SOPA, PIPA and property.

In honor of a free and easy flow of information on the internet, I urge you to get a drink and listen freely to this beautiful song as you read this post.

It's been a week or so, mainly because my internet has been giving me shit. Wirelessing with 20 kb/s makes it hard to do anything, so next month I will get a superior net and hopefully will post more frequent content, but for now I want to talk about SOPA and PIPA.

I don't live in the USA but what I know is that these two laws were meant to protect "intellectual property", however they posed a threat to freedom of speech, and the whole internet gathered against them: Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, etc. And so the the bills got postponed, meaning they will be re-viewed and tried to be applied in the future, I guess.

So first of all, the Stop Online Piracy Act would be ineffective. What it would do, is limit interaction and nothing else. For instance, after the people built up against these laws, the federal government still shut down Megaupload, a giant website of the internet. What did that accomplish, and what it would have accomplish even if the bills got passed ?
Would it stop internet piracy ? Hell no. It's called piracy for a reason you know.. because people find a way to get it done. There are always ways around it on the internet. It's statistically impossible to stop internet piracy simply due to the massive amount of transfered data per second. Ziping, putting passwords, sending encrypted files, using proxies, there are so many ways to do it.

Furthermore, those bills WOULD ruin freedom of speech, simply because of their ambiguous nature.
What IS intellectual property anyway ? Information flows naturally between people and it's insane to think anyone could define what should be protected, and what shouldn't. So here's a basic example: Say you have a conversation with someone about a certain topic. And a particular thing that he says, gives you an idea for an awesome movie or book that sells for millions of dollars. Was that his intellectual property, or is it your's ? It just doesn't make any sense to me, not only that, but the term "property" in general. Because as far as I know, you weren't born with anything. All the knowledge, all the goods, the food, everything was there, for you to take. Let's look at some brilliant writers. Did their brilliance just came about in them ? Or did they gather inspiration, information, and everything they needed from their environment, and made an effort to put it all together ? If that's the case, then the intellectual property they "stole" along the years, is immense ! Because each information a writer gained from other people, built up, like gathering raw material and making something. No one pays for the raw material in the information realm, so why should the final product cost ? Well anyway.. my point is that there is no intellectual property to be defended, and I understand that people want to be payed for a song or a movie they made. But from a rational point of view, they didn't make anything, and it shouldn't cost anything. Maybe reason is our answer to a world free of money and unnecessary greed.

Bottom line, SOPA and PIPA are just another example of how people try to claim things as their own. Also, we should ask if pirating a song or a movie is really stealing it, in the first place, because the standard definition of stealing would apply to physical objects as in : I stole a pen from someone, and now he has a pen in minus, making it an inconvenience for him. But if you simply Multiply the information you presumably are "stealing" such as pirate a song, then you really are not causing any inconvenience to begin with. Because if you are going to pirate a certain song, you surely are not interested in paying for it. So banning piracy will not make you buy that song either. The reason you pirate is either because you are poor, or any other practical reason. What this seems to be, is a simple notion that people observe : If you make people used to getting things for free, they will want more and more to exploit that. So what these bills are actually attempting, (if they pass) is a form of manipulation, too. At least that's the way I see it. I encourage everyone to comment here and give me your opinions on these bills.

Looking forward to your input, bye for now.

Human life

I saw in the italian news today, that a guy came home one day having a bad day. He proceeded to slaughter his ex-wife, his little girl, his mother-in-law and his handicapped brother, then burn the house and jump off the window finally killing himself. How fucking awesome is that ? Besides the tragedy of course.

Translated italian news source

When my father died, I had a pretty rough time wondering what the hell makes the death of someone, a tragedy. Because I think death is nothing more than ceasing to be aware of self. Like a deep sleep where you don't think about anything. And the process of death is painless and quick. The body trying to maintain consciousness alive is the real pain, and it is when the body actually suffers, because it is being aware of what is going on : intellectually or physically : like for instance when the guy entered depressed / pissed off as hell, and in a very swift act he cut the throat of his ex-wife, he realized what he did, seeing her bleeding and struggling not to die as she realizes what is going on. That is when she is hurt because her flesh was sliced, and "hurt" intellectually if you will, because she realizes she is going to die, and struggles. But when the brain finally stops working, it receives no more input, it feels no more pain, but it doesn't work anymore either. Her consciousness just stops. It's that simple.

So my question is still up : What is the actual tragedy about that woman's death for instance ? Is it her experiencing pain before dying ? Well that just happened for a short duration, and it doesn't matter because she died in the end. Is it the idea that her dreams, her memories, her knowledge, her feelings, everything that she gathered up to this point, has come to an end, and she lost everything ? If that's the case, why does the death of a little girl, is somehow MORE of a tragedy ? She is younger, she didn't lose much, (experiences, memories, knowledge, etc.) all she lost was a potential that was unknown and full of uncertainties. Like Hitler's potential as a young boy that we now look at like the potential of a monster. Also, if we go even lower on the age meeter, we see that a fetus has no actual working brain therefore no memories, no sense of self, nothing. It just lives, like a flower. So it's very obvious that it's no tragedy killing it. At least it's not for me. But it's brain develops in a slow transition. So is there an actual point in his development where he starts to qualify as a human being ? What about an old dude, that is blind, deaf, mute, with no sense of smell, brain damage (that makes it impossible for him to recover his memories) and who is being kept alive by medical science ? Does he still qualify as a human being ? Based on what ? What he accomplished so far ? Even if that past self is now just like an empty shell ?

In the end, I still need to think more about this matter.

Late Hipster Pwnage

People ask me all the time why I hate people, why I am a nihilist, all that shit. As if I fucking want to. As if I  chose to be like this. As if I can just ignore the shit that I put up with. First of all, I know I'm late as hell with this pwnage, I don't care. I just made this blog, so deal with it.

Travie McCoy: Billionaire ft. Bruno Mars

This song, has over 15 million views. Most people cannot even comprehend this number. That must mean it's wonderful. These many people cannot ALL have a bad taste in music. Let's take a look at these brilliant lyrics:

[Bruno Mars]
I wanna be a billionaire so fricking bad
Buy all of the things I never had
Uh, I wanna be on the cover of Forbes magazine
Smiling next to Oprah and the Queen

Oh every time I close my eyes
I see my name in shining lights
A different city every night oh I
I swear the world better prepare
For when I’m a billionaire

My mind is challenged, my vision is inspired. I don't know about you guys, but this guy has some original and interesting shit that he wants. Most people just want to live normal lives and be poor, but this guy just challenges the fuck out of all of us, and dares to want to be filthy rich. Now that's a true artist.

Let's continue examining this powerful and brilliant message :

[Travis "Travie" McCoy]
Yeah I would have a show like Oprah
I would be the host of, everyday Christmas
Give Travie a wish list
I’d probably pull an Angelina and Brad Pitt
And adopt a bunch of babies that ain’t never had sh-t
Give away a few Mercedes like here lady have this
And last but not least grant somebody their last wish
Its been a couple months that I’ve been single so
You can call me Travie Claus minus the Ho Ho
hehe, Get it, I’d probably visit where Katrina hit
And damn sure do a lot more than FEMA did
Yeah can’t forget about me stupid
Everywhere I go Imma have my own theme music

So, apparently that's how you solve world problems like hunger n' shit :
1. Be rich
2. Adopt some kids and give a few Mercedes
3. Watch the world prosper because you solved EVERYTHING.
Yes, that should do the trick. This is now worthy of 15 million views, because it says what about 90% of the poor population would do if they were rich as shit. Woohoo ! MORE WONDERFUL AND BRILLIANT ART PLEASE !

I’ll be playing basketball with the President
Dunking on his delegates
Then I’ll compliment him on his political etiquette
Toss a couple milli in the air just for the heck of it
But keep the fives, twentys, tens and bens completely separate
And yeah I’ll be in a whole new tax bracket
We in recession but let me take a crack at it
I’ll probably take whatevers left and just split it up
So everybody that I love can have a couple bucks
And not a single tummy around me would know what hungry was
Eating good sleeping soundly
I know we all have a similar dream
Go in your pocket pull out your wallet
And put it in the air and sing

So people, buy this song. Make these guys rich because.. they sing about how they want to be rich. You know.. this is interesting. If a man begs for a buck, in the street, just to make a living, he gets shit. But if a guy begs for billions ! in a song, and he promotes it to everyone, he gets 15 million views and most likely, lots of cash. Also, this is supposed to be art. This is suppose to be the thing that if you don't listen to, if you don't like, then you suck ! Thanks, society !

The only thing that you can possibly defend, are their voices. But I make an appeal to reason, and say that you can't value even that ! Let's take Bruno Mars for instance. He was born with a good singing voice, proper conditions to develop a musical taste, and he turned out to sing a crappy shitty song in which he just expressed the thing that.. fuck it ! 100% of people want, and there. Art, Entertainment, Quality music, 15 million fucking views, money, fame, ART !