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Civil Liberties Minute:
US citizens: save the US funds for saving African wildlife.
US citizens: oppose the AT&T-Time Warner merger.
US citizens: call on the NOAA Fisheries department to protect whales and sea turtles from drift gillnets.
US citizens: call on Saboteur of Commerce Ross to protect marine national monuments and sanctuaries.
US citizens: Reject Republican budget cuts.
Everyone: call on Macy's department store to drop Ivanka clothing line.
Everyone: call on AARP to quit ALEC now for real.
US citizens: call for ending civil forfeiture at the federal level.
US citizens: call your senators as soon as possible to oppose the dirty energy bill.
The Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 (S.1460), would put fossil fuel expansion on a fast track, locking in decades of dirty energy.
US citizens: call your senators to oppose the bill, passed by the House of Representatives, that would jail teenagers for 15 years (mandatory minimum sentence) for sexting.
If you wish, you could add that sexting should not be a crime at all.
US citizens: oppose fossil fuel extraction in Sequoia National Monument.
US citizens: call for revocation of Kushner's security clearance.
US citizens: submit comments to oppose the proposed coal export terminal.
US citizens: call on Congress to repeal Dubya's authorization for use of military force.
It was meant to cover fighting al Qa'ida but has been stretched to cover many other regional wars.
US citizens: state your personal commitment to the Paris climate agreement.
US citizens: call on Democratic senators to block the Republicans' anti-immigrant agenda.
US citizens: call for protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
US citizens: oppose the Republican "tax reform" (i.e., tax cuts for the rich).
When Reagan did this, he needed to fool Americans with his "trickle down" theory. Nowadays, Republicans don't bother trying to convince Americans with an imitation of rationally, they just intend do impose their will.
US citizens: call on state governors to defend DACA.
US citizens: call on Congress to place a few specific requirements on military spending.
The latest version of the Dontcare bill would deny women coverage for contraception. That would mean an increase in the birth rate and many women trapped in single parenthood. (Also some more abortions, perhaps illegal ones.)
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
US citizens: call on the UN to negotiate a treaty to ban weaponized drones.
US citizens: call on the Senate to reject anti-worker nominees to the National Labor Relations Board.
US citizens: phone key Republican senators to oppose the Dontcare bill.
US citizens: phone Republican senators that might oppose the Dontcare bill.
Here are some quotations that I particularly like.
See the current pol-notes page for more.
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Copy this button (courtesy of R.Siddharth) to express your rejection of 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.
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, New Zealand, UK, the Philippines. Australia's previous government tried to institute national ID cards, but the Labor government dropped the plan.
India has mostly finished imposing a national biometric ID number in a grand act of oppression.
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.
Ireland - national ID card by stealth.
ACLU: the five dangers of national ID cards.
Wikipedia has a list of identity card policies by country.
Stay away from certain countries because of their bad immigration policies.
Avoid flight connections in these airports because of their treatment of passengers.
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.
The Mimi and Eunice book by Nina Paley is great.
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.
"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."
Political notes about the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, Italy are being archived on their own page
Richard Stallman's bio and publicity photos, and other things of interest to the press, have been moved to a separate page.
On doxing, and how to spell it.
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
New song (06/2016) - Si la face ay pale.
My Puns in Italian (New 09/2014)
My Puns in German (New 02/2016)
Linguistic Swifties (Now with: Wintu, Penutian, Cochiti, Taos, and Towa.)
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 . . . "
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.
ESR's favorite programming language: Objectivist C.
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)
My book of essays about the philosophy of Software Freedom, is available from the GNU Press.
Avec des chapeaux French song parody.
My radio program of Music from Georgia, originally broadcast on WUOG in Athens, Georgia on Oct 13, 2014.
A proposal for gender neutrality in Spanish, suitable for both speech and writing.
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".
Predicting the attack on Pearl Harbor
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