Pic of the day: Mont Saint-Victoire, by Paul Cezanne.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title: — Romeo, doff thy name;
And for thy name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet, Act ii, scene ii
A full stomach and a fat wallet make it awful hard to understand people who have neither. Like Solzhenitsyn said, a man who is warm cannot understand a man who is cold, and extending that particular analogy further to include other tactile and visceral sensations is not all that much of a stretch. You can stretch the analogy even further and make it work for concepts like freedom and liberty.
A man who has liberty/freedom/rights cannot understand a man who doesn’t.
There is however a place where those who have and those who have not can agree. That the destruction or diminution of any of these important concepts is wrong. Enter Cispa. Think Sopa and Pipa with a spiffy new paint job put there to make it look less threatening. A bill that will be voted on in the next two weeks by the U.S. House of Representatives. A bill that will, like Sopa and Pipa damage your rights and privacy. If this bill is made into law, the Government will be able to legally monitor you at will.
That is a problem. I’ve done nothing wrong. Why am I being treated by a criminal, monitored like I’ve done something wrong? What have I done? What have we done? Did we offend the government so much by surfing the internet that they have decided that we have to live with this yoke upon our shoulders for our own good?
Do our civil liberties mean nothing? Are businesses so completely in control that they count more than us? Do we have no inherent right to privacy? We the people would lose our right to privacy should this law be enacted. A hard working, tax paying citizen should not have to live in a society where the greatest threat to our security is the government who claims they are trying to protect us.
The title of the bill is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. It is much more far reaching in it’s scope than that. If only it did just that, I don’t think anyone would mind. If it was just the sharing and protection of cyber intelligence, no one would mind. It cannot be called “intelligence” when it is doing nothing more than turning the government into the personal watchdogs of companies who would have no allegiance to anything but the almighty dollar.
Intellectual property protection is NOT the protection of cyber intelligence. Copyright protection is NOT the protection of cyber intelligence. Anyone who tells you otherwise is completely full of crap.
I will be contacting that low life demonic monkey of a representative of mine, Michael Grimm, to tell him to not allow this crap to get through. I suggest that all my American readers contact their low life demonic monkeys and tell them to cut the crap.
That’s it from here, America. G’night.