Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Dec 2011 20:34 UTC
Internet & Networking It was fun while it lasted. This internet thing became too powerful, and shifted the balance of power too much to the people. Politicians found a partner in the content industry, and here we have it. After a mysterious unexplained 180 by a Dutch political party, ACTA has been signed by all 27 members of the EU. In the meantime, it's looking like SOPA, despite delays, is going to make it through, despite fierce opposition from the technology industry (except Apple and Microsoft, who don't care about a free and open web) and the very architects of the internet. To top it all off, UMG apparently has complete control over YouTube's content, allowing them to remove any video they don't like without even having to invoke the DMCA.
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RE: some good news on SOPA
by umccullough on Sat 17th Dec 2011 03:51 UTC in reply to "some good news on SOPA"
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You know what? Every time I read about our modern day politics (and this goes on not just in the US, but here as well) I'm reminded of the Roman Empire just right before it started crumbling. Rampant corruption, gluttony, total disconnect between the state and the people, decadence to levels us normal folk can barely imagine...

It's hard not to think that this is somehow going to end with the people taking up arms (in whatever shape or form). For some reason, I'm slowly but surely starting to understand why even non-redneck, well-educated left Americans value the right to bear arms so much.

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RE[3]: some good news on SOPA
by weebnuts on Sat 17th Dec 2011 16:52 in reply to "RE[2]: some good news on SOPA"
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2011-05-11



You know what? Every time I read about our modern day politics (and this goes on not just in the US, but here as well) I'm reminded of the Roman Empire just right before it started crumbling. Rampant corruption, gluttony, total disconnect between the state and the people, decadence to levels us normal folk can barely imagine...

It's hard not to think that this is somehow going to end with the people taking up arms (in whatever shape or form). For some reason, I'm slowly but surely starting to understand why even non-redneck, well-educated left Americans value the right to bear arms so much.
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Exactly Thom, our right to bear arms is our insurance policy for if(and probably when) the government gets too out of hand. The forefathers of the US knew that one day the government would be corrupted again, its a pattern in history, so they gave us this way out to start all over.

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