What’s All the Fuss About SOPA and PIPA?

This video does a nice job of explaining the SOPA legislation that Congress is now trying to ram down our throats.  They’re portraying this act as a necessary tool to protect original content creators in the music and movie industries.

Think about that for a second.  When have right-wing politicians EVER wanted to protect those “Liberal Commies in Hollywood”?

It is far more likely that this legislation will be one more weapon against free speech, assembly and organization by the people.

Government has seen how, on a worldwide basis, ordinary citizens are standing up to their governments and that one of the essential elements to this rise is the ability for the common man to freely exchange information and to quickly get the word out in their organizational efforts.

DO NOT BE FOOLED.  Our government knows that they will be thrown out on their asses and they don’t want to give up their power and return it to its rightful owners, We the People.

Expect this to be just one of many assaults on our liberties and freedoms as the ship of state swirls down the toilet.

ACTION ITEM:

Call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  He is responsible for scheduling the vote on behalf of the companies who are pushing for it.  In the face of mass public opposition, Congressional supporters are jumping ship and our messages could kill the bill!

Phone: (202) 224-3542
Email: http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Click here to post to Senator Reid’s Facebook page

Click here to automatically tweet: @HarryReid Save the free Internet—say no to #SOPA and #PIPA #wikipediablackout Pls RT

Tell him to remove SOPA and PIPA from the Senate’s schedule and to stand against Internet censorship.  Otherwise, your Internet may look like this.

Patriot Act vs. 1st Amendment

Our government is fucked up and out of control.  Every aspect of it reeks of Fascism and it has become clear to the tens of thousands of people that have taken to the streets in protest that NOW is the time to step up and let our grievances be known while there’s still a slim chance to make a difference.

That’s what’s going on in this first video from Berkley where students are staging a peaceful protest.  Peaceful, that is, until uniformed officers in riot gear break the peace.

It’s hard to overstate the degree to which our government is enforcing the whims of their corporate overlords.  The police have become, in practice, a private army and We the People are their enemy.

This second video is a continuation of that struggle and thankfully, the people win in the end (if you don’t count the cracked ribs, bruised kidneys and other signs of battery left on them by California’s finest tools of Fascism).

It’s comforting to know that moral high ground still has a small, flickering chance of winning.  For now.

BONUS FOOTAGE:

Far from an isolated event, here’s some footage from UC Davis documenting a different battalion of government goons sharing their spin on democracy.

David Korten – A Name You Should Get to Know

This speech is the highly developed result of over 30 years of conscious insight and progressive thought from David Korten.  I was introduced to David quite by accident as I turned on a public radio station and listened to his speech, which was already in progress.

IT WAS BREATHTAKING!

I had no idea who I was listening to yet and I recognized immediately that I must find out who yielded such incredibly lucid and penetrating thoughts.

I was working at the time and soon found the need to stop cold, put down my tasks and take note.  This man, who was still unknown to me, brought tears to my eyes much the same way that art, music and other high-level humanities can stir the soul.

Obama doesn’t have shit on David Korten when it comes to presenting a massively complex issue in a way that is literally life-changing.