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TPP is moving. Fast.

Bits and pieces of every bad Internet policy we’ve ever defeated are being rolled into one massive, secret deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership — and last week, legislators introduced a bill to Fast Track its negotiations.

Help us flood Congress with calls and emails this Thursday demanding they oppose the TPP.

Dear Fight for the Future member,

If you’re not quite sure yet why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is so bad, read on below.

If you already understand that it’s one of the gravest threats to the Internet we’ve faced, click here, join the Internet Vote, and help us make sure Congress gets flooded with calls and emails on Thursday demanding they oppose the TPP.

I want to apologize in advance for how long the rest of this email is — it’s just that when it comes to the TPP, there’s no shortage of reasons we need to stop it.

The biggest problem with the Trans-Pacific Partnership is that there’s absolutely no public oversight. The only way we know what’s in the TPP right now is from leaks of specific chapters — and if Fast Track passes, not only won’t we get more details about the TPP, Congress will have to give a single thumbs up or down to the entire thing.

That means we won’t be able to push for specific items to be removed from the deal — we’ll be stuck with the whole thing, so as of right now the Trans-Pacific Partnership will do all of the following:

Force sites to remove allegedly infringing content from the web without a court order – scarily similar to SOPA.

Create harsh criminal penalties for journalists and whistleblowers. Any disclosure of information with “commercial value” would be criminalized — and there would be absolutely no public interest of free speech exemption.

Punish Internet users who share copyrighted material, even without any personal gain. Here’s the proposed punishment from the leaked text: “sentences of imprisonment as well as monetary fines sufficiently high to provide a deterrent to future acts of infringement.” Again, that’s potential prison time for sharing something without any personal gain.

Limit Fair Use to make copyright even more restrictive on creative innovation. Last week, WikiLeaks revealed a series of emails surrounding the TPP where the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) explicitly argued against including any fair use provisions. And it looks pretty clear that if the TPP passes, they’ll have their way. That means remixes, sampling, and quoting of copyrighted material could become illegal outside the US.

Allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government if they find that our laws infringe on their profits. This is, quite simply, the most devastating part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It opens the door to undermining every good law we’ve ever passed to protect the Internet — the only thing corporations have to do is prove they could make more money if those laws didn’t exist.

In short, the TPP isn’t just bad — it’s zombie bad. It has parts of every misguided Internet policy we’ve killed over the last decade trying to become law by completely bypassing every part of our democratic process.

That’s why we’re calling Thursday the Internet Vote — because putting a secret deal like the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a Fast Track is absurdly undemocratic. There’s no public oversight, and to us, that’s just not okay. The Internet Vote is the opposite of that — a day to remind lawmakers that transparency and openness are how politics are supposed to work.

Click here to join the Internet Vote. Together, let’s use the power of the Web to demand transparency and give people everywhere a voice against censorship.

Here are a few ways you can help beyond signing up:

Have a website, blog, or tumblr? Get some code here to spread the word about the Internet Vote on your site on April 23rd.

Have a Twitter account? Join our Twitter campaign to post urgent alerts when the Internet is under attack like it is right now.

Have friends or family? Share the Internet Vote website with them.

Thanks for standing up for an open Internet,

Fight for the Future

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———- Forwarded message ———-
From: “Charlie from FFTF”
Date: Apr 21, 2015 3:55 PM
Subject: TPP is moving. Fast.
To:
Cc:

Bits and pieces of every bad Internet policy we’ve ever defeated are being rolled into one massive, secret deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership — and last week, legislators introduced a bill to Fast Track its negotiations.

Help us flood Congress with calls and emails this Thursday demanding they oppose the TPP.

Dear Fight for the Future member,

If you’re not quite sure yet why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is so bad, read on below.

If you already understand that it’s one of the gravest threats to the Internet we’ve faced, click here, join the Internet Vote, and help us make sure Congress gets flooded with calls and emails on Thursday demanding they oppose the TPP.

I want to apologize in advance for how long the rest of this email is — it’s just that when it comes to the TPP, there’s no shortage of reasons we need to stop it.

The biggest problem with the Trans-Pacific Partnership is that there’s absolutely no public oversight. The only way we know what’s in the TPP right now is from leaks of specific chapters — and if Fast Track passes, not only won’t we get more details about the TPP, Congress will have to give a single thumbs up or down to the entire thing.

That means we won’t be able to push for specific items to be removed from the deal — we’ll be stuck with the whole thing, so as of right now the Trans-Pacific Partnership will do all of the following:

Force sites to remove allegedly infringing content from the web without a court order – scarily similar to SOPA.

Create harsh criminal penalties for journalists and whistleblowers. Any disclosure of information with “commercial value” would be criminalized — and there would be absolutely no public interest of free speech exemption.

Punish Internet users who share copyrighted material, even without any personal gain. Here’s the proposed punishment from the leaked text: “sentences of imprisonment as well as monetary fines sufficiently high to provide a deterrent to future acts of infringement.” Again, that’s potential prison time for sharing something without any personal gain.

Limit Fair Use to make copyright even more restrictive on creative innovation. Last week, WikiLeaks revealed a series of emails surrounding the TPP where the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) explicitly argued against including any fair use provisions. And it looks pretty clear that if the TPP passes, they’ll have their way. That means remixes, sampling, and quoting of copyrighted material could become illegal outside the US.

Allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government if they find that our laws infringe on their profits. This is, quite simply, the most devastating part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It opens the door to undermining every good law we’ve ever passed to protect the Internet — the only thing corporations have to do is prove they could make more money if those laws didn’t exist.

In short, the TPP isn’t just bad — it’s zombie bad. It has parts of every misguided Internet policy we’ve killed over the last decade trying to become law by completely bypassing every part of our democratic process.

That’s why we’re calling Thursday the Internet Vote — because putting a secret deal like the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a Fast Track is absurdly undemocratic. There’s no public oversight, and to us, that’s just not okay. The Internet Vote is the opposite of that — a day to remind lawmakers that transparency and openness are how politics are supposed to work.

Click here to join the Internet Vote. Together, let’s use the power of the Web to demand transparency and give people everywhere a voice against censorship.

Here are a few ways you can help beyond signing up:

Have a website, blog, or tumblr? Get some code here to spread the word about the Internet Vote on your site on April 23rd.

Have a Twitter account? Join our Twitter campaign to post urgent alerts when the Internet is under attack like it is right now.

Have friends or family? Share the Internet Vote website with them.

Thanks for standing up for an open Internet,

Fight for the Future

Want more awesome more often?

* Like us on Facebook
* Follow us on Twitter

* Keep us fighting, chip in what you can.

CISPA passed

I thought this was worth sharing. Apparently, CISPA was passed, and now nearly every major Internet site is -now a government spy. I plan on taking part in the protest. I ask you to join me and many others as well.

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It’s time to get pissed. The U.S. law that would turn Google, Facebook, and Twitter into legally immune government spies just passed the House.

This bill affects everyone — not just U.S. citizens. Anyone with a Facebook account could now have their data handed directly to the U.S. government. That’s why internet users overwhelmingly oppose this bill. Over 1.5 million people signed petitions against it. But Congress didn’t listen.

Does this remind you of something? Yep, this is the exact position we were in with SOPA last year. Then the Internet rose up and we made history with the SOPA strike.

This Spring, we’re going to organize the largest online privacy protest in history to make sure that CISPA goes the same route as SOPA and doesn’t become the law that breaks the 4th Amendment. Are you in?

 

CISPA threatens our most basic rights. Privacy is important not just for our security but for our rights to freedom of expression. The giant tech companies that stood with internet users against SOPA are not going to help us this time.

 

Only a massive grassroots outcry will stop this bill. We’re starting to build the tools. But we need your help.

 

Can you share the flyer below on social media? And tell everyone you know to sign up to join the protest?

 

  

Thanks for everything. We’re getting the internet organized against this bill and we really appreciate all your help spreading the word.

 

For the internet,

Tiffiniy, Holmes, and Evan at Fight for the Future

Oh! Looky here!

Y’know… It’s funny when you get so busy, that you forget about some things. Take for example, this WordPress Blog I have….

I got pretty busy with college and work, that I almost toally forgot I even had a WordPress account at all! LOL!

Look for more frequent updates in the coming months!

Why do bad things happen?

I was just thinking about some of the crazy stuff that’s happened in the last decade or so and I guess I had a kind of a realization. If you really think about it, there was some good that came out of certain events. Whether it was the 9/11 attacks, the derecho that hit Southern Illinois, or Hurricane Katrina, one major good thing happened out of each of these events.

any guesses?

I’ll give you a hint…

When was the last time you really talked to your neighbor? Your family? Your friends?

That’s right! we actually communicated with each other! Everyone came together as a community and helped each other out in a desperate situation.

Now just to be clear, I’m not suggesting we should make some drastic event occur on a regular basis. I’m just saying that not everything bad that happens is all bad.

…or should I say every cloud has a silver lining?

Don’t Do It!: a funny technology story

True Story:

My computer had crashed about a month ago, due to a program I was using [Windows 7 user advice: DO NOT EVER try to tweak your OS more than your Logon screen, unless you TRULY know what you’re doing! Trust me on this!] and wound up having to restore my computer to factory settings. Well, this week, I’m probably as close to where I was, pre-crash, as I was going to get after installing iTunes. Everything seemed fine until I plugged in my iPod……

Yeah.

Apparently, iTunes automatically assumes that you want it to run your life! As soon as I plugged my iPod in, iTunes comes up, strips my iPod of all it’s music, and locks it out to where all I can do now is view my notes and contacts, and play games……

Since the damage was already done, and iTunes was saying it couldn’t read my iPod, and that I needed to restore it [?] I was going to go ahead and let it do so. One small problem: I can’t find my .IPG files. Not good.

The iPod Classic wasn’t meant for games in all honesty, but a rousing game of Scrabble helps me get my mind in gear while totally confusing educating me with new words [Revenant was a cool one, and I had to look it up. But I think the computer cheats by allowing fake words…]

Back on topic, for some reason, my iPod games weren’t backed up, and I wasn’t about to pay for them all over again [as I am a broke college student!], so I dug around looking for a way to save my games from my iPod. that didn’t take too long, but was still pretty pain-staking.

So I finally got those games backed up, and restored, and told iTunes to leave my iPod alone for now…

Lesson #1:  Don’t mess with the OS
Lesson #2: BACK EVERYTHING UP!

Confession #3: I’m Easily Distracted

If you happened to have read my last two posts, or you happen to know me pretty well, you probably already realized this. I knew about it all along, but after seeing the previous two “confessions” I realized just how bad it really is!

Even though I had a set direction and path that I wanted to take with these, I totally veered off an some wild tangent. Even after seeing where I took it I’m left scratching my head as to how I got from “Point A” to “Point R”, when it was supposed to go to “Point B”! LOL!

I’ almost the same way with other things, too. I have several projects that have been on the back burner since I thought of them. Most of the reason for that, though, I can attribute to school obligations.

You really should see me any time I try to do house cleaning! I may start out cleaning my desk, then realize my dishes need to be done, then I notice my bathroom is looking particularly disgusting, followed by recognizing that I haven’t vacuumed in a while [repeat ad nausea…]. Those are the times that annoy me most, because by the end of the day, I’ve accomplished little to nothing! It made it even more hilarious, when I realized that I have all the symptoms of adult A.D.D.!

Oh! Look! Breakfast!

Confession #2: I’m a geek

This is the one I thought I’d have the most fun with! Even though I’m nowhere near what I’d like to be, I still claim full geekhood. That said, I’ve discovered over the last few months that there different degrees of geekiness. You got your game geeks, movie geeks, music geeks (here’s where I fit in!), and various other categories as well.
Now I have to point out that there are differences between geeks and nerds. Geeks have that thing that they’re really into, whereas nerds are your smart, brainiac academic types. Though they tend to overlap once in a while, they are two totally different creatures (of course, it’s been said that those who can keep track of the differences are dorks, but I digress…).
Being a music geek, I’m the guy that — in most cases — can hear a song, and identify it within the first five notes. Of course, I have to point out that school and work have made it a little more difficult to keep track of the newer stuff (not to mention my aggravation with radio stations that loop the same playlist for months!), so I’m not as accurate as I could be….
Essentially, I’m really into music, and being poor/broke most of the time, I’ve had to resort to independant artists and “other methods” for most of what I have. Normally I’d be the kind of guy that says “support the artist” but the only way to do that, unless the artist is an independant, is to go to their concerts. Now, I wouldn’t have a problem with this, except that I don’t have a car. and living where I am the closest large-scale venue is about a 2-hour drive. That means I’d have to either hitch-hike, or get a ticket for someone else with a car and add gas money on top of that. Then there’s the added complication of having friends who don’t necessarily like the same kind of music as I do (I tend to prefer Rock and metal, though I do listen to the occasional game soundtrack from time to time…). So I’m pretty much out of the running for a concert. As for buying albums, I’ll just say that most labels are ripping off their artists and move on…
Even though I’m broke a fair amount of the time, I still buy an album from time to time, if, and when I have the resources to do so. One thing that makes that a little more difficult is the lack of selection in my area. Here in Southern Illinois, I have to say that none of the christian stations have the music I like to listen to. I’ve found a few internet stations that will play my Christian Rock and Alternative, but I don’t have my own internet connection at home. or work. So I can only listen to them when I’m at my parents’ house or one of the coffee places I go to. Going back to the money thing, I can’t always do that, either. So….
I have to say that I have mixed feelings on the whole concept of “Illegal Downloads”. I mean, if I, for example, BitTorrent the Tron: Legacy Soundtrack (I actually bought this one through iTunes), I can decide from there whether or not I like the album before purchasing it. Now most places that you can buy an album from online have samples of the music to listen to, but 30 seconds is typically not enough to get the full feel of a song. I mean, I’ve heard samples that made me go “hey! That songs sounds pretty awesome!” and been majorly disappointed. On the flip side, I’ve had a few samples that had me thinking a song was totally lame and later heard the full thing and realized it’s full potential. So, enter the “Illegal downloads”. Now when I say illegal downloads, I am lumping in the music that the independant artists have made and released free of charge, and I’ll explain why a little later.
Before I purchased the Tron: Legacy soundtrack, I found a bootleg copy and gave it a listen. After listening to it a few times I decided that I liked it (of course, I like Daft Punk anyway, but I wanted to make sure. I’ve been disappointed by the occasional bad release many times.), so I went and purchased it.
Another route I’ve taken is getting free recommended tracks from Last.FM. Though I don’t always like what I get, I’m usually pretty happy with what whatever they have to offer.
Now, as to why I lump free, independant releases into the mix with illegal downloads: To my understanding, the RIAA is kind of _____ [insert random insult here] on ANY kind of music download that they don’t profit from. So an independant artist puts their own work on their homepage and offers it [free or purchase] and next thing you know, the site disappears! I don’t know…
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Y’know, I had no intention of making this a rant, so I’m gonna cut it here….

Confession #1: I’m not perfect

here’s the main idea behind “confessions”: I find life in general amusing. Hopefully you will find a little humor in the way I see things… or at least raise an eyebrow at my musings…

That out of the way…

The first confession is an obvious, if not general, one. Yet despite how obvious it is, i feel it needs to be restated… constantly…

Its kinda like this:
let’S say your given an objective, like climbing Mt Everest with only your pajamas. Now I don’t know about you, but I’m not physically fit enough to climb a hill without getting seriously winded… even with gear! So there are challenges out there that push our limits. Though it seems that when we push ourselves, sometimes we can get passed what we thought was our own limitations. That last bit was a freebie…

So essentially I was trying to point out I am human though there are times that it seems I’M asked to do more than I can get done in the time I have to do it! Not to say that I won’t make the effort, but it makes my head swim!

I’m not sure when I’ll post the next Confessions. I typed this one up with my phone… I don’T like how painstaiking it is having to CONSTANTLY backspace every mistake that I make. Plus having to wait for my phone to catch up to me!!!

20 December, 2010 18:16

here’S a fun idea! take a music group and mash it up with a product or brand name. Then come up with a fun description. I’ll give you an example:

Mattelica: a metal band woth four guys named Ken, differentiated only by hair color.

let’S see what else y’All can come up with!