Gateway

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Watchful scholars,
cure vacant minds
Hands open wide,
catch empty thoughts
The portal opens,
welcoming all
Leave ignorance
standing outside

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Entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Photo by: c.b.w. 2005

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In honor of Mother’s Day, I hope it can be forgiven that this week’s Sunday Abroad is a day late.

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c.b.w. 2013

Understanding SOPA

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This week’s internet blackout brought attention to two pieces of legislation known as SOPA and PIPA. I was vaguely familiar with both, but found it difficult to find information that explained exactly how these purposed laws would work.  There are a lot of heavily slanted articles and fierce opinions about the subject on both sides of the fence, which makes it pretty tough to get a straight answer.

While cruising youtube, I found a great video that breaks down the implementation and purpose of both SOPA and PIPA.  The narrator creates visuals and picks apart the wording of the law in a way that makes it really easy to understand.  It is biased, but not in an obnoxious way, so there is still plenty of room to make up your own mind on where you stand.

From Khan Academy:

The fight has only just begun and I’ve heard more blackouts may be on the horizon.  Whatever your opinion, make your voice heard and contact your representative!

c.b. 2012