Congress passed the "stimulus" bill, it includes a broad and vauge change to internet law that makes it now a FELONY to violate copyrights via piracy or other reduplication, such as memes.
Yes, this bill does go after people who pirate music and movies, but since basically all memes include *some* copyrighted content of *some* kind, and the bill is worded so broadly, and literally everyone on the internet is exposed to memes in some way or another, the government just gave itself the power to selectively throw whoever they want in federal prison at any given moment.
Oh but we got $600 of our own dollars given back to us so this is fine, right??!?!
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Ah, yes, the Gadsden Flag, a symbol of the Colonial Marines, an armed force fighting for independence and freedom from the government, is malignant and “corrupted” because it’s used by...
...peaceful armed protesters who want independence and freedom from the government, in some unknown context. Couldn’t even find a picture of far-right folks flying it.
We don’t even know what they’re protesting. We’re just supposed to assume they’re wrong. Or at least that the character thinks they’re wrong, for some reason.
I’m not even Libertarian and I can tell this is a braindead take.
(This show is to the Da Vinci Code movies what Hannibal is to Silence of the Lambs. Same network, even.)
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It’s important to condemn the coup attempt, to take it seriously, and to identify and organize against the people involved, but all this sensationalism has gone on a bit too long imo. Corporate media is hyperfocusing on this for a reason. So let’s get some perspective
A crowd of about 100 fascists, who converged on DC from all around the country following weeks of planning, broke into a building and accomplished absolutely nothing of substance. They didn’t pull this off because they were armed, unified, or organized in any special way - unlike what some people say, we have nothing to learn from them - but because the cops literally backed up and let them in
Anarchists and other radicals actually used to travel to central mass protests too, years ago - that’s not just something the fascists do while accusing us of doing it. And when we did, those protests shook the world, and they looked like this:
Those are all from the anti-globalization protests in Seattle in 1999
A lot of younger radicals aren’t even aware that big convergences like this used to happen fairly regularly, usually around worldwide economic summits. Summit protests do still happen, but they’re not the huge events they used to be. Anarchists don’t gather from around the world like that anymore because we don’t have to - we pull together protests of this size all the time now, and people usually don’t travel more than an hour’s drive to get to them. We all saw that last summer: protests of thousands, even in smaller towns. That’s how much our numbers have grown. While self-organized local Trumper “rallies” are usually like a dozen people on a street corner with signs
Speaking of last summer, though, remember when we occupied a government building? About a thousand people took over Seattle City Hall, and it looked like this:
Again, nobody bought a flight out to Seattle to do this. Ten times as many people as were in the supposed “coup” this month, and most likely every single one from the greater Seattle area
And back in 2011, thousands of union members and others in solidarity with them occupied the Wisconsin state capitol, and it looked like this:
We outnumber them to such a degree that it’s hilarious. Just look at any of the counterdemos where antifascists outnumbered the fash 20 to 1 at their own damn rally for proof
This doesn’t mean stop taking fascists seriously. They’re still murderous hateful goons that are backed up by the state, and they’ll get away with all sorts of attacks and atrocities if we don’t stop them. But just keep some perspective on it. The media is doing nonstop coverage of this farce while some of our thousands-strong protests fail to even make local news. They’re trying to make the fash look like a bigger threat than they are, while underplaying what a powerful force we are when we come together
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