Geek Politics


UPDATE: This does have a happy ending (see comments), I did get the shirt. But not from Zazzle.com, or the internet. With respect to custom shirts: Fuck the internet.

And guess what happened? After spending 1.5 hours designing it on Zazzle.com, my shirt was rejected for using copyrighted images. Namely, a poster for the movie. A cover of a book containing photos of the movie. And 3 snapshops from the movie, as well as a promo black-and-white snapshot not from the movie. Which I painstakingly removed the sky from so that the corner would blend seamlessly into the shirt.

Oh I’m sorry, I can’t print a t-shirt with copyrighted images for myself? I forgot we had to protect the “artist” who took this picture 50 years ago, from the “theft” by Zazzle daring to make a profit with their “property”.

Does anybody seriously believe the guy who drew the poster for a 1959 movie is still getting royalties from this movie? This movie airs on TNT and is on Netflix. Plenty of people can watch the movie without purchasing any of these copyrighted pictures. Nor are there The Tall T shirts currently being sold by anyone.

It isn’t about protecting revenue streams for the artist. There’s no revenue stream to protect. Show me The Tall T shirts I can buy — I don’t see them.

This is about corporations wanting exclusive control over anything where money changes hands.

By the way — I post all my stuff under Creative Commons where people can use it, even for commercial purposes, even with modification. Cause I’m not an asshole. Nor do I expect to get royalties everytime an appliation I wrote code on runs, or everytime anybody uses anything I ever created. I expect to get paid… (drumroll)… when I go to work and work.

*Post delayed until after Christmas to not spoil Dad’s surprise. I’ll probably have to make the shirt with no fucking images instead. Goddamn ASSHOLES..

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It’s a crazy day today! Check it out… The Jessica Rabbit picture is a realization of many childhood fantasies! (more…)

WAR ON DRUGS: Federal marijuana decriminalization bill introduced — tell your congressman to support it here. Surveys tend to show that around half of Americans support decriminalization of marijuana. Since this is not a direct democracy, and you don’t get a vote, letting your congressman know what to do is the only way you will be represented. So speak up. Of course this wont make a real difference, as only 1% of marijuana arrests occur at the federal level. But federal penalties are draconian and extreme. (tags: marijuana Democrats BarneyFrank)
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  • I gotta figure out how to get this Tim And Eric album.  Anyway, read on for the list. I think I’m slowly learning what not to do to mess up the formatting with the new version of wordpress. (more…)

    ABUSE OF AUTHORITY / TECHNOLOGY WAR / CENSORSHIP / CORPORATIONS: Time Warner/RoadRunner blocking web access to BadCopNews.com — but only in Southern California, where Officer Franklin White shot a mom & her 8-year-old son in an alleged road rage incident. Assuming the cause and effect are true (And they certainly seem to be), then if this does not anger every American reading it, I question whether you belong in my country. Corporate censorship is legal, but you can be damn sure it was government pressure that caused this. DON’T PAY FOR ISPs THAT WORK AGAINST YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. What the hell? You pay money to access the internet, a world of information, and you can’t even find out about a local cop that shoots 8-year-olds, because the company you paid has decided to give you the privilege of paying for your own censored ignorance? FUCK YOU, COMCAST. Someone should burn a flag in front of their headquarters. Read on for PARACHUTING KITTIES. (more…)

    Particularly funny are the D&D stats! Did you know George W. Bush constitution is really high? I think it should be 0. (There’s a joke that exactly 3 readers got.)
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    Reporter videotapes cheerleading competition; charged with felony possession of obscene matter depicting sexual conduct of a person under 18! So… um… Why isn’t the school in trouble for hosting public competitions that depict sexual conduct of persons under 18? Now the reporter will fail security clearances, even though the charges wont stand. Looks like the system can fuck you, even if you don’t deserve it. Or maybe the guy had more on the videotape… But videotaping a cheerleading competition is grounds for your arrest and search of your videotape?!?! Hello? It’s a public event. Photographers rights! Buuuut… SCHOOLS ARE STUPID… SO… When an athletic girl strains ligament, is hospitalized, put in a brace, given crutchesguess what happened next? (This was Hillsborough — I assume the same one where they dump arrested cripples onto the floor to make sure they are handicapped.) The school took her crutches away from her — FOR NOT HAVING A DOCTOR’S NOTE — causing her to further damage her knee. And have surgery. Inevitable lawsuit ensues — and I hope they get millions. YOU DON’T DO THAT.

      WAR ON TERROR: U.S. tortures their prisoners of war – no shit – more news from Captain Obvious. How many of these accounts have to come out for this to stop? Does nobody give a shit that we are treating some individuals as bad as China or Nazi Germany? The constitution was specific: ALL persons have rights, not just citizens. When the constitution talked about voting, it said “citizens”, not “all persons”. Duh. But the global government does not care about constitutional rights — hell, United Nations Secretary-General stands behind the censorship of Fitna. I seem to remember appeasement didn’t work with Hitler in World War 2 — so why are politicians trying to appease fundamentalist muslims who want to censor anything that might offend them? If the United Nations is supposed to define human rights, why be a fucking hypocrite about free speech? FUCK YOU, secretary-general Ban Ki-moon – this IS about free expression, contrary to your attempt at doublethink by stating otherwise.

        SCIENTOLOGY IS A DANGEROUS CULT: IRS documents leaked (full pdf). Another great leak brought to you by ANONYMOUS, the full version of the Church Of Scientology IRS-related documents. Grab this while you can. Grab this now, and own a piece of history regarding how Scientology deals with money. Probably about as bad as Sony BMG, which was raided in France, and found to be operating their network with pirated software. Now they are being sued for piracy. Remember Sony going out of its way to sue anyone who “pirates” any of their technologies, and to even stop modchips? They’re hypocrites (just like the UN today). What are they thinking? They’ve rootkitted their customers, they’ve idiotically sued a great accessory shop because they dared to sell their PSPs, and now this? All I can say is: Another day, another shitty Sony story. Viva la France!

        CENSORSHIP/RELIGION: Network Solutions takes down website for hosting anti-Islam movies — free speech online is controlled by only a few corporations, and they just want everyone to get along so that we keep buying stuff. When your domain name holder can pull your account at any time, you don’t truly have the freedom to express what you want. Avoid NetworkSolutions, and avoid GoDaddy. Go elsewhere for your needs; these guys are not YOUR friend, not even when you PAY them.  But you can still watch it on Google Video HERE.

        Speaking of religion… SCIENTOLOGY IS A DANGEROUS, CRIMINAL CULT: Read about Gareth Cales and Sean Carasov — it looks like Scientologists poisoned Sean Carasov’s cat, then had him arrested for “threats” which have not been disclosed, much like Keith Hanson. Ultimately, on the protest day, Gareth had to have the police intervene to keep them from being followed into the subway. This is scary stuff. All Scientologist leaders should contract cancer and die. The world would be a much better place. All hail ANONYMOUS and XENU! 6AUP602!

        WAR ON DRUGS HURTS CHILDREN (VIDEO SEGMENT): Douchebag U.S. Prisons Deny Man Temporary Release So Dying Daughter Can Have Last Wish – To Hug Her Father. Um, what about a conjugal visit? Man is in jail on a drug conviction. Remember: Drugs are victimless crimes. It probably hurt the child a lot more to lose a father, than how much “society” was hurt by the father’s actions. Yet here, a child has become a victim to a compassionless system; the American Justice system — which imprisons the most non-violent people of any system in the planet. Laws are not Morals, and in my book, non-violent criminals are, for the most part political prisoners.

        Speaking of children…Child tasered to death after Mom makes him return to store he works at to face discipline for stealing Hot Pockets …. I guess before tasers, they would’ve shot him in the head? Of course, if you shoot someone unarmed, you tend to get sued. But if you TASER them & they die from “exicited delirium”, then a cop gets to blame the victim, avert the lawsuit, AND get away with cowardly murder. This is the 3rd taser death this week, and at least the 2nd time in a week I’ve read about a mother losing her son because she called 911. This is why I propose a softer “811″ manned by people who actually risk their lives by not shooting anyone they perceive as a threat. It would basically be handled like the stereotypical people in white who bring you to the insane asylum.

        What would Homer Simpson look like in real life? Like this. And it’s creepy. Blu-ray cracked! Of course BluRay movies were already being pirated. Anyway — Download “AnyDVD HD” while you still can. Netflix will send BluRay discs, y’know. Meanwhile, the FBI is creating links that will make you get raided if you click them — better not have Firefox prefetch on! Maye I should change every page on my blog to redirect to one of those links, huh? Yeah, it’s pretty fucking stupid: FBI Posts Fake Child Porn Hyperlinks. Also, related to the failed war on drugs: LSD and Psilocybin research begin again — after 35 years. First Cocaine Lab found in Brazil. Grow your own pot in the Czech Republic – they just descriminalized it. (more…)

        The Battle of Athens, Tennessee – 1946 – last armed revolt against the government. Very interesting stuff. This is a big, big, big part of why gun control is anti-freedom. Yet somehow, I still don’t see this as being possible today. (more…)

        Haha – Twittering the Twitter Revolution. Funny article, written in “twitter-speak”, about a journalist who tried to wirte about how un-compelling twitter was, but ended up getting sucked in to it for over an hour. I love how the twitter t-shirt says “wearing a twitter shirt”. TECHNOLOGY WAR: Social Control: Emotion-Tracking Wearable Device Lets Your Boss Monitor Your Feelings. I covered this on my blog before, when Microsoft announced the patent for a similar device. Well, HERE IT IS. You wear this, and you think happy thoughts while wearing this, or you get fired. This is the corporate future of slavery. It is best to REFUSE AND RESIST. Better to be homeless and free, than wage-enslaved with a wristband. LIVEJOURNAL: Six Apart/SUP Erases Porn, Sex… and Fandom from LiveJournal popular interests. People are still around, but only in the shadows. This is what you get for adopting a corporate blogging platform. Had you self-hosted your blog with open-source software, nobody would have been able to censor you or make you hide. This is why people need to find solutions for themselves, instead of depending on corporate offerings for everything. Back in 1995, the only webpages were personal webpages in personal spaces. Today, almost everyone’s space — even my own — takes place under a corporate umbrella. We are trading freedom for convenience (and I have too). This is bad.

        http://www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/download/imagedump/police-brutality-thumbnail.jpgRateMyCop.com causes police anger – of course cops are anti-free speech if it means criticizing police or bringing their abuses to light. Record Year For Hollywood (what about all the big bad nasty pirates with peg-legs and swords?!). No link between Saddam and Al Qaida! DUH! (more…)

        Supreme Court wont hear wiretapping lawsuit, because the people suing can’t know they were tapped. And Wikileaks is removed from DNS via court order (corporate censorship via the legal system), forcing people to have to use the numerical IP address to connet. (more…)

        Remember all the shitty RIAA lawsuits against (so far) 35,000+ people for downloading mp3s? Ones where it’s cheaper to settle than to defend yourself? This is to protect the artists’ revenue, right? Then why does the RIAA want to lower artist royalties?? The lower the royalties, the more each purchase exclusively goes to the RIAA and not to the artists. And remember, royalties are only based on the vinyl price — not the CD price. The fools who signed a record contract gave their souls to an entity that now wants to lower their royalties from 13% to 8%. THAT’S A 39% DECREASE, by the way (8/13=.6153). Pirate now. Don’t give a penny to these fuckers. And remember, they are already talking about taking concert revenue as well. If you are a band, don’t sign with them.

        Also: get Smith County Justice – banned book released by Wikileaks - now the public no longer has to pay the *$500* used “street value” (from Amazon). Now it’s free. This book, documenting corruption in Smith County,TX, was withdrawn by publisher, removed from all bookstores after publication–due to pressure from the very authorities exposed in the book. Some of whom are alleged to have “made some people disappear”. Spread the book.

        Nancy ‘voice of Bart Simpson’ Cartwright gives $10 million to Scientology. This sucks. Guess it’s good I only rented those dvds.. Marvel Comics revives Capt. America (spoilers past the jump). MySpace deletes huge Atheist group — MySpace is Christian, you see, sine it’s owned by Rupert Murdoch. Athiests are even reporting that their profile has been edited in some cases. LOCAL: Army psychologist awarded $450K after idiot pig Barbara R. Johnson-Rauf rear-ends him and then has HIM arrested for reckless driving (acquitted!). Don’t you love getting into accidents with cops? By the way, I got a gun pointed at my face once for daring to stop to ask for directions. (more…)

        Mouth-Eyes (freaky!).  Scientology documents hacked and released to the public.  Movie industry admits it overstated college piracy by triple the amount. (more…)

        Swedish Politicians Strike Blows at Copyright Lobby, meanwhile AT&T and Other ISPs getting ready to sniff your private network traffic, and block it if they decide it’s copyrighted.  Expect false positives to destroy all derivative work such as parodies.  Montgomery County, Maryland, cops are jealous douchebags — don’t date their girlfriends, or they’ll file false charges against you Man severely beat because police think maybe he had his truck radio too loudlyEight Toronto Canada Police Officers Can’t Remember Swearing, Despite Audio Tape To Refresh Their Memory.  Except for the Swedish politicians, you’d think this planet was populated by a new species: Homo Douchbagians. (more…)

        Tasers aren’t funny, but funny things are funny no matter what. And this is funny:

        (This of course relates to the Canadien RCMP tasering a polish immigrant to death recently.) Read on for the rest of the stories. (more…)

          Armagnac (drink).  WTO/Antigua vs. USA = free stuff. (more…)

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