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[4]: some good news on SOPA
by lucas_maximus on Sun 18th Dec 2011 23:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: some good news on SOPA"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

Exactly Thom, our right to bear arms is our insurance policy for if(and probably when) the government gets too out of hand.


Do you honestly think that a group of citizens with guns, would stand any chance in open combat against even a handful of trained soldiers?

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subsider34 Member since:
2010-11-08

Depends on whether or not they're veterans. (the citizens, not the soldiers)

Edited 2011-12-20 05:34 UTC

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RE[6]: some good news on SOPA
by zima on Fri 23rd Dec 2011 23:58 in reply to "RE[5]: some good news on SOPA"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Do you honestly think the state doesn't know who its veterans and their families are? (so that "antisocial elements" can be observed, or eventually isolated as a preventative measure ...or more; hey, we are very much talking about such situation here; if the military itself isn't largely the protective force any more - but supposedly doesn't have qualms about battling the population - then shit has very much hit the fan)

As is, the US already has crazy incarceration rates - so the necessary infrastructure is all there, one just needs to release a significant portion of present inmates (say, the largely harmless in context mostly black drug "offenders" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Jim_Crow ) ...and you will immediately have plenty of room for other kinds of undesirables.

Edited 2011-12-24 00:13 UTC

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