Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Mar 2010 23:18 UTC
In the News And thus, our true colours reveal. Since Obama was the young newcomer, technically savvy, many of us were hoping that he might support patent and/or copyright reform. In case our story earlier on this subject didn't already tip you off, this certainly will: Obama has sided squarely with the RIAA/MPAA lobby, and backs ACTA. No copyright and/or patent reform for you, American citizens!
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RE[2]: Sickened and Disgraced
by coolvibe on Sun 14th Mar 2010 01:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Sickened and Disgraced"
coolvibe
Member since:
2007-08-16

I agree with you, but I will have to make clear that the American system is not bi-partisan. There *are* other parties that are electable, but two parties seem the most popular. To an outsider, it looks like there are only two parties, but there are more. The dems and the reps just get all the airplay, nobody hears about the other parties.

Great post, but I just had to correct that little oversight. Doesn't make you less wrong though.

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RE[3]: Sickened and Disgraced
by darknexus on Sun 14th Mar 2010 11:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Sickened and Disgraced"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

It's still, in effect, a two-party system. The other parties may as well not even be there, and voting for them is just throwing your vote away in the current situation. The two big ones have the money and the clout to force themselves to be the only parties the majority of the citizens here see, and most never bother to look beyond their TV.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I believe the Canadian parties also have a limit to how much they can spend on campaigning or some such policy that balances that out between the richly and poorly sponsored candidates. It may be worth the people pushing for something similar south of the border so that it's not just two pro-corp marketing departments on TV.

I know there is also a limit to how long before the vote parties can start campaigning so you don't have the well funded groups starting to campaign a month after the last vote.

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