US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer?

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer?

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer?

Recently I started a writing job for a healthcare company, and as a result I have had to look very carefully at the healthcare industry. By coincidence, I also had a medical issue which landed me in the hospital (I am now alright), and gave me a much deeper insight then I expected.

Especially, when I got the bill.

IT’S REAL?

Everyone says that US Healthcare cost are too high. OK, what evidence is there to support that statement?

Percent of GDP:

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Percent of GDP Chart

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Percent of GDP Chart

This chart shows that our healthcare costs are the highest in the world, as a % of GDP, we are about 6% more then the next highest – France.

Per Captia spending on healthcare:

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to qualitof care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Cost per Capita chart

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to qualitof care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Cost per Capita chart

The average income in the US is about $47,000 a year, the average amount spent per person on healthcare is $7,538

Per capita healthcare spending vs. per capita income:

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Per Capita Income vs Per Capita spending chart

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Per Capita Income vs Per Capita spending chart

When you map it on a graph, you can see the USA is way above the average by a large amount. US citizens spend a much larger percent of their incomes on healthcare, then another country.

Healthcare costs over time:

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Cost ramp

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Cost ramp

In addition to higher health spending, the United States is increasing its spending faster than other countries.

So the data clearly indicates that as a percentage of GDP, and percentage of Income, the US healthcare costs are the highest in the world by a large amount. The rate of those is climbing faster than any other country in the world.

LONGER LIFE?

So we pay the most, but we have the best care, correct? Well, according to the data, that is not a true statement.

Per Capita cost vs. Life Expectancy:

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Per Captita cost vs life expectance

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Per Captita cost vs life expectancy

A different view of the same data:

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Per Captita cost and life expectancy

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Per Captita cost and life expectancy

We see the doctor the least, our cost is the highest and our life expectancy is below the average.

MORE FACTS

Need some more data, well try these facts on for size:

The least efficient payers in the world are American private insurance companies with administrative costs of 20-30%.

Just 5% of Americans accounted for half of all US health care costs in 2009.

Taiwan went with a “single-payer” insurance model in 1995 and the number of uninsured dropped from 41% to 8% in one year

In the UK, the Brits spend about $3,500 per person on health care. The US spends around $8,500 per person, yet the British have a higher life expectancy then Americans.

OK, so clearly the US has a real problem in controlling healthcare costs.

Healthcare costs for various operations:

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Healthcare costs for various operations chart

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Healthcare costs for various operations chart

WHY SO MUCH?

Most of all the industrial countries in the world have a “single-payer” system, which means people pay taxes, and the government provides the healthcare.

Americans call “single-payer” a socialist program, big government and bad service – even though all the charts above, especially the per capita vs. life expectancy show that this is not a true statement.

American insurance administration cost are 20% to 30%. Remember, the US healthcare system is a “for profit” system.

Now, the profit margin for healthcare companies is not as great as most people expect.

US Healthcare Industry Profits:

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - US Healthcare Industry Profits chart

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - US Healthcare Industry Profits chart

The numbers look small, but lets look at it a little closer.

Let’s say you went to the hospital, and after you had to buy a medical device and had to go on medication.

Let’s say the total cost of you health care that year was $100,000. How much of that went to profit?

Well, your healthcare insurance was 3.5%, and the pharmacy and hospital was 5%, and your home medical equipment was 11.5% and your meds had a 16% profit. That means there was a cumulative profit of 36% for your care.

Of the $100,000 of healthcare cost, $36,000 went for profit.

When you look at the Percent of healthcare vs. GDP, the difference between the US and the nearest most expensive healthcare country (Norway) is only 5%

So the profit in the US Healthcare system clearly makes it more expensive than any other county.

HOW IT EFFECTS AMERICANS

So, how does our “for profit” healthcare effects average Americans?

Insurance premium increases:

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Insurance premium increases chart

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Insurance premium increases chart

We love our ‘for profit’ capitalistic healthcare system of patriots, but we pay the most for it, visit the doctor the least, and have below average life expectancy.

A large percent of our healthcare costs go for profits and insurance administration cost.

Conservatives say that big government, higher taxes and single payer system would be worse – but every other industrial nation in the world has lower costs and higher life expectance with their single payer system.

At the rate we are going, healthcare is going to bankrupt our country and our citizens.

Something is going to have to change.

Everyone loves Medicare, so why not make it for everyone?

Oh yeah, the for profit health industry who pays for our elected officials to win their elections, dose not want to be controlled and limited in order to lower costs and make America and Americans safe from bankruptcy.

Remember, protecting profit is more important then protecting life, right?

So what if some people can’t afford life in our “for profit” healthcare system, if they can’t afford to live, they shouldn’t, right?

Is that really what being a patriotic, conservative, capitalistic American really means?

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Joke is on US

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Joke is on US

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Joke is on US 2

US healthcare costs in the are rising disproportionately compared to quality of care, what are the options to solve the problem? For Profit or Single Payer? - Joke is on US 2

Guggenheim Baseball Partners which includes Magic Johnson will buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion – twice the amount ever paid for a baseball franchise

Magic Johnson - Guggenheim Baseball Partners which includes Magic Johnson will buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion - twice the amount ever paid for a baseball franchise

Magic Johnson - Guggenheim Baseball Partners which includes Magic Johnson will buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion - twice the amount ever paid for a baseball franchise

As I posted a little while ago, the poor LA Dodgers have been driven into bankruptcy by the smarmy and incompetent Frank McCourt.

See:

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/los-angeles-dodgers-file-for-bankruptcy-owner-frank-mccourt-has-obtained-150-million-in-interim-financing-in-order-to-save-the-club-from-a-take-over-by-major-league-baseball/

Today, it was revealed that a group called the Guggenheim Baseball Partners; that includes former basketball star Earvin “Magic” Johnson, will acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion.

The price tag is almost 2 times that amount ever paid for a baseball franchise, and the most ever paid for a North American sports franchise, according to MLB.com.

THE GBP AND THE MBL
The Guggenheim Baseball Partners will officially acquire the team, one of baseball’s most storied franchises, after the deal is approved by the judge overseeing the Dodgers’ bankruptcy.

The Guggenheim Baseball Partners is controlled by Mark Walter who is the CEO of Guggenheim Partners, a Chicago-based financial services company which formed GBP.

The Guggenheim Baseball Partners includes Magic Johnson, who guided the Lakers to five NBA championships during the 1980s, is a partner in the group along with movie executive Peter Guber and baseball executive Stan Kasten.

The Dodgers has won the World Series championship six times and, for decades, boasted an intensely loyal fan base.

UGLY
Under the ownership of real estate developer Frank McCourt, the Dodgers started it’s current downturn. The troubles really began when McCourt and his wife, Jamie, decided to get a vicious and expensive divorce, which was followed by a messy court battle.

Frank McCourt and ex-wife - Guggenheim Baseball Partners which includes Magic Johnson will buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion - twice the amount ever paid for a baseball franchise

Frank McCourt and ex-wife - Guggenheim Baseball Partners which includes Magic Johnson will buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion - twice the amount ever paid for a baseball franchise

The couple fought bitterly over ownership of the team and last April, Major League Baseball took charge of the beleaguered team. Two months later, the team filed for bankruptcy.

This October, McCourt and his wife had reached a settlement in which he is supposed to pay her $131 million, and the joke is that the attorneys’ fees alone could reach $35 million.

In an effort to hold on to the team, McCourt tried to score a $3 billion television deal with Fox, but the MLB decided they really didn’t want this loser to remain and owner, so the deal was rejected by Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

Good move by the MLB, since they knew that could earn some serious bank by selling the team, which it did in the auction that Guggenheim Baseball Partners won for $2 billion.

A NEW FACE
Guggenheim Baseball Partners propped up it’s face – Magic Johnson, who said the sale will start a new chapter for the Dodgers.

“I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles,” said the former Los Angeles Lakers’ icon.

It is reported that some members of the group will also partner with McCourt to acquire Dodger Stadium and several other nearby properties for $150 million.

Legendary former Dodgers coach Tommy Lasorda applauded the sale, “I am happy for them. I just feel they are going to do everything they can to bring a championship to Los Angeles,” he told LA TV station KTLA.

The Dodgers finished in third place in the National League Western Division last season and did not make the playoffs.

Yes, $2 billion for a club has not won a World Series since 1988. Sounds like a deal.

Maybe hope is now on the horizon.

Hopefully after the sale, Guggenheim Baseball Partners will still have enough money to buy a famous Dodger Dog hot dog…

Dodger-Stadium - Guggenheim Baseball Partners which includes Magic Johnson will buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion - twice the amount ever paid for a baseball franchise

Dodger-Stadium - Guggenheim Baseball Partners which includes Magic Johnson will buy the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion - twice the amount ever paid for a baseball franchise

The best 8Tracks.com mixes for March, and why digital music is the future social media.

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Some writers like to write in silence, just pounding away at the keyboard in silence with the only sound being that of the fans in the computer and the click of the keys of the keyboard. Some writers are like me, always having music playing in the background. I am always  listing to music, at home writing, at the gym and at the airport waiting for a flight.

Music is a big part of my life, and as a result I am always looking for new music to listen to. The music industry knows that there are many people who are like me – always listing to music and always searching out new music.

Worldwide Digital Music Revenues in 2006 was $2.9 billion. Six years (2011) later it is $14.8 billion. Growth = 486%

Worldwide Music Industry Revenues in 2006 was $60.7 billion. Six years (2011) later it is $67.6 billion. Growth = 11%

It is clear to see that digital music is the strongest growing segment of the music industry, and is the future of music.

Even though Pandora and other ‘digital radio’ are a good way to listen to music, people still like to buy music, have collections and share them with their friends. For me, the best way to do this is with 8tracks.com

I listen to it, like I would to a digital radio, but I get to also have the social media experience by putting up my own mixes. This allows me to contribute my own ‘digital radio’ station. For me, this is the future of music, collect, share, discover – social music.

Since 8Tracks.com has iPhone and Android apps, I can listen anywhere on my phone, and I can even make mixes right off the music on my phone. The future is truly here.

As you can tell, I am ‘sold’ on 8tracks.com and can’t not say enough positive things about it.

So, to help share (and to make it easier for me to listen to these on the fly), below you will find my latest mix, as well as some of my favorite mix from other members of 8track.com

Enjoy:

aNILESation Alternative Rap Fuck My Head Up Mix – mix by pusz4frog

alternative rap

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Havin’ gr8 fun goin’ to Heaven and Hell – mix by iyamdman

indie rock, pop and swingy rock

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Fun at the Office #1 – mix by RickyRoll

indie

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True Love for the Heartless – mix by myopenshirt

rock, alternative, techno, hip hop

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Sweet dreams are made of these – mix by Missyem Savannah

dubstep, electronic, dance, tance

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Alternative music for alternative people – mix by silent-alarmm

indie, alternative, rock, folk

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Wha wha wha WHAT IS Duh duh duh DUBSTEP? – mix by iyamdman

dubstep, dance

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Just keep going – mix by BrockUgirl

indie, hip hop, rock, dance

 

Slushbox Hellcat – mix by myopenshirt

rock, alternative rock, indie, dance

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feelgood – mix by muzik3

rock, dance, techno

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Clap Hands For Spaced Out Music – mix by sonic schmidt

indie, dance, rock, rap and house

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Island Tunes – mix by michellebda27

reggae, island music

Whitney Houston died in her bathtub at age 48, and her tragic death may have been caused from and accidental combination of Xanax and alcohol

Whitney Houston died in her bathtub at age 48, and her tragic death may have been caused from and accidental combination of Xanax and alcohol

Whitney Houston died in her bathtub at age 48, and her tragic death may have been caused from and accidental combination of Xanax and alcohol

Whitney Houston died on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Ca., the night before the Emmys at which she was going to attend.

She is survived by her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown who she had from her former husband Bobby Brown.

TMZ reported that Whitney’s aunt, Mary Jones discovered Whitney Houston’s body in the bathtub. Mary had laid out Whitney’s dress for the evening on the bed and then left for about a half hour. When Whitney didn’t come out of the bathroom, Mary entered, pulled Whitney out of the tub and began administering CPR.

So sad, and a tragic lose for her family and music fans around the world.

L.A. County Coroner officials told the family that Whitney Houston did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol.

The autopsy of Whitney Houston is complete, but the results will be deferred pending a toxicology report, which typically takes 4-6 weeks.

A coroner’s spokesman says the results are on a security hold, which just means nothing is being released at this time.

Although the cause of death is unknown, it is increasingly looking like Whitney may have fallen asleep or lapsed into unconsciousness in the bathtub and drowned.

Coroner officials informed the family there was not enough water in Whitney’s lungs to lead to the conclusion that she drowned, but obviously being under water did not help the situation.

Whitney’s mom has arranged to have the singer’s body flown back to Atlanta, as early as the day after the Emmys, and the family was told the Coroner has no problem releasing the body because there is no evidence of foul play.

This whole event is like her best songs… So Emotional… and I Will Always Love You… and Didn’t We Almost Have It All…

Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at pre-Grammy gala honoring David Geffen in Beverly Hills, California

Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at pre-Grammy gala honoring David Geffen in Beverly Hills, California

Whitney Houston wheeled out on a strecher after she died in her bathtub at age 48, and her tragic death may have been caused from and accidental combination of Xanax and alcohol

Whitney Houston wheeled out on a stretcher after she died in her bathtub at age 48, and her tragic death may have been caused from and accidental combination of Xanax and alcohol

Metropolis II – A glimpse of the city of the future, Hot Wheels on steroids at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Metropolis II - A glimpse of the city of the future, Hot Wheels on steroids at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Metropolis II - A glimpse of the city of the future, Hot Wheels on steroids at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Link to see a video of Metropolis II at LACMA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA8fj-MJe5s&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Los Angeles is the city of the automobile. The culture of LA is based on the car. Come visit LA without a car, and you will find yourself wishing for one after 2 minutes. LA is a city of freeways, and people refer to distance in terms of how long it will take you to drive from here to there.

We recently when to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and got to see a glimpse of the city of the future, or Hot Wheels on steroids – which is what I called Metropolis II; the kinetic sculpture by Chris Burden now showing at LACMA.

“The future of automobile transportation is that there won’t be drivers anymore,” proclaimed Chris Burden to audible gasps and some giggles at the opening of Metropolis II, his giant kinetic sculpture now installed at LACMA.

http://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/metropolis-ii

He used 1,100 customized Hot Wheels cars whirring through a city of building-block skyscrapers is a scale model of Burden’s vision for L.A.’s future: Cars that are swiftly autopiloted along pre-determined routes, moving ten times faster than they do today. Included in the ‘sculpture’ are also trains and trams weaving in and out of buildings and ‘roads’.

The customized Hot Wheels cars are dramatically lifted to a height of 8 feet by a magnetized conveyor belt then let loose through the city on a roller coaster network of plastic roadways, which weave thier way through the buildings which are constructed with Legos and Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets (a nod to his 2008 Rockefeller Center installation), and stacking slotted cards that echo the House of Cards created by the Eames Office. A dozen out-of-the-box electric trains chug casually through the sculpture to add the concept of light rail.

Metropolis II’s focus might be on the driverless car, but one of the most compelling features is human: one of Burden’s assistants must stand at the center of the city and monitor the tracks for potential Sigalerts. “It’s just like real life on the 405,” said operator Rich Sandomeno, pointing to safety measures like tiny brushes that slow the cars down around dangerous curves.
“It’s a hopeful future,” Chris Burden offered. “Cars will have an average speed of 230 miles per hour as soon as Google gets all their cars up and running.”

Of course he was alluding to Googles recently patented driverless car program.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/12/google-awarded-us-patent-for-driverless-car-technology.html

This may have been surprising to any art critics in the room, but the transit nerds like me nodded in agreement. According to transportation theorists, autonomous automobiles may be the only hope for curing L.A.’s humiliating gridlock. Giddy chatter of bike lanes peppers our conversations, but Metropolis II might be the more realistic visualization of L.A.’s transit future.

No matter what, it is mesmerizing to watch, and to see the joy in the children’s eyes when they first see it, is truly amazing.

Link to see a video of Metropolis II at LACMA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA8fj-MJe5s&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Metropolis II - A glimpse of the city of the future, Hot Wheels on steroids at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Metropolis II - A glimpse of the city of the future, Hot Wheels on steroids at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Super Bowl XLII Predictions for the the New York Giants and the New England Patriots matchup from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

Super Bowl XLII Predictions for the the New York Giants and the New England Patriots matchup from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

Super Bowl XLII Predictions for the the New York Giants and the New England Patriots matchup from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

Well, it that time again. Lock up you small children and pets, go to Costco and buy a couple 55 gallon drums of Bud Light, several Shrimp platters and a shopping cart or two of chips and salsa – for on February 5th, 2012 the United States of America will celebrate Super Bowl XLII Day!

Ah yes, it’s Stupper Bowl time!! This year we will all get too drunk, overstuffed with Shrimp and Chips and have to get overly enthusiastic with friends we like but don’t really want too spend too much time with in our house – all the while watching the rematch between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

It doesn’t matter how the teams got in, they are in. It also doesn’t matter that everyone I know really wanted SF to play against the Giants, but …

I went on Sportbook.com to check out there odds and got this:

Open: New York Giants : Point Spread -3 1/2

Current: New York Giants : Point Spread -3

Over/Under 55

Even though they are not the odds on favorite, I think the PATRIOTS ARE GONNA WIN.

I think this, because I don’t think the Giants are going to be able to break Tom Brady, event though in the last two match-ups the Giants beat-up Brady, I think New England knows the Giants are going to try to stick it to Brady up the middle, and they are going to be prepaired for it.

Of course, I could be wrong, but that is half the fun of the Super Bowl.

Just thought I like would get this prediction out before the game or pre-game TV.

Patriots to win : 20 – 17

Let’s see what happens – hopefully I will remain conscious till the end of the game – GO SAN FRANSISCO, ah…sorry, I mean, ah…GO PATRIOTS!!!

Super Bowl XLII Predictions for the the New York Giants and the New England Patriots matchup from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

Super Bowl XLII Predictions for the the New York Giants and the New England Patriots matchup from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

 

Super Bowl XLII Predictions for the the New York Giants and the New England Patriots matchup from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

Super Bowl XLII Predictions for the the New York Giants and the New England Patriots matchup from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, Tumblr, WordPress, Cheezburger, Moveon.org and a host of other websites are staging a protest today against two ambitious anti-piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA.

The soundtrack for this protest and this post is here:

http://8tracks.com/pusz4frog/sopa-internet-protest-the-day-the-internet-went-semi-dark-to-save-liberty-freedom-of-speech-and-capi

On Wednesday, January 18th, Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, WordPress, MoveOn.org, and hundreds more, will participate in an online protest—a strike, no less—that aims to call attention to two bills snaking their way through Capitol Hill.

Some of the sites will shut down, and others will black out, redirecting users to a landing page with resources to learn more about the bills and contact an elected representative. Google, for its part, smacked a big black bar over its logo on the U.S. homepage.

These websites are hoping to send a clear message to the millions of users who rely on them every day. The goal is to show how SOPA and PIPA could impact their rights and free speech, and how this is going to kill jobs in one of the few bright spots on the economy, which is the Internet.

The Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), have raised the ire of the tech community for what’s being criticized as their broad, irresponsible language written by politicians hoping to please deep-pocketed copyright holders.

Please see my post on Getting the Money out of Politics:

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/get-the-money-out-of-politics-with-getmoneyout-com-dylan-ratigan-tries-to-do-something-to-get-money-out-of-politics-and-solve-the-us-politician-whore-crisis/

THE SMOKING GUN

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) initially introduced the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate in May 2011, which would give the Justice Department the power to take down copyright-infringing websites. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) then followed that up with SOPA on Oct. 26, 2011, for the House, also introducing sweeping anti-piracy legislation intended to empower the U.S. Department of Justice (and copyright holders) to fully crack down on websites that are suspected of hosting their copyrighted material.

Google said in its statement opposing the legislation: “The two bills’ various provisions, however, have since become lightning rods for critics who claim they ultimately would provide the tools for corporations to censor the Web. “Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet.”

Gizmodo.com provides the following example: “If Warner Bros., for example, says that a site in Italy is [illegally sharing] a copy of The Dark Knight, the studio could demand that Google remove that site from its search results, that PayPal no longer accept payments to or from that site, that ad services pull all ads and finances from it, and—most dangerously—that the site’s ISP prevent people from even going there,” the tech blog explains. A full-on blackout.

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

What if the government feels that a site the criticizes the government has a photo on it that may be violating a copyright – then it can shut it down. IT can shut down the site, and shut down the Freedom of Speech.

This is not the first time, nor the last time that Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism on the Internet are under attack.

Please see my post on Net Neutrality:

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/net-neutrality-large-telcom-companies-out-to-rape-the-common-people-and-their-crappy-little-websites-%E2%80%93-working-with-prostituting-politicians-selling-out-the-rights-of-the-citizen-they-repre/

Corporations, Governments and Capitalists really don’t like freedom of speech, and especially don’t like the uncontrolled and unpoliced Internet. This freedom of information spread makes it difficult to squeeze every last drop of profit from the consumers of the world if information is not checked and controlled.

WHY NOW

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) defended his SOPA bill by saying: “To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and members to find ways to combat online piracy, and I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.”

I am sorry, but this Job Creators Saves American job bullshit is too much. We live in a global economy. 14 hours in an airplane will get you to pretty much any place in the world, and communication is now instantaneous.

There are no American jobs, there are only jobs. You can buy and sell something made and sold from any country on Earth, the boarder are falling faster then the old people in governments can comprehend.

WHAT TO DO

So what can we do about these ignoent assholes in Washington who are trying to control the Internet so that they can shut down the Freedom of Speech and lure in more campaign donations from corporations who want to benefit by controlling the Internet?

1)      Go to https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/ and sign the petition.

2)      Use www.dearpolitician.org to write your politicians to have them vote NO on SOPA and PIPA

For more information on www.dearpolitician.org:

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/dearpolitician-org/

3)      Learn to use a pen and paper again, since that might be the only way you will be able to freely express yourself, once the government has shut down your website/blog for “copyright infringement”.

Good Luck America… and the World.

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism