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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] darkestnight01 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mangacat201 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Seriously. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK WORLD.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lk737 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Please repost this? I have never begged for one of my posts to be boosted. I am just so worried for my friends and want you to know.

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/webnews/major-isps-turn-into-copyright-police-by-july-says-riaa/

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/03/17/us-isps-become-copyright-cops-starting-july-12/

Youtube video explaining this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG0R-yS-c

PETITION AGAINST THIS MEASURE

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Was awesome!!  Saturday I went grocery shopping and bought a bunch of healthy food!! I got fish,  veggies, thinly sliced beef, Japanese weiners, milk (yes I found milk that I mostly like and can easily drink) and water.  It takes me about an hour to do groceries because i have to bike there and back. 

After shopping I had to shower. I can't wait for it to cool down here and become less humid! I don't even have to move to sweat! lol GROSS!!  I bought these niftly little fever stips that you peel the backing off and stick it to your forhead (or anywhere else you'd like) and it stays cold for up to 10 hours!!! SO NICE!! lol  I love them! THey were on sale so I bought 2 boxes!

Then I went to Yottsukura to meet my friends and go to the beach.  Saturday was the Iwaki Beach Bomb.  So JETs from all across Fukushima prefecture came to Iwaki to join us on the beach!!  We had a big BBQ (or 3 small ones) and people set up tents and we went swimming in the ocean. It was awesome fun!  I didn't sleep at the beach though, I slept at Sam's place.  Got to bed around 2:30am and managed to sleep until 8am.

I got the 10am train home to Izumi and got home just after 10:30 and cleaned up my apartment and waited for the internet guys to come and install my internet. They didn't have to do much because, as I told the guys at the store, my apartment already has the cables for the fibre optics connection.  So it took about 30 minutes for them to check everything and set up the motem.  cost me about $30.    SO now I have internet! YAY!!!

I talked to [livejournal.com profile] ninja007 for about 5 hours on msn vid chat yesterday and am talking to her again right now!  Oh, how i've missed chatting with her online! lol

I just got home from my first day teaching at Izumi Kita Elementary.  Today went really well.  I taught 4 classes (all 6th grade).  I had 1st and 6th period spares.  I taught about myself and Canada today and in two classes we had extra time so we started the class material that needs to be covered and went over names of city buildings and then played a game.  In two classes the kids had lots of questions to ask me and we ran out of time.    The students all seemed to enjoy my self introduction and I did it mostly in Japanese..I started out in English and the kids didn't understand much so I ended up switching to mostly Japanese.

Tomorrow I teach grade 5 and it will be the same fortmat as today. I'll find out which periods I'm teaching tomrrow when I get there.

All my pirctures are up on facebook for anyone who wants to take a look. you'll have to friend me to see them.
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I got a library card today and I can use the library internet for on hour at a time! YAY!! Internet!!! I have 18 minutes left on this session so I have to type fast! lol

Monday and Tuesday I went to Fukushima for the orientation...I'm pretty sure I mentioned it. It was ok...not that interesting.  Some of it was really helpful.  Some of it was kinda boring. There was no section for Elemntary teachers and that angered alot of us...quite a few of us are only teaching Elemntary schools.

Then on Wednesday we all took a bus up to Koriyama to get our Alien Registration cards.  The bus ride took about 90 minutes each way and cost about 15 bucks (1500 yen) each way. We were told it could take up to 4 hours to get everything processed so we should leave early.  So we took the 7:15 bus from Iwaki station.  That meant I had to leave home at 6:15 to catch the 6:24 train to Iwaki from Izumi.  I did it! No problem.  So we get to Koriyama Shiakusho stop and we get off the bus and make our way to where we need to go...and there on the corner of the street is the Soka Gakkai Koriyama Chuo Culture Centre! Holy crap!  Soka Gakkai (SGI) is my religion and I had been wondering how to get involved with it in Japan and where I could go for meetings and stuff.   So we went to get our paper work done and it didn:t take 4 hours.  It took....45 minutes!  HAHA! yeah!  It involved filling out paper work and then going to the post office to pay for the paper work and then going back and handing it in and then it was processed in 10 minutes flat!  Crazy!

So we were finished by 10:15am.  So I went to the SGI Culture Centre and explained my situation and they were so eager to help me that they called the Fukushima main centre and that centre sent us a fax with a map and phone number for the Iwaki City Culture Centre.  Then they invited me in for drinks and we talked for about 3 hours! They even fed me lunch (cup ramen) and then we chanted for about 5 minutes.  Everyone wanted to have their picture taken with me.  These were older ladies and had never met anyone from Canada before and we really happy to talk to me (in Japanese ) about Canada and anything else (how I became an SGI member and why I speak Japanese, etc)  Then I was walked to the bus stop where I could get the bus back to Iwaki.  It was an amazing day!

Thursday I went Zahn's house for the day in Ueda and hung out and watched tv.

Friday I didn:t leave the house.  It was nice. I stayed in and had fun.  Or was that Saturday....that was Saturday.  Friday I went to Taira and went to see Toy Story 3 with Sam.

 

Today I walked to the Soka Gakkai Centre here in Taira (Iwaki) and met Saitou san and Honda San.  We talked for a bit and I was told I need an SGI Introduction Card from Canada and that I should contact one of the Ottawa Members to find out more.  They were really nice though and they drove me to the Washington hotel so I could use the internet there.  The learning centre was closed though, so I walked to Latov where the library is and got my library card.  So I think that:s it for now.

I am pretty sure I wrote my address wrong when I gave it to people before coming to Japan so I am going to post the correct version of it here.

The postal code mark at the beginning is a capital T with a horizontal line running parallel to the top of the T.  I can:t make the symbol on the computer...

Lisa Chenier
T 971-8172
Fukushima-Ken, Iwaki-shi
Izumi Tamatsuyu 4Come 6-14
Excel Haitsu B202

Ok. I have 5 minutes left. 

Take care everyone. I'll try to get into Taira tomorrow to get online for a bit. No promises though.
not sure If I can do msn on this computer, but I know I can do facebook! 


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