Unblock VPNs and proxies from watching foreign-hosted content
Just this previous weekend, Netflix has finally cracked down on VPNs and proxies. In blocking such services from accessing Netflix, users of these two handy instruments are no longer able to watch any content while on a foreign version of Netflix. For example, if you want to watch a movie or TV show that is only available in Germany, but you live elsewhere, instead of it loading the content, as usual, the following screen displays [see image above]. You can also read about this, including the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings' quotes at Mobile Syrup. Another interesting article about this, as well as something about 'securing global licensing rights from the outset' from BGR, which may, in a way, bring some eventual good out of this. The purpose of this petition is simply to ask Netflix to reverse this decision and thus allow us, users, to watch the content we please, even if it means we use VPNs and proxies to access content that is ♫currently not available in our own country♫. (By the way, Americans—that means no watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Netflix Canada via VPN, because, well, Disney/LucasFilm bless Canada.)
Please don't remove 'suicide' t-shirts from your store
Another petition, which this one intends to counter, is petitioning for the removal of these 'suicide' shirts that you can find on Amazon.com. Links to some include: http://www.amazon.com/suicide-Funny-Adult-T-Shirt-XXX-Large/dp/B00LHKPHB4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1452286443&sr=8-4&keywords=got%20suicide http://www.amazon.com/suicide-Funny-Sleeve-T-Shirt-X-Large/dp/B00M7F70MC/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1452286443&sr=8-7&keywords=got%20suicide http://www.amazon.com/suicide-Funny-Adult-T-Shirt-X-Large/dp/B00LHKIJEQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1452286536&sr=8-3&keywords=%22got%20suicide%3F%22 Here are the facts: Those wanting the t-shirt removed have typical reason that it offends them because it 'mock[s] suicide' (Mark Henick, organizer of the other petition). Amazon.com has virtually no rules against these kinds of shirts, with an exception to two which are only iffy: 'The inclusion of any of the following information in detail page titles, descriptions, bullet points, or images is prohibited: Pornographic, obscene, or offensive content.' (Product Detail Page Rules) The 'iffy' ones include 'obscene' and 'offensive', which are rather subjective in that it depends on the person's own opinion. So, yes, while there's nearly the 50,000 signatures on the Henick's petition (at https://www.change.org/p/amazon-com-remove-suicide-shirts-from-amazon), that of course does not mean there are not other possible interpretations or opinions of the 'got suicide?' label on these shirts. Of course, there is nothing by law that would disallow this shirt. It is totally within the rights of freedom of speech and expression. ~ Petitioner's personal opinion (which you may feel free to agree or disagree with): Full disclosure, first off: I have had a number of people in my life commit suicide. I have a had a family member commit suicide years ago, as well some friends and others I knew or had met commit suicide. So, yes, I feel I understand the hurt of a loved one's suicide fairly enough. Mind you, I am sure others have certainly had worse situations than I. When a loved one commits suicide, none-the doubt, those grieving may act out irrationally based on their grievance. Those in support of the removal of these t-shirts I do believe are acting out in that such way.Am I offended by these t-shirts? Not at all! In fact, I am actually curious as to what it means to point to, but also believe, again, that it is open to interpretation. Do I want to buy it? Well, if I could, I most certainly would. I plead my ignorance if it turns out the maker of these clothes is a criminal or similar, but I have not yet seen anything to prove that ... after all, this is seemingly not like a previous case with Paul Bernardo's book A MAD World Order. Based on the aforementioned facts, I see no fair reason as to remove these shirts from sale.In petitioning for the removal of these t-shirts, that is saying that because someone else's work offends you, they should therefore be disallowed to sell it. If others do not agree with you, you may be called 'ignorant' or something synonymous of 'being rude'. Hopefully, that is not in all cases. Plus, of course, that means you are going against their agenda. (Yeah, I just used that word.) Rather than being offended and simply avoiding the t-shirt at all costs, thus allowing the seller to keep on going with their business, these petitioners would rather indirectly impede their business by being offended and having it removed. ~ Please, if you are so willing, join me and possibly others in support of these t-shirts, in support of Amazon.com allowing their sales, and against these petitioners that would rather be offended by the product and thus have it removed, than not like it and thus simply not buy it.