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|Thursday, April 19th, 2012|
|Tuesday, January 24th, 2012|
|To UK Flisties
Originally posted by de_nugis
at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from amber1960
, slightly adapted.)
If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition
. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.
Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.
Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.
If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.
It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.
I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.
I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.
So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.
Please repost and spread the word :)SAY NO TO ACTA!
Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.
|Sunday, January 22nd, 2012|
Originally posted by morgandawn
at SOPA Boycott
For those of you wanting to participate in the upcoming Black March protest
against Internet censoring legislation, but favor a more targeted approach: The SOPA Boycott: Boycotting those companies that sponsored or supported SOPA and PIPA.
This allows participants to focus their efforts on larger companies and avoid harming indie artists and small businesses.
There are lists being pulled together to help focus the boycott efforts. One is here
. But near the top is a more compete list that also offers a boilerplate script
you can use to contact the individual companies you will be boycotting, to let them know your opinion and that you will not support their company unless they rethink their position. And there even is an app
to help you identify the companies and their products.
So whether you favor a total boycott or a targeted boycott, you can
participate and you can
tailor your level of participation. We have the tools, the will and the strength to take a stand.
Note: the Business Software Alliance that represents a large number of software and hardware companies (Dell, Apple, Intuit, Adobe) withdrew its support in November, so keep in mind that the Google list is in process of being updated.edited to add:
name of the targeted campaign, along with a link to the Android app.
|Saturday, January 21st, 2012|
|Seems I Am Not The Only One....
Originally posted by morgandawn
at Seems I Am Not The Only One....
......who feels the need to take a break from an increasingly dysfunctional relationship.
Original image and campaign source: reddit
.Edited to add my own thoughts (not part of the original reddit call for action):
And if you do not feel like taking a total break and perhaps want just a trial separation or couple's counseling, then perhaps consider Black March Lite 2.0 = spend, but spend money on those content creators and independent retailers who came out against SOPA/PIPA. And tell them why you're buying their products in March. There are many of them.
And for those who favor the more targeted boycott, you can find info here
. But no matter which, you can
participate and you can
tailor your level of participation. We have the tools, the will and the strength to take a stand.Text of image
Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012
With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists.
The only way is to hit them where it hurts.
Their profit margins.
March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide.
Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine.
Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent:
"We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."
|Friday, November 18th, 2011|
What a wonderful group they have running this year. I am so proud to be a OTW member and supporter.
|Friday, July 16th, 2010|
I love the term OPT. I have been in Fandom over half my life. For the vast majority of that time OTP has been a very commonly used shorthand for talking about my favorite couples. But now that a few people in a few fandoms have decided the term is evil and is an attack on them. Just looking at the FW entry shows that most people in most Fandoms just use OTP as meaning favorite couple. I have been using it that way for over a decade in all my various fandoms. This current wank is the first time I have ever seen this irrational shipping interpretation of OTP. And I read in a lot of fandoms, Fandom Wank, Meta Fandom. I think I would have seen it if it was that common.
I have a bunch of OTPs in DW alone, 4&Romana, 10&Rose, 10II&Rose, 11&River. Although DW is a special case. I usually have one OTP per fandom. But I am not judging people who ship other pairings. I am certainly not saying that my OTP is the only OTP, just that it is the only OTP for me. Monoshipping sounds like a disease. But if Amaresu wants to use it, no skin off my nose. It doesn't effect me in any way. Just don't tell me what terms I can and can not use thank you very much.
|Friday, June 25th, 2010|
|Monday, March 9th, 2009|
I'm a lurker for the most part because I'm not very good with words, ironically given that I have been a voracious reader all my life. I need to say something now. Not many (if any) people will see it because the very few non community friends I have are brilliant, talented people I admire who I friended me back because they friend everybody back. My standard LJ communication is "Thank you so much for sharing" and "I loved this story". I have a resolution to try and do better this year.
I think Racefail 09 is the perfect place to start. I have been reading rydra_wong
's links and just boggling at how people can be so full of fail. I have also read some amazing posts that I given me so much to think about. And no both sides have not behaved badly.
All the bad behavior I have seen has been on the pro "We are not in any way racist you horrible trolls" side. That bad behavior has cast a very uncomfortable light on my own reactions to some previous fandom race conversations. Namely the Doctor Who and SGA ones. Dr Who in particular because I loved Micky and Martha from both their first episodes. How could could Dr Who be racist when it gave me two such awesome characters. Comparing my reactions to some of the defensive posts was very eye opening. It wasn't fun but I hope I learned something about myself and hopefully will do better in the future. Not the my very white self learning valuable lessens in any way makes this sad, terrible mess worth it for all the POC and allies that have been hurt. I just wanted to say the racism is not ok and the way people on one side of the argument have been behaving is not ok. . Some good things that have come out of it like 50books_poc, and [info]verb_noire.
</div> I know I have a lot of reading to do.
Talimenios Current Mood: contemplative
|Saturday, July 26th, 2008|
|Tuesday, March 18th, 2008|
|Dancing With The Stars season 6
Well after being really excited for this season I was getting a little worried. None of the men really wowed me. I love Cheryl and liked Christian and hope they stick around a while and it was my favorite dance of the night but I didn't love it the way I had hoped to. I have wanted a female winner for a while now. I was thought this season had a very promising group of woman contestents for season 6.
For the first 3 dances I was afraid I had gotten my hopes up too high. Shanon and Marissa were fine but just didn't move me. Than Priscilla danced. She wasn't on my radar at all and I loved her. Louis has always been a fav. Their foxtrot was beautiful. Then came Kristi. Another great dance. Then came Marlee. She is so cute and she and Fabian are great together. My favorite dance of the night, although I loved the last three. I love his choro and think he is a great addition. So far Marlee and Fabian are my favorites. This is going to be a great season. Yay Current Mood: excited
|Saturday, December 8th, 2007|
|SGA4x10 This Mortal Coil
Wow just wow. That was really good. In season 4 SGA and gone from a fun, slashy show to a really well done, fun, slashy show. This was just amazing. OT8 wheee. Two Rodney's, Ronan vs Ronan, Teyla being awesome, My McKay. Also my third favorite relationship on the show behind McShep and Team is Rodney and Radek. Awwww they are BFFs. Also McShep is cannon. Just a another very good episode. Atlantis is on a real roll.
|Saturday, December 1st, 2007|
OMG That was just OMG. EEEEEEEEEEEEE. John loved Rodney so much. Squeeee. Best 15 mins of SGA ever.
|Saturday, November 17th, 2007|
|Saturday, November 10th, 2007|
|Friday, September 14th, 2007|
|Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007|
|DWTS Jive and Tango night
Well that was an interesting night of Dancing With the Stars. I adore Cheryl and was a huge fan of Drew/Cheryl and Emmit/Cheryl. I really like Ian but didn't instantly, fall in love the way I did with Drew and Emmit. I was just hoping for a top 5 finish for my girl. After last night she could just three-peat. Ian and Cheryl's jive rocked the house, easily the best dance of the night.
Apolo had my second favorite dance of the night. It was pretty sloppy but so much fun. I adore Kim and was really looking forward to Kim/Joey but didn't really connect with their first two dances. I felt they were both too gimmicky. Ironically I thought their star wars tango was really good, best of the night. The beginning and the end were ott but the actual tango in the middle was really well done. The beginning and the end of the routine are the place of going over the top.
Which brings me to Maks/Laila. That was a beautiful freestyle. How stupid is Maks. What could he have been thinking? He was there last year when Mario and Karina got roasted. One of the things our inconsistent judges have been crystal clear on is how much they hate breaking the hold in the middle of the tango. Is he trying to make Laila look picked on to drum up votes. Did anybody else dance? They really should not have bunched up their four best dancers in the middle of the program. It made for a lopsided night. Current Mood: confused
|Monday, April 2nd, 2007|
|Smith and Jones squee
How awesome was that. I really liked Rose but I already love Martha. Martha and my beloved Ten are a great team. Martha is my first girl crush in ages. Ten was as smoking as ever and I found the bare feet really hot. Ten and Martha make a fine looking pair. The hotness is going to be almost to much to bear when Jack joins them, almost.
Martha aside I just really love the whole episode. In fact Smith and Jones has jumped into my top 5 favorite new who episodes. I loved the Space Rhino police and the actress who played the creepy old lady was fabulous. I liked the glimpse we got of Martha family. The tie trick was so just so adorable and so Ten. Smith and Jones was just plain fun. I cannot wait for next week. Season three is off to a rollicking start. Current Mood: bouncy
|Wednesday, March 7th, 2007|
|On the Spns chances of renewal I trust
a lot more than I trust Kristen. She is known a Wrongda for a reason. I think our chances are really good to come back next year. Veronica Mars is the one in trouble. SPN is doing great in the harshest time slot in prime time and the CW knows it. It is also the most successful drama to come out of the WB/UPN/CW in years. I am not worried yet. No need to break out the planes LOL.
Katie Current Mood: hopeful
|Monday, February 26th, 2007|
|Wow just Wow
Tonight's Heroes "Company Man" was amazing. I am so glad that HRG came through for his Claire-bear in the end. Awwwwwwwww. As much as I love Claire with her "real" family(I hope they are reunited at some point) I can't wait for her to meet up with her bio family in New York. Nathan is my favorite character and I really want him to develop a good relationship with Claire. I think Claire is going to have two daddies and an uncle Peter who will do anything for her. The flashbacks were brilliant. Little Hiro was so cute. I think the mystery boss who the Hatitan answers too about Claire is most likely Linderman but it would be so cool if it was mama Petrelli. Heroes is now tied with Supernatural as my favorite show on TV. Such a great episode tonight Current Mood: enthralled
|Thursday, February 22nd, 2007|
|Dancing With the Stars season 4 lineup
I think this looks like a pretty good lineup myself. I love Cheryl but I'm really surprised that they did not give her the older Supranos dude. I can't imagine they want risk her threepeating. Maybe Ian has no rhythm. Heather Mills is certainly a controversial choice. I guess every reality show needs a villain but I don't think DWTS needs one. I don't really know any of the women by I loved Her Alibi when I was a kid so I have hopes Paulina will do well. Of course it is impossible to predict who will do well on DWTS, I never would have imagined that I love a boybander, football star, and Jerry Springer as much as I came to. Bring on March 19.
Katie Current Mood: excited