Million Geek March ... An INTERNET PROTEST
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The government can't censor everything. Actually, they can't hardly censor anything. They tried to censor AOL, that failed. They tried to pass some stupid-fuck bill. That failed. They can't stop jack -shit (CowPies). They are so powerless against the people of the net.rop..;u,
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Subject: Internet regulation and censorship
Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by Don Coughlan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Senate wasn't just way out in left field. They were in the wrong stadium, in the wrong country. They have lost their own freedom of thought to vote so overwhelmingly to "censor" the internet. If a parent want's to child proof her/his child from possible exposure, then let them pay a company to filter it for them. It would be the thing I would do if I had small children. But mine have grown, and I world proofed them as best I could. Those not taking this direction end up with dumb kids. May get A's in school, but as we all know, that doesn't go far if a person can't really fend for themselves.
As Internet publishers we most certainly agree with you. What is worse is that the wording of the law is so vague that all will be accomplished is a plethora of litigation and selective enforcement against those who do not have the ability or funds to properly defend themselves. Always felt that legislators should not be lawyers - this is a blatant conflict of interest. The pro-business attitude in Congress these days should read "Pro-Big-Business." If this thing passes watch the little guys squeezed off the Web, and our freedom of speech in this venue get flushed down the toilet.
Thanks for your input. SoCoOL Bob will probably publish your comments if you have no objections.
If "some" members of Congress want to take a stand on PRINCIPLE, other than for purposes of making CowPie Speeches ... then the stand they are supposed to be taking is the one that emphasizes the POWER of INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY. Their must be some MONEY pushing this thing in the other direction. It's one thing we know of that has a way of overcoming PRINCIPLE. I still can't help but believe that the power of this technology, combined with THE POWER of THE PEOPLE, can make something as unmanageable as this recent legislation OBSOLETE.
To Whom It May Concern and Distinguished Congressmen:
It is extremely distressing that this issue is discussed in our esteemed Capitol Building. The very core of this amendment laughs in the face of what our forefathers fought for. It tramples on the ideas of our sacred Bill of Rights. It dictates to me that I cannot choose what my children will be exposed to. This stance, furthermore, does not in any way mean that I support children viewing questionable things. However, I am the one who should determine the definition of what is questionable for myself and those I am responsible for.
I am appalled to see this championed by some Republicans, who claim to fight for the right to be lessened of the control of government. I cannot support any who will vote for this provision. I urge everyone to do whatever is possible to eliminate this provision.
Geoffrey T. Mordock
Lake Forest, CA
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Subject: Internet Response
Thank you for taking the time to contact my office. Your views and opinions are important to me.
Due to the high volume of Internet requests that I receive daily, I am unable to provide you with an immediate response to your comments. However, Arizona constituents, who include a current mailing address, will receive a timely response, via the U.S. Postal Service.
I regret any inconvenience that this delay in corresponding may cause. Again, thank you for contacting my office.
I recommend an autoresponder that provides a record of your vote and stance on this matter, updated, perhaps monthly.
The Senate conferees are considering ways to protect children from inappropriate material on the Internet. A vote for either the House or Senate proposals will result in the destruction of the Internet as a viable medium for free expression, education, commerce. Libraries will not be able to put their entire book collections online. Everyday people like me will risk massive fines and prison sentences for public discussions someone somewhere might consider "indecent".
There are other, less restrictive ways to protect children from objectionable material online. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ELECTION ISSUE TO ME.
Man did not weave the web of life - he is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. *Chief Seattle 1854*
Larry Blackburn aka Renzo Ford Driveability Tech
Sonoma, California email@example.com http://www.sonic.net/~renzo
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Your opinions can be included by contacting your representatives, including President Clinton.Below is the result of your feedback form. It was submitted by Don Coughlan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
body: The Senate wasn't just way out in left field. They were in the wrong stadium, in the wrong country. They have lost their own freedom of thought to vote so overwhelmingly to "censor" the internet. If a parent want's to child proof her/his child from possible exposure, then let them pay a company to filter it for them. It would be the thing I would do if I had small children. But mine have grown, and I world proofed them as best I could. Those not taking this direction end up with dumb kids. May get A's in school, But as we all know, that doesn't go far if a person can't really fend for themselves.
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