I agree. I still love his music, and have both bought it (originally) and now illegally downloaded it since I cannot find it in Taiwan and it was not possible to bring my entire CD/DVD collection with me when I moved here (Two suitcases, overpacked, for your entire life doesn't leave much room), but it is sad to see him move from the thought provoking artist he was to the regurgitated garbage catch phrases that **AA keeps throwing at us.
I served in the US army, and I support his actions. Because of my service, I got to experience some of the BS that our government pulls first hand.
While yes, I believe since he did the crime he deserves some time, I also agree with others that he is being crucified for this beyond what he should be. The sad part is they fail to realize they are making him a martyr, and making the government look even worse.
Lets face it, the government appears to have a policy of over-secrecy. You hide a document about a diplomat insulting another diplomat behind his back as a "confidential" issue?
I am glad of what he did because it exposes the BS the government is pulling behind our very backs. While there may be some initial pain (We have all seen how embarrassing some of these are, and it has undoubtedly jaded others impressions of Americans), I think overall this may end up being something that helps us grow, because the government is being asked to answer for the stupidity of some of it's officials.
I would love to see more Mannings. America was founded on the very principle of disobeying their governments rules (Or did you forget that we rebelled against England to get our US of A?). Let's hope the next leaked documents come from some of our biggest lobbiest companies (And their "bought officials), so we can see the BS that is occurring there.
Actually, you just hit the nail on the head, and yet sadly are arguing against your own logical reasoning:
If the park is filled with guys selling crack, the potential is that they could go in, make arrests, and order the park emptied while the search for drugs and dangerous needles.
So, they could get a court order to Subpoena the IP of the "criminals", and then go arrest, gasp, the ones participating in illegal activities, instead of shutting down everyone, including those not participating in illegal activities (bank robbers and cars come to mind, so lets take your car because you can use it to assist bank robbers...).
They could, gasp, apply due process and get a court order shutting down the site while investigations occur, instead of just saying "We can take it, no matter what due process says". That is, if they could convince the courts that this site was indeed set up to facilitate crimes (although it seems that more and more judges are sadly jumping on the shoot first, ask questions later issue).
I live in Taiwan, so if you want to move your hosting over here, feel free to contact me. Although, I am not sure that too many can move here, since Taiwan's political status internationally leaves it vulnerable to the US leaning on them to get it their way...
Maybe we can limit how many I can help move here so we do not have Taiwan put on the same list as Hong Kong.
You are failing to make the point though that there is a need for this.
Currently, SOPA/PIPA style enforcement is becoming more commonplace, so why do we need it? Currently, the content industries are making more money than ever before, so why do we need it?
Stop the war on drugs, it has failed and we loose more than is gained.
Stop the war on terrorism, it has failed and we loose more than is gained.
Stop the war on piracy, it has failed and we loose more than is gained.
Reasonable debate would be debating why we need to keep expanding copyright once every 2 years. Reasonable debate would be debating why we need to keep allowing patents that are common sense. Reasonable debate would be allowing the process to be transparent, and actually listening to all sides, not just the side throwing money at you.
It is not about profits, they have them.
It is not about channels, they can make them.
It is not about protecting the artists, they are still exploiting them.
It is all about control. Total, and complete control. Don't kid yourself, the government also does not object too heavily, since they can use the same laws to expand their own control.
Feel free to respond to these issues. I will be waiting with bated breath.
So, next we should change our password to:
Why is it though I always get the message "This password is to long"....
Honestly, the best way is to find 4 words 4+ letters in length, random with no direct subject links.
I remember reviewing the stats, and a brute force attack on a basic 16 character password like this would take 56 years (approximately) to go through every combination. The whole upper case, lower case, number, special symbol is actually less secure at a length of 8 characters than a 16 character password of only lower case words.
My home network password is 22 (6 words) characters long and my wifi access is 16 (4 words) characters long, and no matter how many brute force attacks I have had on my server (I once had a single IP address try for 2 days straight, resulting in 19 pages of logs before I noticed and permablocked the IP address), I have never had a breach.
While I am very adept at the engineering level and can do many things that would leave many people wondering how I did that (Thank you Google for letting me find those in depth tech blogs so I can do those things=P), remember most people want simplicity.
Even some of us, like me, would like to have a simpler system. Single login, don't need to try to remember every different website and every different user name/password (In case you are like me and have a common name like John, which is taken on pretty much every sign in website...).
When I want to set up my home server, I do research, evaluation, participation in Q&A, whatever I need, and suffer through the headaches (And please understand, I love doing things like that, even though I want to throw computers out the window periodically). When I want to watch a movie, I do not want to spend a great amount of time trying to figure out how to use different services. I do not want to waste my time trying to figure out how to login, how to navigate this companies website for the first time, or waiting for my password reset to be sent to my email because I forgot what my password was on this website.
I think examples like these are the exact reason why a common portal can be great. But, again, to each their own.