First let me say this. Why do I do this? I get asked this from time to time. "Pete, why do you bother wasting so much time on a Blog that no one reads. Seriously. Oh you get some hits, but you don't have a million followers, you don't get paid for it. Why do you waste your time?"
I have been doing the Blog since 2006. I have been all over the Internet since the Early 90s, but the Blog for about the past 6 years. The main reason I do it is because it is my Passion. Infotainment. I want to leave this Country a better place than it was when I grew up. I want a better World for my Sons Joshua and Elijah, and their Children. The only way we can ensure this, is through the Knowledge of Truth. As the only saying goes, those ignorant of History, are doomed to repeat it. Well, those ignorant of Truth, will fall for Lies. If just ONE Person finds the Truth, and decides to follow it, I will leave this Earth a happy person.
People are quick to shoot me an Email, comment here or there, "ENOUGH with the I told you sos. It's really annoying." It's not bragging when it's true. I'm not as braggadocios as someone like Rush Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity, and PLEASE never compare me to someone like Bill O. But the Archives speak for themselves. You hear things here, not days, but YEARS before people start talking about them elsewhere. When I remind you, or take you back to point out what I have been warning you, I do so not in a Bragging way, but to show you that it is not a new trend, or something that just started, but that it is something that has been in the works for some time. That there is an agenda. A move in a certain direction, toward an ultimate goal. In most cases, it is not something that needs to be praised, but STOPPED.
So today is not different. This is NOT new. I told you about this back on Sunday, November 21, 2010 OPNTalk - Web Censorship Bill Passed
In other words, SILENCE those that they may deem a threat. NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, completely ignore REAL News all the time. How did you hear about Amnesty? The New Media. Obamacare? Cap and Tax? The TRUTH about, well, ANYTHING to do with Obama and the Liberals in Charge? The New Media.Well, they haven't given up. They haven gone away. They have been trying really hard to keep in under the Radar. Let's face it, with the State Run, Obama Controlled Media, that's not hard. After all the New Media is an Enemy to Both Obama and the MMD. Now we learn this. According to The Washington Post - Overkill on Internet piracy By Jennifer Rubin
The New Media consists of Bloggers, Websites, and Talk Radio. They are still working on Talk Radio, but now they can and WILL control the Internet. I warned you about this. The State Run MMD are getting tired of being called out for ignoring real news, making up false news, and towing the Democrat Party Lines. They want Bloggers "Controlled."
Over the weekend, First Amendment impresario Floyd Abrams addressed two controversial Internet piracy bills, the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the House version, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). He argued that the bill, designed to stop Internet theft of intellectual property, has been denounced by critics for setting up “ ‘walled gardens patrolled by government censors.’ Or derided as imparting ‘major features’ of ‘China’s Great Firewall’ to America. And accused of being ‘potentially politically repressive.’ ” He contends, “This is not serious criticism. The proposition that efforts to enforce the Copyright Act on the Internet amount to some sort of censorship, let alone Chinese-level censorship, is not merely fanciful. It trivializes the pain inflicted by actual censorship that occurs in repressive states throughout the world. Chinese dissidents do not yearn for freedom in order to download pirated movies.”No. The Critics are RIGHT. Once you crack your door, THEY will come in, and they WILL set up house. Every time we give a little Freedom for ANYTHING, the Government has been shown to take it ALL in time. Let them tell you what temperature to keep your Living Room at, they come in and install "Smart Meters" to CONTROL that Temp. Let them "Suggest" how and what you should Drive. They hook up Monitoring Devices in your Car to TELL them how and what you Drive. Say OK, Tax the Rich. They TAX EVERYONE in time. So on, and so forth.
I don’t quarrel with his assertion that it is hysterical to regard enforcement of libel and copyright infringement on the Internet as the beginning of a totalitarian state. But he misses the real point of sober-minded critics: The bill is unnecessarily overboard and a formula for a host of undesirable and unintended consequences.
We HAVE laws. If someone Pirates Music or Movies, we have laws that will take care of this. We do not need a Government Internet Gestapo to monitor ALL Website to see what people are doing and saying.
ABC News reported last month on the overboard nature of the remedies that would be available:So it seems that Jennifer Rubin has bought into the whole, the Government is just trying to help, they are just over reaching a bit, no big deal thing. Just, you know, tweak it a bit so it is OK. Let them in, but tell them how to do it. The Problem Jen, is that once in, they NEVER leave. They NEVER relinquish power, they GROW, and OBTAIN MORE. They take over. If there is anything that we have learned when I comes to this Administration, they do NOT like this Country and it's Freedoms. Obama JUST SAID in his Speech in Osawatomie when talking about Freedom and the Free Market:
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, said the bills would overdo it — giving copyright holders and government the power to cut off Web sites unreasonably. They could be shut down, and search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo could be stopped from linking to them.
“The solutions are draconian,” Schmidt said Tuesday at the MIT Sloan School of Management. “There’s a bill that would require ISPs [Internet service providers] to remove URLs from the Web, which is also known as censorship last time I checked.”
Harvard law professor and Supreme Court advocate Laurence Tribe (whom I don’t always agree with but who takes the Bill of Rights quite seriously and was instrumental in developing the jurisprudence that confirmed the Second Amendment is an individual right) has submitted a memo detailing the multiple ways in which SOPA runs afoul of the First Amendment. For example, “SOPA provides that a complaining party can file a notice alleging that it is harmed by the activities occurring on the site ‘or portion thereof .’ Conceivably, an entire website containing tens of thousands of pages could be targeted if only a single page were accused of infringement. Such an approach would create severe practical problems for sites with substantial user-generated content, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and for blogs that allow users to post videos, photos, and other materials.”And likewise: “The notice-and-termination procedure of Section 103(a) runs afoul of the ‘prior restraint’ doctrine, because it delegates to a private party the power to suppress speech without prior notice and a judicial hearing. This provision of the bill would give complaining parties the power to stop online advertisers and credit card processors from doing business with a website,merely by filing a unilateral notice accusing the site of being ‘dedicated to theft of U.S. property’ — even if no court has actually found any infringement. The immunity provisions in the bill create an overwhelming incentive for advertisers and payment processors to comply with such a request immediately upon receipt.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced a competing bill, the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (the “Open Act”), which seeks to address legitimate concerns about SOPA/PIPA and focus more specifically on the real problem without knocking down robust, protected speech in an indiscriminate fashion. Google, AOL, eBay, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Mozilla, Yahoo!, and Zynga have signed on to support this alternative to SOPA/PIPA.
The Hill recently reported on OPEN: “The draft proposal would instead authorize the International Trade Commission to investigate and issue cease-and-desist orders against foreign websites that provide pirated content or sell counterfeit goods. The ITC would have to find that the site is ‘primarily’ and ‘willfully’ engaged in copyright infringement to issue the order.” Rather than take down entire websites and potentially interfere with perfectly legitimate and protected speech OPEN, would, after a court order, “compel payment providers and online advertising services to cease providing services to the offending website. The approach comports with current copyright law and hews to the ‘follow the money’ approach favored by Google and other tech companies.”
In short, this is not a fight between protectors of copyrights and Internet anarchists. Rather, there is a legitimate policy dispute about how broad and how disruptive government enforcement powers should be when core First Amendment rights are at issue. No doubt the Motion Picture Association of America, headed by disgraced former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd, has spread plenty of money around Congress to try to give the government the bluntest, heaviest weapon to fight piracy. But that doesn't make it good policy. And it sure doesn't make for constitutional legislation.
"Now, it's a simple theory. And we have to admit, it's one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That's in America's DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. But here's the problem: It doesn't work. It has never worked. It didn't work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It's not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the 50s and 60s. And it didn't work when we tried it during the last decade. I mean, understand, it's not as if we haven't tried this theory."Has never worked? He just said right before this...
"The free market is the greatest force for economic progress in human history. It's led to a prosperity and a standard of living unmatched by the rest of the world."But Obama's problem with it is, HE wants Government to Control who gets and keeps WHAT. That ain't FREE. No Jen. We know he wants to shut down all the Engines that actually RUN the Economy. From Energy to Industry. He wants to Shut Down any opposing Voices, Talk Radio, and yes, the Web. He wants to CONTROL the "Free Market." Pick the Winners and the Losers. He WANTS a Centralized Controlling Government. He WANTS Socialism in all it's Glory. Give him and Inch, he will take a Mile. And it IS just that simple.
OPNTalk - Web Censorship Bill Passed
The Washington Post - Overkill on Internet piracy