“Greetings United States gov,
We are the Internet. Again, you are trying to pass this ridiculous CISPA law in order to control and censor the people. This will not stand. You already control the media, the economy, the criminal underworld, your national plots and our energy. YOU WILL NOT GET OUR INTERNET!
The U.S. law that would turn Google, Facebook, and Twitter into legally untouchable government spies just passed the House.
This bill affects everyone — not just U.S. citizens. Anyone with a Facebook account could now have their data shipped directly to the U.S. government. That’s why Internet users overwhelmingly oppose this bill. Over 1.5 million people signed petitions against it. But Congress didn’t listen. This law broadened the state terror and repression of the people. By allowing corporations to track our every action on the internet the state and corporations will be merged and that we have seen before: it is called fascism.
We are going dark on MONDAY April 22nd at 6 AM GMT for 24 hours to protest your illogical and terrorizing bill against the Internet itself. Even with the whole Internet crying out to stop this BILL, the US House of Representatives failed to do so blinded by lobbyist’s money and cum in your eyes. So we will take action ourselves and open your eyes. Every popular/mainstream websites will be black until you, Mr. DronObama promise us to use your VETO power to stop this bill at Senate. Take this as a protest or a warning, as you wish. One thing is for certain, neither you or anyone else in this world can control the Internet, so don’t even try. Stop wasting taxpayers’ money into doing these kind of shenanigans.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not Forgive.
We do not Forget.
This blog may not be as important as Twitter, Facebook or Google, but I’m still joining the blackout. The Internet is our last source of freedom, don’t let them take it away from us. Spread the voice.
We aren’t in the dark ages any more, restricting our access will not stop us knowing the rest of the world is out there, will not stop us wanting to reach out to that world… will not stop us.
That image of the man using a wheelchair beside the elevator telling him to walk is a particularly vivid one, but here’s the other thing — not all disabled people use wheelchairs. A great many disabilities are invisible to the outside world, meaning you might look at a disabled person and never have any idea that they had a disability, even one that has an extreme impact on their lives and mobility. If we’re encouraged to think of the stairs as the morally superior choice for those not using wheelchairs, where does that leave the folks who don’t use wheelchairs but for whom climbing stairs is just as impossible?
ELEVATOR SHAMING and Ableism: Why Pro-Stairs Health Campaigns Kind Of Suck
I wish this post existed last year when ableist assholes were complaining on Facebook about coworkers that were “so lazy” they used the elevator to go up one floor.
I have a friend who has multiple serious health issues who might well end up having either a heart-attack or simply pass out from the added exertion of climbing a flight of stairs. It’s not lazy, it’s necessary, that she be able to use an elevator; otherwise she has to face climbing the stairs much like anyone else might face climbing Everest. She doesn’t care to use a wheelchair unless she’s having a very bad day with her health, because she doesn’t want the potentially negative or pitying attention. Also, it’s a matter of pride with her to do as much for herself as she can.
Right. So. We need this. Go here to sign.
Signal boost. You know what to do, Tumblr.
SIGN THIS PETITION Or AT LEAST rEBLOG AND LET OTHErS KNOW!!
I AM NOT SHITTING WITH YOU GUYS. THIS SHIT IS PISSING ME OFF ALREADY. FUCKING SIGN THIS SHIT OR I’LL MAKE SURE I WALK TO MY SERVICE PROVIDER AND SHOTGUN HIM IN THE ANUS IF MY MOTHERFUCKING INTERNET GOES OFF. SOPA AND CISPA HAS BEEN ON MY NERVES TO THE POINT I’M RAGING ABOUT THESE BEING BROUGHT UP AND VALUABLE RESOURCES ARE BEING USED. SIGN THIS SHIT GODDAMMIT
please spread this like wildfire guys im begging you we still need over 90,000 signatures if tumblr can reblog a post 500,000 times for a fluffy chicken, we can reblog this 90,000 times in snap. please please please reblog this, and thank you so much
ALRIGHT YOU SHITS DON’T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THE MAGNITUDE OF THIS FUCKERY
THEY ARE TRYING TO REMOVE YOUR INTERNET FREEDOM
SEE THAT REACTION GIF FOLDER? YOU’LL GET A LONGER SENTENCE THAN A RAPIST IF THEY FIND THAT
SIGN THIS SHIT OR JUST FUCKING TURN YOURSELF IN BECAUSE THIS IS IMPORTANT
OUR FREEDOM IS AT STAKE. OUT ACTUAL, FACTUAL FREEDOM IS UNDER THREAT AND PEOPLE ARE DOING NOTHING
THE GOVERNMENT BETRAYS YOU AT EVERY TURN AND YOU DO NOTHING AND EVEN NOW WHEN THEY TRY AND CONTROL THE MOST DIVERSE AND USEFUL MEDIUM ON THE PLANET YOU DO NOTHING
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??
I did this thing. Now you.
No really guys, this is quite important.
The CAS is the latest move on the parts of the MPAA and MIAA to exert their iron-fisted control over their copyrights and their industries. They spent years trying to sue the pants off everyone who downloaded files, and when that backfired, they came up with this, and threatened the major ISPs into cooperating.
They use packet-detecting software to monitor what data you’re transmitting over their networks. Currently they’ve only got it set up to flag P2P traffic and then send you bothersome messages about it, but it can get a lot more detailed than that. Think China.
That said, this is a corporate action, not a government one—brainstormed, negotiated and implemented entirely by private and special interests. The government current has no capacity or inclination to act on this issue, since the FCC’s powers regarding the internet are currently in limbo and will stay there till Congress gets off its overstuffed butt to clarify what the FCC can and can’t do. Thus, corporate interests will get away with this unless voters make their disapproval heard.
The dangers of this are vast and hard to overstate. There’s the danger of allowing corporate interests to spy and control our internet traffic with no regulation. This sort of setup has the potential to monitor your internet traffic on a very detailed level, and also to control it—to allow certain data through but not others, to allow data from certain sources through but not others, to speed or slow your connection based solely on what they feel like doing. They’re not doing that now, but with our internet laws set up the way they are, there’s not a whole lot that’s stopping them from doing it if they decide they want to.
There’s also the danger that, if this setup stays in place, the federal government can choose to make use of it. Any data that ISPs track and record is data that can be subpoenaed. Or, in some cases (thank you, Patriot Act), data that the intelligence community can seize without the need of judicial oversight.
It’s obnoxious, and ugly, and deeply, vastly problematic, and it is all happening based on the MIAA and MPAA’s continued paranoid nightmares about a world in which they don’t exert total control over the music and motion picture industries. (A world which, if they would look out their windows from their little conspiratorial powwowing, they would discover they already live in.)
So kick their asses, and send them packing one more time.
Have signed, signal boosting now.
(However, I do not advocate some of the name-calling above, but the issue is important and we need to address it immediately, so passing this along, as is.)
mazarin221b replied to your post: I’m really curious what other Americans are doing…
I think is has to do with the CoE decision not to allow gay marriage. Because the church is part of government through the Queen, USA ppl aren’t quite getting it. But the hate seems to be a shit stir from one post and not actually happening much.
I hope you’re right about it being just a small problem that I happened to see a lot of, but I will admit that I really don’t get it, either.
Now, mind you, I read the article. I even almost thought I was getting it, but the commentary made me think I hadn’t.
My understanding of it was: the Gov’t is saying, “Fine, Churches, you piss and moan about how same-gender marriage is against God and whatnot, you don’t want to be forced to perform those unholy unions, then we’ll just take care of that for you - now it’s going to be ILLEGAL for you to do it - no one can force you, none of your parishes can do it unless the head(s) of your particular religion decrees it to be accepted for your whole religion.” Because what I read sounded like the churches COULD do it if their ruling body or whatever allowed it, but it was illegal otherwise.
I don’t think a government would be that sassy or that sensible, to be quite honest.
Black Woman? Want A Job? Register On Monster.com As A White Woman
I just read an article about a Black woman named Yolanda Spivey who simply changed her race to “White” (and changed her name to “Bianca White”) on Monster.com and had an interesting (albeit predictable, at least to other Black women and Black men) result:
At the end of my little experiment, (which lasted a week), Bianca White had received nine phone calls—I received none. Bianca had received a total of seven emails, while I’d only received two, which again happen to have been the same emails Bianca received. Let me also point out that one of the emails that contacted Bianca for a job wanted her to relocate to a different state, all expenses paid, should she be willing to make that commitment. In the end, a total of twenty-four employers looked at Bianca’s resume while only ten looked at mines.
Keep in mind that all of the important information (except name and race) on both resumes were the same. I know her experience is truth. How? Because I did a similar experiment before. More than once, actually. It’s rather comical in how grotesque the result is. Apparently, being White and extroverted makes me damn near orgasmic to employers. Being Black and introverted makes me a social albatross for their company.
Human resources (and honestly, “casting director” in Hollywood…think of the correlations and implications therein) is predominantly staffed by White women. This is statistical fact. They are the gatekeepers. They choose who they want and who they like. As Spivey mentioned:
Other than being chronically out of work, I embarked on this little experiment because of a young woman I met while I was in school. She was a twenty-two-year-old Caucasian woman who, like myself, was about to graduate. She was so excited about a job she had just gotten with a well-known sporting franchise. She had no prior work experience and had applied for a clerical position, but was offered a higher post as an executive manager making close to six figures. I was curious to know how she’d been able to land such a position. She was candid in telling me that the human resource person who’d hired her just “liked” her and told her that she deserved to be in a higher position. The HR person was also Caucasian.
Been there. I have over a decade of watching and experiencing this. I’ve mentioned similar tales before about how I was perceived in a corporate office because I am a Black introvert, how my wages faired when compared to White men and similar experiences.
I don’t know why this is a shock to any Black person in America.
White folks? Well, they’re shocked that we can speak clearly, so…
it isn’t surprising but it is disgusting and disheartening. i’ve actually done the same before on myspace lol. when myspace was a thing. it’s a lot different in its implications (love life vs. financial life, one having more physical consequences when lacking then the other, tho not always) but i choose a white girl i knew was considered attractive to all races and i received so many friend requests and messages. whereas i made my own profile with all the similar things as this girl and just had different race and pic and got next to nothing. which is just fucked as all hell. but when it comes to jobs niggas need to realize how this keeps us without resources and the opportunities we worked for and then WE get blamed for it.
A friend of mine mentioned this article to me and I checked it out. I have no idea why the hell Monster would have people put down their gender and race as a requirement in the first damn place. That shouldn’t matter. What’s on their resume should be first and foremost. But I always hated Monster. Never got me the jobs I wanted. Asshole.
Secondly, shit like this doesn’t surprise me one bit. There’s still that tribalism thing going on in people’s lizard brains that want people “like them”. I always loved the double take I’d get when people would meet me after I took my husband’s last name (which is Polish and I’m Chinese). They never suspected anything when they spoke to me on the phone, because I was born and raised in Wisconsin and don’t have the “Chinglish” accent. Fucking around with people’s expectations is always fun.
Freaknomics talked about this with using identical resumes where the only difference was that some had “white” names and the other had “black” names. Not surprisingly, the resumes with “black” names had fewer calls for interviews than the “white” ones. It’s just disheartening on the whole that people are still this ignorant, despite the American proclamations that we’re all equal. *snort*
I’m predominantly white (Irish/Amerind/African - but if you saw me, you’d never know I was anything but white, since the Irish is like 90% of my active DNA) and when I married, I took on my husband’s name, which is Spanish in origin (though he’s Puerto Rican/Hawaiian), and the difference in how I’m treated in similar online situations is noticeable. I stopped putting my race on things when I have the option, mostly because I loathe that this should make any difference, either way. However, chiming in here to say that I have been treated differently by job sites’ responses (just as related above) and even by the unemployment office. I was on unemployment a number of years back after working several years at the same place. I never had to fill out the part that asks you to prove where you’ve been looking for work, never had to go to any ‘classes’ on how to fill out apps. The next time I was unemployed, after another several years and a job elimination, I declined to put my race. I had to fill in the proof of application form, and had to go to a class to teach me how to fill out applications - I noticed something at that class: Almost every single person in it was non-white, except for about three others who had names that were obviously of Hispanic, Asian, or Oriental origins. Another three friends of mine (same former employer) who applied for unemployment at exactly the same time, who were all white and stated so on their paperwork, did not have to fill in the proof of applications nor did they have to attend that class. I also get sent paperwork for various things, printed exclusively in Spanish, all the time. (I have known several people in my life who actually ARE Hispanic and who don’t, actually, speak Spanish - shocking! /sarcasm) Seems pretty obvious assumptions are being made in these organizations. Organizations that should, quite obviously, be ‘color-blind’ but are just as obviously not.
But I think misogyny is rooted in something else, something Wong does hint at before scrambling away to make more jokes about how women can’t know what it’s like to really feel sexual desire. It’s hard to talk about, because it cuts right to the bone in something humans don’t like to talk about, but it’s about the will to dominate. I think men become misogynists not because their intense horniness short circuits their brain. It’s because they feel entitled to have women in a submissive position to them. They want to live in a world where women are considered automatically dumber, where women are expected to clean up after them, wipe their brows, and kiss their asses, all with a smile on our faces and without asking much more in return but an occasional bit of jewelry and a door-opening, which is just as much about the man feeling more powerful as it is about being nice to the woman. They want to control women sexually, not because they’re more horny, but because sexual control is just one more form of control. Misogynists especially dislike women having reproductive control, because if a woman can’t control her pregnancies, she’s going to be more dependent on a man, and they believe that makes it easier for them. If women are dependent, you don’t need to be nice to your wife to get her to stay. She doesn’t have a choice, and that’s how they like it. They believe in their hearts that women are inferior, and fear that if they’re disproved in this contention, their entire sense of self will crumble, because that sense of self is all built on being a “man”. They get angry and mock other men they believe are trying to hard to be pleasing to women—genuinely pleasing, not faux “build skyscrapers” pleasing—but men who take care of their looks to be sexually attractive (they get dismissed as “metrosexual”) or men who treat women with respect. Those men are seen as undermining the united front to artificially lower women’s standards. […] More importantly, men get to feel hornier because they’re socially supported in this. The whole of society is geared toward titillating men and discouraging female sexual desire. It’s inherent to the Nice Guy® complaint, where men are entitled to feel physical attraction, but a woman who wants more than “nice” is shallow. It’s evident in the way men and women dress, with women always mindful to wear stuff that makes them sexually attractive, whereas men have the opposite problem, and have to avoid being too sexualized lest they seem feminine. Naked women are draped over every inch of public space, and the internet is full of visually interesting porn for men, but our society barely can imagine what it would be like to try to attract a female eye. Men seem hornier in no small part because their sexuality is celebrated and codified. It’s easy for men to know right away how to be sexual, whereas women are still largely expected to figure it out for themselves—and even that’s a recent invention, because pre-feminism, women were mostly just expected to do what men wanted. To a large extent, that’s still true, but we’re at least getting a few glimmers of liberty for women, but in many ways, the past few generations of women are real pioneers in trying to figure out what sex means when we’re actually allowed to want it, even a little.