Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Oct 2011 16:57 UTC
Legal "Top-ranking Obama administration officials, including the US copyright czar, played an active role in secret negotiations between Hollywood, the recording industry and ISPs to disrupt internet access for users suspected of violating copyright law, according to internal White House e-mails. The e-mails, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, show the administration's cozy relationship with Hollywood and the music industry's lobbying arms, and its early support for the copyright-violation crackdown system publicly announced in July. One top official even used her personal e-mail account at least once during the negotiations with executives and lobbyists from companies ranging from AT&T to Universal Music." You don't say. Totally did not see this coming. Major surprise. Who'da thunk?
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RE: I'm sure......
by Kivada on Fri 14th Oct 2011 18:55 UTC in reply to "I'm sure......"
Kivada
Member since:
2010-07-07

Go look up "Citizens United" as to why the US political system it fucked.

Remember, corporations are people and are allowed to buy the government wholesale with money laundered through a "501(c)(4)" and a PAC.

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RE[2]: I'm sure......
by bnolsen on Fri 14th Oct 2011 18:59 in reply to "RE: I'm sure......"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

It's a 2 way street. Men of conviction can't be bought.

It's of extreme importance to elect people who have integrety who won't be swayed or corrupted by people with money.

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RE[3]: I'm sure......
by LobalSurgery on Fri 14th Oct 2011 19:44 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm sure......"
LobalSurgery Member since:
2006-09-07

The issue with politics is not simply that power corrupts, but that positions of power tend to attract the easily corruptible. We vote for those that are most likely to misrepresent us.

We should be electing those that scream "I don't want that job!"

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RE[3]: I'm sure......
by Kivada on Sat 15th Oct 2011 04:35 in reply to "RE[2]: I'm sure......"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

You do know that in something like 86% of elections its the guy who spent the most cash that wins right? They don't have to buy the incorruptible man, they can simply cheat, just look at the cheap shots called "riders" on almost every bill, say you want to give the DHS new Orwellian powers to spy on the general public but can't get support? Simple! Stick on a rider that says something to the effect of harsher sentences on child molesters, so that anyone that doesn't vote for your bill is committing political suicide since it will be run non stop in every outlet that you voted for reduced sentences on child molesters.

This is the US, our politics and news are not about truth, it's about who can cheat the best and spend the most, hence the near non stop ads for companies like ConocoPhillips and BP to buy off the news networks so that they wont cover anything that would tarnish the companies image like the fact that the seal isn't holding in the gulf or the fact that natural gas fracking is putting massive amounts of pollutants into the drinking water supplies of the nation.

Neither of these companies sell anything that requires advertising, they don't sell direct to you, even most BP branded gas stations don't even carry BP made gas and either way you don't need to be sold on natural gas or gasoline since if you need it you need it, and in the case of natural gas it comes from the local municipality or worse, privately held power company.

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