Thursday, February 24, 2011

UPDATE: In wake of protest, PayPal reinstates service

via Joomla! powered Site on 2/24/11

By Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network SAN FRANCISCO, 25 February 2011 (5pm PST) -- Reacting to an enormous backlash from supporters and criticism from the media, PayPal has reinstated the account of Courage to Resist, an organization which has partnered with the Bradley Manning Support Network to raise funds for the defense of accused WikLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning. The change in account status comes with no explanation from the online payment provider, and only hours after the nonprofit organization published a press release drawing attention to the matter.

Tell Congress: Don't Outlaw Skype

Friends --

Skype, BlackBerry, and other Internet communications services are under attack! The Obama administration and the FBI are pushing legislation that would ban online communications technologies like these unless their developers make it easy for the government to wiretap them.

The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) requires telecom companies to make it easy to wiretap their networks. Now Obama and law enforcement want to expand CALEA to cover all online communications technologies, including peer-to-peer and social networking apps. The New York Times says the law would even include making sure the government could intercept and unscramble encrypted messages. Will you click here and tell the government to reject an expansion of CALEA?

Companies that want to avoid stifling regulations, and those that actually care about our privacy rights, would have to leave the U.S. That'd reduce our prominence as a technology leader, and encourage the government to devise ever more heavy-handed ways of blocking Americans from using the offending technologies. Other companies would comply by creating back-doors that could lead to more privacy violations and make the Internet more vulnerable to attack: Experts say wiretap-ready technologies would be much easier to hack.

An expansion of CALEA would be a tremendous blow to a free and open Internet. Lawmakers need to reject it: Will you sign Demand Progress's petition demanding that they do so?

Bradley Manning PayPal Account Suspended: Alleged WikiLeaks Source's Support Account Reportedly Frozen

More problems with PayPal. This is not acceptable­. Hopefully people will take our advice and stop using PayPal. There are other ways to make payments on the web.



Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Google and Facebook: Protect Our Privacy

Friends --

Imagine the cops rifling through your mail, your calendar, your receipts. All your private information, available for them to look through. To do this offline, they'd have to get a warrant from a judge and break into your house. But every day the cops -- and anyone else with a good lawyer -- get access to your online email and calendar just by asking.

Major online service providers like Gmail and Facebook just hand over your personal data to the police when they get a legal request -- usually without even telling you they've done so! And since you never know about the request, you never get a day in court to challenge it. Your privacy is gone before you even know it. Click here to Google and Facebook that you expect them to start respecting our privacy rights.

Twitter has just taken a bold stand to protect its users' privacy. When the US Government demanded they turn over information about people affiliated with WikiLeaks, they told the people affected and now they have the chance to challenge the request. But Facebook and Google are refusing to do the same! Sign Demand Progress's petition demanding they -- and other major Internet companies -- adopt sensible privacy protections and stop turning over your personal data to anyone who asks. Demand Progress is meeting with Google later THIS WEEK, and will deliver it then:


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

GNU-Darwin website outage

The subdomains are offline. Everything else should be working ok. Expected downtime is several hours.


Monday, February 21, 2011


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------ Forwarded message ------
Subject: Re: twitter
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:59:25 -0500 (EST)
To: Anonymous

With all due respect, your interpretations are inconsistent with the
following facts. The tweets are regularly praised and retweeted, and
result in new followers, who are interested in Wikileaks, sometimes on
a daily basis. It is safe to say that you are mischaracterizing the
tweets. Have you tried the scripting example? Many people have found
it useful for finding what interests them in the cables. Moreover, the
tweets are useful for getting attention across a wide range of
individuals, who have diverse interests, so that they can see the value
of Wikileaks. In this, they are invaluable, because many of these
people will lend support in ways that some of us have not thought of.
They will see that their own endeavors rest upon the same freedoms that
we are demanding for Wikileaks and Bradley Manning. I will be
continuing with the tweets.


On 21 Feb, Anonymous wrote:
> Dear Sir,
> > Like countless people, I am following #cablegate and #wikileaks on twitter. At least since December 2010 you are - pardon me - spamming both threads with your repetitive tweets. They are neither intelligent, nor entertaining, nor informative.
> > You biggest "accomplishment" is burying real and valuable information and opinions under your - pardon again - crap.
> > Unless this is your goal, I doubt it, may I kindly ask you to turn it down a bit?
> > Thanks

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Westboro Baptist Church responds to Anonymous: 'Bring It!'

via Examiner National Edition Articles by Michael Stone, Humanist Examiner on 2/20/11

Michael StoneThe Westboro Baptist Church has responded to a recent cease and desist order delivered by the hactivist group Anonymous. Tuesday, Anonymous, a notorious collective of unnamed Internet activists, put the Westboro Baptist Church on notice by issuing...February 20, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Echoes of Belgrade - #Egypt #freedom

via WikiLeaked by Patrick Corcoran on 2/17/11

Short Dek: 
From Minsk to Cairo, the nonviolent democratic uprisings of the past decade have been influenced by the tactics and imagery of Serbia's 2000 Bulldozer Revolution.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Become a Clean Air Act Advocate

Please pledge to be a Clean Air Act Advocate and help ensure that our cornerstone environmental law -- the Clean Air Act -- will not be diluted by hostile politicians or weak compromises this year. Our warming planet can't afford half-measures or more delayed action, so I will do my part to combat the worldwide crisis of our warming planet. This tried-and-true law has cut dangerous pollutants, saved thousands of lives, prevented millions of illnesses and saved more than $22 trillion.

Visit to take the pledge now.

Not $1 more for war and weapons

Hey there,

There’s a lot of talk in Congress about our budget these days and it’s all about one thing: Spending less money. But there’s one place that nobody, not Congress, the President or the press wants to talk about belt-tightening – the Pentagon.

It’s just plain silly: Over half of all the money Congress makes decisions on goes directly into the Pentagon’s pocket, and that doesn't even count the money for the actual wars! If we’re already discussing cuts to stuff that Americans really need - like job training, home heating assistance, and research into clean energy - then EVERYTHING needs to be "on the table" for cuts.

That’s why just signed to support the “Not $1 More” campaign. I'm telling my members of Congress to ‘put the guns on the table’ and make the Pentagon live by the same budget rules as everyone else:

Will you do the same? Sign here to support Not $1 More campaign:


: #Anonymous delivers ultimatum to Westboro Baptist Church

Here is an example of Anonymous action, which is frequently off the beaten path. Rich with irony, the argument of religious tolerance is obviously lost on WBC.


via Examiner National Edition Articles by Michael Stone, Humanist Examiner on 2/17/11

Anonymous, a notorious collective of unnamed Internet activists, has put the Westboro Baptist Church on notice. Tuesday, the group Anonymous released an open letter to Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church (WBC). The letter is nothing short of...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Top News: CIA promotes killers, IMF's Dollar Alternative, Medical Studies Sk...

Censored news, Always a great read!


via Fred Burks's feed by Fred Burks, US Intelligence Examiner on 2/13/11

Happy Valentine's Day! With the big changes in Egypt and elsewhere, it's a great time to be alive. Below are key excerpts of important news articles which include revealing information on how the CIA promotes killers, the IMF is calling...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Robert Fisk: Cairo's 50,000 street children were abused by this regime

How marvelous to tell these children's stories, though they are very sad. Fisk is a master.


The cops shot 16-year-old Mariam in the back on 28 January, a live round fired from the roof of the Saida Zeinab police station in the slums of Cairo's old city at the height of the government violence aimed at quelling the revolution, a pot shot of contempt by Mubarak's forces for the homeless street children of Egypt.

Robert Fisk: A tyrant's exit. A nation's joy

Heartfelt congratulations to the people of #Egypt! What a wonderful thing to behold.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Revealed: US envoy's business link to #Egypt - #jan25

Frank Wisner, President Barack Obama's envoy to Cairo who infuriated the White House this weekend by urging Hosni Mubarak to remain President of Egypt, works for a New York and Washington law firm which works for the dictator's own Egyptian government.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cities Confirm EWG Tap Water Tests - #chromium

via EWG Feed by Environmental Working Group on 2/3/11

Contact: EWG Public Affairs 202-667-6982; Washington, DC – Testing by four municipal drinking water suppliers has confirmed the results of a study by the Environmental Working Group that detected widespread contamination by...

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Robert Fisk: Blood and fear in Cairo's streets as Mubarak's men crack down o...

"President" Hosni Mubarak's counter-revolution smashed into his opponents yesterday in a barrage of stones, cudgels, iron bars and clubs, an all-day battle in the very centre of the capital he claims to rule between tens of thousands of young men, both – and here lies the most dangerous of all weapons – brandishing in each other's faces the banner of Egypt. It was vicious and ruthless and bloody and well planned, a final vindication of all Mubarak's critics and a shameful indictment of the Obamas and Clintons who failed to denounce this faithful ally of America and Israel.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Stop U.S. Funding of the Mubarak Dictatorship!

I just sent a letter to President Obama and Congress demanding an end to all U.S. aid to the Mubarak dictatorship, and would like to urge you to do the same.

The U.S. gives $2 billion per year to prop up the Mubarak dictatorship. Egypt is second only to Israel as the largest recipient of U.S. "foreign aid." That "assistance" has been used to buy the tear gas and other weapons and equipment that are killing Egyptian people attempting to exercise their right to protest and speak out.

Join me and many others in this important campaign. It only takes a couple of minutes, and a sample letter is provided for you.

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