Friday, June 17, 2011

Catching Up

It's been a busy week-- and yes, I still need to post sometime about the Progressive movement.  I haven't forgotten, I've been reading and thinking...

But next week is looking even busier, so I may have to make it a post for the future.

I found an interesting and useful resource this week called "OpenCongress."  If you go to the site, you can check out bills that are pending: you can read the actual bill, not just the media hype surrounding it, since that sometimes (okay, often) grossly misrepresents the actual legislation under consideration.

For example, I read one account that said that under the proposed S.978, web-streaming that violates copyright would be punishable by "10 years in prison," a punishment similar to the sentences doled out to "child molesters." 

But if you look at the actual bill, it states that it could carry "a possible penalty of up to 5 years in prison."  And there are a lot of other elements that get left out of the media coverage.  (Not surprisingly.)

What's also interesting is the tab labeled "Money Trail."  You can follow the funds, see who proposes the bill, what special interests support it, etc. etc.

They're sponsored by The Sunlight Foundation, which is also dedicated to government transparency and accountability and offers a wide range of links to online resources about local, state, and federal government and its policies (or lack thereof).

My only other excitement this week seems to have been installing vertical blinds, and that wasn't very exciting, I must say.  I'm in one of those phases Virginia Woolf described as "wool gathering"--not writing a lot, but reading and thinking and letting the mental landscape lie fallow for a bit.

A new crop of ideas is in store, just planting the seeds for now.  More later, of course...

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