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Civil Liberties Minute:
US citizens: call on Congress to pass the Lead-Safe Housing for Kids Act.
US citizens: call on the Democratic and Republican parties to stop advocating use of fossil fuels.
US citizens: call on Congress to repeal the gag rule that AmeriCorps volunteers are not allowed to give information about abortion.
Everyone: call on US Chamber of Commerce to stop lobbying against better pay and working conditions.
US citizens: call on legislators not to take money from oil companies.
US citizens: tell the Senate to protect America's coastal national parks.
US citizens: tell the Forest Service: Don't renew Nestlé's water withdrawal permit.
Everyone: call on Walmart to make sure its canned tuna was caught without killing sharks; also to make sure all the workers involved are treated decently.
US citizens: tell the U.S. Senate o reject the China Bilateral Investment Treaty. It's like a miniature TPP.
US citizens: call on Wall Street to stop giving "golden parachutes" to mployees that move to government appointments.
The president should not appoint such people. Sanders would not.
US citizens: stand with striking Verizon employees.
US citizens: call on the Senate to pass Biotechnology Food Labeling and Uniformity Act.
Everyone: call on Niger to raise the age for marriage so that teenagers are not forced into marriage.
It is wrong to refer to teenagers as "children" — that tends to encourage people to disrespect their rights. They are adolescents. Forced marriage is bad enough that we need not exaggerate by calling the victims "children".
US citizens: call on Congress to support the Murphy-Paul-Lieu-Yoho law to limit arms sales to Salafi Arabia.
US citizens: Thank the legislators that defended freedom of speech by opposing bills to censor advocacy of boycott, divestment and sanctions towards Israel.
I do not support this campaign; rather, I support Gush Shalom's campaign to boycott companies that profit from Israel's colonies in Palestinian territory. However, whatever we think of the Palestinian BSD campaign as substance, we must all support people's right to advocate that policy (and various other policies).
US citizens: call on Obama to order no more oil and gas drilling in Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
US citizens: tell the US government to Keep federal lands federal — don't give them to states to sell off.
Everyone: call on the US Exim Bank not to support a coal plant next to the Sundarbans.
US citizens: call on Obama to veto the dirty energy bill.
US citizens: tell the Treasury Department not to allow pension cuts for the Central States Pension Fund.
US citizens: call on the Senate to protect net neutrality by rejecting the bill designed to kill it.
The FCC's network neutrality regulations are not strong enough, but what SCROTUS want is none at all.
SCROTUS = Sleazy Congressional Republicans Of The United States.
Citizens of Massachusetts: Call for closing a loophole in campaign funding law.
US citizens: ask your congresscritter to cosponsor the bill to audit the Pentagon.
World wide: participate in global heating protests May 4-16.
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, 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.
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, 2nd 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 (10/2013) - Poppycock
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.
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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