Petition to HDTV Manufacturers/ Broadcasters, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp, LG, Phillips, Hitachi, Loewe, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Vizio, Insignia, Consumer Electronics Trade Group
Please STOP making "smooth motion" the DEFAULT setting on all HDTVs.
Motion Interpolation was an effect that was created to reduce motion blur on HDTVs but a very unfortunate side effect of using this function is that is takes something shot at 24 fps or shot on film and makes it look like it was shot on video at 60i. In short, it takes the cinematic look out of any image and makes it look like soap opera shot on a cheap video camera. It is unbelievable that this is a default setting on all HDTVs because essentially what it is doing, is taking the artistic intention away from filmmakers. As artists, these new HDTVs are preventing our vision from being seen the way we shot it and it's also affecting the viewer's experience with the story because they are often put off by the odd "home video" look. It's actually very distracting watching a classic like "Five Easy Pieces" and having it look like a sitcom shot on video. Any filmmaker or film buff should be aware of this and help stop it from being a default setting. At this stage, the majority of the world are not seeing the films and tv shows as they were intended by the creators. It's fair to have smooth motion as one of the options in the picture settings on HDTVs, because it actually is a great way to watch sports. But for literally everything else on tv, it cheapens the look and makes it look as if it's a soap opera. If you care about the artistic integrity of the visuals that you watch and appreciate cinematography and a cinematic experience, then you should sign this petition. And if you don't care about visuals and you only care about story, you should still sign this petition because the visuals are there to set the mood for you to get into the story. As a consumer, you should know that this function is ruining the theatrical experience that you are supposedly paying for when you purchase these expensive HDTVs. Don't you want to see the films and tv shows as the filmmakers intended you to see them- how beautiful and rich they look in the movie theater? If you are going to spend most of your time at home watching movies on your television, don't you want it to be as much of a theatrical experience as possible? A further irony is also that some of the manufacturers of these HDTVs (Sony and Panasonic) also manufacture the high end digital cameras that shoot in 24fps to give a more cinematic "film" look and they are the very same people negating that artistic choice. For a more in depth explanation on motion interpolation, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motion_interpolation. For all the technological advances we have made in our industry, it's as if we're taking a million huge steps backwards in terms of the look of the image by allowing motion interpolation to be a default setting. The Ideal: Manufacturers working together with broadcasters to create a way for the signal to automatically switch on "smooth motion" when sports are on tv. And the signal would switch OFF smooth motion for everything else, allowing everything to look it's best on tv. Smooth motion is also known as auto motion, motion boost, HD natural motion, digital clearmotion, TruMotion, smooth 120 Hz, Intelligent frame creation, etc. HERE IS A LINK TO ASSIST IN TURNING OFF THE MOTION INTERPOLATION ON YOUR TV: http://lifehacker.com/disable-motion-smoothing-to-get-rid-of-soap-opera-effe-1526424116
Petition to Warner Brothers
Include Proper Ravenclaw Crests on Merchandise!
Anyone that is a fan of both the Harry Potter books and movies clearly recognizes a discrepancy when it comes to Ravenclaw: For the movies, WB decided to change both the colors and the mascot of the House. To some this may seem a trivial thing, but for those of us that identified as Ravenclaws before the movies came out, it can be very disheartening and aggravating not to be able to purchase merchandise online and at WWOHP that feature the correct colors (blue&bronze) and correct mascot (the Eagle). As such, we have to rely on outside merchandisers providing us with items with the correct crest, therefore WB is losing out on money from Ravenclaw fans. This petition beseeches them to rectify this error and put out merchandise that has the crest as seen on Pottermore and other work approved by J.K. Rowling. This will make many HP fans happy and will increase revenue as more people will buy items once the error is corrected.
Petition to H.J. Heinz
Bring Back The Flavor Nugget (The Egg) In Mrs. Grass Soup.
Hello All, This past weekend I found out a horrible truth. A icon of my childhood and adulthood alike has changed. My favorite soup in the world Mrs. Grass took away the flavor nugget aka "The Egg." This little egg contained chicken bouillon and other oils to flavor the soup and should not of been removed as it is what made Mrs. Grass, Mrs. Grass. When I was young I got sick really easy and one of the only things I could eat at time was Mrs. Grass soup thus I really came to love it, and still due to this day. As an adult I have been known to go to the store and buy every single box on the self sometimes 15-20 boxes at a time. I have also been known to ask for more to be brought out if there is only a few box out on the self. This past weekend my wonderful wife made a box for me and it did not taste like Mrs. Grass. I thought she was messing with me and trying to see if I could tell the difference between Mrs. Grass and the Lipton Soup (which I could when the egg was there) I could not believe that it was Mrs. Grass when she should me the empty box. Needless to say I thought maybe she used a bit to much water and the flavor just got too diluted...until I made the second box later that day and saw there was no egg. After seeing this I had a brief moment of madness going though all 15 boxes of Mrs. Grass in my pantry try to figure out what happened. After Googling what happen all I could find was the the egg was discounted with no explanation of why. I love this soup so much and I know other do too. This petition is to ask the H.J Heinz company to bring back the egg to Mrs. Grass soup.
Petition to David Coleman
Make AP Exam Boxes Big Enough to Fit AP Number Labels and Fix the Multiple Choice Seals
AP season is a stressful time for high schoolers. We have worked all year in many of our classes leading up to our AP exams. College credit, our college applications, and even our self-esteem is on the line. And that's why we don't need it when we finally get to our exam only to learn a frustrating truth. The AP number labels printed by the Collegeboard do not fit into the boxes on our AP exams printed by the Collegeboard! High schoolers across the country have spoken. The time is now, Collegeboard. Start printing AP exams with boxes large enough to fit your AP number labels. Moreover, after completing the ardor of the multiple choice section, we test takers are subject to further atrocities: the seals. In order to protect the alleged 'intellectual property' of the College Board, students are asked to seal their multiple choice booklets using seals that, like the AP number labels, do not fit into the boxes provided. This creates an imperfect seal, and another source of stress and anxiety for test takers who have yet to finish the Free-Response Questions, where they will once again be asked to place an AP number label into a mismatched box. We, the future of our world, plead with you to rectify these frustrations, College Board. Please.
Petition to Music Streaming Services
Bring Peace to the Loudness War
Music streaming services need to properly manage audio loudness. We ask them to implement a loudness level in line with the Audio Engineering Society recommendations. No More Loudness JumpsMusic listeners’ number one complaint is when volume levels jump up and down. In contrast, loudness management can make for a far better listening experience: Quiet songs or albums are turned up and loud songs or albums are turned down. This is called “loudness normalization” — and the benefits are huge. When streaming services start using normalization, listeners will be happier and sound quality will improve across all services. Keep the Artists’ IntentStreaming services, please let artists choose how their music should sound! Some producers choose to master loud as part of their art. But other creators feel forced to master too loud (over-compress), compromising their vision because more dynamic music would sound lower than the “competition.” They mix and master to the level of the loudest streamer, adding unwanted distortion, pumping and clipping. This situation intensifies the Loudness War in music production and discourages creators from producing programs which are dynamic, open-sounding and impactful. Streaming services, please turn normalization on by default and choose the AES recommended loudness level (‘target’). This sensible target protects the sound quality of the original production and maintains loudness from track to track. When artists know and expect that loudness management will be used, they can finally follow their own vision without worrying about competing and we can enjoy the music exactly as they intended. Streamers: Let’s CollaborateWe know streaming services want to provide the best sound and service to their users. As music streaming hits the mainstream, now is the perfect opportunity to end the Loudness War by adopting universal loudness management. So please join the dialogue here at change.org. Let’s work together to make a better sounding audio world! Take Action!The Loudness War is over if you want it. Many people have been concerned for a long time about this issue… Sign this petition, asking streaming services to implement loudness normalization now, following the AES guidelines — and share it with your friends! References Wikipedia about the Loudness War. Loudness War links at MLA’s website MLA's white paper about Loudness Normalization for music Technical InformationThis petition focuses on music providers but all genres and services are affected by loudness issues, from podcasts to talk shows, music programs and videos. Tremendous progress in loudness measurement and management has already been made by groups like the EBU, the ITU and ATSC. The AES has produced this streaming recommendation: Recommendation for Loudness of Audio Streaming and Network File Playback: Audio Engineering Society Technical Document AES TD1004.1.15-10. Recommendation for loudness normalization by Music Streaming Services: Eelco Grimm, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. Presented on May 22nd 2017 at AES 142nd convention in Berlin. Give Peace a Chance - Sign here now!
Petition to Archie Comics Publications
Reverse the Changes to the Sonic the Hedgehog Comic
There have been huge changes recently to Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog comic as well as its spin-offs, graphic novels and reprints. Many beloved characters that have existed for years have been erased in a reboot. The loss of these characters is having an extremely detrimental impact on the comic and we humbly ask for them to be reversed.
Petition to Satya Nadella (Microsoft.com), Microsoft
What Computer users want changed in Windows 10
To effectively implement and use Windows 10 in our homes and businesses, Microsoft must make changes to both the operating system and the policies the company put in place to support the new OS. Those changes fall into two categories: 1) Microsoft must give Windows 10 users more control over when updates are installed. We need the ability to delay or hide damaging updates that impact the computing experience, have undesirable side effects such as blue screens of death, or reduce the functionality to attached devices. Under the current system of mandated updates, we have been adversely impacted by forced driver and firmware updates plus other patches; we've wasted hours dealing with the unwanted side effects. As long-time Windows users, we understand the need to have quicker and more agile security updating. But this agility should not introduce additional risks to our systems. Windows 10 updates have already caused loss of system functionality, video and display issues, and other significant issues. [edit 11/5/2016: The 1607 release has added active hours, but the release is still mandating nearly weekly reboots which is unacceptable. We feel the updating process isn't getting better, but in fact worse. Users (and Journalists) complain that " ... get a new update to Anniversary Update and some things aren't working like they worked before. I wonder which of the updates I just got did something to it" and have a difficult time determining if a bug has been fixed in a particular release.] 2) Microsoft should provide detailed information on what's in each update -- along with what system changes we should see with each cumulative-update release. We applaud the cumulative-update model, but the lack of documentation doesn't let us to perform the due diligence required for safely deploying and maintaining Windows 10 systems in our organizations. [edit 11/5/2016 - Microsoft is now providing more detail here https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history however the ability to track when a bug in a prior release has been fixed is still difficult to do. The Insider Feedback process doesn't provide an effective way to determine when reported bugs are resolved.] We have expressed our concerns on the Uservoice feedback platform here and here. We now use change.org's petition platform to express our concerns more broadly. We need control using our existing patching methodologies. We need communication. Sincerely, Your Windows customers
Petition to Betsy Rakola (NOP Director, Compliance & Enforcement Division), Paul Lewis (NOP Director, Standards Division), NOSB, Jennifer Tucker, Miles McEvoy, Devon Pattillo, Jessica Walden, Kay Holmes, Samuel Jones
Ban the use of plastic packaging for organic produce
We're asking the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and National Organic Program (NOP) to actively work toward: - THE PHASING OUT OF PLASTIC AND METAL PACKAGING FOR ORGANIC PRODUCE - THE OBLIGATION FOR THE ORGANIC INDUSTRY TO INVEST IN TRULY COMPOSTABLE MATERIALS AND HARMLESS TECHNOLOGIES- THE GOVERNMENTAL AND/OR PRIVATE SUPPORT OF MAJOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN ENVIRONMENTALLY BENIGN PACKAGING. NOT "recyclable plastic" (only 8% of plastic gets recycled anyway) NOT "recycled plastic" (it's still plastic!) NOT "biodegradable plastic" (they are controversial as to their carbon footprint and end result) WE DEMAND A FOCUS ON NATURAL FIBERS, NATURAL WAXES, NATURAL RUBBERS AND MECHANICAL TECHNIQUES, AS WELL ANY OTHER SOLUTION USING EASILY RENEWABLE, 100% COMPOSTABLE AND NON POLLUTING ELEMENTS. Background: Organic produce is packaged IN MANY TIMES MORE PLASTIC than conventional produce: polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, ethylene vinyl acetate, polyethylene terephthalate, nylon, polyester, etc. for the meshes, bags, hard shells & labels. This packaging also often involves METALS: steel and aluminum for the staples, wire ties, & coating of cartons and chips bags. THIS IS A MAJOR ISSUE. On a global scale, it participates in the destructive plastic pollution of the environment, and in the dispersion of metals that will never be recovered On an individual level, it forces organic consumers to consume more plastic than other consumers, despite their striving towards a healthier, waste-free lifestyle and investing more money in organic produce. It forces organic consumers to spend their own time figuring out how to dispose of these plastics & metals, without any guaranty that their end of life will be a sustainable one (and indeed, it's not). In short, the pollution created by the packaging of organic food cancels out the efforts organic consumers are making for a low-impact, healthy life. In the words of the Plastic Pollution Coalition: "Plastic never goes away Plastic spoils our groundwater Plastic attracts other pollutants Plastic piles up in the environment Plastic poisons our food chain Plastic affects human health Plastic threatens wild life Plastic costs billions to abate" We're calling on the NOSB, the NOP, on producers, packaging manufacturers, handlers, and distributors of organic produce, to seriously take on this issue - which will grow at the same rate as the organic market - before it's too late.