Monday, January 23, 2012


Another great one from ARSONomics

There is something really fishy going with the Republican Presidential race. The ties between Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney, Bain Capital, SuperPacs and advertisers is eye opening! Audio from The No Agenda Show, new episodes every Sunday and Thursday at 9am PST via iTunes or from

Saturday, January 21, 2012

SOPA: Red Herring for the 'Thick WHOIS System'

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SOPA/PIPA/OPEN Smoke screen for the 'Thick WHOIS System'

No Agenda episode 374 - By Adam Curry. Posted Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM.


SOPA is a Red Herring

"Actually there are 3 pieces of legislation; the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN,) which is currently in draft form, initially proposed by Darrel Issa (R) who will be holding a hearing on Wednesday regarding the strong opposition to DNS 'tampering' as a punitive measure against foreign registered websites infringing on intellectual property and trademarks of US companies within the borders of the United States.

I have read all three pieces of legislation (its a hobby) and can confidently say that not only are they pretty much identical in scope. The key differences are that only SOPA proposes the DNS 'tampering', which would allow US officials to remove an infringing website's DNS records from the root servers if deemed to be operating in defiance of Intellectual Property and Trademark law, effectively rendering them unfindable when you type in a corresponding domain name website address.

The organization that actually runs the DNS root servers, ICANN, the backbone of the web, has been quite busy in plain view on changing the game, in favor of the government. The real change, that of your privacy online, is being made in plain sight by former Director of the National Cyber Security Center of the Department of Homeland Security Rod Beckstrom, current CEO of ICANN. You must verify who you are when you register a new domain name, even an international one. This way, when OPEN or perhaps a non-NDS-version of SOPA is passed, if you break the rules, you will be hunted down, regardless of where you live or operate since this also includes international domain names."

Fight brewing over thick .com Whois
This year is likely to see a new fight over whether Verisign should be forced to create a "thick" Whois database for .com and its other generic top-level domains.

While Verisign has taken a deliberately ambivalent position on whether ICANN policy talks should kick off, the community is otherwise split on whether a mandatory thick Whois is a good idea.

Currently, only .com, .net, .name and .jobs -- which are all managed on Verisign's registry back-end -- use a thin Whois model, in which domain name registrars store their customers' data.

Other gTLDs all store registrant data centrally. Some "sponsored" gTLD registries have an even closer relationship with Whois data — ICM Registry for example verifies .xxx registrants' identities.

But in a Preliminary Issue Report published in November, ICANN asked whether it should kick off a formal Policy Development Process that could make thick Whois a requirement in all gTLDs.

In comments filed with ICANN last week, Verisign said:

As the only existing registry services provider impacted by any future PDP on Thick Whois, Verisign will neither advocate for nor against the initiation of a PDP.

"Verisign believes the current Whois model for .com, .net, .name and .jobs is effective and that the proper repository of registrant data is with registrars — the entities with direct connection to their customers. However, if the community, including our customers, determines through a PDP that "going thick" is now the best approach, we will respect and implement the policy decision."

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Friday, January 20, 2012

The ACLU Likes Ron Paul- No Agenda Shots

John and Adam discuss the scandal of Ron Paul being Graded high on his view of Civil Libirties.

Those Bastards in Iran- No Agenda Shots.wmv

John and Adam discuss the financial war we are having with Iran.

The Pony Platform- No Agenda Shots

John and Adam Discuss some clips of the lesser known candidates for president.