In what is becoming standard practice, House Republicans are forcing a ban on funding for abortion services in the District of Columbia to avoid a government shutdown. D.C. is unique in that, not only does it not have a voting representative, but its budget is controlled by Congress. The anti-abortion policy rider attached to the GOP’s omnibus spending bill thus prohibits D.C. from providing any funding — even it’s own local taxes — to pay for abortions. The rider puts the ban in place through fiscal 2012 and is the GOP’s third effort to re-enact the 13-year-long ban on abortion-fudning in D.C. that President Obama overturned in 2009.
Now a particularly ironic fact has come to light — it appears that IP addresses belonging to the offices of members of Congress have been downloading content illegally via BitTorrent. TorrentFreak used Hurricane Electric’s handy list of assigned IP blocks (found here) to track down which IP addresses belong to the offices of members of Congress. And lo and behold, when those addresses were compared to results on YouHaveDownloaded, a torrent tracking site, they yielded over 800 hits. Now to put this in context YouHaveDownloaded tracks only a tiny portion of torrent traffic, so it appears that Congress — even as they look to punish lesser mortals for file sharing — are themselves gleefully committing a “smash and grab” as Vice President Joe Biden (D) once put it.
Filed under: Another revelation about congressional corruption that shocks and surprises no one at all.
Really? ‘Nerds’? You know, actually, I think the word you’re looking for is ‘experts,’ to enlighten you so your laws won’t backfire and break the Internet.
JON STEWART, on members of Congress considering the SOPA and PIPA bills exasperatedly calling for “nerds” to help them understand SOPA and PIPA, on The Daily Show.
Why does Congress bother convening at all?