ISPs are the New Secret Police
ISPs Are the New Secret Police, Says Report
More and more European Union member states are delegating online policing to private companies and Internet service providers, according to a report released Wednesday.
Where law enforcement agencies would traditionally have tackled the problem of illegal online content, more powers are being given to ISPs in the name of industry self-regulation, according to a study by the organization European Digital Rights (EDRI). That trend is likely to become stronger with increasing “extra-judicial sanctions” against consumers, EDRI said
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"The European Commission appears far from perturbed by the dangers for fundamental rights of this approach and appears keen to export the approach. This process is gradually strangling the openness that is at the core of the Internet. This openness has enhanced democracy, has shaken dictatorships and has boosted economies worldwide. This openness is what we will lose through privatized policing of the Internet by private companies," said Joe McNamee, Advocacy Coordinator at European Digital Rights.
llinois Democrats Pass Huge Tax Increase - via Britta Rivera
IL STATE TAX APPROVED, 66% INCREASE-and I’m pissed!
CAN WE FIRE THEM ALL NOW! The votes are in, and we will pay the new 5% state tax for individuals, and 7% state tax, for business owners, in the upcoming year. Are they all crazy? THIS IS THE LARGEST INCREASE IN HISTORY. While I understand the state in a serious crisis, and owe billions of dollars, don’t they realize the public is in a crisis of their own? We have also gone through a “recession” and are feeling the pinch. We just made adjustments to our spending, we did not ask for a raise. Why can’t they cut spending, and stop paying huge salaries to useless family members, and city worker’s on the payroll for pretend jobs?
GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!
Rejecting pleas that Illinois is headed down a destructive path, the Illinois House has approved one of the largest tax hikes in state history, boosting the individual income tax from 3% to 5%, and the corporate rate from 4.8% to 7%.
The action by the lame-duck House sent the bill to the Senate, which is expected to approve it and send it to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature before the new Legislature takes office at noon on Wednesday.
But Republicans focused on the fact that, though the bill also includes spending caps, state spending would still rise at least from $36.8 billion in fiscal 2012 to $39.1 billion in fiscal 2015. They unanimously voted no.
Florida Governor Scott Prepares to Take On Obscene Florida Pensions
FCC Bureaucrats Will Seize The Internet Tomorrow
The FCC’s Threat to Internet Freedom
'Net neutrality' sounds nice, but the Web is working fine now. The new rules will inhibit investment, deter innovation and create a billable-hours bonanza for lawyers.
Tomorrow morning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will mark the winter solstice by taking an unprecedented step to expand government’s reach into the Internet by attempting to regulate its inner workings. In doing so, the agency will circumvent Congress and disregard a recent court ruling.
Analysts and broadband companies of all sizes have told the FCC that new rules are likely to have the perverse effect of inhibiting capital investment, deterring innovation, raising operating costs, and ultimately increasing consumer prices. Others maintain that the new rules will kill jobs. By moving forward with Internet rules anyway, the FCC is not living up to its promise of being “data driven” in its pursuit of mandates—i.e., listening to the needs of the market.
In May, the FCC leadership floated the idea of deeming complex and dynamic Internet services equivalent to old-fashioned monopoly phone services, thereby triggering price-and-terms regulations that originated in the 1880s. The announcement produced what has become a rare event in Washington: A large, bipartisan majority of Congress agreeing on something. More than 300 members of Congress, including 86 Democrats, contacted the FCC to implore it to stop pursuing Internet regulation and to defer to Capitol Hill.
Facing a powerful congressional backlash, the FCC temporarily changed tack and convened negotiations over the summer with a select group of industry representatives and proponents of Internet regulation. Curiously, the commission abruptly dissolved the talks after Google and Verizon, former Internet-policy rivals, announced their own side agreement for a legislative blueprint. Yes, the effort to reach consensus was derailed by … consensus.
To date, the FCC hasn’t ruled out increasing its power further by using the phone monopoly laws, directly or indirectly regulating rates someday, or expanding its reach deeper into mobile broadband services. The most expansive regulatory regimes frequently started out modest and innocuous before incrementally growing into heavy-handed behemoths.
On this winter solstice, we will witness jaw-dropping interventionist chutzpah as the FCC bypasses branches of our government in the dogged pursuit of needless and harmful regulation. The darkest day of the year may end up marking the beginning of a long winter’s night for Internet freedom.
Why Government is Bankrupting America: This Fire Chief was forced to Resign due to Sexual Harassment, Verbal Abuse, and Racist Emails. Still, he walks away with $256,000 in Cash as a “Relatively Inexpensive” settlement.
Internet Under Attack from Government, ISP, and Telecom
#Obama Vacation = $200 Million PER DAY of Your Tax Dollars
US to spend $200 million a day on Obama’s Mumbai visit
Published: Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010, 21:01 IST
Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI
The US will be spending a whopping $200 million (Rs900 crore) per day on President Barack Obama’s visit to the city.
"The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and other aspects of the presidential visit," a top official of the Maharashtra government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit said.
About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists will accompany the president.
|The city’s airspace will be closed half-an-hour before the president’s arrival for all aircraft barring those carrying the US delegation.|
|The area from Hotel Taj, where Obama and his wife Michelle will stay, to Shikra helipad in Colaba would be cordoned off completely during the movement of the president.|
The official conceded that providing security to the visiting dignitary during his visit to Mahatma Gandhi Museum at Mani Bhavan in central part of the city was a tough job because of the narrow lanes.
Even some of the volunteers at Mani Bhavan have expressed displeasure over heightened security arrangements.
"Mani Bhavan is the place associated with Gandhi who promoted non-violence. But every day people from White House and US security agencies are coming with guns and sniffer dogs," one of them said.Read more at www.dnaindia.com
#Climate - Al Gore Leaves Car Idling for 1 Hour
Gore leaves car idling for one hour during speech; Opts for Swedish government jet over public transportation
|'Local legislation prohibits any car engine running for more than 60 seconds' — But Gore Not Fined|
Al Gore — He did it again.
|Recently, Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore toured again. Or maybe he does that all the time. This time, he turned up in Gothenburg (Sweden) for the usual alarmist talk. In advance, all distinguished guests were politely advised to – if possible – use any form of public transportation to go to the event, in order to minimize CO2 emissions.|
|Intriguingly, the Master of World Climate himself arrived in a rental car (with or without driver is unclear), from the airport, and subsequently left the engine running for the entire lecture. That is to say, about one hour. Incidentally, local legislation prohibits – for very good environmental reasons, i e pollution – any car engine running on empty for more than 60 seconds. Fines are severe. As far as I know, he was not fined.|
After the ceremony in the Norwegian capital Oslo, it is customary that the laureate is invited to the Swedish capital Stockholm, for a cordial visit. The train ride, supposedly the environmental choice according to Mr. Gore, is approximately four hours. However, he opted for the cosier ride with one of the Swedish government aircrafts. As these can, according to the rules, only be used when a cabinet member is on board – and as the Swedish government after a short ceremonial visit – offered to fly him to Frankfurt (Germany) for his flight to the US, you can calculate both the manpower and the fuel used for this grand tour against man’s destruction of the planet.Read more at climatedepot.com