Ukraine’s political crisis escalated sharply Tuesday, February 18th, with at least nine people reported killed and scores injured in violent, often fiery battles between anti-government demonstrators and police in Kiev.
The clashes outside parliament erupted after the opposition accused the government of ignoring its demands even after nearly three months of protests that have paralyzed the capital. It was the worst violence since the protests began in late November. (AP)
(Photos by Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo (3), Sergei Chuzavkov/AP Photo, Andrew Kravchenko/REUTERS/Pool, Maks Levin/REUTERS)
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really really important!! signal boost this everywhere that you can as much as you can!!!!!!!!
"I’m Michael Sam. I’m a football player and I’m gay." Sam, a Mizzou standout and SEC Defensive Player of the Year expected to be taken during the early rounds of this year’s NFL draft, is very likely to become the first openly-gay active player in NFL history. Wowza.
#sochiproblems, your problems are irrelevant tbh. Given the general state of Russia outside of Moscow/St Petersburg, you’re lucky your hotels have roofs.
I say this as a Russian who is bemused at the shock and horror you’re expressing at the state of the hotels; welcome to Russia, I guess. That’s what it’s like. That’s what the majority of this country lives like.
The amount of joy that Western media has found in taking the piss out of Russia is terrifying. It’s not a fucking joke. This is real. Laughing about it is just immature. What you’re seeing is merely a reflection of Russia as a whole (i.e. a shithole if you aren’t filthy rich). It’s a reflection of a massive problem.
I’m angry and I can’t put my finger on why. Garry Kasparov sums it up pretty well, though.
Great Barrier Reef authorities have just said YES to coal port companies dumping dredge waste inside this World Heritage Area — all to make way a coal ship superhighway through our Reef. Reblog if this outrageous decision does not represent you. This is a massive disappointment, but we cannot give up hope. Sign up here to make our movement bigger than ever and keep up the fight to #SaveTheReef: http://www.SaveTheReef.org.au
Please Sign the petition guys. So many creatures will be decreased dramatically or even become endangered if we don’t stop it. Also watch the video. It really gave an insight into what would happen if this went ahead.
like dugongs. they’re mad important and live on the reef
Hey, so GetUp! is deciding to take legal action against this travesty, and you can donate to their kick starter here
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has caved to the pressure of the mining industry and the Federal Government. The agency charged with "the protection, wise use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef in perpetuity" has allowed it to be sold out for short-term profits.
Late yesterday, they granted a permit to dump five million tonnes of dredge spoil inside the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
This destructive project is now allowed to go-ahead - unless we make a last ditch effort to challenge it in court. Click here to learn more, and help fund the legal challenge to save our Reef:
another legal action kick starter can be found here:
WHY DOES THIS NOT HAVE MORE NOTES?? THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!
This is what happens when you end net neutrality.
"The news: AT&T is pursuing a patent that will help Internet Service Providers (ISPs) detect what type of content users are consuming on the Internet and will allow companies to charge higher rates for accessing different services.”
Are we ready to freak out about this yet, folks? Because everywhere I’ve seen stories about this or petitions posted to speak out against this type of thing, it seems to be decidedly met with a big “meh”.
Net neutrality is dead.
At least that’s the verdict of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which today struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order from 2010 that forced Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable to abide by the principles of network neutrality. These principles broadly stipulate that ISP network management must be transparent, and that ISPs can’t engage in practices that block, stifle or discriminate against (lawful) websites or traffic types on the Internet.
That’s the bare bones story, wrapped in ugly acronyms (FCC, ISP, etc.). But why should you care that network neutrality (“net neutrality”) may be gone for good?
1. No more net neutrality means ISPs can now discriminate against content they dislike.
Everyone gets their Internet from an Internet service provider — an ISP like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast or Time Warner Cable. Under net neutrality rules, these ISPs have to treat all content you access over the Internet “roughly the same way" — they can’t speed up traffic from websites they like or delay competitor’s traffic.
Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs can discriminate, favoring their business partners while delaying or blocking websites they don’t like. Think your cable CEO hates free online porn? Now you’ll know for sure!
2. No more net neutrality means ISPs can now force websites to PAY for faster content delivery.
You know how some sites you go to just load slower than others? Usually, that’s just because the slower site is image heavy, poorly coded, or dealing with intense server load. But with net neutrality gone, ISPs can now start charging hefty fees to websites that want quick content delivery — shifting the long load times to poorer sites that can’t pay up.
3. Destroying net neutrality is bad for small businesses.
Put together items one and two and it becomes clear — negating net neutrality is bad for small businesses. If ISPs force website owners pay for faster load times, tiny retailers and personal websites will be the ones to suffer from slower content delivery.
Alternately — or additionally — ISPs will have no reason not to favor partner sites: Time Warner Cable, for instance, might favor the website of CNN (owned by the Time Warner Corporation) over the websites of competing cable news networks MSNBC and Fox News. Still, it’s the indies again that will lose out here. While Time Warner Cable might favor CNN and Comcast MSNBC, independent news networks almost certainly won’t get special treatment from any ISPs. Expand this out to music sites, web publishing, etc., and you begin to see the problem.
In extreme cases, ISPs may hinder or block content that isn’t produced by partners —much like AT&T did when it owned the telephone networks back in the day.
4. Without net neutrality, entire types of online traffic (like Netflix) may be in jeopardy.
Netflix watchers and BitTorrent users might want to beware — soon your beloved services may not work like they used to. Now that net neutrality’s down for the count, ISPs can discriminate against entire types of traffic: For instance, an ISP could slow or block all peer-to-peer file sharing, or all online video streaming.
From an ISP’s perspective, discriminating against some traffic types makes business sense: Many ISPs are also cable television providers, which means the “cord-cutting" enabled by peer-to-peer and streaming online video isn’t good for their bottom line.
5. Without net neutrality, your ISPs can make even more money without actually improving the Internet.
Right now, America’s broadband is slow. It’s slow because ISPs can already make gobs of money by charging the rich a ton for high-quality Internet while leaving the rest of America with subpar (or no) service.
Now, with net neutrality gone, ISPs will be able to make even more money off their existing customer base. They won’t need to improve service or bring broadband to rural areas because they’ll be able to keep growing (financially, at least) by charging content providers more for faster delivery and charging customers more for faster access. In all likelihood, Tuesday’s ruling means the problems with America’s Internet will be magnified.
This FINALLY shows up on my dashboard and it only has 300 notes.
Here’s a petition on Whitehouse.gov that needs 88,000+ by the middle of February:
SIGNAL BOOST THE FUCK OUT OF THIS SHIT AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE AIN’T HAVIN’ IT!
Yeah, I’m beating this horse because IT AIN’T DEAD ENOUGH.
Look, here is the deal. The FCC has different categories of stuff it regulates. Level 1 is ‘telecommunications.’ I.e. services that provide the fundamental building blocks of communications in this country.
Level 2 is ‘information services.’ This is stuff that is useful, yes, but if somebody fucks with it a bit then you’re not fundamentally disrupting, redefining, or controlling life as American citizens live it.
Back in 2002, the FCC (for reasons unknown to God or man) decided to label The Internet, as ‘information services.’
So now, when people tried to pass a big ol’ law through Congress that says, “ISPs aren’t allowed to fuck with internet traffic or play favorites,” the courts said, “That’s not allowed, if you’re going to label the Internet as a category 2 service. However, we really highly advise the FCC to change the Internet to category 1 service, because we don’t know what you guys are smoking over there but even WE can tell that’s what it should be. In which case we’ll give this bill the stamp of approval so hard that the paper’ll smoke afterwards.”
So BASICALLY this is SUPER-EASY TO FIX, and all it needs is for the FCC to get off its apparently addled duff and make the change.
Which is what these petitions are for.
So seriously. SIGN THEM.
This is the current signature count for the petition to restore Net Neutrality. As you can see it has a very long way to go.
Come on people I know there are at least 64,000 of you on tumblr who haven’t signed this yet. Click here to do so
If you have already signed be sure to share the link so that the word will spread.
hey real talk for a second
the deadline for this petition is in THREE WEEKS
and it’s not even halfway to meeting the goal.
If it doesn’t meet the goal, IT’S OVER. THE PETITION IS REMOVED. THE END.
I know it might be a little annoying to take a whole two minutes out of your life to make an account and sign this, but that little annoyance pales in comparison to the fact that right now, MASSIVE CORPORATIONS NOW HAVE THE POWER TO CONTROL HOW THE INTERNET IS RUN
Please, DON’T sit back and think, “Oh, everyone else will sign it. I’ll just reblog.” No. There are literally THOUSANDS of people thinking the exact same thing. There’s a reason this post has almost 20,000 notes more than the number of signatures: It’s because people are liking and reblogging without signing it.
Don’t fall victim to the bystander effect. DO take this very, very seriously. The only requirement for signing is that you are 13 years or older. You don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to sign. So please, take the two minutes. Sign the petition. It’s the only hope we have to fix this.
|—||Robert Brockway, http://www.robertbrockway.net/2013/07/18/its-not-a-game-if-you-cant-lose/ (via pelikinesis)|
TPP is coming. Will you help save the Internet?
Mod: SIGNAL BOOST!!!
OH GOD ITS SOPA ALL OVER AGAIN
RATHER THAN JUST COMPLAIN ABOUT IT, LIKE I JUST DID IN A PREVIOUS POST OF MINE, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE TIME TO ASK EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU TO SIGNAL BOOST THIS POST ESPECIALLY….WE CANT JUST STAND IDLY BY AND WATCH TPP AND FASTRACKING TAKE WHAT SHOULD BE RIGHTFULLY OURS IN THE FIRST PLACE.
PLS. CLICK THE LINK ABOVE AND SIGN, OTHER WISE SIGNAL BOOST THIS LIKE WILDFIRE!!!
DONT BE PART OF THE PROBLEM , BE PART OF THE SOLUTION AND SIGN OR SIGNAL BOOST NOW
OH WELL THIS IS FUCKING GREAT
BIG PHOTOSETS FOREVER FOR THEY ARE MUCH HARDER TO IGNORE / a lot of these don’t have hi-res versions available, but i still want to post them
This was not an exaggeration. The government ignored the issue of HIV/AIDS for years before anything was done. Gay and Queer communities had to form their own clinics because no government agencies cared for them. Back then, being diagnosed was equivalent to a death sentence or extreme debt and poor quality of life/a significantly shortened lifespan.
Things got so desperate that people literally had “Die-Ins”— in contemporary usage this refers to masses of people simulating death in order to protest something (like the War in Iraq). In this case, however, fatally sick people would literally lie down in public places and protest with what little energy they had left until they died. There is some footage of a church Die-In in the documentary Beyond Stonewall. The middle image here of that person’s jacket is not an extreme political statement; it’s what people had to do because they had no other options.
queer politics aren’t all hrc t-shirts and shiny lobbying. So many people have already forgotten this extremely recent history.
Seriously, if you don’t know about ACT UP I highly recommend doing some research. In addition to Beyond Stonewall, there’s also United in Anger; it’s streaming for awhile here, but unfortunately it’s only available to stream in the US.
looks like Martin didn’t care for those white liberals who like using his words to silence black people fighting white supremacy. WELP (via wocinsolidarity)
to forget that King’s family pursued a court case against the US in 1999 for assassinating MLK Jr. and WON. That’s a fact that is always conveniently left out of history books. Don’t let them turn him into their own personal puppet doll that says “I have a dream” when you pull the string, please.
it makes me really sad when people have bad teachers because then you get people who are like “god i hate physics so much” but it’s because nobody’s explaining it well and they don’t get it. like they could have become passionate about physics but instead they shut it out forever. this applies to every subject.