“REGULATING THE INTERNET”

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A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities. -Thomas Jefferson

 

Time Check

Feb. 4, 1789 – Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.

Feb 4, 1968 – The World’s largest hovercraft was launched at Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Feb, 4, 1993 – Russian scientists unfurled a giant mirror in orbit and flashed a beam of sunlight across Europe during the night. Observers saw it only as a momentary flash.

 

 

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Iss. 26

February 4, 2013

Good Afternoon Thinkers,

The United States is the land of the free, the beacon of democracy that shines bright for all to see. But if that were the case, why do we need Europe to monitor our elections? The Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has been asked by many leftist groups to come and in a sense “police” our elections next month.

This isn’t much different from November when we invited the U.N. to come watch over our voting process in the General Election and make sure everything was democratic. The problem was, of course, many of the U.N. officials who were attending were products of many dictatorships and other forms of corrupt government.Well, I guess some of the countries held elections, but in Kazakstan, whenever they hold elections, the guy wins exactly 96 percent of the vote! That’s ironic. And that’s just one example. So these guys are supposed to tell us if our elections are fair? They wouldn’t know democracy if it hit them in the face!

At any rate, the last time I checked we invented Democracy. If I went to Kazakstan and started eating that guy’s shubat (fermented Camel’s milk) and washed it down with a nice old entree of horse, I wouldn’t get in his kitchen and tell him it didn’t taste right and he had better cook differently……Okay maybe I would, but you try some shubat and come talk to me! And speaking of inventions we also invented the internet.

Last week, the United Nations sought out the United States in order to sign a telecommunications treaty which would aim to regulate the world wide web. 90 countries signed this treaty and luckily the United States, for the time being declined. Regulate, Regulate, Regulate, it’s all the U.N. wants to do and the problem is that they don’t even know what the shubat is supposed to taste like, you know what I mean? All I know is this, if you’re going to regulate anything how about getting Beyonce’s strip show off the Superbowl so my little cousins don’t grow up thinking that becoming a football player requires having a degree at the local strip club.

Sorry, I’m sort of joking, but in all seriousness this internet regulation is a big deal. The action is an effort to crack down on hate speech. Sounds good, but things aren’t always what they seem to be. If you are an advocate of opposite sex marriage and you voice that opinion you could be deleted from the world wide web because that will be determined as discriminatory towards gays. If you support Israeli freedom that can be viewed as anti Islamic hate rhetoric. You see? This is unnecessary and can only become a headache at best. At the conference Russia argued in favor of the treaty. Pretty much anything they support is an automatic red flag (but actually, it is).

The internet has grown so much and done so well up to this point without regulation. It would be a shame if the greatest way of sharing ideas was suddenly halted.

 

Christian

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