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Civil Liberties Minute:
US citizens: call on Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the administration's ties to Russia.
US Citizens: oppose union-weakening "right to work" laws at state and federal level.
US citizens: call for impeaching the troll now.
US citizens: sign up for meetings this week with your congresscritter and staff.
US citizens: call on Congress to legislate Bannon's removal from the National Security Council.
Everyone: call on the Ladies Professional Golf Association not to hold its tournament in the troll's golf course.
US citizens: call on Senate Democrats to defend the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
US citizens: Support the bill to prohibit a US nuclear first strike.
US citizens: call on Congress to investigate White House ethics violations.
US citizens: support the Global HER Act which would overturn the global gag rule.
This petition is run by Population Connection, which I am a member of.
US citizens: Tell the US not to target survivors of domestic abuse for deportation.
Everyone: tell Oklahoma legislators: don't let men veto abortion.
US citizens: call on Congress to reject the troll's budget cuts.
UK citizens (and anyone else): Support Liberty's campaign against the snooper's charter by sending a donation to
Liberty The Royal Bank of Scotland Sort Code: 15-30-00 Account Number: 71186809or by mailing a check to
Liberty House 26-30 Strutton Ground London SW1P 2HR.
They also accept donations digitally, but their web site requires nonfree software to do that, and you shouldn't run nonfree software.
US citizens: call on US prisons that implement virtual visits with prisoners not to use this as an excuse to ban real visits.
I am worried about these virtual visits. Does the visitor have to run a nonfree program? I suspect it does.
US citizens: call for continuing research about pollinators despite the troll's hiring freeze.
The White House comments line is 202-456-1111.
Everyone: thank the US football players that refuse to visit the troll.
US citizens: call on the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the troll's conflicts of interest and connections to the Russian government.
US citizens: call for Keeping wolves in Alaska protected on wildlife refuges.
US citizens: phone your Democratic senators and urge them to stand firm against Gorsuch.
The Capitol Switchboard numbers are 202-224-3121, 888-818-6641 and 888-355-3588.
US citizens: call on Congress to support HR 608, which is designed to pressure Salafi Arabia about its war in Yemen since that makes it an ally of al Qa'ida.
Here are some quotations that I particularly like.
See the current pol-notes page for more.
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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, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, the Philippines. Australia's previous government tried to institute national ID cards, but the Labor government dropped the plan.
India is now trying to institute national ID cards.
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.
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."
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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