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Citizens of Earth!

This article came to my attention today. I have no idea on the factual
nature of it. But, it was enough for me to stand up and shout, I DON’T
Anyway, before you finish reading this post, you need to click
on the site below, read the article, then come back.

Death of Free Internet is Imminent – Canada will become Test Case

Welcome back.

First, I strongly disagree with what I took as a slap at our neighbors
to the north. As was mentioned earlier in the article “The people used
the power of the Internet and the little guys won”, well, those ‘people’
WERE Canadians. And to expect hardly “a whimper from the Canadians” was
the same mind set Santa Ana had when he and his army of thousands went
charging up to a little chapel called the Alamo. They may be the quiet,
but don’t underestimate them. Still waters run deep.

Second, I strongly agree with the rest. The Internet is the greatest
technological breakthrough that’s ever happened to the planet as a whole.
For the first time in history we have the chance to freely and openly
exchange ideas, form relationships, and engage in commerce with anybody
and everybody across this vast blue world of ours. We are getting to
know each other’s cultures, religions, families, wants, and dreams. This
is causing the barriers of fear and mistrust to crumble and fall. And
that scares the heck out of any government that is truly not of and
for their people.

With anything good will come some bad. So it is with the internet. There
are the unscrupulous, the scammers, the theives, and the monsters. But,
they have been with us way before the internet. Anybody remember obscene
phone calls? Thanks to caller ID, they’re gone but, we still have the
perverts in the parks. So we have to watch our children as intently on
the computers as we watch them in the parks.

Now internet scared governments will use that to frighten us into allowing
our free internet to be regulated, monitored, and homogenized, all in
the name of safety and security. Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would
give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve
neither liberty nor safety.”

And what better way to regulate us than to grant big business the right to
seize our free internet and dole out access for a penny a keystroke or
whatever they deem profitable. Because the best way to control people is
through their pockets.

So to you governments and big business’ out there who are seriously
contemplating this action, myself and about a billion of my new best
friends are declaring:

We the Citizens of Earth proclaim the World Wide Web
Free Space. Not to be controlled, regulated, or held
hostage for profit. Leave it alone. We mean it!!

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No Responses to “Citizens of Earth!”

  1. Alexander M Zoltai Says:

    I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it !!!

    There must be groups out there fighting this…

    Still, most groups don’t get very far against violence–yes, corporations taking over the Internet is a violent act!!!

    Maybe, modelling non-violent actions:

  2. Alexander M Zoltai Says:

    tried to enter a link for you and it wiped it…

  3. Alexander M Zoltai Says:

    Google this: “198 Methods of Nonviolent Action”.
    It will be in first place.
    It’s from Gene Sharp and it’s dynamite . . .

    ~ Alex

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Alexander … Exactly and hopefully folks will take heed!

    Here is the link that Alexander is talking about:

  5. Leanne Lonergan Says:

    OMG…!that is absolutely outrageous!Omg…I can’t believe they think they could get away with it. Surely there would be such an uproar ( not only from average users but also from small business and the like)that it just couldn’t go ahead.This is way more huge than the text message sneaky charge issue.
    Omg…. it makes me so angry to think that everything I have worked to set up in the last 12 months could be dashed in the hands of the big guys!
    GGGrrrr…not happy.

    Leanne Lonergans last blog post..Feeling S.A.D!

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Leanne … Well, we know it now and will be on the lookout. And if it is coming to pass anywhere, we should all rise up in one unified world wide voice and say “oh, hell no!”

  7. Bcarter Says:

    This idea has been flopping around for a couple years now and would kill the whole idea that the internet is the easiest place to start a small business. On the other hand, I don’t think something like this would be constitutional in the US.

    Bcarters last blog post..Webhost transfer is now complete

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Bcarter … That is a possibility. However, people knowing slows the possibility. There have been alot of things happening in the U.S. that have not been constitutional in the last 8 years.

  9. Barbara Says:

    Hi Linda,

    Great article! Up here in Washington.. we now have to pay state tax for online purchases. That just took affect in the last couple of weeks..Ouch! Anything for revenue.. we are already one of the top five most expensive states to live in!

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Yikes! that is terrible about your taxes. revenue, revenue, revenue…

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