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Mar. 23rd, 2012 05:12 pm
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My LJ has been rather repetitive lately, all B5 and spinal tumours, so I thought I'd share some interesting, inspiring, and horrifying articles and posts that have caught my eye but that I've been too preoccupied to blog about.

Most of you have probably already read The White Saviour Industrial Complex, one of the many excellent critiques out there of Kony 2012.

In addition to the library workers out on strike (and inside city workers likely joining them soon), Air Canada workers staged a wildcat strike. For obvious reasons I can't join the solidarity actions, but if you can, you should. Also, this is one industry that I feel even the most right-wing, anti-union bigot ought to agree needs to be paid well. I mean, do you want the guy who helps land your plan to be overworked and underpaid?

The largest political protest in Canadian history happened yesterday, with 200,000 students, teachers, parents, union activists, and others striking against proposed tuition hikes. (That article's in French; the English-language press has been stupid about the whole thing. Here's an English article from the CBC, but it downplays the numbers and significance.

Via [livejournal.com profile] symbioid, a heartbreaking article about the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Via [livejournal.com profile] hano, Robert Bales is not the victim. (Robert Bales being the murderous scum who slaughtered 16 Afghan civilians, including children.)

Via [livejournal.com profile] marlowe1: Hey, frum parents! Get your daughter a facelift or she'll never find a husband. I posted some pretty shocking links above but there's something about this one that is just a special kind of wrong.

Watch Bruce Schneier trounce the former head of the TSA in a debate about security.


Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] cucumberseed at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lupagreenwolf at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] tristissima at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] blindwebster at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Never have I found a more appropriate subject for this icon.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] unknownbinaries at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gesundyke at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rainflowermoon at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] miintikwa at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] heartbreakangel at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] atalantapendrag at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] ericadawn16 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] hoperomantic at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] southrnbygrace at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] ultra_fic at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] jesco0307 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] sheryden at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] meridian_rose at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] brontefanatic at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] philstar22 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lk737 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Please repost this? I have never begged for one of my posts to be boosted. I am just so worried for my friends and want you to know.

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/webnews/major-isps-turn-into-copyright-police-by-july-says-riaa/

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c

SIGN THE PETITION!
http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/backdoor_sopa/?source=fb




ETA: Because the above is pretty grim, watch this video about a blind stray dog living in a trash dump until she's rescued by nice people. It will make you cry but it has a happy ending, I promise.

Date: 2012-03-23 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marlowe1.livejournal.com
I'm of two minds about that downloading policing - one being that I really want to watch Mad Men and Game of Thrones even though I know that technically it's stealing. On the other hand, I really would like it if they could arrest the people who are downloading MY books since I don't make that much money off of them anyhow and besides I keep offering them for free on Kindle. There needs to be some control about illegal downloads. Most of it should come from the industry since it is offering these outdated ways of seeing their shows (no reason why AMC can't show Mad Men on their site with commercials to generate income)

Besides that it's the same feeling I got reading 1984 in which watching everyone just seems to be way too complicated and unworkable as a system. Of course, I was right since the USSR collapsed.

Date: 2012-03-25 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marlowe1.livejournal.com
Some people can make money from tours, public appearances and the like. So instead of a concert being a way to advertise an album an album is a way to advertise a concert.

It kind of goes back and forth and right now there is an inflation in many artistic endeavors that is being trashed. Books don't have to be $35. CDs don't have to be $16.

I'm a diehard capitalist so I shudder at trying to make a living without capitalism (the CIA funding modern art kind of makes me like them - all the other crap they pulled aside - simply because it really does make a point to the artists about what they can do in a capitalist system vs. what they can do in a communist system - or at least a Soviet style system)

Date: 2012-03-24 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] symbioid.livejournal.com
The issue is that the Movie/TV/Book(and music?) content industry hasn't grokked what works and why. Books are a bit different, I'll grant, due to the fact that the form factor is different (not everyone has en e-book reader, for example, and reading long prose on computer screen isn't that easy)...

Steam for video games seems to be what people LOVE. The game players LOVE the hell out of Steam (for the most part). Make offers (as you do: free on Kindle). I think a fragmentation of the market (Hulu, Netflix, etc...) hurts things in some ways. I don't think you are part of any big publishing cartel, and if so, then the solution has to come from that cartell. MPAA/RIAA (and book publishers) need to get their shit together instead of treating the consumers like villains. Read the successes of indie-game companies who go on Steam. The majority of that success comes from deep discounting. A single platform allows for a nice way to announce such discounts.

I make a variety of media products and hope someday to get paid for my own product. I imagine you're a bit further along on the professional bit, so I can understand why it's frustrating.

I think we agree that the industry is backwards.

I sadly don't have an answer for making an income off of art. I look at my moderately successful friends in music (they've played at SXSW, NXNE (in Canada), and done national tours, and are slowly moving up into bigger territory) and i see that they still have to hold down their dayjobs while continuing to bust their ass touring and creating).

The "luxury" of the cartels is that they give you money upfront but then you live in servitude. Kickstarter and other crowdsourced methods of funding are one potential avenue of growth, though I imagine it depends on what the product is.

Anyways. Hope you can achieve "success' in whatever manner that means for you. The life of an artist is a tough lot!

Date: 2012-03-25 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marlowe1.livejournal.com
Oh. I have a small publishing company - Dybbuk Press - and currently I am looking for an investor after 6 years of doing it on my own using Lightning Source and Kindle. I don't get ripped off as much as the big guys but every so often I see a Web site solely devoted to putting up content and a lot of times that content includes my books. I don't make a lot of money off the books (although I do make a profit on most of them at this point) so 800 people downloading the thing illegally just bothers me.

I make about $100-$150/month on the 8 titles I have out.

Exclude the fact that on Kindle, I actually put up my books for free (This Other Eden and Teddy Bear Cannibal Massacre are currently free on Kindle if you would like) because in that case, I am getting publicity for the books and when they are no longer free, people can pay the $3-$4 I charge for them.

I also write but I only sell 1-3 stories a year at this point.

Most of my money comes from writing term papers for college students.

Date: 2012-03-23 11:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lienne.livejournal.com
Holy shit that one about the cosmetic shit is TERRIFYING

like it's not as bad as some of that other stuff but oh my god

people think that way

actual people

/hides under a rug

/with the bug mug

Date: 2012-03-25 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marlowe1.livejournal.com
In defense of the Orthodox Jewish community, most people were rather horrified by that article. But it's not like it hasn't been said before.

I even thought it was a parody until she brought of the Satmir Rebbe and the woman without teeth. That sounds reasonable. And then from a reasonable argument, she went off the deep end.

Date: 2012-03-27 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] db-en.livejournal.com
Can you formulate your specific objections to that article? I didn't see anything particularly outrageous there. And the central point about looks being important is demonstrably true.

Date: 2012-03-27 11:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] db-en.livejournal.com
Actually, never mind, I suppose I can just read the comments section.

Date: 2012-03-24 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fengi.livejournal.com
I think this may lead to the rise in a new kind of sneakernet. For all I know it has already.

Date: 2012-03-24 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akisawana.livejournal.com
There's an argument to be made about the power of makeup to make a woman feel better, more confident in her beauty, like people will take her more seriously for wearing it (or whatever. I know next to nothing about it, in fact, I'm not quite sure I own any.)

That one article did not make it.

Date: 2012-03-24 01:36 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-03-24 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silmaril.livejournal.com
I consider it war paint.

Oh my Eru yes this. I actually get the sense of putting on armor and war paint when I dress up for meeting-days at work sometimes.

My other reason for wearing makeup is quite like yours too, going by the shiny turquoise eyeliner comment: It's shiny and lets me play with colours. So what if it's not exactly crayons and coloured pencils? Close enough :).

Date: 2012-03-24 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franklanguage.livejournal.com
Actually, I bleeped over everything and watched the story about the dog. Now I'm going to go hug my dog.

Date: 2012-03-24 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unemployia.livejournal.com
yes I jumped right to the dog video too (I know half the links your talking about and current state of mind is more needing a dog link then more news links)


awwwww ;) - gee what a tear jerker, in a good way

Date: 2012-03-24 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] montreality.livejournal.com
That dog video make me cry too. I'll blame that on my period being late and me being a ball of stress lately.. also, invisible gnomes cutting onions in my vicinity.. yeah, that's it.

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