Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 12:35 UTC
Internet & Networking

You probably remember the online outrage over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) copyright enforcement proposal. Last week, the Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force released a report on digital copyright policy that endorsed one piece of the controversial proposal: making the streaming of copyrighted works a felony.

This man has been such a deception.

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It's not just Obama
by MechaShiva on Tue 6th Aug 2013 14:13 UTC
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2005-07-06

Politics in the US has gotten so toxic that I'm willing to admit defeat. The bad guys won.

Three letter agencies don't even bother to pay lip service to due process but that's last week's news.

"Look! An incredibly vague international terror alert! You're welcome, America. You're safe now. Go back to sleep."
"You're right. Snowden is a traitorous asshole. Thanks, guys."

It feels like Republicans and Democrats are working off the same playbook, but they both keep the hate machine pumping at full volume because it's easier to do what they want if people are fighting amongst themselves instead of realizing how hard they're being f--ked by both parties and the incredibly rich people they work for. It's like that Bill Hicks quote:

"I agree with the puppet on the left!"
"I agree with the puppet on the right!"
"Hey wait a minute! There's one guy holding both f--king puppets!"

Look. I don't have a lot of money, but a lot of people seem to want it. Whether it's the taxman coming from the left, or the guy on the right who wants to cut wages, raise the cost of living, and charge me out the ass for the privilege of being alive - I know they're coming and I've resigned myself to the fact that they'll get what they want. As long as they can keep people scared (and most reasonable people are easily scared; the world is a scary place after all), they'll be able to get it all.

So I'm waving the white flag. I give up. I'm too comfortable to fight and I've got just enough to lose that I'm unwilling to risk losing it today on the chance I might lose it tomorrow. You win.

A bit of advice though for whoever the TLA reading this reports to: Don't screw it up by taking too much too quickly. You don't want to create truly desperate people. Desperate people are dangerous, and a lot of them blame you.

Edited 2013-08-06 14:16 UTC

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RE: It's not just Obama
by WorknMan on Tue 6th Aug 2013 17:29 in reply to "It's not just Obama"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

feels like Republicans and Democrats are working off the same playbook, but they both keep the hate machine pumping at full volume because it's easier to do what they want if people are fighting amongst themselves instead of realizing how hard they're being f--ked by both parties and the incredibly rich people they work for.


It feels like that, but it isn't. Otherwise, how far up the political ladder would you have to travel before you got that secret email that said: 'How to f--k over the American people', and then the powers that be would hope you don't tell anyone else. But as we found out recently, there's always an Edward Snowden in the mix ...

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RE[2]: It's not just Obama
by MechaShiva on Tue 6th Aug 2013 18:44 in reply to "RE: It's not just Obama"
MechaShiva Member since:
2005-07-06

That email does exist but that's not how it's worded at all. It talks extensively about protecting "American interests", both at home and abroad, and securing the cooperation of our international partners to ensure a fair and enforceable system for global businesses to thrive in the emerging world market.

You don't need Edward Snowden to uncover press releases.

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RE[2]: It's not just Obama
by lucas_maximus on Tue 6th Aug 2013 19:28 in reply to "RE: It's not just Obama"
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2009-08-18

The thing is that I simply don't believe it exists.

While this is shitty ...

I don't think it is possible for a Government of the size of the USA to be rotten to the core. It is simply impossible. The recent Snowden leaks are proof of this. There is always someone with enough backbone to actually do this. The economical affect could be profound (10% of cloud computing customers have moved their business from the USA already due to the leaks).

The reality is and this would be apparent to anyone that has ever watched the wire or worked in a large organisation.

There are so many conflicting interests in large organisations by higher up individuals, that an overall big brother is impossible (it was even impossible in Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia).

Everyone envisages a one man with a vision of everything ... it simply isn't possible for one (very) busy man to keep and make a decision about everything and he delegates decisions to those below him.

Edited 2013-08-06 19:34 UTC

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RE: It's not just Obama
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 6th Aug 2013 19:08 in reply to "It's not just Obama"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Don't give up. That's what they want you to do. Demoralizing the enemy is one tactic to win a war.

Grains of sand. One grain here, another there, repeat, and after a while, you have a desert. Just do what you can to make it better.

+1 for quoting Bill Hicks. ;)

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RE[2]: It's not just Obama
by MechaShiva on Tue 6th Aug 2013 19:58 in reply to "RE: It's not just Obama"
MechaShiva Member since:
2005-07-06

Thanks. And equal kudos go for the Sunny Day handle. Great band.

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RE: It's not just Obama
by Lennie on Wed 7th Aug 2013 10:57 in reply to "It's not just Obama"
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2007-09-22

I've mentioned it a couple of days ago on OSNews, the US government can't fix itself.

To be honest, I don't think the people will do it either.

They face both the government, corporations, justice and military.

Where are those people that care so much about their gun-laws ?

Wasn't it something like:

"We need these guns to keep us safe from our own government and foreign governments".

Right, ...

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RE: It's not just Obama
by mistersoft on Wed 7th Aug 2013 12:12 in reply to "It's not just Obama"
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2011-01-05

Great post. (because it's one I agree with - obviously)

..and for the full 'obama deception' film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw

I'd not seen before until Thom mentioned Obama - such a deception.. and I googled it wondering was it a bit of a zeitgeist phrase out there in the public consciousness - and low and behold.

I like the way, the above movie is referenced as a 'conspiracy' theory yet a lot of the content is blatantly true - very little reading between the lines really needed: e.g the 'scaremongering' at the time of widespread/blanket wireless wiretapping....well that's now a gimme for starters isn't it.

I also love KRS One's little burger franchise summary of the current reality of our 'democracies' - comes in about 0:02:50 .

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It seems abundantly clear across most of the western world really now (let alone any of the so-called developing nations) that our representative democracy's a real sham, and that if we want REAL democracies - or something approaching them, we either need Direct Democracy (which let's be honest, in our digital, computing, age ..is Entirely f&cking possible from a nuts and bolts or infrastructure point of view ; --OR we need a system that DOES NOT rely on TRUSTING any of our representatives - it needs to work (a la the BitCoin currency network's philosopy of NOT TRUSTING any one party on the network - but VERIFYING all the encrypted transactions) via transparency, open communication and verifiability and accountability - swift accountability.

I'm not a 'commie' or a 'hippy' - I'm just looking for 'fairness' in my world, my society (and it's as much mine as anyone elses, including anyone thinks they're 'in charge')

Those that are De Facto 'in charge' aren't going to concede control. It needs to be taken back from them are shared out again - as ideologically it should have been all along.

Good luck to us all ;-)

Sorry for all the stress quotes and capitals. Not that sorry.

Edited 2013-08-07 12:14 UTC

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RE[2]: It's not just Obama
by mistersoft on Wed 7th Aug 2013 13:34 in reply to "RE: It's not just Obama"
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2011-01-05

haha, 'The Obama Deception' I linked to above certainly starts interestingly, albeit a little provocatively.. with a lot of well known truths behind the banking collapse, the string pullers of economic and political power; covering really a bunch of the same ground as Inside Job.. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1645089/

but then goes a bit silly.. i.e. proper fictional conspiracy theory stuff -sorry I can be gullible at first- : the Carbon Tax powered new Obama-fiend architectured 'Bank of the World' and personal Presidential conscript Army.. hehe, funny.

But I'll own up, I didn't realise it was a mockumentary at first ..or is it(?!) there's still so much truth within the silliness.
:-)

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