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The U.N. is an ad hoc committee with no real authority...

All you have is a right to life and that's it.
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post #32 of 62
Is the UN trying to discourage countries that try to shut off the Internet like in the Middle East and possibly the United States? wink.gif
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the worst part is that we pay for the clowns that have nothing better to do than come up with ridiculous ideas like this.
    
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So can I now start a class action lawsuit against my school due to horrible internet? Forcing me to stay up until 2 AM or later to get on my online books because the internet is too slow any other time.... lol
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basic human right eh? aren't basic rights supposed to be free?
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post #36 of 62
Quote:
Originally Posted by Varjo View Post

I'm not sure you understand what a right is. A right means that you can't be legally stopped from exercising it. It doses not mean that to government, or anyone else, has to provide it. For instance, we have a right to free speech. That doesn't mean that people who have lost their voice get automatic free medical treatment to restore it, it just means that no one can legally stop them from exercising that right.
Calling broadband a right would mean it's not ok to shut down internet to a city to disrupt protests, as it would violate your right to broadband. It doesn't mean that anyone is going to be given free broadband.
Rights and needs are not the same thing. Do you live in a country that has outlawed broadband? No? Then you're fine. An example of something that is not considered a right (in the US at least) is driving. It's considered a privilege, not a right, and they can take your drivers license away for non criminal things.
Saying people don't have a right to healthcare means you think it should be ok to deny people ace's to healthcare arbitrarily. As in, if a state wanted to, it could declare all healthcare illegal unless it issued you a special license. Have cancer but don't have a healthcare license? Too bad. Rights have nothing to do with payment, or free service. It has nothing to do with providing free healthcare. That come from considering healthcare a neccecity, which is not the same as a right.

a right to healthcare is different than a right to buy healthcare, same with broadband, if you claim broadband is a right, then that means it must be provided for by the government, if you claim the right to own broadband then people are able to purchase it if they have the money, but it must not be provided for. This is however unnecessary in most countries as you have defacto right to buy whatever is not illegal
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post #37 of 62
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Originally Posted by BizzareRide View Post

The U.N. is an ad hoc committee with no real authority...
All you have is a right to life and that's it.

You don't even have that, you have an allowance to life.
post #38 of 62
Finland has had this as country law for years.
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post #39 of 62
well, the right to uncensored information is pretty important
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyrilmak View Post

Finland has had this as country law for years.

lol its finland, they also have great health care and all that. kind of expected

in the US, congress is trying to regulate the internet
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