John Sheppard

Long time no see

I haven't been around for a while. Life has made visiting this sand pit difficult. So, why the hello today?

Unfortunately, not with good news. The war in Afghanistan has claimed a lot of lives and caused a lot of casualties. Last week, it took a member of my family. A vibrant young man of 30, blown up in a supposedly indestructible tank! His wife is expecting their first child in June.

I can only pray that as few young men as possible suffer in this war before they are brought home next year. Sav gave his life bravely for his country. His wife and child can be proud of him, but first, this poor devastated young woman has to mourn, bring her child into this world alone and without a father....then when the baby is older she can explain how brave and courageous his/her dad was. I just wish she could explain this with her husband at her side. This family's life dramatically and completely changed direction in a few minutes.....the time it took a bomb to explode.

A lot of tears have been shed and will be shed. A birth coming up amidst joy for the new baby but such sorrow that a dad will not share it.
John Sheppard

ACTA is winning

I've already posted these but it's worth posting them again. Big Brother is watching.

Ok, here in France, after the tragic cases of the shootings and killings of three Parachute Regiment Soldiers and three very young children and a teacher at their school, Big Brother has been used in a very constructive and successful way to capture the presumed killer....his cell phone, computer, CCTV were all used. Big Brother doing good work to protect the people.

ACTA is not Big Brother in a good sense.

Fox News confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

I don't like being spied on in own my home.........and on top of that, it will be by somebody I'm paying to provide a service for me!!
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All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

Originally posted by elayna88 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by capra_maritimus at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
And where the US goes Canada eventually follows. *sigh*

Originally posted by philomel at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Taken from a post by zelda_zee at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012 (and others before it).

All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox News confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th.
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A while back I saw a very short video someone shot of Alex O'Loughlin palying with his dog during what looked like a break in filming. They were on the grass somewhere, maybe a park, maybe near the beach;.....that should help as there's not much of those in I'm pretty sur I saw it on LJ.

I've tried a google search and luck.

Does anyone remember seeing it and if so, can they direct me to where to find it? I'd really appreciate the help.


Found by the wonderful kristen999. What a star because she also found a story for me recently!! Thanks a mil are fantastic!!
John Sheppard

ACTA signature update


Yes, there are this number of votes so far and now the target is 3m!!!

This is part of a newsletter I got about the petition and the action surrounding it......

Dear friends,

Politicians across Europe are starting to withdraw their support from the dangerous ACTA treaty. This weekend's mass protest is our moment to bury ACTA for good. Click to join the day of action, in person or virtually -- let's win this!

Take action now
In 24 hours, people across the planet are joining a global street protest to bury ACTA for good. 

This week our massive 2 million ACTA petition caused shockwaves in Brussels, and we've just learned that Germany has put ACTA on ice and other governments are close to following suit. If Europe says no to ACTA, it dies!  We're at a tipping point -- If enough of us join the protest tomorrow, we can secure our online freedom and end the threat of ACTA's censorship nightmare. 

Let's turn out in thousands to protest or, if we can't be there in person (most of the protests are in Europe), send messages of solidarity to our fellow citizens who are marching. Click here to use our map tool to find an event near you, or leave a solidarity message for marchers:

Our massive ACTA petition was personally delivered to leading EU politicians in Brussels this week as it grew to 2.2 million signers and beyond. The European Parliament is choosing their new point person on the treaty right now. Let's make sure that person realises that ACTA is too hot to handle. 

Four Eastern European governments and now Germany have just said they'll stall their decision on the treaty. Now, if hundreds of thousands of people attend thousands of rallies all across Europe tomorrow, we can ensure that all politicians across the 27 EU countries are put on notice that people don't want ACTA and will continue to take action until the treaty is buried. 

Those of us in Europe can join the protests. And we all can send messages of solidarity to encourage the people there and use social media to pile the pressure on key parliamentarian. Click here to check out the action centre, and tell everyone.

So, the people are speaking, loud and clear!!!
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ACTA petition goes to Brussels

Update: 29 January 2011
In days, our petition will be delivered to decision-makers in Brussels-- let's reach 1 million!

This is the latest news on the ACTA petition site. Number of signatures at the moment is  877,322. They want to have a 1,000,000 to take to Brussels. Let's hope they get them!!!
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