Boycott These Supporters of SOPA

SOPA – Stop Online Piracy act is a big mistake if it manages to go through the House representatives.  It will give the current entertainment industries enough control over the internet, they’ll be able to shut down any site they want.

This is a bad thing for all internet users.  This could very well mean the demise of a lot of small websites.  Could even me a lot more hassle and headaches coming from Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and a whole slue of other big sites.

If SOPA were to pass, the entertainment business would have the power to censor nearly half the websites out there or more.  That’s how many websites have Copyrighted material on the web.

According to statistics, nearly 70% of young people actually have or have had pirated content in their possession.  The web could change drastically if we allowed SOPA to happen.

My call to action?  Boycott any and all services that support the SOPA act.  Here is a list of them.

List of Supporters: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act
60 Plus Association
ABC
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Americans for Tax Reform
Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies
Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Beachbody, LLC
BMI
BMG Chrysalis
Building and Construction Trades Department
Capitol Records Nashville
CBS
Cengage Learning
Christian Music Trade Association
Church Music Publishers’ Association
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP)
Comcast/NBCUniversal
Concerned Women for America (CWA)
Congressional Fire Services Institute
Copyhype
Copyright Alliance
Coty, Inc.
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
Council of State Governments
Country Music Association
Country Music Television
Covington & Burling LLP
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
Creative America
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Deluxe
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
Elsevier
EMI Christian Music Group
EMI Music Publishing
ESPN
Estée Lauder Companies
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Go Daddy
Gospel Music Association
Graphic Artists Guild
Hachette Book Group
HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Inc.
Hyperion
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE)
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Union of Police Associations
Irell & Manella LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
L’Oreal
Lathrop & Gage LLP
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Lost Highway Records
Macmillan
Major County Sheriffs
Major League Baseball
Majority City Chiefs
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
MasterCard Worldwide
MCA Records
McGraw-Hill Education
Mercury Nashville
Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC)
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Moving Picture Technicians
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Crime Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
National Football League
National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee
National League of Cities
National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
National Songwriters Association
National Troopers Coalition
News Corporation
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Pearson Education
Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Phillips Nizer, LLP
Pfizer, Inc.
Proskauer Rose LLP
Provident Music Group
Random House
Raulet Property Partners
Republic Nashville
Revlon
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Scholastic, Inc.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Showdog Universal Music
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Nashville
State International Development Organization (SIDO)
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
The Perseus Books Groups
The United States Conference of Mayors
Tiffany & Co.
Time Warner
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
UMG Publishing Group Nashville
United States Chamber of Commerce
United States Tennis Association
Universal Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Viacom
Visa, Inc.
W.W. Norton & Company
Warner Music Group
Warner Music Nashville
White & Case LLP
Wolters Kluewer Health
Word Entertainment

As of this writing, GoDaddy “Claims” to have withdrawn support of the SOPA act.  Yet, many don’t believe that they have, this is because of a few comments made by GoDaddy representatives.

Go ahead, let’s boycott these companies ans supporters of SOPA and show them we’re not going to let them have control over our web.  China is already making a bad impact on the Web experience with the censorship they’ve put up.  Let the web remain free and open for all to use.

Some Mistakes of Vegans and Vegetarians

One might actually think that it’s easy to just get out there and change your lifestyle, but it’s not.  It can actually be quite hard for some people.

If you want to diet, exercise, and lose weight, there are some things you need to avoid as pointed out in the video below.

Those things are as follows:

Eating too much Fat.
Eating too much Sugar & Stimulants.
Not fixing enough of your own meals.
Not getting enough exercise.
Not being in a community.

For some, working out alone, might be alright.  For many, it’s the exact opposite.  Try to either create your own community, or join an existing one.  That will boost your confidence and willingness to get out there.

 

Empire Avenue New Dividends Changes

Recently, Empire Avenue made a few changes to how the Algorithms work.  In other words, many people who were gaming the system, should see a bit of change in their dividends.  If you’re posting 200-400 post a day to Facebook and wonder why your dividends have changed, this is why.

The short answer.  Rather than make a long lengthy blog post like the EAv team did, I figured I’d shorten it a bit.  With no further ado, here are the changes.

Empire Avenue: Login and do some transactions (even if you just buy or sell one or two users) regularly. Send shareholder mail and be active in your communities, and get others to respond to your posts.

Facebook, Facebook Pages: Post statuses. The more comments and likes you get on those statuses, the better.

Twitter: Post tweets. The more people retweet you, the bettter.

Flickr: Post photos. You don’t need to post 200 photos every day, just get people to interact with the ones you do post through their comments and favorites.

YouTube: Post Videos. Again, no need to post 20 videos a day, just get people to interact with the ones you do post through their comments and favorites.

Foursquare: Check in to locations. Busy, verified locations (like those with specials) are worth much more than frivolous ones like “my basement”. Write tips, and get others to complete them!

Instagram: Post photos. The more comments and likes you get on those statuses, the better.
WordPress: Post blog posts, and get others to comment on them.

LinkedIn and Blogs: Due to limited available information about these connections, we pay a lower, fixed amount for Blogs and LinkedIn. They only contribute to your earnings if this amount is among your top five earnings.

All Networks: Your earnings and dividends will increase as you increase your Network Score.

Many of you have noticed that how EAv worked before is that the content changes would be effective every couple of days.  Notice, the big drop you had after being away for the weekend.  They’ve changed that.  Now, it’s going to make changes based on Several Weeks of activity.  Which is a great game changer.  This will factor in your lack of weekend activity and average it all out.

What are your thoughts?  Will this make EAv a better system?  You know longer have to make 200-400 post a day to have great dividends.  Just getting people to interact with you is a much better approach and a great key to survival on EAv.  You may have noticed top players such as e(Pirillo) skyrocket their dividends.  This is because they have a lot of community interaction.  Especially on Youtube and Facebook.  This is key.

You Know You Spend To Much Time Online When

you change your desktop background almost daily.

you rarely turn off your computer.

you get hemorrhoids because you’ve been sitting at your computer so long.

a weekend of time spent offline feels like a nice break

you *do* take breaks from the computer, you psychologically schedule yourself to come back when the “4-hours” are up and you can replenish your Slot Game [or insert your favorite game here] tokens!

every time you leave your desk you take both your iPad and iPhone with you, just in case…and your car lighter charger

your dust bunnies have become dust elephants!

you don’t understand the meaning of “too much time online”

you’re too busy online to answer this question and simply go “huh??”

you get cankles from sitting for too many hours. (don’t worry, it’s temporary)

you think it’s Tuesday but it’s really Monday?

you search for the like button on your car radio

you search for reviews for things when you’re at the store.

you turn to your computer to look something up and realized you already are sitting at your computer.

the first thing you do in the morning is turn the laptop on.

you don’t ever have to turn on your computer