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File-sharing recognized as religion in Sweden

I've written a couple things on this blog over the years about the Pirate Party, the global political movement founded by Swedish software entrepreneur and 2011 global thinker Rick Falkvinge, which aims to legalize file-sharing and do away with current intellectual property laws. 

But the Swedes have now taken it to a whole new level, as the file-sharing news website TorrentFreak reports:

Since 2010 a group of self-confessed pirates have tried to get their beliefs recognized as an official religion in Sweden. After their request was denied several times, the Church of Kopimism – which holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols – is now approved by the authorities as an official religion. The Church hopes that its official status will remove the legal stigma that surrounds file-sharing. [...]

Philosophy student Isak Gerson is such a religious file-sharer, and in an attempt to protect his unique belief system he founded The Missionary Church of Kopimism in 2010. In the hope that they could help prevent persecution for their beliefs, the Church then filed a request to be officially accepted by the authorities.

After two failed attempts, where the Church was asked to formalize its way of praying or meditation, the authorities finally recognized the organization as an official religion. The Church’s founder is ecstatic about this news, and hopes that it will motivate more people to come forward as ‘Kopimists’.

Can't wait for the "creeping Kopimism" conspiracy theories.

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Farewell Michele

After a disappointing 6th-place finish in Iowa last night, Michele Bachmann just dropped out of the presidential primary, promising to "continue fighting to defeat the president's agenda of socialism."  Here's a look back at some of her more outlandish foreign-policy pronouncements:

On the global economy:

“With all the money we owe China, I think we might rightly say, ‘Hu’s your daddy!’” 

On China:

"If you look at China, they don't have food stamps. They save for their own retirement security, they don't have AFDC (Aid to Families With Dependent Children), they don't have the modern welfare state, and China's growing...and so what I would do is look at the programs that LBJ gave us, with the Great Society, and they'd be gone."

On the "hostilities of the Arab Spring":

"We saw President (Hosni) Mubarak fall while President Obama sat on his hands."

On Cuba

There’s reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is potentially looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran and, of course, when you’re 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don’t want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba.

On outer space:

"China has blinded United States satellites with their lasers."

On Mexico:

"There was a column that came out this weekend by Mark Steyn, he said 50 percent of the population of Mexico has now gone north of the border, 50 percent of the population."

On Libya:

"The only reports that we have say that there are elements of al Qaeda in North Africa and Hezbollah in the opposition forces," she said. "Let me ask you this: what possible benefit is there to the United States by lifting up and creating a toehold for al Qaeda in North Africa to take over Libya?"

On interrogation

"[Obama] is allowing the ACLU to run the CIA."  

On the Soviet Union:

"What people recognize is that there's a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward."  

Bachmann will now return to her normal job, safeguarding the nation's national security secrets.

It appears Rick Perry is sticking around, at least for another few days. 

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