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SOPA's a POS

If you haven't already contacted your congress-critter about SOPA, the so-called Stop Online Piracy Act, please do. This awful bill has the potential to destroy everything that's good about the internet.

Freeform Rant

The Matrix - Trinity

I’m going to start ranting. For the past several years I’ve mostly used my twitter account for disseminating information. How about my opinion? 

HBGary vs. Anonymous: The Ethics of Outsourced Espionage against Public Citizens

Anonymous

I'm very concerned about the corporate malfeasance and possible government complicity revealed in the 75,000+ leaked #HBGary emails. First of all, I have to say it's rather pathetic that these guys considered themselves an elite private security company, when they had such poor practices securing their own website and servers, and couldn't even restrain their own executive from vigorously prodding a ginormous hacking collective.

Civilization 2.0

Technology of the Pyramids

It’s been about fifteen years since the Internet really started infiltrating human society and look how far we’ve come. Today will live on in the memories of many around the world forever: some two million Egyptians crowded into Tahrir Square to voice their strong opposition to a dictatorial regime. This inevitable day comes after a dark 30 year era of brutal repression and a people silenced by fear. What took away the hesitation of the Egyptian people to speak out against their deplorable conditions?

Bridge Across the Chasm

I know so many Democrats who’ve really lost ‘faith’ in their party. The problem is that politics now is all about campaigning, and not so much about policy. People’s attention spans are quite short and they’ve already forgotten that Bush and the Republicans caused the great mess; all they see is the constant bombardment of the corporate media. However, Democrats are not helping themselves by caving at the slightest Republican (or corporate) pressure to weaken extremely necessary legislation.

The Light Brown Apple Moth, Aerial Spraying, and You

Light brown apple moth

For the past few weeks, the SF Bay Area news venues have erupted in talk about proposed aerial spraying of a pheromone product over large swaths of our urban communities in order to combat the spread of an agricultural pest, the light brown apple moth. I had never heard of this insect or known anything about previous sprayings in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties until after reading up on the subject. Now it’s time to educate my internet brethren about the facts surrounding this issue and resultant controversy.

I don't need a candidate to hope for me, I need one to fight for me.

After 8 years of Bush’s destruction of America and Congress’s complicity in ripping up the Constitution, what keeps me up at night is not whether a Democrat knows how to compromise. After reading up on the campaign contributions and policy positions of our leading Democratic contenders, I’m losing sleep over the fact that Barack Obama has received the 2nd highest level of contributions from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, his healthcare coverage plan is receiving pretty low marks, and he has a somewhat mixed history with energy industries. The two biggest fears I have for the world my future child will reside in are 1) that we will have unstoppable global warming, and 2) that we will not have access to decent health care. And on these two fronts, Barack Obama is, so far, not really fighting that hard for us.

Save the Polar Bears!

Polar bear cubs standing behind their mother

Today Al Gore jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless work to bring the issue of global warming to skeptical audiences and provide much-needed leadership. Greenpeace has been campaigning to save the polar bear, which is highly threatened by the loss of artic ice caused by global warming:

According to the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, a study conducted on behalf of the Arctic Council, polar bears “are unlikely to survive as a species if there is an almost complete loss of summer sea-ice cover, which is projected to occur before the end of this century by some climate models.”

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and I expect you all to celebrate accordingly. Nothing like a good pirate beating to lift morale!

Why A Former Nader Voter Supports John Edwards for President

Ralph Nader shaking hands

I admit it, I was a Nader Voter. Throughout the Bush-Gore race I was highly disillusioned with our “two” party system because the politicians were obviously not working for the good of people, instead choosing to pander to the same corporate interests who had paid them off with wads and wads of “free speech”. The argument was that both parties had been completely corrupted to the point of no return, and were essentially two sides of the same coin.

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