If Megaupload Was Taken Down, Then Why the Need for SOPA/PIPA? 9

Think about this folks…. The government and the lackey politicians have been carrying on that the country needs SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) in order to stop piracy of copyrighted materials. If we are in such dire need of these two acts, then how did the Fed take down Megaupload and duly make arrests?

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Fire, Floods, Snow and Ice Strikes the Western US | Video Photos 10

Funny weather forecast. Click to enlarge.

A state of emergency has been declared in Oregon and Washington, where a powerful winter storm brought deadly floods, heavy snows of up to 4 feet, a severe ice storm, and damaging winds Wednesday and Thursday. Heavy rains of 3 – 8 inches have fallen over a wide swath of Western Oregon since Monday, causing major to record flooding on multiple rivers and creeks. In Albany, Oregon, a family of four drove out of a supermarket parking lot and into a flooded Perwinkle Creek Wednesday night, and were swept away. Two people were rescued, but a 20-month-old boy and his mother drowned. The Marys River in Philomath rose to its highest flood on record yesterday, and will remain at major flood stage today before gradually receding tonight. The rains have tapered off over much of the region today, but renewed rains are expected later today and intermittently into early next week.

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Miscellany Vol. 2 4

What a week this has been.  The world took part in the largest protest ever, The Great Internet Blackout, with thousands of sites going black in protest over SOPA/PIPA.  So now, it’s time to sit back and have a laugh or two… or three… or four….

This first one below is my favorite – the zero gravity floating dog.  I have a cousin who is a commercial pilot.  For my birthday one year, he rented a small plane like this and took me for a ride since I had never been in this kind of plane.  He also brought along his young neighbor boy.  He sat in the back and I was up front to start with.  Then when we went to switch so the boy could sit up front, my cousin did a dive to simulate zero gravity and we both we airborn for a few moments just like this dog. More…

Kudos to 365 Veterans Blog 7

Although relatively new to the WordPress blogging community, I quickly fell in love with it. The variety of blogs are endless, and those who write their own work do so from the heart – not due to a paycheck from a corporation. The wisdom and insight from many bloggers is a gift to those readers who open their minds, love to learn, and respect the opinions of others. This does not necessarily mean everyone must agree to different opinions as I’m sure mine have p.o.’d many people, but there is always something which may be gained when you look hard enough.

Because I do so support this community, anytime anyone new “likes” a post or comments, I enjoy going to their site to see what new adventures await me. I this case, a “like” came from a blogger who was new to me. Onward “click” I go, and what I found completely warmed my heart…. Project 365 / Honoring a Veteran a day, for a year. More…

Anonymous Goes on Revenge! Gov and Entertainment Industry Sites DOWN 8

Anonymous Goes on Megaupload Revenge Spree: DoJ, RIAA, MPAA, Universal Music, and several others all offline today, although some have come back up.

First of all, let me state that I am typically not a supporter of hacking. Our sites at work were hacked by some idiot that just likes to break in and hack for the challenge. Because he can. I took it personally and felt violated. Fortunately, it was a matter of finding the inserted corrupt file and removing it, so we were lucky no permanent damage was done.

However, in light of SOPA/PIPA and the bull crap from the entertainment industry wanting the government to do their dirty work, I am not finding myself quite so disliking these hacks. Honestly, I’m surprised Anonymous waited this long. A few comments made on the Gizmodo post really sums it up best: More…

I Wonder If These Statistics Are True… 19

Just sent to me by a friend, but no source was given for verification. Quite interesting, though…

With little more than 500 employees, this company has the following statistics:

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses More…

Keystone XL DENIED! Obama Threatened by Oil Companies 7

The Keystone XL pipeline was denied today by Obama – at least for now. TransCanada will be allowed to refile. This is hailed as a huge victory by those opposed to the pipeline, and I am sure the earth, environment and wildlife appreciate this as well.

I checked out #keystone on Twitter a while ago and just happened to catch Boehners tweet that Obama is killing thousands of jobs. Well, horse hockies! Do people really buy this line of crap? And as if this is the only source of jobs available in this country? First of all, bring back all our jobs that are now overseas – such as the 200,000 jobs displaced to China via Wal-Mart. This alone will well exceed Boehners over-inflated amount of jobs from the Keystone XL pipeline. I just bet that ol’ Sam Walton is turning over in his grave since he did found his company on the belief of all Made in the USA products – then his money-grubbing children changed all that. What about a combination of American companies, not just Wal-Mart? The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, says American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas in 2010. More…

SOPA Will Take Us Back to the Dark Ages | Mashable 4

I got up early this morning simply because I wanted to see Reddit and so many other sites actually go black, and throughout the day, have submerged myself in article after article, tweet after tweet, and post after post.  A most phenomenal day!

A developer friend of mine posted this link to his Facebook page – and he is the kind of guy that when he posts something internet-related, I check it out.  SOPA/PIPA is not just about the money so many corporations are losing due to piracy, but also the money they are not gaining because the internet now allows an entrepreneur to cut of the middle-man.  I am only going to include a few excerpts here as this article is worthy of going to and reading in it’s entirety. More…

The Best Statement Yet On Why Stopping SOPA/PIPA Must Succeed 1

By far, this is the best summaries I have seen yet about why it is important to stop SOPA/PIPA….

It’s not a coincidence that the Global Democracy Movement is happening now, just as technology is emerging to allow the People to stand up to military dictators and banking oligarchies using Facebook and Twitter.  You see, the fate of democracy and the fate of the Internet are intimately linked.  This is why the movement to stop SOPA has been so powerful, and, this is why it must succeed. ~ Eric Byler http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/sopa

One Million Petition for the Recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 3

The petition drive to recall and remove Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has surpassed all expectations, collecting over one million signatures in just 60 days.

Petitioners were only required to collect 540,000 by law. They far exceeded this number, making a successful legal challenge of the recall highly unlikely. This is the largest recall in U.S. history. Volunteers also gathered over 845,000 signatures to recall Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, as well enough signatures for four of the state senators who voted for Walker’s collective bargaining bill in March 2011, adding hundreds of thousands more petitions to a pile estimated to weigh over one ton. More…

The Great Internet Black Out Has Commenced 2

On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill – PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House – to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity. Many sites have blacked out today in protest of the SOPA/PIPA bills and followed Reddit’s lead. And finally this is getting some major media coverage.  Check them out…. More…

The Greatest Protest in History Has Just Started 6

There have been so many large protests throughout the history of mankind, but in my opinion, so many sites going black ranks now as Number One!  The organization, the participation is on such a grand scale!  Many sites are going black from 8 AM to 8 PM EST on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, but Wikipedia went black as of midnight. More…