Monthly Archives:January 2012

Cundiff had a 32 yd chipshot…so wide left it’s amazing.  The defense had some amazing plays and the offense for that last drive did a great job… then Cundiff misses.  Nough said..see you next year.

Throw and more throws.  Flacco is not a gunslinger.  Baltimore is not built to be pass centeredand hithey try to throw it all the timeBaltimore will loose this game.

Another reason why SOPA and PIPA were nothing but smokescreens and additional power grabs.

 

According to the DOJ however, this cooperation was only skin deep, and both ICE and DOJ are appear to have e-mails showing the company was consistently aware they were making a killing off of copyrighted files — that documented awareness resulting in them losing their protection under the DMCA.

The width and breadth of the global police action are simply massive, and are, quite justly, being painted as a massive over-reach. The full indictment goes so far as to mention Canadian bandwidth provider Cogent, whose headquarter employees were even held and questioned during the raids this week. Indeed, anybody who provided bandwidth, rack space or Internet services appears to have been held, questioned, and/or pressured in the global raids.

There’s plenty of questions popping up around the raids, most notably being why exactly the government feels the need to push for SOPA/PIPA when they were able to extend their copyright assault globally so easily. The intensity of the action is also being questioned, given the United States seized a Dutch citizen in New Zealand over a copyright claim, despite the fact the company involved had been cooperating in the courts. Despite the clear trade in copyrighted files, many of the files on MegaUpload were legitimate, and systems were in place to remove copyrighted content.

The reality is that the company was supported by many artists and had also been building a system that directly compensated artists. The crime wasn’t conspiracy — it was cutting out the RIAA/MPAA middle men. Then flaunting it.

The timing of the effort is also bizarre given the outrage surrounding SOPA/PIPA, layered on existing outrage over a lack of financial sector accountability for the U.S. economic collapse. While those crimes were ignored, this indictment is chock full of language that applies nefarious implications on routine business practices (routine money spent on advertising and other business expenses is repeatedly deemed part of the “Mega Conspiracy”), and the RIAA/MPAA-style language of the indictment certainly doesn’t quell the notion that the entertainment enjoys using the full power of the United States government as their personal plaything.

With the White House’s recent statement against SOPA/PIPA upsetting the MPAA and RIAA, the government apparently wanted to make it very clear that Hollywood’s campaign contributions were still very much appreciated.

via DOJ, ICE Shut Down MegaUpload – RIAA/MPAA’s Personal Police Force Goes Wild | DSLReports.com, ISP Information.

Tech News Today is on and is going to talk about SOPA http://live.twit.tv

Read the Bill.  I hate to tell you that SOPA is going to do nothing to sotp your content form being stolen off the internet.  Folks will simply find ways around it and you will actually have to stop writing anything with links since you will be instantly guilty of copyright infringement.

I’m as adamant a supporter of Web free speech as you’ll find. And there’s a lot to dislike about the Stop Online Piracy Act. But when my stories about Web free speech are stolen and posted in their entirety by “rogue” websites, my head hurts. Stealing content is a funny way to prove your anti-SOPA credentials.

Opponents of controversial anti-piracy legislation called SOPA have been gaining momentum in the past week, and on Wednesday, their show of muscle reached orgasmic proportions.  Perhaps swept up in the excitement of a protest that seems to be working, a long list of websites copied in its entirety a story I wrote about it over the weekend and placed it on their own sites. Here’s one example, viewed early Wednesday afternoon

Red Tape – Stop pirating my stories about SOPA, or I’ll have to support it.

So a boy who did not threaten teachers and student and simply had a pellet gun was shot and killed by police.  I know police defenders are going to say they were protecting themselves and others…did they to try something a little less lethal first?  There’s going to be a huuuuuuge lawsuit over this were some of the real fact are going to come out.  I don’t trust “law enforcement” because they have been shown over and over to lie and cover up.  Let’s see how the inevitable lawsuit plays out.

 

Police shot and killed an eighth-grader in the hallway of his middle school Wednesday after the boy brandished what looked like a handgun and pointed it at officers. It turned out to be a pellet gun that closely resembled the real thing.

The 15-year-old “had plenty of opportunities to lower the gun and listen to the officers’ orders, and he didn’t want to,” Interim Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez said.

Shortly before the confrontation, the boy had walked into a classroom and punched a random boy in the nose for no apparent reason. Police did not know why he pulled out the weapon.

“We think it looks like this was a way to bring attention to himself,” the police chief said.

The boy, identified as Jaime Gonzalez, did not threaten students or teachers, and no one else was hurt.

The officers “took the necessary action to protect themselves and the other kids,” Rodriguez said. There weren’t many others in the hall at the time, but “they had every right to take the action that they took.”

via Eighth-grader killed by police in Brownsville school had pellet gun | wfaa.com Dallas – Fort Worth.

The US now owes more than it makes.  Very few options are now available to our gov’t.

 

While not news to Zero Hedge readers who knew about the final debt settlement of US debt about 10 days ahead of schedule, it is now official: according to the US Treasury, America has closed the books on 2011 with debt at an all time record $15,222,940,045,451.09. And, as was observed here first in all of the press, US debt to GDP is now officially over 100%, or 100.3% to be specific, a fact which the US government decided to delay exposing until the very end of the calendar year.

via US Closes 2011 With Record $15.22 Trillion In Debt, Officially At 100.3% Debt/GDP, $14 Billion From Breaching Debt Ceiling | ZeroHedge.