Stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation, SOPA and PIPA

The TF Metals Report website background was turned black for a day to protest the pending Internet blacklist bills, SOPA and PIPA. For more information, and to write your representative, go to: http://blacklist.eff.org

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rjsand's picture

Sounds of the Apocalypse...

stealthbear's picture

write to representatives

​Done!  Thanks for the link to send the email to them.  All of the reps and senators in Kansas voted for the reauthorization of NDAA, so a pox on them.  I will do all I can to see that none of them get re-elected!

TheObsoleteMan's picture

WHO DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING?

In their view, the internet must be corporatized. We are following suit with all of the other despotic countries. Lieberman has being seeking to do this for  a while now, he serves his masters well. A "free" internet is the last buttress of defense against them, and they know it. I hope our efforts produces better results than all of our calls to our reps in Washington did over the bailout. They ignored us then, I suspect they will again. If they fail, they will just try again. If they are successful, it is the final nail in the coffin of alternative news and thought. Sad times; I am beginning to feel like a russian in the early days of Stalin.

iceman321_2k2's picture

A little confused...

Remember the gold lease rate topic from December?

The FT reports that "Central banks increased the amount of gold they lent for the first time in a decade in 2011, as they used their bullion reserves to help commercial banks raise US dollars."

"As the squeeze in the dollar [.DXY  80.97  watchlist_down.gif  -0.21  (-0.26%)   realtime_icon.gif] funding markets intensified, short-term interest rates for lending gold fell to record lows in late 2011. The rate for lending gold for one month fell to -0.57 percent in early December, implying that a bank would have to pay to swap it for dollars."

Do central banks pay dollars to commercial banks to give commercial banks gold, so commercial banks can sell the gold to raise dollars?  Do commercial banks then pay to sell gold for dollars?

Chris P. Bacon's picture

Good On Ya Turd!

Redundant hat tips in your general direction Sir!

rjsand's picture

Project Blue Beam

silverbleve's picture

awesome

Thanks Turd! Back in Black! I am surprised no one else has been skeptical about the governments actual ability to implement these regulations. The vague terminology about how they propose to implement it shows how little they know about how it works! Everything they plan to do will be immediately circumvented. They want to try to force everyone to use their dns servers which is crazy because anyone can host a dns server out of their own house. 

The fact that they are trying to control it shows how poorly they understand what it is. Just like any other technological advancement the precedent that sets the laws trails the technology by at least 20 years. 

Hammer's picture

The BBC

The BBC website where the wiki guy defends his position arguing that the bill is too loose in its make up. He is counter argued by a guy from The Film Industry.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16605951

ClinkinKY's picture

Obviously we need more stimulus /s

Solar-panel company lays off 40 employees

BY KRIS TURNER
BLADE BUSINESS WRITER
 

Willard & Kelsey Solar Group LLC laid off about 40 people indefinitely at the beginning of January until changes to its production line are completed, a company official said Monday.

Michael Cicak, the company's chief executive officer and chairman of the board, would not say when the changes would be completed or when the laid-off employees could return to work.

"We have some technical people in here improving the efficiency of the assembly line," Mr. Cicak said, adding that the Perrysburg-based facility still has about 30 employees.

He said Willard & Kelsey has a little more than 80 employees when it's fully functional.

The start-up company has been plagued by a series of production and staffing delays since it was formed in 2008. It has received millions of dollars in government loans and tax breaks and has been toured by high-profile officials such as Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

Mr. Cicak said last week that the facility was to reopen Monday after a period of adjusting its inventory. A voice mail message on the company's main phone line said the same thing.

Only 15 cars were in the parking lot at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The office was devoid of activity, and the rows of desks were empty.

A tour of the production line and the changes being made to it were not made available to The Blade.

Mr. Cicak said the assembly line changes will improve the output of the cadmium telluride thin-film solar panels produced at Willard & Kelsey. The value of those panels, which usually are less expensive than other models, will increase if they can produce more energy, he added.

Ideally, the solar panels will increase from a 10 percent output to about 15 percent, Mr. Cicak said.

"We will be the lowest-cost producer of solar panels in the world," he said.

The cost of changing the assembly line was not released. Willard & Kelsey also does not release its quarterly earnings or its profit margin because it's a privately held company, Mr. Cicak said.

As of early 2011, the company had received a $5 million research and development loan from the Ohio Department of Development, a $10 million loan from the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, a $3.3 million job creation tax credit, and a $701,000 grant to provide training for 50 current and 250 new workers.

Attempts to reach state officials were unsuccessful because Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Mr. Cicak previously has made sweeping claims for how many people the 262,000-square-foot plant along State Rt. 25 could employ. In February, 2011, the company said it planned to have 250 employees by the end of 2011. At the same time, Mr. Cicak said the company could produce 600 to 700 jobs in the next to two years and up to 4,000 in five or six years.

On Monday, he said the company was in the research stage of developing a powerful solar panel that would put it ahead of its competitors.

"We're going to be way ahead of the world," he said.

ClinkinKY's picture

What's old is new, what's new is old

New Obama OMB director a Bain alum

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January 17, 2012 4:11pm 209 Comments

byJoel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer
 
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Jeffrey Zients will serve as President Obama's new acting director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), but the president's decision might undercut attacks on Republican Mitt Romney's career as a venture capitalist, because Zients and Romney are both alumni of Bain & Company.

Read more at link:http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/new-obama-omb-director-bain-alum/317976

ClinkinKY's picture

Morning Toons

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ClinkinKY's picture

I remember when 3:00 A.M. meant a downturn:)

Maximillion's picture

Nice recovery!

Nice little recovery in PM's, sitting tight:). 

With regards to  confusion by iceman321_2k2 I believe you are correct in your interpretation of the lease rate dealings. From my understanding the leased gold is cashed in to provide funding for whatever investments the banks/fund managers wish to enter (or used to short the market in PM's). By leasing as opposed to having to buy, the banks get huge leverage on their required outlay (or in negative lease times a bit of extra money to)!

Perhaps someone could also clarify a post I read last yr sometime regarding how JPM base some of their derivatives dealings on the price of Silver/Gold?

Maximillion's picture

UK youth unemployment: 22.3%,

UK youth unemployment: 22.3%, up 1%: 1.04 million unemployed 16 to 24 year olds.

What a waste of a generation = Solution IMO bring back national service WITHOUT WAR and teach them all trades, whether it be road building/mechanics/electricians/plumbers etc. That way we get our infrastructure back up to scratch, give people a purpose, and the skills to fund themselves for the future!

Number of people in public sector employment down 67K from June 2011. Number of people in private sector employment up 5K from June 2011

Sort of proves the top heavy society we live in IMO, though you can bet your back teeth that the public sector job losses will have been front line ones (eg nurses who we need), rather than the management ones. I read somewhere that every tier of management adds 10% to the end cost, just wish someone in govt would get a grasp of reality! Rant over. 

mendolover's picture

Down with the political

Down with the political class!!  Ooops, hope no one saw that!

clueless one's picture

whoa...it can't be. can it?

I know there are a lot of well rounded, educated people here.  I, however, am not one.  As I muddle my way out of the fog I've lived in...I'm continually blown away by the parallels between history and current times.

I just read a little piece on the Ides of March.  Heard the term, never knew. 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/03/0311_040311_idesmarch.html

For ancient Romans living before that event, however, an ides was merely one of several common calendar terms used to mark monthly lunar events. The ides simply marked the appearance of the full moon.

But the Ides of March assumed a whole new identity after the events of 44 B.C. The phrase came to represent a specific day of abrupt change that set off a ripple of repercussions throughout Roman society and beyond.

btw... this March 8th, is a full moon.  Greece default, perhaps????  Been a lot of talk.  Webbot, too.

too many coincidences imo...

at least I chose the correct screen name...huh?  blush

Be Prepared's picture

Internet Censorship

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Media stays Silent on SOPA/PIPA

Maximillion's picture

Short interday??

1145hrs uk time the price starts down as per the long overnight/short intraday system! Still not convinced with the method though so guess I'll just hold & buy the dips! Is anyone out there or have the feds all arrested you under the new laws for subversion by investing in PM's?

Be Prepared's picture

PIPA

ClinkinKY's picture

Attention OWS

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‘Our kids are going to be fine,’ President Obama, 50, said last night. ‘And I always tell Malia and Sasha, look, you guys, I don't worry about you.

‘I mean, I worry the way parents worry - but they’re on a path that is going to be successful, even if the country as a whole is not successful. --Barack Obama, December, 2011

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2068850/President-Barack-Obama-worried-daughters-Malia-Sasha--U-S-fails.html

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2068850/President-Barack-Obama-worried-daughters-Malia-Sasha--U-S-fails.html#ixzz1joLrmYeV

AlpineKidd's picture

Power in numbers

Good job Turd way to spread the word. Hopefully more sites get on board during the day. I can imagine the flocks wondering why the knowledge of Wiki isn't at their fingertips and reality hits them like the proverbial  train. oh, I'm dreaming sorry. But in the words of Jacque Fresco/ Zeitgeist     'This shit has got to stop!"   We are making history daily I feel. Keep up the good work Turdites

ClinkinKY's picture

Unfortunately, too late for this years Academy Awards...

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Speaking of Academy Awards

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ClinkinKY's picture

And finally...

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Dr Jerome's picture

What's news?

Well, nothing worth reading in the mainstream today.

Every morning I get up to see my kids off to school, pour a cup of coffee and start reading the news. I come here to Turd's site first, check out Zerohedge and then look a the MSM. There is nothing worth reading on the MSM except news of my favorite NBA team (Phoenix, alas). Without TFM and ZH I would totally be in the dark. No wait... I do learn about American Idol and the Golden Globes and the kardashians, and the latest spectacular crime. 

Thanks to all for keeping the important stories front and center. "You heard it here, on the TF Metals Report, first!" I read all the posts (mostly) and check the site about 6 times a day.

Be Prepared's picture

Lawmakers Don't Understand Consequences of SOPA

Lawmakers Don't Understand Consequences of SOPA

"Let's bring the nerds in and get this right." That admonishment by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, was the most poignant moment during the recent hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act. While it's unreasonable to expect politicians to be expert in every policy area, the least we can ask of our lawmakers is to acknowledge when they don't have the requisite information at hand, and do all they can to secure it.

That's all that Chaffetz was pleading for, but his SOPA-supporting colleagues made it evident that even this is too much to expect. Rep. Mel Watt put it well: "As one who acknowledged in his opening statement that he was not a nerd and didn't understand a lot of the technological stuff, I'm not the person to argue about the technology part of this." Seconds later he asserted that he did not believe the many engineers who assert that SOPA would undermine Internet security—and who were never given the opportunity to testify.

SOPA is indeed technically complicated, and has far-reaching implications that should convince lawmakers of the need to get it right. SOPA would give the government and corporations new powers to block Americans' access to websites accused of copyright infringement; create broad, nebulous new liabilities for sites that rely on user generated content—like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other social networks, and make it a felony for people to stream unlicensed content (think cover song videos). It will kill jobs and stymie innovation, undermine cybersecurity, risk undue Internet censorship, and provide comfort to authoritarian regimes around the globe who seek to manipulate the Internet to quash dissent.

Last month, the committee chair and lead sponsor brought in SIX witnesses to testify on the legislation, five of whom were supportive of the legislation and none of whom was a disinterested expert on what SOPA's passage would portend for the Internet or for society at large. With more than 3 million Internet users having urged their lawmakers to oppose the bill, the committee has no dearth of potential witnesses—and with so much at stake, it has no excuses.

ClinkinKY's picture

Attention OWS Part 2

Done Deal: Obama to Accept Nomination at Bank of America Stadium

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By Doug Powers  •  January 17, 2012 01:12 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

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There’s no better way to show support for Occupy Wall Street during the acceptance speech than by delivering it while almost literally occupying a large chunk of Wall Street:

President Obama will accept the Democratic presidential nomination at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, a campaign official confirms to CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Mr. Obama will accept the nomination and deliver his convention speech on September 6, the final day of the Democratic National Convention. The open-air stadium, home to the Carolina Panthers, seats more than 73,000. The rest of the convention will take place at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Democratic officials will officially announce the location later today.

Bank of America dropped plans for a debit card fee, so they’re obviously back on speaking terms with POTUS now.

The campaign is saying the switch is simply so more people can witness the event — and rake in as much cash as possible from the one percent:

Wealthy campaign donors will also be courted to buy big money tickets for executive boxes ringing the stadium.

Bonus points: The stadium was built with non-union labor.

A more perplexing juxtaposition of venue to rhetoric hasn’t been seen since Ralph Nader accepted a nomination in the Corvair Room of the Willow Run Ramada Inn.

**Written by Doug Powers

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vamoose1's picture

You Fine People

Some of you  know I am  not an American, but i am  not far away. And in many respects I  might as well be, in terms of commonality of interests   etc.

    I am  pretty grateful  for the free military shield, I  get to  have all the benefits of it,  for free   since 1945, and i  get to  carp  and criticize it, but for 75 years, nobody is fucking coming at MY  country, I  phone Uncle, and that puts paid to that. We  make token efforts.

    Thanks people,   and I mean it,  its uncommonly lucky,  an inadvertent gift. 

   So I am not to  quick on the trigger,   not to  be smarmy,  but I am  grateful, some of the American foreign policy,  gulp,   i    kinda disagree. 

   Conversely,  would you  like to  be bent over with your ass in the air  chanting and  facing M ecca.  

   Here is something i find a bit interesting at 4 am.

   NDAA  and SOPA,  these things scare the piss out of me.  They are downright alarming. my jaw drops. 

    I know how Hitler subverted Germany,  he did it slow and steady in the late 20s and early 30s,  creeping democratically,   on the sneek sneek,  13 percent ,  18  percent ,  ohoh   24 percent, but he actually did it democratically until  he seized the levers of power. 

   G ermany's aristocracy watched him  come ,  with  mounting horror.  Then he got close to  50  percent, and that was that, The old chancellor handed him the baton, went into  his bathroom ,  looked in the mirror, and died.  he knew. So do we.

  Should we worry about NDAA and SOPA? Certainly. They are terrifying . 

   But our n egligence and apathy are  equivalently bad.

   I met the "Gold crowd" about 2000,  as a coherent group,  with an  agenda,  i  knew a few before. But it crystallized in 00. Twelve years ago. 

   I know many greedy financial people . Including one in the mirror. Did I dig it? not hugely, like many of us i  fled as soon as i could, unfortunately it took 35 years of failure to  achieve escape velocity. 

   But i  learned something interesting. Its not the money,  we express it in terms of money ,  stacking ,  fiat,  guns, survival,  but its not the money. Its the cover story.

   These people,  as i  got to  know a few of them, struck  me very odd. yes we yammer about gold and silver and the EE and all our stuff, but its really just jargon. 

   They dont give a fuck  about money. Not deep  down. What a gift to  find people like that,   like you  frankly. I could care less too,  just as long as i am  not in the park at month end. 

   Nope,  these people are our contemporary patriots, Electronic patriots who clearly love their country, , what would Paul  Revere do  on  line,   would he ride,  or would he post???

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