December 6th, 2007


A nation of snitches

House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including “obscene” cartoons and drawings–or face fines of up to $300,000.

That broad definition would cover individuals, coffee shops, libraries, hotels, and even some government agencies that provide Wi-Fi. It also sweeps in social-networking sites, domain name registrars, Internet service providers, and e-mail service providers such as Hotmail and Gmail, and it may require that the complete contents of the user’s account be retained for subsequent police inspection.

Wednesday’s vote caught Internet companies by surprise: the Democratic leadership rushed the SAFE Act to the floor under a procedure that’s supposed to be reserved for noncontroversial legislation. It was introduced October 10, but has never received even one hearing or committee vote. In addition, the legislation approved this week has changed substantially since the earlier version and was not available for public review.

Not one Democrat opposed the SAFE Act. Two Republicans did: Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning presidential candidate from Texas, and Rep. Paul Broun from Georgia.

Emphasis added. Any wagers on how Hillary and Obama will vote when this hits the Senate?

Original: craschworks - comments


First glimpses of the Ron Paul blimp

First video of the Ron Paul blimp!

They think that they'll get a lot of reporters who want to fly in the blimp:

After a short interview on XMRadio just now they called back and asked if they could be on the blimp when it goes over Washington D.C. Other reporters have asked for the same.

They're also pretty confident that they'll be able to fly it over Wall Street, Times Square, and other restricted airspaces. Seeing the blimp over Times Square on New Years Eve would be awesome.

Note that they need to raise $200 K by Friday in order to make stops on the way from Elizabeth City, NC to Boston, MA. At the current donation rate, they will still make it to Boston by the 16th, but won't have time to make any stops.