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Urgent action items

  • US citizens: call on Congress to protect Medicare and Medicaid.

  • US citizens: call on the Senate to reject the bills to abolish many regulations that protect our health and rights from businesses.

  • US citizens: call on your congresscritter to preserve the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • US citizens: tell the State Department you oppose the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • US citizens: call on the Senate to block Gorsuch.

    The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.

  • US citizens: phone your senators (each of the two) at 1-844-373-7977 and tell them to block Judge Gorsuch, with a filibuster if necessary.

  • US citizens: oppose use of pelagic longlines on the Pacific coast; they kill marine mammals, sharks, sea turtles, even birds.

  • US citizens: call on the Senate to reject Jay Clayton.

    The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.

  • US citizens: call on Senate Democrats to block Gorsuch with a filibuster.

  • Everyone: tell Florida's governor to stop blocking State's Attorney Aramis Ayala, who wishes not to seek the death penalty.

  • US citizens: tell Congress not to shift funds from civilian programs to the military.

  • US citizens: call on Congress to reject moving funds from civilian programs to the military.

  • US citizens: phone your senators to oppose the nomination of Jay Clayton to run the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    During and after the financial crisis, he helped banks get big bailouts and avoid responsibility. He should not be in charge of regulating them.

    The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.

  • Everyone: call on US media to report fully on the famine in Yemen.

  • Citizens of Massachusetts: take action to stop the state law that would punish organizations that support a boycott of Israeii businesses.

    Phone Senator Walter Timilty, Senate Chair of the committee (Phone: 617-722-1643) and Representative Peter Kocot, House Chair of the committee (617-722-2140), asking them to oppose this legislation.

    Also, if your representative or senator is in the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, phone that person. Here is the list of its members.

  • US citizens: call on Congress to reject the troll's budget.

  • US citizens: Tell Congress not to permit sale of fighter planes to repressive Bahrain.

  • US citizens: call on senators to support the Keep It in the Ground Act.

  • US citizens: call on Congress to oppose the troll's partial ban on Muslims entering the US.

  • US citizens: phone each of your senators to oppose Gorsuch.

    The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.

    cpdaction.org emailed me this:

    Judge Gorsuch has repeatedly ruled in favor of wealthy corporations and against the interests of everyday people. In cases where workers alleged sex, race, age, and other discrimination, Gorsuch sided with the employer in eight of the twelve cases. Judge Gorsuch thinks the rights of billionaire donors to make political contributions deserves more constitutional protections than the right to vote. If given a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court, he'd make it harder for everyday people to have a voice in our democracy. Judge Gorsuch has a troubling history of giving corporate bad actors unchecked power while ruling against protections for people of color, immigrants, women, and their families. He is also a staunch opponent of marriage equality, placing him far outside of the mainstream and on the wrong side of history. We need a Supreme Court that will protect everyone, not side with the wealthy and well-connected. Call 1-888-877-2040 now and urge both of your senators to oppose Gorsuch.

    He would endanger access to abortion and even birth control.

  • US citizens: call on senators (specifically Democrats) to oppose Gorsuch.

    Then phone your own senators (one after the other) via 1-888-877-2040 to tell them the same thing.

    People for the American Way mailed me this:

    With his history of favoring corporate interests above everyday people, it should be no surprise that the New York Times just reported that Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has ties to reclusive Colorado billionaire Philip F. Anschutz. Formerly a lawyer representing Anschutz's companies in court, Gorsuch now owns property in Colorado with some of Anschutz's closest associates. Anschutz is reported to have provided funding to both the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, the two far-right organizations to which Trump outsourced the job of creating his list of Supreme Court nominees, from which Gorsuch was chosen. Between his close relationship with an ultra-conservative billionaire and his decisions that have favored corporations and harmed workers and consumers, it's clear that the majority of Americans who want to save our democracy from the influence of big money have a lot to worry about when it comes to this nominee.

  • US citizens: phone Sessions's office and call for him to resign.

  • US citizens: call on Congress to protect funding for Planned Parenthood.

  • US citizens: phone your senators

    to oppose two more of the troll's heating-denialist nominees: Dan Coats for Director of National Intelligence, and Sonny Perdue for Saboteur of Agriculture.

    Climate Hawks Vote suggested saying this:

    Hi, my name is ____, and I am your constituent calling from _____. I am calling to demand that Senator ____ vote to oppose the confirmations of climate denier Dan Coats for Director of National Intelligence and Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture. Can I get a commitment to vote against these nominees?

    Dan Coats, Climate Denier

    Sonny Perdue, Climate Denier

    Five Democratic senators voted for Coats in the intelligence committee.

  • Anyone: donate bitcoin to the legal defense of a Russian activist.

    Here is background information:

    in Russian describes the predicament. I can't read it, but a friend read it for me and says it this is on the level.

    They are asking for bitcoin donations at 1MCTLYKSAmBSjk8Tg32YcaUF9bKifHVA6N.

  • US citizens: call on Congress to save the Endangered Species Act.

  • US citizens: call on the EPA to preserve clean air standards.

  • US citizens: tell Congress to ban trade in shark fin.

  • US citizens: call on all states to help parents keep military recruiters away from their children in high school.

    It works to sign with Javascript disabled if you use the Salsalabs method.

  • In the US: join the People's Climate March on April 29.

  • Recording of Guantanamero

    Listen to the recording of Guantanamero, a protest song written in Spanish. The recording is in Ogg Vorbis format. To install an Ogg Vorbis player, see the FSF's Ogg Players page.

    There Ought to Be a Law

    More items where there ought to be a law.

    Quotes

    Here are some quotations that I particularly like.

    Most recent Political Notes and News Items

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    Not f'd. You won't find us on Facebook

    Copy this button (courtesy of R.Siddharth) to express your rejection of Facebook.


    Support the Green Party



    Republican Election Rigging Tactics



    Evoting



    The Olympics



    Why everyone has a reason to fear massive surveillance



    Churchandstate.org.uk


    E-books

    Non-oppressive Commercial E-books


    Don't use Facebook

    Facebook's face recognition demonstrates a threat to everyone's privacy. I therefore ask people not to put photos of me on Facebook; you can do likewise.

    Of course, Facebook is bad for many other reasons as well.


    Boycott Harry Potter Books, Movies, etc.



    Internet Music EULAS



    Business Supremacy Treaties



    No national identity cards

    I'd like to make a list of countries that do not require a national identity card, and have no plans to adopt one. If you live in or have confirmed knowledge of such a country, please send email to rms at gnu.org.

    Here's my list of countries with no national ID cards and no plans for one: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, the Philippines. Australia's previous government tried to institute national ID cards, but the Labor government dropped the plan.

    India is now trying to institute national ID cards.

    Switzerland has national ID cards which are optional, but they or some other government ID card are needed for some purposes.

    Iceland doesn't have ID cards as such, but they have ID numbers that citizens are forced to use frequently. For example, the national ID number is often required to rent a video or use a gym.

    Denmark issues non-photo ID cards with a "person number", and many services use this card to identify people.

    Norway will impose a national biometric ID card.

    Wikipedia has a list of identity card policies by country.


    Borders

    Stay away from certain countries because of their bad immigration policies.


    Flight connections

    Avoid flight connections in these airports because of their treatment of passengers.


    The Lifelong Activist

    People often ask how I manage to continue devoting myself to progressive activism (such as the free software movement) for years without burning out. The best way I can answer is by recommending a book, The Lifelong Activist by Hillary Rettig.

    I disagree with the book on one theoretical point in the last part of the book: we shouldn't think of political activism as being marketing and sales, because those terms refer to business, and politics is something much more important than mere business. However, this doesn't diminish the value of the book's practical advice about borrowing techniques from marketing and sales.

    Disclosure: I am friends with the author.


    Mimi and Eunice

    The Mimi and Eunice book by Nina Paley is great.


    Solidarity Economy and Free Software

    Personal Declaration of Richard Stallman and Euclides Mance on Solidarity Economy and Free Software.


    Long-term action items


    Political Articles

    These are my political articles that are not related to the GNU operating system or free software. For GNU-related articles, see the GNU philosophy directory. You can also order copies of my book, 'Free Software, Free Society, 3rd edition', signed or not signed.

    Political notes

    "Those who profess to favor freedom, yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."

    Here are notes about various issues I care about, usually with links to more information. The current notes are here. For all previous notes, see this page.

    Political notes about the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, Italy are being archived on their own page

    Media/Press/Bios

    Richard Stallman's bio and publicity photos, and other things of interest to the press, have been moved to a separate page.

    Travel experiences

    Photos about my travels

    Scientific Links


    Some humor

    Earth under attack from planet Koch.

    On doxing, and how to spell it.

    Futon Physics

    A Spanish cartoon: La Ruleta Española. thumbnail

    The Night before M-x-mas

    Here I am wearing my "power tie".

    Here I am struggling to open a bottle of water.

    My application to an join Marian Henley's Ex Boyfriends List

    My funny poetry and song parodies

    New song (06/2016) - Si la face ay pale.

    My Cartoons

    My Puns in English (BBQ, March 2017).

    My Puns in Spanish (New pun: El jaguar muerde December 2015)

    My Puns in French (new pun: la peine et Le Pen February 2017)

    My Puns in Portuguese

    My Puns in Italian (New 09/2014)

    My Puns in German (New 02/2016)

    Linguistic Swifties (Now with: Wintu, Penutian, Cochiti, Taos, and Towa.)

    What Republicans Believe.

    I am a
     Saint In the Church Of Emacs --Saint IGNUcius-- The Church of Emacs will soon be officially listed by at least one person as his religion for census purposes.

    There are no godfathers in the Church of Emacs, since there are no gods, but you can be someone's editorfather.

    Stallman Does Dallas: "I have to warn you that Texans have been known to have an adverse reaction to my personality . . . "

    The Dalai Lama today announced the official release of Yellow Hat GNU/Linux.

    Pre-Zen Studies.

    I found A funny song about the Mickey Mouse Copyright Act (officially the Sonny Bono Copyright Act) which extended copyright retroactively by 20 years on works made as early as the 1920s.

    If you are a geek and read Spanish, you will love Raulito el Friki, who said "Hello, world!" immediately after he was born. Here's an archive of this now-defunct comic strip.

    Sleeping with Stallman at MIT.

    Un malentendido gracioso.

    ESR's favorite programming language: Objectivist C.

    American Extremists

    My Small Mouth

    The huns and the writs. I don't know who wrote this, but I hope he does not object to sharing it here.

    No Kludges in Cluj (June 2014)

    Fiction

    A science fiction story: Jinnetic Engineering (in Portuguese, Farsi, Spanish, Armenian, Russian, French, and Italian).

    The Right to Read

    Made for You (December 2012) (local copy)

    Books

    My book of essays about the philosophy of Software Freedom, is available from the GNU Press.

    Non-Political Articles

    Avec des chapeaux French song parody.

    My radio program of Music from Georgia, originally broadcast on WUOG in Athens, Georgia on Oct 13, 2014.

    Resolving the trolley problem

    Quantum Theory and Abortion Rights

    A proposal for gender neutrality in Spanish, suitable for both speech and writing.

    Origin of the POSIX name.

    On Hacking: In June 2000, while visiting Korea, I did a fun hack that clearly illustrates the original and true meaning of the word "hacker".

    My Childhood Sweetheart

    Love and Dance

    Predicting the attack on Pearl Harbor

    Links

    Thanks

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