Homeland Security Wants Mozilla to Pull “Domain Seizure” Add-On Developers have created a Firefox add-on named “MAFIAA Fire,” with this add-on installed, Firefox users can continue to access domains that were formally seized by Homeland Security. The developers of this add-on find the Homeland Security’s recent trend of seizing domains under the guise of piracy prevention highly objectionable. When the ICE unit of the Homeland Security learned of this add-on they immediately requested that Mozilla remove it from their repositories, pointless as the add-on could be hosted and downloaded anywhere. Thankfully, Mozilla denied the request, arguing that censorship of that nature threatens the open internet. Their legal department added that they would comply with valid court orders, warrants, and legal mandates but had not yet received any such documents. The article linked above, shares a list of questions that Mozilla fired off to the ICE with the intention of learning exactly what grounds they felt this add-on deserved removal. The ICE never responded. Bravo Mozilla. Read the rest of this entry »
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Michigan GOP Gives Anti-Bullying Bill A Loophole
In 2002, 14-year old Matt Eppling committed suicide after being at the receiving end of some rather severe bullying. To aid in combating this, Michigan lawmakers drafted a law that would effectively prohibit bullying. Sadly, the Republican majority Senate felt it necessary to add a clause that would essentially allow bullying when it was fueled by “moral convictions.” The clause states that the bill, “does not prohibit a statement of a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school volunteer, pupil or a pupil’s parent or guardian.” The few Democrats in the Senate attempted to add specific categories where bullying would not be allowed, race, gender, sexual preference, but these suggestions were turned down. So this turned from a law to help protect students from harassment to, if you want to bully your fellow students, make sure you have a plausible case for “moral convictions.” While I can’t say for certain, I can make a fairly educated guess as to why this loophole was added, homosexuality. Christian conservatives want to be able to spew their venom at homosexuals without the risk of legal action.
- White House rejects pleas to legalize marijuana
Recently the White House made available a portal on their website where citizens could create petitions that would then be signed by other concerned citizens. Part of the policy was that any petition that gained 5,000 signatures within 30 days was guaranteed a response from the White House. Well, required narcotics officer, Neill Franklin started a petition with the goal of changing our government’s stance on marijuana legalization. Franklin’s petition ended up getting 17,000 signatures, coupled with the handful of other related petitions lead to a grand total of 150,000 signatures. As promised a response was received by anyone who signed, written by Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy. Gil’s response was nothing more than canned, filled with references to poorly performed experiments and statistics that contradicted the findings of more truthful research. In fact, the loosely written response’s descriptions of drugs and ill side-effects could easily be applied to alcohol and tobacco. New petitions are being drafted, calling out Gil and demanding that he respond with non-canned answer that references reliable research and statistics, not junk science.
- Climate skeptics perform independent analysis, finally convinced Earth is getting warmer
Physicist, Richard Muller, who has expressed concerns regarding the accuracy of findings from climate science, in regards to global warming, started a project called Berkeley Earth to determine the true values of global warming. Last week, a draft of their findings was released and, not surprisingly, confirmed that the numerous other climate scientists have been coming to accurate conclusions, that the Earth is in fact getting warmer. After we’ve convinced everyone that the Earth is in fact experiencing rising temperatures then the real argument can begin. Is humanity responsible for this rise or is it part of a natural worldwide temperature fluctuation that occurs every great once in a while?
- Bank Transfer Chatter Goes Global; CUNA, NAFCU Cite Site Surges
So let’s say you’re a very large and powerful bank, you, along with several of your buddies, convince the government to relax some of the rules that have been keeping you from making insane amounts of money. Following these relaxations you make several poor decisions that lead to you, and your buddies, losing great deals of money. Since the economy hinges on your success or failures, you ask the government for help, they oblige, and give you billions in bailout money, from taxpayer’s pockets. But apparently those poor decisions are still affecting you, you’re hemorrhaging money, what do you do? Start charging your loyal customers a $5 monthly fee just for the convenience of using their debit cards. Pay off politicians to change the rules, lose piles of cash and damage an already injured economy, drain cash from the government in the form of bailouts, then screw over your customers. I’m of course talking about Bank of America, who after announcing the new debit card fee caused a strong increase of traffic to credit unions across the country. This is how you show a company or even a financial institution how you feel about their treatment of your as a customer, leave them.
- Tea Party Group Urges Small Businesses ‘Not To Hire A Single Person’ To Hurt Obama
While the circus of finger-pointing continues in Congress a war is beginning to brew among the public who despise Obama and/or his job plan. This week, Tea Party Nation sent a message to their members with a message from activist Melissa Blackstone. The first part of this message rambled on using keywords and phrases you’ll hear on Fox News all the time, it wasn’t all that coherent and didn’t explain why she felt the way she does. The 2nd part is what is startling, “I, an American small business owner, part of the class that produces the vast majority of real, wealth producing jobs in this country, hereby resolve that I will not hire a single person until this war against business and my country is stopped.” Now there’s some good old-fashioned Tea Party logic for you. This could, in an alternate universe, destroy Obama’s reputation. I can tell you what it will definitely do, further destroy our economy, harm those already at the bottom due to lack of employment opportunities. I suppose they want that, gives them more subjects to attack and call out as being lazy parasites. Perhaps they haven’t thought this through, when you want to destroy a single person’s reputation you don’t destroy everyone else at the same time, that makes you look like an idiot. I’m glad to hear that part of our own country is willing to harm everyone even more just to prove a point that isn’t even valid or logical. Bravo Tea Party, bravo, you’re living up to my expectations. The Tea Party movement is all about being self-sufficient, if you want to be successful you work hard for it, I can admire that, but the employee on the top floor doesn’t always start there. Most of those top-floor employees started at the 1st floor and worked their way up, the way it should be. But when you’ve locked all the doors at the 1st floor it makes it hard for those people to get that necessary start.
September 18, 2011
- Paul Ryan, Increase Taxes on Middle Class But Dismisses Millionaires Tax as ‘Class Warfare’
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has suggested that Obama’s economic policy’s plan to tax millionaires’ profits from capital gains in order to fund job creation efforts constitutes “class warfare.” While he said this, Ryan, was also making a call to the end to the current tax cuts that would effectively raise taxes by 50% for those who make less than $106,000. Pot, I’d like you to meet kettle. The wealthy have enjoyed years upon years of loopholes, tax cuts, and incentives. These so-called “job creators” have done everything but created jobs. Since these types seem to be so good at forgetting history, cause its inconvenient, might I remind you how this country was pulled out of the depths of the Great Depression. During Roosevelt’s first term as President the government implemented the New Deal which included numerous economic programs and new regulation to not only restore our country’s greatness but aid in preventing repeat economic disasters in the future. Here’s what it did: Read the rest of this entry »
September 13, 2011
- Bank Of America Job Cuts Fail To Address Looming Legal Costs, Experts Say
This is nothing new, job cuts are simply a sign of the times. In recent months, how many times have you heard about large corporations laying off workers in scores. They’re allowed to that, they’re private businesses, and being in the United States provides them with that freedom. But when those same corporations exclaim that they are the “job creators” and that taxing themwould only harm their ability to create said jobs, I have a problem with that. Bank of America processed this run of layoffs to try to save up money to pay for their legal costs as a result of their 2008 acquisition of the subprime lender Countrywide Financial. Here’s what I have a problem with. Read the rest of this entry »