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Originally posted by [ profile] katsuko at post
Originally posted by [ profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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Originally posted by [ profile] nyxmidnight at Save the Internet. It's kind of a big deal.

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

BoingBoing.Net -- The MPAA, RIAA, Hollywood knows that they have been flying in CEOs of as many companies as possible, recruiting people to get petition signups at malls in California, and here's the big point-- they know they have gotten their message through to Congress -- the worst bill in Internet history, the one where government and their corporations get unbelievable power to take down sites, threaten payment processors into stopping payment to sites on a blacklist, and throw people in jail for posting ordinary content is about to pass before the end of this year. The only thing that is going to stop Hollywood from owning the Internet and everything we do, is if there is a big surprise Internet backlash starting right now.

PROTECT IP (S. 968)/SOPA (HR. 3261) creates the first system for Internet censorship - this bill has sweeping provisions that give the government and corporations leeway and legal cover for taking down sites "by accident," mistakenly, or for NOT doing "enough" to protect the interests of Hollywood. These bills that are moving very quickly through Congress and can pass before Christmas aim to give the US government and corporations the ability to block sites over infringing links posted by their users and give ISPs the release to take any means to block peoples' sites, including slowing down your connection. That's right, some say this bill is a workaround to net neutrality and is bigger than net neutrality.

This is the worst piece of Internet legislation in history - the lawmakers who have been sponsoring (Leahy, Lamar Smith, Conyers) this bill need to be shamed by the Internet community for wasting taxpayer dollars on a bill that would break the very fabric of the Internet, create an Internet blacklist, kill jobs and great startup companies, huge blogs, and social networks.

How this affects you, personally: -- Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go: despite all the talk about this bill being directed only toward “rogue” foreign sites, there is no question that it targets US companies as well. The bill sets up a system to punish sites allegedly “dedicated to the theft of US property.” How do you get that label? Doesn’t take much: Some portion of your site (even a single page) must
  1. be directed toward the US, and either
  2. allegedly “engage in, enable or facilitate” infringement or
  3. allegedly be taking or have taken steps to “avoid confirming a high probability” of infringement.

If an IP rightsholder (vaguely defined – could be Justin Bieber worried about his publicity rights) thinks you meet the criteria and that it is in some way harmed, it can send a notice claiming as much to the payment processors (Visa, Mastercard, Paypal etc.) and ad services you rely on.

Once they get it, they have 5 days to choke off your financial support. Of course, the payment processors and ad networks won’t be able to fine-tune their response so that only the allegedly infringing portion of your site is affected, which means your whole site will be under assault. And, it makes no difference that no judge has found you guilty of anything or that the DMCA safe harbors would shelter your conduct if the matter ever went to court. Indeed, services that have been specifically found legal, like Rapidshare, could be economically strangled via SOPA. You can file a counter-notice, but you’ve only got 5 days to do it (good luck getting solid legal advice in time) and the payment processors and ad networks have no obligation to respect it in any event. That’s because there are vigilante provisions that grant them immunity for choking off a site if they have a “reasonable belief” that some portion of the site enables infringement.

At a minimum, this means that any service that hosts user generated content is going to be under enormous pressure to actively monitor and filter that content. That’s a huge burden, and worse for services that are just getting started – the YouTubes of tomorrow that are generating jobs today. And no matter what they do, we’re going to see a flurry of notices anyway – as we’ve learned from the DMCA takedown process, content owners are more than happy to send bogus complaints. What happened to Wikileaks via voluntary censorshipStop the Internet Blacklist Legislation will now be systematized and streamlined – as long as someone, somewhere, thinks they’ve got an IP right that’s being harmed.

Stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation

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You have earned a Trophy:
My Acrobatic Friend

(that is, clear chapter 8 without dying)

Of course I get this when there's nobody online who I could squee over it with. Of course. BUT I HAVE TO SQUEE SOMEWHERE I'm sorry flist.

Here's a statblock thing.

Playthrough number: 6
Difficulty: Easy
Costume: It's chapter 8, it doesn't matter what Enoch's costume is.
Grade: G

Score: 1175840
(Level Score: 401840
+Time Bonus: 204000
+Secret Bonus: 570000)
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Originally posted by [ profile] twbasketcase at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [ profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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You guys aren't gonna believe this.

I'm stuck in front of a closed campus for the next 4 hours because I never got the memo that the school canceled Saturday classes before Labor Day as well.

Hahaha, oops.

In other news:

We...kind of wound up breaking Enoch-muse (yes I have an Enoch muse) last night in MSN. And then things got creepy because he started describing what it felt like to be close to the vileness in the Darkness stages and HAVE YOU LISTENED TO THE DARKNESS STAGE MUSIC WITH HEADPHONES? IT IS THE CREEPIEST SHIT EVER AND I DON'T EVEN GET CREEPED OUT BY SILENT HILL.

I am not surprised that Enoch has storytelling talent. He wasn't really trying, he was just going for creeping us out in a sort of "you think you're scared of that? You're the ones safe on the other side of that screen!" kind of way.

Thankfully the breaking didn't happen in canon so the muse is okay. But holy shit, man.

EDIT: Also there is something making beeping noises inside the campus even though there's no one inside. o_O
chierii: (Orz)
> Think of useless shirt in Imagine depository that is non-trade but you don't want to throw away.

> What the hell, just draw up an expertise plan for kicks.

> Wind up with favorite demons, backstory in timeline format, and personality blurb.

> ...And a muse that will not go away until a character ticket is bought and used.

> orz forever.

At least she's Chaotic....?
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We were talking about Lady Gaga.

And...despite the tone here, the conversation actually turned out to be quite pleasant. Go figure.
chierii: (Grumpy Mastemoth)
...Applejack does not belong in a headspace filled with the post-apocalyptic crapsack worlds of Megaten.

You know what doesn't help at all?

The angels are absolutely enamored with the absolute control the ponies have over their world. So I have to deal with them.

Someone tell me how to rid my headspace of one headstrong pony please.
chierii: (Grumpy Mastemoth)
So I had a bizarre dream. I say "I" had it but that's only because it came from my brain in the big picture.

But it didn't feel like mine.

cut for length and being bizarre. )
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I wound up staying up all night due to simply not being tired.

And now, now that I'm sitting in class and trying to listen to the instructor, now I'm tired and trying not to fall asleep.

On a only semi-related note, it's fun watching Mastema be awkward. I think only a couple of people will know what I'm talking about.

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So, this (disturbing imagery warning!) is the first time I've actually recorded the content of one of Mastema's dreams rather than a generic "he's reliving the final battle" or just giving the end result (wakes up crying, hallucinates Zelenin's blood on his hands after waking, etc.).

Granted, his subconscious was "inspired" by his encounter with Minato this time, but I get the feeling something like this is a recurring theme. I know Zelenin showing up with missing, bleeding, or otherwise damaged eyes has been a constant theme.

Something that threw me off in this particular dream was the significance of Zelenin remarking his heart "fit her hand well". I was misled by his attraction to her, I'd thought while I was typing it this showed his desire for a romantic or physical relationship with her, and she'd reject him on the grounds of his selfish ambitions.

Granted, that is almost exactly what the imagery looks like on the surface, and could possibly still be taken for. But what it really reflects is his desire to share something vital with her: the scope of Law's plan, his own personal ambitions, and his selfish thoughts on humanity. The violent, painful rejection of his heart is, of course, his fear that she'll hurt him in return, that he'll alienate her from him. He's afraid of betrayal already, but this would hurt deeply, in particular, being why it was linked to the real-world pain of his nails breaking skin as well as why it's the only source of pain to not be dulled.

Also I want to say the idea of losing a lot of blood from a point that is known to have a major artery already is significant to that too and not just accompanying the pain. But I'm not sure.

Anyway, DR peeps, helping him would be nice. Expect chat spam when I get back from class, too.


Jul. 13th, 2010 05:57 pm
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Originally posted by [ profile] nyxmidnight at PSA

I don't think I have anyone on my flist who isn't also on the flist of someone who's posted this, but it can't hurt.
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Guys, look!

[ profile] headspaceplace

It's a social comm for us AND our muses! Join it, tell people! Go go GO! :D


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