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Sep. 2nd, 2011

12:33 pm - I'll be over here, being as subversive as I can

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Last night Joel introduced me to The Rap News. It's delightfully subversive if a bit over the top. Here's the one they did on the death of Osama Bin Laden:






They support Wikileaks in several of their clips too. Speaking of which, this seems to be a good rundown on the Guardian thing that's hit the news in the last day or so.

I don't have a lot to say about it because I don't really know that much, but I think it would be a shame if this opportunity for detractors to point their fingers and say "I told you so" has a detrimental effect on the ability of Wikileaks to continue doing what it does. I maintain that the truth about what the people with the power are up to needs to be told, and so far it seems Wikileaks is doing the best job of that.

Speaking of telling the truth, last night we also watched Inside Job, a documentary narrated by Matt Damon that explores the collapse of the US financial markets that caused the global recession we've all been experiencing. It covers the situation that led up to it, what happened during it, and what has (not) happened since, to the people that caused it.

It's scary as fuck, because those people have absolutely no remorse for what they have caused other people to suffer while not being materially affected themselves, and they are still in power. They still get to make laws, influence policy, and run giant corporations after having proven themselves incapable.

And our government, in its infinite wisdom, is a slave to the same ideology that drove the financial crisis. They want to get into bed with these guys, and allow those corporations driven by megalomaniacal incompetents to invest in what are currently assets owned by us as a nation.

And again I ask, how do I withdraw my consent? I do it partly by supporting Wikileaks and by becoming Anonymous. Because I'm not seeing a lot of other options out there, you know?


Speaking of the idiots in power, there's this site. It's called RespectCopyrights dot co dot nz. It's all about the new Filesharing Act, and is all rah rah about being a good little kiwi and letting the large entertainment corporations show you reruns of Gypsy Wedding while waiting three years for the next season of Dr Who because we're good little consumers who just take what we're fed, right? It even has ex-AllBlacks telling us to be good little consumers because when an AllBlack says it, we all listen, right?

I would link you to the site so you can go have a laugh learn how to be a good little consumer, but I'm not allowed to link to it under its terms of service, and I'm not allowed to quote it either. So I guess you'll have to find it for yourself. Or, you know, don't bother.

(part of me is hoping it gets hacked because that would be dead funny)

Dear MPAA, please don't sue me for telling people about your site.

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From:ferrouswheel
Date:September 2nd, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
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The scary thing is they are not incompetent, they did what they intended and are intelligent sociopaths in power... that have also become too important too fail. Just like the banks.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
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But they did fail. They just avoided the consequences of their failure for themselves, instead passing that on to us.

They are not too important to be regulated. They are too powerful to be regulated, and that needs to stop. Now.
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From:t_c_da
Date:September 2nd, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
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They are too powerful to be regulated, and that needs to stop. Now.

I was at an event last weekend where we had a couple of FL.US presenters...

At one point the guy commented on our restrictions on election spending and wished we could go over there and teach their legislators about it. Which spoke volumes about how much Joe Public likes the corporate control of the US electoral system....
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From:pythia
Date:September 2nd, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
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"The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (“MPAA,” “we,” “our” or “us”) owns and controls www.respectcopyrights.co.nz (“Site”) (however the Site is accessed or used by you, whether via personal computer, mobile device or otherwise)."
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
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Here is the bit where I remind everyone that the Filesharing Act panders to US demands in the intellectual property chapter of the (currently being negotiated) TPPA.

I would also like to remind everyone that there was an offer from the US to write this law for us, and to pay for it. We only know this because of Wikileaks.

This is the sort of thing people need to know before listening to ex AllBlacks tell us to just do as we're told.
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From:t_c_da
Date:September 2nd, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)

RespectCopyright - yeah right!

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I went and had a look at that site you couldn't link to, and started reading the terms & conditions (for a laugh) and promptly told NoScript to regard the site as "Untrusted" because of their tracking code which was stated to be included in the site.

What a bunch of self righteous dorks!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)

Re: RespectCopyright - yeah right!

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Yeah, that about sums up my impression too. ;-/
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From:vernacularity
Date:September 2nd, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
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...because when an AllBlack says it, we all listen, right

But of course! After all, we invest in finance companies because ex-All-Blacks reckon they're "solid as", too. (Colin Meads)

Another ex-sportsperson who promoted a failed finance company is this guy... : http://www.wellington.govt.nz/about/mayor/profiles/morrison.html

and then there was Richard Long, newsreader... for Hanover finance.

I'm basically repeating stuff from a NZ Herald article http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10520169
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From:bekitty
Date:September 2nd, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)
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And Stacey Jones, who now works for Adelphi Finance.
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From:wildilocks
Date:September 2nd, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
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We almost watched Inside Job last night *cue wooo wooo noises* ... but I knew it would depress and terrify me so I voted to watch something fluffy instead - we watched Galaxy Quest. We'll watch Inside Job when I feel stronger mentally :P
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From:tatjna
Date:September 2nd, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
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Usually those type of docos make me angry - and this one did, but mostly it made me sad, because of the complete lack of remorse shown by the perpetrators, even when confronted with the impact their actions have had on the rest of the world. I don't know if I was hoping for a shred of shame to show they are human, but it wasn't evident at all. It's just sickening.
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From:38
Date:September 2nd, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
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The RapNews are amazing. I'm gonna watch more of them now.
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