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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.

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An Epiphany Via Sorbet


I made some strawberry sorbet today. For the last month I've done nothing of value on the weekdays. My boredom and angst of the lack of a real job had me really down. That sorbet changed my life. I know what I'm going to do to change things and how I'm going to do it. No more being a whiny bitch. No more woe is me. I'm moving and starting my life again. Now just to get to it.

Blarggh


I miss being a kid. Life was so much more bearable when everything was sunshine, unicorns, and rainbow. Now it's cloudy, the unicorns are bleeding out, and the rainbow is gone. Things aren't easy, and it's gonna get even harder. Oh well. I need to stop crying and start doing! Look at me, I'm my own motivational speaker. I've got to do better about being a bit more chipper.

Blurb before bed


AWA starts in 10 hours, and I'm really excited about the group cosplay that I'm doing with a few of my friends. I finally have a airship crew for the HMS Belladonna, and I've got an even better cosplay. I can't wait to show it off in front all those douche canoes that I went with last year.

They Say It's Your Birthday


Tomorrow (or four hours from now), I'll officially be leaving childhood behind. Turning 20 isn't really a momentous occasion in my book, but my roommate is determined to make it so. I'm waiting in the wings for the epic fail as we speak. I feel it's really a shame, being one of the youngest in my circle of friends, and yet I'm more responsible than all of them combined. Tomorrow will be yet another day to wake up, take my series of meds, go to class, go to work, come home and do little or nothing. I'm not sure how to build up any excitement for something that really doesn't matter to me.

Another year, another increase in digits, and I still feel as unhappy as ever. God, am I rife with self pity or what?

D.C., I'm Not Sure What to Think About You


I officially leave the nation's capital in 9 hours. Until then, I'll sulk about not being able to sleep and the odd smell in this hotel room. I love this diversity conference, but they keep picking the weirdest hotels for accommodation. Oh well, I haven't had to pay for anything besides the Ethiopian food I had two nights ago. As soon as get back to good old hot, nasty, and boring Georgia, I'll complain about how much better D.C. was and beg to go back.

The sun is peaking through the window now, so I should at least pretend to sleep for an hour or two.

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Zach Efron, You Sly MF!


I saw 17 Again today, and I hate admit that I've joined the Zach Efron bandwagon. I'm not sure what it is, but now I find him absolutely adorable. I'm glad that he's gotten away from the massive fail that is High School Musical because I wouldn't be able to explain away my attraction otherwise. I can only hope that he's able to get better roles in the future because I think that he is pretty talented.

The movie itself was pretty good, but I spent most of it giggling and commenting on some of the fashion choices made. I could have paid more attention to the actual plot, but Michelle Trachtenburg's boots in this one scene were too fierce to ignore. Fail on my part, but I have more opportunities to see it again.

FALSE ALARM!


My grandfather didn't die like we thought he might. I feel like such a horrible person for thinking it, but he puts all of us through so much hell. I missed the No Doubt concert because we thought he might be nearing the end, and instead he decided to be a dick as per usual. I really don't even know why we try.

I'm gonna go sulk about and rant like an 16 year old emo kid who didn't get their iPod now.

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IDK About This


I saw the new Terminator movie. Loved Anton Yelchin the entire time (one-handed shotgun cocking is EPIC SEXY), but I don't know my real opinion on the movie. I spent way too much time either drooling over the sexy or inserted comments that reference the Bale Out fiasco. I didn't really like Senior in this one, and it seems as though he's always using the Batman voice. If anything, this was a win for Anton, but everything else failed. I'll probably see it again when the bf gets back, but I wouldn't pay to see it. If I really want to see more of Anton, I'll just rent Charlie Bartlett and get a dose of RDJ.

Holy Crap


Adam Lambert lost AI. I wasn't even as into it as usual, and I'm still a bit mad. Whateves, MAdam will still be fabulous.

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