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I'm getting political on y'all

Posted on 2009.01.12 at 22:14
This evening I just finished watching "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and my immediate response was that I no longer support any kind of financial bailout for the big three auto companies.  Then I remembered (with a nudge from my hubby) the thousands of employees that would suffer.  Still, they certainly dug their own graves.  If you even slightly care about the environment (and I mean being able to breathe clean air that doesn't smell or taste bad- oh I'm going to miss California) I really recommend this documentary.

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If you have children, have ever bought anything for a child, have ever made anything for a child, sell things intended for children (are you getting the point yet), or would like to do something before this spreads into ALL MANUFACTURED GOODS, you should know about a very poorly crafted piece of legislature called the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008).


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Last on my agenda is art. Do you like art? Do you think that creativity is a vital part of what makes us human? Do you believe that people should be paid for the hard work they do?  Then you might want to know about this:

"The Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 (S.2913) and (H.R.5889) is a very complicated piece of legislation that has enormous implications for all Americans and all people. It is our belief this bill is an insidious attempt to undermine existing United States and International copyright laws that protect photojournalists, multimedia journalists, writers, artists, cartoonists, illustrators, videographers, musicians, American citizens, and all people who take pictures, make videos, or create art. Upon serious examination of this bill and the groups lobbying for its passage, we have concluded that it is a threat to the intellectual property rights, privacy, and free speech of all Americans and all people."  (http://www.petitiononline.com/Stop2913/petition.html)

For more information about the act and ideas about what to do (contact your congresspeople!!!) you can visit these sites:
http://www.illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?searchterm=00185
http://www.owoh.org/q-and-a.php
http://illustratorspartnership.org/01_topics/article.php?searchterm=00281

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