January 16th, 2012

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House Kills SOPA

In a surprise move today, Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill. This move was most likely due to several things. One of those things is that SOPA and PIPA met huge online protest against the bills. Another reason would be that the White House threatened to veto the bill if it had passed. However, it isn't quite time yet to celebrate, as PIPA(the Senate's version of SOPA) is still up for consideration.

The online protests about the bill were surprising and large. They ranged anywhere from callng Representatives, companies, and senators to get them to change their mind, to actively moving domain's away from and targeting the business model of the companies that supported/lobbied for the bill. GoDaddy lost well over 100,000 domains in the space of about 10 days due to their involvement with these bills, along with other various targets. Reddit in particular has been influential in turning the tide against SOPA and PIPA, and is a good demonstration of how the Internet enables Democracy.

PIPA is less well known than SOPA, but the provisions are basicly the same. It still includes the same DNS blocking and censoring system that the original SOPA did, just without the SOPA name. There are around 40 co-sponsors of the bill in the Senate so far, with no word on how many senators support the bill in addition to that. There will most likely need to be 60 votes in the Senate in order to invoke cloture and end an almost guaranteed filibuster.


Short article, but looking good! Now onto PIPA...
oh holy shit
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Virginia lawmaker: Children with disabilities are God’s punishment to women who previously had abort

On Thursday, Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall (R) spoke at a press conference against state funding for Planned Parenthood. He blasted the organization for supporting a women’s right to choose, saying that God punishes women who have had abortions by giving them disabled children:

The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children,” said Marshall, a Republican.

“In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There’s a special punishment Christians would suggest.”

Marshall is also fighting against health care reform, saying that “Obamacare” is trying to take “your soul.” Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has been pushing back against high-profile figures and entities who have been attacking people with disabilities. Will she speak out against someone in her own party?


edit: My bad, guys, this is from '10. My rage bypassed my date-check and I threw this up without seeing when it was posted. Appy loggies.
music | sleigh anne.

Sanctity of marriage? What sanctity of marriage?

IF IT wasn’t already, Lake Wendouree is officially part of Ballarat’s life forever.
The lake and city were wedded in a special ceremony on the foreshore on Saturday afternoon.

The event, which attracted hundreds, was based on a historical ritual in Venice, where the city would be married to the sea each year.

In keeping with the Italian ceremony, the ‘doge’ (mayor Mark Harris) was paddled across the lake with Ballarat bishops Peter Connors and Garry Weatherill. The group of paddlers, named Dragons Abreast, used a 13-metre dragon boat to make their way across the water

The ceremony was part of the 17th Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields festival, which continues this week.

Cr Harris, who symbolically threw a ring into the waters of Lake Wendouree, said he hoped the event could be carried out every year.

“It’s of special significance. We’ve got water back in the lake and we’re back to our normal relationship with it,” he said.

“It was great.”

Juri - raining inside me

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Mexico: Indigenous people commit suicide to avoid starvation

At least 50 indigenous people are said to have committed suicide in the north of Mexico, where freezing temperatures and a long drought, have left hundreds of members of the Raramuri tribe at the brink of starvation.

The claims, which have not been independently confirmed, were made by indigenous activists and a village mayor to Chihuahua’s channel 28 on Saturday, and were quickly spread on the web by twitter users and activists who hastily organized food drives and fundraising efforts in several Mexican cities.

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I don't know what happened with the "bank accounts" link, but here the blog has information about ways of helping: Ayuda a la Tarahumara.
Darren/People Photoshoot

Flawless Obama Endorsement Wishlist

Obama's wish-list of celebrity endorsements leaks, but Lady Antebellum says no thanks
by Grady Smith

With all the election talk about debates, rallies, caucuses, and surprise late-night candidates constantly permeating the news, it can be easy to forget that President Obama has an election — or rather, re-relection — campaign to run as well.

And where does Mr. Obama start? Being the hip president that he is, with the celebrities, of course! (Alright, to be fair, the list has a lot of political figures on it, too, but there sure are a lot of tabloid regulars.)

The Tennesseean has obtained a list of 194 public figures — potential presidential surrogates — that was reportedly distributed last month by the Obama campaign to a group of campaign donors in Washington as a “wish-list” of endorsers.

The collection, Dated Dec. 5, includes expected names like Oprah, Chelsea Clinton, and will.i.am, who, along with his bandmate Fergie, is one of the many musicians listed. But there are a few unexpected names there as well, such as country acts The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum, both of whom have already claimed that they will not be making any political endorsements.

“The members of Lady Antebellum did not submit their name for inclusion on the surrogate list for Obama’s campaign,” the band’s publicist Mary Hilliard Harrington said in a statement, adding, “The band has never commented on their political affiliations nor do they plan to in the future.” Probably a smart move considering all the ruckus an endorsement can cause — just ask Kelly Clarkson.

Only time will tell whether acts like Wilco, the Counting Crows, the Jonas Brothers (someone was trying to get a little cred with Sasha and Malia!), Jay-Z, Josh Groban, and Ricky Martin will actually take Obama up on this offer, so for now, just enjoy perusing this rare inside-look at the lineup of musicians that the Obama camp is hoping to court:

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Haven't had the chance to read through the .PDF document yet, but I support India Arie's place on that list. Mmmhmm

Canada not 'giant national park' for U.S. According to Stephen Harper.

Pipeline debate should be left to Canadians

The environmental review process is for Canadians, and not to be used by Americans who want Canada to be "one giant national park" for North America, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says.

In an exclusive interview Monday with CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, Harper said it's valid to have a discussion over how to strike a balance between jobs and environmental protection, but it's one that should be left to Canadians.

"It's one thing in terms of whether Canadians, you know, want jobs, to what degree Canadians want environmental protection. These are all valid questions," Harper said.

"But just because certain people in the United States would like to see Canada be one giant national park for the northern half of North America, I don't think that's part of what our review process is all about."

Harper and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver raised the issue of foreign money going to environmental groups earlier this month. The groups say they get a small amount of funding from outside of Canada and that the government is trying to refocus the debate when much of the investment in the oilsands comes from outside of Canada.

Harper said news the Obama administration would delay a decision on whether to approve extending TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline was a wakeup call about the degree to which Canada is "held hostage" to U.S. decisions. He has since pressed for Canada to seek out new markets in Asia.

But while the government has made a case for Canadian oil as being more ethical than fuel produced in countries with poor human rights records, central or eastern Canada tend to buy oil from outside the country rather than from the oilsands.

Harper said that is odd, but there's nothing the government can do about it.

"We're really the only supplier that is secure and is increasing its production. So I think [being market-driven has] served the country well. It's served government revenues well. It's served creation of jobs well. But it is fundamentally a market-based decision. We don't dictate pipelines go here or there."

Source - http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/01/16/pol-harper-mansbridge-interview.html

 So Harper is complaining about US interest when he can`t get his way. And the government is complaining about environmental groups getting money from the US, but i highly doubt this pipeline (or the Enbridge one) are going to be built without foreign investment. 

Louis Theroux in Hell

Occupy Wall Street folks headed to DC get kicked off bus by driver

Amarillo, Texas - Occupy protestors from California are stuck at the Amarillo Greyhound station as of Saturday night after they say the bus driver kicked them off because he didn't approve of the Occupy movement.

They were on their way to DC for a rally.

They say he called them "you people" and said they were not welcome in DC or anywhere else.

local news source

Here is a report from Michael All-In Ponsler:

“Don Ainsworthy, Greyhound’s most psychotic driver really screwed up tonight. This man was completely rude to all passengers waiting to board and when he saw our Occupy logos he made several negative comments.

Once we were on the bus this guy began shouting at people to sit down and shut up. This did not go over well with any of the passengers, but I made it clear that we will not be treated so disrespectfully.

He then came back and told me to get off the bus. I refused.

The driver exited the bus, locked us in the bus for over an hour while he called the police.

Police officers boarded the bus and agreed that the driver was being inappropriate. Surprisingly, the police attempted to negotiate on our behalf.

The driver refused to allow us to stay on board and demanded that all the occupiers be removed. Of course, the police officers were required to support his “authority”.

We are stuck in Amarillo, TX until hopefully the next bus at 5:50 am.

If you care about people being discriminated against based on anything including political opinion call Greyhound corporate (not the Amarillo station) and let them know Don Ainsworthy must be removed from his position with Greyhound.

The local Greyhound desk staff and baggage handlers confirmed that this man is complained against repeatedly. The police also said they are here to remove passengers far too often and almost always due to this particular driver’s attitude.”

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And this site says that another bus came in and took them to DC in the end.