All the Creepy Ways Big Brother Is Watching You

You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assump­tion that every sound you made was over­heard, and, except in dark­ness, every move­ment scrutinized.”—George Orwell, 1984 None of us are per­fect. All of us bend the rules occa­sion­al­ly. Even before the age of over­crim­i­nal­iza­tion, when the most upstand­ing cit­i­zen could be count­ed on […]

Smart Meters: What Consumers Can Do To Get Them Removed

…[B]y enabling two-way, real-time com­mu­ni­ca­tions, smart meters can give cus­tomers the infor­ma­tion they need to con­trol their own ener­gy use and reduce their elec­tric­i­ty cost,” so said Jim Marston, a ‘smart meter’ sup­port­er with the Envi­ron­men­tal Defense Fund. [1] [CJF empha­sis added] That, obvi­ous­ly, is only one part of the seri­ous issues regard­ing elec­tro­mag­net­ic ener­gy […]

Watch Out For Opt Out!

A “Seis­mic Shift” In Assess­ing Stu­dents “The group calls for what’s called “assess­ment lit­er­a­cy” for teach­ers, but also admin­is­tra­tors, school boards, par­ents — and stu­dents.” (Source) A 3D Research Report by Mari Caplan Many par­ents, under­stand­ably fed up by the aggres­sive test­ing asso­ci­at­ed with Com­mon Core Stan­dards or now Career and Col­lege Ready Stan­dards, are […]

Obama Unveils His Executive Order To Share Your Confidential Information With Corporations: Live Webcast

As report­ed ear­li­er, today Oba­ma will unleash his lat­est exec­u­tive order, one which will set the stage for “infor­ma­tion shar­ing and analy­sis orga­ni­za­tions” (ISAOs) — or, in polit­i­cal jar­gon “hubs where com­pa­nies share cyber threat data with each oth­er and with the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty.”  In reg­u­lar par­lance, what Oba­ma will do is mere­ly […]

Utility Commissioner’s Emails Reveal Smart Meter Conspiracy

FAT CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG: Evi­dence has now been made pub­lic of ille­gal actions and col­lu­sion between for­mer Cal­i­for­nia Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent Michael Peev­ey and util­i­ty PG&E, as crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tions con­tin­ue. As part of a fed­er­al and state inves­ti­ga­tion into what appears to be sys­temic cor­rup­tion involv­ing for­mer senior exec­u­tives at PG&E […]

Go to Prison for Sharing Files? That’s What Hollywood Wants in the Secret TPP Deal

The Trans-Pacif­ic Part­ner­ship agree­ment (TPP) pos­es mas­sive threats to users in a dizzy­ing num­ber of ways. It will force oth­er TPP sig­na­to­ries to accept the Unit­ed States’ exces­sive copy­right terms of a min­i­mum of life of the author plus 70 years, while lock­ing the US to the same lengths so it will be hard­er to […]

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 […]

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 […]