The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Undermine Internet Freedom

Remember SOPA – the “copyright” legislation before Congress last year that public outcry stopped cold? Well, the same corporations behind SOPA have pushed to insert its most pernicious provisions into TPP. Says who? The organizations that stopped SOPA like the Electronic Freedom Foundation and the ACLU.

Under this TPP proposal, Internet Service Providers could be required to “police” user activity (i.e. police YOU), take down internet content, and cut people off from internet access for common user-generated content.

Violations could be as simple as the creation of a YouTube video with clips from other videos, even if for personal or educational purposes.

Mandatory fines would be imposed for individuals’ non-commercial copies of copyrighted material. So, downloading some music could be treated the same as large-scale, for-profit copyright violations.

Innovation would be stifled as the creation and sharing of user-generated content would face new barriers, and as monopoly copyrights would be extended. The TPP proposes to impose copyright protections for a minimum of 120 years for corporate-created content.

Breaking digital locks for legit purposes, such as using Linux, could subject users to mandatory fines. Blind and deaf people also would be harmed by this overreach, as digital locks can block access to audio-supported content and closed captioning.​ –

#TPP #transpacificpartnership #ExposeTheTPP



Jacob Applebaum on Surveillance

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“I, [say your name] do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

#occupywallst #occupy #ronpaul2012 #MilitaristicCoup #coupdetat#RestructuringoftheGovernment #Constitution #martiallaw #peacetime


(below is the executive order Obama Implemented that hasn’t seen any press as far as i’ve seen. I’ve cut and pasted this text from


What Happened to Our Virtues, America?

Lying. How often does this occur in our society? How many lies do you tell a day? How many lies do you hear? How many times are you told something, when you know for a fact that they know that it is a lie … by your parents, your boss, your superiors, the government, television, society?  We know in our gut things are not right. We know that there is money being pilfered, stolen and misdirected, and many times we know that our lives have less truth than we would like them to have. It’s affecting our society, our laws, our religion and our principles. How many mistruths do you sell? And at what Cost?

Is this the corner we’ve painted ourselves into – where computers are assumed to tell the truth, and yet humans lie – all the time. Where corruption is done on every local level, and no-one speaks out for truth, liberty or justice for all. What kind of America am I living in right now?  What happened to our virtues?

Ben Woodward

At the end of the day what does the city, really, gives us back? Why do we continue to fight for it? There are no more opportunities; the dream has been sold out. And now what? Well, stop looking for something that doesn’t exist and start giving value to what’s being done now. Instead of asking for one more chance we have to be the ones that actually give that chance. We have to allow ourselves to listen to what the others have to say. It can be a comic book, an exhibition or a mural. It’s time to stop and make time to see what’s on the other side of the mirror. In the big cities each day is a brand new day full of surprises, full of endless opportunities. At the end of the day it’s on us to make that choice.

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