Archives for December 2014

It Doesn’t Matter Who Does the Lobbying: Trade Agreements Aren’t the Place for Internet Regulations

The Asso­ci­at­ed Whistle­blow­ing Press released por­tions of draft text pro­posed by the Unit­ed States for the Trade in Ser­vices Agree­ment (TISA) this week, reveal­ing some alarm­ing pro­vi­sions that indi­cate how tech com­pa­nies have been involved in influ­enc­ing a secret inter­na­tion­al deal. The lan­guage of the leaked treaty shows pro­vi­sions that could impact pri­va­cy online, and […]

New Jersey 10-year-old explains why Common Core tests are ‘nonsense’

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – A New Jer­sey 10-year-old is get­ting a lot of atten­tion after deliv­er­ing a speech to her local school board about the rea­sons she thinks Com­mon Core test­ing is “non­sense.” Eliz­a­beth Blaine, whose moth­er Sarah Blaine is for­mer teacher and attor­ney who writes an edu­ca­tion blog, attend­ed the Mont­clair School Board meet­ing Monday […]

Bureaucrat Man saves the day again

You may not have real­ized it, but you are reg­u­lar­ly being swin­dled by your wash­ing machine. That’s right. Accord­ing to Bureau­crat Man, by using too much ener­gy your wash­ing machine is steal­ing mon­ey from you each month. Of course you already have the option to buy a more ener­gy effi­cient wash­ing machine to save your­self money. […]

Advocates seek grizzly re-introductions

An advo­ca­cy group has peti­tioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice to rein­tro­duce griz­zly bears into the Sel­way-Bit­ter­­root area of Ida­ho and Mon­tana. The Cen­ter for Bio­log­i­cal Diver­si­ty said Thurs­day that it hopes to revive a stalled recov­ery plan for the ani­mals that was final­ized in 2000. The group says hav­ing bears in the Sel­way-Bit­ter­­root would […]

Seven Reasons Why Plan Bay Area is Illegal & Bad Policy for California

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 […]

Facebook Atlas: Giving Advertisers Invasive Maps of Your Life

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 […]

EFF in Court to Argue NSA Data Collection from Internet Backbone Is Unconstitutional

First Pub­lic Court Chal­lenge to “Upstream” Inter­net Spy­ing Oak­land — 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 search­ing data that it col­lects by tap­ping into the Inter­net back­bone. The hear­ing on a motion for partial […]

Buffett’s Smart-Grid Idea Takes Over Your Washing Machine

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 best time to wash your clothes. Or at least his ener­gy com­pa­ny in the […]