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US Government Censors 70 Websites

Posted: November 27, 2010 in Computers, Politics

What did I say in my very last post? Corporate domination of the US government, along with said government seeking to raise its powers orders of magnitude, is tearing the country apart. All of the domains were seized under the guise of enforcing our backwards-ass copyright laws, for instance, torrent-finder. Explained by the owner, he didn’t even receive a notice:
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the owner of Torrent-Finder explained, “I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN.”. How long until wikileaks is accused of copyright infringement and taken down? My guess is that it’ll happen inside a year, and thanks to major news outlets controlling the American public, most people will be happy about it. Please, don’t be among the misguided masses, wake up and smell the government shitting all over the country.

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Terraforming Mars

Terraforming Mars

Plenty of science fiction writers have presented their visions for the future, and in my opinion most of them have gotten it flat wrong. So here’s my list of predictions for the year 2100:

Governments have grown extremely oppressive (more so than they are now, if believable), driving the move of humans into space. Earth based governments try during the latter half of the 21st century to assert control over nearby territories, like the moon and earth orbit, but fail miserably due to the widespread usage of orbital bombardment by space settlers and simple lack of experience. Such government is therefore largely contained to earth, the space settlers not allowing earth flights beyond orbit. The usurping of such unjust governments on earth has begun to happen, and is expected to be complete no later than 2120.

Of the few hundred-thousand to million humans in space, most live in the asteroid belt with the de facto capital at Ceres. There’s a wild-west style vigilante anarchy in the belt and open space, a weak confederation style government on Mars and the Moon. Never before had there been such a time of such personal liberty for humans. Science and technology have begun to advance at a remarkable pace due to the achievement of Singularity, and a significant amount of humans now have indefinite, disease free lifespans due to nanobots. The nanobots, however, came about in the mid-21st century, thus of the people then were still alive and thriving by 2100. A new species of post-humans is beginning to take form, using cybernetic enhancements and genetic engineering to advance themselves to new levels. The terraforming of mars is taking place, and post humans are able to use their advanced cybernetics to venture beyond the pressurized colonies without space suits or additional oxygen years before baseline humans would be able to.

Faster than light travel is still science fiction, though research is being done. Anti-matter pulse powered city ships are making decade long interstellar voyages a reality, settlements being established around Alpha Centauriy and Brenard’s star among other locations, though there are less than a dozen ships in service. First contact with an alien intelligence probably occurs around this time, in which it is discovered that humanity’s mastery of spaceflight is highly unusual, most planets having missed the window of technology and willpower necessary. Inside the solar system, voyages between worlds and asteroids take anywhere from months between the outer and inner planets, to about a week or two between the moon and mars or venus thanks to fusion powered plasma-ion engines. The majority of trade occurs in the belt, due to easily controlled environments, plentiful resources and low gravity wells. Cloud city style cities have sprung up in high venusian atmosphere, and are exporting mass quantities of oxygen derived from Venus’s mostly CO2 atmosphere.

 

This is my rather idealistic take on the future, take it as you will.

Voting

Posted: September 6, 2010 in How the world should work, Politics

We all have our issues with the people in office (or at least all of us with a brain). My issue is with the ACTA treaty, it’s basically an uber-draconian international crackdown (being largely supported by the united states and its backwards copyright system) on sharing anything computer related with your friends. It may or may not be too late, but I beg of you: When you go to the polls in November, if your senator choices are marked as incumbent, democrat or republican, vote them out. You may think there’s a difference between the two parties: there is not. Both are composed largely of greedy corporate and lobbyist controlled bastards. There are a few diamonds in the rough, but we desperately need a 100% new senate.

Wikileaks

Wikileaks, the place to be for secret government information.

Wikileaks has taken a lot of crap in the past weeks from the media, and it’s been even more one sided than it usually is, hatred coming in across the board from Fox and CNN alike. I personally think Wikileaks is doing the right thing by exposing a government full of cover-ups and corruption, and seeing as both major parties have huge secrets they want to keep out of the knowledge of the voters, it seems to be the best place to go to for voting information nowadays. Hell, transparency might be a bit harder on the eyes than translucency (ever heard of the collateral murder video?), but what would you rather have, the truth, unpleasant as it may be, or sugar coated lies that go down smooth? The massive leakage of crucial information is yet another reason to pull out of the Middle East, a long overdue move. How many trillions of our tax dollars were wasted against the will of the general populous? It is not our place to interfere with the internal affairs of other countries; if the US wasn’t occupying Afghanistan, do you honestly think that terrorist organizations would be as big as they are? A war in Afghanistan completely destroyed the economy and morale of the soviet union. If we do not learn from history, we are bound to repeat it.  It is my opinion that if the twenty-first century is handled correctly, there need never be war between humans again. Back on topic, the founder of Wikileaks is having to move to Iceland out of fear for his life. If that isn’t a wakeup call to how little freedom we in the US actually have, what is?

Also: I read a question on UF regarding technologically illiterate people associating wikileaks with wikipedia. The two sites are totally unrelated, a wiki is just an encyclopedia or site that anyone can post to or edit. There are actually wikis on most extensive movies or video games, ex: matrix.wikia.com/wiki/