Friday, January 27, 2012

STOP SOPA in Canada!

The following is the content of an online Petition located at the Petition Site:


With SOPA and PIPA dead in the U.S., lobbyists may be working behind the scenes to pass similar legislation in Canada.

Because of the music industry's proposed changes to copyright reform bill C-11, Canada could be "a prime target for SOPA style rules," warns Ottawa law professor Michael Geist.

The main point of contention is the industry's push to expand and add statutory damages to an "enabler provision" that would target a wider range of websites and run liability into the millions of dollars for a target website. Other groups are pushing for language that some fear could be used to shut down sites like YouTube.

The massive public protest over the SOPA and PIPA provisions was due to their threat to the Internet and freedom of speech. The same protest is needed to stop SOPA-like changes to Canada's C-11 bill.

Don't let the U.S. Send SOPA to Canada.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

STOP ACTA!


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Etta James: Classic.

Very sad she's gone but she'll live on in her music. Such a beautiful singer.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Byron Sonne Hacktivist on Trial

Byron Sonne’s trial is currently in progress and I have been following it as closely as I can without actually being there. I blogged on this issue during the G8/G20. 

Byron Sonne is a hacktivist who was black box testing the security surrounding the G8/G20.

I initially thought that Sonne had been recruited to participate in the Dirty Tricks campaign that I believe occurred at the time. However, friends of Sonne contacted me and assured me that I was wrong and that Sonne was an innocent victim.

Note that there is now evidence coming out that my general assessment of what occurred during the G8/G20 in 2008 was actually a direct result of a Dirty Tricks campaign,was correct even though it appears that I was wrong about Sonne.

If the media keep digging I don’t doubt the rest of the story could be revealed. If they don’t well then an opportunity to expose some pretty ugly corruption will have fallen by the wayside. Of course, the fact that Elliott was the Commissioner during that period also means that much of the evidence could have been destroyed or fabricated to be intentionally misleading.

Based on what I’ve seen to date I would have to agree with Sonne’s friends about his innocence.

I publicly admit my error and apologize to Sonne.

It appears that their trust in their friend was well founded. Sonne does indeed appear to be an innocent victim of this particularly ugly Dirty Tricks campaign, and I thank his friends for calmly and rationally presenting their case and giving me the time to evaluate it based on it’s own merits.

One of my reasons for saying that Sonne appears to be an innocent victim is the published interrogation of Byron Sonne by Tam Bui. There are several things that become obvious in that interview and indicate that Bui was trying to make a lot more out of Byron’s actions than the evidence itself indicated. His questions about Byrons attitudes and beliefs towards the Jewish community as well as the one's related to an alleged conspiracy were baseless because there was no evidence to support them.


Given that a Ms. Bich Bui is a donor to Mount Sinai Hospital (a relative of Tam Bui?) one has to wonder if Sonne was arrested and held without bail, simply because Tam Bui and/or his personal friends held a personal bias based on nothing more than Sonne downloading a document.

One has to wonder if they held a personal bias which resulted in Sonne unjustly being held in prison without bail for three hundred days and charged for numerous offenses for which there was no evidentiary foundation?

If anyone bothered to research Sonne and read his online stuff it’s pretty clear that he isn’t antisemitic. Unless one thinks that reading something automatically means that the reader must believe it or agree with it.

That would be a pretty absurd conclusion for a presumably experienced lead police investigator to come to and one would have to question his competence if he did that.

Was Sonne simply being punished because someone, somewhere came to baseless and therefore wrong conclusions about his political beliefs and decided to make him pay irrespective of his clear and unambiguous explanations in the interrogations?

It's Ontario. Why wouldn't that surprise me.

(Please note that the above is not a commentary on the good people of Ontario. It is directed towards a specific circle in the wealthy elite here who has effectively bought the Liberal government and for whom the Liberals work exclusively at the expense of not only other members of the wealthy elite but the citizens of Ontario).

Sonne’s trial can be followed on the following site: Free Byron Sonne!


Friday, January 06, 2012

#OPBLACKOUT: STOP SOPA!


Instructions: http://pastebin.com/gnU74Trx

Go Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Amazon for standing up against SOPA.

And thanks to GoDaddy for withdrawing their support for SOPA.

Monday, January 02, 2012

National Stalking Awareness Month : January




January is National Stalking Awareness month.

In honour of this tradition I will be posting articles intended to educate and enhance people’s awareness and understanding of this crime. Some of the better articles I posted last year will also be recycled as will articles by others on this topic.

In fact, I plan to focus most of my attention on the topic of Stalking for the entire year of 2012.

Why?

Mainly because current anti-stalking legislation in Canada is woefully inadequate, doesn’t describe or deal with the full nature of the crime, and the sentences are not reflective of the type of impact the crime has on its victims, psychologically, emotionally, socially, economically, etc.

In the US, while the legislation is strong and despite President Obama’s supportive stance on the issue, the laws are simply not enforced to the degree that they should be given the serious impact this crime has on it’s victims.

Why is this the case?

There appear to be two major reasons for this:
  1. Stalking is still incorrectly seen solely as a “one on one” crime. That is, a single obsessed stalker targeting a single victim. The basic legislation that most countries have on their books describes only this style of the crime and even that legislation is inadequate because it doesn’t take into account new technology. One’s activity can now be monitored far more comprehensively without directly following a victim. Threats are more often than not implicit in the acts committed rather than explicit.
  2. Organized Stalking, that is, stalking by groups like criminal gangs, members of the wealthy elite, corporations, institutions, or the state (including police, military and intelligence agencies) who are targeting and punishing whistle-blowers, who have members who are abusing their power to target people they don’t like or don’t agree with, etc. is not recognized as a Stalking crime in Canada except in the most peripheral way. While legal arguments can still be made, the process is unnecessarily complex since it would involve numerous different criminal charges instead of being under the umbrella of a single charge and recognized as a single crime. 
The reason that legislation is strong in the US and that the American legislation recognizes the Organized Stalking style of the crime is because, from a historical perspective, the American legislation was developed specifically to protect African Americans from Ku Klux Klan style Organized Stalking.

Yes, it was the Klan which developed these techniques initially. The German Stasi just enhanced these techniques already developed by the Klan, and applied psychological and sociological principles to them giving them a more systematic and scientific approach. Naturally this had the effect of making these techniques far more effective and lethal.

Turning a blind eye to this crime not only enables the horrific victimization of hundreds of thousands of innocent people around the world but it actively undermines our Democratic systems world-wide.

It undermines our Democratic system because many of the techniques rely on corruption, bribery, abuse of power, and numerous other criminal acts which are often occurring at the highest levels of our society or committed by those provided with special trust by our society like Medical Professionals and Police and Intelligence Officers. This is particularly true when members of the wealthy elite are the Stalkers, where whistle-blowers are being systematically targeted by corporations, institutions or the state, or where victims are the targets of illegal experimentation by corporations and possibly governments who are developing new technologies whether they be hardware, software, or social psychology techniques for social control and psychological warfare.

The use of Organized Stalking as a means of social persecution is a perfect example of the morally bankrupt concept of, The Ends Justify the Means, and in my opinion, it’s a technique that’s only used by psychopaths and the morally bankrupt.

A very good article on the related topic of Adult Bullying:

Adult Bullying: Is It Happening To You, by Susan McClelland of Canadian Living.

Organized Stalking, as one American Police Officer, interviewed in the following news story, put it, is Bullying On Steroids.