Archives for April 2015

John Deere’s Weird Idea of ‘Ownership’

It’s offi­cial: John Deere and Gen­er­al Motors want to evis­cer­ate the notion of own­er­ship. Sure, we pay for their vehi­cles. But we don’t own them. Not accord­ing to their cor­po­rate lawyers, any­way. In a par­tic­u­lar­ly spec­tac­u­lar dis­play of cor­po­rate delu­sion, John Deere—the world’s largest agri­cul­tur­al machin­ery mak­er —told the Copy­right Office that farm­ers don’t own […]

Very Comprehensive Explanation of Most Dangerous Amendments to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015

#NO WAY ESEA  #NO WAY ESEA  #NO WAY ESEA “Con­tro­ver­sial amend­ments includ­ing issues such as vouch­ers and teacher eval­u­a­tion require­ments were kept off of the bill, but those debates are still expect­ed to be had when the bill hits the full sen­ate. Lead­ers have said that will be lat­er this year, but no debate has been […]

More Details on U.S. Senate HELP Committee’s ESEA Reauthorization Bill

The U.S. Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor and Pen­sions (HELP) met last week to markup a bipar­ti­san bill to reau­tho­rize the Ele­men­tary and Sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion Act (ESEA) or No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The com­mit­tee con­sid­ered over 50 amend­ments to The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, which is co-authored by Chair­man Lamar Alexander […]

New Tech to Watch: Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection

Jour­nal­ists and trans­paren­cy activists across the coun­try have done a phe­nom­e­nal job of shin­ing light on how local law enforce­ment agen­cies use emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies to sur­veil every­day peo­ple on a mas­sive scale.  It’s often like play­ing Whac-A-Mole and Go Fish at the same time. One day, the ques­tion may be whether police are using drones. […]

2nd State Resisting Militarization Of Cops

New law cracks down on grenade launch­ers, armored vehi­cles, drones A sec­ond state has joined a grow­ing effort to curb the mil­i­ta­riza­tion of local police depart­ments by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. WND report­ed last month New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill that bans local law-enforce­­ment agen­cies from obtain­ing nightscopes, mil­i­tary assault rifles, […]

This Is What Communist Common Core/The Reauthorization Of ESEA Is All About

NO WAY ESEANO WAY ESEANO WAY ESEA! The US Depart­ment of State, in a tele­phone call from a con­cerned cit­i­zen in the late 1990’s, con­firmed that these agree­ments were still in effect. ADVERTISEMENT, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, PAGE A‑14/FRIDAY, JULY 1987 (paid for by Nation­al Cit­i­zens Alliance, P.O. Box 6347, Wash­ing­ton, D.C. 20015–0347) LISTEN AMERICA, ‘EDU-GATE’ […]

Big Automakers Want to Make it Against the Law to Work on Your Own Car

It was recent­ly report­ed that automak­ers could soon be going after car own­ers for mak­ing repairs on their own vehi­cles. Some of the indus­tries lead­ing com­pa­nies are now claim­ing that their soft­ware has become so com­pli­cat­ed that “tam­per­ing with it,” or mak­ing repairs on your own prop­er­ty, could be a copy­right vio­la­tion. Inter­est­ing­ly enough, Tesla, […]

Top Scientists Start To Examine Fiddled Global Warming Figures

The Glob­al Warm­ing Pol­i­cy Foun­da­tion has enlist­ed an inter­na­tion­al team of five dis­tin­guished sci­en­tists to car­ry out a full inquiry   Last month, we are told, the world enjoyed “its hottest March since records began in 1880”. This year, accord­ing to “US gov­ern­ment sci­en­tists”, already bids to out­rank 2014 as “the hottest ever”. The figures […]