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How many rivers will we cross before we find our way as a species

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July 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Coming Soon to Canada – Copyright Cops

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Canada’s Soon-To-Be Introduced “Lawful” Access Legislation

(Originally published in the Toronto Star by Dr. Michael Geist)

The first prong mandates the disclosure of Internet provider customer information without court oversight. Under current privacy laws, providers may voluntarily disclose customer information but are not required to do so.

The second prong requires Internet providers to dramatically re-work their networks to allow for real-time surveillance. (without court oversight)

The bill sets out detailed capability requirements that will eventually apply to all Canadian Internet providers. These include the power to intercept communications, to isolate the communications to a particular individual, and to engage in multiple simultaneous interceptions.

Moreover, the bill establishes a comprehensive regulatory structure for Internet providers that would mandate their assistance with testing their surveillance capabilities and disclosing the names of all employees who may be involved in interceptions (and who may then be subject to RCMP background checks).

Having obtained customer information without court oversight and mandated Internet surveillance capabilities, the third prong creates a several new police powers designed to obtain access to the surveillance data.

 These include new transmission data warrants that would grant real-time access to all the information generated during the creation, transmission or reception of a communication including the type, direction, time, duration, origin, destination or termination of the communication.

Law enforcement could then obtain a preservation order to require providers to preserve subscriber information, including specific communication information, for 90 days. Finally, having obtained and preserved the data, production orders can be used to require the disclosure of specified communications or transmission data.

An OPENSOURCE film about copyright, teenagers & internet.


Director / Writer: Julio Secchin
Producer: Luiz Felipe ‘Moe’ Couto
Cinematographer: Daniel Venosa
Assistant Director: Rodrigo Vasconcellos
Art Directors: Maya Dikstein & Laura Shalders
Costume Designer: Maria Catarina Duncan
Editor: Felipe Peres & Vincent Zoidberg, A.C.E.
Original Titles Design: Níkolas Pereira
Art Property Producer: Gabriel Cabral
Art Director Assistants: Livia Travassos & Manoela Medeiros
Original Music & Sound Design: Bernardo Uzeda
Sound Recordist: Diogo Valentino
1st Camera Assistant: Guilherme Rezende
2nd Camera Assistant: Marcelo Pizzato
Still Photographer: Gabriel Secchin
Additional Photography & Camera Operation: João Atala, Diego Quinderé, Lourenço Monte-Mór, Gabriel Mariani, Guilherme Rezende & Marcelo Pizzato
Special Effects: Equipe M
Continuity: Manuelle Rosa
Make-up Artist: Isabela Arêde
Casting: Rodrigo Vasconcellos & Duda Gorter
Assist. Production: Emerson Mendes, Nathalia Melo & Leonardo Batista de Brito
Set Manager: Rafael ‘Torah’ Silva
Gaffer: Danilson Souza Costa
Additional Gaffer: Baianinho
Best Boy Electric: Bartô

 Starring: Pedro Ramôa, Gustavo Berriel, Rafaella Buzzi & André Ramiro.
Featuring: Marcello Biju, Guilherme Bellem, André ‘Fofo’ Chaves & Gabriel Frazão

Special thanks to Andre Camara

Written by mattliving

May 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

A Vote for Canada

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Canadian Flag by Magnaen

I agree with any politician that says Canadians deserves better because we desperately do.

The manner and deportment of Mr. Harper and his government has been undeniably child-like, arrogant and at times simply illegal, yet too many Canadians seem willing to give Mr. Harper and his government a free pass on character and integrity for the mistaken belief that these behaviours can be overlooked during the trying economic times and while our economy is apparently still too fragile for a responsible, accountable and trustworthy government.

I ask you all, what would you do if your children were to act like Mr. Harper and his government have acted in the past few years? Well? You can keep right on deluding yourselves that a tiny bit of mythic good outweighs the enormous bad or you can face up to the fact that Mr. Harper and his party simple do not care beyond votes about Canadian families or their futures.

So much of what Mr. Harper claims in his reality is simply not true and he uses verbal slight of hand and misdirection to continue to put forward his false claims of progress and good while fear mongering to push rational discussion aside as unnecessary in his “troubled” economic times. He makes dangerously untrue statements about the legality of coalition governments while exploiting them to remain in power. He himself called for a coalition government when his party sat in opposition but of course Mr. Harper would have you believe he was trying to unite the right and save his precious Canada. Again, more of Harper’s verbal slight of hand.

Mr. Harper’s long train wreck of pork barrel spending simple boggles the mind when you watch the Conservatives current attacks ads that use Iggy’s G.S.T. statements from four year past to suggest that the Liberals are all about raising taxes while his own government bribed the Premiers of Ontario and British Columbia to implement his H.S.T. that resulted in a Harper supported tax increase for those of you who are already jumping up and down to blame your respective provincial governments. More Tory slight of hand.

Every Canadian recognizes the need to support and fund our treasured quality of life. Much of that support comes in the form of taxes and while it is true that some taxes will go up, they should. I am of course referring to the lottery-sized, tax relief Canadian corporations have enjoyed and would continue to enjoy in ever increasing amounts should Mr. Harper ever gain control over our Parliament. It’s time for Canada’s most profitable corporations to share the tax burden that every single Canadian continues to shoulder regardless of their economic status while the corporations spread billion$ in profits around to their shareholders while having unmitigated gall to claim they’re creating jobs with their new found Tory tax windfall. More of Stephen Harper’s verbal slight of hand.

The Conservative tax policy is a virtual mirror of the disastrous tax policies that have all but crippled the United States of America and threaten to plunge it and many other countries with similar unsustainable policies into unimaginably deep cuts in every single aspect of government and social services that do not involve corporate interests. The sad truth is that we have become an incredibly selfish and petty people, more concerned about large screen TVs, new vehicles every three years, smart phones and our daily doses on Timmy’s rather than the failing state of our social safety net or the disastrous future we’re imposing on our children because of our selfish and irresponsible lifestyles.

The plain and simply truth is that Conservative governments have historically and habitually saddled generations of Canadians with huge deficits, followed by years of slow and painful recovery. Unfortunately for most Canadians this endless cycle of Tory deficits followed by slow and painful recovery has taken it’s toll and with the ever-increasing and more massive deficits combined with the shrinking take-home pay of Canadians, our ability as a nation to recovery becomes infinitely more difficult with every cycle of boom and bust. Nothing! Absolutely nothing has changed in the Conservative’s one-off policies or recent budget to address the massive structural deficits that they have created. If anything, the Tory’s continued practice of hit and miss policy decisions coupled with the continuation of corporate socialism make deep program cuts all but inevitable and add substantially more misery to a slow and painful recovery they fail to acknowledge even exists.

Make no mistake about it, Mr. Harper has no desire to increase the federal governments support for health care, education or anything for that matter that resembles the kind of corporate socialism he and virtually all right-wing governments around the world so boisterously defend as necessary in order to keep our fragile economies a float. What Mr. Harper fails to tell Canadians is that without the kind of responsible regulations and government oversight of previous Liberal governments he claims shackle the hounds of prosperity, Canada would be in very similar and equally desperate situation as the United States of America find themselves in today.

I can only hope with all my heart that Canadians of all political stripes see and understand the profound failure of Mr. Harper and his government to govern with the integrity, transparency and honesty that he so passionately railed about during his previous election campaigns. For the future of our country, our sovereignty and our children I urge you all think long and hard about the consequences of a Conservative majority government lead by Stephen Harper.

Written by mattliving

April 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

What Do I Make?

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It’s time to take back our democracies.

Written by mattliving

March 19, 2011 at 9:20 am


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The next time you here someone proclaiming the evils of socialism please share the above quote
to remind where they received the ability to achieve “their” wealth or opportunities and
please share this amazing essay written by Albert Einstein in May 1947.

Written by mattliving

March 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

Possibilianism. A Way Out of the New Dark Ages.

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Kevin Kelly wrote after watching the video:

Agnostics end with the lack of an answer.
Possibilians begin with the lack of an answer.

Agnostics say, we can’t decide between this and that.
Possibilians say, there are other choices than this or that.

Agnostics say, I Don’t Know, it’s impossible to answer that question.
Possibilians say, I Don’t Know, there must be better questions.

Both start in humility, but agnosticism is bounded by our great ignorance, while possibilism is unbounded by our limited knowledge.

I think that both Dr. David Eagleman (Neuroscientist) and Kevin Kelly have shown a possible way out of the polarized and mean-spirited conversation that has captured and continues to torture mainstream America.

Written by mattliving

February 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm

We ALL Must Take A Stand. NOW!

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February 25, 2011 at 11:54 pm

First They Came…

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First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

– Pastor Martin Niemoller

This famous statement attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

Written by mattliving

February 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

Obama Continues to Support Tyranny with Lies and U.S. Munitions

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“This isn’t a choice between the government and the people of Egypt,” Gibbs said. “This is not about taking sides.– White House spokesman Robert Gibbs

Written by mattliving

January 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

The American Dream

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The AMERICAN DREAM is a 30 minute animated film that shows you how you’ve been scammed by the most basic elements of our government system. All of us Americans strive for the American Dream, and this film shows you why your dream is getting farther and farther away. Do you know how your money is created? Or how banking works? Why did housing prices skyrocket and then plunge? Do you really know what the Federal Reserve System is and how it affects you every single day? THE AMERICAN DREAM takes an entertaining but hard hitting look at how the problems we have today are nothing new, and why leaders throughout our history have warned us and fought against the current type of financial system we have in America today. You will be challenged to investigate some very entrenched and powerful institutions in this nation, and hopefully encouraged to help get our nation back on track. (investmentwatchblog.com)

Time to wake up America.

Written by mattliving

January 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm