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Thursday, January 6th, 2011
1:43 pm - Internet Fair handmade

abbyuq
Founded in Internet Fair handmade goods. That's decided to share a link - suddenly someone is on holiday gifts are needed). http://targ.com.ua/ not sachtite for spam - just a very large selection of gifts origenalnyh + social network of manufacturers of these unique items. You can talk directly with sellers) The goods mainly Ukrainian, although there are Russian and Ukrainian and Belarusian and Kazakh, etc. It would be nice to find something similar in Africa - if anyone knows give a link in PM. ATP. 
Перевод - Нашол в сети интернет ярмарку товаров ручной работы . Вот решил поделится ссылкой - вдруг кому то на праздники подарочки нужны ). http://targ.com.ua/ Не сачтите за спам - просто очень большой выбор оригенальных подарков + соц сеть производителей этих уникальных вещей. Можно общаться напрямую с продавцами ) Товары в основном украинские , хотя есть и русские и украинцы и беларусы и казахи и т.д. Было бы неплохо найти что то подобное в африке - если кто знает дайте ссылку в личку. спс.
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
11:26 am - ACTION ALERT

audiomind
Say NO to the Auto Makers Bailout!
Taxpayers should not have to pay for their bad business decisions
Since the 1970s, Detroit's Big Three auto makers have failed to keep up in the competitive auto industry. High labor costs and inflexible work rules, as well as a failure to overcome negative consumer sentiments have combined to bring the Detroit-based auto manufacturers to their knees. Now they are begging the federal government for a bailout to the tune of $75 billion!
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1331/t/8125/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=26238
http://www.capwiz.com/freedomworks/issues/alert/?alertid=12215391

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Saturday, April 21st, 2007
2:12 pm - Mafiaa (RIAA) Victim # 1 - Internet Radio in Danger of Extinction

audiomind
A little background first.....

Kurt Hanson's Radio Internet Newsletter has an analysis of the new royalty rates for Internet Radio announced by the US Copyright Office. The decision is likely to put most internet radio stations out of business by making the cost of broadcasting much higher than revenues.

Quote:
"The Copyright Royalty Board is rejecting all of the arguments made by Webcasters and instead adopting the 'per play' rate proposal put forth by SoundExchange (a digital music fee collection body created by the RIAA)...[The] math suggests that the royalty rate decision -- for the performance alone, not even including composers' royalties! -- is in the in the ballpark of 100% or more of total revenues."
http://www.kurthanson.com/archive/news/030207/index.shtml


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A Forbes article discussing the dire news for fans of Internet radio. Yesterday afternoon saw online broadcasters, everyone from giants like Clear Channel and National Public Radio to small-fry internet concerns, arguing their case before the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB). The CRB's March 2nd decision to increase the fees associated with online music broadcasting will have harsh repercussions for those who engage in the activity, the panel was told.

There was also a previous provision for smaller companies that allowed them to pay less, something the March 2 decision did away with; in the view of the royalty holders, advertising more than pays for these fees, and they're ready for higher payments.

Quote:
"Under a previous arrangement, which expired at the end of 2005, broadcasters and online companies such as Yahoo Inc. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL unit could pay royalties based on estimates of how many songs were played over a given period of time, or a 'tuning hour,' as opposed to counting every single song ... [They] also asked the judges to clarify a $500 annual fee per broadcasting channel, saying that with some online companies offering many thousands of listening options, counting each one as a separate channel could lead to huge fees for online broadcasters."
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/03/19/ap3531170.html


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The Copyright Royalty Board formally rejects a request to reconsider its March decision to impose an onerous royalty schedule on Internet radio broadcasters.

Quote:
"None of the moving parties have [sic] made a sufficient showing of new evidence or clear error or manifest injustice that would warrant rehearing," wrote the CRB in its decision."


The recording industry (RIAA hordes) and its royalty collection organization SoundExchange are jubilant over the ruling, as you can imagine.

Quote:
"Our artists and labels look forward to working with the Internet radio industry, large and small, commercial and noncommercial, so that together we can ensure it succeeds as a place where great music is available to music lovers of all genres," said SoundExchange head Simson in a statement.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070416-internet-radio-dealt-severe-blow-as-copyright-board-rejects-appeal.html


Noble words, but after today's ruling, which will take effect on May 15 unless the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agrees to hear an appeal, there probably won't be much of an Internet radio industry left for SoundExchange to work with.

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PLEASE HELP TO KEEP INTERNET RADIO ALIVE

This decision has the very real potential to force the closure of a wide realm of online webcasting sources that have significantly impacted the growth and development of independent roots music across all genres. To lose this avenue of promotion and support for roots based music could be potentially devastating with respect not only to its financial impact on the industry, but to its cultural survival.

http://www.musicdish.com/mag/?id=11693
http://www.petitiononline.com/SIR2007r/petition.html
http://www.saveourinternetradio.com/

Isn't it past time that we burn the RIAA/MPAA houses down? ISN'T IT?!?!?

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
8:00 pm - J.A.I.L for Judges

audiomind
The Judicial Accountability Initiative Law, J.A.I.L., is a single-issue national grassroots organization designed to end the rampant and pervasive judicial corruption in the legal system of the United States. J.A.I.L. recognizes this can be achieved only through making the Judicial Branch of government answerable and accountable to an entity other than itself. At this time it isn't, resulting in the judiciary's arbitrary abuse of the doctrine of judicial immunity, leaving the People without recourse when their inherent rights are violated by judges.

http://www.jail4judges.org/
http://www.sd-jail4judges.org/

The primary reason I am posting this is because I've been a member of J.A.I.L. for a quite sometime now, particularly since I personally became a victim of 'judicial activism', IMO a great threat to personal liberty in modern times.

This morning after listening to a biased and scathing news report on NPR radio, I felt it appropriate to respond with haste, as their assumptions and insinuations bordered on propaganda, i'm guessing in their pursuit of support against the initiative in South Dakota. You can listen to the report here, though it's fairly one-sided:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6288938

NPR falsely make it appear as if every group, every business, every person in SD is against it, when in fact the public supports the measure 3-to-1.

Why???

Because for a very long time now public officials (primarily judges) have been immune to the draconian acts they bestow upon us lesser citizen mortals in their fits of judicial activism. The relative fears that some groups have exclaimed (mainly as a scare tactic) to rally support against these justifiable proposals basically stems from their misunderstanding of what J.A.I.L. is attempting to accomplish. It, WE, are not asking that a mass of judges face the reality of being sued simply because someone disagreed with a verdict, but that we wish there to exist recourse for actions that go against established codes of law, laws established by state and federal legislatures.

If you review the sites above (and below) you can clearly see that plenty of safeguards would be implemented to facilitate a judicious process that would not be abused with frivolous lawsuits. The hurdles would be quite complex, but nonetheless the accountability would finally be there. As it stands now, it is close to impossible (and practically unheard of) for judges/lawyers to be reprimanded, much less fired, based upon their unlawful, inaccurate, careless, irreprehensible & erroneous actions, as well as for their misconduct. When was the last time you heard of a judge being reprimanded by his superiors? Let go? It simply doesn't happen, rarely if ever.

Yet the judicial abuse, delivered indiscriminately to ordinary citizens is almost impalpable, yet most have little to no recourse for seeking justice for the actions of a few activist judges.

Finally, now is their chance to hold those accountable who would do wrong in the eyes of the law. Don't think it doesn't happen? Visit any family courtroom on any given day in any given city in any given state and tell me it doesn't happen.

If you have time read the great proposal put forth in SD so named the [i]South Dakota Amendment E[/i] here:
http://www.amendmente.com/
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-na-judges15oct15,1,192282.story?ctrack=1&cset=true
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Amendment E clearly states:

Judges shall not have immunity for:

* Deliberate violations of the law, or of the state or federal constitutions.
* Fraud or conspiracy.
* Intentional violations of due process.
* Deliberate disregard of material facts.
* Judicial acts without jurisdiction.
* Acts that impede the lawful conclusion of a case, including unreasonable delay and willful rendering of an unlawful judgment or order.

Hopefully if and when the SD citizens overwhelmingly pass this legitimate piece of legislation we may finally begin to see (those) judges (who act illegally) fulfill their required obligations to uphold statutory law and have accountability reestablished back into the hands of the governed rather than solely in the hands of those who govern.

Please help expand and grow this nationwide trend if you agree!

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
9:59 pm - ACTIVISM UPDATE (a long while waiting) 10-3-06

audiomind
The proposals being voted on this week by your Members of Congress are truly frightening. If Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has his way, we could see a nightmare Big Brother bill that combines a rubber stamp for warrantless domestic spying on phone calls and emails with new torture and detention tactics that would gut the Geneva Conventions by diluting the War Crimes Act, taking away checks on the president's power and staining our nation's legacy as the standard bearer for the protection of human rights. Call Your Members of Congress now to stop these bills.
https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?alertId=508&pg=makeACall&page=UserAction&JServSessionIdr006=7qk077s2g2.app27a


In yet another election-year tactic, some members of Congress are pushing legislation that would slam shut the courthouse doors to many Americans seeking redress when the government violates their religious freedom. The Public Expression of Religion Act, or PERA (S. 3696 / H.R. 2679), is a mean-spirited bill designed solely to undermine core religious freedom protections of the First Amendment. Tell your Members of Congress to defend First Amendment protections of religious freedom by sending them the message below.
https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=507&page=UserAction&JServSessionIdr006=7qk077s2g2.app27a
http://capwiz.com/au/issues/alert/?alertid=9007716


Tell Companies to Stop Advertising on Bus Radio and Channel One!
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/commercialalert/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=5245


URGENT: Tell Your Senators to Stop the Surveillance Bills!
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?alertId=247&pg=makeACall&JServSessionIdr006=h7n1cvsak1.app8a


Tell Your Senators: Don't Let the White House Legalize Torture
http://www.workingforchange.com/activism/action.cfm?itemid=21387&afccode=n73txt


Help Freeze Taxes on Wireless Services!
https://secure2.convio.net/cagw/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr006=23mxkasdv3.app26a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=363


Send the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) a Public Comment urging it to maintain or even strengthen the existing media ownership rules that prevent big media from getting even bigger. Your comment will help ensure that citizens have a right to hear a variety of viewpoints on publicly-owned airwaves.
http://uspirg.org/uspirg.asp?id=1801&id3=USPIRG&id4=ES&
http://www.stopbigmedia.com/mickey.php

Tell Congress to Require Voter-Verified Paper Trail for Voting Machines
http://capwiz.com/sicminc/issues/alert/?alertid=9023321&type=CO


The founders of our nation believed that all Americans should have the right to worship according to their own beliefs, or not to worship at all. So strong was their commitment to religious freedom that they enshrined it in the first sentence of the Bill of Rights. YES, add my name to the petition safeguarding separation of church and state and protecting religious liberty.
http://www.firstfreedomfirst.org/


Senator James Inhofe recently introduced S. 3873, the "Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2006." This bill is identical to the House of Representatives' terrific eminent domain reform bill, H.R. 4128, which has been stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee since it passed the House last November by an overwhelming majority of 376-38. S. 3873 - which is now the vehicle for eminent domain reform in Congress - will go straight to the floor of the Senate, bypassing the hold-ups other eminent domain bills are encountering in the Senate. However, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist will not put eminent domain reform on the Senate's agenda, effectively prohibiting the Senate from voting on this bill! CONTACT FRIST AND YOUR SENATORS NOW!
https://action.popuvox.com/default.aspx?actionID=286


Help us stop this assault on due process and our civil liberties by taking action today. E-mail or fax your representatives in Congress and urge them to reject all legislative whitewashes of executive branch lawbreaking.
http://actions.pfaw.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=enJHKINrFqG&b=848093&aid=7502


Urge your Senators to vote NO on H.R. 5252
Frustrated with high cable prices, costly Internet rates and lousy service? It might get even worse if the U.S. Senate passes a bill that will gut important consumer protections and let giant telecommunications companies hinder our access to low-cost, competitive Internet services.
https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr006=m4ts9qtbm3.app7a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1207


On Sept 23, cops brutally attacked band members and the crowd attending a Human Rights Fest in uptown Charlotte, NC. The event had been going great attracting a multinational crowd of some 200 people. Many people passing by stopped and joined in. The Human Rights Fest featured performances from Dirty South Revolutionaries, Tax Slave, 25 Minutes To Go and Southside Punx. The police forced the permitted event to shut down early. Than dozens of cops charged into the crowd, jumping on people and using tasers on some. One person was beaten by several cops and people were arrested.
http://www.petitiononline.com/thefive/petition.html


Stop the Cheney-Specter Wiretapping Bill
http://www.workingforchange.com/activism/action.cfm?itemid=21251&afcccode=n68txt


Control over what you see on TV and cable television, hear on the radio, and read in the newspapers is currently in the hands of a few large companies. And this consolidation of power could get worse, if you don't stop it.
https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr005=a0g6pph1r2.app1a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1169
http://www.stopbigmedia.com/comment.php


Many ultra-wealthy Americans avoid paying $40 billion to $70 billion dollars each year by hiding money in offshore tax shelters. Seven cents of every tax dollar that you pay goes to make up for these missing funds.
Tell Congress to close loopholes that allow some super-rich Americans to avoid taxes by hiding money in offshore tax havens.
http://ncpirg.org/NC.asp?id=1774&id3=NC&id4=ES&


Help Taxpayers "Google" Federal Spending' and Shed the Light on Big Govco Spending. Tell Senate to Support New Search Engine
http://capwiz.com/sicminc/issues/alert/?alertid=8952171&type=CO
https://secure2.convio.net/cagw/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr005=jhgbuihdp1.app26a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=359


Free-Fax Your Senators: Don't Legalize Warrantless Wiretapping!
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/bordc/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=4854


The Senate is moving forward on important telecommunications reform legislation. Part of this bill will help stop hundreds of new taxes, laws and regulations on wireless in cities and states across the country. Today, these conflicting rules threaten to delay wireless innovation, reduce consumer choice and increase consumer costs. Help stop unfair and unnecessary state taxes, laws and regulations on wireless by asking your Senators to support the Senate Communications Bill. Take action now!
http://www.mywireless.org/nationalletter/?topicId=5947


Stop Illegal Immigration - Copy Mexico's Policy
Tell Congress to Support the "U.S. General Population Act"
http://capwiz.com/sicminc/issues/alert/?alertid=8936716&type=CO


The Internet brings you unrestricted access to information, low-cost services, and innovative new products. You go where you want, buy what you want, and use the services you choose. As long has you have an Internet connection, the Internet can take you where you want to go. Until now. The Senate Commerce Committee will soon vote on a bill that will allow cable and telephone companies to put tollbooths and speed bumps on the Internet, preventing you from buying services that compete with their own! But right now, other legislation is pending that could stop them in their tracks and keep the Internet open and free, but only if your Senator hears from you. Tell your Senators to prevent big telephone and cable companies from blocking or slowing your access to Internet services offered by their competitors!
https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr005=v9dk1wi532.app1a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1163


Tell the Senate to Vote to End the War
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/ufpj/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=4206


Tell the Federal Communications Commission to Get the Spies Off the Line
https://secure.aclu.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=DTT_FCC_spies_off_line&JServSessionIdr005=s8jrpm2e52.app20a


On May 1st, Senator Stevens introduced the "Communications, Consumer's Choice, and Broadband Deployment Act" (S.2686). Buried inside this 125 page bill is language that would create a broadcast flag in over-the-air TV transmissions, and give the FCC power to create a similar technology mandate for digital radio. Tell Your Senators to Kick Out the Flags.
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr005=k39x2g58a3.app8a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=223


Tell Your Senators: Safeguard Election Oversight
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/vevo/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=3516

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
11:43 pm - There are More than TWO Parties in Amerika

audiomind
Forwarded from the LPNC list:

If you voted today in the primaries – or even if you didn't – please take a little extra time to gather signatures to get the Libertarian Party back on the ballot.

We still need tens of thousands of signatures to get the party back on the NC ballot. But they can only be gathered one signature at a time. Any number of signatures you can gather will help!

Please go to http://lpnc.org/get_involved/ballot_access.html to print copies of the petition and see useful tips on how to collect signatures and send them in to the party. The polls are the best place to get these signatures because you know everyone there is already registered to vote.

Take note that NC has some of the most draconian ballot access laws in the country, which the REPUBLICRATS use to keep the competition at bay. In order to stay on the ballot each term, 3rd (4th, 5th, etc) parties must collect over 107,000 signatures if they don't catch upwards of 10% of the vote on election day.

This is an outrage......so help us bring the democratic process into the 21st century!

Here are answers to some of the most common questions about the petition:

* The wording is less vexing this year than previously, but you may still get questions about what level of commitment they are pledging by signing. Please reassure people, if they ask, that signing the petition does not necessarily mean they are a Libertarian. All it means is that they believe in our democratic right to be on the ballot. Signing this petition will not in any way affect their voters' registration, and we will not put them on a mailing list. The only way we use the voter's info is to send it to the county board of elections for verification purposes. Tell people they can and should sign any other party's ballot access petition as well.

* You'll notice the blank space for the name of the county. This is because we must turn our petitions into the various County Boards of Elections for verification. So please make sure people from different counties sign on separate sheets.

* Make certain the address given is where the voter is actually registered to vote. PO Boxes generally don't count, unless the voter is a college student. Be careful that people put down their correct birthdate, not today's date. This is needed for verification, so the Board of Elections knows they signed the petition, instead of us just getting the name out of the phonebook.

http://lpnc.org/get_involved/Petition_forms/Petition.rtf
http://lpnc.org/get_involved/Petition_forms/Petition.xls
http://lpnc.org/get_involved/Petition_forms/Petition.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact LPNC Ballot Access Director, Bob Ritchie at badirector@lpnc.org.

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9:52 pm - ACTIVISM ALERT UPDATE 5-2-06

audiomind
Congress is now pushing a law that would end the free and open Internet as we know it. Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hard to gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment and the key to Internet freedom. Net Neutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open most easily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. So Amazon doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer. Many members of Congress take campaign contributions from these companies, and they don't think the public are paying attention to this issue. Let's show them we care - please sign this petition today.
http://civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet/?id=7450-3995217-Wcy5q0W3NOVfpKEiGrV4jQ&t=2


A new lawsuit argues that AT&T has been helping the NSA’s illegal surveillance for years. Court papers describe the program as a "vast fishing expedition" to monitor Americans’ communications, without the warrants required by the U.S. Constitution. We need your help to press AT&T for answers – scroll down to the company and ask if it is spying on you!
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/ccr/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=3522


Tell the Senate to say NO to a permanent American presence in Iraq!
http://hq.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/Peaceact/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=3502


Some 57 million U.S. workers say they would join a union if they could. But when workers try to gain a union voice on the job, employers respond with intimidation, harassment and retaliation. And our labor laws are too weak to stop them. Tell Congress: Restore Workers’ Freedom to Form Unions
http://www.clearwaterforcongress.com/petitions/pnum212.php


Torture is Un-American - Let's Make Sure Our Leaders Know
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/425618634?z00m=82311&z00m=82311<l=1146526052


Support the Feingold Amendment to End the War
http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/clw/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=3518#endalert


Tell Congress to bring cable price relief and competition to all consumers, including those who need it most!
https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=997


Take FDA to Task on Medical Marijuana Position
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=29834&ms=FDAMedMj042706-aa


Right now Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the First Amendment of the Internet -- a principle called "network neutrality" that preserves the free and open Internet. Congress needs to hear from you today or they will hand over control of what you do online to companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.
http://action.freepress.net/campaign/savethenet


Help Send A Message To The Oil Companies
https://secure.afa.net/afa/afapetition/signpetition.asp?id=1540


The pathetic lobbying and ethics reform bill in the House will reform neither lobbying nor ethics. Our own Legislative Representative Craig Holman has secured House members to introduce significant amendments - if they're allowed. Tell your Representative to demand open debate on ethics reform, and to support strong amendments to the Dreier bill!
http://action.citizen.org/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=3450&t=CleanUpWashington2col.dwt


Tell Congress Not to Side with Corporate Interests on Internet Neutrality
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/335672945?z00m=82026&z00m=82026<l=1146526722


Don't Write Discrimination Into the Constitution
http://actions.pfaw.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=enJHKINrFqG&b=1574949&action=6733&template=x.ascx


The latest attempted power grab by the Bush administration comes in the form of the Line Item Veto Act of 2006. This bill would give the president ‘rewrite authority’ on appropriations and entitlement bills, allowing him to unilaterally slash funding for education, healthcare, the arts, and services and programs for low-income Americans. PFAW continues to work to protect our constitutional system of checks and balances and to stand up for fairness. The Line Item Veto Act of 2006, which will be taken up by both the House and Senate in the next few months, threatens the Constitution AND fairness.
http://actions.pfaw.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=enJHKINrFqG&b=1574967&action=6734&template=x.ascx


Support Taiwan, NOT Communist China!
Tell Congress to Lift Travel Limitations on Taiwan's Leaders
http://capwiz.com/sicminc/issues/alert/?alertid=8708521&type=CO


Congress should prevent big telephone and cable companies from blocking or slowing your access to Internet services offered by their competitors!
https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=797


Tell Congress You Want to Control Who Can Access Your Medical Information
https://secure2.convio.net/appf/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=105


Urge Congress to make it easier to opt out of junk mail
Ask your members to commission a national opt out list for junk mail.
http://capwiz.com/newdream/issues/alert/?alertid=271331&type=CO


The IRS is considering allowing tax preparers to sell your confidential tax return information to other companies, including marketers. And you'll have no control over how that company will use your data, who else they'll give it to, or whether or not they'll safeguard it from identity thieves. Sign a petition to Senators Burr and Dole asking them to support legislation, S.2484, to prohibit tax preparers from disclosing taxpayer information to other companies.
http://ncpirg.org/NC.asp?id=846&id3=NC&id4=ES&


Dianne Feinstein's (A Democrack) "Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music (PERFORM) Act" would permanently hobble your ability to record off the radio and force webcasters to use DRM formats. If passed, future satellite and digital radio receivers would be limited by law to what the bill calls "reasonable recording." To the RIAA, this means that all consumers will be banned from choosing and playing back selections based on song title, artist, or genre. According to the Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition, even the transmission of a recording from room to room inside a house would be restricted by mandatory blocks and controls. Tell your representative not to co-sponsor or vote for PERFORM in the Senate or its companion bill in the House.
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr012=knwbqbm7d1.app13b&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=221

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
11:56 pm - ACTIVISM UPDATE 4-11-06

audiomind
The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on granting amnesty to approximately 12 million illegal immigrants. The results of this poll will be sent to President George Bush, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.
http://www.afa.net/petitions/senateproposal/TakeSurvey.asp


Corporate propaganda has infiltrated local TV newscasts, with disguised product advertisements posing as genuine news reports. This represents a breach of the trust between broadcasters and their viewers. Take action to stop fake news today. Demand that the Federal Communications Commission investigate, strengthen disclosure requirements and punish stations that air fake news.
http://action.freepress.net/campaign/fakenews


Demand that the administration tell the people the truth about illegal government spying on Americans.
http://action.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename=DTT_petition&autologin=true
http://actions.pfaw.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=enJHKINrFqG&b=1468103&action=5633&template=x.ascx


STOP Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
Tell the Senate To Say NO to 'Guest Worker' Programs!
http://capwiz.com/sicminc/issues/alert/?alertid=8486336&type=CO


President Bush, come clean and explain to the American people why you selectively leaked classified information simply to discredit critics of your rush to war.
http://www.workingforchange.com/activism/action.cfm?itemid=20608&afccode=n39txt


Join us now to call for laws that will make it illegal for anyone to buy or sell your cell-phone records, or to pretend to be you in order to get them.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/410097888?z00m=78832&z00m=78832<l=1144815393
https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr011=pvjpphowe1.app5a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=839


TELL THE HOUSE TO SIGN ON TO H.Res. 543 TO DEBATE THE IRAQ WAR
http://www.millionphonemarch.com/iraq_debate.php


TELL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO PASS H.R. 550 AS WRITTEN, "The Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act"
http://www.velvetrevolution.us/Content/VotingReform/pen3.php


Last year, North Carolina legislators passed a strong identity theft protection bill. Unfortunately, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that would undermine our consumer protections. Ask your state legislators to sign on to a letter to Senators Burr and Dole urging them to oppose any federal legislation that would undermine North Carolina's law.
http://ncpirg.org/NC.asp?id=372&id3=NC&id4=ES&


You may be able to save as much as 13% on your cable bills, according to a new FCC report (PDF file). Real cable and satellite choice would allow you to pick and pay for only those channels you want. Be part of the official record; tell the FCC that you want more channel choice!
https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr011=ppsa5rqah1.app5a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=877


Please tell Congress to pass pro-growth legislation that extends existing tax cuts, and does not include new stealth tax increases. Support Cutting Taxes! The Conference Committee for H.R. 4297 offers Congress an opportunity to pass legislation that can go a long way toward continuing America’s economic prosperity
http://www.rallycommunications.com/freedomworks/petition.php?action_id=84


When the big recording labels pay radio station employees to play their most mainstream acts, independent music suffers and radio choice turns into a mind-numbing race to the bottom. Recent investigations have found widespread abuse - the labels commonly skirt the law by providing gifts and trips rather than direct money in exchange for airplay. It has been 40 years since enactment of the statutes banning payola and the existing rules are not able to stop payola in the age of big radio. Please call your senators today and urge them to co-sponsor the Radio and Concert Disclosure and Competition Act of 2005.
http://www.freepress.net/action/callcongress.php?a=feingoldpayola
http://action.freepress.net/campaign/payola


The prices of our everyday necessities like gas, electricity, housing, and food have all been on the rise – but the federal minimum wage hasn’t. It’s been stuck at $5.15 an hour for the last nine years. Hard working Americans deserve better! Please help give these workers a much needed boost. Sign on to co-sponsor the Fair Minimum Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25.
http://action.americanrightsatwork.org/campaign/araw_minimumwage/wnnsnw3zp7wd6w3?

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2006
10:33 pm - 3-7-06 ACTIVISM UPDATE ALERT

audiomind
The Digital Transition Content Security Act (H.R.4569) - or Analog Hole bill - would force every video digitizing device in America to watch for and obey a VEIL watermark, a proprietary signal embedded in video broadcasts. Stop Congress From Mandating This Secret Technology.
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=207


Congresswoman Heather Wilson, a New Mexico Republican who chairs the House Subcommittee overseeing the National Security Agency, has just broken ranks with her party, defied Karl Rove, and called for a full Congressional inquiry into the recently-disclosed domestic wiretapping program. We couldn't agree more.
http://www.workingforchange.com/activism/action.cfm?itemid=20338&afccode=n26txt


Demand that this administration tell the people the truth about illegal government spying on Americans.
http://action.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename=DTT_petition&autologin=true


Don't Let Congress Rubberstamp the Wiretaps
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?alertId=212&pg=makeACall


Rush Holt's Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act (VCIAA, HR 550) garnered immense support before the session ended. The bill contains several critically important election reforms, including the requirement of a paper audit trail for all electronic voting machines, random audits, and public availability of all code used in elections. HR 550 was reintroduced in February, and it currently has over 130 bipartisan cosponsors.
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=109


Congress: Enact Real Lobbying Reform Now!
http://www.workingforchange.com/activism/action.cfm?itemid=20198&afccode=n32txt


Tell Your Representative: Support Congressional Inquiry for Impeachment!
https://secure2.convio.net/pepib/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr010=w6k3up8l01.app1b&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=107


McCain Still Trying To Gag Gun Owners From Criticizing His Anti-gun Record. Fight Back
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm


If you had the option to choose channels individually (known as a la carte) instead of having to buy cable and satellite packages like you do today you could lower your monthly bills and gain more control over the programs your family watches. This a la carte system could also allow for more independent and diverse programming because it would break the hold that cable and satellite operators currently have when deciding what packages to market.

It is time to tell Congress that consumers want more channel choice!
https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=313


ADHD drugs--too much secrecy, not enough action! Tell Congress you want to know why they aren’t making drug safety a priority.
https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr010=cf0gty8i71.app7a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=691


AOL's "email tax" is the first step down a slippery slope that will harm the Internet itself. The Internet is a revolutionary force for free speech, civic organizing, and economic innovation precisely because it is open and accessible to all Internet users equally. On a free and open Internet, small ideas can become big ideas overnight. As Internet advocacy groups, charities, non-profits, businesses, civic organizing groups, and email experts, we ask you to reconsider your pay-to-send proposal and to keep the Internet free.
http://www.dearaol.com/


Help us help you determine whether the TSA told the 9th Circuit the truth. Can you fly without ID? According to what the government told the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Gilmore case, you can – you need only submit to secondary screening in order to fly anonymously. Please try doing some or all of your travel by declining to show ID and report back about what happens to you.
http://www.papersplease.org/investigation.html


AT&T and BellSouth plan to merge into a single colossus. This deal must be stopped. The merger resurrects the Ma Bell monopoly that was busted up in 1984. But it's far worse today. These companies no longer just control telephone calls. They want to become gatekeepers to all digital media -- television, telephone and Internet -- at prices that many Americans can't afford.
http://action.freepress.net/campaign/stopatt

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006
9:20 pm - ACTIVISM UPDATE 1-27-05

audiomind
Tell Congress to Include Checks and Balances in the PATRIOT Act
http://www.cdt.org/action/patriot/


On Monday, December 12, 2005, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided 13 medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego despite longstanding state law protecting patients and their providers. DEA then continued the rampage on December 20, raiding the respected Hopenet coop in San Francisco. Protest DEA's December San Diego Outrage.
http://ga0.org/campaign/deaoutrage/k7d6eerr58m6mn?


No PATRIOT ACT Without Wiretapping Investigations
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=200


Demand that Articles of Impeachment be introduced!
https://secure2.convio.net/pepib/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr006=7l7hc75fy1.app5b&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=105


When President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to spy on Americans, he violated the law, the Constitution and his oath of office. No American is beneath the law's protection. And no one -- not even a U.S. president -- is above the law's limits. Our system of checks and balances must be maintained if American democracy is to be preserved. Take action below:
https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=361&page=UserAction&s_src=aop2email&s_subsrc=spysub2&JServSessionIdr006=ssb7zm5d92.app23a


Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features.
http://tor.eff.org/


Oppose Broadcast and Audio Flags
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr006=8uj99e5b71.app8a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=205


Support DMCA Reform - Help Pass HR 1201!
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr006=zsmmoy5bc1.app6a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=115


You think the Internet will always be the great freewheeling information superhighway you've grown to love? Well, think again. Media giants want to privatize our Internet. It's your turn to tell the telecom executives what you think!
http://www.commoncause.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=1372975&action=5382&template=x.ascx


Tell Congress and the President to restore your medical privacy now! Tell them no one should be able to see or use your medical records without your knowledge and permission.
http://www.patientprivacyrights.org/site/PageServer?pagename=I_Want_My_Medical_Privacy_Petition&JServSessionIdr006=4exxl655n4.app8b

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Friday, December 23rd, 2005
5:45 pm

audiomind
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Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
11:13 pm - Activism Update 12-21-05

audiomind
Congressman John Murtha (D-PA), longtime congressional hawk, has taken a historic stand and has come out against the war in Iraq and for bringing our troops home. Support his resolution:
http://hq.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/Peaceact/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1713

Please contact your two Senators and urge them to vote against the House-Senate conference report on H.R. 3199, unless gun records are removed from the records which can be demanded under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm

When President Bush secretly authorized the National Security Agency to spy on Americans, he may have violated the Constitution and his oath of office. Use the form below to tell your senators to insist that the Department of Justice appoint a special counsel to investigate and prosecute any and all crimes committed.
https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?page=UserAction&id=347&s_src=spyfilesub01&JServSessionIdr005=pxmjw4usb1.app25a

TELL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE SPYING IN THE US WITHOUT COURT ORDER
http://www.millionphonemarch.com/fisa.htm

Thank the Senators who Stopped PATRIOT!
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=192

Tell Congress to Support Credit Card Reforms
https://secure.npsite.org/cu/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr005=r2akq3vr81.app1a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=687

Please sign this petition and demand that our troops be brought home:
http://go.care2.com/e/Hgp/dL/Lqgc

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2005
2:08 pm - Spying on Americans - A Government Pasttime?

audiomind
In response to this recent revelation.....
Bush defends illegal spying on Americans!.....i give you the means in which to respond to the madness!

Dear {Name},

I write to you as a constituent and as an American horrified to see the principles of this great country disgraced by the officials installed to uphold them.

George W. Bush and Alberto Gonzalez may believe that the law and the Constitution specifically can be disregarded when they see it fit to convenient themselves, but I do not.

Where I come from, when the people in political control of a nation choose to rewrite the laws to suit their own purposes, it is called autocracy and dictatorship.

This is completely unacceptable. It is a subversion of the principles on which the United States was founded and borders, in actual literal fact, on treason. It must be stopped and it must be punished.

As my elected official, it is your bounden duty to represent both me and the principles on which you were elected. As your constituent, I hereby charge you with the responsibility of seeing to it that these confessed criminals -- George W. Bush and Alberto Gonzalez -- are brought to justice.

Do not let posterity find that you shrank from the task of doing what is right. Do not let the world watch you sit inactive in the face of crisis, like someone whose loyalties have been bought. The world is watching and the American people are waiting. The integrity of the law is in your hands.

Sincerely Yours,

[Name and Address]



Feel free to use this letter as the basis for your own, if you like.

You know where to find the names of your elected officials, right? http://www.firstgov.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Repetition doesn't hurt.

If you don't agree that Bush and Gonzalez are doing something very very wrong, and that their wrongdoing doesn't deserves serious redress, I want to hear about it because I need to put a foot in your azz!

current mood: nauseated

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Sunday, December 4th, 2005
9:28 pm - Operation Home for the Holidays

weresolipsists
Hi! I'm writing to let you know about a little anti-war performance I did
with my family over Thanksgiving weekend. I heard about this lady on the
radio doing it (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5021524)
and we copied it.

We took toy soldiers and put a label on them that says "bring me home from
Iraq for the holidays" and we placed them all over stores -- in Best Buy and
the supermarket - and then customers or employees find them on top of
granola bars or iPods, etc.

The idea is to confront consumers for a brief moment -- to ask them to think
about Bush's approach (failure!) and what they're going to do about it. It
also offers an encouragement to other activists, citizens of conscience, and
military families, in that someone is doing something to bring soldiers
home!

So, it's extremely easy (and relatively cheap) to do! Look for toy soldiers
at your local dollar, toy, or department store, glue them on to some paper,
and write/print "Bring Me Home from Iraq for the Holidays," then walk around
stores and leave them (in)conspicuously on shelves!

We're psyched, we wanna get it in blogs and news media and work a snowball
effect and have this protest-performance-action sweep the nation, and be the
next Cindy Sheehan anti-war strategy.

I've started a blog to keep track of where these are popping up. Please
send in pictures of actions you've done (or seen):
http://homefortheholidaysaction.blogspot.com/.

in peace & solidarity,
"Femme Egale"

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Friday, November 11th, 2005
4:40 pm - News Roundup 11-11-2002 + ACTION Items

audiomind
Please accept my apologies for such a long post today....a rare novelty.
This list includes items covered in the past few weeks, so this will be a rare occurence.

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Democrats on Wednesday managed to defeat a bill aimed at amending U.S. election laws to immunize bloggers from hundreds of pages of federal regulations.
http://news.com.com/Democrats+defeat+election-law+aid+for+bloggers/2100-1028_3-5929587.html?part=rss&tag=5929587&subj=news

In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that peyote -- the only legal hallucinogenic drug in the United States -- doesn't rob regular users of brain power over time. While the findings don't directly indicate anything about the safety of psychedelic drugs like LSD and mushrooms, they do suggest that at least one hallucinogen is OK to use for months or even years.
http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,69477,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA
http://nightweed.com/usavotefacts.html

Fox News Laughs at Male Victims of Domestic Violence
http://www.mensactivism.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/05/1623258&mode=threaded

FBI mines records of ordinary Americans
Under Patriot Act, feds probe lives of residents not alleged to be terrorists
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9939709/

Seceding seldom succeeds, but Vermonters try……. And its keynote - that separating from the United States is a just remedy for the federal government's trampling of state sovereignty - is echoing beyond the snow-capped Green Mountains.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1108/p01s04-uspo.html?s=hns

US Forces 'Used Chemical Weapons' during Assault on City of Fallujah
[video]
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/110805Z.shtml

A Senate panel set a deadline of April 7, 2009 to require television stations to switch to all-digital broadcasts, and requiring that the airwaves be returned to the government.
http://update.techweb.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/erTu0GTTVw0G4V0DoGY0EI

Lax oversight by federal regulators has helped waste millions of dollars in a government program that aims to connect schools and libraries to the Internet, according to a congressional investigation.
http://update.techweb.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/erTu0GTTVw0G4V0DoGb0ER

A Florida court will hear arguments on Friday in a case where the accuracy of a breathalyser is being scrutinised because the manufacturer has refused to release the source code.
http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/2144253/florida-court-friday-hear

Microsoft has claimed the cost of software is not an important issue in the developing world.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/0,39020330,39231004,00.htm

In politics, no one is winning
Democrats aren't gaining the public support Republicans are losing.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1021/p09s01-cods.html?s=hns

Pentagon Purchases: Millions in Markups
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102405O.shtml

FBI infractions since 9/11 raise civil liberty concerns
Newly released documents point to hundreds of possible violations of
the laws governing surveillance. By Peter Grier
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1026/p03s01-uspo.html?s=hns

Surviellance State USA
http://www.motherjones.com/news/exhibit/2005/11/the_watched.html

The FBI has conducted clandestine surveillance on some U.S. residents for as long as 18 months at a time without proper paperwork or oversight, according to previously classified documents to be released today.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/23/AR2005102301352.html

The State Department has mandated that all U.S. passports issued
after October 2006 will have embedded RFID chips that carry the
holder's personal data and digital photo.
http://update.techweb.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/eraw0GTTVw0G4W0Do4u0Eh

Complete review of Spychips can be read at CIOInsight:
http://www.cioinsight.com/article2/0,1540,1875343,00.asp

15,220 Live with the Wounds of War
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102705G.shtml

A CIA report casts new doubt on links between Iraq and al Qaeda
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102705J.shtml

The Central Intelligence Agency has asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation to determine the source of a Washington Post article that said the agency had set up a covert prison network in Eastern Europe and other countries to hold important terrorism suspects, government officials said on Tuesday. More instances of disregarding the ‘free press’.
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/09/politics/09inquire.html

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Meaningful Eminent Domain Reform, Legislation Now Heads to Senate
http://www.castlecoalition.org/media/legislation/11_03_05pr.shtml

An internal Wal-Mart memo about screening out unhealthy job applicants
raises the question of discrimination.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1104/p08s02-comv.html?s=hns

Virginia Firm Pleads in Oil-For-Food Scandal http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/102005F.shtml

The Fallen Legion: Casualties of the Bush Administration
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/101405P.shtml

The tougher terms now facing the bankrupt
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/1017/p01s02-usec.html?s=hns

Most scientific papers are probably wrong
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7915

Easley's Legacy: Taxes and Secrecy
http://www.carolinajournal.com/articles/display_story.html?id=2861

This is an interview with Tony Bove, author of the upcoming book, "Just Say No to Microsoft". With this book Bove intends to help readers rid Microsoft from their life- this is easier said that done, but it is certainly possible. The book goes on to list alternatives to the Microsoft programs on which people have become dependent and probably think they cannot give up.
http://www.xyzcomputing.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=453&Itemid=26

In what would be the largest project of its kind, the Missouri Department of Transportation is finalizing a contract to monitor thousands of cell phones, using their movements to map real-time traffic conditions statewide on all 5,500 miles of major roads. It's just one of a number of initiatives to more intelligently manage traffic flow through wireless data collection. Officials say there's no Big Brother agenda in the Missouri project, but we've heard that one before.
http://www.wired.com/news/wireless/0,1382,69227,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

PBS' "BREAKING THE SILENCE" = Pure Lies and Propaganda
http://www.americandaily.com/article/9744

Wal-Mart Turns in Student's Anti-Bush Photo, Secret Service Investigates Him
http://progressive.org/mag_mc100405

Consumers may be able to leave their wallets behind in the near future, but security and privacy experts worry that pay-by-fingerprint schemes could lead to hard-to-combat identity fraud and greater threats to civil rights.
http://www.securityfocus.com/news/11339

A federally funded group of voting technology experts call on the United States' Election Assistance Commission to revamp its process for evaluating the security of election systems.
http://www.securityfocus.com/news/11336

Breaking the Science: Misleading Stories from PBS
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1504936/posts

The Fathers' War
They serve their country and lose their children.
http://www.amconmag.com/2005/2005_10_24/article2.html

Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories, airing on PBS affiliates throughout the country on Thursday, October 20, is a direct assault on fatherhood. The film portrays fathers as batterers and child molesters who steal children from their mothers. Breaking the Silence aims to reverse the minimal, hard-won gains shared parenting advocates have made in protecting children's right to have both parents in their lives after divorce or separation. The film is extremely one-sided, and presents a harmful and inaccurate view of divorce and child custody cases.
http://www.glennsacks.com/pbs/

A recent government order mandating that voice over internet protocol services must include the same government-approved wiretapping capabilities as traditional phone companies threatens to cripple peer-to-peer telephone innovation, according to new warnings from civil liberties groups and an internet telephony pioneer.
http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,69277,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

TheAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science recently conducted a survey on the effect of patenting on the sciences. The results are frightening: 1/5th or more of all research projects in the United States are being chilled by patent holders. The sheer amount of research being canceled because of licensing issues is astounding, but at the same time many of these researchers hold their own patents and therefore contribute to the problem."
http://righttocreate.blogspot.com/2005/11/patents-chilling-science.html

Recent events prove the extent to which lawmakers will go to protect corporate welfare.
http://www.carolinajournal.com/articles/display_story.html?id=2923


TECHNOLOGY:

Grokster Downloading Service to Shut Down
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051107/ap_on_hi_te/downloading_music

Sony BMG Music Entertainment has been targeted in a class-action lawsuit in California by consumers claiming their computers have been harmed by anti-piracy software on some the record company's CDs.
http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,69541,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

CDs that Contain Sony’s DRM Spyware:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004144.php
http://slashdot.org/~xtracto/journal/121088

Virus writers have begun taking advantage of Sony-BMG's use of rootkit technology in DRM software bundled with its music CDs.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/10/sony_drm_trojan/

Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents
http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=542.

Why Software Patents Are Like Smoking
http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20051025165105685

Support the Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c109:1:./temp/~c109mnLPZK::


ACTIVISM ITEMS:

Tell Congress and the President to restore your medical privacy now! Tell them no one should be able to see or use your medical records without your knowledge and permission.
http://www.patientprivacyrights.org

Stop the MPAA and RIAA's Horror Triple Bill!
https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr001=0maeovjv11.app2a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=181

Act Today To Reveal The White House Lies That Led Us to War
http://hq.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/Peaceact/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=1484

You should be highly concerned that the Department of Homeland Security is considering requiring a computer chip to be placed in my drivers' license. Send an urgent message to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that you oppose any new federal standards that would significantly increase the cost of your
state-issued drivers' license and jeopardize your personal privacy.
https://secure2.convio.net/cagw/site/Advocacy?JServSessionIdr001=d316l4hc02.app20a&cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=312

President Bush: No Pardons for Treason
There is no graver crime than to mislead a country into war, and then lie to cover it up.
http://www.workingforchange.com/activism/petition.cfm?itemid=19799&ms=n05txt

An atrocious new bill sponsored by Rep. Mark Souder -- one of the worst and most irresponsible drug warriors in the US Congress -- would impose long mandatory minimum sentences on low-level, nonviolent methamphetamine offenders.
Stop This Harsh and Unnecessary Bill
http://ga0.org/campaign/methbill/k7d6ee405inbtk?


……….AND JUST FOR FUN!


On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets:
An Empirical Study
http://people.csail.mit.edu/rahimi/helmet/

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
12:40 pm - 20 Facts About Voting in the USA

audiomind
1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diebold



2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.
http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0916-04.htm

http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html



3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/private_company.html

http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html



4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/28/sunday/main632436.shtml

http://www.wishtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=1647886



5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2004/03/03_200.html

http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/031004Fitrakis/031004fitrakis.html



6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.
http://www.blackboxvoting.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=26

http://www.hillnews.com/news/012903/hagel.aspx

http://www.onlisareinsradar.com/archives/000896.php



7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice-presidential candidates.
http://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_28/b3689130.htm

http://theindependent.com/stories/052700/new_hagel27.html



8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.
http://www.essvote.com/HTML/about/about.html

http://www.onlinejournal.com/evoting/042804Landes/042804landes.html



9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0225-05.htm

http://www.itworld.com/Tech/2987/041020evotestates/pfindex.html



10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0225-05.htm

http://www.diebold.com/solutions/default.htm



11. Diebold is based in Ohio.
http://www.diebold.com/aboutus/ataglance/default.htm



12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as consultants and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states.
http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,61640,00.html

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/10/301469.shtml



13. Jeff Dean was Senior Vice-President of Global Election Systems when it was bought by Diebold. Even though he had been convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree, Jeff Dean was retained as a consultant by Diebold and was largely responsible for programming the optical scanning software now used in most of the United States.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0312/S00191.htm
http://www.chuckherrin.com/HackthevoteFAQ.htm#how

http://www.blackboxvoting.org/bbv_chapter-8.pdf



14. Diebold consultant Jeff Dean was convicted of planting back doors in his software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection over a period of 2 years.
http://www.chuckherrin.com/HackthevoteFAQ.htm#how

http://www.blackboxvoting.org/bbv_chapter-8.pdf



15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.
http://www.globalexchange.org/update/press/2638.html

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/10/26/loc_elexoh.html



16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it! (See the movie here: http://blackboxvoting.org/baxter/baxterVPR.mov.)
http://wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,63298,00.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4874190



17. 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines with no paper trail.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/07/28/sunday/main632436.shtml



18. All -- not some -- but all the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.
http://www.wired.com/news/evote/0,2645,65757,00.html

http://www.yuricareport.com/ElectionAftermath04/ThreeResearchStudiesBushIsOut.htm

http://www.rise4news.net/extravotes.html

http://www.ilcaonline.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=950

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0411/S00227.htm



19. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the President's brother.
http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/local/7628725.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10544-2004Oct29.html



20. Serious voting anomalies in Florida -- again always favoring Bush -- have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending further investigation.
http://www.yuricareport.com/ElectionAftermath04/ThreeResearchStudiesBushIsOut.htm

http://www.computerworld.com/governmenttopics/government/policy/story/0,10801,97614,00.html

http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/tens_of_thousands.html

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1106-30.htm

http://www.consortiumnews.com/2004/110904.html

http://uscountvotes.org/

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Friday, November 4th, 2005
5:09 pm - News Round-Up 11-4-05

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AAAS Backs Groups’ Copyright Move Against Kansas School Board
http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2005/1027kansas.shtml

"If there were any delusions that Ma Bell [ie, Corporate Mergers = Higher Prices and Less Competition] Wasn't Back, SBC CEO Edward Witacre has cleared that up in an interview with Business Week Online. When asked about Google, Vonage and other Internet Upstarts he responded in typical Ma Bell Style: 'How do you think they're going to get to customers? Through a broadband pipe. Cable companies have them. We have them. Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain't going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it. So there's going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they're using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes?'."
http://www.businessweek.com/@@n34h*IUQu7KtOwgA/magazine/content/05_45/b3958092.htm

SysInternals.com guru Mark Russinovich has a detailed investigation of a [illegal] rootkit install from Sony Music. It's installed with a DRM-encumbered music CD, Van Zant's "Get Right with the Man". (Mmmm, delicious irony!) The rootkit introduces several security holes into the system that could be exploited by others, such as hiding any executable file that starts with '$sys$'. Russinovich also identifies several programming bugs in the method it uses to hook system calls, and chronicles the painful steps he had to take to 'exorcise the demon' from his system." If this isn’t a direct cause and reason for a mass class action lawsuit against Sony, I don’t know what is!
http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/2005/10/sony-rootkits-and-digital-rights.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rootkit

A lot of media outlets are now scrutinizing some of the lies told by the Bush administration before the invasion of Iraq. Norman Solomon writes that the same news organizations are bypassing their own key roles in the marketing of those lies. A case in point is the New York Times.
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/103105M.shtml

Our Greatest Criminals Are Never Charged With Their Greatest Crimes
http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1597

Debate rages on use of cervical cancer vaccine
While almost 100% effective, some contend use condones teen sex
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/10/31/MNG2LFGJFT1.DTL#story

With camera and network surveillance now commonplace, and database abuse continuing to appear, how do we balance security along with its huge increase in abuses?
http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/366

BIG OIL rakes in the profits
http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/bigoilrakesinhistoricprofits

Top 10 List of Police Database Abuses
http://www.g4tv.com/techtvvault/features/38190/Top_10_List_of_Police_Database_Abuses.html

Free Web-based Virus Scanner Sends Your Data To Microsoft
Microsoft's virus scanner transmits information about the PC and its applications to Microsoft.
http://update.techweb.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/erme0GTTVw0G4T0DqlM0Gs

Sony Issues Patch As Hackers Pounce On Rootkit
Sony posts a patch that reveals files previously hidden by a rootkit.
But that may be closing the barn door after the horses have bolted.
http://update.techweb.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/erme0GTTVw0G4T0DqlJ0Gp

Sony's response to critics of its sneaky CD copy-protection scheme misses the point. The problem isn't that the Sony program could aid electronic trespassers, but that the company itself has trespassed.
http://www.wired.com/news/rants/0,2350,69467,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

Fatal Flaw Weakens RFID Passports
http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,69453,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

The Art of Privacy Invasion
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,69445,00.html?tw=newsletter_topstories_html

Bank Distributes Millions of Contactless Credit Cards Chase Bank is delivering contactless credit cards to more than 2 million people in New York City and surrounding areas.
http://update.techweb.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/erkw0GTTVw0G4W0DqPD0Ga

For Pro-RFID Campaign Companies trying to influence public opinion once shelled out big bucks for full-page ads in major newspapers. Today they may be as likely to spend those dollars on sponsored links on Google.
http://update.techweb.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/erkw0GTTVw0G4W0DqPN0Gk

Security-spooked Users Slam Sony CD On Amazon
Customers have used Amazon.com's review feature to slam a Sony CD implicated in a security and copy-protection brouhaha.
http://update.techweb.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/ern80GTTVw0G4V0DquG0GF

Green Welling is investigating Sony BMG over its latest copy-protection scheme. It is alleged that copy-protected Sony BMG audio CDs released after January 1, 2005 contain unlawful, unauthorized and potentially damaging software that is not disclosed to the consumer when the disc is inserted in a Microsoft Windows-based personal computer. Furthermore, the software can not be un-installed or removed by the end user without considerable time, expense and expertise. Customers who purchased a copy-protected Sony BMG audio CD and used it on their Windows PC before October 31, 2005 are encouraged to contact:
http://www.classcounsel.com./contact.html

Sony DRM is worse than you might think
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=27426

What Judy Forgot: Your Right to Know
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-scheer1nov01,0,4591035.column?coll=la-util-op-ed

Copyright protects authors but doesn't hurt any honest person. Patents, in contrast, are 20-year monopolies that the government grants on broad and general ideas. Patents are potential weapons against all of us. The more sophisticated amoung us see the issue of software patents as one of the artificial creation of monopolies and the unneccessary restriction of freedom. Fight Against It Here:
http://www.nosoftwarepatents.com/en/m/ev50/vote.html
http://www.ev50.com/poll

current mood: ouch

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Thursday, October 20th, 2005
11:01 am - PBS has Been Compromised

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Breaking the Science: Misleading Stories from PBS
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1504936/posts

Breaking the Science: Misleading Stories from PBS

Beginning October 20th, PBS stations around the nation will air a film entitled "Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories". Although protecting helpless victims from brutal abusers is a noble undertaking, distorting the facts to libel an entire class of people is not.

The Strategy For Passing Unjust Laws This film seems to be the first step in a pattern that's been played out many times in the past few decades:

Determine what conclusions a study would need to reach in order to stampede legislators into passing the laws you want passed. Conduct studies that are carefully designed ignore any inconvenient facts. Popular techniques in this step include: 1) using self-selected rather than randomized population samples, 2) taking care not to ask any questions that might elicit undesired answers, and 3) neglecting to report any results at all from any questions whose answers contradict your thesis. Publicize these studies as if they were impartial research, by planting newspaper stories, publishing in journals whose referees are as biased as the studies' authors, getting corporations to fund advertising that masquerades as a "documentary", etc. Use yellow journalism to scare the public into demanding that legislators pass a law to fix the nonexistent problem.

In the early 1990s, the American Association of University Women had great success using such strategies. They began by issuing a report entitled "How Schools Shortchange Girls". Diane Ravitch, former Director of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement, calls the AAUW report "bizarre" for reporting that girls' educational achievement was lagging behind boys at exactly the time that girls had just overtaken boys in almost every area. http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-4/boys1.html But it doesn't seem bizarre at all if you assume that AAUW's goal was not to conduct honest research, but rather to drive public policy, sure in the knowledge that journalists wouldn't have the expertise to challenge their conclusions, and that they could get laws enacted to address their fabricated problem quicker than honest researchers could analyze how they'd manipulated their research to come to such a "bizarre" conclusion. And that's exactly what happened. Laws enacted as a result of the AAUW hype resulted in inequitable allocation of resources to programs for girls only. By pitting our daughters against our sons in this way, they denied a generation of boys the opportunity to overcome their deficits.

"Breaking the Silence" seems to be the publicity and hype phase of an even more insidious campaign. The goal this time appears to be stampeding legislators into passing laws that will have the effect of preventing courts from granting any form of custody (legal or physical, shared or sole) to any father over any mother's objection.

The Program's Claims The hour-long program makes some astonishing claims. George Washington University Law Professor Joan Meier says that in "75% of cases in which fathers contest custody, fathers have a history of being batterers". In her worldview, if a father seeks a relationship with his children in family court, that in itself is tantamount to proof that he's a batterer.

A copy of the "Guest Editor's Introduction" to the August, 2005 issue of the journal "Violence Against Women" was distributed at the prescreening. The film's press release (http://www.cptv.org/pdf/BTS_pressrelease.pdf) repeats that article's allegation that Parental Alienation Syndrome has been "discredited by the American Psychological Association," and Meier echoes that in the film, asserting that scientists have declared PAS "junk science". The film also claims that in family court cases where mothers allege battery, fathers are given custody two-thirds of the time.

What the Filmmakers Don't Want You to Notice Analysis of the claims made in the "Violence Against Women" journal indicates that this research, on which much of the content of this film is based, fails to distinguish between allegations and actual abuse, and instead blindly assumes all allegations to be true. (See http://www.familytx.org/research/articles/PAS/pas_rebuttal.html)

A documentary filmmaker has a responsibility to present an issue in an accurate and balanced fashion. In this case, filmmakers Catherine Tatge and Domenique Lasseur provided a soapbox for a number of very angry women and their children to make some very serious accusations. The closing frame of the film says that only one accused father declined to be interviewed. So where were all the other accused fathers who didn't decline?

Michael McCormick, director of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, reports that filmmaker Domenic Lasseur called him last spring to arrange to interview an ACFC spokesperson so the documentary would have some balance. But Lasseur later cancelled the interview. That, plus the absence of any other spokesperson to provide balance, suggests that he or someone above him decided that fairness and balance were unnecessary.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data on child abuse shows that over twice as many children are battered by their mothers (40.8%) as by their fathers (18.8%), excluding cases in which both parents are abusive (16.9%) (See http://faq.acf.hhs.gov/cgi-bin/acfrightnow.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=70&p_created=1001611491). Likewise the number of children killed by their mothers without the father's involvement is double the number killed by their fathers without the mother's involvement (See http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cb/publications/cm03/figure4_2.htm). Yet the filmmakers mislead viewers by interviewing only children victimized by fathers and denying children victimized by their mothers the opportunity to tell their stories.

Even the title "Breaking the Silence" is disingenuous. A Google search for "domestic violence" turns up 36.8 MILLION documents. This is "silence" like "War is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength".

Filmmakers Tatge and Lasseur use a small handful of cases to create the illusion of a pervasive problem of family court discrimination against women and children domestic violence victims. With a U.S. population of 297 million, it's possible to cherrypick a small non-representative sample to prove nearly anything.

Misleading the Public About Scientists Opinions on Parental Alienation Syndrome The film's central thesis, that Parental Alienation Syndrome is "junk science" that has been discredited by the American Psychological Association, is itself misleading. Although it's true that Temple University psychiatry professor Paul Fink called PAS "junk science" in a July 1, 2003 Newsday interview (http://www.ipce.info/library_3/files/pasyndrome.htm), he explained, "There are lots of people who alienate their partners during a divorce. But it is not a syndrome, a disease or a disorder." So the claim that PAS is "junk science" doesn't mean it never happens; it just means it's not a recognized mental illness. Without Fink's full explanation, most people would assume that calling PAS "junk science" means the phenomenon doesn't happen. Dispelling that misimpression would undermine the filmmakers' point, so the fact that they don't provide the full explanation is worth noting.

The claim that PAS has been discredited by the APA is based on a single sentence from the APA's 1996 report on violence and the family, which simply says there are no data to support PAS.

The Association of Women Psychiatrists (a professional group unaffiliated with the APA) takes PAS seriously enough that their Fall 2003 newsletter printed an article asserting "The Denial and/or Discrediting of the Parental Alienation Syndrome Harms Women" (http://www.womenpsych.org/news/NewsFall2003.pdf).

And apparently even the APA does not consider their 1996 report to be the final word. At the 2002 APA conference, PAS was considered important enough for them to offer a seminar worth seven Continuing Education credits, in which they explained what Parental Alienation Syndrome is and taught custody evaluators to identify when PAS does and does not occur. (http://www.apa.org/ce/workshopssat.html)

If the Film's Agenda Becomes Law, Kids Will Pay the Price "Research" that fails to distinguish between accusations of abuse and actual abuse is unworthy of the name "research". Using such a trick to conclude that nearly all fathers who contest custody are batterers, amounts to libel against all fathers who love their children enough to fight for their welfare.

Those who play this ugly little game in order to stampede politicians into passing ill-considered laws that will make it virtually impossible for any father to ever be granted custody, show a callous disregard for the welfare of two-thirds of abused children - those children abused by their mothers.

Finally, PBS's own Code of Ethics (http://www.cpb.org/aboutcpb/cpbethicsguide.pdf) requires them to "avoid any conduct that might result in the loss of public confidence in CPB's programs ... or might reasonably give the appearance of ... the compromise or loss of complete impartiality of judgment and action." Allowing a speaker to assert that trying to maintain a relationship with your children means you've probably battered your wife, and not including any speaker to point out the hatefulness of that statement, certainly gives the appearance of a complete loss impartiality.

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Friday, October 14th, 2005
4:09 pm - ACTIVISM UPDATE 10-14-05

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Take a minute NOW to contact your members of Congress and tell them you strongly oppose a recent Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) proposal that would hobble new digital radios with anti-recording devices. This RIAA proposal is aimed at private, noncommercial home users like you. It will limit your rights to copy inside your home and to play music on other devices that you already own.
http://capwiz.com/hrrc/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=8060541

('59 CITIES NOW SAY "BRING THE TROOPS HOME!" Click here to add your city to this growing campaign!')
http://www.citiesforprogress.org

The Bush administration official in charge of making sure America is ready for a flu pandemic is a crony with no experience related to his job. Stewart Simonson is Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—the Bush administration’s point man for a flu pandemic.
http://political.moveon.org/flupandemic/?id=6115-3995217-m.9FSJHVBbti86vtjTJhcg&t=2

Congress is debating how to pay for hurricane relief efforts. Cutting funding for the failed war on drugs is on the table. Contact your members of Congress and tell them to cut wasteful drug war spending.
http://actioncenter.drugpolicy.org/action/index.asp?step=2&item=28232&MS=KatrinaRelief-101105-aa

On September 30, an official investigation found the White House violated the law when Bush administration officials used taxpayer funds to create "covert propaganda" and force the president's political agenda on an unsuspecting public.
Send a letter to Congress and the Justice Department and urge them to follow up the investigation with enforcement of the law.
http://www.freepress.net/action/stopprop

Tell friends and family about this intrusive section of No Child Left Behind and give them the tools they need to protect their kids' privacy from military recruiters.
http://www.leavemychildalone.org/index.cfm?event=tellAFriend&tcid=1?mktcode=09265

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Friday, July 22nd, 2005
8:42 am - The Truth about Ecstasy

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Ecstasy Rising [anyone remember this story on ABC a while back? they pulled the original from their site, etc, bc of government pressure]
http://www.maps.org/avarchive/er/

From the ABC press release:
The rise of Ecstasy is a major event in drug history. If current trends continue, 1.8 million Americans will try Ecstasy for the first time in 2004; only marijuana will attract more new users. Overwhelming, positive word of mouth has made Ecstasy a nightmare for drug controllers. On a special edition of 'Primetime Thursday' Peter Jennings tells the epic story of Ecstasy that has never been heard.

To halt its spread, the U.S. Government has spent millions of dollars making a dramatic case against Ecstasy as a dangerous drug. The headline of this campaign has been that Ecstasy causes massive brain damage.

But this is a claim based on flawed science, and many Ecstasy users now feel their government has no credibility. What do we know about the real risks of Ecstasy? Has the government been its own worst enemy in the fight to stop the drug's use? Peter Jennings Reporting: 'Ecstasy Rising' takes viewers through the seminal events in this story and introduces all the major players -- from Alexander Shulgin, the famous chemist who was the first person to report the effects of Ecstasy, to Michael Clegg, the Dallas businessman who gave Ecstasy its name and turned it into a recreational drug, to the drug enforcement officer who led the fight to make Ecstasy illegal, to the DJ who brought Rave to America. This special tells the definitive story of how an obscure compound, discovered in 1912 and all but forgotten for over 60 years, became the drug of choice for a generation.

http://www.maps.org/avarchive/er/abcnews.zip
http://www.maps.org/avarchive/er/larryking.zip


!Thanks LostAngel!

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