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Civil Liberties Minute:
US citizens: call on Congress not to impose a nondemocratic austerity government on Puerto Rico.
US citizens: call on the Senate to pass the Email Privacy Act without weakening riders or exceptions.
US citizens: phone Senator Stabenow to oppose the DARK act and protect state requirements for labeling of GMOs in food.
US citizens: phone your senators (each of them) at 877-429-0678 to oppose proposed funding increases for the Pentagon in S. 2943.
Also say that such a decision should not be made with a voice vote.
Citizens of Massachusetts: Support Sen. Eldridge's amendment to close a campaign finance loophole in Massachusetts.
US citizens: Verizon, settle with your workers.
In the US: Verizon, be fair to your workers.
Also say you stand with striking Verizon workers.
US citizens: phone your senators to block attempts to forbid states from requiring labeling of GMOs.
Everyone: Call on Oklahoma legislators to reject SB 1552 which would make abortion a felony.
US citizens: call on Democrats in Congress to defend the recent extension of overtime pay requirement to more workers.
US citizens: Call on Congress to support the Lautenberg Act and give Americans systematic protection against toxic chemicals.
US citizens: call for saving Wyoming's wolves.
US citizens: Keep Oil and Gas Drilling out of the Wyoming Range.
US citizens: phone Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Norman Bay at 1-800-571-2435 to rebuke him for excluding the public from the meetings at which they gave fossil fuel companies what they wanted.
US citizens: support Senator Gillibrand's bill to reform prosecution of rape in the US military.
US citizens: Support allowing the Veterans Administration to recommend marijuana to sick veterans, in states which permit medical marijuana.
US citizens: call on the Republican Party to denounce Trump's repeated harassment of women.
US citizens: Call on Obama to stop oil leasing off ALL US coasts.
US citizens: Tell Democratic leaders: Don't Help Republicans Gut Wall Street Reform.
US citizens: call on the EPA to follow science, not fossils, on the issue of fracking and water pollution.
US citizens: stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
US citizens: call on Congress to lift the ban on research into the phenomenon of gun violence.
US citizens: call on Trump to publish his tax returns.
US citizens: Saturday May 21 is " Take Our Children to the Park and Leave Them There" Day.
US citizens: call for making election day a holiday.
US citizens: Oppose building the Millennium coal export terminal.
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. 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 (10/2013) - Poppycock
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.
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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