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Journal Journal: proclus: #ACTA notes - #drm #dmca #coica #music #downloads #technology

The latest ACTA text is out. Activists may wish to go straight to Section 5, which deals with digital enforcement and explicitly stipulates that the provisions preserve fundamental principles, such as free speech rights. A caveat would be that these stipulations are not present in the first part of the document, which deals primarily with non-digital property. Section 5 is about the restriction of access to knowledge.

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Journal Journal: Slyck News - If Proposed Bill Becomes Law, ISPs May Be Forced to Censor the Web

The article raises concerns that the proposed bill violates the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA, forcing ISPs to police their users and the network, and holding them accountable what their users are doing. There are also concerns about inflating copyright violations into an act of piracy, which is a grave crime of the high seas. If I make a copy of something, is it such a grave crime as that?

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Journal Journal: Bigots Torch Site of Islamic Center in Tennessee 1

Opponents of Park51 in New York like to maintain the pretense that their anti-Muslim animus is related directly to 9/11. Itâ(TM)s not the community center theyâ(TM)re worried about, the argument goes, but rather the proximity to the site of the fallen Twin Towers.

That is, of course, nonsense, as is evident when we see fierce opposition to Muslim Americans elsewhere.

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Journal Journal: Michael L. Love/proclus/GNU-Darwin Action Blog - Do we need extinction to slap o

Some of our best minds have indicated that global warming
from carbon pollution will present humanity with a species-
level threat. We must do whatever is necessary to avoid
that eventuality.

note: What follows is a bit of rambling intended as rough, quick, ad hoc
contribution to solving this emergent problem. Comments
and suggested edits are welcome, so that we can address
the problem together.

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Journal Journal: Nuke the whales?

I am so surprised by how eager some people are to use a nuclear weapon the oil spill. Perhaps they would like us to become accustomed to the idea of using nuclear weapons, and perhaps they have another target in mind after they are done with the whales in the gulf.

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Journal Journal: Erosion and oil well infrastructure - #BP Oil Spill #boycottbp #oilspill #gulf

The drilling infrastructure is likely designed to be stable. Several factors
contribute to this stability. As oil seepage and erosion occurs, the
infrastructure is stabilized by settling from the seafloor above. This
is the case of normal well operation, but in the gulf, we are now far
away from the norm, and seepage may be a much greater problem.

What if there is a large seepage amounting to a steady eroding flow?

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Journal Journal: The earth is bleeding out. HOWTO staunch the wound - proclus - Greenpeace USA Bl

How long until we realize that the spill is a global scale problem, that requires a global response? How long until we realize that we need to stop what we are doing and address the problem now. Recommendations to the activist community:

http://posterous.com http://ping.fm

Use them to spread the word, petition links, etc. I use ping, posterous, livejournal, and stumbleupon together. It works OK most times. Hellotxt.com is also sometimes useful ;-}.

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"Floggings will continue until morale improves." -- anonymous flyer being distributed at Exxon USA

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