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Depardieu attacks Pussy Riot

In Art, Polytricks on January 31, 2013 at 9:55 am

Change.org has a petition to give jailed members of the band Pussy Riot, honorary citizenship of Paris.  This is in protest of Russia giving citizenship to Gerard Depardieu, (who went on to say some pretty gratuitously defamatory things about Pussy Riot).

Russian president Vladimir Putin personally granted him Russian citizenship and in return Depardieu whitewashed Putin’s crimes against Russia and Russians.

Depardieu didn’t have to create a scene about his unwillingness to pay taxes.  I can understand that he is a shallow jack-ass.  But to attack the courageous resistance to Putin’s Pig State was unforgivable.

I’m a big fan of Voina and Pussy Riot and have blogged about their strange history in Russia.  I’m sure that Depardieu is a great actor but to be so afraid of the tax-man that you run into the arms of Putin?  That shows that Pussy Riot have more courage in their little fingers than he has in his whole over-inflated ego.

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Youtube flirting with putting up a ‘pay-wall’

In Nerds only on January 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

Discouraging news that Google is considering a pay-wall on Youtube videos.  The idea of paid subscriptions for certain channels on Youtube is a fundamental attack on net neutrality.

Google are hypocrites because only a few short years ago they were yelling about how they were all about protecting an open internet and now they are stabbing the platform that made them a fortune in the back?  Google made $50 billion last year.. isn’t that enough?

I guess the sociopathic corporate personality is at work here.  Large entertainment corporations are frantic to turn the internet into cable TV, complete with outrageous monthly bills and crap content.  There is a lot more at stake here than entertainment.  The internet has the potential to provide uncensored information to everyone.

Putting up pay-walls undermines an open internet, creates digital ‘haves and have nots’, not Youtube but Themtube.  Here is a video tribute to Aaron Swartz, someone who did more in his short life to open the internet than Google ever did!!

Anonymous wants DDoS attacks recognized as speech

In Polytricks on January 29, 2013 at 8:36 am

Anonymous wants DDoS attacks recognized as speech.  It has set up a petition on the White House web site.  Anonymous suggests that DDoS attacks are .. “really not much different than repeatedly hitting the refresh button in your web browser”.. (again and again.. ;o)

Anonymous also suggests DDoS is like any other civil disobedience protest like Occupy Wall St.

I think its important to remember at this point that several ‘Anonymous’ members have received long jail terms for DDoS attacks against Scientology.  Really?.. I would have thought that a public service!

Okay.. but seriously civil disobedience is a long and recognized tradition from Gandhi, Civil Rights movement, Vietnam war protests, anti-nuclear protests to Occupy Wall St.

Sure a DDoS ‘attack’ is a disruption of business as usual but that is precisely the point of civil disobedience.

My feeling is that the hysteria surrounding ‘hacktavism’ says more about the contrived paranoia post 9/11 than it does about any real threat from hacktavism.  In fact, in my view,  the real threat to civil society post 9/11 has been from the fascist elite.

Antigua Government Set to Launch “Pirate” Website

In Polytricks on January 28, 2013 at 8:29 am

Antigua has been subject to a US blockade of its online gambling industry.  They appealed to the WTO and have twice and have won their case but the USG refuses to comply.

So 2007 the WTO ruled that Antigua has the right to suspend U.S. copyrights up to $21 million annually.  Oops!!.. now Antigua is preparing to launch a website selling movies, music and software, without paying U.S. copyright holders.

This is a nightmare for the copyright police.  A nation state legally allowed to ignore US copyright law.  Allow me to have a good long laugh at the expense of the copyright police.. ha..ha.ha..ha..ha..

As the native peoples of the US found out the hard way, a treaty signed with the USG ain’t worth the paper its written on.. ha..ha.ha…

DNA evidence proves Polynesians got sweet potatoes from South America

In Boats on January 27, 2013 at 6:57 am

DNA taken from sweet potato samples collected by Captain Cook in Polynesia show that they came from the Andes region.  There are two distinct strains of sweet potato and it appears the Polynesians travelled to the Pacific coast of South America to get it.

The Polynesians were the greatest mariners in world history.  Their sailing craft and navigation skills were centuries ahead of anyone else.  They colonized the vast expanse of the Pacific ocean centuries before Europeans made it across the Atlantic.

So what did they trade for the sweet potato?  There is puzzling  evidence of pre-columbian chickens in the Andes region.  Conventional thinking is that domesticated chickens were unknown in the ‘new world’ before Columbus.  But when  the conquistador Pizarro reached Peru in 1532, he found that chickens were already an integral part of Incan economy and culture.

The written history of the world is very Eurocentric which has formed not only a barrier to understanding but is also distasteful because of its racist overtones.

Java annoying users with ‘foistware’ and security problems

In Nerds only on January 26, 2013 at 9:18 am

Java has been placed at the top of the ‘foistware’ hall of shame.  Foistware is software that is foisted upon the unwary who are trying to update their Java, Skype, Microsoft, Adobe etc. installations.

Foistware wants to install a bogus search engine on your browser or put a short cut on your desktop or even worse install an unwanted piece of software that slows down your computer by running in the background always.

Foistware annoyingly turns into ‘nagware’, software that keeps on ‘reminding’ you to upgrade yet again.  As far as I’m concerned these tactics are manipulative and poor software programming.

Java really has a lot to answer for since the Dept. of Homeland Security took the unprecedented step of advising internet users to disable Java on their computers.  Perhaps if Java should spend more time fixing the vulnerabilities in its code instead of foisting garbage software on its updates?

Gangnam Style earns Google $8m

In Nerds only on January 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

Google has pulled in $8m in ad revenue from the over one billion YouTube views of Psy’s Gangnam Style.  Really?  As Kim Dotcom said about Hollyweird.. “There’s so much money to be made, and those fools don’t get it. They just don’t get it…”

Instead of hounding people who are actually providing services on the internet, Hollyweird could actually get involved in providing content and making money on the internet too.  Google brought in $50.2bn for all of 2012.

Google made that serious cash just from selling links, no content just links.  So how much more money could Hollyweird make if they started selling their content online?  The ad revenue alone would be staggering.

Instead they are engaged in a war against the internet.  A war that is censoring content, making criminals out of citizens, a war destroying our rights and privacy.  A war that they are gonna loose.

Cornel West speaks out on Martin Luther King day

In Polytricks on January 24, 2013 at 8:26 am

Cornel West objected to Barak Obama taking his oath of office on Martin Luther King’s bible.  He accused Barak Obama of sanitizing the history of racism in the US.  He attacked the failed War on Drugs and questioned why there were no Wall St. banksters in jail.  He also attacked the Drone War and called it a war crime similar to the bombing of Vietnam.

Were his objections over the top?  Is Martin Luther King’s legacy one of collective progress for the US or is that a convenient white liberal fiction?  Martin Luther King appears to be more radical politically for black Americans  than white.  Have white liberals forgotten that Martin Luther King connected militarism, capitalism and racism?

Killing the Wolf shooting the messenger?

In BC Polytricks, Polytricks on January 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

Worldwide the wolf slaughter continues without any real justification.  In Russia wolves are killed because of livestock losses but the cost of the hunt is greater than the livestock losses.  In Norway the wolf population is estimated at 25 animals but the state issued hunting permits for 12 wolves.  In Alberta and BC the government subsidizes a continuing wolf kill to ‘protect’ woodland caribou whose main threat comes from logging not wolves.

The wolf was man’s competitor a long time ago.  Our social structure is quite similar. They were the first animals that we domesticated.  Now we kill them not because they are competitors but because they remind us that our greed has consumed even the last wild spaces.  But mostly they have to die because of our hatred.

Interesting how wolves howl.. domesticated dogs just bark…

The real sock-puppets for Tar Sands oil

In BC Polytricks, Humour on January 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

Kathryn Marshall and Ezra Levant  are the real sock-puppets of Tar Sands Oil as this video hilariously points out.  Both are an embarrassment to the pubic debate on Tar Sands oil.  Speaking of which there is no debate on Tar Sands oil these days.  Just stage-managed ‘media events’ designed to pretend to listen to the public.

 

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