Southern Man

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SOPA and PIPA Blackout

No, Southern Man is not joining the rest of the 'net in the blackout (after all it would affect only his three readers and no one else) but he'll tell you why he agrees with it. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) have nothing to do with online piracy or intellectual property and everything to do with deep-pocket lobbyists (in this case, former D-CT Chris Dodd) and and their bought-and-paid-for congressmen on both sides of the aisle (including Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT)) who ram through legislation (which is as often as not written by the corporation) to benefit them at the expense of everyone else, and Southern Man hates that with a burning passion. But SOPA and PIPA aren't the problems - they're the symptoms of a deeply corrupt government. If you knew - really knew - how your government operated there'd be elected officials hanging in every tree from here to Washington.


At Thursday, January 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) doesn't like them, either. I received an email just today, that read (in part):
"ACM's Public Policy Council, USACM, examined the facts surrounding two high-profile legislative bills concerning online piracy. In letters sent January 17 to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, USACM concluded that the bills' approach would ultimately prove ineffective in addressing the legislation's goals, which are already easily bypassed. It also pointed to cost burdens on innocent third parties, and interference with progress in reducing online fraud and espionage."

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At Sunday, January 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did the government get so corrupt? It wasn't always like that. Who are the biggest abusers?
Are you involved on any level with the "tea party" people who are mainly just fed-up citizens? Would really appreciate your thoughts on this.


At Sunday, January 22, 2012, Blogger Southern Man said...

Southern Man fully supports the Tea Party's stands on limited government, fiscal responsibility, and individual rights. He firmly believes that what consenting adults do in private is no one's business but theirs and is delighted that the Tea Party steers clear of "family values" legislation.

At Monday, January 23, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wowee! An honest to goodness blogger actually answered a question of mine. Thanks Southern Man for making my Monday.



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