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SOPA and PIPA, FAH Q from JOL

Today is a pretty interesting day in political history.  Today is the day that Reddit goes black from 8am to 8pm EST to protest the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act.  This is also the day that a hearing is taking place about these two bills being pushed through Congress – and there are a lot of amazing brains testifying today in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about how these two bills are going to kill the Internet as we know it.

From an article in The Hill, House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa:

“An open Internet is crucial to American job creation, government operations, and the daily routines of Americans from all walks of life,” Issa said. “The public deserves a full discussion about the consequences of changing the way Americans access information and communicate on the Internet today.”

Also, from an article at Ars Technica, Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro:

“The bill attempts a radical restructuring of the laws governing the Internet,” said CEO Gary Shapiro. “It would undo the legal safe harbors that have allowed a world-leading Internet industry to flourish over the last decade. It would expose legitimate American businesses and innovators to broad and open-ended liability. The result will be more lawsuits, decreased venture capital investment, and fewer new jobs. The significant potential harms of this bill are reflected by the extraordinary coalition arrayed against it. Concerns about SOPA have been raised by Tea Partiers, progressives, computer scientists, human rights advocates, venture capitalists, law professors, independent musicians, and many more. Unfortunately, these voices were not heard at today’s hearing.”

One more poignant one, from Representative Zoe Lofgren, regarding the expert opinion letter that she asked Dr. Leonard Napolitano, Internet Security Expert and the Director of the Sandia National Laboratories’ Center for Computer Sciences and Information Technologies to write on the SOPA and PIPA mess:

“This analysis from one of our nation’s top cybersecurity experts is the definitive word that this legislation would undermine Internet security efforts and would harm the Internet. Dr. Napolitano and his team are tasked with securing our cyber infrastructure. Their assessment as experts at our national lab gives us the final answer as to whether these bills would endanger our security. They would.” 

You know, this affects us all.  If you use the Internet, if you’re reading this message, the SOPA and PIPA affect you.  If you like JimOnLight.com (which, quite frankly low on the totem of importance in this issue), this affects you.  As PIPA is written now, if we were to post even a link to something on the site and someone disagreed with me linking to them or to their content, they could just sue us, and then block the site from the web.  How far are we all gonna let this go, folks?

Watch this:

Then check this out – from AmericanCensorship.org:

Where do YOU stand?  How do you like your internet?

Are you FOR or AGAINST the SOPA and PROTECT IP Act?

  • Against (93%, 14 Votes)
  • For (7%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Here are some additional resources on SOPA and PIPA – get yourself informed.  Ignorance is not an option or an excuse, not anymore.

Thanks to Questionable Topic for the photo!

POLL: Who’s Your 2012 Presidential Hopeful?

I’m traveling a lot this month.  Something that gets even worse as I travel is my addiction to the complete waste of time we Americans call “politics.”

I watch and listen to a lot of CNN while I’m traveling – it seems like every airport television is tuned to either CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News.  Right now there is a lot of talk on the news about how no one in the US Senate and House of Representatives can agree on anything (even though their own people assigned a select committee on solving our fiscal crisis and failed straight up);  how the American people are getting the short end of the stick on every path imaginable while the seven or eight people who have all of the money get to do anything they want anywhere;  last and perhaps most vomitous is the travesty that the Government is about to throw down to the American people that will then be spoon-fed with a silver spoon to the Telecomm giants – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Ah, memories.

So, all of that being said, have you been watching the Presidential Candidates’ Debates lately?  Who are you rooting for at this point to lead our country down the mountain peak road we’re on with no guard rails and no brakes on the bus we’re all riding?  Please participate in the poll, I am very interested in the political leanings of the huge group of people across this great planet that is the JimOnLight.com Readership!

Who's Your Presidential Hopeful for 2012?

  • Current President Barack Obama (D, IL) (56%, 14 Votes)
  • US Representative Ron Paul (R, TX) (36%, 9 Votes)
  • Former US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R, GA) (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Some write-in like Paul Hogan (4%, 1 Votes)
  • US Representative Michele Bachmann (R, MN) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry (Republican) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (Republican) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Former Senator Rick Santorum (R, PA) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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