Tuesday, 7 February 2012

A Call To Arms

Warning, activism (kind of) post today. There has been an official call to arms. Again, kind of. I have a lot of European readers so I felt like sharing this with you today. It's a map of where protests are scheduled to happen on February The 11th (yes yes I know it's short notice but hey maybe you can still make it) against ACTA. The sad thing is that we have several targets but we will fight them all, on all fronts. The internet will never ever back down. https://www.accessnow.org/policy-activism/press-blog/acta-protest-feb-11 is where the map is, so you can look at where you're going to have to go. I think this is the first time a Europe wide protest has ever happened, and it's supposed to be going worldwide too. If I can make the one in Nottingham I can, but sadly I don't think I can. I'll still do what I can though.

Last year in England we saw social media be blamed for how quickly rioters were able to organise, then we saw it save itself by being how the clean up crews organised so quickly. This time let us show the goodness of it once again by organising something so huge people have to take notice.

There is also word of a worldwide strike in March. I think that might be a separate issue though.

In an update I believe SOPA Ireland may have passed. The guy went ahead with it refusing to listen to the people. As such he can look forward to hatred and never being elected ever again. I've also seen that a website has been pulled down under it. A website was accused of defaming a lawyer (it was a website where you rate solicitors, that WAS THE BLOODY POINT) and as such he had it shut down.

Whether what was said about him was true or not, he has proven himself to be a cunt. A cunt he shall remain too. Part of me hopes the douche reads this, always wanted to get sued. Maybe I should call him a cunt again for good measure. I know some people would like to see the word "cunt" come back into general usage as slang for a ladygarden, but for now an insult it is.

Google also plans to censor Blogger. Basically if content is posted on a blog that is blocked in a certain country (think YT messages of "Douche inc has blocked this in your country) then the person from that country will be sent to a version of the site that does not contain the material. Thank you Random Guy for that piece of info. I can't believe that escaped me.

Anyway, the point of this post was the protests, so focus on them. Attend if you can, try to find one in your area if you can't find it on the map (I think there's only one for America and none for Canadia. It might be signed there but that doesn't mean they can't fight with the rest of us!). Protest if you can, sign petitions if you can't, and just do what you can my friends.

I'll try to limit the activism. Srsly.

44 comments:

  1. Just letting you know that it looks like Poland the Czech Republic will not ratify ACTA. Poland seems to have completely backed down and CZ have "suspended" it! =D So possible good news there.

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    1. I think Bulgaria is too! I cried so many happy manly tears when I saw what Polish MP's did, even they donned the masks. Then Bulgaria's did it too.

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  2. Screw limiting the activism bro, any attempts at censorship (outside of self-censorship for artistic and personal reasons) should be met with a swift, steel-gauntleted pounding.

    Huh, a single guy can get a SOPA-esque bill pushed in Ireland? Didn't know that.

    Give us names, please.

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    1. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/courts/website-accused-of-defamation-is-closed-by-judge-3005716.html is the article about it if you're interested. I want steel gauntlets. I really do.

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  3. I'll know by the end of the day if we've passed our SOPA law or not. And is Lord Google really going to stop me from saying feck and bastard. Jesus Christ, I cuss, it's in my genome. I think I may have a legal case of discrimination based on that fact alone!

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    1. lol it's more about sensitive information. Such as China's government firewall, and how some Youtube videos aren't available in certain countries because of copyright claims. I sure hope it didn't/doesn't pass!

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  4. Sigh. When will they figure out you cannot shut the world up anymore? Idjits. Thanks for the links!

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  5. My people sometimes embaress me......

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    1. It's happened a few times to me too.

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  6. Are you talking about Justice Charleston Mark? Our issue is based on the music industry suing the state, That's the case that would set the legal precedent and effectively pass this into law. I can't find that this has happened yet. The decision is supposed to be made by our Cabinet today.

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    1. If the music industry has the power to sue an entire state then it's a sign they've got way too much power, and gone way too far.

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  7. at first i have to find out where i can protest... lets ask google

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    1. The handy map I posted a link to should help as well ^^

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  8. Wow! That would change the face of blogger...literally.

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  9. They're all pretty far away from me, and I ain't got the time anyway. Mentally supporting the protestors, though 8D

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    1. Well that'll have to do. But no it's understandable :)

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    1. It's a mild form of censorship and it's something they have to do, but it's still censorship nonetheless.

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    1. It is a bit of a dick move considering their fight against SOPA.

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  12. If the guy sues you, at least we'll get to hear about it in your posts and cheer you on.

    I'll do a few petitions if I can. This activism is much needed, and you heeded the call.

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    1. Chaaaaaaaaaaaargeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I would say I don't think he cares what some small town blogger says about him but he's proven he would.

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  13. when will they learn that people power is why they hold power

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    1. When people power makes them lose it.

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  14. Hey, I have a Draft about the usage of the word 'cunt'!

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    1. Me too, it also includes other swear words like "bastard" and is about what they really mean.

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  15. We live in scary times. Thanks for posting this.

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  16. I'll let you know I'm shutting down my blog if something like that happens at my place.

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    1. I don't think you should go that far, but I support any action people want to take.

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  17. I don't know why they can't just leave well enough alone. But that's government for you.

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    1. Well it would be nice but like you said, govments gonna govment.

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  18. Everyone is so focused on internet censorship, meanwhile tons of file sharing sites are getting shutdown :(

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    1. Don't worry that isn't going unnoticed.

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  19. Politicians need to understand that supporting legislation like SOPA will be the kiss of death for their political career.

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    1. The way they see it is that by not supporting them, they lose the money from Hollywood, which would also kill them. They have to choose between money and people, and they are choosing poorly.

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  20. SOPA can suck it!! And if Google ever tries to sensor me I will $#%&% the %$@#$%% out of that stupid mother-*$%&^%#$ *&^$^&* site so fast that
    GOOGLE HAS SUSPENDED THIS COMMENT

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