"Joy and pleasure are as real as pain and sorrow and one must learn what they have to teach. . . ." -- Sean Russell, from Gatherer of Clouds

"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Monday, January 14, 2013

I'm pretty much done

with this kind of crap:

Aaron Swartz was found hanging by a rope Saturday, having committed suicide at the young age of 26. Swartz was brilliant — called a “boy genius” by none other than Lawrence Lessig — and was considered a co-founder of the wildly popular Internet social media sharing website Reddit. He also helped create RSS — which is used by almost every news organization and blog in the world — helped launch Creative Commons, and founded Demand Progress, an organization that rallied over one million people to SOPA and PIPA, the Internet regulation bills that ultimately, fortunately failed.

From all accounts, his death is the result of aggressive prosecution by prosecutor Scott Garland, working under U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz -- in short, he was bullied to death. It looks like another case of someone's political ambitions getting in the way of her reasoning ability.

For what it's worth, here's a petition on the White House "We the People" petition site, calling for Ortiz' dismissal. Let's see if "We the People" have any clout.

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