John Watson1

To UK Flisties

Originally posted by de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from amberdreams, 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.

John Watson1

SOPA Boycott

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.
John Watson1

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.

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."
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.


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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."

X-Files, MSR2

OTPs

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.
John Watson1

Racefail 09

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.

Katie
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John Watson1

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
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