Bikergo Gal Protests SOPA & PIPA

Protest The “Protect IP Act”
Many websites are blacked out today Weds. January 18, 2012 to protest proposed U.S. legislation that threatens internet freedom: the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
From personal blogs to giants like WordPress and Wikipedia, sites all over the web — including this one — are asking you to help stop this dangerous legislation from being passed. Learn how this legislation will affect internet freedom and please take action.

According to Gizmodo,  “The momentum behind the anti-SOPA movement has been slow to build, but we’re finally at a saturation point. Wikipedia, BoingBoing, WordPress, TwitPic: they’ll all be dark on January 18th. An anti-SOPA rally has been planned for tomorrow afternoon in New York. The list of companies supporting SOPA is long but shrinking, thanks in no small part to the emails and phone calls they’ve received in the last few months.”

So what is SOPA? or PIPA? At first, it sounds like a good idea–it is supposed to protect content providers. But Gizmodo argues that “SOPA is an anti-piracy bill working its way through Congress that would grant content creators extraordinary power over the internet which would go almost comedically unchecked to the point of potentially creating an “Internet Blacklist” while exacting a huge cost from nearly every site you use daily and potentially disappearing your entire digital life while still managing to be both unnecessary and ineffective but stands a shockingly good chance of passing unless we do something about it.”

So call. Or email. If you’re a subscriber, go see the site for yourself–there’s plenty posted today about ways you can show your protest. Then boycott the internet yourself.

After I post this and publicize this,  I am planning on joining in as well and staying off the internet today. This site will be “dark” from 8am-8pm and post a flag and info about the issue until January 24, 2012.

Ride for your lives!! 1/5 Ride in SB, Meet in Ventura; 1/6 FFArtRide Gets Colorful!

The weather in SoCal is in the 70s & 80s–so get your RIDE ON!!

Tonight, ride for your lives!—the zombie apocalypse is upon us! Attention all you Dead, Living and Un-Dead Bicyclists, join the mob of zombies down at the Wheelhouse TONIGHT Thursday at 7:30pm.

We will swarm State Street feasting on human flesh as we make our way down to the pier. Bike sumo will be a gory battle of thrill and terror…Refreshments of human blood and brains will be served after the ride at ‘The Roadhouse’  202 State St.

Also meeting tonight, Thurs Jan 5, the  Ventura HUB – Tool-share and Bike Education Collective Planning and Potluck 6:30pm-8:30pm, 345 W. Center St., Ventura CA

Have you signed the petition for more funds for safe streets for bikes? Please send it to bicycle groups that you know. We only need 4801 more signatures! Also, thank you for the generous donations. Please feel free to contribute if you haven’t yet.

Come join the fun in Ventura! Friday, January 6 is the COLORS First Friday ArtRide! The San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club invites you to meet up at the promenade Artist Union Gallery at 5:30pm; depart at 6:15! Brighten up Ventura with your colorful self led by Bratt and Jewel!