When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty

humanformat:

The biggest telecom companies in the US are ready to roll out a long-rumored “six strikes” plan to restrict Internet access for repeat violators of copyright crimes, with one of the top proponents involved saying sanctions will start later this year.

Jill Lesser, the executive director of the Center for Copyright Information, tells reporters with Wired that AT&T, Cablevision Systems, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon will all soon subject customers suspected of breaking copyright infringement laws to certain “mitigation measures,” a series of steps meant to discourage piracy and illegal file sharing by means of making offenders read educational information about Internet crimes, slowing down their connection speed and perhaps even pulling the plug on the Web connection altogether.

The country’s top telecommunications companies have been discussing plans to implement a “six-strike” system of lobbing repeat copyright criminals with increasingly harsher sanctions for several years now and were last expected to roll out the program earlier in 2012. Due to a whirlwind of criticism aimed at the music and movie industry after Hollywood lobbied Washington lawmakers relentlessly to try and pass stringent legislation that would limit access to intellectual property online and restructure the Internet as we know it, though, efforts to establish the mitigation measures as a way of making an impact on suspected scofflaws was swept under the rug.

Gigi Sohn, president of digital rights group Public Knowledge, tells Wired that the criticism waged against the entertainment industry after lobbyists tried to have the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act signed into law stopped telecoms from starting the six strikes program earlier this year as previously planned, but the public’s comparatively compliant attitude over Washington and Hollywood’s relationship as of late may have finally allowed the industry to start with the sanctions.

“SOPA and PIPA definitely had an impact. There was some concern, if they moved ahead too quickly, public opinion would be so raw, this would be caught in the whirlwind of bad PR,” Sohn tells Wired.

Now with the telecoms thinking the coast is clear, the six strike program is expected to be put into effect before the end of 2012, and with it a warning for anyone with an Internet connection: be careful of what you files you copy, because repeat warnings could lead to ISPs canceling your account.

Once an Internet Service Provider catches a customer conducting one fishy file-transfer of an unauthorized item, the ISP can send over a simple “alert” that cautions against future infractions. With the second strike, violators will be automatically forwarded to an educational splash page that informs suspected criminals of the cons of file sharing.

The third and fourth alerts, reports Wired, are likely to be warnings that require the user to acknowledge their actions, but with the fifth and sixth strikes come serious sanctions: according to the ground rules being adopted by the telecoms, “temporary reductions of Internet speeds, redirection to a landing page until the subscriber contacts the ISP to discuss the matter or reviews and responds to some educational information about copyright, or other measures (as specified in published policies) that the ISP may deem necessary to help resolve the matter” are all fair responses for serial copyright criminals.

After six strikes, Internet providers may pull the plug on a copyright criminal’s entire connection, but no ISPs have officially agreed to implement that as a sanction for so-called scofflaws.

“We anticipate that very few subscribers, after having received multiple alerts, will persist (or allow others to persist) in the content theft,” the Center for Copyright Information wrote in a statement published last year.

National Cable & Telecommunications Association President James Assey has offered his support for the program, as have the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America — the two biggest trade groups in Hollywood.

But even if the strike system is set up to crack down on copyright infringement in the very near future, the odds of actual legislation being added to the books soon might be more bad than good. Former Sen. Chris Dodd, the current chairman of the MPAA, told Wired last week that the SOPA and PIPA bills he once touted are “over,” and “not coming back.” Meanwhile, ISPs will only scour peer-to-peer file sharing networks for copyright infringement, leaving violators that rely on torrents, cyberlockers and other sharing services in the clear — for now.

They need to just stop it. Just take all their ideas about policing the Internet, and how they can do whatever they want, and just fucking stop it.

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

By Lizzie Phelan

Reuters have just reported that the Libyan city of Bani Walid, which despite reports that it was the last to surrender to the NATO led counterinsurgency against the former Libyan government, in fact never did surrender, is being shelled by pro-“government” forces (I put government in parenthesis because there is in fact no authority that can be called a government in Libya, but a vast array of militias that control different areas). The news agency reports that the shelling has so far caused three fatalities including the death of a little girl.

I have also been getting reports over the last few days from Libya that Bani Walid, which has been under siege for about a week (see RT story below), is being threatened with an attack by rebels from Misrata, who have been one of the most notorious elements of the NATO-led insurgency that destroyed Libya’s former government and destabilised the entire country, with ripple effects across the region.

Libya, where everything is made up and US security doesn’t matter.

What, too soon? Maybe if they wanted him to live, they would have protected him better.

socialuprooting:

Under Pressure, ConocoPhillips Withdraws from Peru
ConocoPhillips announced today that they are pulling out of Oil Bocks 123 and 129 in the Peruvian Amazon. The company had been under increasing pressure from the local population in Iquitos and the regional government over their plans to drill dozens of exploratory wells in a protected area and fragile Nanay watershed.
The announcement comes just weeks after Canada’s Talisman Energy announced their withdrawal from Peru, including controversial Block 64 where Talisman had been drilling exploratory wells without the consent of the majority of Achuar people living within the oil block.
Oil Blocks 123 and 129 overlap the Upper Nanay – Pintuyacu – Chambira Regional Conservation Area. These headwaters provide over 90% of the drinking water to 500,000 residents of the city of Iquitos and neighboring villages, and contain fragile white-sand ecosystems, black-water flooded forests, and numerous endemic species. In response to ConocoPhillip’s plans to drill XX exploratory wells this year inside the protected area thousands of people have taken to the streets in Iquitos and the President of the regional government of Loreto directly requested that ConocoPhillips cease operations.

Don’t let the door hit your asses on the way out.

socialuprooting:

Under Pressure, ConocoPhillips Withdraws from Peru

ConocoPhillips announced today that they are pulling out of Oil Bocks 123 and 129 in the Peruvian Amazon. The company had been under increasing pressure from the local population in Iquitos and the regional government over their plans to drill dozens of exploratory wells in a protected area and fragile Nanay watershed.

The announcement comes just weeks after Canada’s Talisman Energy announced their withdrawal from Peru, including controversial Block 64 where Talisman had been drilling exploratory wells without the consent of the majority of Achuar people living within the oil block.

Oil Blocks 123 and 129 overlap the Upper Nanay – Pintuyacu – Chambira Regional Conservation Area. These headwaters provide over 90% of the drinking water to 500,000 residents of the city of Iquitos and neighboring villages, and contain fragile white-sand ecosystems, black-water flooded forests, and numerous endemic species. In response to ConocoPhillip’s plans to drill XX exploratory wells this year inside the protected area thousands of people have taken to the streets in Iquitos and the President of the regional government of Loreto directly requested that ConocoPhillips cease operations.

Don’t let the door hit your asses on the way out.

thepeoplesrecord:

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops contain organism causing animal miscarriages, scientists say while neither U.S. Presidential candidate speaks out against Monsanto
October 9, 2012
Recent research claims that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically modified crops contain an organism, previously unknown to science, that can cause miscarriages in farm animals. This disturbing find comes on the heels of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s decision to deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa (RRA). Roundup Ready is designed to survive Roundup, Monsanto’s weed-killing chemical.
Purdue University’s Emeritus Professor Don M. Huber presented the findings of the research, which observed the new organism using a 36,000X electron microscope. According to Treehugger, the organism can cause disease in both plants and animals, a rare feat.
Huber wrote an open letter to Vilsack requesting a moratorium on deregulating Roundup Ready crops. Huber states that Roundup Ready has a high concentration of an animal pathogen connected to “plant and animal diseases that are reaching epidemic proportions.” Huber finishes his letter by stating, “It deserves immediate attention with significant resources to avoid a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure.”
A recent article in The Washington Post suggests that Roundup Ready Alfalfa is unnecessary and harmful to the farming community. When RRA is grown, reports suggest that weeds develop a resistant to Roundup. This has reportedly already happened to Roundup Ready corn, soybeans, and cottons. As The Washington Post remarks on GMOs, “You can’t recall them the way you can a car or a plastic toy. They’re out there for good. And no one knows what their full impact will be.” Although the impact of Roundup Ready Alfalfa has now become disturbingly more apparent. 
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Wouldn’t be nice to see some national leadership take Monsanto on? 

thepeoplesrecord:

Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops contain organism causing animal miscarriages, scientists say while neither U.S. Presidential candidate speaks out against Monsanto

October 9, 2012

Recent research claims that Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically modified crops contain an organism, previously unknown to science, that can cause miscarriages in farm animals. This disturbing find comes on the heels of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s decision to deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa (RRA). Roundup Ready is designed to survive Roundup, Monsanto’s weed-killing chemical.

Purdue University’s Emeritus Professor Don M. Huber presented the findings of the research, which observed the new organism using a 36,000X electron microscope. According to Treehugger, the organism can cause disease in both plants and animals, a rare feat.

Huber wrote an open letter to Vilsack requesting a moratorium on deregulating Roundup Ready crops. Huber states that Roundup Ready has a high concentration of an animal pathogen connected to “plant and animal diseases that are reaching epidemic proportions.” Huber finishes his letter by stating, “It deserves immediate attention with significant resources to avoid a general collapse of our critical agricultural infrastructure.”

A recent article in The Washington Post suggests that Roundup Ready Alfalfa is unnecessary and harmful to the farming community. When RRA is grown, reports suggest that weeds develop a resistant to Roundup. This has reportedly already happened to Roundup Ready corn, soybeans, and cottons. As The Washington Post remarks on GMOs, “You can’t recall them the way you can a car or a plastic toy. They’re out there for good. And no one knows what their full impact will be.” Although the impact of Roundup Ready Alfalfa has now become disturbingly more apparent. 

Source

Wouldn’t be nice to see some national leadership take Monsanto on? 

The Internet is the last source of information we have that hasn’t been completely corrupted by the powers that be, and that changes on an almost daily basis. We, the people, need to fight back and take to the Internet and ensure that our model for the free passing of thoughts and ideas is protected for future generations.

The Internet is the last source of information we have that hasn’t been completely corrupted by the powers that be, and that changes on an almost daily basis. We, the people, need to fight back and take to the Internet and ensure that our model for the free passing of thoughts and ideas is protected for future generations.

humanformat:

brosephstalin:

Weeks after Northside Independent School District in San Antoniorolled out its new “smart” IDs that tracks students’ geographic locations, the community is still at odds with the program.

The “Student Locator Project,” which is slated to eventually reach 112 Texas schools and close to 100,000 students, is in trial stages in two Northside district schools. In an effort to reduce truancy, the district has issued new student IDs with an embedded radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that tracks the location of a student at all times.

The program officially launched October 1 at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School. Without the badges — required to be worn around the neck — students cannot access common areas like the cafeteria or library, and cannot purchase tickets to extracurricular activities. WND reports that the district has threatened to suspend, fine or involuntarily transfer students who fail to comply and officials have noted that “there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card as we begin to move forward with full implementation.”

Parents and students from the schools spoke out against the project last month. But now, WND is reporting that schools are taking the restrictions one step further.

John Jay High School sophomore Andrea Hernandez refuses to use the new IDs, citing religious beliefs and instead sticking with her old badge from previous years, calling the tracking devices the “mark of the beast.” She tells Salon that the new badges make her uncomfortable and are an invasion of her privacy.

But to add to her restricted school grounds access, the teen says she was barred from voting for homecoming king and queen.

“I had a teacher tell me I would not be allowed to vote because I did not have the proper voter ID,” she told WND. “I had my old student ID card which they originally told us would be good for the entire four years we were in school. He said I needed the new ID with the chip in order to vote.”

If successful, the tracking program could save the district as much as $175,000 lost daily to low attendance figures, which in part determine school funding. Higher attendance could lead to more state funding in the neighborhood of $1.7 million. A statement on the school district’s website lays out the program’s goals: to increase student safety and security, increase attendance and offer a multi-purpose “smart” student ID card that streamlines grounds access and purchasing power.

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Fucking. incredible.

I am vomiting once again.

Isn’t Texas the state that can most easily remove itself from the USA? What’s it going to take for them to realize the errors of staying a part of such a massive waste of taxpayer money and overbearing government control?

Romney lied:

When he claimed that “pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.” They’re not.

When he said that President Obama had “cut Medicare by $716 billion to pay for Obamacare.” Obama didn’t.

When he denied proposing a $5 trillion tax cut. He did.

When he said President Obama had “added almost as much to the federal debt as all the prior presidents combined.” Not even close.

When he resurrected “death panels.” That was called “one of the biggest whoppers of the night.”

When he stated that half the green energy companies given stimulus funds had failed. Only if three out of nearly three dozen is half.

Stay tuned. These just scratch the surface.

thepeoplesrecord:

Italian students clash with police in austerity protestsOctober 5, 2012
Police clad in riot gear violently clashed with student protesters as thousands poured onto the streets during anti-cuts demonstrations in several major Italian cities. Similar anti-austerity rallies were reported throughout the country.
Hundreds of high-schooled aged protesters scuffled with police in Rome as they attempted to reach the country’s education ministry. 
Riot police allegedly beat several student demonstrators with truncheons during the anti-cuts rally. Several demonstrators claim police pinned them to the ground with knees and batons pressed against their necks.
Four police officers were reportedly injured, and several organizers of the “unauthorized” protest were detained.
Police say they confiscated missiles lobbed at them during the skirmishes.
Several of the detained student protest organizers are currently being identified, and one 15-year-old demonstrator scooped up by police was later released to his parents.
“No to the Crisis and Austerity! Let’s take back our Schools and Cities!” read a large banner at the front of the protest in Rome.
“We take to the streets not only to say that we do not accept these austerity politics, but also to bring to the attention of the public the problems of the schools, to say that the school is an important piece of society and we can’t do without it,” one demonstrator who did not provide his name said.
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Good for them, I wish the people of Canada would wake up to the fact that we’re pushing austerity across the board as well and actually do something about it. Can’t wait to be in Montreal where people actually get motivated enough to do things.

thepeoplesrecord:

Italian students clash with police in austerity protests
October 5, 2012

Police clad in riot gear violently clashed with student protesters as thousands poured onto the streets during anti-cuts demonstrations in several major Italian cities. Similar anti-austerity rallies were reported throughout the country.

Hundreds of high-schooled aged protesters scuffled with police in Rome as they attempted to reach the country’s education ministry. 

Riot police allegedly beat several student demonstrators with truncheons during the anti-cuts rally. Several demonstrators claim police pinned them to the ground with knees and batons pressed against their necks.

Four police officers were reportedly injured, and several organizers of the “unauthorized” protest were detained.

Police say they confiscated missiles lobbed at them during the skirmishes.

Several of the detained student protest organizers are currently being identified, and one 15-year-old demonstrator scooped up by police was later released to his parents.

“No to the Crisis and Austerity! Let’s take back our Schools and Cities!” read a large banner at the front of the protest in Rome.

“We take to the streets not only to say that we do not accept these austerity politics, but also to bring to the attention of the public the problems of the schools, to say that the school is an important piece of society and we can’t do without it,” one demonstrator who did not provide his name said.

Source

Good for them, I wish the people of Canada would wake up to the fact that we’re pushing austerity across the board as well and actually do something about it. Can’t wait to be in Montreal where people actually get motivated enough to do things.

frompalestinewithlove:

Today, Oct. 5th, Zionist Forces invaded Al-Aqsa Mosque and abused worshipers.

Witness how they threw a young boy to the floor, and punched him in the head…

The democracy of “Israel”, ladies and gentlemen…

So this is what democracy looks like?

tranqualizer:

In what labor rights groups are calling a first in Walmart history, workers from multiple stores have walked off the job today. Workers led a one-day work stoppage for nearly a dozen Walmart stores to protest the retail giant’s retaliation for worker’s efforts to organize for better treatment and pay.

“Walmart should not be silencing workers for standing up for what’s good for my store, my co-workers, my family and my community,” Venanzi Luna, a striking worker at the Pico Rivera Walmart, said in a statement. Luna is a member of OUR Walmart, a national Walmart employee organization with a presence in 43 states that’s backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

At a rally today outside the Pico Rivera Walmart where Luna works, workers will tell their stories of struggling to barely get by on Walmart wages and dealing with reduced hours, safety issues and staffing issues. Among those coming out to support the striking workers are plenty of immigrant, labor and religious organizations who say Walmart workers shouldn’t be forced to rely on public assistance to get by, especially as the corporate behemoth turns around $16 billion a year in profits. Walmart has 1.4 million so-called associates around the country, and is union free in its North American stores. Workers on strike today say they are fighting for all of them.

The walkout comes after many months of worker organizing. Last month workers in San Diego and Dallasrallied for better pay, arguing that their wages, workers couldn’t afford health care premiums or even rent. A Walmart spokesperson told the Dallas Morning News after last month’s rally that Walmart workers have “some of the best jobs in the retail industry.” Workers have also walked off the job at distribution centers that serve Walmart in recent months.

Instead of paying so much for PR campaigns, damage control and organizing suppression, Walmart could put that money toward treating its workers better, labor rights groups argue. “Walmart has been forced to pull back from expansion plans in Boston and New York and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying and PR campaigns to buy support in new markets,” John Marshall, an economist with the UFCW, said in a statement this week. “These additional costs are unnecessary and could be avoided if the company respected its workers’ rights.”

Today’s action comes just days ahead of Walmart’s annual investor meeting on October 10.

YAY! Workers, stand up for your rights!