Posts tagged: Freedom
"To this day I find it astonishing that, in our country, we need the support of several thousands of individuals in order to put an end to the despotism of one or a handful of bureaucrats." ~ Maria Alyokhina, Pussy Riot
Remember when they said SOPA would be back? Well this is it, people!
Here’s more Information about CISPA : An Open Letter From Academics and Engineers to the U.S. Congress About Cybersecurity
We were doing our holiday rounds at Christmas when we drove past Maplehurst, so I took this photograph, figuring I’d need it eventually.
Byron Sonne was incarcerated here as a “remand prisoner” (someone awaiting trial) for nearly a year because he was denied bail. Rapists and murderers are released on bail every day; not Byron.
I think Byron’s plight bothers me most as a mother; this is a young man who is willing to stand up for civil rights; and what can be more important for our children’s future than that?
Byron’s trial resumes tomorrow at 361 University Avenue, Toronto
money for bail is needed pretty desparately.donate here
if you’re doing jail support, were jailed, or are just involved with the shit going down in oakland: <3 <3 <3 i love yall so much
Shit is dire, please pass this on!
Stay strong Oakland. Boost it, followers. There some great people there who need your support.
I remember when we felt superior to countries where governments made citizens disappear.
ACTA is one more offensive against the sharing of culture on the Internet. ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an agreement secretly negotiated by a small “club” of like-minded countries (39 countries, including the 27 of the European Union, the United States, Japan, etc). Negotiated instead of being democratically debated, ACTA bypasses parliaments and international organizations to dictate a repressive logic dictated by the entertainment industries.
ACTA, a blueprint for laws such as SOPA and PIPA, would impose new criminal sanctions forcing Internet actors to monitor and censor online communications. It is thus a major threat to freedom of expression online and creates legal uncertainty for Internet companies. In the name of trademarks and patents, it would also hamper access to generic medicines in poor countries.
I have never been able to figure this one out. Why do people feel they have the right to tell other people how to live? I am glad to live in a place where gay marriage is legal.
If people want to get married, what business is it of mine? Or of yours? Marriage is a personal choice. No one should have the right to tell anyone who to marry. Being gay doesn’t change that. No one told me who to marry. Adults get to make their own decisions.
If people love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together, why shouldn’t they? How can this possibly harm anyone else? I’ve heard the argument that this will produce gay children. Which fails to take into account the fact that gay children are produced by hetrosexual unions.
Even if it should increase the incidence of gay children, who does that hurt?
If LGBT people make the decision to marry, why shouldn’t the state afford them the same benefits as straight people? Who would that hurt?
At one time, marriage was the exclusive preserve of the aristocracy. It was important because it ensured the legitimacy of the progeny who would inherit the family’s titles and property. Ordinary people, landless people, poor people, serfs, peons, laborers, workers, slaves, these lower class people who didn’t have surnames still mated, but since there was little or no property involved, marriage in the eyes of the state wasn’t considered necessary.
But times have changed. We little people like to get married. Today people with no intention of ever producing children get married. No one has a problem when couple’s past the age of childbearing marry. Who does that hurt?
I come from a really big family. Marriage happens. And sometimes the people getting married are gay. Or lesbian. Or straight. Or bi-sexual. Or trangendered. So what’s the problem?
This just adds to the richness and diversity of family life. Life is an adventure. I love all my relatives, no matter what their orientation, personal identifiers, belief structure, or life choices. These are the differences that make us human. These are the varieties of humanity.