So I took a night photo for my photography class a few years ago. I put it on flickr because that’s what the assignment’s directions were. Today I found someone on tumblr that posted my picture on their blog. That part doesn’t bother me. What bothered me was that they changed the colors around and…
“I ordered some video-editing software from Hitfilm in the UK which also comes with some instructional videos. So a few days later I get a call from FedEx saying that the DVDs were being held at U.S. Customs until I filled out a Video Declaration Form, which she said was now standard practice. Now, I’d never heard of this before, so I called back to ensure that this was indeed FedEx and not someone phishing for information. Had them email me the form.
This is what the form said: “I/we declare the the films/videos contain no obscene or immoral matter, nor any matter advocating or urging treason or insurrection against the United States, nor any threat to take the life of or inflict bodily harm upon any person in the United States.”
Now, the first clause I can kinda see, though “immoral” is weird and there’s no standard definition of obscenity in the US, but let that go…what made my eyebrows go up my forehead and down the other side was clause two. So I called back the nice lady at FedEx — who was only following instructions given to her by Customs — and asked what this was all about.
Apparently — and this is only her understanding of the situation — this is a new thing being done by Customs and Homeland Security with FedEx, UPS, and other carriers to make sure that films and videos with ideas or stories that were at odds with the United States Government didn’t get into the country, as it was a form of terrorism (as further elaborated upon in the third and final clause.) She added that some DVDs showing Occupy events in London and elsewhere had gotten bounced because of the concern that these were being used to coordinate activities here (as if with the internet people actually need physical DVDs for that sort of thing but that’s neither here nor there).
Under this new stipulation, if V for Vendetta had, for instance, been produced in the UK (instead of just filmed there), importing it into the US would be considered subject matter “advocating or urging treason or insurrection.” And if you lied about it on the form, you could be held liable for this.
So there are now very literally guardians at the gate ensuring that the wrong sorts of ideas, movies or DVDs are not allowed into the country without investigation and/or prosecution. And most pernicious of all, they don’t actually define what they mean by advocating treason or insurrection, any more than they define what “immoral” means, it’s whatever they decide it means, so you could be breaking the law without knowing you’re doing it, until they decide you’re doing it.
Thoughts: this country’s laws and things the government stands for gets more disgusting every day. Those are my thoughts.
Also, this only has a few notes and it’s someone’s personal story, so, probably good to signal boost it because it won’t be going around everywhere…
This is crazy. I mean, absolutely absurd. I wish I could put precisely into words what I’m thinking, but I can’t because I cannot comprehend how insane this is!
“Well when you go, don’t ever think i’ll make you try to stay, and maybe when you get back i’ll be off to find another way . Oh and after all this time that you still owe, you’re still a god-for-nothing i don’t know~ when you go would you even turn to say ‘i don’t love you, like i did, yesterday’ ?”—
I’ve been using a mind palace since my teens and never thought it odd until I saw tumblr’s reaction to Sherlock’s use of the technique. A couple days ago I found myself building an extension in order to cram for my philosophy exam the following day and I figured I’d use this as an example and get you all exploiting the genius of this method.
Because, frankly, that one on wikihow that’s been going around is a headache, and mine has bad jokes and Sherlock examples.
If anyone’s any further questions just hit up my ask and we’ll talk.
I woke up late and had to hurry to get to a certain bus stop by my house when I saw the pole covered in graffiti saying “White people suck”, “White people are gay as f**k”, “Blacks and latinos only”, etc. Now, I’m half Nicaraguan, half Irish, and I’m usually supremely proud to…
Gender isn’t black and white, think of it more as like a colour spectrum; many different tones and types of seemingly the same colour, but with a rainbow of selections. For me, I feel like binary gender terms (male and female) are a bit of a nuisance. My own personal gender identity is a…