In case you haven’t already heard, congress is currently reviewing new bills that threaten the very fabric of the internet. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill, and it’s sister bill, Protect IP Act (PIPA), are currently working their way through the United States Congress and the Senate. If these bills pass any copyright holder can simply allege a site infringes on their copyright and the site could be redirected at the DNS level and be cut off from all major ad services and payment processing services – all without any trial or due process of any kind. It’s scary stuff, but we won’t rehash the full issue here. Read this post, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation to learn more about this issue.
The best six doctors anywhere. And no one can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, air exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend if only you are willing. Your mind they’ll ease. Your will they’ll mend. And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990