Posts Tagged ‘political’

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Whitehouse Will Not Support SOPA, Congress Backpedals Hard

January 16, 2012

The internet is fucking awesome.

Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has been shelved in the senate because people on the internet were willing to stand up and say “No. This is not how America works.” Six GOP congressmen who supported SOPA from the beginning have now backpedaled, calling for it to be delayed to allow a review of the bill. They cited concerns of their constituents as the reason.

That’s you guys.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) pulled his support from SOPA after Reddit launched a campaign to raise money for his opponent, who also opposes SOPA. The campaign raised more than fifteen thousand dollars in less than two days. He has since decided to oppose SOPA.

You guys again.

Lamaar Smith (R-TX), the sponsor of the bill, has removed one of the most controversial portions of the bill, dealing with DNS blocking (The same method used in the Great Firewall of China and against the protesters in Iran…holy shit, three years ago), from the bill. Due again to backlash from constituents and industry groups.

Still you guys.

And finally, The White House has formally announced that the president will not support the bill, saying in an official blog post that “While we believeĀ that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cyber security risk, or undermines the dynamic innovative global Internet.” The White House took this stance because of petitions on the White House’s petition website, We The People, one of them with nearly sixty thousand signatures.

The internet is fucking awesome.

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Politics? Oh noooooooo

December 7, 2011

Yeah, I’m going to say something political now. So, if you’re not that into politics, or if you just aren’t interested in what I have to say politically, you’re excused from this portion of the blog. I’ll have another part of the SimCity 4 LP up later this week.

Everyone else gone? Good. So, PROTECT IP. If you like this site for any reason, or if you like let’s plays, or whatever those clips of anime set to music are called, or video memes, or youtube in general, please, either call or write your representatives in congress and tell them to vote against this bill. And for God’s sake, don’t coddle them. Being nice hasn’t worked for decades, it’s not likely to work now. You’ve got to tell them you’re pissed, and if they don’t take a stand we’ll replace them with someone who will.

If you need to find out how to contact them, there’s a listing atĀ http://www.contactingthecongress.org/.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled internet browsing.

EDIT: Holy shit, you guys! You guys, holy shit! The Stop Online Piracy Act (the senate counterpart to PIPA) went before the Judiciary Committee on the 15th, and because of the internet outcry it did not make it to a vote. In fact, because of people writing and calling their congress members, more than twenty amendments to the bill had to be voted on before they got to the bill at large. These amendments took so long that they couldn’t get to it before the winter recess! Not only that, but companies supporting the bill have withdrawn their support because the backlash made it toxic. To quote americancensorship.org, Internet, you are awesome.

SOPA and PIPA are winded, but they’re not beat yet. Round 2 starts January 5th.

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CPAC 2011 or: Why I Aborted This Post

February 15, 2011

So I was going to have this long, drawn out post about how the jokes at CPAC weren’t good, but when I went back and read it, I came off sounding like a jerk, and I kind of liked Victoria Jackson on Saturday Night Live, and I started feeling like an asshole. So here’s a painting of a woman with an attack ferret instead.