Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.
It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.
A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.
|—||Irresponsible Developments of “Blackout Day” by Senator Chris Dodd (D-umbass)|
Mitt Romney’s chart of the “Obama Recession” actually starts in 2007. MoJo’s Adam Serwer (!!) notes:
With employment still hovering around nine percent, it’s not like Romney needs to lie in order to go after Obama’s record on the economy. Recent polls have shown nothing but grim news for the president on this front. Why be so conspicuously dishonest about it?
Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann
|—||David Frum, Give Obama a Break|
Whether or not I’d vote for him given the opportunity, I like this John Huntsman guy.
Preach it, brother. Can we drop the war on drugs and have a war on stupidity?
Sums it up nicely. (via The Economist)
|—||Bene Gesserit proverb from Frank Herbert’s Dune|