Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 22:40 UTC
In the News "The increase is a sign that the search engine can no longer afford to operate in a Silicon Valley vacuum. For years, Google had a reputation for indifference inside the Beltway. It took Google until May 2005 to set up a presence in Washington and even then, its headquarters consisted of a one-man lobbying shop in suburban Maryland." Do the Americans among you just accept this? Is this normal? Why aren't you guys turning to the streets when your country is quite clearly being bought left and right? I mean, I'm sure this happens everywhere, but on this scale? Gives me the creeps.
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America isn't all roses...
by minifig404 on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 23:15 UTC
minifig404
Member since:
2012-02-26

Yes, America has a ton of lobbying. Unfortunately, the only thing we the people can do is threaten to not re-elect an official. The primary reaction of the SOPA/PIPA protests wasn't an understanding of the issues with the bill, it was a fear of "getting SOPA'd". So far, I haven't exactly seen a pristine-perfect land yet, and as much room for improvement or revolution there may be, it is more important to hone in on the real problem, and get the change correct, than to act at all.

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RE: America isn't all roses...
by Lennie on Mon 23rd Apr 2012 23:36 in reply to "America isn't all roses..."
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I asked some people from the US, but I've not had any answers from anyone.

So is this gonna happen and will it solve anything ? or will they just hide is somewhere else ?:

Bernie Sanders Proposes 'Saving American Democracy Amendment'

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/8804-bernie-san...

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I hate to be a pessimist, but I don't think that will end up making it as an amendment. Amending the constitution is a long process. There are only two ways:

1) 2/3 majority passage in both congressional bodies
AND
3/4 2/3 state governments to ratify it

2) 2/3 state governments demand it
AND
a Constitutional Convention confirms it.

I don't think anyone has tried the second method, as no one knows the how to run a constitutional convention anymore.

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RE: America isn't all roses...
by Fergy on Tue 24th Apr 2012 05:13 in reply to "America isn't all roses..."
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

So far, I haven't exactly seen a pristine-perfect land yet, and as much room for improvement or revolution there may be, it is more important to hone in on the real problem, and get the change correct, than to act at all.

I don't exactly get what you are trying to say. Do you mean that the US might have room for improvement but you haven't seen better in other countries? What is the real problem? What change needs to be correct?

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