Posts Tagged ‘blackout’

Drive-By Politics

Friday, April 5th, 2013

This week the US passed an emergency bill to avert the looming threat of sequestration. Tucked away in the 500+ page bill were several last-minute additions, one which dealt a pre-emptive strike against anti-gun legislation,  the other – dubbed the Monsanto bill – worked to limit restrictions on GMOs. These secretive laws were penned anonymously from behind closed doors unbeknownst to most of the senators who signed the bill into law.

A handful of politicians/corporate shills sneaking through undesirable laws, hidden by the fog of an urgent bill which was only made into an emergency by the institutionalized ineptitude known as the US political system.

Here in Canada, we face a similar tact by the conservative party. They take all their new laws and roll them up into a giant turd called an omnibus bill. By slow-feeding the media key talking points and ensuring all their party is on board, they get this growing ball rolling, gaining momentum up to the point when the deadline nears. Then, even though people will point out the many pieces of crap legislation being passed through without due discussion, the whole thing is moving with such inertia that no one is able to stop it lest they be covered in shit.

It’s ridiculous. This isn’t democracy. At least not as good as democracy can get. In the age of the Internet and social media, governance could be so much more than it is today. We could have way more transparency. Way more accountability.

The sad part is, every time government makes some baloney move that chips away at our individual freedoms and it goes by without an uproar from we the public, they gain power while we lose it.

And our silence is all the consent they need.



BlackOut for Hungary

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Notorious file-sharing site was taken offline today. Unlike in the past when the site was downed by raiding government agents, today’s blackout is self-inflicted. Many sites, of which The Pirate Bay is the most prominent, have gone offline for 24 hours to take part in a protest against Hungary’s new media law.

This law is essentially a power grab by Hungary’s new National Media and Communications Authority, giving them power to regulate and potentially stifle online media and bloggers. Of course, as John Gilmore once eloquently said “The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”

As great as it is to see The Pirate Bay doing their part to increase awareness, the people at copyright enforcing agencies like RIAA are probably loving the fact that the world’s biggest torrent site is down, even if only for a day.

Here’s a clickable image to the Blackout for Hungary site itself: