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In the News "Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech. Swartz was 26." Swartz was one of three co-creators of Reddit, worked on the RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, and so many other things. Swartz faced decades in prison for downloading a collection of JSTOR scientific articles. JSTOR dropped charges, but the US government pursued the case anyway, demanding fifty years in jail. Lawrence Lessig, one of his close friends: "Aaron had literally done nothing in his life 'to make money'. He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don't get both, you don't deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you." Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We've just lost one of the good guys.
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RE[3]: We the people petition
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 14th Jan 2013 04:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: We the people petition"
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Unfortunately, you are right. The White House has already demonstrated many times over since the introduction of their "We The People" petition site that the only "people" that matter are themselves. Time and time again Obama has refused to take serious issues brought up in the form of petitions as anything close to seriously.

See his official mocking of those various petitions of citizens who wanted marijuana to be legalized back when the site went up--petitions whose signatures far, far exceeded the official requirement just received the typical bullshit-driven, fact-devoid garbage and anti-drug propaganda the government is so excellent at spewing. Wonder if he feels like an idiot now that a couple of states have already legalized it, many higher-up people are speaking out for its legalization, and it is quickly gaining traction in other states. It's like the unraveling of the Prohibition of Alcohol all over again, but for a new century and a different drug. And long past due.

And still, what the hell, I signed it anyway. It most likely won't lead to anything at all, but it can't hurt. And I already had an account created for signing other petitions previously. But I admit, you are pretty much right... the people in power don't give a f--k about anything but their own wealth, power and personal agendas. We're nothing to them; any claims otherwise are just to make it look like they really believe in the true meaning of the Constitution.

The main things they want is to trounce on more of our rights, make themselves more powerful and us mere citizens weaker as a result, find new ways to gouge us of money (taxes), and gain total control over how we live our lives. Once they've achieved that, they'll be happy. Maybe.

Edited 2013-01-14 04:46 UTC

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