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February 7, 2013 3:44 pm
February is Black History Month ~ Martin Luther King with Rosa Parks

February is Black History Month ~ Martin Luther King with Rosa Parks

January 4, 2013 2:20 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/39687717834/weve-been-fighting-big-corporations-from-the-very">We’ve been fighting big corporations from the very birth of our country…

Very few people are aware that Thomas Jefferson considered freedom from monopolies to be one of the fundamental human rights. But it was very much a part of his thinking during the time when the Bill of Rights was born.

The first form of government, the Articles of Confederation, was written in 1777 and endorsed by the states in 1781. It was subsequently replaced by our current Constitution, as has been documented in many books. One of its most conspicuous features was the lack of vast wealth or any sort of corporation that resembled the East India Company—until the early 1800s.

The First Glimpses of a Powerful American Company

In fact, most of the Founders never imagined a huge commercial empire sweeping over their land, reminiscent of George R. T. Hewes’s “ships of an enormous burthen” with “immense quantities” of goods. Rather, most of them saw an America made up of people like themselves: farmers.”

Read entire Truthout article…

December 18, 2012 1:52 pm November 5, 2012 3:18 pm
Occupy Oakland: FBI refuses Occupy FOIA requests citing "National Security"

via The Daily Kos

Although the FBI has been forthcoming about their involvement in domestic spying regarding some of the Occupy activities of Constitutionally protected protests the ACLU has received a disturbing response regarding Occupiers in Northern California. I immediately thought of Occupy Oakland when I saw this:

"in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

…Perhaps they consider Northern California the hippie vortex- the source of peace, love, and tolerance- three things authoritarians hate thus must be prevented from spreading. 

ut more troubling than what the FBI has revealed is what it’s refused to reveal. We asked for FBI records about Occupy protests in Northern California, where several of the most high profile demonstrations have taken place, as well as intelligence bulletins, training materials, or justifications for investigating the Occupy movement anywhere in the country. The agency claims it only has a grand total of 37 pages on all of these topics, and is refusing to hand over more than half of those documents. One of the justifications for withholding the information, is that it supposed must be kept secret "in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

Read more…

June 16, 2012 9:52 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/25232853476/good-and-bad-news-on-the-same-day">Good and Bad News on the Same Day…

Dylan Ratigan is “leaving” MSNBC on June 22…supposedly to pursue other interests (ahem)…

Meanwhile, I’m happy to say that Current TV took my advice (heh heh), along with everyone else who wrote in to suggest that they give Joy Behar a show!!  She is a really good choice…she is not a pontificator, but knows her politics, as well as her Pop Culture.  She gets great guests, too…that’s really good news.  will be starting in September   And Joy will be guest-hosting Eliot Spitzer’s show all next week.  I’ll make sure to watch!

Regarding Ratigan, I mean, seriously, it was only a matter of time, wasn’t it?  I always wondered how his show was flying below the radar.  I mean, did you ever watch it?  Yes, his delivery can be a bit difficult to follow, but he covered topics that were truly controversial, Wikileaks, Climate Change, Bradley Manning, Drones, you know, all the stuff the current administration does not want you to know about.  My guess is that The White House does NOT want Dylan Ratigan telling the TRUTH, especially with the election coming in November, and the Bradley Manning trial scheduled for September…as far as I know, Dylan Ratigan was one of the only hosts on MSNBC who would touch those types of subjects (of course, Chris Hayes does a good job, and Lawrence O’Donnell covers those types of stories once in a while).  Phil Griffin wrote a glowing report about Dylan, wishing him all the best, but I don’t buy it.  I think the Big Boys gave MSNBC the word, “Get rid of him”…just my hunch.  I just can’t believe he left of his own accord, not in an election year…

Who knows, maybe Ratigan will end up on Current, too!

June 12, 2012 10:17 am

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/24961559223/ive-been-away-lately">I’ve been away lately.

New Kittens, and my 100 year old father’s passing have taken up most of my time.

Also, I’ve been depressed about politics, and feeling frustration with my own unimportance and impotence.  I can’t seem to inspire anyone to get more involved politically, and I understand their apathy.  It seems so hopeless.  I care desperately about our planet’s future, and about injustices in our world that could lead to further oppression, but see no other way to combat the direction we are going besides us all banding together and demanding change.

I had such high hopes for Occupy, but the Government nipped that in the bud, and squashed many of our hopes.  IMHO the “Occupy Brand” has been wrongfully sullied, but nonetheless, no longer has a pristine and pacifistic reputation.

All those people who came out last fall are still around…We have the numbers, and we could “win”, but not without the courage to stand up and be willing to die for these causes.

I know, it’s heavy to picture dying for a cause, but our WORLD is dying, and soon, too.  If we care about our future, we need to do something about it.

May 17, 2012 1:51 pm May 6, 2012 8:06 pm
Clicking ‘Like’ on Facebook Is Not Protected Speech, Judge Rules

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The “like” button on Facebook seems a relatively clear way to express your support for something, but a federal judge says that does not mean clicking it is constitutionally protected speech.

Exactly what a “like” means — if anything — played a part in a case in Virginia involving six people who say Sheriff B. J. Roberts of Hampton fired them for supporting an opponent in his 2009 re-election bid, which he won. The workers sued, saying their First Amendment rights were violated.

Sheriff Roberts said some of the workers were let go because he wanted to replace them with sworn deputies while others were dismissed because of poor performance or his belief that their actions “hindered the harmony and efficiency of the office.”

One of those workers, Daniel Ray Carter, had “liked” the Facebook page of Sheriff Roberts’s opponent, Jim Adams.

While public employees are allowed to speak as citizens on matters of public concern, Judge Raymond A. Jackson of Federal District Court ruled that clicking the “like” button did not amount to expressive speech. In other words, it was not the same as actually writing out a message and posting it on the site.

The case enters a murky legal area: previous cases have dealt with postings on social networks such as Facebook, but there are no actual words in this situation.

Marcus Messner, a journalism and mass communications professor at Virginia Commonwealth University who specializes in social media, said the matter would probably have to be settled by a higher court.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE…

May 3, 2012 7:11 pm
RON PAUL wants you to write your Senators TODAY!

FROM the DAILY PAUL:

Now that CISPA has passed the House, it is coming up to the Senate soon.

Here is a letter I sent both my Senators - Boxer and Feinstein, and this is a fast template you can use to write your Senators as well!

All you have do is replace your relevant information in whatever is in the brackets “[[ ]]”. So put your name in where you see
[[Your Name]]. Pretty easy!

Here’s a list of Senators, sort-able by State, Party etc. Just find your state, click on your Senator’s link and it’ll take you to their Contact page.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_c…

We need to get the word out and show our Senate that we
DO CARE ABOUT OUR LIBERTIES AND PRIVACY and end this bill!

Dear Senator [[Your Senator]],

My name is [[Your Name]]. I have been a long time [[Your State]] Resident and like you, I am very passionate about the state of our Country.

The House of Representatives has recently passed H.R. 3523, the CISPA or Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Despite the House tweaking the bill with 11 different amendments, the Bill still infringes on our citizens basic rights of Privacy, and Freedom.

There is a want, and a need for protection of our “cyber” assets. I understand that. However, security must not cost us our Liberties and Freedoms. As a [[Your State]] Senator, I am sure that you align with these principles.

When the Bill comes to vote before the Senate, it is my humble and sincerest wish that you vote NO on it. This Bill is draconian in the powers it grants private corporations and the data they will have at their disposal without any oversight or accountability. If you haven’t already, please take the time to review the bill and see for yourself how dangerous legislation like this can be to our civil liberties and our personal freedoms which has made our Country so great.

Again, I sincerely hope you vote NO on this Bill when it comes to a vote before you on the Senate Floor. Many of my fellow citizens are very concerned, and we will be watching who votes yes, and who votes no.

Thank you for your time, and I sincerely hope you make the right decision and vote NO on H.R. 3523 (CISPA). God Bless.

Sincerely,

[[Your Name]]

4:00 pm April 26, 2012 6:11 pm
FROM RON PAUL’S WEB SITE:
April 26, 2012
Dear Colleagues:
Please join me in opposing the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (HR 3523), which will create a monstrous coalition of big business and big government to rob Americans of their protections under the 4th Amendment of the Constitution.
CISPA permits both the federal government and private companies to view your private online communications with no judicial oversight, provided they merely do so in the name of “cybersecurity.”  But America is a constitutional republic, not a surveillance state– and the wildly overhyped need for security does not trump the Constitution we all swore to uphold.
 “Cybersecurity” is the responsibility of companies that operate and make money in cyberspace, not taxpayers.  Those companies should develop market-based private solutions to secure their networks, servers, cloud data centers, and user/customer information.  The role of the US intelligence community is to protect the United States from military threats, not to provide corporate welfare to the private sector.  Much like TSA at the airport, CISPA would socialize security costs and remove market incentives for private firms to protect their own investments.
Imagine security-cleared agents embedded at private companies to serve as conduits for intelligence information about their customers back to the US intelligence community– while enjoying immunity from any existing civil or criminal laws. Imagine Google or Facebook reporting directly to the National Security Agency about the online activity of US citizens.  Imagine US government resources being wasted on a grand scale to “assist” private companies in the global market.  All of this this would become reality under CISPA.
Therefore I urge you to support internet freedom, support the 4th Amendment, and oppose corporatism by voting NO on CISPA!
Sincerely,
Ron Paul, M.D.Member of Congress
This post first appeared on Ron Paul’s House page. 
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FROM RON PAUL’S WEB SITE:

April 26, 2012

Dear Colleagues:

Please join me in opposing the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (HR 3523), which will create a monstrous coalition of big business and big government to rob Americans of their protections under the 4th Amendment of the Constitution.

CISPA permits both the federal government and private companies to view your private online communications with no judicial oversight, provided they merely do so in the name of “cybersecurity.”  But America is a constitutional republic, not a surveillance state– and the wildly overhyped need for security does not trump the Constitution we all swore to uphold.

 “Cybersecurity” is the responsibility of companies that operate and make money in cyberspace, not taxpayers.  Those companies should develop market-based private solutions to secure their networks, servers, cloud data centers, and user/customer information.  The role of the US intelligence community is to protect the United States from military threats, not to provide corporate welfare to the private sector.  Much like TSA at the airport, CISPA would socialize security costs and remove market incentives for private firms to protect their own investments.

Imagine security-cleared agents embedded at private companies to serve as conduits for intelligence information about their customers back to the US intelligence community– while enjoying immunity from any existing civil or criminal laws. Imagine Google or Facebook reporting directly to the National Security Agency about the online activity of US citizens.  Imagine US government resources being wasted on a grand scale to “assist” private companies in the global market.  All of this this would become reality under CISPA.

Therefore I urge you to support internet freedom, support the 4th Amendment, and oppose corporatism by voting NO on CISPA!

Sincerely,

Ron Paul, M.D.
Member of Congress

This post first appeared on Ron Paul’s House page

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  2. Ron Paul Slams Internet Control Bill CISPA
  3. SOPA mutates into much worse CISPA, the latest threat to internet free speech
  4. CISPA: Congress Takes Another Run at the Internet
  5. Cybersecurity Bill Authors Defend Legislation Against ‘Privacy Disaster’ Claims
  6. Activists Aim To Crush Internet Censorship Bill
  7. SOPA’s Evil Twin Sister – CISPA
  8. Government Surveillance Crackdown On Internet Goes Into Overdrive
  9. Activists plan week of protests against new House cybersecurity legislation
  10. Should Obama Control the Internet?
  11. CISPA – HR 3523: The New SOPA
  12. Feds weigh expansion of Internet monitoring
April 16, 2012 5:58 pm
You need to see this movie!

You need to see this movie!

April 12, 2012 12:07 pm
SINGERS from PUSSY RIOT, A RUSSIAN FEMINIST PUNK-ROCK GROUP ARRESTED and facing 7 Years for singing anti-Putin songs in a Moscow church, charged with “Hooliganism”. 
genderacrossborders:

Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk-rock collective that stages unauthorized performances in Moscow, on subjects such as the status of women in Russia, and most recently against the election campaign of Prime Minister Putin for president of Russia.
On February 21, 2012, as a part of the growing protest movement against Vladimir Putin, Pussy Riot performed a punk rock song in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In the song, the group prayed to the “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin” to “chase Putin out.” On March 3, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, two alleged members of Pussy Riot, were arrested by Russian authorities and accused of “hooliganism”, for which they face up to 7 years in prison. It is relevant that charging 213/2 Criminal Code by officials is illegal, as there is no material damage, no vandalism, no health damage to anyone.
Both arrested women deny being members of the group and started a hunger strike in protest against being held in jail away from their young children until their case comes to trial in April. On March 16, another woman, Irina Loktina, who had earlier acted as a witness in this case, was similarly arrested and charged. According to Union of Solidarity with Political Prisoners, all women are charged with “hooliganism” according to article 213/2 of the Russian Criminal Code, without any evidence for incriminating such charges, which makes both pre-trial arrest and the charges, illegal. This action may cost the women up to seven years in prison, if convicted.

Related articles:
Q&A: Pussy Riot, the punk band challenging Putin (blogs.ft.com)
Pussy Riot vs Vladimir Putin: the feminist punk band jailed for cathedral protest (guardian.co.uk)
Amnesty International Press Release. April 3, 2012 | Free Pussy Riot! (aboriginalpress.wordpress.com)

SINGERS from PUSSY RIOT, A RUSSIAN FEMINIST PUNK-ROCK GROUP ARRESTED and facing 7 Years for singing anti-Putin songs in a Moscow church, charged with “Hooliganism”. 

genderacrossborders:

Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk-rock collective that stages unauthorized performances in Moscow, on subjects such as the status of women in Russia, and most recently against the election campaign of Prime Minister Putin for president of Russia.

On February 21, 2012, as a part of the growing protest movement against Vladimir Putin, Pussy Riot performed a punk rock song in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. In the song, the group prayed to the “Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin” to “chase Putin out.” On March 3, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, two alleged members of Pussy Riot, were arrested by Russian authorities and accused of “hooliganism”, for which they face up to 7 years in prison. It is relevant that charging 213/2 Criminal Code by officials is illegal, as there is no material damage, no vandalism, no health damage to anyone.

Both arrested women deny being members of the group and started a hunger strike in protest against being held in jail away from their young children until their case comes to trial in April. On March 16, another woman, Irina Loktina, who had earlier acted as a witness in this case, was similarly arrested and charged. According to Union of Solidarity with Political Prisoners, all women are charged with “hooliganism” according to article 213/2 of the Russian Criminal Code, without any evidence for incriminating such charges, which makes both pre-trial arrest and the charges, illegal. This action may cost the women up to seven years in prison, if convicted.

(via amodernmanifesto)

March 31, 2012 9:41 pm March 29, 2012 6:24 pm
Are the GOP so dumb that they don’t realize that WOMEN are the majority of voters?  How do they expect to win with those odds?

Are the GOP so dumb that they don’t realize that WOMEN are the majority of voters?  How do they expect to win with those odds?