“The Brazilian senate is soon to consider a bill modeled after the UIGEA — banning payments to and from online gambling sites. The original legislation was introduced 15 months ago, but more recently has grown some teeth. At President Lula de Silva’s behest, in an effort to move the bill forward and pass it before the end of 2010, the Senate has attached companion legislation that requires Brazilian ISPs to block access to prohibited sites, and calls for prison time for violations. Also attached to the bill now is a parallel ban on child pornography.
An amendment added in July expressly prohibits unauthorized lotteries, too. This comes as little surprise considering “the fight against gambling” that Brazil’s national lottery operator, the public bank Caixa Ecônomica Federal, began preparing to launch its own online lottery at about the same time.”
So now, the bill will undoubtedly pass due to the child pornography attachment, because as we all know, they are totally on the same level (read: sarcasm). No, wait, let me guess! Online gambling funds child porn? The part that of course makes absolutely no sense is the fact that Brazil’s Jogo do Bicho is extremely popular there and walking down to the corner store to place your bet is almost as easy as flicking the switch and booting up the computer. There’s a phrase that goes something like this, “I commited no crime, I merely did not follow the rules of the law.” Gambling falls under this idea, in my opinion. Child pornography, on the other hand, is without a doubt, a crime.
On another note, I love how we are given the Internet to have a free-for-all and once we’re addicted, the reigns are pulled in, the poorest have ‘one laptop per child’ and the President is said to be given shortly an off switch for the entire nation due to the fake threat of “cyber terrorism”.