Supreme Court Expands Corporate “Person” Rights, Cuts Down Real People’s Privacy

This Roberts Supreme Court of Bush’s is the most corporate friendly piece-of-crap I think I’ve ever seen.   This is a court where one of the Justices is getting straight-up kickbacks vis his wife, and lavish gifts from wealthy friends who run big companies.

Is it any surprise at all they feel these corporate “people” have rights that trump actual, living, breathing people?    Is it any surprise at all that when it comes to the steps living, breathing, people have to take to keep living, and breathing, not sharing that information is  *actually* a violation of the rights of the corporations?

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Vermont law that barred the sale of doctors’ prescription data to drug companies, ruling the law interfered with the pharmaceutical industry’s First Amendment right to market its products.

Data companies such as IMS Health Inc. gather information from pharmacies on which medicines doctors are prescribing and how often. Drug makers buy the data, using it to refine their marketing pitches and measure which salespeople are the most effective.

A 2007 Vermont law effectively banned the practice in the state. It said data-mining companies can’t sell the prescription information for marketing purposes, and drug makers can’t use it, unless the prescribing doctor consents. Vermont lawmakers said the measure would protect the privacy of doctors and patients and help to control health-care costs on expensive brand-name drugs.

The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, said the law was an unconstitutional restriction on drug makers’ free speech rights.

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Said it before, and I’ll say it again, we need a new constitutional amendment that protects the privacy of living, breathing, citizens.   The current interpretation of the 4th Amendment is so woefully lacking, it’s barely worth considering at this point in this context.

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Proposed 28th Amendment: Privacy

Proposed 28th Amendment: The Government of the United States shall make no law that infringes upon the right of human citizens of this country to privacy.  If information about a citizen is exchanged, that citizen should be informed and have the right to consent or veto, such exchange.  If monies are exchanged for information regarding a citizen, that citizen is entitled to all proceeds exchanged without informed consent.

I think it’s time we add something like to the Constitution.  Short, sweet, and done is the right way.  The Constitution isn’t about the Government granting rights to citizens, it’s about forbidding the Government from taking them away. 

Currently we have something called the “Patriot Act”.   One of the (many, many, many, many, many) things that it does is allow our Government to purchase private information regarding the habits, activities, relationships, etc. about a citizen.  Pretty much everything.  All attached to one number.   The Government *buys* that information, about you, with your money. 

This, to me, is all sorts of wrong.    It needs to be cut off at the knees.   We need to update the Constitution.

Here’s how we do it….[note: this is a part of the Constitution itself.  It was made to be updated to reflect a changing reality, that’s how cool it is.]

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary [1], shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States [2], shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress.

Steps:

1. Contact your Federal Congressmen.  Both your House representative and your Senator.  You need both of them.  Tell them the exact text above.  Tell ’em you want it, now!

2. Contact your State Congressmen.  Both your State House representative and your State Senator (you probably have both) tell them to call a “Constitutional Convention” (use those words) to vote on the 28th Amendment. 

3. ??*

4.  Profit/Privacy/Freedom.

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* Hey, I’ll be honest, never done this before.  But we need to do it, stat.  I think it can be done.  If we keep it simple, focused (laser-like), and understand that, yes, this will disrupt quite a few industries and sketchy laws, and yes, THAT’S THE DANG POINT!

Jokes About Miami Airport Worker’s Body Scan Lead To Beating, Arrest

Jokes about wee wee-wee lead to beating

Rolando Negrin, 44, was charged with aggravated battery after he used a police baton to beat Hugh Osorno on Tuesday. According to a police complaint, Negrin was upset following a training with whole body scanners with other co-workers.

“The x-ray revealed [he] has a small penis and co-workers made fun of him on a daily basis,” the complaint read.

This body-scanning crap needs to stop. The Khan story makes it clear it’s a total lie to say these things get deleted (not to mention that makes the process useless for investigating terrorism).

Please, folks, quit being so scared, I’m losing too many rights and freedoms when you keep panicing.

[more coverage here]