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    The beginning of the end for the web…

     Posted in Anger Level 4 & Breaking News & Censorship & Public Information & Technology & Tragedies at 16:43 on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 by Mr. Rant

    This week saw widespread blackouts on some prominent websites, including this one.

    The blackouts were in protest to the now, possibly defunct Sopa and Pipa movements chaired in the US law system. The bill had now been dropped or at least put on the backburner for now, but the Internet is changing.

    On Wednesday, the file sharing website MegaUpload was shut down by the FBI and it’s creators arrested and it’s content destroyed, the people behind the action was once again the MPA and the copyright Nazi’s.

    Now I hate people stealing my work as much as the next person but the US administration is going after the wrong people. They’re fighting the site owners, data centre’s and hosting companies and accusing them of breaking the law, when they didn’t put the content there it was the users who did.

    Yes, you can argue that they should be more proactive and stop users uploading copyrighted material but it’s not as easy as that.

    Take this website, the servers are US based so therefore we fall under their jurisdiction and have to adhere to their laws, however its developed and ran in the UK so has to adhere to the UK’s laws too, so where does it stop?

    Do we need to adhere to everything to keep everyone happy? In short, yes but that’s practically impossible.

    Just expect more sites to disappear over the next few months as the governments fight a loosing battle, and a backlash is likely to rise.

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    NOTW to Close this Sunday (and Promptly be reborn).

     Posted in Breaking News at 18:33 on Thursday, July 7th, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    This news comes as no surprise to most people, it was inevitable that something had to give, for News International to move forward, in essence to cover up their wrongdoings over the Phone Hacking scandal at which the News of The World is embroiled in.

    The News of The World has been at the forefront of tabloid media for 168 years, and it’s death this weekend, will raise a lot of smiles but also much concern.  The concern will focus on the News International and BskyB buyout/takeover and also how The News of the World will be reborn.  The media circus has long been worried over the BskyB takeover and it looks like this is another attempt by News International to soften the effect that Phone Hacking has had on the company and to make the takeover seem less agressive, and to make people feel as though this won’t happen with Sky.

    Personally I would be concerned if News International does get the go ahead to take Sky.  It’s an issue that needs to be looked at.  It’s looking as though The News of The World will be reborn this week at The Sun on Sunday, all the pointers are there, the Web Domains were bought two days ago and it looks like it’ll be gearing up for a release soon.

    It’s a shocking and despicable crime they have committed especially against grieving parents and vulnerable people.  I’d like to see it close forever and never be reborn, however, I’d also like to see Murdoch fry.  But that’s just my opinion.

    You have to ask; How many if any of the previous and current editorial staff will make it to the new paper, after all, the Chair Person, Rebekah Brookes still remains?

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    Ryan Giggs is CTD…

     Posted in Breaking News at 17:32 on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    Right so after today we can name Ryan Giggs as the Premiership Footballer CTD who supposedly had an illicit affair with the Big Brother Semi-celebrity Imogen Thomas.

    Giggs had taken a super-injunction out on the media to prevent them and us from outing him as the person who took it.  We are now legally allowed to name him.  Super-injunctions are a particularly interesting topic in the UK at the moment, it seems if you have enough money and you’re a footballer you can prevent the media from reporting who you are if you’ve done something you don’t want reported.

    It seems that once it’s been outed by an MP we can say all we want about him.  It was revealed last week that CTD aka Ryan Giggs had taken legal action against Twitter to attempted to gain access to the 75,000 or more people who had named him on the social networking website.

    It will be interesting to keep abreast (ha ha) of this story in the next few weeks, lets just hope that some more MP’s out them and then we can name and shame them for what they have/haven’t/might not of done.

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    Kinda back, maybe, we’ll see…

     Posted in Breaking News & The Blog at 20:26 on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    Evenin’ Kiddies,

    As you may be aware I’ve been taking some time off from this website for a little while, I am still alive (not that you’d be that bothered anyway :-p). Regardless I’ve been taking sometime off to try and get my life sorted pretty much, no easy task there. This website has been great for me, it’s been so good to be able to blog away about any old crap and get away with it.

    I sort of dropped off with posting at Christmas, I’d had a very busy few weeks and the site got forgotten; periodically I’ve been stopping by to check things and to make sure it’s still here. I haven’t also been podcasting at all.

    I think maybe I’ve wanted to just have normal life for a while. I still plan to keep up with The Rant, but for now it’s got to take a back seat. I haven’t been twittering either, unless it’s a special event; you might have seen my Tweets for Eurovision and some for the MHL Parties which I have a big hand in running, but other than that it’s been pretty quiet on this website.

    I’m still toying with the idea of semi-closing the site.  I haven’t a clue whether that’s a good idea or not.  This website still gets a fair few visits which is a testament to you dear reader.  When I stared this site a little over three years ago, I spent a large amount of time getting it right, it was a labour of love and I still love it, I always will.  The Rantastic is my baby, she’s a bit screwed up and very raw but she’s a big part of my internet based life.

    I’m not sure I’m ready to say goodbye to her just yet; but something has to break for me to carry on with a ‘normal’ life and maybe The Rant is that thing.  Maybe it won’t be? I honestly can’t say.  We’ll see what the next few months bring, if I haven’t got back into it by August I think that might be a sign that maybe I shouldn’t be running this website any more.  If I do close it and I’m not ready to, I’ll miss it a lot.  So for now you’re stuck with reading back over the 156 posts I’ve made in the past.  It’s funny looking back over the development of my writing style from post one to this very one.

    I’m still very proud of this website and my writing.

    “Keep holding out for Mr. Rant”

    That’s the motto I’m living by at the moment.

    Thanks for reading.

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    I am Mr. Rant…

     Posted in Breaking News at 7:00 on Thursday, April 1st, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    I think the time has come to reveal myself…

    So here I go….

    After over two years of anonymity the time has come for me to reveal myself so you know who the real Mr. Rant is… I’ve uploaded a picture of myself so you can see who writes these strange and often bizarre blog posts that you so lovingly read, and with this I wave farewell to you all, this site will close and The Rantastic will be no more.

    I am Mr. Rant....

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    The Internet vs. Jan Moir

     Posted in Breaking News & Thoughts on Things... & Tragedies at 20:46 on Friday, October 16th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    When you think that journalists can’t get any worse they always manage to surpass themselves.  Today Jan Moir; a Daily Mail columnist has posted a rather defamatory and extremely offensive article relating to Stephen Gately’s untimely demise.

    In the article Moir seems to contemplate upon her exclusive thought that Gately’s death was not of natural causes but something all together more sinister, focusing on his gay lifestyle as being a key cause to his death, which according to the coronor is simply not the case.

    “The sugar coating on this fatality is so saccharine-thick that it obscures whatever bitter truth lies beneath. Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again.”

    Moir has seemingly turned over two pages in her medical dictionary.  Young men do die, and women for that matter at very young ages, it’s called Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and is a very recognised and documented cause for death in younger patients.  Once you’ve read Moir’s article (stand still the link will be at the end) you will see why such outrage has been caused by her.  She doesn’t grasp that it is okay to be homosexual and that this is not a cause of death, her views are best left in the 30’s where she should be left with them.

    This afternoon Moir posted a statement on the Independent Minds (A popular place for journalousts), stating that the comments regarding her prose have been:

    “…a heavily orchestrated internet campaign I think it is mischievous in the extreme to suggest that my article has homophobic and bigoted undertones.”

    A lot of people are mischievous but most of the comments regarding your article have been justified in outing your homophobic and narrow minded view of the world.  I personally think she misunderstands the term ‘orchestrated’.  This campaign has not been pre-planned at all, we are simply speaking our minds and telling You what we think of your article, and rightly so, we are allowed to speak our minds as are you, we are not attempting to string you up, we are telling you, you are wrong.

    If you can’t write an article with an ounce of truth expect a public backlash, be it online, on television or in printed media.  Grow up Jan Moir, you can’t make excuses for this one.

    Read the full article click here.

    Read Moir’s statement here.

    The sugar coating on this fatality is so saccharine-thick that it obscures whatever bitter truth lies beneath. Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again.

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