Archives for February 2015

As TPP Sails Forth, It Drags the West Into Uncharted Waters

Free trade’ isn’t what Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship would deliv­er … Think the Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship is a free trade agree­ment? Think again. In prin­ci­ple, almost every­one’s in favor of free trade. It pro­motes inter­na­tion­al har­mo­ny, rais­es wages, helps economies grow. It’s an arti­cle of his­tor­i­cal faith that the enact­ment of harsh pro­tec­tive U.S. tar­iffs in 1930 contributed […]

Thanks, EPA: Your New ‘Navigable Waters’ Rule Strengthens The Case Against Administrative Law

When Con­gress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, it was exer­cis­ing its pow­er to reg­u­late inter­state com­merce by pro­hibit­ing dis­charges into the nation’s “nav­i­ga­ble waters.” If a body of water could be used to trans­port goods from one state to anoth­er, it was cov­ered by the Act. Like so many oth­er statutes enact­ed over the […]

U.N. Climate Chief: We’re ‘Intentionally’ Transforming The World Economy

This is the first time in the his­to­ry of mankind that we are set­ting our­selves the task of inten­tion­al­ly, with­in a defined peri­od of time to change the eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment mod­el that has been reign­ing for at least 150 years…” The Unit­ed Nation’s top cli­mate change offi­cial Chris­tiana Figueres announced this week that the group is active­ly work­ing to […]

Trading Away Their Oaths

On the open­ing day of each new Con­gress, every mem­ber of the U.S. Sen­ate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives takes an oath of office to “sup­port and defend the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Unit­ed States against all ene­mies, for­eign and domes­tic” and “bear true faith and alle­giance to the same.” For many mem­bers, no doubt, this solemn […]

In a First, Government Acknowledges the Limits of Section 215

Fol­low­ing EFF’s vic­to­ry in a four-year Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Act law­suit, the gov­ern­ment released an opin­ion (pdf), writ­ten by the Office of Legal Coun­sel (OLC) in 2010, that con­clud­ed that Sec­tion 215—the pro­vi­sion of the Patri­ot Act the NSA relies on to col­lect mil­lions of Amer­i­cans’ phone records—does have a lim­it: cen­sus data. The Com­merce Department […]

Samsung SmartTVs can collect and transmit spoken words, personal information, and sensitive data to 3rd party sources

NEW SMART TVS OFFER A WINDOW INTO YOUR LIFE Smart TVs may be get­ting too smart as some now actu­al­ly col­lect and trans­mit your spo­ken words, per­son­al infor­ma­tion, and sen­si­tive data to oth­er 3rd par­ty sources. In fact Sam­sung, a major elec­tron­ic man­u­fac­ture, admits that they “col­lect, use, share, and store infor­ma­tion through your SmartTV in […]

PA Press Release on ESEA Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Penn­syl­va­ni­ans Restor­ing Edu­ca­tion Feb­ru­ary 5, 2015, Penn­syl­va­ni­ans Restor­ing Edu­ca­tion, Penn­syl­va­nia Against Com­mon Core, Cit­i­zens of Penn­syl­va­nia, par­ents and stu­dents are ask­ing Sen­a­tor Lamar Alexan­der to stop the REAUTHORIZATION of ESEA: Every Child Ready for Col­lege or Career Act of 2015 which will amend No Child Left Behind. This leg­is­la­tion vio­lates fed­er­al law, […]

16-Year-Old Launches Organization to Battle Warrantless Surveillance

Bran­don Keibler is just your ordi­nary 16-year-old from South­ern Indi­ana. At least that’s what some peo­ple might think. How­ev­er, hav­ing become an activist at four­teen and help­ing to estab­lish the Restore the Fourth orga­ni­za­tion, this young man has just launched an orga­ni­za­tion to encour­age grass­roots efforts aimed at a tyran­ni­cal gov­ern­ment that wish­es to disregard […]