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
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On another front, charities that respond to emergenies like the International Red Cross have their own issues. There's a reason, well okay several reasons, that they ask for cash donations for these. This blog post from the UK Red Cross explains some of the issues. Other issues are discussed in the comments. One point that was not brought up there, but was brought up in comments on another blog that I read was that the cash donation that you make today may end up being used to respond to tomorrow's disaster. When disasters strikes, the responders don't have time to wait for donations to come in, they have to act now. That means laying in the supplies ahead of time. The UK Red Cross article mentions keeping stockpiles of emergency supplies at various points around the world ready to ship when a disaster happens nearby to cut transportation costs. That's an example of prepping in advance.
Oh, and while we're at it, while some charities do indeed spend excessive amounts on administrative costs, choosing who to donate to purely on that basis can cause other sorts of problems.
Just some things to think about.
Now as it turned out, I didn't call the cops, and I'm not sure if nancylebov did, but they showed up fairly quickly, so unless they were driving nearby when the bang went off, someone must have called them. The local cop shop is close, but it's not that close despite my joking that they could've heard it there.
The breaking glass turned out to the next door neighbor's front window. Apparently someone threw a large firecracker or something similar at the window. Based on the volume of the bang, I'm tempted to guess an M-80, but I really don't know. At least one neighbor (not from that house) saw someone throw something, but I'm not clear on the details.
I generally think of this area as a good neighborhood, and I've been wondering if the fact that the neighbors in question are Latinos had anything to do with the incident.
Lou Costello wants to buy a computer. So he calls the Super Duper Computer store where Bud Abbott takes the call. Confusion (and hilarity) ensues.
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. How can I help you?
COSTELLO: Hi. I'm setting up a home office and I need to buy a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write
proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
COSTELLO: For my office?
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm
sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is "office."
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".
COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "W" if you don't give me some
straight answers! What about financial? You have anything I can track my
COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT: Microsof t gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?
ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!
A few days later . . . . . . .
ABBOTT: Super Duper Computer Store. How can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Click on "START" !!!!!