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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]