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Will Rap 4 Food | Hunger Kills … Hip-Hop Heals

                   

Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. is a grassroots organization formed by « Rap-tivist » Calvin « Pro’Verb » Roberson in an effort to remove the negative connotation surrounding the hip hop community.

 

 

 

By partnering with the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest public nonprofit hunger/nutrition resource in DC, Will Rap 4 Food aims to eradicate hunger in the DC metropolitan area.

Hunger’s negative effects can be seen in school, at work, and at home. Children have a diminished capacity to learn; adults can’t work as effectively; and seniors are more prone to illness.

 

Will Rap 4 Food isn’t only an effort to bring together local DC artist, but to change the face of hip-hop culture entirely. Providing an outlet for artists to showcase their work for a cause dear to their community will not only promote unity amongst the hip hop communtiy, it’ll promote unity amongst people in general.

 

BECOME AN ADVOCATE

 

Follow Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. on Twitter for campaign updates, hunger statistics, and inspiration.

Share the movement with your followers and help Will Rap 4 Food build!

 

DONATE

 

For every $1 donated, Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. can help the Capital Area Food Bank provide 3 meals. 100% of monetary donations will go to the CAFB.

VISIT www.willrap4food.org TO MAKE YOUR DONATION

 

VOLUNTEER

 

Like Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. on Facebook for sponsored volunteer opportunities and highlights or post your own personal contributions to the movement!

 

WillRap4Food Benefit Concert 2012 Edition is in december.

Date & Location will be announced soon !

 

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@WillRap4FoodInc + @RespectTheYouth =

#Food4Thought Back 2 School Tour 2012

Who
Team WR4F & Respect The Youth

What
Respect The Youth will speak on the importance of teamwork and giving back to our communities; Team WR4F will perform a hip hop concert

When
Prior to launch of a 1-week food drive at each school to benefit the local community food bank

Where
DC-MD-VA Schools

Why
To inspire and instill the significance of team work, community service and advocacy, and empower youth to give back to their communities

 

Team WR4F and Respect The Youth will deliver a motivational speech in conjunction with a concert at a school assembly prior to launch of a 1-week food drive in order to generate motivation and excitement in the youth about giving back to their communities.

 

Dates will be coordinated with the host school. Food drive activities will be coordinated and administered by Will Rap 4 Food, Inc. with respective local charities.
Team WR4F artists and performances are pre-screened for age-appropriate content.

 

Respect The Youth speaker topics are general self-improvement and good citizenship. School administrators may review performance songs and/or speaker topics prior to event by request.

Please contact TeamWR4F@willrap4food.org for interest in hosting the #Back2Basics School Tour at your school or for more information.

 

 

Lessons we can learn from Lennon

                                                     

Marjorie Clayman is a friend of us. She is also a famous blogger, writing about marketing and social causes. We invite you to read this awesome post she wrote in memory of John Lennon & the lessons we can learn from his life work.

December 9, 2011

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the killing of John Lennon. It seems hard to believe that John Lennon’s life ended this way, and for no good explicable reason. He did not want to become a martyr for any of his many causes. He was just getting back into writing music and was building his life with Yoko and their son, Sean. It seemed like he was trying to build a relationship with his son Julian, and he was trying to reconnect with his sisters, whom he had mostly run away from since their mother’s death. It does indeed seem strange that withall of that positivity building, John Lennon had to be cut down and cut out of this world by a crazy person.

 

That being said, his death is probably not what Lennon would want us to think about today. I suspect he would have wanted us to look at his life and see what we could garner from that. There is nothing we can learn from a crazy person’s motivations, after all, except that there is no such thing as “too careful.”

 

The following are lessons I pull from this man’s life. Maybe you can add some to the list, too.

 

 

Take care of yourself first

 

 

Although it probably fueled his creativity and music, John Lennon was in anguish for most of his life, and through all of his years of crazy celebrity and his very public life, there was always an immense load of baggage that John carried. A rough childhood led to his mother’s death when John was 18. When he was 21 his best friend died, and then the whirlwind of Beatlemania took over his life. Through it all, until he was in his late 30s, John didn’t really deal with his darkness. Who knows what this may have cost him. John would not find peace in his own life or beyond it until he dealt with his demons, and he was not able to connect with his wife or sons until he found that peace.

 

Lesson: A person who is drowning cannot save another.

 

 

Take care of the people who love you

 

 

Although you might call to mind songs like Imagine or Give Peace a Chance when you think of John Lennon, his personal life was almost anything but peaceful until his last five years on this planet.

Over the last few years, Julian Lennon has expressed his very complex feelings about his father, who was never around and who completely ditched Julian and Cynthia once Yoko came into the picture. John’s relationship with Paul McCartney soured, too, and there were many instances when drugs or drunkenness made Lennon seem like a far cry from a Peace-nik. For some, this tarnishes much of the good that Lennon did in his public life.

 

Lesson: Practice what you preach with those nearest to you, then bring it out into the world.

 

 

PR for a good cause is good PR indeed

 

 

A lot of people thought John and Yoko’s “Bed-ins” were pretty ridiculous, but what they didn’t grasp is that their ridicule, so long as it remained public, accomplished exactly what John and Yoko wanted – it got people to talk about world peace. Supporting a good cause doesn’t always have to mean doing a fundraiser. If you can find a way to bring the issue to people, especially with all of the online tools available, you can accomplish a great deal.

 

Lesson: Talking about a problem is the first step in solving that problem

 

 

You don’t need to throw a parade every time you do something nice

 

 

Although Lennon certainly understood how to use media and PR to bring issues into peoples’ homes, there was a lot he did that was completely under the radar. He and Yoko Ono donated thousands of dollars to different organizations, often anonymously (we know now).  Given how much negative feeling the couple attracted, it would have been easy enough for them to say, “Hey, look at this great thing we did!” But they didn’t.

 

Lesson: Examine your reasons for doing social good. Is it about you or about the people you’re trying to help?

 

 

Dreaming isn’t stupid

 

 

One part of Lennon’s complexity is that while he was very bitter about a lot of things, he was also, in a lot of ways, an idealist. He really believed that the world could be as one. He really believed race and religion and ethnicity and creed could become irrelevant in terms of judging a person’s character. This did not represent a flaw in Lennon’s character but rather showed the source of his great passion. With enough work, it seemed like his dreams could come true.

 

Lesson: If everyone starts dreaming the same dream, the world really could be as one.

 

 

Use great power for great good

 

 

This is what I admire most about John Lennon, for all of his flaws. No one had really experienced the kind of fame that the Beatles experienced in the early to mid-1960s. Elvis and Dylan were up there, but it wasn’t quite the same level of craziness. Lennon, by his own admission, went through what he called his “fat Elvis” period, where he and Paul would sit down to “Write a swimming pool.” But unlike a lot of stars, Lennon realized that he could use this immense power to shine the spotlight on issues that were ripping apart the world.

Audrey Hepburn did the same thing, using her fame to give strength to UNICEF. Today, many stars use their power to spread social good, but it doesn’t need to be that kind of power alone. If you have thousands of people following you on Twitter, use that power for good. If you have thousands of blog subscribers, that is power that can be used for good. It’s worth thinking about.

 

Lesson: With great power comes great responsibility. It’s a privilege to have both.

 

 

What lessons do you draw from John Lennon’s life? What do you mark on this anniversary of his death?

 

Marjorie Clayman’s Blog

Montréal in Top 10 ‘Hip Cities’ in the World

     

According to an article published on November 17, 2011 in the NY Times, Montreal is amongst the Top 10 « Hip Cities » in the World.

Here is what the NY Times said in the article:

 

The story of young people, full of ambition, energy, skill and talent, moving to enticing cities that call to them like a siren’s song is as old as modern civilization. And in a world where national borders are easier to traverse, where more countries are joining the prosperous global middle class and where the cost of a one-way plane ticket is more affordable, young professionals probably have more cities to choose from than ever before.

 

This survey is not based solely on quality of life, number of trees or the cost of a month’s rent. Instead, we examine some cities that aim to be both smart and well managed, yet have an undeniably hip vibe.

 

Our pick of cities that are, in a phrase, both great and good

        • Auckland, New Zeland
        • Berlin, Germany
        • Barcelona, Spain
        • Cape Town, South Africa
        • Copenhagen, Denmark
        • Curitiba, Brazil
        • Montréal, Canada
        • Santiago, Chili
        • Shanghai, China
        • Vilnius, Lithuania
Here is what the NY times said about Montréal in that same article:

 

“With its hearty French and North American mix, this city of 3.6 million has a real soul thanks to low living costs and long winter evenings. And it is no slouch when it comes to good food, hip culture, well-appointed museums and efficient transportation.

 

With four major universities and plenty of bars, the nightlife in this bilingual city has a well-deserved reputation. Because the winters tend to be long and cold, the city possesses an extensive underground network connecting several downtown malls and a subterranean arts quarter.

 

When spring finally does arrive, and snow is cleared from the many bike paths, the city puts out its 3,000 short-term-rental bicycles, known as Bixi. City-sponsored community gardens are sprouting around town, giving urbanites a chance to flex their green thumb.

Montreal is an incredibly active town where festivals celebrating everything from jazz to Formula One dominate the city’s calendar during the summer.

 

 

Thanks to Mount Royal, a large central park and cemetery that serves as cross-country, snowshoe and ice-skating terrain in the winter and becomes a verdant picnic ground and gathering spot in the summer, Montrealers never have to leave city limits.”

So, we just wanna say to our US Friends : Let’s Go Guys … Come visit us in Montréal !

And Why not join us at the Bell Center to feel the frenzy of a hockey game with our Montréal Canadiens

 

Read NY Times full article here

What in the heck is a Twitter ?

           

March 1st, 2012. Post written by James Laplante. You can follow him on Twitter @JimLaPlante

 

 

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“Dad, you got to get on twitter.  A lot of the Canadian Players are on it!”

 

My son @chrisadiens said.

 

He was very excited as he continued, “PK Subban, Brian Gionta, Hal Gill and Max Pacioretty are on it and you can follow them and see what they tweet to each other!”

 

He went on further to explain that some of my fellow posters on the “Hockey Inside Out” Blog were also on Twitter.

 

I understood some of what he was saying but I also had a lot of questions as sometime those of my generation can have when speaking to people in his generation.

 

For instance, what is a twitter ?  What is a follow ?

What the hell is a tweet ?

 

That is how my career on Twitter began !

 

So I signed up and my Son helped me find people of note to follow.

 

Now what the tweeter world thinks of following is not like stalking.  It’s where people can see your tweets.

 

Now tweets are things you type into twitter so your followers can see.

I call it twitter tweets.

 

You can even retweet a twitter tweet.

 

Not everybody you see on twitter is nice.

 

There are mean people and some women who promise to do things to you that will make you blush.  Sometimes they even send a nice picture so you can see how pretty they are.

These are called “porn blots”.

 

Now don’t despair, because on twitter, you can “block” people from following you.  I block all the pretty women with pictures and all mean people.  Now blocking is a two way street.

Other people can block you too so my advice to you is to not be mean and do not send naked pictures to other people.

 

You should be OK then.

 

There are lots of famous people on twitter.  Some of my most exciting days have been when a famous person sends me a twitter tweet.  I immediately call and text everyone I know to tell them that Claire B Lang, Tony Marinaro, Dave Stubbs, or Geoff Molson just tweeted me.

 

Sometimes people are mean to Mr. Molson and Mr. Marinaro and they get blocked.

 

« I think Mr. Marinaro blocks a lot of people.  Tony must have a lot of mean followers or naked women followers.« 

 

It’s also exciting when you get a “Direct Message” that only you can see! They call those a DM.  It’s cool to get several DM’s a day.

 

Sadly, I’ve only had a few DM’s in my life :-(

 

In the twitter world, they have a very unique way of communicating. To save space they use a series of letters to express something.

 

Some examples are LMAO (laughing my a@@ off), LOL (laughing out loud), TY (thank you), NP (no problem).  I use to ask my son what they meant but I discovered that you can do a google search and they’ll tell you what that stuff means.

 

They also use symbols a lot on twitter to send messages.

 

Things like …

:P (sticking your tongue out)

:D (happy)

:) (smiley face)

… You can look those up too but I knew what the smiley face was.

 

There is a one symbol  #

… that means you’ve “tagged” something.  I am not sure what that means but if enough people do this “#” you get on some sort of a list or something.  I think that’s good.

 

 

My favorite tag used to be “fireJM” and it worked because Jacques Martin did get fired and I think it made that list.

 

 

 

Now a lot of people are doing #firePG but I don’t think it made the list yet.

 

 

 

I have a lot of friends, I mean followers, on twitter now.  Most of them are fellow Montreal Canadien Fans with a few NASCAR and New York Met fans sprinkled in.

 

We tweet on twitter a lot about the team, its players, and what they need to do to get better.

 

It’s pretty exciting cause you can include Geoff Molson in your tweet and he can see it.  I am pretty sure that we’ve all provided a lot of help for him as he tries to improve his team.

 

« He’s never responded to any of my tweets but I think since I haven’t been blocked so he must like my suggestions. »

 

I have twitter followers that are young and old, male and female.

 

I have some who tweet in French.

Sometimes I like to retweet those French tweets to my followers  … so they’ll think I am smart !

 

Sometimes you don’t even know who or what your followers are.  It doesn’t matter to me as long as they’re not mean and don’t send me those naked pictures.

 

Twitter is where I met the operators of this blog, @LyndaSavoie and @St_Poirier and they are very nice people !

 

I’ve met a lot of interesting people on twitter.

OK, now let me tell you about facebook.

Wait.  I gotta go.

I just got a DM.

#Cheers

 

 

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment on James’ post. Tell us about your experience on Twitter as a sports fan !!

Gary Carter on Opening Day 1985 – New York

     

February 15, 2012. Post written by James Laplante. You can follow him on Twitter @JimLaPlante

 

 

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Growing up as a young boy in Northern New York, my very first professional baseball game I attended was in Jarry Parc in Montreal.

 

I have vivid memories of the Public Address speaker announcing the game in French, the outstanding organ music played, and of course the swimming pool over the right field fence.  It was professional baseball and although I was a NY Mets fan, I fell in love with the Expos.

 

I continued to keep one eye on the Expos and the other eye on the NY Mets as I grew from childhood to young adult.

 

 

I remember watching the young Gary Carter as he burst on the scene in 1974.  No matter the score, one did not leave the ballpark until “The Kid’s” last at bat.

 

 

In the late fall of 1984, while watching Monday Night Football, an urgent announcement was made.  I remember hearing Howard Cosell announce to the world that Gary Carter had been traded from the Montreal Expos to the NY Mets.

 

By this time, I had married and moved to the Hudson Valley of NY State, a mere hour and 45 minutes from Shea Stadium.  I was elated and could not wait for opening day.

 

Myself and three of my buddies had made a habit of attending opening day at Shea Stadium for a few years prior to 1985.

 

We weren’t going to miss this one!  Early that April 9th Tuesday morning we left for the drive into the City. Our seats were located on the upper deck near the right field foul pole.  Players looked like ants from there.

 

Planes from nearby airports were so close I think we could actually wave to passengers thru the windows of the plane.  We drank beer and ate hot dogs and enjoyed a beautiful early spring day of baseball.

 

The weather was perfect at the start of the game but on the chilly side.  The Mets took a lead and led throughout until the Cardinals tied it in the top of the 9th inning.

 

By this time the temperature had dipped considerably and many fans had headed to the exits.

 

In the bottom of the 10th Gary Carter came to the plate and I was shivering from the cold and mentioned to my buddies that this would make great theater if Carter would knock one out of here.

 

Seconds later, Carter did just that as the ball cleared the left field fence and landed in the visiting team’s bullpen.

 

Even though by this time the stands were only three quarters full, it was the loudest I’ve ever heard in any sports stadium.  The stands were actually shaking and I had a brief thought that we being in the upper deck might be in danger of a collapse.

 

As we exited our seats and headed down the borrows of the stadium, chants of GARY, GARY, GARY were echoing off the concrete of big Shea.

 

The stereotype of the reserved NY City resident were completely replaced by massive amounts of hugs, high fives, and smiles.  It seemed we were all taken back to our days of childhood, me sitting in Jarry Parc.

 

I never met Gary Carter in person although I have seen him play on many occasions but throughout his career he somehow became a part of my childhood.

Of course, like many of you, when I heard he had taken ill I assumed my hero would beat this dreaded disease.

 

When later reports indicated that Gary was losing this battle and stories of his courage and faith emerged, I thought to myself that he was much more than a baseball player to his family, friends, and teammates.

 

He always conducted himself in the right way, whether it be on the baseball field, home with his children, or among his friends.

I have lost part of my childhood and my heart goes out to Gary Carter’s family.

May they find comfort knowing the joy he gave us throughout the years.

He is in the arms of angels.

May he rest in peace.

 

James Laplante

 

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment on James’ post. Or just give us your thoughts about Gary !!

Jeremy Lin – LINSANITY

     

Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Post written by Mars Blackmon, from Brooklyn.

 

 

We invite you to follow him on Twitter

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There is a poster of Allan Houston that hangs on my wall.

 

It’s tattered after its many hours in truck trunks and college dorm moves, with a hunk of Allan’s jumper missing from the top-right corner.

 

More than anything else, it signified my intense fandom for a popular but inept franchise.

In college, I bet my roommates that the Knicks would make the playoffs.

 

That was freshman year. Something should have told me that gambling on Mardy Collins, the undead Anfernee Hardaway, and a guy who’s best play is most conducive for NBA Bloopers than Inside Stuff was a harbinger for disaster.

 

By senior year, I wore my New York Knicks shirt in the confines of my dorm, refreshed games on my laptop, and looked for hope in Allan Houston’s crimped follow through.

But I did it. WE did. We kept hope alive. Enter Jeremy Lin.

Jeremy Lin is as much from China as I from Africa.

 

He was born in Palo Alto, CA, same town as crazy James Franco, Condoleeza Rice, and the Grateful Dead.

 

His Dad, a Taiwanese immigrant, saw the game, loved the game, and imported its core components.

And we are all better for it.

On Tuesday night in Toronto, Jeremy Lin sat across from 75 reporters, 25 of Asian descent.

 

Lin was given a stamp collection, and asked to record a message in Mandarin.

 

He obliged. All of this happened before he took a dribble at the Air Canada Centre.

 

 

 

Jeremy Lin is « WOW! YOOO! AHHHH! ».

Jeremy Lin is « BANG! BOOM! POW! ».

Jeremy Lin is young Busta Rhymes on a Tribe Called Quest track.

 

I’ve never seen a city swoon so quickly for an athlete, so much so that folks are openly nervous over a certain superstar’s return.

 

Does he have flaws? YES. Lin had 8 turnovers, and ranks second in turnovers during the month of February.

 

But a closer look at that stat is telling: Lin is surrounded in this futility by Russell Westbrook (1), John Wall (3), Lebron James (4), and his prototype Steve Nash (5).

 

Can he improve? YES. Lin’s got a ways to go before he reaches the rarified air of 50-40-90, the full realization of a guard’s potential in the DiAntoni offense.

 

Those are Steve Nash numbers. The gold standard.

 

I implore you: watch the man. Don’t be afraid to cheer.

And if at all possible, use words.

 

Don’t hesitate to leave a comment on Mars Blackmon’s post. Or just tell us what you think of Jeremy Lin !!

SOPA & The Misleading Rethoric of Piracy

                                     

All over Twitter these days, you may have noticed that lots of people have put a « Stop SOPA » banner across their profile images to urge their followers to help defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act.

 

Why? The internet we know and love is at risk.

 

Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could profoundly affect the future of the internet. It’s called the Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA’s twin in the Senate, PIPA, represents also a big threat to the Internet as we know it today.

 

SOPA and PIPA represent the latest effort from the Motion Picture Association of America, the RIAA, and their allies to counter what they view as rampant piracy on the Internet. This time, they propell bills that would allow the Justice Department to obtain an order to be served on search engines, Internet providers, and other companies forcing them to make a suspected piratical Web site effectively vanish, a kind of Internet death penalty.

 

Albeit, richful corporations could easily sue and bankrupt any company they decide is not filtering to their subjective satisfaction, namely to Internet companies that offer a compatitive alternative to their corporate bethren.

 

What is SOPA?
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, H.R. 3261) is on the surface a bill that attempts to curb online piracy. Sadly, the proposed way it goes about doing this would devastate the online economy and the overall freedom of the web. It would particularly affect sites with heavy user generated content. Sites like Youtube, Reddit, Twitter, and others may cease to exist in their current form if this bill is passed.

 

What is PIPA?

The Protect IP Act (PIPA, S. 968) is SOPA’s twin in the Senate. Under current DMCA law, if a user uploads a copyrighted movie to sites like Youtube, the site isn’t held accountable so long as they provide a way to report user infringement. The user who uploaded the movie is held accountable for their actions, not the site. PIPA would change that – it would place the blame on the site itself, and would also provide a way for copyright holders to seize the site’s domain in extreme circumstances.

 

Whatsoever, this legislation as written won’t stop piracy, it would pose a serious threat to social media and user generated content sites (like YouTube) across the internet and, it could also undermine some of the core technical systems underlying the internet, creating new cybersecurity risks.

 

Who’s opposed to SOPA and what are they planing to do?

 

On November 15, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, eBay, Mozilla, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn wrote a letter to key members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, saying SOPA poses « a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job creation, as well as to our nation’s cybersecurity. » Yahoo has reportedly quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the organization’s enthusiastic support for SOPA.

 

It was Google co-founder Sergey Brin who warned that the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act « would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world. » Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman argue that the bills give the Feds unacceptable « power to censor the Web. »

 

Much of the Internet industry and a large percentage of Internet users are opposed to SOPA. Click here to see a non-exhaustive list of SOPA opponents

 

Some of those companies are said to be discussing a coordinated blackout of services to demonstrate the potential effect SOPA would have on the Internet.

 

As a way of drawing attention to the topic, it’s something that will definitely work.

 

The question then becomes how to translate the inevitable confusion and outrage from those who don’t know what SOPA is into activism.

 

If the sites do go entirely dark, is the hope that the resulting outrage will be enough to fuel news stories about the reason behind the decision? And that users will not transfer their frustration to the sites themselves, as opposed to the bill they’re protesting?

 

However, it may take losing Facebook and Twitter to really drive home how dramatically SOPA could affect the Internet and to make people realize how reliant we are on the Internet as we know it.

 

As of writing this post, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has decided to join a protest of SOPA by shutting down his site on Wednesday.

Calling it a « decision of the Wikipedia community, » Wales said he plans to join other Web sites in ceasing operations to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, a controversial antipiracy bill being debated in Congress. « We have no indication that SOPA is fully off the table, » Wales said in a tweet this morning. « PIPA is still alive and kicking. We need to send Washington a BIG message. »

 

All-in-all, whatever happens with Web firms decisions on ways to protest, Web firms actually outspent tenfold on lobbyists (of Hollywood studios & record labels) still have one gigantic advantage over lobbyists: direct relationships with millions of users that can force the WHITE house to step back on SOPA & PIPA.

 

And that is exactly what we are begining to see…

 

Government Reactions

 

The European Parliament recently adopted a resolution stressing « the need to protect the integrity of the global Internet and freedom of communication by refraining from unilateral measures to revoke IP addresses or domain names. » In response to The European Parliament, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (the House Democratic leader) said last week on Twitter that “we need to find a better solution than #SOPA. »

 

As of writing this post, The Obama administration issued yesterday a statement on the Stop Online Piracy Act, saying the administration recognizes the need for laws that fight online piracy but is wary of legislation that could lead to censorship, cybersecurity problems, a quashing of innovation, and other issues.

« While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet, » reads the statement, written by three high-level officials.

 

Misleading rhetoric of Piracy

 

It is no secret that SOPA & PIPA bills are heavily supported by a wide group of copyright owners, including the big record companies and Hollywood film studios.

 

Those copyright owners argue that online piracy has damaged their businesses and costs workers their jobs.

Moreover, they say that every free piece of content scraped to be sold, or given away, online takes money out of the pockets of record companies, movie producers and other content creators and their millions of employees.

 

The pro-legislation Copyright Alliance cites a report from the International Chamber of Commerce saying that piracy and counterfeiting cost businesses $775 billion annually and puts 2.5 million jobs at risk worldwide.

 

It’s important to point out that citing content industry numbers is always problematic because MPAA refuses to release any of its data for peer-review or other types of validation.

 

So let’s have a look at more valid data if we are to make our own objective opinion about American jobs at stake.

 

According to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, the movie industry employed 374,000 people in 2010. Amusingly, another report from an MPAA-backed group claims the movie industry loses 373,000 jobs per year, when, in fact, they’ve only lost 18,000 since 1998.

 

For a tech industry comparison, eBay alone was responsible for creating 724,000 full or part time jobs – and that was in 2005.

 

What is more surprising right now is The Congress faint ignorance (for or unknown reasons so far) that SOPA/PIPA would litterally depress the growing tech sector, all while citing the MPAA’s misleading and debunked numbers on how piracy is “decimating” their industry.

Yet, the tech sector has been a huge economic driver in a time of general economic stagnation.

 

According to CBS News, In 2011 California created more jobs than any other, adding 233,000 workers to the payrolls in the past year and 6,500 in just the last month. Another study shows Facebook apps and mobile apps alone are responsible for almost 200,000 jobs over the last few years.

 

The other truth about the movie and music companies is that they contribute the same amount to the economy that they did before file sharing was mainstream (in both 2011 and 1995 their contribution to total GDP was 0.4%). Even better news for them: the Bureau of Labor Statistics gives a wholly positive outlook on future job prospects in the movie industry.

 

Nevertheless, they continue to claim poverty and massive jobs loss in the face of these hard facts.

 

Throwing out sensational  numbers and misleading rhetoric isn’t a new tactic for Big Content. It has long advocated extremist legislative and regulatory measures to protect its industry against “piracy.”

 

Today, Hollywood is using the same arguments about the Web and the domain name system.  They claim that without the ability to censor the Web, their industry will be destroyed by piracy, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

 

History is recent as for famous examples of how the Music & Movie companies failed to adapt to how digital innovations have affected their industry. Instead of creating better ways to legally download music (like Apple did for them by creating iTunes) their solution was to sue music lovers.

 

Perhaps the real motives of the the pro-legislation Copyright Alliance reside in an attemp to throw a knock-out punch at the growing competitve threats Web companies represent to their brick-and-mortar obsolete business models. I don’t know … but the question remains a valid hypothesis in the evidence of the misleading rethoric and extremist regulatory measures they propose.

Can you just imagine the repercussions if business dinosaurs (like Music & Movie companies) dictate policies that regulate the Internet and the new technology-intensive economies of the world?

 

What should we do now?

 

Critics overwhelmingly agree that something needs to be done to combat online piracy. Many, including Google and Facebook, support a more-limited proposal by Wyden and Republican Rep. Daniel Issa, called the OPEN Act, which they say would combat digital piracy without giving license to shut down legitimate websites.

 

But in regards to the hard-line financial health of the economy AND the liberty of speech that has become the currency of the Web, we can probably agree that all major companies already heavily involved in the Internet economy know far better what is good for the Internet and the people that populates it.

 

Is it worth it to create a censored Internet that’s less innovative & stable in order to ‘possibly’ help the RIAA & the MPAA sell more music and movies ?

 

This blog features our thoughts and opinions on music, sports & social causes. That’s what we call the ‘freedom of speech’ we can all practice on the Internet today, as we know it. THIS DOESN’T MEAN WE CAN’T PROTECT AUTHOR’S RIGHTS OF THE ARTISTS FEATURED ON THE BLOG. YOU CAN LISTEN AND DISCOVER THEIR MUSIC BUT CAN’T DOWLOAD IT FOR FREE.

 

Click here to discover our musical artists

 

 

References : Different sources have been very helpful for this writing. They are Cnet, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Market Talk, Time Techland AND Blind Influence.

 

 

Genealogy of Savoie and Pacioretty Families

       

For those who know us on Twitter and discuss about hockey with us, you probably know already that Lynda is a relative of Max Pacioretty.

We announced this scoop in december 2011 when mother-in law of Lynda, Danielle Mailloux-Poirier, made this discovery while conducting genealogy research for her own Mailloux family.

 

 

We publish today the proof that this scoop was true.

 

Lynda Savoie and Max Pacioretty are really family relatives.

In fact, Lynda Savoie is from the same generation as Max parents’, Raymond Pacioretty and Anna Kolenda.

Likewise, the mother of Raymond Pacioretty, Thérèse Savoie, is from the same generation as Lynda’s father, Joseph Irénée Savoie.

To know more about the genealogy tree of the Savoie family, we invite you to click on the picture above.

 

Danielle Mailloux-Poirier is presently conducting more genealogy research in order to learn more about Lynda and Max ancestors.

 

 

We will publish other posts in the future to display upcoming findings of Danielle on Lynda and Max families !!!