Monday, December 19, 2011

News

The opposite of "Progress" is "Congress." December 19, 2011 Posted by Mookie
I wanted to spend this week talking about the comic and all the characters who are going to make an appearance over the next few days, like Jacob in the final panel there, as Dominic and Luna's "announcement spell" made the rounds. I had planned on talking about what was going to lie in store for the comic for 2012...

...but instead I feel the need to talk about the STOP ONLINE PIRACY ACT (SOPA) and PROTECT IP. I hate talking politics nowadays but I think this is pretty serious. From everything I have heard and read these are dangerous pieces of legislation going up for a vote in the US Congress. Legislation that, if passed, could allow for internet blacklisting and censorship on a massive scale.

Here are some links to help you get better informed:

WTF is SOPA? (aka the American government trying to ruin the internet)
A twenty-minute, passionate but factual rant/summary on what SOPA and PROTECT IP are and how they're going to ruin the internet as we know it. Not only for us in the US, but for everybody.

How SOPA Could Ruin My Life
A Forbes.com article describing how the easily-abused legislation could put someone out of business.

Dear Congress, It's No Longer Okay To Not Know How the Internet Works
Funny title, but an unsettling summary of how clueless about the internet the people in charge of this bill are.

SOPA & Everyday Americans
A great post explaining how SOPA might impact the casual internet user.

This is not me being "right" or "left" in my government opinions. These crappy bills have been put forth by both Democrats and Republicans, so I'm equally mad at everyone in that den of contempt and ineptitude most people call "Congress" (and the Senate, but I've been mad at Congress for months).

If you've made it this far into this news post and you're as worried and outraged as I am, help STOP AMERICAN CENSORSHIP and let your voice be heard about this.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.