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Civil Liberties Minute:
US citizens: call on the Bureau of Land Management to stop selling leases to extract oil and natural gas.
US citizens: call for an investigation of the pharma company Gilead for tax dodging.
US citizens: Oppose voter suppression measures.
US citizens: call for adding a public insurance plan option to Obama's medical care system.
US citizens: Call on Democrats to push for a public option for medical coverage.
This was part of Obama's original proposal, but lobbying from private insurance companies pressure Congress to remove it. Now we see the results they were lobbying for.
Private insurance is the wrong model for medical care, since everyone needs that and we must make sure no one is left out.
US citizens: call on the Department of Justice to investigate harassment of people that document thugs' violence, and train thugs to respect their rights.
US citizens: call for an investigation of the Crosscheck scheme for disenfranchizing minority voters.
US citizens: call on Obama to make the EPA take quick action to protect pollinators.
Everyone: call for dropping charges against Amy Goodman.
Everyone: sign this petition opposing the merger of Bayer and Monsanto.
EU citizens: sign the Change Copyright petition.
I post this while holding my nose about some points in the formulation of the petition. For instance, its mention of Facebook and Instagram without condemnation grants them undeserved legitimacy. Also, it describes publications as "content".
These are definitely not all the changes needed in copyright in the EU, but they are needed and they are not bad.
US citizens: call on Obama to revoke the permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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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. Support the campaign against them.
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, 2nd 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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