Brothers, sisters, friends, and (especially) those who never liked me,
I have been absent for a while. Some may have missed me, some may have been happier while I was away :)
Today I just return for a short remark about the SOPA and PIPA proposed laws.
These laws seriously limit free speech. And I mean seriously. For those who remember me, recall the style of my worst rants, and imaging worse.
In the USA, and in every place in the world, every bit of progress has happened because of people speaking freely. For thousands of years. Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad spoke freely, and the world changed.
Martin Luther, and Martin Luther King Junior.
And for the more commercial side, we also have world-changing people and organizations, for example:
The Beatles, the Yes, the Who.
NBC, the BBC, Sony Entertainment, Disney, MGM, Apple Records, Apple Computers, Microsoft, IBM, Intel.
I do not mind that artists and entertainment companies make a lot of money. Or athletes and their sponsors. They are welcome to all of it.
But I do mind that, in the interest of their short term monetary interests, they damage the very foundation of where everything we have gained over the last few thousand years comes from.
Of course saying this here at TDG is preaching to the converted. But I just felt it had to be said, as I do say it in other venues.