Last night I dreamt that three members of the comedy troupe the Kids in the Hall were running around ( two of them in full drag, Dave Foley for some reason was not )
drawing little green circles with their fingers around the legs and feet of animals and insects. Horses, cows, cats, dogs. It ended with them drawing little green circles around the legs of a bug they called a cricket, but it was actually a katydid. I didn’t say anything. They frequently remarked that this was such a lovey and fun way to pass the time.
At Ars Technica, we’re as committed as anyone to defending free speech, fair use, and the open Internet against draconian new copyright laws. But it’s important for the debate to be informed by accurate information. Unfortunately, many of the claims about ACTA that are circulating among the treaty’s opponents are highly misleading or outright inaccurate. We’ve been covering ACTA for over four years, and hopefully we can shed some light on a tricky subject.
Much of the misinformation seems to come from the fact that the final text proved to be much less dangerous to Internet freedom than early drafts had suggested. Any number of controversial proposals were included, or rumored to be included, in early drafts of the treaty. But thanks in part to an intense public backlash, most of these provisions were stripped out, or at least watered down, in the final version of ACTA.
That final version has been publicly available for months, but many ACTA opponents continue to focus on these deleted provisions in their arguments against the treaty. We’ll examine four of the most trenchant claims about ACTA that have been circulating on the Internet in the last week, then compare them to what ACTA actually says.
Please, for the love of $deity, if you care about ACTA, and free speech on the internet in general, stop reblogging outdated, inaccurate petitions, and read this.
I cannot always claim to be up to date, as the internet is my main resource and let’s face it…the internet is not always accurate, but I am breathing easier having read this.
I always have mixed feelings about hearing that phrase. Am I strong? Yes. Do I want to be? Feck no. I go on for my children. I go on because in spite of all the pain and horror that is my daily life, I don’t want to die.
I just don’t want to live like this either.
What a morbid and horrible response to your support, I apologize. I do thank you, sincerely. We all need whatever little boosts we can get, I’m just funking today.
Having a hard time getting the pain under control this past few day, even on the heavier morphine. Also endless state of migraine from heavier morphine. The weird ass dreams haven’t started from the chantix yet but I’m already smoking less.
Sometimes I can’t believe I eat all these drugs every fooking day just to be able to function.
“Every person in this chamber can point to a teacher who changed the trajectory of their lives. Most teachers work tirelessly, with modest pay — sometimes digging into their own pocket for school supplies, just to make a difference. Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal: give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job and keep the best ones. And in return, grant schools flexibility to teach with creativity and passion, and stop teaching to the test — and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn. That’s a bargain worth making.”—President BARACK OBAMA (via inothernews)
It is very difficult to write something as blunt and honest as this will be, without unintentionally upsetting or insulting someone. I would like to take this time and let it be known that my intentions of writing this are only for the best, and by no means do I intend…
I can’t stress enough how true all of this is. Thank you for writing it.
Just wanted to wish you good luck quitting smoking!
YAY thank you! I’ve been on chantix before, and it does have some fucked up side effects. It makes you have god awful insane dreams, and it makes me cranky, but that’s a small price to pay. I’m looking forward to it, the stuff really does work. <3