nath: (headdesk)
I cannot say it more eloquently than I did on Facebook, so...

Dafuq, America? Dafuq?
nath: (headdesk)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

*sigh*

Apr. 30th, 2009 02:14 pm
nath: (stokstaartjes)
Well... Queen's Day isn't usually this 'interesting'... Accident or impromptu attempt to make us a republic?

Of course, we've also had the first confirmed case of swineMexican* flu, so the press are a bit torn what to give the most attention. So far the 'accident' is winning.


*As someone even more cynical than me pointed out, what's with the name switch? Muslims and Jews aren't supposed to eat Mexicans either...
nath: (Coffee)
Well, that was that then. Now he'll actually have to deliver...

nath: (wtf lolcat)
To fix the economic crisis  I have sold America back to Britain
see more funny political pictures
nath: (headdesk)
Okay, so we have a new government: social democrats (PvdA), christian democrats (CDA) and a small christian fundamentalist party (CU).

At the CU party conference the following question was asked of their two ministers: "Do you think God will give his blessing to a government that doesn't ban abortion and which supports a viable Palestinian state?"

Earlier, their party leader was quoted as saying that he didn't object to there being an outspoken atheist in the government (at the time I muttered 'wow, how broadminded of him').

They've also managed to wring a concession that registrars who object on religious grounds can refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

All in all, they've done pretty well out of the coalition talks; they know they can make or break the coalition and they're not shy about using that power. It'll be interesting to see how things work out once we have the first real confrontation in parliament...

About the only good thing I can find is their position on environmental issues.

And I still think the socialists did the right thing by staying out of this mess; this government won't last four years, and the winners will most likely be the parties that didn't get involved (unfortunately that also includes our national clown, Geert Wilders, and possibly the nationalist right).

Oh, and there are elections for the various provincial governments (which in their turn elect the First Chamber of Parliament) next week...
nath: (waterkuiken)
And the comedy continues...
nath: (cuddly cthulhu)
Any numerically possible combination has practical drawbacks:) These should be entertaining coalition talks...


nath: (stokstaartjes)
Well, I've voted.

There's some reasonably accurate, but fairly general overviews of the Dutch elections here and here on the BBC site.
nath: (SW Lack of faith)
Election Day tomorrow. To quote the entire cast of Star Wars: "I have a bad feeling about this".



Oh, and a musical side note: while I have a recording of the Red Army Choir singing the Battlehymn of the Republic, someone should really get the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to sing the Internationale...
nath: (toast)
While I can't find all that much sympathy for opponents of the proposed Dutch 'burqa ban' law, the same minister is also sending back female Afghan asylum seekers, telling them that they should just adapt to the situation there... But then, 'Lovely' Rita Verdonk has not displayed all that much consistency anyway so far, even if that is the image she wants to project.
Edit: I should perhaps say that I have just as little sympathy for the proponents of this proposal...
nath: (jars)
I think I just discovered how the two current governing parties intend to pay for their proposal of 'free' schoolbooks for secondary school students... They sneaked a proposal to raise VAT on all other books (and newspapers and magazines) from 6 to 19 percent into their election programme budget (where it was only found because someone paid attention). It is of course not mentioned in the main programme, just in the financial part, which they assume no one reads.

Link here for those who read Dutch and give a damn.

Unfortunately Amazon UK always adds on VAT. This means I may have to order more from Amazon US (depending on shipping costs).
nath: (toast)
Well, the Dutch government did finally fall over 'Lovely Rita' Verdonk. I can't say it wasn't about time, though I'm not under any illusion that whatever coalition will follow them will be any improvement.
nath: (jars)
The Budget for next year can be summarised as follows:
- Pie in the Sky and the pigs are loaded and ready for take-off
- There are council elections next year and national elections the year after.
nath: (Ratz)
Heh. A Belgian minister has said the Dutch prime minister is a mix between Harry Potter and extreme petit bourgeois mentality, with absolutely no charisma. Dutch politicians are screaming blue murder*, demanding official apologies etc. Most Dutch people I've heard about it agree with the Belgian minister.

Personally I feel he should indeed apologise.**







* anything will do to distract from last week's defeat in the referendum...?
** To J.K. Rowling.

Referendum

Jun. 2nd, 2005 07:09 am
nath: (bunnies)
This article on the BBC site gives a fairly good summing up of the no camp.

The 'shops open every Sunday' referendum in Utrecht also didn't make it. Yay!
nath: (stokstaartjes)
Well, I think I voted in the referendum today... but with the trouble they were having with the machine, I'm not 100% certain - couldn't resist asking whether they were running Windows; the geeks in the queue got it;-)
nath: (cuddly cthulhu)
As inspired by [livejournal.com profile] tamf's comment to yesterday's entry, I present to you the Balkerina! )

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