Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. In other words, it is illegal for law enforcement to enforce you to obey a federal law (passed or not) where the United States Constitution cannot be strictly interpreted to have granted the federal government power to have passed such law. It also means that any/and all other federal laws not meeting such standard are also legally null and void.
I don't love you anymore
We've all heard those words before
Somebody takes your heart and then
Leaves you the pieces
Lying shattered on the floor
They say that when you close a door
Another one is waiting there
For you to open... if you believe!
Love will come back
Hit you when you least expect it
Fill in the cracks
Of a broken heart you thought
That you could never mend
You, you can start again!
When you're barely getting by
And it's hard to find the strength to try
And loneliness is all you've known
If you let go... then you will find...
Oh, when you think you've lost the only way
All you really need
Is a little faith
Just let love return to you
You can start again!
Bloody and beaten from working out how to break ice I I try and try again.
There is often a disconnect between what we mean when we say something and what it means to another person who reads or hears it. This is normal. It is an effect of a point interpreted in two or more disparate, non-communicated, contexts. The writer or speaker thinks in one context as words are expressed without correction for the fact and often without occurrence that the listener or reader might hear or read them in another context. This is probably one of the most common causes of conflict.
I often leave out context for private reasons and to protect others ( I have no way of determining their mindset or behind the scenes pressure to project a specific atmosphere. Investigating leads to others jumping to subsequent conclusions which leads to further nonsensical penalties. ). I only hope some will not confabulate it and then assume that "I" need professional help with my psychological and/or emotional health or cause scenes based on what they think someone is guilty of.
People also commonly assume things based on interpretations of behavior based on past experiences. People assume that their heuristics are perfectly accurate; which is a fallacy. The only hope for societal health is to assume anything that might be unhealthy probably is, until thoroughly proven otherwise and that your heuristics will always have flaws which have to be buffed out.
Different people have different understandings of their environment and involved psychology. The environment itself causes this. The fact of having these differences does not determine who is correct or incorrect. Nor does it mean opposing perspectives have to lead to opposing opinions that cannot coalesce over time. Perspective does not determine facts. Interpreting what is perceived leads to potential understanding of what may or may not be factual.
http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/06/my-take-jesus-was-a-free-marketer-not-an-occupier/, By Tony Perkins, Special to CNN
Honest hard work does not pay off well for most in a system constrained by design.
There are so many people who can prove beyond doubt that world peace and sustainability are at hand if people trained and armed for security or defense refuse to follow inhumane orders to shut them up; but not otherwise. Each person should thoroughly independently investigate the claims of who they're supposed to go after before doing so. Or else they're just shitting all over themselves.
BTW, Jesus was a family man, his intention was to adopt all of humanity as his family; selfish works don't get you anywhere with God. That money parable was used only because money is something easy for people to understand as something to invest. What was meant was to invest love and trust in people and see it grow as it bounces from one person to the next and back again. For this to work it would make people too productive and efficient for capitalism to work. Because people would still innovate, but by now have so little they need to personally do to sustain themselves it wouldn't make sense for anyone to earn a wage.
What is the purpose of this movement inspired by Arab Spring, started as OWS and so stuck with that name? It has many purposes. So many I promise not to list them all. Note: there may not be many that all agree on as each person has their own grievances. Here are some in no particular order based on what I hold to be true.
It intends to solve these problems (at least for those who'll learn) and probably more:
- We live under a Kleptocracy. That means every unit of currency is created with an equivalent unit of debt which must be paid back with interest; which happens to be overall impossible.
- We live under a Plutocracy. That means law controlled by wealthy; just or unjust.
- People who believe mainstream corporate media and watch it all day still live under a rock.
- Certain corporations are causing enormous damage to us and nature. http://corporatecriminalsexposed.com/
- All people of earth are seen as parasites of an overpopulated planet. Look up "eugenics". Those who profit most by hiding what damage they know is going to happen by practice they heavily advertise as making the world a better place are least likely to be on the culling list. It also just so happens the planet is far from being overpopulated. People are also, in effect, prohibited from being as useful as they want to be; contrary to the myth of "useless eaters". It may be partially our fault though for the demands we make are sometimes not really supportive of any great bang for buck modern solution. When considering legislative demands that would effect cost structures of anything, consider modernization. Education can be a nearly zero cost vastly superior replacement to what's in place.
- People believe survival depends on winning competitions in a system which unknown to many just happens to depend on scarcity which also happens to have been artificial for many decades and cannot by its nature last forever. Taken to its end would simply kill the entire planet and then humans die shortly after. (Not all see this yet, though it would be nice that they do and set up self support before it crashes. Transition out, try to make sure the build up of a money, possibly electricity grid and fossil fuel independent safety net for the entire population outpaces the collapse.) If you have a job, then keep it, but still prepare to make money irrelevant. Pay off your debts and don't take on any more. This point would be mostly resolved by resolving #1 and #2; but without transitioning out of a system that promotes greed points #1 and #2 would eventually sneak back into play again to convert it back into a system which cannot work without greed and suffering.
Natural Solutions Foundationwww.HealthFreedomPortal.org
Seven Billion Day: The UN Reaffirms its Support for Genocide.
We Reaffirm Our Support for the Right of
Every Man, Woman and Child to Thrive and Survive!
A Day of Reflection and Re-Commitment to
Action for Health & Food Freedom & Justice
The UN has proclaimed October 31, 2011 “Seven Billion Day” to acknowledge world population reaching this new level. On that day the international globalists will propagandize for their genocidal “sustainability” campaign.
We firmly and completely reject the false idea that there are “too many people” – that you, your parents, children, family and friends are “useless eaters” who should just die for the “good” of humanity (which means, in their concept, the globalist elite).
The problem is not, despite the propaganda, that there are too many people. The problem is that there are too many people with too much greed who see everything as theirs to devour, whatever the costs.
Here is my two word suggestion to each and every one of the globalist elite and their limp-brained minions who have become their dupes, believing the statistical lie that there are “too many of us” (which means, of course, that there are not enough of them):
If you really believe that there are too many people on the planet, please, be my guest and exit the environs. You have the right to make that decision for yourself. You do not have that right to make it for me, for mine and for the rest of humanity. Frankly, your decison to make that decision indicates a staggering level of mental illness. Interestingly enough, the psychiatric drugs which you offer so many of us for so many poor “reasons” actually rob those who take them of the ability to discriminate between that level of mental illness, which allows mass murder as if it were a factor or normal decision-making, and the literal, fundamental and most basic descrimination between bedrock right and bedrock wrong.
Dr. Rima tells us about the patient she treated in 2002 who was a head of state (the good doctor refuses to name the person, as all patients have the right to privacy). This head of state told Dr. Rima that the time was nearly here for “The Great Culling” to bein, when the “useless eaters” will be done away with for the good of… whom?
Whether the protesters are nominally on the “right” (the Tea Party) or nominally on the “left” (Occupy Wall Street) the growing anti-globalist movement is just beginning to understand its power and to refine its demands.
As an independent NGO (nongovernmental organization) with “boots on the ground” in several countries, Natural Solutions Foundation offers our Proclamation of Planetary Solidarity as a statement of the Rights of Humanity in the New Millennium.
Proclamation of Planetary Solidarity
We claim the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for every man, woman and child on the planet.
We claim the right to raise the literacy and health standards of every person on the planet.
We claim the right to meaningful participation in a planetary market not manipulated by the powerful through the instrumentalities of the governments of the world; to this end we join with those who call to End the Fed and all central banker cartels, restoring to the people honest money based on real value, not false fiat currencies that rob the future from our children to control our present.
We claim the right to raise the global, regional, national and local capacity of people to feed, cloth and organize themselves as they see fit, without overlords, whether economic, religious or political, making life and death decisions for them.
We claim the right to make our own population decisions on a human scale and basis without chemical, genetic, toxic or political interference and meddling.
We claim the right to access clean, unadulterated food, water and natural health care options without restraint of any kind.
We claim the right to accept or refuse all vaccinations, treatments, procedures and other medical options according to our own beliefs and wishes, without pressure, regulation, interference or threat by any agency or government.
We claim the right to access health, food and other information without restraint so that we can make the informed decisions we have a fundamental, inalienable right to as free men and women; no medical treatment without fully informed consent!
In short, we claim the right to occupy our bodies, our minds and the social, emotional and cognitive space we have the right to, as citizens of Planet Earth, without restraint or manipulation.
We declare a Day of International Solidarity for the uncounted millions, no, the uncounted billions already dead and dying from intentionally chemically and genetically tainted foods, deadly medicines and procedures, information denied and withheld.
We declare a day of International Solidarity for the millions who are in harms way due to warfare across the planet; we say, “No more war; war never again!”
We declare a Day of International Solidarity for the freedoms we, and others around the planet have fought so hard for in order to pass on to their children a life in which liberty and the pursuit of happiness were common realities.
We declare a Day of International Solidarity for the souls, however, demented, of the mad and infinitely corrupt and dangerous men and women who have strayed so far from our common humanity that they dare to presume the diabolical “rightness” of our convenient suffering and deaths.
We declare a Day of International Solidarity for the deluded who are lulled and led by the intentional propaganda of the genocidalists to become their support system and willingly deepen and disseminate the deception that the genocidalists may live while we must sicken and die for them.
We declare a Day of International Solidarity with those who stand tall to oppose the Genomicidal Techologies that are leading to a Weaponized World – weaponized against human suvival, including Nuclear Power, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and the dangerous environmental toxins found in industrial processes, pharmaceutical drugs and vaccines.
And we declare a timeless, limitless and dimensionless era of awareness and freedom to live, to live freely, to pursue our own social, community, personal and cultural well-being and survival in our own terms, every man, woman and child, as a part of the community of planetary ownership and stewardship.
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All this we declare, on behalf of all humanity and this good Earth, and to these ends, “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor…”
The Trustees of the Natural Solutions Foundation
Maj. Gen. Albert N. Stubblebine III (US Army, Ret.)
Rima E. Laibow, MD
Ralph Fucetola, JD
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http://www.causes.com/causes/635163-children-of-fukushimaThe earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima, Japan was the site of truly horrid events in the Spring of 2011 creating the worst environmental disaster in the history of mankind. Virtually nothing has been done over these past months to stop the continually leakage of radioactive materials into the environment of the entire Northern Hemisphere.
The Children of Fukushima and the rest of Japan are dying from radiation poisoning today and will die in increasing numbers in the future. Protective mineral nutrition can ameliorate the radioactive products of Fukushima Daichi’s cataclysmic industrial contamination, which is still going on, day and night. These nutrients can potentially make the difference between life and death for these children by preventing the attachment of radioactive molecules to the DNA of the children, who are especially susceptible to radiation poisoning since their cells are rapidly dividing.
The Natural Solutions Foundation has reached out to one of the only Compounding Pharmacies capable of understandaing, LiveWell Pharmacy in Panama City, Panama, to make specially formulated BeyondOrganic™ Lollipops of Life to deliver the nutrients these children will need to survive and thrive, through world-renowned scientist, Dr. Christopher Busby’s Japan charity, the Christopher Busby Foundation for the Chidlren of Fukushima.
October 2, 2011: Update on the Children of Fukushim
Dr. Chris Busby 2 Distribute Lollipops of Life
Right here in Volcan a project with global reach is taking shape – and since North America, where a great many of us come from, is receiving on-going radiation from Fukushima, what we do for the Children of Fukushima we will need to do for our own children. Please read on. We need your help.
We have great news! The renowned radiation risk expert, Dr. Chris Busby, whose suggestion of creating nutrients designed to block radioactive molecules from binding to the DNA of children in Fukushima inspired me to create the Lollipops of Life, www.LollipopsofLife.org , www.ChildrenofFukushima.org , has agreed to work directly with us to distribute them to the children of Fukushima through his Japanese Foundation.
The Lollipops of Life will be provided free of charge
to a group of Fukushima Children as a demonstration project.
Once we do that, we can offer them to many more children.
Children are more radiation sensitive than adults because their bodies are growing and their cells are dividing rapidly, making them much more vulnerable to the horrible effects of radiation – and the government is doing nothing for them, denying their needs, selling contaminated meat from Fukushima at bargain rates to — SCHOOLS (in a country where children are not permitted to bring their own food for lunch), refusing to provide for evacuation of the children, increasing their “safe” level of exposure and on and on, in order to protect their interests and that of the ‘nuclearists’, as Paul Zimmerman calls them.
But targeted nutrients will block the attachment of certain radioactive nutrients to their DNA, giving them at least a chance to escape the disease and death that we know for a certainty awaits them otherwise.
Since this is a project of the Natural Solutions Foundation, www.HealthFreedomUSA.org , all donations to the Children of Fukushima project are tax deductible for US tax payers since we are, despite the disinformation to the contrary, an IRS tax exempt 501 c 3. And 100% of the donated funds are going directly into paying for materials, wrapping and packaging, shipping, etc.
You probably are not hearing about this on the news: Japan has passed a law making it a crime to say anything negative about Fukushima and the lap-dog press is not defying that law. But parents, nurses, doctors and those on the scene there, like Professor Busby, are telling us what is really happening and because of that, as a physician whose training is very strong in nutritional medicine, I could do no less than create this project to give these kids a chance at life.
Please join the Natural Solutions Foundation in offering your effort in disseminating this information via the links below, making a contribution to the Children of Fukushima project, www.ChildrenofFukushima.org, and by volunteering your time to help with the considerable logistical challenge which the project presents.
We are all Children of Fukushima now.
Yours in health and freedom,
What happened in Japan
Meanwhile, actions by the Japanese government and others have been taken which makes the situation definitively worse. Burning contaminated material in open air, selling contaminated beef to schools all over Japan, moving contaminated soil to the south of Japan and other actions indicate that as bad as the situation was before the Japanese response to it, that situation has been made worse by that response. Indeed, discussing these issues in any way critical is now a criminal offense in Japan.
Either through collusion with that censorship or because the world mass media has gotten “tired” of the story, we do not hear, as we ought, every day, that Fukushima is an unparalleled threat to the survival of the human genome – and of humanity itself. And it starts with the Children of Fukushima.
Professor Christopher Busby
We have been warned of this horror by extraordinary researchers like Prof. Christopher Busby; see: his video, Genocide in Fukushima – http://youtu.be/W2xBc43eD28.
Renowned activists, such as Rima E. Laibow, MD, environmental physician and psychiatrist, the Medical Director of the Natural Solutions Foundation, www.GlobaHealthFreedom.org, amplify these warnings.
Supporting the work of Dr. Busby, indeed, anticipating it (see http://tinyURL.com/radprotect) Dr. Rima offers real hope for nutritional interventions that can save lives.
As Dr. Rima has expressed on her Internet radio program, Dr. Rima Reports (Sundays, 10 – 1 Eastern at www.HealthFreedomPortal.org) and her lectures and videos ( www.youtube.com/naturalsolutions) ionizing radiation causes massive free radical cascades, causing damage to cell membranes and contents, including our DNA at the very ‘heart’ of our cells. This damage is similar to (but even more “efficiently” harmful) than other free radical sources surrounding us, such as toxins in the environment and drugs (including vaccines) and the “novel” proteins in “PHUDE” containing GMO (genetically modified organisms).
Together, these are Genomicidal Technologies.
What can we do for the Children of Fukushima, for our children, for ourselves?
Dr. Rima reminds us that natural remedy and dietary supplement researchers have worked diligently over the past half century or more exploring the details of biochemistry and nutritional science,to identify those dietary specific nutritional and dietary ingredients which protect from free radical damage, including such damage from ionizing radiation. These include the antioxidants, including many important vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
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Dr. Rima recommends a core of five important nutrients as the center of everyone’s preparedness. Ionic Silver, Sea Vegetables, Whey Protein, Reveratrol and Boron. Calcium, magnesium, iodine and strontium, among other minerals, can prevent the attachment of radioactive molecules to the DNA of cells.
People need to take these nutrients regularly. The requirement for these nutrients, of course, is increased when the free radical stress is increase so that and their requirement is greatly heightened in the case of people, especially children, exposed to radiation. Because they are growing rapidly, children are more vulnerable to this free radical damage than adults. Because of the. continuing radiation leakage into the environment, as well as the deliberate spreading of the radiation through open burning, the most vulnerable are the Children of Fukushima.
Visit Dr Rima’s web page on the most important of these nutrients:
The Children of Fukushima (and all of us!) are being inundated by the radioactive materials they are breathing, eating and drinking. Their bones and their futures are being destroyed. For the Children of Fukushima Dr. Rima prescribes a carefully balanced nutrient mix that can be administered in the form of specially formulated, all natural mineral supplement lollipops which can be made available to the Children of Fukushima – every day.
The Children of Fukushima are our children, too. What happens to then will happen to us and to ours. First the Northern hemisphere and then the whole world experience unprecedented increases in “background” radiation. Nonetheless, we do know how to help them. We invite you to help us help them.
The Natural Solutions Foundation has adopted Dr. Rima’s recommendation and has established the Children of Fukushima Nutrient Fund (CFNF). We invite your generous tax deductible donations to the Natural Solutions Foundation earmarked for the Children of Fukushima Nutrient Fund (CFNF). All donations to the NFNF are tax-deductible in the United States.
There is another way you can participate in this program of health and hope for the Children of Fukushima: the Compounding Pharmacy which will make these special nutritional supplements for these children and deliver them at no profit will be purchased by the Fund for Natural Solutions, www.FundForNaturalSolutions.org, a professionally managed investment vehicle. If you are interested in investing in this project through the Fund for Natural Solutions, please contact our Counsel, Ralph Fucetola, JD, at Ralph.firstname.lastname@example.org or Skype: ”vitaminlawyer” for a private discussion about your participation in the Fund.
We are all the Children of Fukushima!
This entry was posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011 at 12:19 pm and is filed under Activism, Disinformation, Environmental Dangers, Environmental Toxicity, Radiation . You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.
It is gratifying to see all the print coverage from the major networks this morning of Ron Paul's plan to cut one trillion dollars from the budget and balance the budget within three years, but where were was the TV coverage?
by Walt Thiessen
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Link
Ten Years After the Patriot Act, a Look at Three of the Most Dangerous Provisions Affecting Ordinary
Ten years ago today, in the name of protecting national security and guarding against terrorism, President George W. Bush signed into law some of the most sweeping changes to search and surveillance law in modern American history. Unfortunately known as the USA PATRIOT Act, many of its provisions incorporate decidedly unpatriotic principles barred by the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution. Provisions of the PATRIOT Act have been used to target innocent Americans and are widely used in investigations that have nothing to do with national security.
Much of the PATRIOT Act was a wish list of changes to surveillance law that Congress had previously rejected because of civil liberties concerns. When reintroduced as the PATRIOT Act after September 11th, those changes -- and others -- passed with only limited congressional debate.
Just what sort of powers does the PATRIOT Act grant law enforcement when it comes to surveillance and sidestepping due process? Here are three provisions of the PATRIOT Act that were sold to the American public as necessary anti-terrorism measures, but are now used in ways that infringe on ordinary citizens’ rights:
1. SECTION 215 – “ANY TANGIBLE THING”
Under this provision, the FBI can obtain secret court orders for business records and other “tangible things” so long as the FBI says that the records are sought "for an authorized investigation . . . to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities." The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court must issue the order if the FBI so certifies, even when there are no facts to back it up. These “things” can include basically anything—driver’s license records, hotel records, car-rental records, apartment-leasing records, credit card records, books, documents, Internet history, and more. Adding insult to injury, Section 215 orders come with a "gag " prohibiting the recipient from telling anyone, ever, that they received one.
As the New York Times reported, the government may now be using Section 215 orders to obtain “private information about people who have no link to a terrorism or espionage case.” The Justice Department has refused to disclose how they are interpreting the provision, but we do have some indication of how they are using Section 215. While not going into detail, Senator Mark Udall indicated the FBI believes it to allows them “unfettered” access to innocent Americans’ private data, like “a cellphone company’s phone records” in bulk form. The government’s use of these secret orders is sharply increasing -- from 21 orders in 2009 to 96 orders in 2010, an increase of over 400% -- and according to a brand new report from the Washington Post, 80% of those requests are for Internet records.
Today, EFF sued the Justice Department to turn over records related to the government’s secret interpretation and use of Section 215, regarding which Senator Ron Wyden, like Senator Udall, has offered ominous warnings: "When the American people find out about how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act,” said Wyden on the Senate floor in May, “they are going to be stunned and they are going to be angry.”
2. NATIONAL SECURITY LETTERS
Among the most used -- and outright frightening -- provisions in the PATRIOT Act are those that enhanced so-called National Security Letters (NSLs). The FBI can issue NSLs itself, without a court order, and demand a variety of records, from phone records to bank account information to Internet activity. As with 215 orders, recipients are gagged from revealing the orders to anyone.
While NSLs existed prior to 2001, they were infrequently used. The PATRIOT Act lowered the standard making it easier for the FBI to use NSLs to obtain the records of innocent people with no direct link to terrorists or spies, and their use skyrocketed. According to the ACLU’s report on PATRIOT Act abuses, there were 8,500 NSLs issued in 2000 but approximately 192,000 issued between 2003-2006. All of these NSL’s led to one terror conviction, and in that case, the NSL wasn’t even needed.
Not surprisingly, EFF FOIA requests have found abuse of their NSL authority: “mistakes” that led to getting information on the wrong people, ISPs handing over extra or wrong information, and dozens of “exigent letters” that “circumvented the law and violated FBI guidelines and policies.” EFF has successfully challenged the NSL gag orders in multiple cases as unconstitutional under the First Amendment, but the overall scheme still survives to this day.
3. SNEAK AND PEEK WARRANTS
Section 213 of the PATRIOT Act normalized “sneak-and-peek” warrants. These allow law enforcement to raid a suspect’s house without notifying the recipient of the seizure for months. These orders usually don't authorize the government to actually seize any property — but that won't stop them from poking around your computers. Again, sneak-and-peek warrants could be used for any investigation, even if the crime was only a misdemeanor.
From 2006-2009, sneak-and-peek warrants were used a total of 1,755 times. Only fifteen of those cases—a microscopic 0.8%—involved terrorism. The rest were used in cases involving drugs or fraud.
These uses and abuses of the PATRIOT Act against ordinary Americans are only the tip of the iceberg. EFF has repeatedly documented how federal law enforcement agencies have abused our nation’s broken secrecy system to hide specific instances of illegal and unconstitutional conduct related to the PATRIOT Act. EFF’s Freedom of Information Act requests have painted a picture of “an [FBI] engaged in excessive illegal intelligence gathering.”
After ten years, it’s crystal clear that the “emergency” measure sold as a necessary step in the fight against terrorism is being used routinely to violate the privacy of regular people in non-terrorism cases, threatening the Constitutional rights of every one of us. And after ten years, EFF is even more dedicated to fighting against PATRIOT overreach, both in Congress and the courts. Help us in that fight by becoming an EFF member, so that we can work together in making the next ten years better for civil liberties than the last.
Copied from Electronic Frontier Foundation.
As promised, here’s the first installment of our closer review of the massive piece of job-killing Internet regulation that is the Stop Online Piracy Act. We’ll start with how it could impact Twitter, Tumblr, and the next innovative social network, cloud computing, or web hosting service that some smart kid is designing in her garage right now.
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
- be directed toward the US, and either
- allegedly “engage in, enable or facilitate” infringement or
- 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 censorship will now be systematized and streamlined – as long as someone, somewhere, thinks they’ve got an IP right that’s being harmed.
In essence, Hollywood is tired of those pesky laws that help protect innovation, economic growth, and creativity rather than outmoded business models. So they are trying to rewrite the rules, regulate the Internet, and damn the consequences for the rest of us.
Watch this space for more analysis, but don’t wait to act. This bill cannot be fixed; it must be killed. The bill’s sponsors (and their corporate backers) want to push this thing through quickly, before ordinary citizens get wind of the harm it is going to cause. If you don’t want to let big media control the future of innovation and online expression, act now, and urge everyone you know to do the same.
I just emailed Congress to urge them to oppose the Internet Blacklist Legislation, known as the PROTECT-IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. This legislation seeks to give the executive branch power to conduct slash-and-burn campaigns against websites that allegedly host – or even link to – content that infringes on intellectual property rights. That would “disappear” whole domain names, fundamentally undermining Internet security, and/or choke off their financial support. The Internet Blacklist Legislation puts more sites than ever at risk, effectively upending the DMCA safe harbors that have been crucial to the growth of Internet innovation and creativity.
Sadly, these short-sighted and dangerous bills won’t do much to stop online infringement – but they will jeopardize our ability to speak and read online with the kind of freedom we cherish in the offline world. Deep-pocketed Hollywood lobbyists are aggressively pushing to control and censor the open Internet, willing to sacrifice free speech and our Internet culture in hopes of controlling how people view their movies and products.
We need to stop this bill before it goes any further. Will you contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to oppose the Internet Blacklist Legislation? Visit: https://eff.org/r.C8A
I prematurely blame people. http://hesacontradiction.xanga.com/773931634/the-truth-about-american-nurses/ helped me understand better.