NL .gov opens anonymous portal to tell on Midden and Eastern Europeans

Basically the PVV, backed by Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, have a few sensationalist headlines from a religious magazine that no-one knows (Reformatiorich Dagblad) or reads and a few from a more serious newspaper (AD) that aren’t so sensationalist, and on the basis of this they’ve decided to open up a Hitlerite plan to Read more about NL .gov opens anonymous portal to tell on Midden and Eastern Europeans[…]

NL gov wants to revoke NL nationality for expat Dutch people

Aside from the fact that NL is a trading nation and thus has a disproportionate amount of people living and working outside of the Netherlands and thus having multiple nationalities, it makes it seem like having the Dutch nationality is like being a member of some kind of exclusive club. What nonsense! Being a member Read more about NL gov wants to revoke NL nationality for expat Dutch people[…]

European Court of Justice To Outlaw Internet Filtering; Esp. For Copyright Enforcement

It looks like where copyright goons and the NL are failing by wanting to turn our society into a surveillance society, the unelected EU Court may come to citizens’ rescue: Advocate General Cruz Villalón considers that the installation of that filtering and blocking system is a restriction on the right to respect for the privacy Read more about European Court of Justice To Outlaw Internet Filtering; Esp. For Copyright Enforcement[…]

The great internet censorship firewall of… The Netherlands!

Without any judge or court of justice having to ‘interfere’, the NL department of justice is going to just filter out access to sites they don’t like. Because that’s never gone wrong before and no-one has ever misused that power. Not only are they going to do that, but in the process they’ll be spying Read more about The great internet censorship firewall of… The Netherlands![…]

EU Votes on copyright extension soon – mail your local JURI MEP today!

Background: In 2009, the EU discussed the issue of a term extension for the ”neighbouring rights” that record companies have to recorded music. These neighbouring rights are now 50 years from the recording of a song. The proposal was to extend them to 95 years. After a lively debate in the European Parliament, it was Read more about EU Votes on copyright extension soon – mail your local JURI MEP today![…]

Net giants challenge French data law that stores your password as plaintext

The law obliges a range of e-commerce sites, video and music services and webmail providers to keep a host of data on customers. This includes users’ full names, postal addresses, telephone numbers and passwords. The data must be handed over to the authorities if demanded. This means that the data which is handed over can Read more about Net giants challenge French data law that stores your password as plaintext[…]

Hungary goes dictatorship – crazy media law requires “balance” (whatever that is) or huge fines

Under the new law, a government-appointed media council will have the power to decide whether a publication has broken rules on what it calls balanced and ‘moral’ reporting, and can issue heavy fines. Print and Internet media can face fines of more than $100,000 and broadcasters nearly $1 million, if, for example, their coverage is Read more about Hungary goes dictatorship – crazy media law requires “balance” (whatever that is) or huge fines[…]

Primaries For Palin – Democrats want you to vote for the weakest Republican!

PrimariesForPalin.com aims to nominate Sarah Palin as the Republican presidential candidate by encouraging Democrats and Independents to purposefully vote for her in state primaries. In head-to-head polls with President Barack Obama, Palin consistently fares worse than other possible Republican candidates because of her divisiveness. If Palin is nominated, Obama has a much better chance of Read more about Primaries For Palin – Democrats want you to vote for the weakest Republican![…]

Lord Blackheath has laundered GBP 1bn of IRA money and has a foundation X willing to invest GBP 5bn in the UK

For the past 20 weeks I have been engaged in a very strange dialogue with the two noble Lords, in the course of which I have been trying to bring to their attention the willing availability of a strange organisation which wishes to make a great deal of money available to assist the recovery of Read more about Lord Blackheath has laundered GBP 1bn of IRA money and has a foundation X willing to invest GBP 5bn in the UK[…]

State Dept. warning prospective recruits to steer clear of Wikileaks

Because if you discuss the material on there, obviously you can’t handle sensitive information and so are not fit to work in government. Or in other words, you have too much of an independent opinion and won’t fit in with the superconformist monkeys and thus are not fit to work in the US Government. State Read more about State Dept. warning prospective recruits to steer clear of Wikileaks[…]

US SecDef Gates is realistic on Leaks, Wiki and Otherwise

This is the most realistic sound I’ve heard coming from the US about the wikileaks affair. If only Clinton and the rest could be so normal, maybe we would like the US a bit more… “Now, I’ve heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game-changer, and Read more about US SecDef Gates is realistic on Leaks, Wiki and Otherwise[…]

US turns wikileaks into fiasco. Terrorism is dropped.

Yup – instead of just having been embarrassed and pointing out that every country makes the same kind of internal assessments, that these have to be brutally honest internally in order to be effective and then getting on with it, the US is flipping. H Clinton, the mad spying control freak, is now claiming it’s Read more about US turns wikileaks into fiasco. Terrorism is dropped.[…]

NL Gov: publically funded media only TV / Radio, not internet

In a bizarre swipe at public media, the VVD has stated that tax payers money can’t be used to develop the websites of the public channels. Are they supposed to be website-less? The stated reason is unfair competition with newspapers, but newspapers have been notoriously slow to pick up any kind of innovation. The VVD Read more about NL Gov: publically funded media only TV / Radio, not internet[…]

Netherlands starts it’s own China-esque firewall

The freedoms we rapidly lose 🙁 The Netherlands now has it’s own blacklist of websites that it forces on providers to block. The list is confidential, the methods of enforcing the block are confidential, and just like ACTA – they’re trying to put it through without releasing any details, promising transparency ‘later’. The problem is Read more about Netherlands starts it’s own China-esque firewall[…]

People ignore facts, opinions are based on beliefs

Not only that, but presenting people with facts can entrench them further in their beliefs. People willfully ignore facts that don’t correspond to their opinions. “This bodes ill for a democracy, because most voters — the people making decisions about how the country runs — aren’t blank slates. They already have beliefs, and a set Read more about People ignore facts, opinions are based on beliefs[…]

EU may start saving search history too

The EU is going  to discuss whether or not to force ISPs to save the searches you make in online search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, whatever. Apart from the privacy implications, who is going to pay the ISPs for the massive extra storage capacity they’ll need, but more importantly: what defines a ‘search’ – Read more about EU may start saving search history too[…]

ConLibs start to bring the UK back to sanity: outlawing fingerprinting of children at schools

It looks like the UK is starting to be saved allreay! The ConLibs are devoted to things such as personaly privacy and are against mammoth centralised databases (such as the National ID fiasco). The government is looking to increase the safety of your data and keep much less of it. Well done, I hope this Read more about ConLibs start to bring the UK back to sanity: outlawing fingerprinting of children at schools[…]

UK Internet Law governed by media industry

Basically it’s all about the movie and music industry being able to kick you off the net and subject you to huge fines without any proof – just an accusation of filesharing is enough.  It’s also about giving the business secretary the power to make up penalties and enforcements at whim. It’s not about stimulating Read more about UK Internet Law governed by media industry[…]

Gazprom CEO’s palace removed from Google Maps

The head of Gazprom is building a most luxurious palace in the style of the XVIII century worth $ 50 million Design documentation for anticipated future residence of the head of Gazprom, Alexei Miller, who looks like a huge palace in the style of the XVIII century. Impressive, very similar to the mansion in Peterhof, Read more about Gazprom CEO’s palace removed from Google Maps[…]