January 18, 2012
What was a day like without Wikipedia ... hopefully not a glimpse into a future where the Internet comes under government control. Needless to say I missed Wiki for research. Today, if you went to Wikipedia, you found the following message linked to referencing Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA)
If you clicked on google today you saw this image that links to this message.
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S. Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.
The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.
Blog: Why We Go Black Huffington Post - January 18, 2012
Today's nationwide protest of Internet blacklist legislation is part of a brewing movement to keep control over the Internet out of the hands of corporations and governments. It's a struggle that puts Internet users before information gatekeepers. At stake is everyone's democratic right to information. The movement owes its momentum to a recent sequence of events. In 2010 millions of Internet users became advocates in support of Net Neutrality protections. In 2011, the importance of digital freedom spilled out onto the streets as demonstrators with a mobile phones and a connection became a force in global protests.
Why The Web Is Sick Of SOPA Discovery - January 18, 2012
Every few years, lobbyists seem to push for outrageous legislation aiming to censor the Internet or restrict digital rights. Whatever you think of this post, don't bother sharing it on Reddit or researching it on Wikipedia today. Those two sites -- along with many others -- have gone dark Wednesday to protest a bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act. "SOPA" aims at the real problem of massive copyright infringement at overseas sites operating beyond American courts' reach but grossly overshoots.
In its original form (PDF), this House bill would force Internet providers to stop routing users to foreign domain names accused of harboring infringement -- with penalties for attempts to circumvent this domain-name-system filtering -- and prohibit search engines from linking to them. SOPA would also require advertising and payment-processing services to cut off allegedly offending sites on a copyright holder's request (one remedy that, if a court had to authorize it first, might actually hurt overseas infringers). And it would prod sites hosting user-generated content into acting as copyright cops themselves. It almost made a less hideous companion Senate bill, the PROTECT IP Act (PDF), look reasonable for defining offending sites more narrowly and not including a ban on workarounds for DNS blocking.
What an Internet protest looks like MSNBC - January 18, 2012
Many individuals and organizations cranked up efforts to protest controversial anti-piracy measures on Wednesday. These folks took to the Internet and tried every trick in the book in order to raise awareness, provide educational materials, and put an end to the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
I can't remember a time when people didn't fear the Internet being taken over by the government or no longer being free. Back in the 1990's people discussed it yet nothing ever came of the fear tactics and so Crystalinks grew and continued on, my mission more about disseminating knowledge than anything else. Once it all began for me in 1995 - my mission here was to create an integrated compendium of thousands of files, and nothing was going to stop. It's part of the flow of consciousness.
Do people steal content from websites? Yes ... they aways have. Have I been contacted by people who send me to links that have copied my content? Yes, but to me it's all about getting the information out at the end of the program, so I don't get mad, especially as I frequently update content anyway.
The only time I got pissed off was when a woman from one of those psychic hotlines used my photo and some of my psychic development files on her profile. My friend Susan, who works for the hotline, saw my photo and asked if I was working for them. Contacting the company brought no response until they realized who I was and I threatened to tell the entire Internet it was plagiarism and theft identity - a criminal offense - and they were frauds. Within an hour the CEO of the company - everything was taken down, an apology offered.
As with all things in the duality of life ... you have to understand both sides of the story as each is both right and wrong and is another SOPA/soap opera in the dramas we play out every day in this reality. What have we learned? It's all orchestrated - run by those in power and control and it's all about to end.
This legislation, may appear to address rogue foreign websites and protect against piracy, but after all these years I just don't buy it. Does Congress understand that censoring the Internet will ultimately hurt the economy and perhaps not allow vital information that perhaps could save lives, from getting out there? How can we become a collective unconsciousness at this level when this type of behavior goes on, but alas that is how the program ends.
Disapproval of Congress hits new high: poll Reuters - January 17, 2012
A record 84 percent of Americans say they disapprove of the way the Congress is doing its job compared with just 13 percent who approve of how things are going, according to a Washington Post/ABC News public opinion poll published on Monday.
The disapproval rating for Congress inched up two percentage points since October and reflects a year of lows for Congress that ended in a battle over a temporary extension of the payroll tax cuts for 160 million Americans. Democrats and Republicans fought all last year over the best way to control the country's debt and annual budget deficit, as the two parties tried to position themselves for the 2012 elections.
A vitriolic debate leading up to an agreement last summer to allow President Barack Obama to raise the debt ceiling fueled public disgust with Congress and prompted Standard & Poor's credit rating agency to strip the United States of its stellar AAA rating.
When the parties are considered individually, Democrats in Congress have a 33 percent approval rate, while Republicans have a 21 percent approval rate, the poll found.
Congress will be back in session this week after a holiday break, poised to resume where they left off, with Democratic and Republican negotiators preparing for a new round of talks to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year.
The 84 percent disapproval rate is the highest for Congress in nearly 40 years of polling. The previous high was last October, when 82 percent of poll respondents said they disapproved of the way lawmakers on Capitol Hill were doing their jobs. The telephone poll of a random national sample of 1,000 people was conducted January 12-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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