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Via Raw Story. Ill Doctrine’s Jay Smooth explains why New York State legislators are idiots for trying to make anonymous (or, really, pseudonymous) comments illegal.
Voltaire never wrote, but probably agreed with the statement, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Why can’t everyone accept that in a free society?
New York City, the Big Apple, the city so nice they named it twice, the home of a new education policy that makes Arkansas look like a bunch of liberal hippies…
The NYC department of education has a list of words you can’t say on a test because it might offend someone. Very impressive list too.
This week in Hollywood unknown and un-elected negotiators will be horse-trading your rights under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that is being held in secret. While Hollywood will be well represented, the public, Internet and Tech Industries, and civil liberties groups are shut out of talks. Hollywood will fight hard to get their agenda passed buried deep inside any agreements especially now they have lost SOPA/PIPA.
Call your Congressman and demand that all international agreements be open to public scrutiny especially on issues that effect the public so fundamentally as our free speech rights as well as our rights to access information and knowledge.
Since then Hollywood, the music industry, and the media have vowed to either eliminate Safe Harbors completely or render it meaningless. Bills such as SOPA and PIPA are designed to do just that. Now we have ACTA and TPP and other international agreements that are designed to do the same thing without any input from the public, effected industries, or civil liberties groups and even sidestep Congress and government bodies around the world.
The gist of the matter is if we lose Safe Harbors we have lost the Internet.
Michael Jolley took a photo of Orrin Hatch and posted it on Facebook and his Flickr page with a Creative Commons Licence which allows other users to use the photo as long as they give attribution. As you know Senator Hatch has always been a crusader on copyright protection so you would think the Senator would be sensitive on copyright issues. However, Senator Hatch and/or his campaign lifted the image and placed it on both Sentor Hatch’s Flickr page and their campaign website without attribution nor permission from Jolley.
On Facebook’s Utah Republican Party – Official Group, Michael Jolley took Senator Hatch to task and made the observation that SOPA like laws could cause Hatch to lose his entire website for posting copyrighted materials without permission. Mr Jolly demanded a news conference where Senator Hatch would publicly apologize. Hatch’s campaign manager, Dave Hansen, gave a terse response basically saying what Hatch did was no big deal because Jolley uploaded the photo to Facebook and tagged the Photo as if this somehow gave the Senator permission to use the photo as he saw fit even claiming “all rights reserved”.
Dave Hansen on Facebook ~ “Now let me get this straight Michael. You took a picture of the Senator, then tagged it to his facebook account in effect saying “Here is a picture I took of you, without any reference to a copyright, now months later you are whining about “copyright infringment”. You will have a long, cold wait for a press conference of apology. Get a life.”
People have been sued by Righthaven and others for doing the same thing Senator Hatch did. The penalties for copyright infringement can be up to $190,000 per infringement. These draconian laws were not just passed by the Senator but championed by him. He needs to practice what he legislates lest he find himself on the receiving end of these draconian laws.
**images sent by Michael Jolley with permission to post them**
No really! I’m not kidding!
Hand marked, hand counted ballots or even hand marked, hand counted sticky pads work better then the billion dollar voting machine industry “solution” that Governor Gary Herbert – coupled with the ignorance of John Huntsman – thrust on us.
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify:
1) Vote on paper ballots.
2) Put the paper ballots into a translucent box on the table in front of everyone at all times.
3) When poll closes, open box, count ballots, with all parties, all citizens, all video cameras watching.
4) Post the results at the polling place before ballots move anywhere.
5) Celebrate a 100% transparent electoral democracy.
That would be the plan worked out over years of fighting harder for election integrity then anybody except for, possibly, Beverly Harris by a man named Brad Friedman.
For some reason, the Republicans in Iowa decided to hand count the votes in Iowa and allow the entire process to be observed; something they refuse to work for anywhere else to date. I think they were so worried that Ron Paul supporters were going to hack the vote that they scrapped the previous procedures, but I have no way of knowing.
Since even the GOP management in Iowa has admitted that Santorum won there, it will be interesting to see if Romney will continue to claim his victory or if the media will stick with their original reportage or FINALLY start to pound the drums of truth instead of making the voting machines look good.
Here’s the deal in Brads very appropriately named article Iowa Finally Has Definitive Winner: The Voters!
Who won in New Hampshire and South Carolina? Who the hell knows, and he ain’t talkin’