Thursday, January 19, 2012

SOPA/PIPA Blackout: The Numbers and Consequences

In case you live under a rock in Switzerland, then you probably heard about the SOPA blackout on Jan.18. 75,000 websites blacked out their services on that day to protest congress' push to pass SOPA/PIPA, which would allow corporations to file a court order and close and censor websites which violate copyrights. The problem, something as small as a link to a website can be enough to shut down the site. This would essentially give the pandering corporatists the power to control the internet, the last bastion of true freedom. Wikipedia, Google, and numerous other websites all oppose the bill, and acted to defy it; they shut down.

The Numbers:

Wikipedia:

  • 162 million viewed SOPA message
  • 8 million contacted their congressperson through their portal
  • 12k posted to their blog defying SOPA
Google:

  • 4.5 million signed Google petition opposed to SOPA
  • 350k emails sent to representatives through SOPAStrike.com and other websites
Twitter:

  • There were more than 2.4 million tweets on Jan. 18th about SOPA
Whitehouse:

  • received 103,785 signed petitions to oppose SOPA so far
  • 24 US Senators changed their minds and now oppose the bill
  • Several former co-sponsors, including Marco Rubio, now oppose the bill
Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57361906-501465/sopa-and-pipa-internet-blackout-aftermath-staggering-numbers/

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The CEO and Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Chris Dodd lambasted the SOPA blackout. He calls it a publicity stunt and an abuse of power. Before I get into these extraordinary and self-destructive criticisms of the movement, let us take a brief look at Dodd. Dodd is the former CT Senator who served as the Chair of the Senate Banking Committee, a position I am sure you know he served faithfully and for the benefit of the country... haha, no just kidding.

Dodd passed a bill to support sub-prime mortgages after the housing bubble collapse and then it was discovered he got a "special" mortgage deal from Countrywide Financial which he did not disclose. Dodd continuously stated that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were financially strong and were not a problem, and was a supporter of the sub-prime mortgage loaning, all this before their collapse. His biggest financial contributors were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Also when AIG was bailed out by the government, there was a provision of the deal limiting executive bonuses, however Geithner and other contacted Dodd asking him to eliminate that provision, and he did in the 11th hour, so the AIG execs could still get massive bonuses. Dodd is a man who stands by his principles, until you pay him to stand for yours.

So, Dodd, exuding his normal levels of integrity, came out opposing the SOPA blackout, stating "It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on [these sites] for information and use their services, ...It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today." Let me re-write that last part...


"It is an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today."

The corporations and the government view internet companies free use of the internet, free dispersion of information, and free reign to do as they see fit fairly free of regulation and control, not as a right, not as a backbone of capitalist society and of American tenets, but as a "privilege." Not only do they view it as a privilege which they are lucky to have and be able to use, but in using their freedom to oppose what the legislature want and what the media corporations want, it is seen as an "abuse" of that privilege. If SOPA is passed, these corporations and the congress which panders to them, will act under the direction of Dodd in punishing companies for exerting their privilege to use the internet wrongly, they will punish them by censoring them and shutting them down. Goodbye free internet, hello governmental control.

The government can now indefinitely detain American citizens in Guantanamo Bay without a trial or attorney (NDAA). Are we now going to give them the internet. No, no we are not. We are witnessing the end of the United States as the bastion of freedom and opportunity, and the beginning of 1984 and the police state. Let us hope that the amazing grassroots support and push by Wikipedia and others forces politicians to accept the American will. Let us hope this SOPA bill is not passed under the radar like the NDAA (passed right before New Years). Let us hope that Obama does not give us another bullshit statement like "I will not wrongly use this power, do not worry." Let us do more than hope, let us act and speak and petition.


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Update:

On Thursday, Dodd stated the following on Fox News:
"Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake."

This is a good example of open cronyism. Pass a law to benefit my industry or lose campaign money. You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, the American people be damned.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Top contributors of 2012 up to and including third quarter of 2011

OpenSecrets.org viewed on 1.18.12 for the 2012 race so far:

Ron Paul:
Top Three Contributors:

  1. U.S. Army
  2. U.S. Air Force
  3. U.S. Navy
Small Individual Contributions: 48%

Obama:
Top Three Contributors:
  1. Microsoft
  2. Comcast
  3. University of California
Small Individual Contributions: 48%

Romney:
Top Three Contributors:
  1. Goldman Sachs
  2. Credit Suisse Group
  3. Morgan Stanley
Small Individual Contributions: 10%

Video explainging SOPA/PIPA

LA to require porn industry to use condoms

The Los Angeles City Council Council just voted 9-1 to require porn industry actors to use condoms during sex. The bill will now go to the Mayor to be passed and enforced.

This is worse than San Francisco banning fast food restaurants because they argued it was making poor people unhealthy and fat.

Mark my words, if LA enforces condom use for pornographic art (ya, I'm calling it art), then one of two things, or a combination of both, will occur.

  1. The law is ignored absolutely and entirely. Just as prohibition of alcohol was ignored in the 20's and early 30's, this law will be ignored. Just as marijuana laws are ignored today, this law will be ignored. This will create a disregard for the law in the porn industry, and likely increase the possibility that other more reasonable laws will not be heeded. Furthermore, I imagine that this will be difficult to enforce.
  2. Pornographic companies will move out of Los Angeles to another city. Business will be driven away.
The truth is that there is not a market for pornographic film where a condom is used. People do not want to see it. A company making pornographic pictures (haha, calling it a picture makes it sound like it deserves an Oscar) should be careful if not having actor use a condom, the actors should be tested regularly, or non visible or other means should be taken for safety. But a blanket governmental rule requiring condoms would be like banning real guns from being used in action movies, or banning Matthew McConaughey from chick flicks, it just isn't feasible.

This is right up there with SOPA and the NDAA. (not really, that is a bad joke).

SOPA

The bill will allow the Dept of Justice to shut down websites which facilitate copyright infringement, or that are accused of facilitating copyright infringement, which could be as little as providing a link to a website with copyrighted material.


The bill threatens the openness of the internet, it will in effect make the federal government a censor of the internet and what they do not want to be posted. It is a violation of the 1st Amendment.


Such censorship has so far been the province of autocratic dictators quenching uprising and free speech.


This is a house bill, H.R. 3261 (The Senate version is called PIPA).


The Stop Online Piracy Act was introduced by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) and was initially co-sponsored by Howard Berman (D-CA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), John Conyers (D-MI), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Timothy Griffin (R-AR), Dennis A. Ross (R-FL), Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Lee Terry (R-NE). (can you say corrupt, corrupt, corrupt, ...)


Some interesting current sponsors include rep Peter King and Debbie Wasserman.

Ron Paul voiced his opposition of SOPA in an open letter, no other Republican Presidential candidate has so openly rejected SOPA to my knowledge.

The candidates supporting this bill are bought and paid for by the likes of Viacom, FOX,  Bose, Burberry, CBS, Ford, Harley Davidson, Lucky Jeans, Coach, Nintendo, Sony, etc (some weird companies are supporting this bill).

The people oppose it. Let us see if corporatism or democracy wins this round.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Republican debate audience booing

I dislike the Republican base more than I dislike the Democratic base.


In the above video, Ron Paul, in speaking about foreign policy, argues that the nation should follow the Golden Rule, and not do onto others that which we would not like done upon us. The Golden Rule is a basic tenet of philosophy and what is moral. Yet, the audience vehemently booed him on it.



In the above video, the audience boos a gay soldier asking if the candidates will continue to protect gays having equal rights. Too add insult to injury, the always beautiful and charming Megyn Kelly defends the people booing. She defends the crowd for booing because it was not due to the fact that he was gay, but because he wants "gay rights protected." A gay person should have his rights protected just as much as any other person has his rights protected. All people have natural rights and should be treated equally. A straight person can announce they are straight, but a gay person cannot announce they are gay. He wants equal rights, not greater rights, and that is not only moral, but what our great Constitution requires.

In naming this blog Logos over Pathos, I meant to keep my arguments rational as opposed to emotional. logical as opposed to making fallacious arguments or using appeals to emotion or straw men, etc... Here is disregard that self-imposed rule, to say fuck you Megyn Kelly, and fuck you republican debate audiences who are too small-minded to hear another opinion. Fuck you.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

If Paul ran as third party candidate


If Ron Paul ran as a third party candidate, he would get 21% of the vote according to this poll.

Let us briefly examine third party candidate success.
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1996:
Perot ran under Reform Party, a party which Jesse Ventura and Pat Buchanan subscribed to.
Clinton   49% of vote
Dole      41% of vote
Perot     8% of vote

1992:
Perot ran as an independent
Clinton            43%
George H.W.  37.5%  
Perot               19%

1980:
John B. Anderson ran as independent (Note: Anderson lost Republican Primary)
Reagan              51%
Carter                41%
Anderson           7%

1968:
Wallace ran as American Independent Party, was proponent of segregation, larger entitlements, and anti-war
Nixon                43.4%
Humphrey          42.7%
Wallace             13.5%

1924:
La Follette ran as Progressive, this election arguably marked height of limited government conservatism
Coolidge        54%
Davis             29%
La Follette     16.5%

1892:
Weaver ran as Populist, with union and famrer support (groups relying on subsidies and gov't protection)
Cleveland 46%
Harrison   43%
Weaver    8.5%

1856:
Fillmore ran under Know Nothing Party
Buchanan   45% (proponent of slavery)
Fremont     33% (for freeing slaves)
Fillmore     22% (ignored issue of slavery)

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I believe if Ron Paul ran as an independent, he could be the most successful third party candidate in modern history. I am not advocating for or against it, or even considering practical consequences, such as an Obama re-election, I am just looking at statistics here.

Ron Paul: Video of media censoring him, his accurate predictions, and his integrity

ChickenHawk

Chickenhawk:

Urban Dictionary:

  1. Man who chases younger women
  2. Person who is proponent of war yet has not served


Ron Paul on Gingrich being a Chickenhawk:


Gingrich got a deferment, although he was exempt from being conscripted to serve. In a 1985 interview with The Wall Street Journal, Gingrich stated "Given everything I believe in, a large part of me thinks I should have gone over... Part of the question I had to ask myself is what difference I would have made."





If you are going to declare preemptive wars, if you are going to demand the United States police the world and build countries, if you want to send our troops overseas to fight in unconstitutional undeclared wars, then serve in the military to show you are willing personally to make the sacrifices required that you would place on the service members you would send abroad. 

At every Republican debate, every single one of the candidates (exception: Paul) puffs out their chest further and yells about how they would be a larger warmonger, a contest of their manliness. A fight over who would be the first to invade a new country, a fight over how willing they are to promise our troops withdrawal overseas.


Rick Perry in video below argues to send troops back into Iraq! Right after we took them out at Iraqi request




Mitt Romney supports the NDAA, he supports the State's right to indefinitely detain United States citizens without filing a charge against them. He is also opposed to trimming the defense budget, he is an imperialist neoconservative.





John Huntsman stating he cannot live in a world with a nuclear Iran; aka, he would invade Iran




Gingrich wants to overthrow Iranian government, to overthrow it through clendestine operations and embargoes. This was done before to Mossadegh, Iran's democratically elected President, the CIA overthrew him in Operation Ajax (read about it), then there was blowback and they overthreww our appointed dictator and that is why we have the government we do today in Iran.




Santorum on war on Islam and criticizing following rules of engagement.




And there you have it folks, in a field of warmongering chickenhawks (disclaimer: Perry served), Paul stands alone.

Lets defend our nation from attack, let's not go out of our way to police the world and nation-build. If this country is threatened, we will better be able to defend ourselves with a mobile navy and a strong American centered defense, not by being spread out throughout the world fighting multiple wars.


CNN Paul Campaign Political Analyst Admits Bias Against Paul


Dana Bash, in talking to John King

"...I'm sure you talked to Republicans who are worried..., just like I am, that Ron Paul will continue on long into the spring and summer, even further, if he runs as a Republican or Independent, he can hurt whomever the Republican Nominee is: Because nobody thinks, even if he does well here in New Hampshire, that he will ultimately be the nominee."

Ron Paul came in a strong second place in NH with 23% of the vote. Santorum was in single digits, Perry had nothing, Gingrich the Chickenhawk has been forgotten, Huntsman is already a fading memory.

Paul in a CBS poll is neck and neck in a race against President Obama, the only Republican candidate polling better is Romney. Paul has the strongest grassroots campaign, is raking in large amounts of donations despite no establishment support, and nationally has strong support.

In NH in 08, Paul received 8% of the vote. On January 10th of 2012, he received 23%. First they ignored him, then they marginalized and laughed him off, then they decided to attack him, ...Then you win (give Gandhi props for that quote).

Friday, January 6, 2012

Rethink OWS

This is a short & simple about Occupy Wall Street, but explaining the slightly misaligned direction of anger. Instead of this being a division of the 1% and 99%, there is a division of the makers and takers. The makers are the factory workers, the construction workers, the Steve Jobbs, and the Bill Gates, the Takers are the Bernie Madoffs, the lobbyists the politicians enriching themselves at the peoples expense, the owners of the subsidized companies like Big Oil and Green companies. They are the takers, and it is towards them our anger should be directed.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Celebrity Ron Paul Supporters

Peyton Hillis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsCUjnabT84

Vince Vaughn
http://runronpaul.com/economy/vince-vaughn-to-introduce-ron-paul-at-conference/

Joe Rogan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKi_VrYbeBg

Michelle Branch
http://www.mediaite.com/online/michelle-branc/

Kelly Clarkson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmq5IicW-D4

Aaron Lewis
http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2011/12/q_a_aaron_lewis_of_staind_talk.php

Barry Manilow
http://www.ology.com/politics/ron-paul-receives-coveted-barry-manilow-endorsement/09162011

Howard Stern
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvec2zQxnNs

Jesse Ventura
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmMujwzSl4Q

John Mayer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vssZ1gkhKTE

Kane (the wrestler)
http://karmarogue.com/2008/01/12/wwes-kane-endorses-ron-paul/

Drunk man on NatGeo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FzJfxyugek

President Bush is President Obama is Republican hopeful Santorum is Romney

They are all one candidate. The are all an establishment candidate. They are all for warmongering, they are all for choosing winners and losers in the economy. They would all expand the government. They would all further constrain personal liberties. They would all further entrench DC corruption. They are one and the same. They are a mirage of choice, a tool to satiate the masses and instill within the common person a feeling of power over the government.

You may think it crazy, and may think that the government is not threateningly large or controlling. But you are wrong. The wheels are a turning, and they are gaining speed to the point where it will soon be irreversible. The country is no longer a Republic of the People, it is an Empire of the Elite, it is no longer a bastion of free market ideals and meritorious individual perseverance, but of pandering politicians and corporatism, it is no longer the country of social mobility, but of the entrenched elite, it is not the country of freedom and debate, but of fear-mongering control.

Our grandchildren will live impoverished if the country does not drastically change course. Entitlements are crushing the country under debt. Terrorism, its dangers to this country exacerbated by the hundreds of foreign military bases we have around the world, our invasions of other countries, our mingling in others affairs, our economic hitmen and our bombings of civilians, does not make this country safer. No one seeks to kill the uninterested bystander, no one harms the man they do not care for or know, they kill and harm the person they know, the person intimate to them.

Bush is Obama is Santorum is Romney, they are all one and the same. A vote for any is a vote for the same.

Freedom.Peace.Prosperity.Change.Fairness.Ron.Paul.

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PAUL RECEIVES MORE IN DONATIONS FROM THE MILITARY THAN ALL OTHER CANDIDATES COMBINED

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/07/ron-paul-military-campaign-donations-/1