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Masthead, 06-12-2012 Hello, and welcome to the End of the World Times.
If you are reading this, you are one of the lucky ones who have restored internet connections. Currently, you are in the vast minority, but we are working to restore service to more pockets of survivors as they are discovered. This is no small task, but rest assured, I and what is left of Nordland Telecommunications are working as hard as we can to repair lines, restore power to the main hubs of the internet and reestablish the network links. Oftentimes, our technicians must dig out rubble and dedicate their lives to a location, food and supplies must be airlifted in to maintain them, and the work is slow and tedious, but it must be done. It must be done. You are probably aware of what has happened locally wherever you are, but as communications networks fell in the catastrophe, news lost the ability to travel. Let me try to give you a brief overview of what has happened in the various places of the Earth. There were some things that affected us all. When global warming caused the water levels to rise, Tuvala was the first to fall below sea level, but the oceans crept up on every coastal town. Venice, Florida and New Orleans were inundated. The refugees this created moved inland, to other cities, but so many died. We still have Disneyworld, but thanks to the wealth of the corporation, it is Disney Island. But they were followed by the giant hurricanes of ‘10 and ‘11. Eighteen hurricanes of cat 4 in the first year, and twenty-three the next. We’ll see what 2012 brings, but it looks to be similar. Then there were the flus. H1N1 met with H5N1, and the strains kept mutating, and people kept dying. The CDC kept up for a while, but the spread was too far too fast, and they soon ran out of resources. The 1918 flu seemed small in comparison. When the United States Midwest, and Europe’s plains dried out, the food aid to other hungry nations ended. Food and water shortages led to hunger in even the most prosperous nations, and wars in the less prosperous. In the U.S., there was a large migration to the cities, and the overcrowding made life expensive. Many cities had riots for resources and housing.
Starting with July 2012, the dreaded agreement between the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from the United States steps into play. Companies such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon will be enforcing the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2011, Torrent Freak informs. Much like in countries such as France and Netherlands, where three-strike and other similar laws are in effect, US internauts will also be closely monitored by their ISPs for any signs of copyright infringement. The Center for Copyright Information (CCI), the organization responsible with the “education” of consumers, reports that on July 12, 2012, the scheme will be initiated. “The members of the coalition are making significant progress at developing a cooperative system to educate consumers and deter copyright theft. CCI is working to implement what is an unprecedented effort and is proceeding on pace with the MOU,” a CCI spokesperson said.