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In the News "Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech. Swartz was 26." Swartz was one of three co-creators of Reddit, worked on the RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, and so many other things. Swartz faced decades in prison for downloading a collection of JSTOR scientific articles. JSTOR dropped charges, but the US government pursued the case anyway, demanding fifty years in jail. Lawrence Lessig, one of his close friends: "Aaron had literally done nothing in his life 'to make money'. He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don't get both, you don't deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you." Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We've just lost one of the good guys.
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RE[3]: We the people petition
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 14th Jan 2013 04:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: We the people petition"
UltraZelda64
Member since:
2006-12-05

Unfortunately, you are right. The White House has already demonstrated many times over since the introduction of their "We The People" petition site that the only "people" that matter are themselves. Time and time again Obama has refused to take serious issues brought up in the form of petitions as anything close to seriously.

See his official mocking of those various petitions of citizens who wanted marijuana to be legalized back when the site went up--petitions whose signatures far, far exceeded the official requirement just received the typical bullshit-driven, fact-devoid garbage and anti-drug propaganda the government is so excellent at spewing. Wonder if he feels like an idiot now that a couple of states have already legalized it, many higher-up people are speaking out for its legalization, and it is quickly gaining traction in other states. It's like the unraveling of the Prohibition of Alcohol all over again, but for a new century and a different drug. And long past due.

And still, what the hell, I signed it anyway. It most likely won't lead to anything at all, but it can't hurt. And I already had an account created for signing other petitions previously. But I admit, you are pretty much right... the people in power don't give a f--k about anything but their own wealth, power and personal agendas. We're nothing to them; any claims otherwise are just to make it look like they really believe in the true meaning of the Constitution.

The main things they want is to trounce on more of our rights, make themselves more powerful and us mere citizens weaker as a result, find new ways to gouge us of money (taxes), and gain total control over how we live our lives. Once they've achieved that, they'll be happy. Maybe.

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RE[4]: We the people petition
by kwan_e on Mon 14th Jan 2013 12:38 in reply to "RE[3]: We the people petition"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Time and time again Obama has refused to take serious issues brought up in the form of petitions as anything close to seriously.

See his official mocking of those various petitions of citizens who wanted marijuana to be legalized


Sorry, but I have a hard time taking any movement to legalize certain drugs as being "serious". Any libertarian or "freedom" movement that considers drug legalization a top priority cannot be taken seriously.

There simply are much more serious things to be concerning ourselves with.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Yeah... because more than one thing can't be done at a time? Right. Face it: By your way of looking at it, nothing would ever be done, because the President would be too focused on one single problem. And if that were the case, then the President can't even do his job correctly.

That said, at the same time I would never suggest the government put full focus on anything (as you seem to be claiming would be the case)... but I can say that from the way they have been operating, a hell of a lot of money (taxes), resources (police, prison space), etc. have been going directly toward the government's strict anti-drug crusade. I would say that they've put a strongly disproportionate amount of effort into this mess, both getting into it and keeping in going... and if it requires effort to finally fix this mess, then so be it.

The government is the one who decided to start this catastrophe, using false facts year after year, hiding the real data, just to make it seem as if their miserable failure has worked. The only ones winning in this case are the government--specifically the DEA--because armed drug busts, arrests, confiscation, utterly destroying citizens for having anything to do with any "evil" chemical is their job, their living.

Four years--going on eight now--he could have done more than he has in that time, but he hasn't.

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