If you read the body of the message, you’ll see what’s wrong with a copyright scheme called ACTA. — Bill
Stop ACTA & TPP: Tell your country’s officials: NEVER use secretive trade agreements to meddle with the Internet. Our freedoms depend on it!
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Since everything matters…
and google has begun watching what we say,
like a chicken pecking corn.
Each morning I compose many lovely thoughts about art and music and email them to myself.
That’s a great idea!
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