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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] theljstaff at Help Us Support Planned Parenthood


Join us in standing up for reproductive health and education. Planned Parenthood, the organization that delivers reproductive health care, sex education and information to millions of people worldwide, has come under fire in the U.S. lately, with many politicians on both state and federal level seeking to end funding (and in a few cases succeeding).

During the month of May, you can send a specially designed Planned Parenthood vgift to your friends to help support this cause. (And if you need someone to send it to, [livejournal.com profile] frank is always happy to receive gifts!) There are three variations ($1, $5 and $10) for you to choose from, but they'd all look good on your profile when your friends know that you stand by something so important.

                    

Thank you all for your help in our support for Planned Parenthood. This promotion ends June 1, 2012; LiveJournal is not affiliated with Parent Parenthood. For more information about Planned Parenthood, please visit: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

-The LiveJournal Team

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] sio at PASS THIS ON - the greedmongers' latest BS tactic
this is disgusting--and we need to alert everyone to this because it's not just "illegal" downloading they will be targeting; you will be falsely accused no matter what you're downloading! fucking greedmongers need to sit down and shut up and stop invading our privacy.

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lk737 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/webnews/major-isps-turn-into-copyright-police-by-july-says-riaa/

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c


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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lk737 at U.S. Petition to prevent ACTA
Kosmonaunt on Tumblr just posted this link to the U.S. Petition to stop ACTA. Here is what was said about it:

Americans, this is a link to the White House petition to End ACTA and get the Obama Administration to withdraw its support! This petition needs 25,000 signatures by February 20, 2012! Please, Please take a minute to sign this petition!! I'm sure the more signatures we get, the greater chance the Obama Administration may listen to us.

Please pass this along!!

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/end-acta-and-protect-our-right-privacy-internet/MwfSVNBK?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

Please check it out and Retweet if you're on Twitter (hashtag #ActAgainstACTA). Here is the shortened link for Twitter -- http://t.co/suHDHx8K



Thank you to everyone on my flist and twitter for talking about this and making us so aware! You guys have really filled my flist with so much information! *massive hugs*
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com 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.

Via Tumblr

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] box_in_the_box at Internet blackout day: See you all on Thursday

Google: End Piracy, Not Liberty

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.



Tell Congress: Don't censor the Web

Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There's no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.

Too much is at stake — please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

From the flist: 



Spread the word, even you're not a US citizen, it is important for everyone!! It easy to do and it can change everything. More info by clicking on the banner.

Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.


Read this analysis from boing-boing.net

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.

http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_60/Internet-Companies-Boost-Hill-Lobbying-210345-1.html?pos=olobh

“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.

OMG YAY

May. 13th, 2011 12:22 am
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THE MOON NAZIS ARE COMING! 4.4.2012!

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So, last night I went to see Amanda Fucking Palmer play The Academy, supported by Bitter Ruin, form Brighton. This was SUPPOSED to be Evelyn EWvelyn show, biut as Iceland has ran out of virgins and we're being surrounded by an ashen cloud all over the europe, choking on this black veil of misery etc... What do we get?


Evelynb Evelyn: The abridged show.

Complete with: Jason Webley skype'ing in, the entire thing being webast to more than 6000 viewers across the internet, being bombarded with ch0colate and feathers and Oh My.

THIS WAS FUCKING EPIC.

i arrived early with [livejournal.com profile] silicon_dragon Who, by the way, took plenty of pics and video, and staked out a decent spot on the floor. Lots of short kids inf ront of us *grin* I was twittering and texting, trying to convine people to show up. (it was sold out. then they removed chairs. i got my tikets form twitter *grin*)

AFP tookt he stage to introfduce Bitter Ruin. And gle eabpout how all this was being fdonew on borrowed equipment - where the laptop, camera, etc had come from: Epic.

Bitter Ruin - www.bitterruin.com - had tweeted her if they could supporther in Glasgow. took a treain they could no0t afford to be there, anbd got stufed into her van as a result to play Dublin.

How to describe bitter ruin? I was a bit hesitant when this waif-.y girl and a guy in a suit with acoustic guitar took thye stage. What to expect?



this.

(for those unwiling to watch the video - it starts all flotywhispyeeerie and then -ä Shriek. Georgia has an amazing vocal range and I can't say it too much - she is BRILIANT. (and Ben's not too bad either but sorry, this woman's voice completely andutterly blew. me. away.)

They performed several songs, severeral of which are on youtube by now - go look! :D

I was not one of the lucky 30 to granb one of their CDs. But I willa cquire one as soon as possible. Because I can't strress it enough, the voices, the deceptively simple melodies, lyical dissonance and hypnotizing athmosphere is So. Worth. it.

There was not that long betwreen this and AFP herself taking the stage. Jeans, t-shirt nad long white gloves - ROCXK AND ROLL! She was too busy to change into her stage costume but did we care? fuck no.

So - how to describe the show? there were dsrawn putppets, audirence volunteers, blood splatters, i got a faceful of twix from her, ther was - undeniable briliance. jason Webley bravely played his part via skype, and thre wqas an amazing chharge int he air.

They performed some of the Evelyn Evelyn songs - including but not limited to Elephant Elephant (which go ta bit strange..)You only want me cause you want my sister, their BEAUTIFUL cover of Love Will Tear Us Apart (must.play.in.Dominion!)... it was gorgeous. And then there was the Evelyn Evelyn 4magical eyes to answer Seirous Existnetial Wuestions. Such aS "Why is she so short?" "Are baboons evil?" and "If I unscrew my bellybutton will my arse fall off?"

Yeaah XD

Eventually the evelyun evelyn part of the show came to an end. *snif anidf* but, AFP still treated us to some beautiful fare. TOgether with Georgia, she sang Delilah. On her own, Astronaut, Oasis and GIrl Anahronism.

For the encore?

THIS:



Amanda fucking palmer & Bitter Ruin: FUCK THE ASHCLOUD.

Beautiful song, with lyric hgetting fucked up, people shrieking and singing along, and a haunting heartfelt sentiment - godammit, she should be with her love, dammit! (who is an award-.winning author and therefore uses the word "Ashen cloud" just so you know) and yes it is me shouting for Ben to depants

All in all, FUCK YEAH. PUNK ROCK CABARET BITCHES.

Mmm...

Dec. 25th, 2009 05:03 pm
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TOday I is at work and sleeping a lot. XD

Also I is facing moral dilemmas of sorts...

Right now I am staring at a list of links with a ton of full albums to donwload including stuff I really want.

and I find myself kind of qnating to download, but on the other hand, also going "... no, I should not" because.. ffs, I can afford music now. it was one thing when the money for one CD meant not esating for three days. Now? I spend more money on music than food anyway. and still.. looking at all that, it makes me go kind of "..."

It all ties to my prsonal moral belief that if I can do the right thing, I shoudl do it. (see also not fucking people over when it can be avoided) and my wilingness to pu myslef in the line. I am not against piracy - ffs, card carrying pirate here! - but I also believe in not screwing over those who povide us with the shiny.

I can buy it, which menas I should. I can do the right thing here - and i canät justify doing otherwise to myself. I could say "oh muse is rich enoyugh already" but the thing here s - it is a silippery slope. If I say today that Muse is ok to download because they are successful enough to not to need me, then who will I screw over tomorrow? the reason they are successfull is becuase people were willing to put their money where theyir ears are as opposed to fucking around on the intenrets for free.

Fuck yeah those links tempt me.

But this lal boilds down to one single thing:

I can do the right thing, therefore I should.

I belive I shall clebrate defeating my moral dilemma by putting in an order for some stuff.

FAIL

Apr. 13th, 2009 12:09 am
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Amazon rank

Amazon, how you fail. How hard.

Dragons.

Oct. 6th, 2008 02:06 pm
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Look! I have draons! One of them is already an adult! XD

I jsut keeep coming up with weird names for them.

Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!

and.. my fitrst grownup! Adopt one today!

,,,

Sep. 30th, 2008 07:12 pm
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Occasionally even the rule 34 suprises me.

.... the ship "Nixa" was one of those things that jsutr break my bran.

possibly in a good way, though.

as ong as the fcking caterpillar mustache is not involved.

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