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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] x_losfic at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] obstinatrix at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from [livejournal.com profile] amber1960, slightly adapted.)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)

SAY NO TO ACTA!

Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.

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Those of you who follow me on Twitter may be aware that I am taking a class on John Milton's works this semester, and that the man who teaches that course is mad, senile, apparently wishes to repress any tendency on the part of the class to think for itself, and doesn't know what literary analysis means. He is incapable of sticking to a point, never discusses the class readings, and his lectures meander in a labyrinthine fashion which suggests that even he has no idea what he's saying. He also has a habit of interjecting bizarre and insulting comments regarding politics and the supposed religious background of the class into his lectures. Today, naturally, he had to talk about the death of Osama bin Laden and what Milton would have thought of that.

Here is a transcript from Twitter, featuring my bitching, with cameos from [livejournal.com profile] platoapproved  and [livejournal.com profile] brewsternorth  .



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Those of you who follow me on Twitter may be aware that I am taking a class on John Milton's works this semester, and that the man who teaches that course is mad, senile, apparently wishes to repress any tendency on the part of the class to think for itself, and doesn't know what literary analysis means. He is incapable of sticking to a point, never discusses the class readings, and his lectures meander in a labyrinthine fashion which suggests that even he has no idea what he's saying. He also has a habit of interjecting bizarre and insulting comments regarding politics and the supposed religious background of the class into his lectures. Today, naturally, he had to talk about the death of Osama bin Laden and what Milton would have thought of that.

Here is a transcript from Twitter, featuring my bitching, with cameos from [livejournal.com profile] platoapproved  and [livejournal.com profile] brewsternorth  .



epic facepalming under the cut )
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The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] amare_est_esse  linked this on Twitter today, and I have to share it.



I had never even heard of Joel Burns before today, but I have so much respect for him after that speech.  If you watch this video, share it with people, please.  Post it on your lj, twitter, Facebook, whatever; the bullying and suicides of queer teens in America right now is absolutely disgusting, and we need more people like that to speak out about it.
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The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] amare_est_esse  linked this on Twitter today, and I have to share it.



I had never even heard of Joel Burns before today, but I have so much respect for him after that speech.  If you watch this video, share it with people, please.  Post it on your lj, twitter, Facebook, whatever; the bullying and suicides of queer teens in America right now is absolutely disgusting, and we need more people like that to speak out about it.

fuck yes!

Nov. 4th, 2008 10:21 pm
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This is mad.  Impossible and brilliant and mad.  It never seemed like it could actually happen, not really, no matter how many supporters he had, and yet, the bloody man managed to do it.  He did.

Barack Obama is the president of the United States.

How does that sound?  Fucking amazing.

EDIT: I just watched Obama's speech, and I couldn't stop grinning the entire time.   I feel... patriotic.  At least, I think that's what this feeling is.  I'm not entirely sure, as I've never been patriotic.  I've always been ashamed to be an American, wanted to move away, cut off all associations from myself to this country, but right now, I rather feel like I don't mind.  Because, I mean, if we've elected Obama, that's got to be a sign of something good.  We're moving in a good direction.  Someplace where change and dynamism is possible.  A better relationship to the rest of the world.

This, at least, is a man I would want representing me.  He's a man I support, with beliefs I agree with, and get get behind.   He's someone I can feel proud to say that yes, he is my president.  

This is bloody weird.

EDIT II: It seems to have actually hit me now; I've started crying.  I am so thrilled about this that I'm actually crying and laughing all at the same time, and it's fucking amazing.

fuck yes!

Nov. 4th, 2008 10:21 pm
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This is mad.  Impossible and brilliant and mad.  It never seemed like it could actually happen, not really, no matter how many supporters he had, and yet, the bloody man managed to do it.  He did.

Barack Obama is the president of the United States.

How does that sound?  Fucking amazing.

EDIT: I just watched Obama's speech, and I couldn't stop grinning the entire time.   I feel... patriotic.  At least, I think that's what this feeling is.  I'm not entirely sure, as I've never been patriotic.  I've always been ashamed to be an American, wanted to move away, cut off all associations from myself to this country, but right now, I rather feel like I don't mind.  Because, I mean, if we've elected Obama, that's got to be a sign of something good.  We're moving in a good direction.  Someplace where change and dynamism is possible.  A better relationship to the rest of the world.

This, at least, is a man I would want representing me.  He's a man I support, with beliefs I agree with, and get get behind.   He's someone I can feel proud to say that yes, he is my president.  

This is bloody weird.

EDIT II: It seems to have actually hit me now; I've started crying.  I am so thrilled about this that I'm actually crying and laughing all at the same time, and it's fucking amazing.
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I voted this morning.

YOU SHOULD ALL VOTE.  I DON'T GIVE A TOSS WHO YOU VOTE FOR (ok, I do), JUST GET OUT THERE AND VOTE.

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I voted this morning.

YOU SHOULD ALL VOTE.  I DON'T GIVE A TOSS WHO YOU VOTE FOR (ok, I do), JUST GET OUT THERE AND VOTE.

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Today, I am silent. Today, I mimic our government.
I am silent on the issues of sexism, homophobia, the prejudice against those who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered.

I do not scream in the face of the EMT who stopped life-saving procedures on a woman because he realized that she was transgendered.
I stare into his eyes, silent.

I do not lament loudly over the thousands upon thousands who die in the alleys, victims of violent hate crimes.
I watch their blood fill the streets, silent.

I do not curse those who willingly turn their faces from the spreading epidemic of AIDS, from the hate crimes, the daily bullying and teasing of the future leaders of this world.
I stand and face them, silent.

Millions stand with me.
Not just those who have chosen to be silent for a day.
But those whose voices have been forcefully stifled for years-
Ghost voices of our sisters, brothers, friends, nieces, nephews-murdered.
They too are with us.

And together we stand.
Silent.

This was written by Bridget, a great friend of mine.  

I post it here in the hopes that today the silence of many will inspire dialogue about these abominable crimes, and the neglect and the ignorance which allows them to continue. 

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Today, I am silent. Today, I mimic our government.
I am silent on the issues of sexism, homophobia, the prejudice against those who are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered.

I do not scream in the face of the EMT who stopped life-saving procedures on a woman because he realized that she was transgendered.
I stare into his eyes, silent.

I do not lament loudly over the thousands upon thousands who die in the alleys, victims of violent hate crimes.
I watch their blood fill the streets, silent.

I do not curse those who willingly turn their faces from the spreading epidemic of AIDS, from the hate crimes, the daily bullying and teasing of the future leaders of this world.
I stand and face them, silent.

Millions stand with me.
Not just those who have chosen to be silent for a day.
But those whose voices have been forcefully stifled for years-
Ghost voices of our sisters, brothers, friends, nieces, nephews-murdered.
They too are with us.

And together we stand.
Silent.

This was written by Bridget, a great friend of mine.  

I post it here in the hopes that today the silence of many will inspire dialogue about these abominable crimes, and the neglect and the ignorance which allows them to continue. 

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For anyone who has a mind for politics and British comedy, specifically the wonderful show Jeeves and Wooster.  Kat, I must add I am thinking specifically of you when I post this.

This is from the 27 November issue of The New Yorker- our favourite valet, Jeeves, gives some slightly overdue advice to his overworked gentleman, W.- that is to say, George W.

Shouts and Murmurs: "Jeeves and W." by Christopher Buckley

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For anyone who has a mind for politics and British comedy, specifically the wonderful show Jeeves and Wooster.  Kat, I must add I am thinking specifically of you when I post this.

This is from the 27 November issue of The New Yorker- our favourite valet, Jeeves, gives some slightly overdue advice to his overworked gentleman, W.- that is to say, George W.

Shouts and Murmurs: "Jeeves and W." by Christopher Buckley

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