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If you want to send me GPG-encrypted mail, do not trust key servers! Some of them have phony keys under my name and email address, made by someone else as a trick. See gpg.html for my real key.
It is absurd to think of fracking as a way to make jobs. Renewable energy supports a lot more jobs than fossil fuels, while not endangering civilization.
(Cordray would not be quite as good.}
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Civil Liberties Minute:
Everyone: call on Salesforce to cancel its contract with the US border thugs.
Everyone: tell the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank to choose a president who stands for the non-rich.
Everyone: support creating a large Antarctic ocean wildlife sanctuary.
Italians, phone your legislators to insist on killing CETA.
Italy's government says it will kill CETA, but it will come under pressure to change its stance. We must not take victory for granted.
The reasons the government cites are superficial economic ones. The crucial reason to kill CETA is that it contains an ISDS (I Sue Democratic States) clause that would give foreign companies power over each country involved.
A similar business-supremacy treaty between Canada and China reportedly would impose terrible penalties if Canada does not build the Unkinder Morgan oil pipeline to Vancouver. A treaty that can do such harm must be blocked, or else it will have to be cancelled.
US citizens: tell Senator Schumer to unite Senate Democrats against Kavanaugh.
US citizens: call on Illinois Governor Rauner to sign HB 4469, which would set up procedures so that eligible voters jailed awaiting trial will have a practical way to vote.
US citizens: call on Congress to stop attacks on endangered species in the National Offense Authorization Act.
US citizens: phone these six senators and tell them not to approve Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.
US citizens: tell Congress to support the Social Security Administration Fairness Act.
Everyone: Demand justice for Anthony Wall, who was attacked by restaurant staff and then by thugs, apparently for being black and gay.
US citizens: call on the Indian Health Service to implement its protocols for dealing with reported "sexual assaults".
I object to the term "sexual assault" because it lumps together rape with other crimes that are much less grave. I support this campaign because it will help deal with those crimes.
US citizens: oppose the bill to permit underwater factory farms in federal waters.
US citizens, tell Wells Fargo: divest from private prison companies.
US citizens: Tell Congress to block the second round of tax cuts for the rich.
Everyone: Tell Fidelity and Vanguard to stop funding US immigration prisons.
US citizens: call on the US district attorneys of regions near the Mexican border to refuse to enforce "zero tolerance" prosecution of all refugees.
US citizens: see how candidates stand on issues related to fair elections.
We should make participation in cheating employees a crime for the individuals that do it, to threaten the managers responsible with jail, rather than merely the corporation with a small fine.
The article describes two alternative plans for choosing who to punish in this way, but the effect would be the same: to punish ordinary users of bitcoins effectively at random. Ostensibly it is not random, but rather based on a criterion that ordinary users couldn't hope to check, so it's effectively equivalent to punishment at random.
It is fundamentally unjust to subject people to punishment at random. Constitutions ought to insist that no one can be punished, or legally discriminated against, or have property seized, based on circumstances not feasible for them to have recognized and avoided.
Even if many small countries do not adopt this requirement, large countries could effectively make it compulsory by denying the tax deduction as a business expense for payments to companies whose ultimate beneficial owner is not registered.
Here are some quotations that I particularly like.
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The four causes of the apocalypse:
global heating, global hating,
global eating, global mating.
Copy this button (courtesy of R.Siddharth) to express your rejection of Facebook.
Facebook's face recognition demonstrates a threat to everyone's privacy. I therefore ask people not to put photos of me on Facebook; you can do likewise.
I'd like to make a list of countries that do not require a national identity card, and have no plans to adopt one. If you live in or have confirmed knowledge of such a country, please send email to rms at gnu.org.
Here's my list of countries with no national ID cards and no plans for one: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK. Australia's previous government tried to institute national ID cards, but the Labor government dropped the plan.
India has mostly finished imposing a national biometric ID number in a grand act of oppression.
Switzerland has national ID cards which are optional, but they or some other government ID card are needed for some purposes.
Iceland doesn't have ID cards as such, but they have ID numbers that citizens are forced to use frequently. For example, the national ID number is often required to rent a video or use a gym.
Denmark issues non-photo ID cards with a "person number", and many services use this card to identify people.
Norway will impose a national biometric ID card.
Ireland - national ID card by stealth.
ACLU: the five dangers of national ID cards.
Wikipedia has a list of identity card policies by country.
Stay away from certain countries because of their bad immigration policies.
Avoid flight connections in these airports because of their treatment of passengers.
People often ask how I manage to continue devoting myself to progressive activism (such as the free software movement) for years without burning out. The best way I can answer is by recommending a book, The Lifelong Activist by Hillary Rettig.
I disagree with the book on one theoretical point in the last part of the book: we shouldn't think of political activism as being marketing and sales, because those terms refer to business, and politics is something much more important than mere business. However, this doesn't diminish the value of the book's practical advice about borrowing techniques from marketing and sales.
Disclosure: I am friends with the author.
The Mimi and Eunice book by Nina Paley is great.
These are my political articles that are not related to the GNU operating system or free software. For GNU-related articles, see the GNU philosophy directory. You can also order copies of my book, 'Free Software, Free Society, 3rd edition', signed or not signed.
"Those who profess to favor freedom, yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."
See this page for information on efforts to maintain links in the political notes.
Political notes about the 2001 G8 summit in Genoa, Italy are being archived on their own page.
Richard Stallman's bio and publicity photos, and other things of interest to the press, have been moved to a separate page.
On doxing, and how to spell it.
Here I am wearing my "power tie".
Here I am struggling to open a bottle of water.
My application to an join Marian Henley's Ex Boyfriends List
New song (06/2016) - Si la face ay pale.
My Puns in Italian (New 09/2014)
My Puns in German (New 02/2016)
Linguistic Swifties (Now with: Wintu, Penutian, Cochiti, Taos, and Towa.)
There are no godfathers in the Church of Emacs, since there are no gods, but you can be someone's editorfather.
Stallman Does Dallas: "I have to warn you that Texans have been known to have an adverse reaction to my personality . . . "
I found A funny song about the Mickey Mouse Copyright Act (officially the Sonny Bono Copyright Act) which extended copyright retroactively by 20 years on works made as early as the 1920s.
If you are a geek and read Spanish, you will love Raulito el Friki, who said "Hello, world!" immediately after he was born. Here's an archive of this now-defunct comic strip.
Sleeping with Stallman at MIT.
ESR's favorite programming language: Objectivist C.
The huns and the writs. I don't know who wrote this, but I hope he does not object to sharing it here.
No Kludges in Cluj (June 2014)
My book of essays about the philosophy of Software Freedom, is available from the GNU Press.
Avec des chapeaux French song parody.
My radio program of Music from Georgia, originally broadcast on WUOG in Athens, Georgia on Oct 13, 2014.
A proposal for gender neutrality in Spanish, suitable for both speech and writing.
On Hacking: In June 2000, while visiting Korea, I did a fun hack that clearly illustrates the original and true meaning of the word "hacker".
Predicting the attack on Pearl Harbor
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