Posts Tagged ‘usa’

Spreading Linux is a Crime?

March 27, 2009

Spreading Linux is a crime according to US teacher

A teacher has thrown a student into detention and threatened to call the police for using Linux in her classroom
The teacher spotted one of her students giving a demonstration of the HeliOS distro to other students. In a somewhat over-the-top reaction, she confiscated the CDs, put the student on detention and whipped off a letter to the HeliOS Project threatening to report it to the police for distributing illegal software.
I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom,” writes the teacher, identified only as Karen.

“At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows.

“I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting Linux on these machines is holding our kids back,” she writes.

Read more to get the answer of the linux distribution which is being accused to be “illegal”.

Crazy what some people are thinking. Maybe it’s not possible for them to believe that there are things which are free as in beer AND free as in speech.


Operation First Casualty

November 24, 2008

Iraq Veterans Against the War have taken it into their own hands to show the people of the United States the gruesome face of war. IVAW members return to uniform, this time to serve their country in different way. You have to see it to believe it: straight from the streets of Baghdad to the streets of New York City, Operation First Casualty.

You can also add the Frendly Fire channel to your miro internet TV program and watch the video.

October 28, 2008

A drum+bass powered all-out AV assault on an American media machine now in psychotic overdrive for the Presidential election. A 10000-frame crash edit comedy celebration of the blatant corruption, warmongering, florid insanity and plain good old smelly bullshit that characterises the cultural landscape of the world’s most confused country. 21st century satire is alive and well.

So You Think You Can Be President

October 22, 2008

So You Think You Can Be President is a new hyper-reality television show where candidates compete in front of a live studio audience for American votes!

The pressure is on as contestants present their positions on a range of social and political issues then face the hard-hitting scrutiny of our panel of judges. The audience at home will delight as candidates are challenged in ways never seen before on the airwaves.

The mainstream media’s spectacle of American democracy reaches new heights but this time with a twist. Contestants on our program are in for a surprise: our panel of experts doesn’t exactly play by the prescribed rules of television. Unlike the corporate news media of today, which often coddles leading politicians, our judges grill each candidate on their policies with hilarious and unexpected results.

In this week’s episode only two weeks before the election, Senator Obama and Senator McCain have their feet held to the fire over shockingly similar positions on both energy and foreign policy.

Who will be this season’s champion and take home the grand prize? You’ll have to watch and decide that for yourself, then participate by casting your vote* for your favorite performer on November 4th!

*Some restrictions may apply. In certain areas these include, but are not limited to, faulty electronic voting systems, racist voter laws and/or voter roll purges. See your local polling place for details.

This is a political video mashup found on Rebellious Pixels.


October 20, 2008

Deserter‘ is the journey of Ryan and Jen Johnson – a deserting soldier and his young wife – as they flee across the country to seek refugee status over the Canadian border. As they move from safe house to safe house, we get to know Ryan and Jen – two, shy, small-town kids from the Central Valley who joined the military because there were no jobs, and find they must make a heroic stand in order to escape an illegal and immoral war. ‘Deserter’ is a political road movie with one of the few happy endings that this war has given us.

You can see the whole film in better quality in three parts by using miro and adding the Friendly Fire channel.

You can also download the three parts
Part1 Part2 Part3

Presidential Election Ads

October 19, 2008

Resistance against Democratic and Republican National Convention

October 9, 2008 is hosting a detailed video documentation about the peoples resistance against the Democratic and Republican National Convention.

A video report on the protests that occurred in connection with the Democrat and Republican National Conventions, Ground Noise & Static is a manifesto. We went to Denver and St. Paul to take the pulse of the movement. Corporate media would cover the platitudes and posturing of the politicians, we were interested in something else, a story hidden in plain sight, captured in the now-classic street chant, “This is what democracy looks like.”

You can also view the videos from with miro.

American girl with LED sweatshirt arrested

September 24, 2008

One year ago, a 19-year-old MIT engineering student named Star Simpson got dressed to go pick up a friend at Boston’s Logan airport. She pulled a hoodie out of her closet, a wearable tech design she’d made with a light-up LED-circuit on the chest. In her hand was a small pink rose she’d crafted from hardened clay, a gift for her friend.

A few hours later at the airport, after an airport employee mistook her sweatshirt for a bomb and the rose for an explosive implement, Star found herself surrounded by 40 armed police who believed she was a suicide bomber. She was arrested for “possessing a hoax device,” and an unprecedented media frenzy ensued.


National Center for State Courts: Propaganda machine for Music Industry

September 1, 2008

The National Center for State Courts produced a comic to visualize and educate more people about the law system.

The comic shows two law cases, one about a city trying to confiscate houses to build a new library and the other one about a girl convicted for downloading music over the internet.

It’s amazing how the comic spreads propaganda of the music industry. Just a few examples

[Lawyer of the music industry:] Many consider downloading music without paying for it to be a victimless crime, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Losses numbering in the millions are passed on to the everyday consumer when purchasing music.

Girl is sad to hurt the poor poor music industry

Girl is sad to hurt the poor poor music industry

But form your own opinion by reading the comic which I have uploaded to my blog.
Also read this about why the industry is lying.

And if you want to hear REALLY free music which is also (often) good, surf to and enjoy Creative Commons licensed music.

Source: Fünf Filmfreunde

Freedom-loving Republicans!

August 10, 2008

An extensive website about Freedom Loving Republicans.

Source: elisabethkerschbaum