Anti-Piracy Group Joins Internet Organization That Controls Top-Level Domain – TorrentFreak

RettighedsAlliancen (or Rights Alliance as it’s more commonly known) is an anti-piracy group which counts some of the most powerful local and international movie companies among its members. It also operates on behalf of IFPI and by extension, most of the world’s major recording labels.The group has been involved in dozens of legal processes over the years against file-sharers and file-sharing sites, most recently fighting for and winning ISP blockades against most major pirate portals including The Pirate Bay, RARBG, Torrentz, and many more.In a somewhat surprising new announcement, the group has revealed it’s become the latest member of DIFO, the Danish Internet Forum (DIFO) which “works for a secure and accessible Internet” under the top-level .DK domain. Indeed, DIFO has overall responsibility for Danish internet infrastructure.

Source: Anti-Piracy Group Joins Internet Organization That Controls Top-Level Domain – TorrentFreak

Lindsey Graham on Obamacare Repeal: I Had No Idea What I Was Doing


SENATE DEMOCRATS AND their progressive allies spent the last week-and-a-half in a full-blown mobilization against an existential threat to the Affordable Care Act.Now that it has fizzled out, the lead author of the measure, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, has an admission to make: He had no clue what he was doing.“It’s been the most amazing journey of my life. I’ve taken the eye off the ball on terrorism, I’m just amazed the whole planet hasn’t crumbled because I wasn’t on it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of the weeks he’s spent leading the health care repeal effort.

Source: Lindsey Graham on Obamacare Repeal: I Had No Idea What I Was Doing

Michigan Governor Unleashes “Citizens United on Steroids”


Less than six hours after its passage by the Republican-controlled state legislature, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law this week a measure that, effective immediately, allows candidates to raise unlimited sums of money for super PACs, which can then promptly spend that money supporting those candidates—or attacking their rivals.It also allows consultants to simultaneously work for a campaign and a super PAC at the same time, making a joke of the supposed independence of the two groups.

Source: Michigan Governor Unleashes “Citizens United on Steroids”

Florida Utilities Lobbied To Make It Illegal For Solar Users To Use Panels In Wake Of Hurricanes, Outages | Techdirt

“FPL’s lobbying wing has fought hard against letting Floridians power their own homes with solar panels. Thanks to power-company rules, it’s impossible across Florida to simply buy a solar panel and power your individual home with it. You are instead legally mandated to connect your panels to your local electric grid. More egregious, FPL mandates that if the power goes out, your solar-power system must power down along with the rest of the grid, robbing potentially needy people of power during major outages.

Source: Florida Utilities Lobbied To Make It Illegal For Solar Users To Use Panels In Wake Of Hurricanes, Outages | Techdirt

Well That Settles It! Insurance and Drug Lobbyists Say Medicare for All “Cannot Work”

Except that it does work for almost every other developed country in the world…


Lobbyists for the insurance, drug, and hospital industries were not pleased with the push for single-payer health care legislation.

Source: Well That Settles It! Insurance and Drug Lobbyists Say Medicare for All “Cannot Work”

Former FCC Commissioner Tries To Claim Net Neutrality Has Aided The Rise Of White Supremacy | Techdirt

“A sensible question is why civilized governments do not seek to deprive terrorists of unfettered access to the Internet…Sadly, here in America, limiting access to the Internet would be illegal under the euphemistic term “network neutrality,” the two-year-old experiment in federal regulation of the Internet…To its supporters, network neutrality is a bulwark of civilization. But network neutrality is also a shield for terrorists who seek to destroy civilization.”

Source: Former FCC Commissioner Tries To Claim Net Neutrality Has Aided The Rise Of White Supremacy | Techdirt

Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward


Just as the House Republican bill to slash much of the Affordable Care Act moved forward, some lawmakers started trading health care stocks.

Source: Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward

US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain – TorrentFreak


The US Embassy in Costa Rica has threatened to have the country’s domain registry shut down unless it suspends ThePirateBay.cr. The registry says it won’t comply without a court order and has written to the ICANN organization to complain about harassment and personal insults.

Source: US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain – TorrentFreak

Why one US Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet” | Ars Technica UK


A Republican lawmaker who voted to eliminate Internet privacy rules said, “Nobody’s got to use the Internet” when asked why ISPs should be able to use and share their customers’ Web browsing history for advertising purposes.

Source: Why one US Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet” | Ars Technica UK

Senate votes to let US ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica UK


ISP now stands for “invading subscriber privacy,” Democratic senator says.

Source: Senate votes to let US ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica UK