Russia starts doing things like this to please the America media, hoping that America (and it's Canadian flunkies) will let them participate in the world entertainment party. But just as Russia gets a grip on kiddie porn for example, then it finds out that Hollywood is actually owned by the kiddie porn producers. But America has one extra card in its hand: FARA, Foreign Agents Registration Act. This is much more effective than banning simple VPN connections. In one week, for example, The USA has succeeded in shutting down an entire Russian news outlet, RT, with 700 million households in more than 100 countries. RT has been so silenced by the anti-free speech forces in the USA that you can't even find it by searching Google. In ONE week! Russia is actually solidly behind free-speech for Russians - they just got flim-flammed by the Yanks (and their TLD-sharing flunkies in Canada). Now we're just going to have to rely on the likes of Climate Barbie and the CBC. God save us!
You guys are walking perilously close to the "fake news" line. What Pussy Riot did is a CRIMINAL offense in most countries. In Canada, acting the ass in a church is an offense under Sec 430(4.1) subject to 10 years imprisonment.
So give us readers break - we don't need to get all stressed out over bogus free speech issues. And this is about as bogus as it gets. There's much better topics to focus on.
Format shifting is totally legal in Canada. When the law was written, there were only 2 formats (tape cassette & CD). Regardless, it's all now trivial (in law) and allowed. However, publishing, uploading, reselling, etc are another matter entirely.
You are right, but someone forgot to add that the "white women" were Slav women captured in Ukraine by muslim Tatars and sold to Turkish brokers for resale in the middle east. They're still doing it, believe it or not, because there's still good money to be made.
Yes, "we" didn't do it, but it still happened. "White" slavery involved the capture of Slav women in Ukraine & Crimea by Tatar slavers. The captured women were sold to Turkish brokers for resale as sex slaves in the Middle East. Nowadays, muslims capture any vulnerable young girls for resale, as happened recently in Nigeria.
And who are YOU talking to when you invoke "his"? For the lazy posters with large egos here, the "View in Thread" toggle doesn't help when most of you are too lazy to enter your name, or the name of the original poster. Most here are either one guy named "anonymous", or hordes of lazy posters with large egos. Oh, I said that already.
@Anon:"He threw the stone tablets down and they broke. Get it?"
Who are you talking to and what are you talking about?
You should check your enthusiasm for digitizing research literature. This was in today's news:
"A biologist at the University of British Columbia says 80 per cent of data by today's scientists is lost within 20 years, a victim of digital storage.
"Sometimes the problem is outdated storage devices, says Tim Vines. Sometimes the problem is as simple as an abandoned email account.
"His team went back to look for the data from 516 studies published between 1991 and 2011. They found everything recorded within the past two years, but after that data disappeared fast. After 20 years, 80 per cent was missing."
Digital info is easy to access, but with an astonishing half-life of just 10 years!
@John F:"The part that isn't fine is the widespread spying on all of us"
They're not spying on all of us. They're digging through trainloads of metadata to see who the Yemeni & Somali zombies are phoning twice a day here in America. That's not the same as "spying on all of us".
You're right - we really don't care a rat's ass about the NSA matching up metadata because it's how we identify suspects in Yemen and Somalia and Pakistan - and their contacts here at home. You're viewing NSA as some kind of external villain but, really, the NSA is us and I really enjoy that they're locating potential enemies & keeping an eye on what they're up to.
"Collections are searches. Communications are effects."
Possibly in your mind only? It's also equally likely that communications are traffic on a public highway. And collections of metadata are simply cars parked in a parking lot. There's nothing wrong with somebody making note of who parks in your parking lot every day. No search warrants required.
"Terrorism, while tactically offensive, cannot achieve an offensive strategic aim as it does not provide any functional control over the area influenced. It is, instead, the last desperate defense of a cornered foe. Think of terrorists as trapped squirrels."
You're confusing what you read in a book a few years ago with what's happening on the ground today. Islamic terror is designed to get the masses to submit to the will of Allah. Once you and your people have submitted, and the churches have been demolished, the bleeding edge of Allah's troops will move on to the next community. The method has been proven successful over and over again for the last 1000 years. It's truly strategic in execution.
By matching metadata, the NSA can tell you when the Al Qaeda brigades are approaching your community, thereby giving you enough time to seek refuge in a church. Oh, I guess the last item needs a little more work.
@Wolfy:" I think ALL religion is a threat to human prosperity, but . . . You do not see other religions engaging in unrelenting armed warfare."
Wolfy, make up your mind, you're sounding a bit schizo. Are you dying to say that Christianity is also a threat to prosperity . . . or not? That Christians, too, are out there blowing up shoppers and gleefully beheading the helpless? Are you wanting to say that the apparent prosperity of the Christian world is just an illusion because Christianity is actually a "threat to human prosperity"? Make up your mind, friend.
If these scientists don't like being told to stop running off their mouths on global warming, the shrinking polar ice cap, or the damn polar bears, then they should do like the rest of have to do - get a real job somewhere else that doesn't mind them spouting off about their bogus liberal nonsense. Canadian science whiners are just a splinter of the Occupy Wall Street crowd. Perhaps they could just go back to Pakistan if life in Canada is so difficult. Somehow I doubt they'll take the offer even if offered free 1st class tickets.
I heard you the first time! Regardless, it's a good question and deserves a considered response. It's a much more interesting topic than the NSA eavesdropping on people phoning Somalia or Yemen twice a day.