European Parliament Supports the Pirate PartyAdded: Sunday, November 25th, 2012
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The Pirate Party celebrates a major political victory: the European Parliament has secured a regulation preventing credit card companies from refusing services to such outfits as Wikileaks.
The European Parliament has ordered new legislation which will regulate the ability of credit card companies to deny service. The regulation in question follows the unilateral cut-off of donations to WikiLeaks, but the Pirate Party has received wide support for new legislation due to the damage they do to small businesses. For instance, Swedish banks were recently noticed discriminating against absolutely legal business owners, accusing those of selling “questionable products”, such as horror movies, movies with nudity, and sex toys. The banks pointed at vague rules from Visa and MasterCard.
In response, the European Parliament requested to draft the legislation on the issue. The Pirate MEP Christian Engström included in the text of a draft the words saying that with more businesses going online there will be more European companies whose activities are dependent on ability to accept credit card payments. According to the statement, it’s in the public interest to set objective rules which accurately describe the circumstances and procedures under which card payment schemes might unilaterally refuse acceptance.
According to MEP Christian Engström, it wasn’t reasonable at all that Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal have ability to shut Swedish businesses out from trading on the Internet due to selling horror films or sex toys only because they are too scared of fundamentalist moralism.
As for the cases where the credit card companies blocked donations to WikiLeaks, this was the three outfits cooperating in helping the US government silence an inconvenient voice. According to Engström, it is absolutely unacceptable that private companies had such kind of power over free speech.
November 25th,2012Posted by:
Sunday, November 25th, 2012
|The power of the Yanks, pushing another contry to do its bidding. Sound Familia?|
|posted by (2012-11-25 13:42:54)|
|@Jedimastersky - You need to READ the story ... this is another country (GROUP of countries actually) telling the Yank CC companies to pull their heads out of their asses or they'll find themselves in breach of the new European laws. (a result of which may mean the loss of MILLIONS if they're taken to court, or billions of dollars of revenue if they're blacklisted in the EU.)|
How much do you want to bet the Credit Card companies decide that PROFIT trumps Patriotism and rapidly reinstate the blocked services?
If they want to play on the WORLD stage, they can't just apply their HOME laws, they HAVE to take into account the laws of the COUNTRY IN WHICH THEY'RE TRADING. If the site/business is not illegal there, then they can't legally block the site/business from using their services.
PS. Jedimastersky needs spelling lessons ... coUntry and familiaR are the correct spellings.
|posted by (2012-11-25 16:27:46)|
make a point sure but spelling police...really?
|posted by (2012-11-25 19:29:53)|
|Sorry solyd, but I WAS an English teacher, and currently I'm a Magazine editor, so it comes naturally. And there's NO EXCUSE, as ET has a built-in spell checker ... just right click on the RED UNDERLINED words and you'll be SHOWN a list of possible words (Names, etc. are the exception).|
The only time this DOESN'T work is if you use a CORRECT word in the wrong CONTEXT, like homonyms (like there, their & they're), as there ISN'T a GRAMMAR checker.
|posted by (2012-11-25 19:50:48)|
|oo care if its spelled rong as long az u can understand it and wiv kinow punctuation eever lol (laff eyt lowd)me spellin is all wright thou enit|
|well said crash1. But many times I have seen that the spell checker does not function properly.|
For example many times the site does not take the symbol  and I have to EDIT and reinsert it.
To avoid spelling mistake I have a habit to write it down in a notepad txt file and then copy paste it.But unfortunately I have seen many times one or more letters are missing.I think this happens when ET goes overloaded as it has too many users.
|posted by (2012-11-26 09:59:49)|
|oh!, It's about time.|
I was wondering where our niave bunch of scally wags got to. Yeah, they are the ones with anything and everything Pirate from Ikea. Came with our best. Please return safely.
|posted by (2012-11-26 11:09:37)|
|No spell checker here rhat i can see hummm this isn t e mail . .|
|about time we could use our plastic to buy what we want not what we are told we are allowed to buy by credit card agents,it`s our money at the end of the day and If I want to buy a sex toy with mine I for one would not want to be refused it by my credit card.|
|I like the caps interspersed with the dialogue Crash1,it does show your lack of what you preach(good grammar),If someone is less grammatically correct than yourself and you feel it your imperative to talk down to them through using caps to beat them down with the English language just remember that some of the smartest human beings were illiterate or dyslexic as in the case of Albert Einstien,nuff said.|
|now I am off to buy a blow up doll and puncture repair kit on my plastic|
|posted by (2012-11-27 05:28:50)|
|@Embolism, CAPS is the only way to EMPHASIZE words in comments, since there's only a single standard font and italics/bold fonts are not in use. In normal documents I use a combination of italics/bold/colored font for emphasis, but I can't use those here.|
BTW. You can also add a lot of OTHER names to your list ... Alexander Graham Bell (Inventor), Steven Spielberg (Director), Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Agatha Christie, Jay Leno (TV Presenter), Woodrow Wilson (28th US President) and lots of different actors/actresses. Hans Christian Anderson (Author) was classified as having been partially dyslexic upon it's discovery 6 years after he died, as there was plenty of evidence and eyewitnesses still around. There's also discussion on whether Leonardo Da Vinci suffered from a form of dyslexia, but since he died in 1519, 362 years before the condition was first identified (1881), proof is hard to get.
Illiteracy caused by dyslexia was excusable up until the 50's/60's when effective management was developed, and colored glasses were found to work quite well. These days it's more of an inconvenience than a debilitating learning disorder, and if it's discovered early enough, and managed properly, it will have minimal impact.
|posted by (2012-11-28 10:47:18)|
|crash1 FUK YOU||
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