Tuesday, January 24, 2012

'Copyright monopoly vs human rights' - Rick Falkvinge

Washington is working flat out to get its hands on alleged copyright violators both at home and abroad. The founder of file-swapping website MegaUpload was arrested in New Zealand last week and could face extradition to the U.S. Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party, believes the anti-piracy bills being pushed through Congress, will violate basic human rights. Source

Dangerous Species of Bankers Getting High On Money Supply - Keiser


Google searching Davos; the Federal Open Market Committee getting high on its own money supply; bankers leaving the planet to live in parallel universes and the evidence for the manipulation of precious metals. Source

Blocking The Net 'Not The European Option' EU Commissioner Reding


from the quick,-get-that-in-writing dept

One of the useful side-effects of the groundswell of protest against SOPA and PIPA is that a surprising number of people in positions of power have come out against their approach, notably in Europe. First, we had Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe, who tweeted:
Glad tide is turning on #SOPA: don't need bad legislation when should be safeguarding benefits of open net.
And now she's been joined by her colleague, Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship:
"The protection of creators must never be used as pretext to intervene in the freedom of the Internet," Reding told an international Internet conference in the southern German city of Munich, noting the "heated debate" surrounding the issue.
That's an interesting comment to make when the European Commission-supported ACTA is arguably doing precisely that.

Julian Assange plans TV chat show

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is to host a TV show interviewing "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries" from around the world.

The 10-part series will begin in mid-March, according to a press release on the Wikileaks website, and its theme will be "the world tomorrow".

Irish Gov bows to “BombHolder” threats from the ECB over Anglo Debt


“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” ― Howard Zinn

Crony Capitalism - David Stockman

Moyers & Company Show 102: On Crony Capitalism from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Interview of David Stockman by Bill Moyers. The title is “Crony Capitalism,” and the interview is wide-ranging. David spells out his ideas on the causes of our current malaise and the history behind it. Source

Oil-for-gold: Tehran’s metal shield from sanctions

India has reportedly agreed to pay Tehran in gold for the oil it buys, in a move aimed at protecting Dehli from US-sanctions targeting countries who trade with Iran. China, another buyer of Iranian oil, may follow Delhi’s lead.
The report, by the Israeli-based news website DEBKAfile, states that Iran and India are negotiating backup alternatives with China and Russia, should the US and EU find a way to block the gold payment mechanism.

Civil War and NATO back in Libya? 'Worst case scenario possible' 'Saif has no chance of fair trial'

In Libya, at least five people have been killed and 20 others wounded, as supporters of former leader Muammar Gaddafi seized control of the town of Bani Walid, after clashes with a group loyal to the new government.

Rand Paul CNN Interview About His Run In With The TSA Today

Five Airstrikes Hit Gaza

Israeli forces have carried out five airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, eyewitnesses say, but no casualties have been reported so far. 

The Israeli air force claimed that its warplanes targeted “an arms factory” in the center of the Palestinian territory and also three tunnels allegedly used for smuggling contraband.

Israel regularly targets the Gaza Strip, killing and injuring Palestinians
The Palestinians of the Gaza Strip are living in what is called the world's largest open-air prison as Israel retains full control of the airspace, territorial waters, and border crossings of the territory. Source "Like NAZIS?"

EU Propaganda Forced on The Youth to Control Free Thinking

Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party and Member of the European Parliament, Paul Nuttall, about the current state of the European Union and other related issues.

Rand Paul Detained By TSA Over Pat-Down Standoff

Senator misses flight to Washington after refusing to be groped by federal agents. Source