Whirled Musings

Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

███████ your site, fight SOPA

Have you heard of SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act?
Or the only marginally less loathsome Protect IP Act?

These are devious bipartisan creations of US legislation that could impose China- or Saudi Arabia-style censorship on millions of web site owners in the Land of the Free. Even including a single link to another site that didn't meet SOPA's stringent standards could result in the site that shared that link being taken down -- with no warning to the site's owner. The U.S. government would have the power to demand that the site be taken down, although the very well-funded supporters of the legislation -- namely the publishing, music, and film industries -- would actually be the watchdogs.

It seems to me that under SOPA, it could be relatively easy for anyone who was displeased by content on a Web site to get that site wiped off of the Web, provided that person had enough money and influence. Just think: my little blue Whirled could be toast. My fake robot pal Salty, whose trademark sign-off is "Bleep-Bloop," could be bleeped right off of the Internet. Your site(s) probably wouldn't be safe either.

There's still time to fight SOPA and Protect IP, though. Here are some helpful links:

http://boingboing.net/?p=134088

http://americancensorship.org/posts/4299/uncensor

And now back to our regularly scheduled ███████ .

PS ~ Thanks to Cassandra Yorgey for sharing those last two links on Facebook.

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33 Comments:

Anonymous HHh said...

That's pretty hot.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 3:30:00 PM  
Anonymous hHH said...

I see viral potential in that graphic.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 8:00:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thanks, HHH. And BTW, the censored bit under the larger rectangle is the slogan, "My inner child is a mean little f----r."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 8:15:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Of course I censored myself again when quoting the slogan.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 8:19:00 PM  
Anonymous HhH said...

And by wearing clothes.

I've always thought of that as a dubious cultural repression.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 6:05:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

:-)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 9:54:00 AM  
Anonymous hHh said...

So this SOPA thing, it means that if I post a link to a copyrighted work on a blog hosted on a server in Timbuktu, then the US ISP's will block access to it for Americans, because they can't get to the foreign server?

In fact, they will send Lars Ulrich, the copyright Metallienforcer to personally drop from a helicopter and take out the perp.

I always thought that Metallica-going-after-napster thing was utter wank, because I read in a metallica biography that they used to listen to pirated tapes.

Can you find *ANY* musician or artist that *doesn't* have a stack of pirated stuff?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous hHh said...

Really, though, it's hardly surprising that corporations are grabbing this sort of power - even a protest on a blog like this is used as an advertising platform for google.
It's their turf and this has been coming for a long time.
maybe if people took to paying for ineternets services like blogging it would put power back in their hands but as long as so much is free then they will find hooks in their mouths.


What do you think?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 11:09:00 AM  
Anonymous hhh said...

So, seeing as terrorists sometimes use counterfeiting to finance operations, could those new detention without trial powers be used against someone on the basis of copyright violations?

Say you linked to a youtube vid, and a bad guy used that to make DVD's to sell to buy AK's, or the gov. even claimed that was what you did, or what the bad guy did?

Is it that bad?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:18:00 PM  
Anonymous hhh said...

.... and now I'm reading more, Huffpo tells me that NBC and New Corp are lobbiers for SOPA and protectIP....
the ability to whisper in a politicians ear and get a rival news site shut down? Delicious, how could they resist?

We've had some real fun with NewsCorp in the UK.
Well, more of a macabre spectacle, but if you are the sort of person who likes to swallow buckets full of live maggots then you may call it fun.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 7:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

Hello Connie,

This is pretty of topic, but I just noticed that the fotter of you blog contains a link to a payday loand company, probably courtesy of whoever created this theme.

Though you may appreciate knowing as it certinaly conflicts with the spirit of your blog, and you just *KNOW* that eventually some goofball is gonna notice it and, well do what goofballs do.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Hi, Jonathan, good to see ya here. Thank you for your comment. Yes, I'm aware of the mostly irrelevant-to-the-topic banner ads that appear on my blog.

They're not a product of the creators of that old Blogger template (which I really need to change; it's soooo early 2000's). Rather, in a lame attempt to monetize this Whirled, I signed up for the path-of-least-resistance form of Google Ads a couple of years ago. The Googlebots, which are generally incredibly insensitive, search for keywords and slap those ads up on a random basis. Once in a while they almost get it right, as in a recent case when an ad about schizophrenia appeared on one of my Abraham-Hicks posts. But mostly they seem... well... unintentionally ironic. (One Kevin True-dough fan -- Anonymous, of course -- accused me of being hypocritical for trying to make a few bucks off of my endeavor, apparently glossing over the fact that I have never dissed money or moneymaking per se.)

In any case, so far I've only made about $102.00 with Google Ads so I probably need to look into that and come up with another plan.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Many good points and questions there, HHH. I don't think anyone truly knows all of the ramifications of SOPA or Protect IP. (BTW, I strongly dislike Rupert Murdoch, and have been following the NewsCorp Follies fairly closely.)

And excellent points about "free" not really being "free." As you said, the hooks are in all of our mouths.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous hhH said...

$102 - ?

That's not bad for doing nothing (except whoring your life to Big Brother of course)

Thursday, December 15, 2011 3:18:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

We're all whores in one way or t'other, HHH.

Friday, December 16, 2011 11:59:00 AM  
Anonymous disillusioned said...

Late to the party here, as usual.
Thinking quite a lot about free speech lately, never really having considered that I had any before.
But the prospect of loss does focus the brain a bit.

I like the censorship tool idea, very basic but effective at making a point. I and my mean little f**r of an inner child are going to try it out a bit ourselves.

Mr HHH here again, I can see I'm going to have to hit the books again to keep up with the repartee, him being a nob and me being a non-poet 'n all.

Saturday, December 17, 2011 2:18:00 PM  
Anonymous hHh said...

No more Justin Beiber links all over facebook from you, disillusioned, or they shut down the web and send you to Gitmo without telling your mum.

Saturday, December 17, 2011 5:42:00 PM  
Anonymous hHh said...

here you are, this will get the whole South West shut down

http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=31759120&postID=152324671270501880

and this will get you a drone strike

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHsTienoV68&feature=related

Saturday, December 17, 2011 5:57:00 PM  
Anonymous hhh said...

But, I see that the SOPA thing isn't a done deal yet and the geeks are fighting it.
Says here at the MIT tech review,

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/mimssbits/27421/?p1=blogs

Saturday, December 17, 2011 10:48:00 PM  
Anonymous HhH said...

Did the DHS really hire the ex STASI chief to help them build their organisation?

Saturday, December 17, 2011 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous hhh said...

You know, that's too much me. I'll get my own blog if I want to rant.

Monday, December 19, 2011 4:49:00 PM  
Anonymous disillusioned said...

That second link was abysmal, Mr HHH, even for my corrupted tastes.

I had no idea though that Justin Bieber was such a powerfully motivating force in society, hmmmm--who knew??

As for me dear old mum (gawd rest her soul) she could have taught those Gitmo guys a trick or two--before breakfast.

Apologies, Connie, if I have lowered the tone of your excellent blog once again. I will endeavour to keep it civil in future.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 3:11:00 PM  
Anonymous hhh said...

It's worse than that, Bieber is a tool of the Zionist Occupational Government!

According to the world's most reliable open intelligence source...

"While searching for videos of a different singer, Scooter Braun, a former marketing executive of So So Def, clicked on one of Bieber's 2007 videos by accident. Impressed, Braun tracked down the theater Bieber was performing in, located Bieber's school, and finally contacted Mallette. Mallette was reluctant because of Braun's Jewish religion; she remembered praying, "God, I gave him to you. You could send me a Christian man, a Christian label! ... you don’t want this Jewish kid to be Justin’s man, do you?" However, after praying with her church elders and receiving their encouragement, she permitted Braun to fly Bieber, then 13, to Atlanta, Georgia, to record demo tapes."

That's right, the Jews are out to corrupt our Christian ears with sugary musical baby food!

Thursday, December 22, 2011 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous HhH said...

Bloody hell, I went to check on the Ministry video and it says,

""Ministry - N.W.O [New Wo..."
This video is no longer available because the YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement from claimants, including:

Viacom International Inc
SME
Viacom International Inc

Sorry about that."

Now, is that fucking ironic or what!?

Thursday, December 22, 2011 11:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Hhh said...

Now, looking at Al Jurgensen in all his leather finery raises a question that has nagged at my mind which is - in a hot place like Texas, how does one be a goth metaller, wouldn't all the leather gear make you sweat unbearably?

Thursday, December 22, 2011 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous hHh said...

Look, Connie, did you know that naughty people in your congress are asking for a spanking by Aunty SOPA?

IP addressess from congressman's offices have been hoovering up pirated material, says here -

http://www.dailytech.com/Congress+Plugs+AntiPiracy+Legislation+By+Day+Pirates+Porn+by+Night+/article23625.htm

Gangland Cream Pie 21 to relieve the stress of political life?

Saturday, December 31, 2011 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Hey, HHH and Disillusioned: I didn't mean to ignore your latest round of comments -- just got preoccupied with subsequent posts. I appreciate the witty repartee. And this issue is far from dead, unfortunately. Our pal Salty said his piece about SOPA today, in fact.

Friday, January 13, 2012 9:12:00 AM  
Anonymous J said...

Couldn't figure out what that droid guy had against Assange, really, it being free speech issue and all. Must be about the oil.

Anyway, did you see this?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-16544335

The long arm of the empire, or what?

Friday, January 13, 2012 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Ryan Healy said...

I just started investigating SOPA and PIPA more deeply. I found one post by Amanda Peyton particularly interesting. She called Chuck Schumer's office (Schumer is a co-sponsor) where the staffer readily admitted PIPA was about censoring the Internet. (!!)

Saturday, January 14, 2012 2:38:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

J, I'm kind of ambivalent about Assange myself. On the one hand, he's about transparency and free speech. On the other, his brand of forced transparency (stealing and sharing private correspondence) presents an ethical minefield at best and a threat to national security/safety at worst. I recognize that my opinion could also be colored by the fact that he's egotistical, not all that likeable, and apparently has the morals of a sewer rat, although I also acknowledge that his likeability and morals (or lack thereof) are pretty much irrelevant to the larger issues.

That story you linked to is truly disturbing. Jeez.

Monday, January 16, 2012 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Hi, Ryan, and thanks for stopping in. Good golly, when even the minions of the legislation's sponsors admit that it's all about Web censorship...

Then again, it's possible that the staffer's candor resulted in a reprimand or termination.

Monday, January 16, 2012 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous J said...

Speaking of Imperial activity, Connie, what should we get the queen for her diamond jubilee?

Guardian readers have some excellent suggestions-

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/shortcuts/2012/jan/16/what-can-we-get-the-queen

Monday, January 16, 2012 3:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No that's too much cussin, I'm sorry Connie, you just clean it up and get rid of it, it's ungentlemanly.

Monday, January 16, 2012 4:17:00 PM  

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