Dammit! Congress Fooling With the Internet? Really

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    From what I can see, probably wouldn't effect me, but certainly would many. I willingly pay quite a bit for speed, but not everyone can-well I really can't, but I'm willing to give other things up.

    Bottom line, anyone with a modem and access should be able to surf at will-parents are the ones that should have the responsibility for using filters or monitoring use of minors:

    Here's the House link:

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.5252.IH:

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.internet09may09,0,4559120.story

     
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    Why cant they just leave it alone? Government should have zero part in most things that it does but it should have ZERO business in the internet. The internet is global and no government entity should be controlling it. Its the last realm of freedom on this planet. If we allow government to get its claws into it, its all over.
     
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    Agreed. After looking a bit more, the real issue will be the 'sites.' The 'biggies' would show up quick, meaning they paid for the correct venues. Sounding a bit 'liberal' here, seems to be a bow to big corporations.
     
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    That's a good point, sadly it's not the case in many countries though, so in a sense the freedom of the internet is denied to many people. You probably know that China censors the internet heavily, totalitarian governments hate the idea of free speech and free thought and the internet is a nightmare for them. My own government has used the protection of children from pornography on the internet as a stalking horse to try and put in legislative controls on content (it failed). When I had my stepson at home and he was under 18 (legal age of majority here) we made sure his internet use was discreetly monitored. I had, on more than one occasion, to cut him off from it when I found inappropriate material on his computer.
     
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    Which is how it should be with censorship. Parents monitor their kids. Government is not a nanny.

    This bill though is complete bullshit. It basically means the government is selling out AGAIN to the big corporations and spitting in the public's face.
     
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    I'm familiar with all you wrote. That what has been the strength of US internet, really anything goes. Some of it is sick, sick, sick. I teach my kids at school, at home a long time ago, to 'get out' as soon as you see 'sick.' They do get it.

    Is there porn? Oh yea. Is there satanic worship and glorification? Yes.

    Is there religious wonderland for Christians? Yes. For Wiccans? Yes. For Islamics? Yes. For Jews? Yes.

    Are there numerous uplifting sites for agnostics? Yes. Buddhists? Yes.

    We have it all. Why would we want Congress to screw it up? I don't.
     
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    Here...here...*raises a glass of something*
    I agree with this statement 100%...
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    True. The government doesn't give a damn about the people. The bottom line with them is the dollar.
     
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    Do you folks remember the extreme left spouting “Be afraid, be very afraid” in regard to the Government terrorist attack warnings? Yes.

    Well, I am afraid now, very afraid, not of the terrorist but of my own Government!
    Why? Because they have a track record of policy action that only benefits BIG BUSINESS and/or the Government (IMO).
    Gawd I hate to say it, but it’s true, screw the people, ya know who loves ya!

    My case:

    Zero action on open boarders which benefit big business by providing cheap labor, but do nothing to secure the Country.

    Zero Tax reform....It would help everyone in the Country.

    Zero Social Security reform....It would help the Country.

    Bankruptcy reform....DID NOT benefit the people, but sure does benefit the credit card companies (BIG BUSINESS), who after years of trying finally found an administration to put it to us!
    (BTW, this has backfired on them. Losses were 1%, now I hear they are 7%. Had your interest rate increased lately?)

    The Old folks drug program. DID not help the Country, but the politicians!


    The Port deal......Geeeezzzzz

    Now the internet? Control for the benefit of BIG business, and the Government, I’m afraid.

    Now I see this! AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth telephone companies began turning over records of tens of millions of their customers' phone calls to the National Security Agency program...
    http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/11/nsa.phonerecords.ap/

    Yeah, I’m afraid, VERY afraid! And VERY PISSED OFF!
     
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    Big business RUNS the government---why aren't people screaming about all the data that big business collects on private Americans?
     

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