Who’s our guardians’ guardians?
Friday 20 January 2012, 5.20am HKT
DON’T IMAGINE for a minute that the people running ‘the show’ knows what they’re doing.
Or even want to be doing what they’re supposed to.
For those who didn’t get the memo, the Internet went on strike yesterday (18 Jan.) because of two pieces of legislative faggotry in the USA called SOPA and PIPA. (Google them.)
AlterNet, a news service, has just released this story:
- Irony Alert: On Day of SOPA Protests, Guy Who Authored the Bill Broke Piracy Laws on His Own Website | AlterNet | 19 Jan 2012
To cut a long story short:
- Lamar Smith is a Republican Party senator and the author of SOPA.
- Senator Smith used a photograph for the background of his political campaign website.
- He didn’t credit the photographer or pay for the use of the photo.
- He’s now an Internet pirate.
- Well done!
Meanwhile, some facts about yesterday’s protest:
- 4.5 million people signed Google’s anti-SOPA petition (via Los Angeles Times)
- Another 1½ million people or so signed other major petitions
- 350,000 people wrote to their U.S. Congress members
- 18 lawmakers reversed their decision on the proposed legislation
That’s nearly 6½ million (6,500,000) petitioners — just under the size of Hong Kong’s population, or otherwise roughly 10% of the United Kingdom’s population.
All 6½ million got was only 18 (eighteen) politicians to change their minds for the moment. That’s a piffling number.
For those unfamiliar with the American parliamentary system, judge for yourself the numbers:
- The upper house is the United States Senate, with 100 members who each serve staggered six-year terms.
- The lower house is the United States House of Representatives, with 435 members (plus 6 non-voting members) who serve each two-year terms.
- The upper and lower houses together form the United States Congress, which is the parliament of the USA.
Does this get better or worse?
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“It’s like coming up with a plan to prevent teen pregnancy that includes filling penises with cement.”
— TV host Jon Stewart on SOPA, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,
Comedy Central channel (via)
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