Consider this your call to action.
I know that we all love this site as an expression of our individuality, but the fact of the matter is, we are under attack. And what we do is distracting us from that fact.
The American government now has all the records from Megaupload’s servers. Do you know…
Kudos to Riot for letting him do this (and to him for being brave enough to do it!). A quote:We object to SOPA because it hurts how our users consume legitimate content on in the internet, and it makes it much harder to engage our community. That sucks - and we’re devoting a lot of time and brainpower as to how to stop this from happening.
This doesn’t hit us nearly as hard as it hits our community. I’ll just give a few tangible examples:
- Streaming: There’s no way that Riot can risk promoting our streamers by linking or embedding. We have no effective way to pre-screen a streamer’s content (although we definitely DO urge that people respect IP law). Under the DMCA, we definitely get some breathing room here if someone commits infringement. Under SOPA, even an embed potentially exposes us to injunctions against payment providers, ad networks, and potentially worse given the immunity provisions in §105(a).
And keep in mind that many streaming sites would be §102 (foreign) sites - subject to DNS blocking. Oh wait, my bad. “Feasible” blocking now. Whoops. So really, there’s an open question as to if these would exist.
- Links in the forums: Yeah, again, no effective way to pre-screen. Absolutely gone. That’s one step removed from our top level domain. This is truly scary stuff.
In short, think of it this way. Any serious engagement of our community that involves derivative content of OUR IP that is not rigorously screened and cleared has the potential to expose us to such a magnitude of liability that the business case is prohibitive.
Bank of America ATMs In San Francisco Turned Into Truth MachinesRAN activists took to the streets of San Francisco last night and turned every Bank of America ATM in the city into an Automated Truth Machine.
The activists used special non-adhesive stickers designed to look exactly like BoA’s ATM interface. But instead of checking and savings accounts, these new menus offered a list of everything BoA customers’ money is being used for, including investment in coal-fired power plants, foreclosure on Americans’ homes, bankrolling of climate change, and paying for fat executive bonuses.
Go here to see a handy map showing all 85 ATMs we made a little more truthful last night.
The stickers also encourage BoA customers to “Stop doing business with Bank of America until they start behaving responsibly” and have the URL to this here blog (BankruptingAmerica.tumblr.com), which RAN launched along with New Bottom Line.
We’re using Bankrupting America to track all the ways BoA is bankrupting America, hence the name. We’ve received so many submissions it’s clear to us that this website was badly needed. There are lots of grievances to be aired with regard to how Bank of America is conducting its business these days, as it turns out. (Not that that’s terribly surprising.)
Feel free to submit if you’re so inclined.
December 24, 2011
11:03 A.M. HAST
OPERATOR: You’re connected, ma’am.
MRS. OBAMA: Hello, this is the First Lady, Michelle Obama. How may I help you?
MRS. HARRIS: Hi, I have my daughter right here. She’d like to speak to you.
MRS. OBAMA: I would love to speak to her. Is her name Summer?
From their March 2011 statement on Planned Parenthood, also found in a message to a questioner roughly 18 months ago:
Early screening through mammograms and education is critical to end the suffering from this disease: 98 percent of women treated for early stage breast cancer, before it…
There have been a lot of questions about what’s going on with Amit now that our deadline has passed. (Nov 30th — chosen based on Amit’s doctor’s optimal treatment schedule and the amount of time it takes the NMDP to process and make a swab available to search.)
The announcement that Nexus One users won’t be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google’s support of their devices. I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky. I’ve been researching the history of OS updates on Android phones…