Welcome to America: “Land of the Free”
The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages. (Banksy)
The war you don’t see. The persecution and defamation of the truth. Today.
Do you use AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon? As of Wednesday, February 27 (2013), they are now spying on you. Switch providers. Switch Internet. Spread the message.
These providers made this choice on their own, together with MPAA and RIAA, and they are now reserving the right to turn off a user’s Internet and with possible financial and legal consequences.
Every person who leaves one of these providers and who chooses an alternate provider is a vote and a message and a voice. That’s you. That’s me. That’s everyone this affects. Get to work!
Remember when we defeated the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) last year? Well, it’s back with a vengeance. The leading Republican and Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence subcommittee re-introduced the cybersnooping bill this week. We beat it once. We can beat it again. Click here to tell your lawmakers to support privacy and oppose CISPA. To refresh your memory, Demand Progress co-founder Aaron Swartz called CISPA 1.0 a Patriot Act for the Internet. But now they’ve rebooted the effort, and Rolling Stone says that with CISPA 2.0, “Congress is trying to kill Internet privacy again.”
The bill gives companies like Verizon and AT&T protection from customers’ lawsuits when they give the Feds information about your Internet use. Amazingly, Congress and big businesses are claiming they need to violate our privacy to protect us from Iranian and Chinese hackers, but they refuse to put any basic privacy protections in writing. CISPA would undermine our basic rights and jeopardize our privacy online. Click here to tell your lawmakers to oppose to it. CISPA sponsor Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger even said at a hearing this week that he didn’t see any reason why businesses needed to hide your personal data from the government. Already over 200,000 Demand Progress members have contacted Congress to oppose this bill, but we need your help again. Help us defend Internet privacy from the latest assault by Congress and big business. Click here to tell your lawmakers to oppose CISPA 2.0
I’m a polyamorous hitchhiker who does drugs and advocates initiation (which can legally be classified as assisted suicide). I get this illustration in a way that most people will never understand.
In the very same farewell message where Ron Paul says, “Trust yourself, not the government”, he also puts forward MANY questions for the future. One of these questions in particular truly highlights the lack of differences between the right and left political parties, when Paul asks, “Why does changing the party in power never change policy? Could it be that the views of both parties are essentially the same?" Ron Paul’s farewell to American politics leaves a message of striking intelligence and foresight, and coming from the man who predicted exactly where we are today. Read the full message [Here on True Activist].
While the article focuses on Facebook, these same technologies (and more) can be used by governments for the purpose of tracking their own citizens AND other targets all around the world. For a much more detailed look, read the full article [Here on Business Insider]. Here are the core technologies:
- Tracking Cookies: One of the oldest pieces of tech for tracking a person. Although it’s anonymous, other technologies easily identify who it is that the cookie is tracking.
- Tracking Pixels (Beacons): a 1x1 pixel image that can be inserted into emails, web pages, and anywhere with online access. Simply viewing a mail or page with a beacon will alert the server where the image is actually stored, telling them that you have read the mail or seen the page.
- iFrames: Think of an iFrame as a window on a page that opens an entirely different webpage. These little windows load more cookies and other tracking information, and they’re used now by the majority of sites online that allow embedding.
…excerpt from [The Full Article]…
While some have decided to stay and fight, other homeschooling families in Sweden are emigrating after losing a years-long battle with the government over the right to educate at home. Last summer Parliament passed what it calls “The New Education Act—for Knowledge, Choice, and Security.” The 1,500 pages will bring vast changes to the educational system, but “choice” is certainly not among them.
For starters, the statute will lead to a crackdown on so-called independent schools, which will soon be forced to teach the same government curricula as regular state schools. Two pages of the new law, adding a new “exceptional circumstances” provision, mean the Nordic kingdom will also have a virtual ban on homeschooling starting July 1, 2011. But it won’t be easy to implement: the estimated 50 to 100 families are refusing to give in.
It is sad to see how many people supported this movie during the Bush administration, then forgot the movie during the Obama administration. I am proud to see that those who still wear the masks have not forgotten… and the war has only become more and more intense in the years that have followed. Freedom forever!!!