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“Compelled by a mass exodus of advertisers and an admonishment from Speaker John Boehner and presidential candidate Rick Santorum, professional provoker Rush Limbaugh today issued a statement concerning his incendiary remarks toward Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.
“For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week,” said Limbaugh in the statement posted to his website. “In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”
Limbaugh came under fire earlier this week for calling Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” and demanding she and other “feminazis” upload sex tapes online.
Though he retracted his “insulting choice of words” — which he claims were an attempt at humor — he did not reverse course on his objection toward mandatory contraception coverage.
His statement continued:
I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone’s bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.
Fluke was scheduled to testify before a congressional committee about a gay friend with polycystic ovarian syndrome who could not afford to pay out of pocket for contraception, which she needed for medical reasons.
Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, barred Fluke’s testimony at the last minute, saying the hearing was not about contraception but “freedom of religion and conscience.” The hearing proceeded with an all-male panel.”
“That disruption isn’t good or bad, Gaiman said, “it just is. It’s a fact of life now.” And while legislators will no doubt continue to push forward with laws like SOPA and PIPA, he said, they won’t be able to turn back the clock to a time before the Internet was invented. In a video interview he recorded last year for the Open Rights Group, which is embedded below, Gaiman talked about how he was initially incensed about people pirating his work, but eventually came to the realization that they were actually promoting his work, and he was selling more in countries where his books were pirated.”
“I think people in Hollywood are convinced that people would suddenly start buying DVDs again if only they could stop all this peer-to-peer file sharing and so on. They just are fundamentally missing the point… genies don’t go back in bottles once they’re out.”
Gaiman: SOPA and PIPA are on the Wrong Side of History
In the spirit of promoting Neil Gaiman (who I absolutely adore and idolize), did you know he has a tumblr blog? Yup, neil-gaiman.tumblr.com. One truly fantastic thing about Gaiman’s tumblr blog is that he uses it to respond to fan questions, OFTEN. His tumblr blog is perhaps one of the most direct ways a fan can reach him. I enjoy reading his responses tremendously and highly recommend you follow him.
You may have never heard of ACTA before, I know I haven’t. ACTA stands for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and due to the recent events and publicity of SOPA and PIPA, attention has been drawn to ACTA, which after reading about it appears to be just as bad if not worse than SOPA.
ACTA is an International agreement among volunteering nations to put new controls into place for copyright infringement on the Internet; however it’s being veiled as a way to stop counterfeit goods and generic medicines. Additionally, it’s how these new controls are imposed which creates problems including how the agreement has been negotiated which has raised a lot of concerns.
I think everyone in the world agrees that counterfeit goods, counterfeit medicines and copyright infringement is a problem, but as we just learned with SOPA and PIPA, going about fixing the problems the wrong way will get you nowhere and only creates more issues, including nationwide protests and ‘blackouts’.
Here are some of the concerns with ACTA that you should be aware of:
- Drafting and talks of ACTA has been shrouded in secrecy. Talks began back 2006 with official negotiations starting in 2008 and no public drafts have been made available until April 2011; those that were able to see copies prior to 2011 were bound by non-disclosure agreements.
- Once made public, the agreement says that it will remove legal safeguards that protect Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from liability for the actions of their users, in effect giving ISPs no option but to comply with privacy invasions and collection of data in order to police their users and conduct filtering of content.
- Also just like with SOPA, sites that host or link to infringing content would be held liable. ACTA would also facilitate privacy violations by trademark and copyright holders (MPAA, RIAA) against private citizens suspected of infringement activities without any sort of legal due process which will result in blocking of access to the Internet, fines and jail time.
- ACTA would require that existing ISPs no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media, and DRM protected media would not be legally playable with free or open source software, which would stop the ability to distribute free software via peer-to-peer networks.
- ACTA has been lobbied heavily by the Entertainment industry (MPAA, RIAA) which through experience we know that they have their own interests in mind, and not the peoples.
For an even better explanation, in video form, watch below and see just how evil ACTA really is. [via]
Nobody likes it, it’s always broken, users are leaving in unprecedented droves and the community of SU is so used to being screwed over that, at this point, they don’t even kick up a fuss about it, they just leave.
The new interface is impossible to use, even for users with IT backgrounds, no I am not exaggerating. It is also super frustrating because it’s anti-social and most of the provided functionality doesn’t actually function.
The once thriving community of StumbleUpon has clung to each other as they spread across the web and can be found, still playing in the pool together, in several fun places. The best two options are:
- Categorian (best option for people who liked the way of blogging SU once provided)
- Tumblr (best option for people who like instant gratification on their shared posts)
You can find everyone else and all their other blogs at the new forum SUCats, where everyone is hanging out these days.
Two days ago, you guys stepped up once again to show the world just how much we care about protecting the Internet. Together, we generated more than 140,000 calls to Senators, spent more than 4,200 hours on the phone with their staffers, and blacked out 650,000 of our blogs to make our point and inspire others to get involved. And what’s more, this was on top of the 90,000 calls we sent to members of the House of Representatives a month ago. Incredible.
It’s now becoming clear just how much impact our action is having. On January 18th, only 31 members of Congress opposed these bills. Just one day later, 101 members of Congress publicly stood with us in opposition. We are being heard.
And as of today, it looks like both the Senate PIPA and House SOPA bills have been shelved, for the moment. It seems pretty likely that the bills won’t pass as written—a big first win. We now hope that Internet companies, the creative community and the content industry join together to innovate and devise new partnerships to combat online piracy. We’re confident there are effective ways to do this without damaging the Internet or diminishing our freedoms.
You’ve made a big difference in keeping the Internet a safe and open place for creators. Thank you again.”
i think i want to throwup now…
Okay well at first I felt really awful for her….
i was NOT expecting that ending bit.
what the actual fuck..i meanthe end is just..omg wut the actual fuck 0_____________________0
OH SHIT THAT´S AN UNEXPECTED END
^^^ Literally making the exact same face as Neffy right now.
*insert picture of extreme awe beyond capability*
yea i totally saw that coming.
Wait… What.. But.. I..
rebloggin for the video but esp the ACCURATE reactions O_O
Downloading songs from Tumblr is a snap with Firefox!
- Download the Greasemonkey addon, which lets you install third-party scripts to customize the way you view webpages.
- Install Tumtaster (the script used for downloading mp3s from tumblr).
That’s it! The script adds a download button right under the music player displayed on tumblr, that allows you to easily download any songs tumblrs post. Downloading the mp3 is a 2 click process, right-click on the download button and select ‘Save Link As’.
Downloading mp3’s from tumblr is even easier with Google Chrome because installing Greasemonkey isn’t even necessary!
For IE and Safari users, you can try reading this guide to make Greasemonkey/Tumtaster work, or you can just use a better browser, which is what I recommend.