Archive for 2011/10/29
Bill Maher On Occupy Wall Street ‘They don’t hate capitalism, they hate what’s been done to it’ (video)Posted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
It is better and easier to prevent an elephant from entering the homestead than having to chase it away from the bedroomPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
These demonstrations can be discussed from various schools of thoughts including political, legal, sociological, psychological and many others. In this article the author’s views on some economic foundations of the demonstrations are outlined.
Corporate media are the inveterate enemy of U.S. democracy. A functioning democracy requires the free flow of information and a free press is an indispensable part of the democratic processPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
We treat our own protesters worse than the army treats Iraqis.
In a surprise early morning raid, San Diego Police stormed the OWS San Diego Protest encampment at the Civic Center and arrested 51 people including ten journalistsPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
New York Daily: Bernie Madoff’s pathetic story is reminder why Wall Street protesters occupy Zuccotti ParkPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
New York Daily News | Friday, October 28th 2011 | Mike Lupica
And people still wonder what the beat of the drums is all about in Zuccotti Park, from the 99 percenters making all kinds of noise these days, here and everywhere. The difference between those from Occupy Wall Street and the ones like Gupta – ones who thought they ran Wall Street and maybe the whole world – is that you get a much better class of person sleeping in the park.
We keep hearing from those who hate everything about Occupy Wall Street – those whose only relevant political philosophy is “I’ve Got Mine” – that the protestors have no coherent message. It is another lie, like the one about how nobody in these protests really wants to work.
Of course there is a message, loud and clear. A big part of it, a huge part of it, is that less regulation of high finance in this country, going all the way back to the Clinton administration, was a good thing for everybody. It was good for the rich, as the gap between rich and poor in America kept widening, and some of these thieves ran wild right under the noses of the SEC. It was like they were telling everybody to fly around the country without air traffic controllers.
Now we are told, constantly, that the people yelling about the system are the bad guys here. Told that even as the likes of Madoff and Rajaratnam and maybe Gupta, formerly of Goldman Sachs, keep making the point for Occupy Wall Street.
It happens without anybody in Zuccotti Park having to say a single word or bang a single drum, a long way from where the king rat of them all, Bernie Madoff, sleeps un-medicated jailhouse sleep for the rest of his miserable life.
A Pakistani analyst on Saturday said the movement against capitalism is gaining momentum across the western world because the system has discriminatory approachPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
“Occupy” protesters are exercising their “right under the constitution” to “peaceable assembly” an American academic tells Press TV as US police become increasingly violent towards the ongoing movement.
The biggest theft by the 1 percent has been of the primary source of wealth – knowledge – for its own benefitPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
Knowledge? Yes, of course, and increasingly so. The fact is, most of what we call wealth is now known to be overwhelmingly the product of technical, scientific and other knowledge – and most of this innovation derives from socially inherited knowledge, at that. Which means that, except for trivial amounts, it was simply not created by the 1 percent who enjoy the lion’s share of its benefits. Most of it was created, historically, by society – which is to say, minimally, the other 99 percent.
In his weekly address to the nation, Obama cited an economic report showing that the middle class has lost ground to the top one percentPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves. What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours.
We just have a serious problem here in the US, we have one political party and that represents corporate America, a candidate for Sheriff in Philadelphia saysPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
About 2,000 “Occupy Wall Street” style protesters gathered in Frankfurt Saturday with a crowd of more than 1,000 turning out in BerlinPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
Yesterday morning, the FDNY and NYPD made an impromptu visit to Occupy Wall Street and took all of the demonstration’s gas generators. According to Mayor Bloomberg, six generators and thirteen fuel containers were removed because they were ‘fire hazards’Posted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
Tennessee state troopers for the second straight night arrested more than two dozen Wall Street protesters for defying a new nighttime curfew imposed by the state’s Republican governor in an effort to disband an encampment near the CapitolPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness
And for a second time, a Nashville night judge dismissed the protesters’ arrest warrants
To promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes – This Act may be cited as the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’Posted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness, Legislation
TITLE I—COMBATING ONLINE PIRACY
Sec. 101. Definitions.
Sec. 102. Action by Attorney General to protect U.S. customers and prevent U.S. support of foreign infringing sites.
Sec. 103. Market-based system to protect U.S. customers and prevent U.S. funding of sites dedicated to theft of U.S. property.
Sec. 104. Immunity for taking voluntary action against sites dedicated to theft of U.S. property.
Sec. 105. Immunity for taking voluntary action against sites that endanger public health.
Sec. 106. Guidelines and study.
Sec. 107. Denying U.S. capital to notorious foreign infringers.
TITLE II—ADDITIONAL ENHANCEMENTS TO COMBAT
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT
Sec. 201. Streaming of copyrighted works in violation of criminal law.
Sec. 202. Trafficking in inherently dangerous goods or services.
Sec. 203. Protecting U.S. businesses from foreign and economic espionage.
Sec. 204. Amendments to sentencing guidelines.
Sec. 205. Defending intellectual property rights abroad.
Earlier this month four of the country’s biggest home broadband ISPs ( BT , TalkTalk , Virgin Media and Sky Broadband ) officially agreed to help protect children online via a new Code of Practice, which among other things would provide customers (e.g. parents) with an “enforced” option to block adult web content at the point of purchase (detailed summary). A full list of the code’s complete commitments has now been published.
In its bid to compete with traditional cable offerings on even footing, YouTube has reached agreements with more than 100 producers to provide exclusive video content to the sitePosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness, Google, New Business Models
YouTube is aiming to create dedicated, broadcast-quality channels from these providers—including Reuters, the WSJ, Slate, The Onion, Ashton Kutcher, and Shaquille O’Neal.
According to reports, Google laid out $100 million in advances to the providers and will likely make that money back through—surprise, surprise—ad sales. The Channels will begin coming online next month and will continue to do so throughout 2012.
The MPAA has submitted a new list of “notorious websites” to the Office of the US Trade Representative, sites that are all in danger of becoming the target of planned U.S. legislationPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness, Illegal File Sharing, Public Policy
The MPAA’s first category includes all the major torrent sites, which the group claims are facilitating mass copyright infringement. Also in this list is the Chinese BitTorrent-based application Xunlei, which is partly owned by Google.
The second category includes several file-hosting and streaming sites, but also the Russian Facebook equivalent VKontakte. The social networking site hosts a wide variety of music and video files uploaded by users. The MPAA describes VKontakte as a purposefully created hotbed of piracy.
“This result stems from the combination of site specific user upload and search functionality – including torrent functionality – designed to facilitate easy hosting and access to popular media files, together with the lack of any affirmative efforts by the sites’ operators to prevent copyright infringement,” they write.
The third group covers so-called linking websites. These organize links to copyrighted material which can be streamed or downloaded from third-party sites. On the top of the list is Video2k.tv, a site that sprung up when the popular German-based linking site Kino.to was raided earlier this year.
The MPAA concludes their list of rogue websites with Usenet, but lists only one provider.
“This worldwide collection of servers is known as the Usenet, a high-speed direct download service offering access to a searchable global file exchange network. Today, illegal copies of movies and television shows are commonly posted in newsgroups for download by users around the world,” they write in their filing.
One notable absentee from the list is RapidShare. The file-hosting service was included in the MPAA submission last year but was left out this time, although nothing has changed in its business setup. This could be a strategic decision as RapidShare itself has hired lobbyists to represent their interest in Washington recently.
New data published by the Canadian broadband management company Sandvine reveals that on the average day Netflix and BitTorrent are responsible for 40 percent of all Internet traffic in North AmericaPosted: 2011/10/29 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
During peak hours Netflix accounts for a third of all download traffic, while BitTorrent is credited for nearly half of all upload traffic during the busiest time of the day