First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
This famous statement was about the inactivity of the intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power. That word, Inactivity is exactly what has happened. The inactivity of man to stop a purging of chosen targets. Right now, Congress of the United States is trying to purge another group of people. Backed by powerful and wealthy companies investing much of their time, effort and money to convince this Republic that your freedom of speech is not as guaranteed to you as the law to enforce copyright.
SOPA and PIPA. They will be the wrecking ball that crashes through the Internet. They will be the destroyer of the Freedom of Speech that is so rightly deserved for every single individual on this planet we call Earth.
To me, I have never really been an activist of sorts. I have never really fought for the cause. But this cause has come to a point that one must either stand up or lose their freedom. I am not about to lose my Freedom of Speech over some companies need to enforce copyright.
So, on January 18th, for one Full GMT day, All my websites I own will go dark. I am protesting that fact that SOPA and PIPA should not be made into law.
I ask that anyone else who owns a website, who makes money from a domain, who uses the internet to host any sort of material join me in this endeavor. If we put a halt to the internet on January 18th, then the people that use our sites will know what it could be like when this law is created and enforced.
May 19th, Joseph Lieberman which is a US Senator from Connecticut asked Google to remove internet videos produced by terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda from its YouTube site.
"Islamist terrorist organizations use YouTube to disseminate their propaganda, enlist followers, and provide weapons training," - Senator Lieberman.
"YouTube also, unwittingly, permits Islamist terrorist groups to maintain an active, pervasive, and amplified voice, despite military setbacks or successful operations by the law enforcement and intelligence communities."
Google responded with:
"(W)e examined and ended up removing a number of videos from the site, primarily because they depicted gratuitous violence, advocated violence, or used hate speech. Most of the videos, which did not contain violent or hate speech content, were not removed because they do not violate our Community Guidelines."
On this note, Google continues to allow organizations that are deemed Foreign Terrorist Organizations to post videos that are viewed by citizens in the United States.
Update: Google currently still allows videos to be viewed by United States citizens.
On this topic, The Thailand monarchy asked Google to remove a clip that insulted its monarchy of 80 years. Google removed the video at the request of the monarchy.
Everyone that has the internet knows about China’s great Firewall and knows the Google edits their search index to remove sites that China does not allow.
“One mans Terrorist is another mans Freedom Fighter” – Anonymous.
To understand Google, you need to understand their mission. “Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
Google by their own Mission Statement should not be aiding China in removing links, it should not be removing video’s from YouTube for Thailand and it should not be removing video’s via request from a senator.
Here is where Google is a Hypocrite. Google has removed links and videos for both China and Thailand at their request, but has not removed video’s and links at the United States request. In this act, they support U.S. deemed terrorists within the United States.
They can argue that “One mans Terrorist is another mans Freedom Fighter”, but if they are willing to do it for another country, why not the U.S.? If they don’t do it at the request of the U.S., then why should they do it at the request of China or Thailand.
Do you see the Hypocrisy? I ask you to blog about it and let your voices be heard.
BTW, I am not slamming Google, I just ask them to stop falling short of their true Mission!
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I found something over at a Geocities web site. I wanted to share it on my blog, because who knows how long it would have lasted over there and this quote was far to good to read once and not remember. I hope you enjoy.
Why speak up about things that don't seem to affect you? Perhaps Pastor Martin Neimoller's view in one version of his quote will answer that question. He supported the Nazis until he realized, too late, what they were really about and was sent to Dachau concentration camp. He was one of the fortunate to be freed and live until 1984.
First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Social Democrats, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Social Democrat.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.
This version thanks to information researched at Liverpool Community College (which page has since been taken down) and by University of California Santa Barbara Professor Harold Marcuse who continues to update his pages with further research results. This version is similar to the one I remember seeing when I was in middle school and it never left me. I hope it never will.
Thank the good people in this world for we have Freedom.
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You know when it comes to politics there is not many things that could be thought of as inspirational. You have people that stand out above the crowd but not inspiring. You have people that fight for peoples rights, but not truly inspiring, but when you have a person stand up and take a high road that could have been just brushed off and avoided. I think you might know now what this post is about. Barack Obama could be our next president. He could be the next biggest loser. I am not trying to take sides and will try to never express my political views on this blog.
But when a man is faced with racial prejudice and stands right in its face and decides to take the high road, that is something that is inspiring. For decades upon decades now, there has always been a sense of racial problems in this country. Blacks can think that the white man is keeping him down and the white man thinking the black man is trash. Both sides of the issue have problems. Both sides have discrepancies, but when a black man (the pastor) makes it public. That is lighting a fire. It could start riots. It could ruin peoples careers. It could have ruined a mans presidency, but when Barack Obama took the stand and talked about the problems America still faces with cultural problems. Well he didn't try and low ball it, he didn't sit back and hide under the covers for it to be avoided, he stood up proud, responsive and ready to make a change to how this kind of media controversy was taking it. This to some people could be mirrored like Martin Luther King Jr. It could be mirrored like the Dalai Lama and the current situation in Tibet. I for one am inspired about the kind of road he took. If you also missed it, he didn't even disown his pastor. He said he was like a aunt or mother in law to him. This I tell you is an admiring man and I for one look up to him and say I was inspired by the way you handled the situation.
On March 19th students rallied for their rights to freedom. They rallied all across the country of Iran crying "Death to Ahmadinejad." This movement is amazing to view, it shows that the young people of Iran and many other countries including China, Venezuela and North Korea are crying for freedom. I have always had a theory that it is the rule of thirds. In America, when a family moves here from another country; it is not the first, second but the third generation that actually assimilate them selves into the American Society. Its an awesome thing to see and I think other countries are finally getting wind by a young movement that is sweeping the countries due to things like the Internet. The Internet allows for mass crowds to get involved, it allows for better freedom of speech and it just allows information to flow. It is a sight to see when people stand up against their country. I only hope that the Internet moves the right kinds of people to stand up against communism and corruption. I hope it shows people what freedom really is and what things it can do for a person. On a side note: if information gets out to these countries faster and without delay over the next couple of years, I think countries that have restrictions on their people will inevitably fall. It only takes time. I hope sooner than later and with less death than there has been in the past.
I was surfing the Internet the other day and found a Video about how Firefighters who are getting fired because they don't speak Spanish. Crew captains are required in some states if not all states to be able to speak their firefighters languages. Is this a definition of freedom. Can any one person be allowed to speak a different language on freedom of rights. I think so. I think this is allowed to happen because it is his right to be free and therefore his right to speak what ever language he wishes. As for should he speak English in America? Well due to the fact that America has no National Language, yes he does have the right to speak Spanish in America. Should others get fired because he decides to speak Spanish and not English? No, that is discrimination and against the law. It is against the Law to discriminated against because once again every man is free in our country. Could it be taken to the Supreme Court? Yes, it can and should be taken to the courts for their judgement. It could even in fact start a national movement or law for the requirement of an English Language.
The basics of this country is that EVERY man is FREE. Not just Americans. We are built on these basic principals. Someone might argue that they came to our country, they need to learn English. If they learn English, then we will be forcing a person against his freedoms this country provides him to learn something he doesn't want to. The only forcing that should be done is to force a person who has committed a crime. If a person harms another person in anyway, they have just given up their rights to be free. This now allows for a person in this country to be forced to do something, but until that happens their freedoms should not be taken from them.
My personal opinion? When a cop decides to pull over a person who is not fluent in English, but has a legal drivers license for the state he was driving in because the DMV deems in necessary to put Spanish up on the screens for driving tests instead of English. This I think is a safety issue and should require either the driver to be fluent in English or Americans in general to be fluent in both languages. I guess we will see what happens in the next couple of years. I for one hope that English will be nationalized, but it is not the right of a free man to be forced to learn a new language.
First I must say, let this be the first of many entries. I spent about 10 or 15 hours preparing for this blog along with others setting them up and getting them ready for this Great endeavor.
I have been all over the state of Florida, but I currently reside in Melbourne, FL.
I am vastly immersed in many fields of my life. I love the thought of politics. I do also love the thought of Liberty or Freedom as most people know it. One of my Favorite quotes is from Patrick Henry when he spoke in Virginia is "Give Me Liberty or Give me Death". I start this blog because of that act. Give me Liberty or give me Death to us all. I love my country and only wish for liberties and Freedom to be in all countries of the World. Lets hope that liberty becomes common in the Entire world. Thanks for listenin.