La mine e şi ceva personal. Păi… mama voastră de nenorociţi! tocmai de ziua mea, pe 11 septembrie, să vă grozăviţi?!
Urmăriţi buzele, comparativ. E acelaşi clip, aceeaşi muzică. Ne despart limbile?…
Sau ACTA crede că ne desparte…
În înţelepciunea Sa, Domnul Dumnezeu a despărţit limbile, la Babel, tocmai pentru a nu ne babiloni. Ne-a făcut loc de neam fiecăruia. Dar a lăsat cu iubire să ne înţelegem. Nu ecumenic, ci cu mândria şi propăşirea fiecăruia. Iar idioţii vor în continuare să construiască turnul Babel…
Oare în ce limbă vor vorbi cei ce nu au limbă?
Vă făceaţi iluzii? Nu vă mai faceţi, dragii mei… Eu miroseam demult că parfumul libertăţii noastre, „prea-libertate”, nu putea decât să deranjeze nasului creierelor inepte care conduc lumea. O lume proastă, care parcă intenţionat se vrea decelată între bun-simţ intelectual şi tâmpenie anarhistă, inteligenţă şi prostie, elevare şi grobianism. Iar „ei”, semidocţii şi mediocrii de la putere, obsedaţii de putere, bolnavii de putere ajung să creadă că mediocritatea lor îi transformă în conducători, din moment ce marea masă a populaţiei lumii este dobitoacă sau receptivă la îndobitocire. Marea masă vrea conducători. Fatalmente, isprăveşte prin a şi-i alege din mediocritate, cu rari excepţii.
Or, mediocrii politicieni care visează la „noi ordini mondiale” nu se vor ridica decât rareori la nivelul lui Pericle, de exemplu. În cazuri fericite, vor fi câte un Alexandru cel Mare sau Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill sau Margaret Thatcher. În celelalte cazuri, vor fi admiratori secreţi ai lui Hitler sau Stalin, cu dorinţa ascunsă de a deveni Buddha. Şi atunci vor crede că deţin adevărul şi că au o „misiune”. Prin urmare, vor tăia, la un moment sau altul, libertatea oricărui om care li se va părea duşman.
Să fim realişti! Câţi politicieni au iubit presa, a patra putere în stat? Aud?… Cum vor putea ei iubi „presa” la nivel absolut, adică Internetul şi blogosfera, scăpate de orice cenzură de tip CNA (limbaj indecent etc.)? E clar că nu! Numai că nu aveau – într-o lume democratică – cum să găsească pretextul legal intrinsec. Ei bine, uite că-l găsesc: terorismul, criza financiară, protejarea educaţiei copiilor (de parcă îi durea în cot de asta: au blamat tot ce era educaţie puritană – azi e delict să fii anti-homosexual!) Totul pentru a închide gura celor care doar văd, gândesc, ştiu ce gândesc şi scriu.
Au avut răbdare cu noi doar pentru a ne lăsa să ne facem ca fraierii, singuri, fişe personale, îndosarieri, auto-rechizitorii. Publice www! Cu minciuna de confidenţialitate pe buze.
Vor şti de unde şi cum să ne ia pe fiecare, după slăbiciuni, din moment ce am fost suficient de proşti ca încrezători în Libertate încât să nu ne mai temem de dictaturi crunte.
Dictatura abia urmează.
Blogosfera este cântecul de lebădă al libertăţii noastre. Să ne bucurăm de ea în fiecare clipă! Şi să rezistăm cu o clipă mai mult decât credeau ei că vom rezista!
Google Set to Replace Government as Big Brother
By Gavriel Queenann
Google has come under fire over plans to track user’s across all of its websites and use the information to alter the person’s search results.
The Internet giant indicated it would combine data across its Web sites, and track all of its users search activities, to stitch together a fuller portrait of users, and consumers won’t be able to opt out of the changes that go into effect March 1.
„We believe this new, simpler policy will make it easier for people to understand our privacy practices as well as enable Google to improve the services we offer,” she said.
Google noted that „regulators globally have been calling for shorter, simpler privacy policies” and said it would inform users of the changes by email and with a notice on the Google.com home page.
The main change announced on Tuesday involves users who have Google accounts.
„If you’re signed in, we may combine information you’ve provided from one service with information from other services,” Whitten said. „In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience.”
It can also store cookies on people’s computers to see which Web sites they visit or use its popular maps program to estimate their location.
According to The Washington Post, consumer advocates said that the new policy might upset people who never expect their information to be shared across so many different Web sites.
„Google’s new privacy announcement is frustrating and a little frightening,” said Common Sense Media chief executive James Steyer. „Even if the company believes that tracking users across all platforms improves their services, consumers should still have the option to opt out, especially the kids and teens who are avid users of YouTube, Gmail and Google Search,” Steyer added.
US Republican Edward J. Markey, co-chair of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, told the Washington Post „it is imperative that users will be able to decide whether they want their information shared across the spectrum of Google’s offerings.”
ZNet’s Larry Dingan wrote, „Unified user experience aside, it was kind of nice to have my YouTube personas different from say, Gmail and Google+. Google will know more about you than your wife does,” Dignan explained. „Everything across your screens will be integrated and tracked.
„Sure you can use Google’s dashboard and ad manager to cut things out, but this policy feels Big Brother-ish,” Dignan added. „Google is watching you as long as you are logged in.”
Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court ruled law enforcement officers must obtain warrants before tracking a person’s vehicle around-the-clock with GPS. The ruling, while not comprehensive and limited to law enforcement, relies on the underlying presumption by the justices that ubiquitous tracking of a person’s movements is a violation of reasonable privacy expectations.
US Government officials requested personal data on Google Users for criminal investigations 5,590 times in the first half of 2011 – and increase of 29% over the last six months. Google reported it complied with 93% of these requests.
No warrant was required.
Fireşte, indirect de în direct (le vorbeşte ambasadorilor, cică…) Încă nu e pregătit să vorbească direct ambasadorilor României, adică NOI, românii. Limba este lemnoasă (scriu în paralel cu discursul lui). A trecut la „realizări” sau la promisiuni de realizări, „dacă vor permite condiţiile politice” (a băgat strâmba cu ameninţarea – de ce nu mă lăsaţi să am o ţară stabilă în mână, reorganizată teritorial cum vreau eu, cu sluj la New World Order a (M)UE – suntem dependenţi de toţi cei la care v-am îndatorat pentru două generaţii ca să ne îmbogăţim noi, cei din PD-L, şi „dorim să rămânem angrenaţi” în acest proces de adoptare a avortonului euro-Schengen. „Consolidarea politicilor europene” – blah-blah. „Cooperare şi verificare”, „evaluare”, „aşteptăm propunerile concrete”… Eu şi numai eu, cu Bulgaria de mână, vreau în Schengen, să muncească românii acolo, că acasă n-am de gând să-i las să muncească. Politica agricolă comună, disciplină, Codex Alimentarius adică.
Acum o bagă cu Dunărea, de parcă e fluviul din ograda proprie. Şi cu Nabucco… (Mene, mene, techel, upharsin…)
Până la urmă, auzim nimic.
Ce puii mei? Că m-am săturat! Unde sunt azi politicieni de talia lui Churchill, JFK, Thatcher, Reagan etc?
Trăim într-o lume imbecilă. Şi cred tot mai mult că timpul nu mai are răbdare.
Ah… „Moderaţie şi echilibru” – strecurate între Africa şi Palestina… Am priceput „preocuparea şi maxima atenţie” pentru programul nuclear iranian. „Smart defense” – nu era greu de pronunţat… „Confruntă” (cronfruntră) a fost mai încruntat, înainte de aplauze. A plecat iar în tăcere, iar ambasadorii n-au ce să scrie în rapoartele lor către acasă, unde interesa doar CE SE ÎNTÂMPLĂ ÎN ROMÂNIA!
Jalnic! „Primăvara arabă” în ianuarie românesc rece! Iar oamenii SUNT şi rămân în stradă.
Am fost neatent ieri. Am crezut că acel blackout (merge şi „blockout”!) e un accident. (N-)AM văzut nimic la o vizită pe Wikipedia, iar WordPress-ul mi-a afişat o dată pagini negre, cu „Censored” (n-a ţinut mult – era uşor de şuntat – DAR AVERTISMENTUL e real!) „Maimarii” lumii se arată deranjaţi de libertatea noastră, a bloggerilor, de a-i băga în orificiul naşterii lor. În SUA se pregătesc legi tavistoce, bilderbergente.
Îmi iei netul, Mr. Roachefelurit? O să-ţi sparg geamurile, o să tai pneuri, o să fac ca trenul. Şi – ce te enervează cel mai mult – o să mă rog Domnului Dumnezeu, YHWH, şi Fiului, Mântuitorul, Iisus Hristos, şi Mângâietorului, Duhul Sfânt. Ştiu că te deranjează simpla rostire a acestor Nume.
Poţi în schimb să-mi iei viaţa. Nu mă şantajezi cu asta. O să iei ţeapă la Judecata de Apoi…
Thank you for protecting Wikipedia.
(We’re not done yet.)
Wikipedia:SOPA initiative/Learn more
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
< Wikipedia:SOPA initiative
Was the blackout successful?
The English Wikipedia joined thousands of other web sites in protesting SOPA and PIPA by blacking out its content for 24 hours. The purpose of the blackout was twofold: to raise public awareness, and to encourage people to share their views with their elected representatives.
During the blackout:
More than 12,000 people commented on the Wikimedia Foundation's blog post announcing the blackout. A breathtaking majority supported the blackout.
More than 162 million saw the Wikipedia blackout page.
More than eight million looked up their elected representatives' contact information via the Wikipedia tool.
Anti-SOPA and PIPA topics began trending globally on Twitter immediately after the blackout began. Hashtags included #factswithoutwikipedia, #SOPAstrike, and #wikipediablackout. At one point, #wikipediablackout constituted 1% of all tweets, and SOPA accounted for a quarter-million tweets hourly during the blackout.
A quick search of “SOPA blackout” on Google News produced more than 8,000 links as of this writing.
Are SOPA and PIPA dead?
Not at all. SOPA sponsor Lamar Smith stated that the House of Representatives will push the bill forward in February. Senate sponsor Patrick Leahy still plans for a PIPA vote on January 24.
Moreover, SOPA and PIPA are symptoms of a larger issue. They are misguided solutions to a misunderstood problem. In the U.S. and abroad, legislators and big media are embracing censorship and sacrificing civil liberties in their attacks on free knowledge and an open Internet.
What will happen next with SOPA and PIPA?
Although support has slipped in both the Senate and the House, there is a Senate vote on PIPA scheduled for January 24, and the House will be moving forward as well. It is important to keep the pressure up on both houses. We expect changes that appear to tone down the damaging effects of the laws, without addressing their fundamental flaws.
What should I do now?
Keep calling your representatives! Tell them you believe in a free and open Internet!
I live in the United States. What's the best way for me to help?
The most effective action you can take is to call your representatives and tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA, and any similar legislation. Type your zipcode in the locator box to find your representatives' contact information. Text-based communication is okay, but phone calls have the most impact.
I don't live in the United States. What's the best way for me to help?
Contact your local State Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or similar branch of government. Tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA, and any similar legislation. SOPA and PIPA will affect websites outside of the United States, and even sites inside the United States (like Wikipedia) that also affect non-American readers – like you. Calling your own government will also let them know you don't want them to create their own bad anti-Internet legislation.
Wikipedia protested SOPA and PIPA by blacking out the English Wikipedia for 24 hours, beginning at midnight January 18, Eastern Time. Readers who came to the English Wikipedia during the blackout were not able to read the encyclopedia. Instead, they saw messages about SOPA and PIPA, encouragement to contact their representatives, and links to share information on social media.
What are SOPA and PIPA?
SOPA (the "Stop Online Piracy Act") and PIPA (the "Protect Intellectual Property Act" ) are bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, respectively. These bills are presented as efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but in our opinion, they do so in a way that would disrupt free expression and harm the Internet. Detailed information about these bills can be found in the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act articles on Wikipedia (which remained available during the blackout). GovTrack lets you follow both bills through the legislative process: SOPA on this page, and PIPA on this one. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that advocates for the public interest in the digital realm, has summarized the flaws in these bills, and the threats to an open, secure, and free Internet.
Why did the blackout happen?
Wikipedians chose to black out the English Wikipedia out of concern that SOPA and PIPA would severely inhibit people's access to information. The bills would reach far beyond the United States, and affect everyone around the world.
Why? SOPA and PIPA would put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won't have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn't being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won't show up in major search engines. And, SOPA and PIPA build a framework for future restrictions and suppression.
Does this mean that Wikipedia itself is violating copyright laws, or hosting pirated content?
No, not at all. Some supporters of SOPA and PIPA characterize everyone who opposes them as cavalier about copyright, but that is not accurate. Wikipedians are knowledgeable about copyright and vigilant in protecting against violations. We spend thousands of hours every week reviewing and removing infringing content as it is posted, and educating new contributors about copyright law. We are careful about it because our mission is to share knowledge freely. To that end, all Wikipedians release their own contributions under a free license. Free licenses are incompatible with copyright infringement, and so infringement is not tolerated.
How could SOPA and PIPA hurt Wikipedia?
SOPA and PIPA threaten Wikipedia in many ways. For example, in its current form, SOPA could require Wikipedia to actively monitor every site we link to, to ensure it doesn't host infringing content. Any link to an infringing site could put us in jeopardy of being forced offline. The trust and openness that underlies the entire Wikipedia project would be threatened, and new, restrictive policies would make it harder for us to be open to new contributors.
I keep hearing that this is a fight between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Is that true?
No. Some people are characterizing it that way, probably in an effort to imply all the participants are motivated by commercial self-interest. But it's obviously not that simple; the public has a huge stake in how the Internet operates, beyond commercial Internet sites or commercial entertainment. As a non-profit, user-generated project, we run the fifth most-viewed site in the world. Unlike Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Wikipedia has no financial stake in SOPA and PIPA: we do not benefit from copyright infringement, nor are we trying to monetize traffic or sell ads. Wikipedia, and other non-profit, community-generated sites, exist to freely share knowledge, without infringing on intellectual property rights. We are protesting to protect your rights. We're on your side.
I have a question that isn't answered here, or, I would like to send feedback to Wikipedia.
You can reach Wikipedia editors at info-en(at)wikimedia(dot)org. If you need a response, please be patient: we may have trouble keeping up with the mail.
What can I read to get more information?
Try these links:
Wikipedia's articles on SOPA and PIPA
Statement from Wikipedia editors announcing decision to black out
Wikimedia Foundation press release
Blog post from Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner
Electronic Frontier Foundation blog post on the problems with SOPA/PIPA
As of 6AM PT, January 18, Google has more than 4,600 articles about the blackout. Here are a few:
Why is Wikipedia staging a blackout and what is SOPA?, from the National Post
Wikipedia joins blackout protest at US anti-piracy moves, from the British Broadcasting Corporation
Wikipedia blackout over US anti-piracy bills and FEATURE: Websites blackout over 'SOPA censorship', from Al Jazeera
Wikipedia, Craigslist, other sites go black in SOPA protest, from the Los Angeles Times
Google Rallies Opposition to Murdoch-Backed Anti-Piracy Bill, from BusinessWeek
SOPA protest: The Net strikes back, from Politico
Wikipedia blackout a 'gimmick', MPAA boss claims, from the Guardian
Wikipedia 24-hour blackout: a reader and Why we're taking Wikipedia down for a day, from the New Statesman
Internet-wide protests against SOPA/PIPA are kicking up a storm, by the Hindustan Times
SOPA, PIPA: What you need to know, from CBS News
Protest on Web Uses Shutdown to Take On Two Piracy Bills, from the New York Times
Protesting SOPA: how to make your voice heard, from Ars Technica
Why We've Censored Wired.com, from Wired
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Hold your fire
Keep it burning bright
Hold the flame ‘til the dream ignites
A spirit with a vision is a dream
With a mission
I hear their passionate music
Read the words that touch my heart
I gaze at their feverish pictures
The secrets that set them apart
When I feel the powerful visions
Their fire has made alive
I wish I had that instinct
I wish I had that drive
Spirits fly on dangerous missions
Imaginations on fire
Focused high on soaring ambitions
Consumed in a single desire
In the grip of a nameless possession
A slave to the drive of obsession
A spirit with a vision is a dream
With a mission
I watch their images flicker
Bringing light to a lifeless screen
I walk through their beautiful buildings
And I wish I had their dreams
But dreams don’t need to have motion
To keep their spark alive
Obsession has to have action
Pride turns on the drive
It’s cold comfort
To the ones without it
To know how they struggled
How they suffered about it
If their lives were exotic and strange
They would likely have gladly exchanged them
For something a little more plain
Maybe something a little more sane
We each pay a fabulous price
For our visions of paradise
But a spirit with a vision is a dream
With a mission
Ce misiune ai, pământeanule? Zăboveşte la întrebarea asta, că trebuie, dar nu prea mult, căci timpul se scurtează.
Carrying no Cross is not an option, should you are a Christian.
been wrong so many times before
was always laying down the law
and all attractions ware a bore
they led me back to you
Uniforms were an allergy
they never felt quite right to me
they conjured wartime Germany
ang God knows we need that
Temptation boundaries does vener know
the time when my morale was low
the circumstances always show
the place was yours or mine
Carrying no cross before me
with no prze no to idolize no story
to hell of adolescent glory
Just void… empty spaces nothing to show
no point of reference to place to go
but one thing I’d ignored and so
the light came shining through
I’ve been wrong so many times before
was always laying down the law
one thing you cannot ignore
bad boys can come clean
Emotions I could not control
Illuminate my heart and soul
I saw a light, I scored a goal
and what price peace of mind?
The End is near, my friend. By the light of Day.
Are you one of mine
who can sleep with one eye open wide?
solitary hours to decide
Reaching for the light
at the slightest noise from the floor
Palms of hands perspire
Heart goes leaping at a knock from the door.
In the Dead of Night
In the Dead of Night
Rich and powerful ascend
complicated bends to be free
Indulge in what they will
and jaded thrill or fanstasy
Shuttered windows that belie
all stifled cries from within
And prying eyes are blind
to proceedings of the kind that begin
In the Dead of Night
In the Dead of Night
Don’t tell you were not told.
Sunete ciudate se aud în diverse locuri din lume. Sunt ciudate şi inexplicabile (nu sunt cutremure, nici boom-uri de supersonice.
Mai întâi ni se arată pisica: criză mondială, foamete, războaie, crime, poliţii neputincioase care trebuie însă întărite, control financiar sporit, ordine cu preţul libertăţilor noastre.
Apoi vine partea digerabilă: dar se poate şi prin iubire universală, prin Maitreya. Am scăpat de prostia aia înfricoşătoare a cele de a doua veniri a Domnului şi de Judecata de Apoi… Oh, ce lume minunată, fără Cruce…
Lumea şi pământul acesta vor trece, dar Cuvântul va rămâne.
(by Vladimir Manyuhin)