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Civil Liberties Minute:
US citizens: call on Obama to take firmer measures against smuggling ivory into the US.
US citizens: call on President Obama to appoint SEC commissioners that are not subservient to banksters.
On Saturday May 30, join UK Uncut's protest against dooH niboR — planned budget cuts aimed at the non-rich.
US citizens: tell your congresscritter to protect fisheries management by opposing HR 1335.
US citizens: tell Congress to stop corporate tax evasion through "inversions".
US citizens: Oppose Republican plans for sexual discrimination.
US citizens: tell Congress to let the PAT RIOT Act (section 215) expire.
Everyone: tell Dow to cancel its new toxic herbicide, which combines Roundup with Agent Orange.
US citizens: phone your congressional representative to oppose the TPP. Then use this page to send a message. The capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.
US citizens: oppose the TPP as an obstacle to saving the Earth from global heating.
US citizens: if your senator voted for the "fast track" bill, phone and rebuke the senator.
Then phone your representative and say to vote against "fast track" and against all so-called "trade treaties".
US citizens: call on Congress to reverse the Corporations United decision.
Officially it's called "Citizens United", but we should not repeat the falsehoods of the plutocrats.
Everyone: support the German campaign to end the US-German drone relay.
US citizens: call for restricting for-profit colleges.
US citizens: call on the US government to defy the WTO and maintain the requirement for country-of-origin labeling for meat.
US citizens: call on Congress to oppose the Shelby bill that gives Wall Street whatever it wants.
US citizens: call for strict requirements for in-situ leach mining for uranium.
The process spreads toxic minerals and chemicals as well as uranium in the ground.
US citizens: call for a special prosecutor in Pasco to investigate the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.
US citizens: call for banning elected judges from personally asking for campaign funds.
I think judges should not be elected at all.
US citizens: call on TV producers whose shows laud torture to say they recognize torture doesn't "work" to get the truth.
Torture would be wrong even if it did "work".
US citizens: call on Congress to ban use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and products for people's skin.
US citizens: tell Obama not to approve oil drilling in Arctic waters.
US citizens: call on Congress not to permit discrimination against employees for things such as having abortion, using birth control, or doing in-vitro fertilization.
US citizens: call on the EPA to disapprove genetically engineered salmon.
US citizens: call on Obama to give a preference in federal contracts to companies that treat workers better.
Please don't use "who" in reference to companies; companies are not people.
US citizens: call on Obama to hold a debate with Senator Warren about the TPP.
US citizens: sign this petition to kick the big polluters out of the climate negotiations.
US citizens: Call on the Senate to debate military spending publicly.
Massachusetts citizens: urge your state representative to support bills for abortion rights.
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.
Regarding Mark Vernon's attack on Peter Singer's philosophy. (May 2011)
How Egypt can help Libya. (Feb 2011)
Protect Your Friends — Protect Julian Assange (Jan 2011).
Global Patronage: This describes the Global Patronage system of supporting artists on the Internet. Francis Muguet and I were working on it together at the time of his death in September 2009. He sent me a draft for version 1.2.1, and I responded with this modified version which I call 1.3. The principal change was to describe correctly what sort of function would be used to calculate the shares of the non-attributed funds. I did not expect him to have any objections, but he died before responding. (French Translation)
Sad to say, this law was adopted in Britain in July 2000. Residents of the UK must now start using steganography to protect themselves from secret raids.
"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
Here is a color photo in JPEG format.
"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul."-Mahatma Gandhi
A photo of a painting of me.
A drawing of me.
A photo of me, in Svalbard, wearing a snowmobile suit. Taken by Håkon Wium Lie, released under CC BY.
A photo taken by Bill Ebbesen at the Danish Technical University on 2007/03/31. It is free to use and redistribute (placed in the public domain worldwide by the original copyright holder).
photo from a recent interview.
A photo of RMS with a large "aureole" by Roberto Brenlla.
An imaginative painting of Richard Stallman, by Jin Wicked.
Another drawing of me, by Banlu Kemiyatorn.
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 Spanish (New pun, 12/2014)
My Puns in Italian (New 09/2014)
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)
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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