GIZMODO: "Remember SOPA and PIPA, the terrible 'anti-piracy' bills the internet raged into nonexistence? There's a new one, and it's maybe worse: the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. CISPA. Here's everything you need to know about the worst privacy disaster our country has ever faced." ↘

(Source: inothernews)

motherjones:

The 400 richest Americans could pay off every student loan in the United States in full. And still practically be billionaires.

This is old but still relevant, and succinctly explains my position on raising taxes on the 1%.  Students are fighting for our lives here, struggling to make ends meet while earning our qualifications to become nurses, writers, scientists, doctors, educators, lawyers, designers, engineers, librarians.  

SOPA is a Red Herring ↘

This way, when OPEN or perhaps a non-NDS-version of SOPA is passed, if you break the rules, you will be hunted down, regardless of where you live or operate since this also includes international domain names.

My PIPA post for the day - what I sent my senators.

(Well, what I’ve sent Snowe so far because Collins’ website is broken.  If you would like to borrow some bits of this to contact your senators, go for it.  I am not claiming intellectual property rights here.)

I am writing to voice opposition to S. 968, the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA).  This act will do little to impede piracy or intellectual property theft, but will hinder communications and the free flow of information on the Internet.  As a library science student, I believe in the importance of open access to information as vital to freedom and democracy.  Censoring the Internet through PIPA draws parallels between the United States and countries like China and Iran, which limit their citizens’ access to information via staunch Internet controls.  

Please vote against PIPA to protect Internet freedom.  Thank you for your time and service to our state and nation.

SOPA is dead[!!!!!!] ↘

Keep pressure on your senators regarding PIPA.

(Source: lazorbabies)

SOPA: So how much does it cost to buy off America's Internet freedom? ↘

wilwheaton:

According to a report by the Knight-Batten Award-winning nonprofit MAPLight, the 32 sponsors of the bill received just under $2 million in campaign contributions from the movie, music, and TV entertainment industries.

To put that in perspective, this weekend’s box office take for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (you can’t make this stuff up) took in $23 million in just one weekend. So, for less than a tenth of the take from Alvin and the Chipmunks, our congress-critters have let themselves be influenced by a historically and unendingly regressive group of trade organizations.

By the way, if you calculate up the contributions the tech industry has made to these same 32 “lawmakers,” you’ll find the total to be $524,977 — one fourth the amount contributed by the entertainment industry.

Despite all the cries from tech experts throughout the United States, Congress is still doing its best to pass SOPA. Is there a correlation? Are our elected representatives paying four times more attention to the entertainment industry compared to us in technology? You be the judge.

tl;dr: A handful of congress-critters (Lamar Smith, Joe Baca, Howard Berman, Marsha Blackburn, Mary Bono Mack, John Carter, Steven Chabot, John Conyers, Jim Cooper, Elton Gallegly, Robert Goodlatte, Tim Holden, Peter King, John Larson, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Lee Terry, Melvin Watt, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, John Barrow, Steve Scalise, Ben Luján, Judy Chu, William Owens, Karen Bass, Ted Deutch, Ben Quayle, Tim Griffin, Dennis Ross, Alan Nunnelee, Thomas Marino, and Mark Amodei.) took an average of $524,977 each from lobbyists to sponsor SOPA. Even though the people they represent overwhelmingly oppose SOPA and don’t want it to become law, they’re still doing everything they can to pass it, against the wishes of their constituents — who they supposedly represent — because it’s what they were paid off to do.

This is yet another reason we need a revolution in America. We need to burn it to the ground and start over, eliminating corporate money and lobbyists from the political process entirely.

The job of our elected officials is to represent the wishes of their constituents.  If they can’t do that, then we need to elect new representatives.  Furthermore, YES we need to keep corporate money out of politics!

thefuckwouldisaywhatfor:

If you’ve got 12 minutes, which you do, this is worth your time.

We need to wake the fuck up, kids. Fast and hard.

This guy is giving us all a reason to react to American politics with anything besides despair.  Thank you, Senator Sanders, for bringing the reason and for throwing shade at the Koch brothers.

bbbrad:

shortformblog:

Tumblr just put up this site warning people about the dangers of PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Read up, kids. This is important.

Wow! This is great work.
Take the five minutes to make a call to your representative. This is a big deal ya’ll!

You can also write to your representatives by going here, if you’re like me and can’t make a phone call from work right now.  Personalize your e-mail!  I told my representatives (Sens. Snowe and Collins and Rep. Michaud) that I’m a library science student and that the free flow of information is vital to ensuring freedom and promoting democracy.  This is what it looks like to have your liberty trampled upon, kids.
As a side note, I really wish Congress would work on prosecuting the crooks in big business, creating jobs, protecting the most vulnerable populations, and promoting sustainability, don’t you?  That might be a more valuable use of their time.

bbbrad:

shortformblog:

Tumblr just put up this site warning people about the dangers of PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Read up, kids. This is important.

Wow! This is great work.

Take the five minutes to make a call to your representative. This is a big deal ya’ll!

You can also write to your representatives by going here, if you’re like me and can’t make a phone call from work right now.  Personalize your e-mail!  I told my representatives (Sens. Snowe and Collins and Rep. Michaud) that I’m a library science student and that the free flow of information is vital to ensuring freedom and promoting democracy.  This is what it looks like to have your liberty trampled upon, kids.

As a side note, I really wish Congress would work on prosecuting the crooks in big business, creating jobs, protecting the most vulnerable populations, and promoting sustainability, don’t you?  That might be a more valuable use of their time.

mizoguchi asked: Basically it was made by Congress in months leading to the Oslo Accords so it was under the first Congress under Clinton from I read in a Huffington Post article (it specifically is about Congress and Palestine which you can google).

Thank you!  All I could find was a vague reference to this going down in the 1990s and I was like, “This is not helpful, Google.”  I don’t know if it’s worth writing to my Congresspeople, but I’d like to have something specific to reference if I do.

The US Congress, which generally specializes in stonewalling productive efforts at progress, passed a law [in the 1990s] requiring it to withdraw funds. Obama must do it, and there is zero chance that the current US Congress will overturn that legislation. Absolutely none. Obama can deliver all the speeches he likes about supporting a two-state solution, but there isn’t really anything substantive he can do about it. Not until a legislative body overturns the law or the Supreme Court rules that it’s unconstitutional can the US do anything useful to support a just peace process. Oh, and good luck on that latter possibility.

— Kristin Rawls, GlobalContent.com

motherjones:

Your eerily true Onion headline of the day:

Cat Congress Mired In Sunbeam
WASHINGTON—The current session of the 111th Cat Congress was once again suspended Tuesday following the sudden introduction of a sunbeam onto the Senate floor, a development that has left a majority of transfixed lawmakers unable to move forward.
The ray of sunlight, which first appears in the official record at 11:30 a.m., interrupted debate over S. 391, a proposal to provide underprivileged felines with universal access to scratching posts.
“We’ve come up against an unforeseen circumstance, but we’ll resume deliberation and voting as quickly as is reasonably possible,” said majority leader and Budget Committee chaircat Sen. Creamsicle (D-ND), stretching out to his entire length and repeatedly kneading the chamber carpet. “I think I speak for most of my colleagues when I say that, while it is extremely important we continue the legislative work at hand, we must first give this warm and bright beam of light the due consideration it deserves.”…


I never thought I’d see a GPOY of our legislative branch on Tumblr.

motherjones:

Your eerily true Onion headline of the day:

Cat Congress Mired In Sunbeam

WASHINGTON—The current session of the 111th Cat Congress was once again suspended Tuesday following the sudden introduction of a sunbeam onto the Senate floor, a development that has left a majority of transfixed lawmakers unable to move forward.

The ray of sunlight, which first appears in the official record at 11:30 a.m., interrupted debate over S. 391, a proposal to provide underprivileged felines with universal access to scratching posts.

“We’ve come up against an unforeseen circumstance, but we’ll resume deliberation and voting as quickly as is reasonably possible,” said majority leader and Budget Committee chaircat Sen. Creamsicle (D-ND), stretching out to his entire length and repeatedly kneading the chamber carpet. “I think I speak for most of my colleagues when I say that, while it is extremely important we continue the legislative work at hand, we must first give this warm and bright beam of light the due consideration it deserves.”…

I never thought I’d see a GPOY of our legislative branch on Tumblr.

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