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Obama And ISP’s To Launch Largest Digital Spying Scheme In History (Must Read)
If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you.
Specifically, they’re coming for you on Thursday, July 1.
That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.
Word of the start date has been largely kept secret since ISPs announced their plans last June. The deal was brokered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and coordinated by the Obama Administration. The same groups have weighed in heavily on controversial Internet policies around the world, with similar facilitation by the Obama’s Administration’s State Department.
The July 1 date was revealed by the RIAA’s CEO and top lobbyist, Cary Sherman, during a publishers’ conference on Wednesday in New York, according to technology publication CNet.
The content industries calls this scheme a “graduated response” plan, which will see 
-Time Warner Cable
-Cablevision
-Comcast
-Verizon
-AT&T 
and others spying on users’ Internet activities and watching for potential copyright infringement. Users who are “caught” infringing on a creator’s protected work can then be interrupted with a notice that piracy is forbidden by law and carries penalties of up to $150,000 per infringement, requiring the user to click through saying they understand the consequences before bandwidth is restored, and they could still be subject to copyright infringement lawsuits.
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Response: This is much worse than SOPA/PIPA and ACTA. It doesn’t necessarily censor the internet but it spys on everything you do. Your ENTIRE web history will be watched and recorded and might even assist the government. This was coordinated by Obama and his administration with the help of the MPAA and RIAA. 
What is so dangerous about this is that this is not a law it is a policy adopted by several companies. That means this will not be debated in Congress and you will agree to be spied on by signing a contract with the company.
Internet censorship is becoming a reality and now the corporate elite will legally be able to spy on you. If we spread this and cause an uproar like what we did with SOPA, maybe they will back down. Either way people NEED to know about this.

occupyallstreets:

Obama And ISP’s To Launch Largest Digital Spying Scheme In History (Must Read)

If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you.

Specifically, they’re coming for you on Thursday, July 1.

That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.

Word of the start date has been largely kept secret since ISPs announced their plans last June. The deal was brokered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and coordinated by the Obama Administration. The same groups have weighed in heavily on controversial Internet policies around the world, with similar facilitation by the Obama’s Administration’s State Department.

The July 1 date was revealed by the RIAA’s CEO and top lobbyist, Cary Sherman, during a publishers’ conference on Wednesday in New York, according to technology publication CNet.

The content industries calls this scheme a “graduated response” plan, which will see

-Time Warner Cable

-Cablevision

-Comcast

-Verizon

-AT&T

and others spying on users’ Internet activities and watching for potential copyright infringement. Users who are “caught” infringing on a creator’s protected work can then be interrupted with a notice that piracy is forbidden by law and carries penalties of up to $150,000 per infringement, requiring the user to click through saying they understand the consequences before bandwidth is restored, and they could still be subject to copyright infringement lawsuits.

Read More

Response: This is much worse than SOPA/PIPA and ACTA. It doesn’t necessarily censor the internet but it spys on everything you do. Your ENTIRE web history will be watched and recorded and might even assist the government. This was coordinated by Obama and his administration with the help of the MPAA and RIAA.

What is so dangerous about this is that this is not a law it is a policy adopted by several companiesThat means this will not be debated in Congress and you will agree to be spied on by signing a contract with the company.

Internet censorship is becoming a reality and now the corporate elite will legally be able to spy on you. If we spread this and cause an uproar like what we did with SOPA, maybe they will back down. Either way people NEED to know about this.

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The United States will begin using American foreign aid to promote gay rights abroad, Obama administration officials said on Tuesday.

President Obama issued a memorandum directing American agencies to look for ways to combat efforts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality.

The new initiative holds the potential to irritate relations with some close American allies that ban homosexuality, including Saudi Arabia.

But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton underscored Mr. Obama’s remarks, in a speech delivered in Geneva in connection with International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.

“I am not saying that gay people can’t or don’t commit crimes,” she said. “They can and they do. Just like straight people. And when they do, they should be held accountable. But it should never be a crime to be gay.”

The directive comes after the Parliament in Uganda decided to reopen a debate on a controversial bill that seeks to outlaw homosexuality, a move that could be expanded to include the death penalty for gay men and lesbians. That bill had been shelved earlier this year amid widespread international condemnation.

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The New York Times, “U.S. to Use Foreign Aid to Promote Gay Rights Abroad.”

In-fucking-credible first step.

(via inothernews)

Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant. Yes. 

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2,405 Shot Dead Since Tucson. Is it Time for Obama to Act on Gun Control?

(Source: newsweek)

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Statement of the Attorney General on Litigation Involving the Defense of Marriage Act

Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act:

"After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny. The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases.  I fully concur with the President’s determination."

Good news!

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Republicans Vote To Repeal Obama-Backed Bill That Would Destroy Asteroid Headed For Earth | The Onion

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"Sometimes I feel like America is just in a holding pattern. We’re basically waiting for all the people who are still bitter about modernity to pass away in large enough numbers that those of us willing to move into the future can actually capture the electorate. I never felt that so keenly as listening to Obama speak last night. It’s like living in a house where a cantankerous patriarch won’t let you fix anything up or clean anything, and you’re sitting around watching the house fall apart while waiting for him to die."

That general winding down feeling you’re getting is not an illusion (via dfdeshom)

Except that the guy urging you to “Win the Future” just sold the car you’re supposed to drive to get there.

(via tanya77)

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“President Obama announces he needs and misses his old friend; NASA begins The Search For Spock. #sotu”
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President Obama announces he needs and misses his old friend; NASA begins The Search For Spock. #sotu

[Follow Matt Little: Twitter/Tumblr/Blog]

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brooklynmutt:

“[M]y favorite people in America, the 11 percent who think Barack Obama is a conservative.” - Lawrence O’Donnell

brooklynmutt:

“[M]y favorite people in America, the 11 percent who think Barack Obama is a conservative.” - Lawrence O’Donnell

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"I don’t understand what’s gotten them madder: [Mitt] Romney’s healthcare plan, [John] McCain’s cap-and-trade, Bush’s tort [reform], Johnny Isakson’s end-of-life counseling, or Milton Friedman’s monetary policy? These are all things that they go nuts over — basically most of them were Republican ideas!"

Democratic strategist JAMES CARVILLE, on Real Time with Bill Maher, pointing out the most things Republicans get mad at President Obama about… originated with Republicans.

Heh.

(via inothernews)

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Tomorrow, I plan on expressing this to Obama when I go see him in Tucson mwahahahahahaaaaaa
also guy holding sign looks like Nathan o.O

This is BRILLIANT. 

insertfustrationhere:

Tomorrow, I plan on expressing this to Obama when I go see him in Tucson mwahahahahahaaaaaa

also guy holding sign looks like Nathan o.O

This is BRILLIANT. 

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The real problem with Obamacare…

The real problem with Obamacare…

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With Obama’s Signature, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Is Repealed - NYTimes.com

"The audience for the ceremony included a who’s who of gay activists, among them Frank Kameny, who was fired from a civilian job as an Army astronomer in 1957 — an act that prompted him to found a gay rights advocacy organization in Washington D.C. and to file a lawsuit which went all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1965 he picketed the White House, in the first ever demonstration there by gays.

Now white-haired at 85, Mr. Kameny also served as an enlisted Army soldier; he signed up in May 1943, he said, three days before he turned 18, and saw “front line combat” in Germany during World War II. He said he was asked if he had “homosexual tendencies” and denied it. “They asked, and I didn’t tell,” he said, “and I resented for 67 years that I had to lie.”

I have chills right now.

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"I am just overwhelmed. This is a very good day.

No longer will our country be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans who were forced to leave the military, regardless of their skills, no matter their bravery or their zeal, no matter their years of exemplary performance, because they happen to be gay. No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie.

…There will never be a full accounting of the heroism demonstrated by gay Americans in service to this country. As the first generation to serve openly in our armed services, you will stand for all those who came before you, and you will serve as role models for all those who will come after you."

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, in remarks delivered to U.S. servicemembers and others before he signed the repeal of Don’t Act, Don’t Tell into law.  He warned that while the repeal will not go into effect immediately, he has directed military leadership to implement it as soon as possible, adding “We will not drag our feet” on the new law.

And, by the way?  Folks in attendance resurrected an oldie but goodie, chanting, among other things, “Yes We Can!!!”

Yes, we sure can.

(via Talking Points Memo)

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Repeal of DADT? Wide-ranging payroll tax breaks for the middle class? Little by little, hope returns.

inothernews:

Little by little.

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