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Funny, I was just mulling over the fact that my car was coming up on 200K miles and would probably need the timing belt changed soon, and I would have to again find a trustable mechanic.. and then, monday morning, there was a *whump* under the hood and my car decided to speed up the process.
Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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Good: Discovering one of the last little-known Public-accessible Hot Springs in southern California.
Better: Sharing that boulder-lined pool with your sweetie And a passel of mostly unclad female people.
Worse: Getting parboiled from the chest down by said hot spring, probably with the assistance of too much sulfur in the water.

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From the sublime to the ridiculous (again?)

16 hour workday today.
And I think this bus is stoppin' again, To let a couple more freaks get on...
(And the wheels on the bus go round and round...)

(This for anyone who might remember a somewhat similar post about 8 years ago...)

"...let these two asses be set to grind corn."

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