The Rant Vault Blog is offline today 1.18.12 in protest of #SOPA and #PIPA
Educate yourself on SOPA and PIPA
Make no mistake SOPA/PIPA WILL
affect you and your daily dose of interwebs. Please contact Congress
and let them know how you feel about SOPA.
Posted in Current Events, Politics 2012, Random Rants, Videos
Tagged 1st amendment, Censorship, Congress, copyright, Internet censorship, PIPA, politics, protest, SOPA, Video
This weekend Rupert Murdoch – whose News Corporation includes the Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox, took to Twitter to attack the Obama administration for its criticism of Sopa.
“So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy. Plain thievery,” Murdoch wrote in a series of tweets that accused Google of hosting pirated material and selling advertising against it. Google dismissed his claims as “nonsense”.
Posted in Causes, Culture, Politics 2012, Random Rants
Tagged Barack Obama, Congress, Internet, Obama Veto, PIPA, Piracy, SOPA, Veto
January 9, 2012
WASHINGTON – Wisconsin’s First District Congressman Paul Ryan released the following statement regarding H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act:
“The internet is one of the most magnificent expressions of freedom and free enterprise in history. It should stay that way. While H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, attempts to address a legitimate problem, I believe it creates the precedent and possibility for undue regulation, censorship and legal abuse. I do not support H.R. 3261 in its current form and will oppose the legislation should it come before the full House.”
YOWZA! My brain is completely mush as a result of agreeing with Paul Ryan! According to the Daily What-Geek, I have the interwebz and Reddit to thank for getting to Ryan.
(And Geeks. Much love to the GeekArmy)
Last month, Redditors started a boycott that forced GoDaddy to drop its support for SOPA, and over the past two weeks, they’ve turned their attention to specific members of Congress. Ryan was at the top of the list.
Reddit users launched “Operation Pull Ryan,” which helped Ryan’s opponent, Rob Zerban, raise $15,000 in 48 hours, and they even got Zerban to visit the site for a question and answer session.
Ryan hasn’t explicitly said that Reddit convinced him to change his position, but Zerban believes that’s the case.
“This is an extraordinary victory. Reddit was able to force the House Budget Chair to reverse course – shock waves will be felt throughout the establishment in Washington today – other lawmakers will take notice,” he wrote on Reddit.
Posted in Causes, Current Events, Linkage, Politics 2012
Tagged blogging, Congress, Constitution, Geeks, H.R. 3261, NDAA, Paul Ryan, Reddit, Ryan, SOPA
Robert Redford: Congress and Keystone XL: A National Disgrace http://ow.ly/1gfZfK
(From Huffington Post)
The American people are a lot smarter than these so-called leaders give them credit for. They can tell when they’re being played. They know that this is a Congress that’s more concerned with scoring political points than it is with doing the country’s business.
Posted in Culture, Current Events, Linkage, Politics 2012, Random Rants
Tagged aquafer, Congress, House, keystone, keystone XL, Payroll Tax, Payroll Tax extension. oil, pipeline, senate, tar, tar sands
Cleveland City Council Voted 18-1 in favor the following resolution! More detailed post forthcoming!