Meet the inimitable Corgi and Bess.
Source: Awwww Pets!
I gotta wonder if it’s really that simple: Buy a new iPhone, forget about the feds eavesdropping. Is the encryption really unbreakable, or are the feds only looking for a plausible (legal) cover story for information they plan to get anyway? Time will tell, I suppose. In the meantime, nice to know this change has little support in Congress — so far. The Hill:
FBI Director James Comey has launched a new “crypto war” by asking Congress to update a two-decade-old law to make sure officials can access information from people’s cellphones and other communication devices.The call is expected to trigger a major Capitol Hill fight about whether or not tech companies need to give the government access to their users’ data.
“It’s going to be a tough fight for sure,” Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the Patriot Act’s original author, told The Hill in a statement.
He argues Apple and other companies are taking the privacy of consumers into their own hands because Congress has failed to pass legislation in response to public anger over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
“While Director Comey says the pendulum has swung too far toward privacy and away from law enforcement, he fails to acknowledge that Congress has yet to pass any significant privacy reforms,” he added. “Because of this failure, businesses have taken matters into their own hands to protect their consumers and their bottom lines.”
Turtle dances while showering. [video]
Cooperative businesses are proliferating quickly, but you wouldn’t know it from reading the Wall Street Journal.
"Social pain, anger at ecological degradation and the inability of traditional politics to address deep economic failings has fueled an extraordinary amount of practical on-the-ground institutional experimentation and innovation by activists, economists and socially minded business leaders in communities around the country."
Those who fight against neoliberalism must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous. Any viable, transformative struggle will need a boldly, democratic vision, durable, long standing organizations and strategies that make politics meaningful.
Popular control over decisions that affect people’s freedom and well-being is becoming increasingly weaker.
Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Lake Success, New York (11/1949).
Item From: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Photographs (06/30/1949- 04/01/1985)
One of Eleanor Roosevelt’s greatest achievements was the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a kind of Bill of Rights for the International Community. She chaired the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Drafting Committee and was successful at navigating the the committee’s eclectic mix of philosophies and representative world views.This committee also included René Cassin of France, Committee Rapporteur Charles Malik of Lebanon, Vice- Chairman Peng Chung Chang of China, and John Humphrey of Canada (Director of the UN’s Human Rights Division).
Conservative Christian GOP candidate Anthony Culler says gay couples are ‘Gremlins’ that ‘seek to destroy our way of life’ (To read the story, click image or here; For a related post, click here http://christiannightmares.tumblr.com/post/100510934026/sexist-homophobe-doug-giles-calls-houstons-mayor)
“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity. F*ck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. “You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.” -#Banksy