.

If you are going to participate in crowd funding a project which results in copyrighted works, patented or to be patented products / designs, inventions, etc. then why not insist on Free Licensing for the resulting works / products?

If you think about it, why should you pay to fund the creation of something which you can then be sent to jail or seriously fined for copying and sharing with friends.

If you think about it, if you are paying the creative person *up front* for the work they are doing, why do they need the government granted monopolies of copyright or patent to give them an incentive to create the work that gets the monopoly protection? Is the money that the crowd is paying them up front not enough of an incentive for them to create?

If crowd funders get into the swing of this, artists/musicians/creatives will get paid, and fans will be free to share the creations and promote their favourite artists.