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  •  Looks like both SOPA and PIPA were part... (7+ / 0-)

    and parcel of a classic misdirection ploy. If I understand it correctly, Obama had already signed ACTA by the time we were even aware of SOPA and PIPA so it was fairly easy for him to oppose them.

    They're going to have to come up with a new basis for ending our internet freedom though. The "online piracy is destroying the entertainment industry" meme is beginning to wear thin and lack credibility.

    Next they'll use terrorism to justify the clamp down of the internet. After all, using existential fear is a tried and true method in this country. We Americans are always quick to give in to the esoteric (read: manufactured) bogeyman.

    It's one fight after another these days.

    No time to rest.

    That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. ~ Aldous Huxley

    by markthshark on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 05:24:14 AM PST

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    •  What They've Been Doing is Multiple Attacks (5+ / 0-)

      Internet porn, terrorism, copyright infringement.

      They'll think of more, they're corporations, they can hire professional activists, focus testers, behavioral psychs, and all. Not to mention what the military/intel sector can do.

      The people have no such ability.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 05:27:35 AM PST

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      •  We can't match the corporations armies of (3+ / 0-)

        lawyers one for one, but I think we can compete pretty adequately on terms of inventiveness and unpredictability. For every roadblock they build we need at least one work around. Let them try to construct a system we can't bypass. I think it will become so encrusted and dysfunctional that it will cause its own failure.

        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 05:40:46 AM PST

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      •  They also control a possible equalizer... (4+ / 0-)

        for our side: The media.

        As it stands now, all we have is our collective body and soul... and the truth.

        That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. ~ Aldous Huxley

        by markthshark on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 05:42:40 AM PST

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      •  The people can think, form (2+ / 0-)

        judgments and be disobedient in the most ingenious ways.  Corporations can't do that.  Corporations are made up of people, but their organization and function is entirely dependent of obedience.  That's why they are so insistent on reformulating the laws they are supposed to obey.

        When you come right down to it, the officers of our public corporations (legislators) have the private corporations by the short hairs.  What they're doing to the private corporations known as unions is evidence.  Legislation can destroy artificial bodies with the stroke of a pen.  So, if commercial and financial and industrial and agricultural corporations are being given their lead, then it's because our legislative officials perceive some benefit for themselves in perpetrating the myth that corporate lobbyists have captured Capitol Hill and the legislatures of the several states.

        There is nothing to prevent states from reining corporations in and the health insurance kerfuffle is proving it.  What are the waivers the states are seeking about?  They're, mostly, petitions that say, "don't take away our money for not telling insurance companies how much they need to pay out."  That was what Georgia whined because how could insurance companies pay 85% in medical costs, if their salesmen were pocketing 25% of the premium up front?  Pity the poor health insurance salesmen.  Not.

        People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

        by hannah on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 06:32:58 AM PST

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