Archive for February 15th, 2011

February 15, 2011

Internet Freedom

by Vince

Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton gave a speech today on Internet rights at George Washington University. Read the full (and long) speech here. Here is a good paragraph:

When countries curtail internet freedom, they place limits on their economic future. Their young people don’t have full access to the conversations and debates happening in the world or exposure to the kind of free inquiry that spurs people to question old ways of doing and invent new ones. And barring criticism of officials makes governments more susceptible to corruption, which create economic distortions with long-term effects. Freedom of thought and the level playing field made possible by the rule of law are part of what fuels innovation economies.

She meant the above when the following happens:

In China, the government censors content and redirects search requests to error pages. In Burma, independent news sites have been taken down with distributed denial of service attacks. In Cuba, the government is trying to create a national intranet, while not allowing their citizens to access the global internet. In Vietnam, bloggers who criticize the government are arrested and abused. In Iran, the authorities block opposition and media websites, target social media, and steal identifying information about their own people in order to hunt them down.

February 15, 2011

Crushing Political Cartoon of the Day

by Vince

Auth just single handedly ended the GOP.

H/T: Tony Auth

February 15, 2011

Quote of the Day

by Vince

“I sit on my favorite rock, looking over the brook, to take time away from busy-ness, time to be… it’s something we all need for our spiritual health, and often we don’t take enough of it.”
Madeleine L’Engle

February 15, 2011

Verse of the Day: Serving the Poor

by Vince

“When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Luke 14:12-14