So, let's think about things we're thankful for. For instance, I am thankful for the Internet. The Internet is a wonderful fucking place, and I for one am not pleased by the U.S. Congress trying to ruin my Internet. Y'all have heard about SOPA/PIPA by now, right? No?
From the Washington Post:
"Imagine a country where the government is able to shut down Web sites at the slightest provocation, where elected representatives invoke fears of "overseas pirates" to defend the interests of domestic industries, and where Internet companies like Google must cave in to the demands of government censors or risk being shut down.
No, we are not talking about China, North Korea or Iran — we are talking about the United States, where legislators in both the House and Senate are attempting to push through new anti-piracy legislation by year-end that would benefit Hollywood at the expense of Silicon Valley."
"The bill would authorize the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders against websites outside U.S. jurisdiction accused of infringing on copyrights, or of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. After delivering a court order, the U.S. Attorney-General (AG) could require US-directed Internet service providers, ad networks such as Google and payment processors such as Paypal or Visa to suspend doing business with sites found to infringe on federal criminal intellectual property laws and take "technically feasible and reasonable measures" to prevent access to the infringing site. The AG could also bar search engines from displaying links to the sites.
The bill also establishes a two-step process for intellectual property rights holders to seek relief if they have been harmed by a site dedicated to infringement. The rights holder must first notify, in writing, related payment facilitators and ad networks of the identity of the website, who, in turn, must then forward that notification and suspend services to that identified website, unless that site provides a counter notification explaining how it is not in violation. The rights holder is then authorized to commence legal action for court-ordered limited injunctive relief against the site operator, if such a counter notification is provided, or if the payment or advertising services fail to suspend service in the absence of a counter notification.
The bill provides immunity from liability to the ad and payment networks that comply with this Act or that take voluntary action to cut ties to such sites. Any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement would be liable for damages.
The second section increases the penalties for streaming video and for selling counterfeit drugs, military materials or consumer goods. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyprotected content a felony."
"As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.
It gets worse: Under SOPA's provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”)."
We need to kill these noxious bills. So do what you can. Spread the word. Contact your member of Congress or Senator. And/or join Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in his epic plan to stop it. In signing this petition, not only are you saying you want it stopped, but Wyden will read off every name on this list in one of the greatest filibusters ever, should SOPA come up to a vote. So if you have, like, five seconds (I know you do, if you're reading this!) go sign your name on the link above. If you have slightly more than five seconds, please edit the text in the blue box to come up with your own unique statement as to why you want SOPA blocked. This is important as in government petitions, names that post the same exact copypasta statement are all counted as a single comment, while unique comments are counted separately. While posting with the copypasta will get your name on the filibuster, including a unique statement will do even more good than that.
...Right, so that's your PSA for the day. I have personally had a very nice Thanksgiving weekend. Wednesday we opened up the imu and I ate ALL OF THE FOOD, oh god, like three kinds of meat and ulu and sweet potatoes and SO MANY OTHER DELICIOUS THINGS, and then I hauled myself and my food baby in my truck and managed not to pass out from food coma while barreling down the highway, and then I had a whole afternoon to kill so I whacked open some coconuts and broke the lawnmower. Then it was Thursday and Mom and I cooked and decorated all day and friends came over and we ate ALL OF THE FOOD AGAIN, and it was good. Friday night was Jazz Mele at the Tavern, and Alex did his fabulous musician thing and I did my fabulous dancer thing, and afterwards we went for "late night grindz" (his words, he texts me in Pidgin, ohmigod he is such a DORK ♥) at Ken's House of Pancakes. Saturday we went on a hike in the National Park and he let me drag him down a 2200+ foot cliff and then back up it again, and in the middle of all that we made out on a lonely beach, so that was fun. :3 Discovered after the fact that 1) at a bit less than eight miles, that was the longest hike he'd ever been on and 2) he'd never had Thai iced tea before, so THANK ZOLAC I'm around now to set him straight, the poor deprived man!
Okay, what else. You've all seen this year's Doctor Who Children In Need special, yes? No mini-episode this year, but Matt Smith is in character as the Doctor and he is ADORABLE LIKE A PUPPY and he maybe gets naked a little. Twice. FOR THE CHILDREN. Plus, a trailer for the Christmas episode! OMG NARNIA. :D :D :D
And, what the hell, since we're on the subject... the I'm A Time Lord! meme, stolen from my favorite Englishwoman, b_c_draygon.
Your job is now your Time Lord name. The last digit of your phone number is the current regeneration you are in. The nearest clothing item to your right is now the most notable item in your current wardrobe. The last person you texted is your current companion. Your favorite word is now your catchphrase.
Call me the Volunteer! Kind of a silly name, but if the name a Time Lord (or Lady) chooses is indicative of their values and goals and purpose in life, I'm sure the Doctor would approve... it's a very friendly, helpful sort of name, and I'm a friendly, helpful sort of Time Lady! I'm on my seventh regeneration (or is it my sixth?), I'm rather known for wearing a pair of low-slung American Eagle jeans that are longer in the leg than I am, and my companion is a musically-talented Carolinian by the name of Alex. ...Antidisestablishmentarianism!