It’s Thirsty Tuesday lets see who’s serving ?

Today is the Tuesday after Inaugural Monday. That means alot of folks are Thirsty for Updates to the Obama Plan. We found someone who wants the president to do what he’s done for many communities; in his own community, and we agree wholeheartedly. Watch This

Apparently the President hasn’t seen his own community as being fit to receive some of his special brand of assistance.  We do believe that before it’s all over and he prepares to move back to his own home, he will be addressing this issue.  Hopefully everyone isn’t dead by then. Pffst.

If you saw our post from yesterday you saw that  Sunday Night Lupe Fiasco was removed from the stage at an inaugural event; for performing a song that is one of his best, and most requested. In this song he directly addresses his feelings about the Obama political platform.  We along with most folks who know how Lupe feels about President Obama are still wondering why he was booked to play at a pre inaugural event; when he is so obviously not an obama stan.

For those who don’t know – this song is more than two years old and most certainly President Obama has heard of it.  If not from the streets; then from the anti Obama media like Bill O’Reilly and Fox News.

This is the song with the lyrics so you can judge for yourself what he’s saying

There is no bread that is sliced thinner and Lupe even buttered it before serving, so you know it’s well appropriate. This is Lupe defending his point on the O’Reilly show a year ago. Lupe talks about Fighting Terrorism and it’s clear he’s right.  He has never varied from this exact stance.

President Obama has said over and over that he planned to have the most transparent presidency in history. We can all be totally clear on the fact that this isn’t so.  Most especially since he goes both ways on most things he says; just like a politician. He’s swung back and forth so much most of his supporters have begun to move out of the way of the movement; since they’re never quite sure which way he’s going to swing in any situation. We can give you this recent example which twisted our wires quite a bit – CISPA.

Watch for yourself, and ask why

 

A Year After SOPA: These Are the Next Five Battles For Internet Freedom

 

One year ago today, Internet users of all ages, races, and political stripes participated in the largest protest in Internet history, flooding Congress with millions of emails and phone calls to demand they drop the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)-a dangerous bill that would have allowed corporations and the govenrment to censor larger parts of the Web.

But the price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and the fight for Internet freedom continues.  Here’s a look at the top five issues SOPA activists should focus on next:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense against the numerous, persistent attacks on Internet freedom. We may have all teamed up to trounce SOPA a year ago, but the fight’s not over. And the EFF knows what’s coming over the horizon better than anyone else.

Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership

After the historic collapse of SOPA, the content industry has claimed it wants to shy away from anymore excessive legislation that could potentially censor the Internet. Instead, it has turned its attention to the international stage. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, better known as TPP, is the latest multilateral trade agreement carrying abusive copyright provisions that the United States, on behalf of Hollywood and major copyright-holding interests, is forcing onto citizens of other countries.

Unfortunately, the treaty is being negotiated in complete secrecy and with no democratic oversight, so we don’t even know exactly what these countries have been debating. Fortunately, drafts of the agreement have leaked, and it’s at least clear TPP would force countries to drastically lengthen their copyright terms, restrict fair use, institute digital locks to keep people from sharing information, and place greater burdens on websites hosting content. You can read a detailed explanation here. This infographic shows how TPP will affect countries around the world.

Please go to our action center to tell your representative in Congress to demand transparency surrounding TPP negotiations.

Demand Patent Reform

Recently, our broken patent system has proven to be one of the biggest threats to innovation online. Big tech companies have been locked in billion dollar legal patent wars that do nothing for the consumer. Last year, Google and Apple spent more on patent suits than they did research and development. Meanwhile, untold numbers of patent lawsuits (and even mere threats of suits) involve patent trolls, those who sue start-ups for vague patents that can destroy their business before it gets started.

Luckily, people are starting to notice. Noted Appeals Court Judge Richard Posner called the patent system “chaos” and said there are too many patents in America, as he dismissed a prominent case involving Apple and Motorola.  The SHIELD Act, written Rep. Peter DeFazio, along with co-sponsor Rep. Jason Chaffetz, would help put an end to a lot of the problems we’ve been noting for years now. Tell your congressional representative to support real patent reform so the tech industry can thrive.

EFF has set up a webpage called defendinnovation.org where we lay out possible reforms for the patent system. You can leave you own comment about how the patent system has affected you and sign our petition, which we plan on taking to Congress along with a list of reforms.

Reforming Draconian Computer Crime Law

The Internet has been in mourning this week as one of its true innovators and pioneers, Aaron Swartz, took his own life at the age 26. He was, of course, an early developer of the RSS specification, Creative Commons, Reddit, and a multitude of other projects. Notably, the SOPA protests likely would not have happened without him. He founded Demand Progress, one of the groups which organized the blackout.

At the time of his death, Aaron was facing a relentless and unjust prosecution under the outdated and draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for the supposed “crime” using MIT’s computer network to download millions of academic articles from the online archive JSTOR, allegedly without “authorization.” For that, he faced 13 felony counts (pdf), which carried the possibility of decades in prison and crippling fines. His case would have gone to trial in April.

EFF, along with a multitude of other groups, have taken a bill written by Rep. Zoe Lofgren and written the first draft of what we hope will become known as “Aaron’s Law” - which will go a long ways in preventing a similar situation from happening to a freedom fighter like Aaron again. You can take action and email your members of Congress to tell them to support reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act here.

Stop the new Internet Surveillance Law

There are rumors that the Obama Administration will propose a far-reaching new Internet surveillance law, dramatically expanding the the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), which forces forcing telephone companies to build a wiretap-friendly backdoors into all their technology-but not social networks and other web-based communications services.

The White House and the FBI have not released what is in the proposed legislation, but one report states the FBI wants to require Internet companies, like Google, Facebook, and Twitter to build the same type of backdoors for real-time government surveillance. This not only poses a threat to privacy, but Internet security and innovation as well. We need to tell Congress this is unacceptable before it’s too late.

Protect Cell Phone Location Data

Cell phone location data is some of the most sensitive data one can possibly send out. Your cell phone sends a signal back to cell phone towers every seven seconds; that data, mapped out over days or weeks, can show “an intimate portrait of a person’s familial and professional associations, political and religious beliefs, even health status,” as the New York Times put it.

The government made a staggering 1.3 million requests for that sort of data last year - and the government believes they can get it without a warrant. The GPS Act, a bill introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden would force law enforcement to get a warrant for this data, just like the Fourth Amendment should require.

Meanwhile, app developers have also been sucking up users’ location information, many times without the user being aware of that collection. It paints just as intimate a picture of people’s lives as government tracking does. To that end, Sen. Al Franken has introduced a bill to restrict and regulate the practice so users are better informed and protected when giving this type of information to private companies. In addition, EFF has also written a Mobile Privacy Bill of Rights, serving as a best practices guide that developers should follow when writing applications for cell phones.

Republished from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Just because you might not think we really have all the facts behind what’s really going on in the Obama Second Term – We have This very interesting Never Seen On TV Video about the plan that’s in motion for the next four years.

Save Yourself Some Time and Watch Now

So today in the movement toward fairness and transparency as called for by Mr Obama, We give you this link to the exact wording of President Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech: The Full Text – http://pulse.me/s/hAZ1U Just so you know what he said later in the year when he reverses on it.

Yes we can say we’re a bit disappointed with the path that the president has taken in the previous four years. But that does not lead us to believe that we can believe in his promises for a second term. We are going to take a wait and see what he does attitude this time around. so hopefully he’ll remember that some of us actually pay attention to what he says, and what he does.

Really Doh,