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Civil Liberties Minute:

[America Means Civil Liberties / Patriotism Means Protecting 
             Them / www.aclu.org/safefree ]
graphic by Susan Henson
Americans, you may wish to copy this icon to your own page, as a way of showing what patriotism means to you.

Urgent action items

  • US citizens: call on the SEC to require publicly traded companies disclose political spending.

  • US citizens: call for permanent protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain from oil extraction.

  • US citizens: call on the US Army to protect the pallid sturgeon.

  • US citizens: support the campaign to "Urge Good Food Companies to Back Good Food Policy".

    The overall goal is to change the food distribution system in which big companies push people towards unhealthy eating while putting farmers over a barrel.

  • US citizens: call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to stand for firm use of antitrust laws against corporations that have too much of the market.

  • US citizens: Tell Congress: Denounce the Web of Global Heating Denial.

  • US citizens: call on Obama not to fund thug departments that don't respect the people.

  • US citizens: tell Congress: don't cut Medicare, expand it.

  • US citizens: call on Obama to coal leasing on public land.

  • US citizens: Call on the Democratic Party to get serious about the climate.

  • US citizens: Tell the Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries to protect seafloor habitats.

  • US citizens: call on Obama to pledge no first use of nuclear weapons.

  • US citizens: call on Texas to withdraw its anti-abortion booklet of falsehoods.

  • US citizens: call on the FDA to get phthalates out of our food.

  • US citizens: call on Americorps to reconsider its decision to shut down its Community HealthCorps program.

    This decision was made because a few people connected with Community HealthCorps gave advice about abortion, against the rules. However, the unjust law that prohibits US government support for abortion cannot require shutting down the program.

  • Phone President Obama and urge him to veto the DARK Act.

    Call 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 to leave your comment! The comment line is open from 9am - 5pm ET Monday through Friday.

    I've seen a recommendation to say something like this:

    I urge President Obama to veto the sham GMO labeling bill heading to his desk from the House. The FDA has commented that this bill would not even cover most current GMO foods. So it is a non-labeling bill masquerading as a labeling bill. The bill is also profoundly discriminatory. Instead of mandating clear on-package labels, this bill gives corporations the power to hide GE labeling behind digital QR codes that can only be read by smart phones.

    We need a GMO labeling law that actually applies to all the GE foods in the marketplace and that assures the right to know of every American. Please veto this discriminatory and poorly written bill. Send it back to Congress until they get it right.
    I suggest adding that the motivation for the bill, to keep Americans in the dark, is hostile to the public.

  • US citizens: call on Obama to veto the DARK Act, Monsanto's scheme to prevent labeling of GMOs.

  • US citizens: call on the Department of Transportation to carry out two plans for reducing carbon emissions from transit systems.

  • US citizens: call on Senators to support the Climate Change Education Act.

  • 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

    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



    Don't do business with Apple



    Don't do business with Amazon



    Don't use Skype



    Evoting



    The Olympics



    Why everyone has a reason to fear massive surveillance



    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. Support the campaign against them.

    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, 2nd 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 (New pun: "Sculpture of Theresa May", July 2016).

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

    My Puns in French (Déconstruire les mythes 07/2016)

    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

    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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