OPERATION: Fax Big Brother
Despite repeated public outcry against CISA/CISPA, Congress just won't let it die! The argument is that spying on the American citizenry's Internet activity, gathering and going through your private information, will keep the nation safer - but, according to security experts, that's just not true. Moreover, we've seen time and again that the NSA, the FBI, and other intelligence-gathering agencies will take and abuse such powers for domestic surveillance rather than cybersecurity. Do you remember how hard we fought to let Section 215 of the Patriot Act die? CISA is how intelligence agencies plan to get those broad powers back, so they can continue to spy on the American people.
Congress isn't listening to our emails and online petitions; Congress isn't listening to technologists and security experts, either. Maybe the problem is that they don't understand our newfangled contraptions - so let's use older technology. Let's fax them letters, explaining how much we value our privacy, and how wrong it is to ignore the American people's demand that we not be spied on by our own government! Intelligence agencies need to work on actually safeguarding our nation - not undermining our freedoms. Join OPERATION: Fax Big Brother!
Related: Just the fax: internet activists go analog to fight Congress on cybersecurity bill
- Libraries, Books, Writers, & Suchlike
- Solving the hard problem of patron privacy in digital libraries "As librarians, we have a duty and an opportunity to keep citizens informed and protected. Our loss of autonomy as independent institutions, each off doing their own thing and reinventing the wheel, is a good thing. By advocating for responsible policy development and practicing patron-based data curation, library privacy will not go the way of the card catalog."
- EveryLibrary to Launch “The Political Librarian”
- California town launches toy-lending program at libraries
- Eat Up! 5 Public Libraries' Successful Summer Meals Programs
- Net & Tech & Science & Health (They're all so tied up now, I'm just going to lump them together from now on.)
- Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text
- Windows 10 release week: what to expect and how to download
- Apple, Microsoft, Google and other US firms to commit $140bn to address climate change
- FDA Examines Whether MRI Drugs Accumulate in Brain Tissue That can't be good...
- Is There Really A 2 Billion-Year-Old Nuclear Reactor In Africa?
- Japan Is Turning Its Disused Golf Courses Into Solar Power Fields
- Campus Suicide and the Pressure of Perfection "Nationally, the suicide rate among 15- to 24-year-olds has increased modestly but steadily since 2007: from 9.6 deaths per 100,000 to 11.1, in 2013 (the latest year available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). But a survey of college counseling centers has found that more than half their clients have severe psychological problems, an increase of 13 percent in just two years. Anxiety and depression, in that order, are now the most common mental health diagnoses among college students, according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State."
- Bernie Sanders (He gets his own section today!)
- One Chart Shows Just How Impressive Bernie Sanders' Massive Crowds Really Are Wow! Sanders is definitely in the lead! The only one to tie him was Cruz, but keep in mind, "[...] the audience for the launch of Sen. Ted Cruz' (R-Texas) announcement at Liberty University was compelled by officials to attend the Texas senator's speech, which was given as part of the school's weekly mandatory convocation gathering."
- Speaking of Bernie - Bernie Sanders talks income inequality, race relations before 4,500 at Kenner rally If you missed the rally or won't be able to make any of them - or if you're just curious what everyone's talking about - you can watch him speak in Kenner (warning: the sound is spotty in parts) or, if you don't have an hour, watch Bernie Sanders outline a progressive agenda for America in just over five minutes! Like I've said before, I don't agree with him on everything, but I like his integrity, and I think he'd lead this country in the direction it needs to go. Let's do it!
- Bobby Jindal Calls for States to Follow Louisiana’s Example in Toughening Gun Laws Wait, what?? Jindal wrong about law he says would have stopped Houser from buying gun "The problem is that this law contains a massive loophole — the private-gun-sale exemption. The law certainly makes it a crime for someone like Houser to own the gun. But it would not have stopped him from buying a weapon at a gun show or from another private seller because there is no background check required in such cases. Jindal is also wrong about gun sales being automatically reported to the federal gun database. Private gun sales are not covered by this law."
- Satellites track missing slave fishing boats on secret journey from Indonesia to Papua New Guinea Related: 'Sea Slaves': The Human Misery That Feeds Pets and Livestock
- Fishermen stepping in to save migrants stranded in the Mediterranean
- THAI to end US, Rome flights
- Other (Serious Stuff)