1/26/2012

State of the Union

The president of the United States held his annual "state of the union address" the other day. This is perhaps not the most interesting thing to pay attention to if you live outside the USA but since the United States is acting like an aggressive terrier with a serious megalomaniac issue, it is wise to pay some attention. The talk outlines the official state of the nation and the official goals of the presidency. Naturally the address didn't mention that the so called war on terror continues by the use of mercenaries and private contractors, unmanned military drones and of course the newly implemented and infamous NDAA bill just to mention a few things conveniently left out.

 
I ask myself where to go and what to do? Drumming for the Earth holds and promotes monthly ceremonies, but there are more great things we can do. Just recently, on Jan 18th, as you know a world protest were held protesting the SOPA bill. The support were outstanding, and the online protest effectively killed this particularly bill. So don't think we cant change things! But (there's always a but), right now we are facing an even bigger threat called ACTA (see video below)
ACTA is an international trade agreement currently being negotiated by the European Union, the United States, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Australia as well as a few other countries, whose aim is to enforce copyright and tackle counterfeited goods (hence its acronym: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement).
The main problem with this treaty is that all the negotiations are done secretly. Leaked documents show that one of the major goal of the treaty is to force signatory countries into implementing anti file-sharing policies under the form of three-strikes schemes and net filtering practices. [source]
 
Perhaps this might turn out to be an even bigger challenge then SOPA. But a good first step is to educate yourself and raise awareness to this threat with others. As Sun Tzu said in The art of War, "If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril."

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