Yochai Benkler On SOPA, PIPA and MegaUpload

January 30th, 2012

Michio Kaku

January 26th, 2012

I like this guy – he’s smart, he’s an optimist and he’s got serious geek cred.

And if you need a soundtrack to carry you into the coming Type One world here it is: Boots & Cats


INTERNET FIGHT SONG! by Funk Vigilante

January 23rd, 2012

I like this catchy tune and teh kitteh with glowing eyes.


Marshall Soulful Jones Performs “Touchscreen”

January 20th, 2012

Speaking of the Singularity …


RIP Etta James

January 20th, 2012

Understanding PIPA / SOPA

January 20th, 2012

If you don’t pay attention to any other information out there about PIPA and SOPA you must watch this – and then share it with others – and talk about it amongst your friends and family – and yell in the ear of your elected representatives.

This isn’t just a US issue – it affects ALL of us.

I’m especially pissed at the moment because of the US government twisting the arm of New Zealand to arrest the owners of Megaupload, seizing their property – and then subsequently shutting down the Megaupload site, without the benefit of PIPA/SOPA. The Justice Department claims about “massive copyright infringement” ring hollow when you consider what preceded these actions: Megaupload was poised to become a serious business competitor to the established music industry. Universal Music Group makes a call – badda-bing.

So why should I be so pissed?

Our online video production, Ruffus The Dog’s Christmas Carol was being distributed for download via Megaupload. We, like may other legitimate businesses, have been using Megaupload (and other sites similarly targeted by the large media corporations) as a practical means of distributing our content. It allows us to bypass exorbitant bandwidth costs and negate the need for any usurious deals with established media distributors.

In the coming weeks you will see more heavy-handed legal actions like this – and increasing vitriolic responses from those affected – as big media and corrupt government take off their gloves and masks and come out swinging for open and undisputed control of the internet.

The net is more than a series of tubes, more than just another top-down distribution system and much more than just a thorn in the side of the dying music, film and television business models. The net has become an extension of our nervous system; it is how we hear and see and speak in this world – and it is being forcibly taken over by entrenched powers who don’t like it when we stop listening to them and choose instead to talk amongst ourselves.

Fuck them.

Bill Moyers – The Net At Risk

January 19th, 2012

This PBS documentary hosted by Bill Moyers was originally broadcast in 2006 – yet despite being 6 years old it is still painfully relevant to what is happening today with the war against the net being waged with increasing ferocity by governments and media corporations.

Give it your time. Watch and learn. And then act.

The threat is real.


Clay Shirky – Why SOPA Is A Bad Idea – TED Talk

January 19th, 2012

As per the description on the TED site:

What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Take it away, Clay:

Sheesham & Lotus Trio – “Givin’ It Away”

January 19th, 2012

Welcome back from the SOPA blackout.

Here’s a little something to make your day a happy slappy don’t sass yer pappy toe-tappin’ one:

Sheesham and Lotus Trio – ‘ Givin It Away ‘ – Live in an Orchard on Wolfe Island from Lenny Epstein on Vimeo.

Whilst listening to the boys’ musical blandishments you might want to pay a visit to oatmeal.com and watch their amazing animated GIF which is the best SOPA protest EVAR.

And, by the way and in case you were wondering, Congressman Lamar Smith, the so-called corrupt hypocritical douchenozzle author of SOPA is guilty of copyright infringement and under his law his own website would be arbitrarily taken offline. What a fucking putz.

Have a great day, Interwebz!


P. S. If you’re still not sure what SOPA and PIPA and ACTA and all the other bullshit laws to fight online piracy are really about – and why it matters to you – please give a read to Dan Gillmor’s Guardian article which lays it out pretty plainly.

Legislation like Sopa, or its US Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (Pipa) – and a host of activities around the world – share a common goal. These “fixes” are designed to wrest control of these tools from the masses and recentralize what has promised to be the most open means of communication and collaboration ever invented.

It’s not about piracy – it’s about freedom of speech and the control of information. The folks who currently wield power don’t want you to be able to hear or say anything they can’t control and profit from.

Welcome to the future folks – be prepared to fight for it.

I Am Fishead

January 16th, 2012

It’s Martin Luther King day so I’ll let the great man speak first:

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”


And now, for your viewing pleasure and informational elucidation, is a wonderful documentary entitled: I Am Fishead

It’s narrated by Peter Coyote and treads a similar path to The Corporation with its chilling and enlightening examination of the psychopathology of corporations and corporate leaders.

Have a nice day.