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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

17 January - SOPA Opera

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Obama Says So Long SOPA, Killing Controversial Internet Piracy Legislation

There remains another similar bill, Protect IP (the Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act), that poses a problem for gamers and Internet users. This legislation is scheduled to go before the Senate on January 24th.

 StarCraft II Pro Gamer Steven "Destiny" Bonnell Explains How TwitchTV Is Changing the Game

Obama Sends SOPA Back To Censorship Hell

After Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments on Meet The Press yesterday where he tried to sell, the Senate companion legislation to SOPA (PIPA) as job saving and job creation, activists should still be on high alert. There were signs in Reid’s comments yesterday that his position was also shifting due to White House opposition. Reid has gone from there being a firm vote on January 24 to hoping that there will be a manager’s amendment available in a week to ten days. Sen. Reid also make remarks saying in effect that he was going to fix the bill.
The problem is that PIPA can’t be fixed. As the White House wrote over the weekend, “New legislation must be narrowly targeted only at sites beyond the reach of current U.S. law, cover activity clearly prohibited under existing U.S. laws, and be effectively tailored, with strong due process and focused on criminal activity. Any provision covering Internet intermediaries such as online advertising networks, payment processors, or search engines must be transparent and designed to prevent overly broad private rights of action that could encourage unjustified litigation that could discourage startup businesses and innovative firms from growing.”
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January 18th: The Day The Internet Strikes Back At SOPA And PIPA 

I like my son's quip : Obama did not want protests interrupting his Twitter feed.

Major Websites: Kill SOPA Or We'll Force You To Go Outside And Read A Book

Tech at Night: Spectrum Dishonesty at the Obama FCC, SOPA alternative emerges, AT&T Kulaks targeted further

 The FCC temporarily blocked the AT&T/Qualcomm deal to let AT&T buy spectrum using the excuse that they wanted to evaluate it together with the AT&T/T-Mobile deal. Well, the latter deal has been withdrawn from the FCC, so now what’s the hold up?
It turns out that the Obama FCC under Julius Genachowski is looking to change the rules of the game. Genachowski wants to make it harder to for firms to pick up the spectrum they need to serve an ever-growing demand for wireless Internet. He and the FCC are calling it a change to the “spectrum screen.”
A half dozen articles were 'lost' in composition - but back again

Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals :: archief nrc.nl
The Dutch justice ministry has announced it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in the prison system. A decline in crime has left many cells empty.

The writing's on the wall, as they say...


For those readers who are part of the 40% of human beings who think Ignorance is Bliss, stop reading now. This article is about a truth so hard that it was actually depressing to write it. You might think that working on SOTT for many years, most of ...
This is what is happening inside the Indiana Statehouse tonight. #INunion #INlegis http://yfrog.com/04q31z

A Production by Zion Travelers Cooperative Center (ZTCC) Written By: Rev. Tyronne Edwards (Excecutive Director) Filmed By: ZTCC Youths Edited By: Sadiki Edwards
Not only does Bill Gates tell complete lies about Andrew Wakefield and MMR studies but he openly admits vaccines are depopulation weapons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyO0aJ3iCpc&feature=player_embedded

In settling claims over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a compensation fund has been much more efficient that the tort system.
As the US and Iranian governments escalate tensions in the already volatile Straits of Hormuz, and China and Russia begin openly questioning Washington's interference in their internal politics, the world remains on a knife-edge of military tension. Far from being a dispassionate observer of these developments, however, the media has in fact been central to increasing those tensions and preparing the public to expect a military confrontation.

As the online media rises to displace the traditional forms by which the public forms its understanding of the world, many are now beginning to see first hand how the media lies the public into war. Learn more about the media manipulations behind the beginning of war in this week's GRTV backgrounder...
After a nearly two year hiatus, journalist Bill Moyers will return to television this weekend with a new show called Moyers & Company.  His previous show, Bill Moyers' Journal, ended in 2010.

Actually, I appreciate the fact that our team's photojournalist has a sense of humor about getting busted and jailed at Occupy Wall Street.  

The documentary "Gasland" about the controversial process of fracking for "natural" gas and oil will be screening on HBO tomorrow at 6:45 AM and 9:45 AM CST.


The official website for the HBO Documentary Film Gasland, featuring videos, images, interviews, resources and schedule information.
Out of work and without a high school diploma? If you're collecting unemployment insurance, you may soon be out of luck.' John W. Schoen, The Bottom Line/MSNBC

Listen to Community Currency on the Progressive Radio Network this Thursday, 2- 3 pm PST, as Pam Larry, Northern California Director of LabelGMOs.org shares the story of The Committee for the Right to Know, a grassroots coalition of consumer, public health, environmental organizations, and food comp...
Kotaku.com On Jan. 2, over 300 employees at a Foxconn plan in Wuhan, China threatened to throw themselves off a building in a mass suicide. Foxconn makes Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony products.

This information about hair has been hidden from the public since the Viet Nam War . Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that hair style is a matter of fashion and/or convenience, and that how people...
Today there is virtually no support for helping rebuild Iraq or Afghanistan - no campaigns by large charities, no open doors for Iraqi refugees.

Even Iraqis who worked with the American military are having trouble getting political asylum in the United States and face a risk of retribution at home. The US response to so many dead, 5 million displaced and a devastated country is woefully dismissive.' John Tirman, The Washington Post
The snipers are everywhere shooting at civilians. People are being kidnapped. Prisoners are being tortured and none were released.

Arab League observer calls situation a "humanitarian disaster" as UN hears of heightened crackdown since mission began.

The National Labor Relations Board rules that the Brooklyn-based kosher food company cannot cite immigration status to avoid paying lost wages to 11 of the 15 workers it fired in 2008.
Genetic engineering results in harmful genetically modified (GM) foods, but now private firms are also planning to release genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes.


If you like soft drinks the way I do, that is, looking like my conception of nuclear waste, this is really good news. From the Smoking Gun: Defending itself

Oh the Things They Say About Islam
The Republican Debate Audience Hits A New Low By Cheering Child Labor
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