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The day that we lost the Internet
WHERE were you on Jan. 14, 2014?
I’m guessing you probably weren’t at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., poring over that day’s ruling in the case of Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission. 
But years from now, we may look back on Jan. 14 as the day we lost the free and open Internet.
But the FCC can still clean up the mess. The FCC has the power to reclaim the authority it so foolishly squandered. In fact, under the court’s ruling, “reclassifying broadband” — and correctly treating it under the law as a telecommunications or transmission service — is the only way to stop Internet service providers from blocking websites or discriminating against apps.
There’s no legal obstacle to this path, but there are political ones. Namely, whether new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is willing to stand up to the powerful phone and cable lobby. And nobody knows their strength and influence better than Wheeler, who used to be the top lobbyist for both the cable and wireless industry trade associations.
But the court ruled in no uncertain terms that the FCC can’t prevent blocking or discrimination online unless it reverses the Bush-era ruling that changed how broadband was treated under the law.
Reclassifying broadband is the only thing that will shield users from corporate abuse. Pretending otherwise won’t protect the Internet.
And that’s where you come in. The only way to counteract the organized money lined up against net neutrality is with organized people — millions and millions of them signing petitions, pressuring the FCC, calling Congress, meeting with their representatives and, if necessary, taking to the streets.
Sign the Petition: Sign the petition to the FCC: Save net neutrality

The day that we lost the Internet

WHERE were you on Jan. 14, 2014?

I’m guessing you probably weren’t at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., poring over that day’s ruling in the case of Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission.

But years from now, we may look back on Jan. 14 as the day we lost the free and open Internet.

But the FCC can still clean up the mess. The FCC has the power to reclaim the authority it so foolishly squandered. In fact, under the court’s ruling, “reclassifying broadband” — and correctly treating it under the law as a telecommunications or transmission service — is the only way to stop Internet service providers from blocking websites or discriminating against apps.

There’s no legal obstacle to this path, but there are political ones. Namely, whether new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is willing to stand up to the powerful phone and cable lobby. And nobody knows their strength and influence better than Wheeler, who used to be the top lobbyist for both the cable and wireless industry trade associations.

But the court ruled in no uncertain terms that the FCC can’t prevent blocking or discrimination online unless it reverses the Bush-era ruling that changed how broadband was treated under the law.

Reclassifying broadband is the only thing that will shield users from corporate abuse. Pretending otherwise won’t protect the Internet.

And that’s where you come in. The only way to counteract the organized money lined up against net neutrality is with organized people — millions and millions of them signing petitions, pressuring the FCC, calling Congress, meeting with their representatives and, if necessary, taking to the streets.

Sign the Petition: Sign the petition to the FCC: Save net neutrality

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Ag Gag Bills Labeled Eco Terror by US Corporate Owned Legiswhores (ALEC). Agriculture Whistleblowing Is Not Terrorism Except to the Greedy and Avaricious Who Wish to Keep Americans in the Dark.

Muckrakers and activists have been working to expose the brutality of industrialized meat production since Upton Sinclair’s writing of The Jungle in 1906. But an ALEC model bill known as “The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act” would make it a crime to film at animal facilities — such as factory farms or slaughterhouses — with the intent to “defame the facility or its owner.” So-called “ag-gag” laws that appear inspired by the ALEC model have been passed in several states. This report, produced by Okapi Productions, LLC  and the Schumann Media Center, Inc. looks at the effect of these laws on both our food supply and our freedom of speech.

 

Sounds Like More NSA

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Breaking News: Dartmouth College’s Board of Trustees Sexually Dysfunctional
In a campus-wide email sent out on Friday, Dartmouth College’s Board of Trustees Chair Steve Mandel appeared to equate the actions of sexual assault protesters with the subsequent  death and rape threats made against them by several other Dartmouth students on anonymous online forums and message boards.
The threats materialized after students who allege that they have personally encountered sexual assault, homophobia, and racism on campus protested the Dartmouth administration’s inability to foster a safer environment during a prospective students’ event on April 19th. Dartmouth took the uncommon step of canceling classes on Wednesday to address the growing crisis and the Board of Trustees released their latest email on Friday night as a follow up.
The email seeks to assure the student community that “established policies and procedures” regarding disciplinary action will be taken against both the protesters and any students who made the anonymous threats. It is reproduced in full below:
Erudite, But Not Quite Right: Academia Americano

Breaking News: Dartmouth College’s Board of Trustees Sexually Dysfunctional

In a campus-wide email sent out on Friday, Dartmouth College’s Board of Trustees Chair Steve Mandel appeared to equate the actions of sexual assault protesters with the subsequent  death and rape threats made against them by several other Dartmouth students on anonymous online forums and message boards.

The threats materialized after students who allege that they have personally encountered sexual assault, homophobia, and racism on campus protested the Dartmouth administration’s inability to foster a safer environment during a prospective students’ event on April 19th. Dartmouth took the uncommon step of canceling classes on Wednesday to address the growing crisis and the Board of Trustees released their latest email on Friday night as a follow up.

The email seeks to assure the student community that “established policies and procedures” regarding disciplinary action will be taken against both the protesters and any students who made the anonymous threats. It is reproduced in full below:

Erudite, But Not Quite Right: Academia Americano

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Courageous Young Lady Protests Abstinence-Only Assembly, Gets Threatened by Principal

“If you take birth control, your mother probably hates you.”
“I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.”
Such were the remarks of Pam Stenzel’s talk with students at George Washington high school in West Virginia at an assembly advertised as “God’s plan for sexual purity.”
It cost between $4,000-$6,000 dollars to bring Stenzel to the school to yell, berate and shame students about the consequences of having sex. To make matters worse, much of the information she provided was completely false like condoms aren’t safe and every sexual contact will lead to an STD or infertility.
Katelyn Campbell, student body vice president, refused to attend the assembly. Many of those who did attend complained about being extremely uncomfortable and some even left crying. Campbell decided it was time to take action. She filed a complaint with the ACLU about the assembly which she said was “slut shaming” and talked to the press about her objections.
The result?
Her principal George Aulenbacher called her to his office and said, “How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?”
He didn’t stop there. He continued to yell at her until she was driven to tears.
Of the incident Campbell has said, “He threatened me and my future in order to put forth his own personal agenda and made teachers and students feel they can’t speak up because of fear of retaliation.”
But Campbell will not be silenced, especially on this issue.
“West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S.,” Campbell said. “I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it. With the policy at GW, under George Aulenbacher, information about birth control and sex education has been suppressed.”
Campbell has since filed an injunction against her principal to prohibit him from retaliating against her for exercising her right to free speech. In a news conference at her attorney’s office Campbell said she wants Principal Aulenbacher to resign and apologize to the school community for her actions.
Campbell should not be threatened for standing up for comprehensive sexual education for herself and the rest of the student body. She should be applauded.
Send Campbell your support by signing a petition to call on the Kanawha County of West Virginia Board of Education to support comprehensive sexual education and every student’s right to free speech.

Courageous Young Lady Protests Abstinence-Only Assembly, Gets Threatened by Principal

“If you take birth control, your mother probably hates you.”

“I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.”

Such were the remarks of Pam Stenzel’s talk with students at George Washington high school in West Virginia at an assembly advertised as “God’s plan for sexual purity.”

It cost between $4,000-$6,000 dollars to bring Stenzel to the school to yell, berate and shame students about the consequences of having sex. To make matters worse, much of the information she provided was completely false like condoms aren’t safe and every sexual contact will lead to an STD or infertility.

Katelyn Campbell, student body vice president, refused to attend the assembly. Many of those who did attend complained about being extremely uncomfortable and some even left crying. Campbell decided it was time to take action. She filed a complaint with the ACLU about the assembly which she said was “slut shaming” and talked to the press about her objections.

The result?

Her principal George Aulenbacher called her to his office and said, “How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?”

He didn’t stop there. He continued to yell at her until she was driven to tears.

Of the incident Campbell has said, “He threatened me and my future in order to put forth his own personal agenda and made teachers and students feel they can’t speak up because of fear of retaliation.”

But Campbell will not be silenced, especially on this issue.

“West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S.,” Campbell said. “I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it. With the policy at GW, under George Aulenbacher, information about birth control and sex education has been suppressed.”

Campbell has since filed an injunction against her principal to prohibit him from retaliating against her for exercising her right to free speech. In a news conference at her attorney’s office Campbell said she wants Principal Aulenbacher to resign and apologize to the school community for her actions.

Campbell should not be threatened for standing up for comprehensive sexual education for herself and the rest of the student body. She should be applauded.

Send Campbell your support by signing a petition to call on the Kanawha County of West Virginia Board of Education to support comprehensive sexual education and every student’s right to free speech.

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American legislators Are Internet - Computer Ignorant Dinosaurs
West Virginia wasted $5M on enterprise-class gear

In an absolutely scathing report (PDF) just released by the state’s legislative auditor, West Virginia officials are accused of overspending at least $5 million of federal money on such routers, installed indiscriminately in both large institutions and one-room libraries across the state. The routers were purchased without ever asking the state’s libraries, cops, and schools what they needed. And when distributed, the expensive routers were passed out without much apparent care. The small town of Clay received seven of them to serve a total population of 491 people… and all seven routers were installed within only .44 miles of each other at a total cost of more than $100,000.

American legislators are Internet - computer ignorant dinosaurs who will not pass laws to protect the free speech and privacy of Internet users. American politicians will pass laws that will protect Hollywood movies, stymie government transparency and advance corporate rights to greed and an overabundance of mind numbing personal info tracking advertising. American legislators will cripple the Internet openness to conceal their culture of incompetence and create profit for themselves and those monied interests that shallow ignorant politicians depend upon to elect shallow ignorant politicians.
Most American legislators are uninterested and unable to allow the Internet to serve as an uplifting media helping Americans and people all over the Earth to be all they can be. Most American leaders lack the intelligence and integrity to see the Internet as part of the American commons belonging to the little guy and gal, providing them with the magnificent portal to becoming aware of what is troubling our country and planet and become themselves an integral and an effective part of a solution to the problems in their own lives, the problems in this country and the problems the world faces. Many of our American legislators have the souls of a cockroach, and no vision, and no heart and no concern for anything. Most American politicians are to shallow, too whored out and too steeped in the ways of a cancerous past to be anything but an antithesis to positive change.
The solution to all that afflicts us: more people, more informed and involved in politics. The only way that can happen is through the use of an uncensored Internet.

American legislators Are Internet - Computer Ignorant Dinosaurs

West Virginia wasted $5M on enterprise-class gear

In an absolutely scathing report (PDF) just released by the state’s legislative auditor, West Virginia officials are accused of overspending at least $5 million of federal money on such routers, installed indiscriminately in both large institutions and one-room libraries across the state. The routers were purchased without ever asking the state’s libraries, cops, and schools what they needed. And when distributed, the expensive routers were passed out without much apparent care. The small town of Clay received seven of them to serve a total population of 491 people… and all seven routers were installed within only .44 miles of each other at a total cost of more than $100,000.

American legislators are Internet - computer ignorant dinosaurs who will not pass laws to protect the free speech and privacy of Internet users. American politicians will pass laws that will protect Hollywood movies, stymie government transparency and advance corporate rights to greed and an overabundance of mind numbing personal info tracking advertising. American legislators will cripple the Internet openness to conceal their culture of incompetence and create profit for themselves and those monied interests that shallow ignorant politicians depend upon to elect shallow ignorant politicians.

Most American legislators are uninterested and unable to allow the Internet to serve as an uplifting media helping Americans and people all over the Earth to be all they can be. Most American leaders lack the intelligence and integrity to see the Internet as part of the American commons belonging to the little guy and gal, providing them with the magnificent portal to becoming aware of what is troubling our country and planet and become themselves an integral and an effective part of a solution to the problems in their own lives, the problems in this country and the problems the world faces. Many of our American legislators have the souls of a cockroach, and no vision, and no heart and no concern for anything. Most American politicians are to shallow, too whored out and too steeped in the ways of a cancerous past to be anything but an antithesis to positive change.

The solution to all that afflicts us: more people, more informed and involved in politics. The only way that can happen is through the use of an uncensored Internet.

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CETA Is Being Negotiated In Secret for a Nation of Mindless Consumer Zombies


Canada-EU Trade Agreement Replicates ACTA’s Notorious Copyright Provisions


The shadow of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is back in Europe. It is disguised as CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. As reported by EDRI, a rather strange and surprising e-mail was sent this summer from the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union to the Member States and the European Commission. The e-mail explained that the criminal sanctions provisions of the draft CETA are modeled on those in ACTA.
A comparison of the leaked draft Canada-EU agreement shows the treaty includes a number of the same controversial provisions, specifically concerning criminal enforcement, private enforcement by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and harsh damages. These provisions are particularly problematic, and were the key reasons why the European Parliament rejected ACTA. However, given the lack of transparency associated with the CETA discussions (both Canada and EU insist that the draft text remain secret), the concerns that CETA may replicate ACTA appear to be very real despite denials from some members of the European Commission.
CETA is a trade agreement designed to strengthen economic ties between Canada and the EU through “free” trade and increased investment. However, hidden within this treaty are provisions that were essentially lifted from ACTA word-for-word. And just like its close cousins, ACTA, KORUS, and TPP—and other trade agreements that are applauded by the entertainment industry for carrying expansive intellectual property provisions—CETA is being negotiated in secret.

CETA Is Being Negotiated In Secret for a Nation of Mindless Consumer Zombies

Canada-EU Trade Agreement Replicates ACTA’s Notorious Copyright Provisions

The shadow of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is back in Europe. It is disguised as CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. As reported by EDRI, a rather strange and surprising e-mail was sent this summer from the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union to the Member States and the European Commission. The e-mail explained that the criminal sanctions provisions of the draft CETA are modeled on those in ACTA.

A comparison of the leaked draft Canada-EU agreement shows the treaty includes a number of the same controversial provisions, specifically concerning criminal enforcement, private enforcement by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and harsh damages. These provisions are particularly problematic, and were the key reasons why the European Parliament rejected ACTA. However, given the lack of transparency associated with the CETA discussions (both Canada and EU insist that the draft text remain secret), the concerns that CETA may replicate ACTA appear to be very real despite denials from some members of the European Commission.

CETA is a trade agreement designed to strengthen economic ties between Canada and the EU through “free” trade and increased investment. However, hidden within this treaty are provisions that were essentially lifted from ACTA word-for-word. And just like its close cousins, ACTA, KORUS, and TPP—and other trade agreements that are applauded by the entertainment industry for carrying expansive intellectual property provisions—CETA is being negotiated in secret.

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Condemnation of America: How South America Sees the Julian Assange Case

Since the end of the last century, the expression “rogue state” has become increasingly acceptable within international public discourse. Driven by US propaganda, the concept aims to demonise countries opposed by Washington by portraying them as global threats.
However, in recent years, this argument has been turned against the White House. An alternative view is gaining traction – namely that the main rogue state of the planet and the greatest terrorist threat to world peace is none other than the United States, and it has the backing of the likes of eminent US intellectuals Noam Chomsky and William Blum, and the film director Oliver Stone.
Viewed from South America, the UK has done more than enough to share that accolade with its US cousins, and the attitude in Britain to Julian Assange is simply the latest example. The Ecuadorean foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, reported that the British government transmitted to Quito an “explicit threat in writing that they may assault our Ecuadorean embassy in London if we do not deliver Julian Assange”.
The British foreign secretary, William Hague, later confirmed the threat, thus breaching the Vienna convention, which establishes the immunity of diplomatic headquarters, something that not even the bloodthirsty South American dictators Jorge Videla and Augusto Pinochet dared to do.
As the spokesperson for the Russian foreign minister noted: “Everybody knows that tens of alleged criminals, whose extradition is requested by many countries, including Russia, found asylum and feel safe in Great Britain. Why then refuse to do the same in the case of Assange?” Worse still, London extended a welcome to one of the bloodiest Latin American dictators, Pinochet, but denies it to Assange. This regrettable moral double standard speaks for itself.
It seems that Assange’s offence of publishing the schemes and crimes secretly committed and supported by those who would lead us is unforgivable. As a result, the US has mobilised its friends and allies worldwide in order to capture the WikiLeaks founder, even if it must breach international laws and treaties and trample over human rights in order to teach him the lesson it feels he deserves.
The global media is praising the “bravery of Britain”. But the UK is a mere pawn in the imperial strategy, as are the governments of Sweden and, worse still, Australia, Assange’s country of origin, which has scandalously disassociated itself from the case.
However, there is some hope: last weekend an emergency meeting of the ministers of foreign relations of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) concluded with a unanimous declaration of solidarity with Ecuador and in repudiation of the attitude of the British government regarding this incident. It should be noted that Unasur includes governments at either end of the political spectrum.
David Cameron’s position was so reprehensible that conservative leaders such as Chile’s Sebastián Piñera and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos as well as radical ones such as Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez sided with President Rafael Correa of Ecuador.
It is a discouraging sign that the country which, in the mid-19th century, welcomed Karl Marx is now ready to deliver Assange to a country that administers the infamous Guantánamo prison camp, sends prisoners overseas in secret flights to be tortured elsewhere, and deprives alleged criminals of the most elementary right of self-defence, unable to call a lawyer or even to communicate his or her whereabouts to their family.
Excellent Article! Sweden, Britain and America, United in Torture, Hypocrisy and Faux Rule of Law.

Condemnation of America: How South America Sees the Julian Assange Case

Since the end of the last century, the expression “rogue state” has become increasingly acceptable within international public discourse. Driven by US propaganda, the concept aims to demonise countries opposed by Washington by portraying them as global threats.

However, in recent years, this argument has been turned against the White House. An alternative view is gaining traction – namely that the main rogue state of the planet and the greatest terrorist threat to world peace is none other than the United States, and it has the backing of the likes of eminent US intellectuals Noam Chomsky and William Blum, and the film director Oliver Stone.

Viewed from South America, the UK has done more than enough to share that accolade with its US cousins, and the attitude in Britain to Julian Assange is simply the latest example. The Ecuadorean foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, reported that the British government transmitted to Quito an “explicit threat in writing that they may assault our Ecuadorean embassy in London if we do not deliver Julian Assange”.

The British foreign secretary, William Hague, later confirmed the threat, thus breaching the Vienna convention, which establishes the immunity of diplomatic headquarters, something that not even the bloodthirsty South American dictators Jorge Videla and Augusto Pinochet dared to do.

As the spokesperson for the Russian foreign minister noted: “Everybody knows that tens of alleged criminals, whose extradition is requested by many countries, including Russia, found asylum and feel safe in Great Britain. Why then refuse to do the same in the case of Assange?” Worse still, London extended a welcome to one of the bloodiest Latin American dictators, Pinochet, but denies it to Assange. This regrettable moral double standard speaks for itself.

It seems that Assange’s offence of publishing the schemes and crimes secretly committed and supported by those who would lead us is unforgivable. As a result, the US has mobilised its friends and allies worldwide in order to capture the WikiLeaks founder, even if it must breach international laws and treaties and trample over human rights in order to teach him the lesson it feels he deserves.

The global media is praising the “bravery of Britain”. But the UK is a mere pawn in the imperial strategy, as are the governments of Sweden and, worse still, Australia, Assange’s country of origin, which has scandalously disassociated itself from the case.

However, there is some hope: last weekend an emergency meeting of the ministers of foreign relations of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) concluded with a unanimous declaration of solidarity with Ecuador and in repudiation of the attitude of the British government regarding this incident. It should be noted that Unasur includes governments at either end of the political spectrum.

David Cameron’s position was so reprehensible that conservative leaders such as Chile’s Sebastián Piñera and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos as well as radical ones such as Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez sided with President Rafael Correa of Ecuador.

It is a discouraging sign that the country which, in the mid-19th century, welcomed Karl Marx is now ready to deliver Assange to a country that administers the infamous Guantánamo prison camp, sends prisoners overseas in secret flights to be tortured elsewhere, and deprives alleged criminals of the most elementary right of self-defence, unable to call a lawyer or even to communicate his or her whereabouts to their family.

Excellent Article! Sweden, Britain and America, United in Torture, Hypocrisy and Faux Rule of Law.

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Disgusting: Homeland Security Agents Harassing Those Fine People Who Speak Out, Spread the Word or Otherwise Do Not Keep Quite About The Lies and Atrocities America Has and Is Committing with the American War for Oil.

The Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses how she has been repeatedly detained and questioned by federal agents whenever she enters the United States. Poitras said the interrogations began after she began working on her documentary, “My Country, My Country,” about post-invasion Iraq. Her most recent film, “The Oath,” was about Yemen and Guantanamo and follows the lives of two past associates of Osama bin Laden. She estimates she has been detained approximately 40 times and has had her laptop, cell phone and personal belongings repeatedly searched.

President Obama, when it is all over, your suppression of free speech, your rape of the Freenet, your paranoia towards whistleblowers, your caving in to the military industrial complex and your pathetic support of the Feds corporate lobbyist psycho war against marijuana is all you will be remembered for, “Barack Obama was worse than George Bush. George was a empty headed bible humping honkie and Barrick Obama was a crazy, paranoid cornered black man. One fail after another.”

President Obama, you should be ashamed for authorizing a systematic state suppression of American’s right to free press and free speech by falsely using the high security at boarders to harass activist. The Founding Fathers would piss on you.

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Arizona To Outlaw… Internet Trolling?
Politicians’ complete and willful ignorance of the way the Internet really works would be entertaining, if it weren’t so dangerous. For instance: In Arizona (oh, always Arizona), the state legislature has passed HB 2549, which states (in part):

It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.

Of course the bill is pretty much indefensible on grounds of free speech, intent, general vagueness, whiny-titty-babytude, and basic geography. But the Arizona government has demonstrated that silly concerns like reason aren’t high on their priority list. So all y’all who are just out to annoy me and offend me using your computers (or cell phones or tablets orwhatever)? Y’all had better not be from Arizona, is all.

Arizona To Outlaw… Internet Trolling?

Politicians’ complete and willful ignorance of the way the Internet really works would be entertaining, if it weren’t so dangerous. For instance: In Arizona (oh, always Arizona), the state legislature has passed HB 2549, which states (in part):

It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.

Of course the bill is pretty much indefensible on grounds of free speech, intent, general vagueness, whiny-titty-babytude, and basic geography. But the Arizona government has demonstrated that silly concerns like reason aren’t high on their priority list. So all y’all who are just out to annoy me and offend me using your computers (or cell phones or tablets orwhatever)? Y’all had better not be from Arizona, is all.

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Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Poland Withdraws from ACTA Ratification
Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Friday that although Poland signed the  international copyright treaty ACTA last month it will not move to  ratify it, and admitted he was earlier wrong to support the  controversial agreement.  Tusk also said on Friday he appealed to the members of the European  Parliament’s European People’s Party (EPP) fraction, to which his party  Civic Platform (PO) belongs, to drop their support for ACTA in its  present form in favor of a fresh approach to intellectual property  rights.Apart from Poland, three other EU countries so far have backed  away from ACTA ratification - Slovenia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Poland Withdraws from ACTA Ratification

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Friday that although Poland signed the international copyright treaty ACTA last month it will not move to ratify it, and admitted he was earlier wrong to support the controversial agreement.

Tusk also said on Friday he appealed to the members of the European Parliament’s European People’s Party (EPP) fraction, to which his party Civic Platform (PO) belongs, to drop their support for ACTA in its present form in favor of a fresh approach to intellectual property rights.Apart from Poland, three other EU countries so far have backed away from ACTA ratification - Slovenia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

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