Plan Bay Area is a monumental land use document prepared by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), for the ostensible purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent by the year 2035, as required by former Governor Schwarzenegger’s Senate Bill 375. Kassouni Law is currently litigating the legality of this plan in Alameda County Superior Court, and a final decision is expected within the next several weeks. These are the top seven reasons why the plan is a bad idea: [Continue reading]
Facebook Atlas: Giving Advertisers Invasive Maps of Your Life
Facebook has quietly introduced a new service for advertisers called “Facebook Atlas,” and we’re giving it a “thumbs down” because it’s not good for your privacy.
Like an atlas, it offers a collection of maps, but these maps show the whereabouts and activities of Internet users — whether Facebook subscribers or not. These detailed maps are chock full of tidbits about the online and offline lives of consumers — and your life is most likely in this collection, whether you like it or not. [Continue reading]
First Public Court Challenge to “Upstream” Internet SpyingOakland - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue on Friday before a federal court that the National Security Agency (NSA) is violating the Fourth Amendment by copying and … [Continue reading]
FA Note: The Smart Grid is promoted as consumer choice. Yet as this article states plainly consumers must learn to "either use appliances themselves at optimum times, or let the system decide that for them." Warren Buffett wants to tell you the … [Continue reading]
FA Note: The brouhaha about climate change has ALWAYS been about wealth redistribution: THEFT. United Nations climate negotiators found themselves at an impasse during a ten-day conference in Lima, Peru this month when the world’s second-largest … [Continue reading]
It's the end of the line for Drake's Bay Oyster Co. On Dec. 31, after a long battle with the National Park Service, the California Coastal Commission, the Department of the Interior and wilderness advocates, owner Kevin Lunny and his family will … [Continue reading]