Right now, the U.S. Congress is sneaking in a new law that gives them big brother spy powers over the entire web — and they’re hoping the world won’t notice. We helped stop their Net attack last time, let’s do it again.
Over 100 Members of Congress are backing a bill (CISPA) that would give private companies and the US government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the US Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom. But we helped beat SOPA, and PIPA — and now we can beat this new Big Brother law.
Our global outcry has played a leading role in protecting the Internet from governments eager to monitor and control what we do online. Let’s stand together once again — and beat this law for good. Sign the petition then forward to everyone who uses the Internet! [Click]
Or contact your representatives through EFF.
American taxpayers are getting their wish to have birthers forced to pay for their frivolous delusions. In Brooklyn, Judge Arthur Schack condemned birther Christopher Earl Strunk to pay $177,000 for wasting the court’s time with his ‘frivolous’ lawsuit, New York Daily News reported Wednesday.
The judge didn’t spare any feelings, calling Schack’s suit ’fanciful’ and ‘delusional.’
“If the complaint in this action was a movie script, it would be entitled ‘The Manchurian Candidate Meets the Da Vinci Code,’” wrote Schack.
Strunk’s suit, which he filed in order to have President Barack Obama removed from the 2012 ballot, was based on his paranoid delusion that a “massive conspiracy to defraud American voters was perpetrated by hundreds of individuals, at the behest of the Roman Catholic Church and especially the Jesuits.”
Oh, yes. The Roman Catholic Church ordered Obama to be President and hid his real birth certificate from American voters. You can tell by the way they pushed Mitt Romney in 2012. What a ruse!
Strunk has filed over 20 lawsuits naming various governmental agencies as the defendant (he also included the New York Province of the Society of Jesus in one suit), furthering the notion that birthers don’t mind wasting taxpayer money on their delusions — it’s just feeding the poor that they find so morally objectionable.
The head of the Alabama Democratic Party got so sick of the Birther nonsense that he threatened that he might start to demanding legal fees after he wrapped up one case only to be sued again within two hours for the exact same birther claim.
They have the right to be crazy, but they don’t have the right to force us to pay for their craziness. Of course, you can lead a birther to reality but you can’t make them deal with it. Christopher Earl Strunk seems unwilling to operate within the confines of the real world.
The New York Daily News reported Strunk is still delusional. He believes, “I’m going to have this thing overturned and I’m not going to pay a dime.”
How’s that rebranding effort going again?
blusterousiris: Excerpt from my Huffington Post article
Activist/artist Molly Crabapple’s new series of paintings titled “Shell Game” at Smart Clothes Gallery in New York portray a darkly humorous year in cartoonish figures.
Her canvases tackle global turmoil in 2011, including the rise of Occupy Wall Street, Anonymous hackers, the health insurance crisis, the Tunisian Revolution, protests in Greece, and the Spanish M15 movement.
While “Shell Game” bursts with depictions of corruption and violence, for Crabapple, the past few years have been a mix of birth amid destruction. “Yes, it was awful, but it was also magic, she told Wired in an interview. “It was the magic of people speaking to each other, waking up, helping each other. For every person beaten up, everyone arrested, it was also a year of fierce aliveness.”
Like Hannah Hoch’s politically-charged Dadaist collages or Frida Kahlo’s symbolic works, in Crabapple’s paintings a political message emerges from the visual chaos.
As Occupy Wall Street unfolded right outside her window, Crabapple sketched posters for the movement in real time. “Shell Game” began as a Kickstarter project. It’s worth noting that her paintings about the power of a united crowd would not have been possible without crowdsourcing.
“Shell Game” will be on view April 14 - 23 at Smart Clothes Gallery in New York.
“In February,the NC House of Representatives Rules Committee took the unusual step of preemptively burying a bill to legalize prescription marijuana…
Rep. Paul Stam’s explanation: Committee members were hearing from so many patients and other constituents about the importance of medical marijuana to them that the representatives were feeling “harassed”. “
Via - The Advocate
North Carolina has mostly been a red state for a while, but our state politics have mainly been held in check by a balance of the two major parties. This last election cycle saw Republicans get the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature, leading to some pretty dumb shit going down in NC. The latest example is a proposal that would establish Christianity as the state religion, despite a well-known separation of church and state in the US constitution.
It just gets dumber all the time.
Hope, change and getting to scissor Sarah Silverman
In response to a recent pledge by major Romney backer Sheldon Adelson to give the GOP presidential candidate as much as $100 million for his fight against the incumbent, comedienne Sarah Silverman has made a rather blunt counter-proposal: If the casino magnate promises to donate to Obama instead, she will don a bikini bottom and scissor him “to fruition”
or OUR school systems.
Songs about vaginas: “The Vagina Song”
Jonathan “Song a Day” Mann’s latest is “The Vagina Song,” inspired by Michigan’s legislative fight, in which Republicans have censured a woman Democratic lawmaker for using the word “vagina” in an abortion debate.
In case you’re a graduate of one of the many colleges in North Carolina and were feeling embarrassed. (via Buzzfeed)