Broadcasting Threatened by New Legislation – A Call To Arms!

Posted on March 15, 2007. Filed under: broadcasting, business, computers, Congress, Dissent, DJing, election, electronic, Free Speech, Grass-Roots, Liberal, Music, Politicians, Politics, PR, RadioRadio, taxes, Technology, voting, Webcasting |

Hyperbole aside, free speach, the ability (not even the right) to broadcast over the net, as well as in other media/formats has been threatened in a direct, convoluted and expensive manner by the March 2, 2007 Copyright Royalty Board rate determination. Below find a number of links with relevant information and ways to fight back, speak out and speak up against this ridiculous action.

Just to be clear the objection I have is not so much that they’re trying to enforce licensure but the manner with which it is to be enacted. Creating a “tax” is one thing, making it retroactive to January 2006 is another thing entirely. Charging folks running non-commercial stations (small fry like RadioRadio) 500 dollars (USD) and up a year seems a bit extreme, and the rates applied to so-called commercial stations are prohibitive for anyone in the developmental/growth stage. Gone will be album side shows, 2 for Tuesdays, Artist-focused programming much less the ability to take a song request and play it within an HOUR of request receipt, these restrictions seem rather restrictive and stringent for a reasons I cannot fathom.

Before one dismisses this as an issue of a bunch of folks spinning tunes off their home computers, consider this, NPR has filed a class action suite, claiming that nearly 60% of their programming would be effected. Satellite stations are also at risk with this action, so please take a moment to consider the far-reaching implications and let your governmental entities know where you stand on this important issue.

Save The Streams

Save Net Radio

Radio And Internet Newsletter

Live365 Royalties Information

Webcasters Unite

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Hate Crime Takes the Life of One More …

Posted on February 24, 2007. Filed under: death, Detroit, Friends, gay, hate crime, homophobia, Liberal, RadioRadio, Second Life, tragedy, VR worlds |

Andrew Anthos, a 72 year-old Detroit man was brutally attacked on Feb. 13th, and died of the resultant injuries yesterday. I am just sick that this happened, that these types of things still happen and that I know it is yet going to be a long time before hate crimes are relegated to historical fact instead of contemporary issues. Full article here on Andrew Anthos from Gay dot com.

MSN picks up the story of Andrew Anthos’ death.

I Snapzilla’d the vigil for Anthony Anthos, in progress in Provincetown sim.

Actually we kept up the vigil overnight, I loaded up the playlist w/more jazz, blues and ragtime and then let my avie idle there. Folks dropped in overnight, hung out for a while too. So today, Vertigo Paris has the stream now and is continuing with us here in Provincetown sim.

Fresh Snapzilla pic of the memorial and linkage for those of you in Second Life to join us.

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George Takei Answers Homophobe Hardaway

Posted on February 20, 2007. Filed under: celebrities, clever, homophobia, Humor, Jokes, Liberal, Linkage & W(a/o)nderings, parody, Politics, Science Fiction, sex, silly, utube |

From Jimmy Kimmel Live comes this video clip that is PRICELESS, George Takei takes it upon himself to do a PSA rebuttal to Tim Hardaway‘s homophobic ravings.

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NPR and PBS Funding at Risk – Again!

Posted on February 8, 2007. Filed under: Congress, Dissent, Education, Grass-Roots, Learning, Liberal, Linkage & W(a/o)nderings, MoveOn, movers and shakers, Politicians, Politics, security |

Put this in the category of I’m tired of these items even being an issue of discussion. I do not understand how actions that might limit access to public knowledge and information, freedom of the broadcast press if you will can be considered something to omit from our national budget.

Click here to reach the MoveOn dot org Petition Page.

When will G.W. Bush stop cutting into our rights and liberties? Even with the balance in Congress shifted against his agendas, he seems bound and determined to test all of our mettle. Just really ticks me off.

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Don’t ask, just click and watch

Posted on February 2, 2007. Filed under: celebrities, clever, death, editing, Humor, Jack Nicholson, Jewish, Jokes, Julie Andrews, Kubrick, Kvetch, Liberal, Linkage & W(a/o)nderings, Mary Poppins, mash-ups, Mel Gibson, Movies, parody, PR, secrets, silly, Technology, utube, Writers |

You can thank me later.


Scary Mary


Or not, as the case may be.

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