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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.

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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


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Holy Water, Batman! It’s the pope!

Holy Water, Batman! It's the pope!


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!


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!


I just got this one in an email. Bad PUN-chline, but I still got a chuckle from it….

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Bob Hill and his new wife Betty  were vacationing in Europe… as it happens, near Transylvania. They were  driving in a rental car along a rather deserted highway. It was late and  raining very hard. Bob could barely see the road in front of the car.  Suddenly, the car skids out of control! Bob attempts to control the car, but  to no avail! The car swerves and smashes into a tree. Moments later, Bob  shakes his head to clear the fog. Dazed, he looks over at the passenger seat  and sees his wife unconscious, with her head bleeding!

Despite the rain and unfamiliar  countryside, Bob knows he has to get her medical assistance. Bob carefully  picks his wife up and begins trudging down the road. After a short while, he  sees a light. He heads towards the light, which is coming from a large, old  house. He approaches the door and knocks. A minute passes. A small, hunched  man opens the door. Bob immediately blurts, “Hello, my name is Bob Hill, and  this is my wife Betty. We’ve been in a terrible accident, and my wife has been  seriously hurt. Can I please use your phone?”

“I’m sorry,” replied the  hunchback, “but we don’t have a phone. My master is a doctor; come in, and I  will get him!” Bob brings his wife in. An older man comes down the stairs.

“I’m afraid my assistant may  have misled you. I am not a medical doctor; I am a scientist. However, it is  many miles to the nearest clinic, and I have had a basic medical training. I  will see what I can do. Igor, bring them down to the laboratory.”

With that, Igor picks up Betty  and carries her downstairs, with Bob following closely. Igor places Betty on a  table in the lab. Bob collapses from exhaustion and his own injuries, so Igor  places Bob on an adjoining table.

After a brief examination,  Igor’s master looks worried. “Things are serious, Igor. Prepare a  transfusion.”  Igor and his master work feverishly, but to no avail. Bob  and Betty Hill are no more.

The Hills’ deaths upset Igor’s  master greatly. Wearily, he climbs the steps to his conservatory, which houses  his grand piano. For it is here that he has always found solace. He begins to  play, and a stirring, almost haunting melody fills the house.

Meanwhile, Igor is still in the  lab tidying up. His eyes catch movement, and he notices the fingers on Betty’s  hand twitch, keeping time to the haunting piano music. Stunned, he watches as  Bob’s arm begins to rise, marking the beat! He is further amazed as Betty and  Bob both sit up straight!

Unable to contain himself, he  dashes up the stairs to the conservatory.

He bursts in and shouts to his  master:

“Master, Master!…

The  Hills are alive with the sound of music!”


What I’m up to currently!

With school back in session, and a new work schedule, I’ve been knee deep in it!
Tuesdays and Thursdays are my killers, since I go immediately to work right after a full day at school, and spend the rest of the night there! Which usually means I wind up having BK for dinner [#2, Large, with cheese, and a half-sweet tea to drink! No complaints!]

I’ve recently started another blog, centered around finding free, legal downloads for music. The address is [shortlink]: http://wp.me/153vP
I’ll take suggestions via email, or commentS!


It Will Invade Your Home http://ping.fm/KiBNK