Telcos Buy Democratic Votes

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Technology,War on Terror — posted by Q Ball on 6/26/2008 @ 5:01 pm

Democrats who changed their votes on the new FISA bill received an average of $8,000 from Verizon, Sprint and AT&T. Will the public servants with real convictions please stand up? Check out the data at MAPLight.org

Global Climate Change

Filed under:Our Money,Science,Technology — posted by 3wire on 6/24/2008 @ 4:40 pm

“To assume that [climate change] is a problem is to assume that the state of earth’s climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn’t change.”

NASA Administrator Dr. Michael Griffin, May 30, 2007 interview

House Grants Telecom Amnesty, Expands Spying Powers

Filed under:Bill of Rights — posted by 3wire on 6/22/2008 @ 9:42 pm

For those of you still laboring under the delusion that the Democrats are any different than the Republicans when comes to your constitutional rights, here is more evidence to the contrary.

From Wired:

The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives quickly passed a bill Friday that will expand the government’s ability to install blanket wiretaps inside the United States. It will also put an end to the lawsuits filed against the nation’s telecoms for helping the government spy on Americans without getting the necessary court orders.

more

Dodd’s Invasion Of Privacy

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Our Money,Technology — posted by Q Ball on 6/19/2008 @ 3:50 pm

Senator Chris Dodd has inserted into a new housing bill a requirement that all electronic payments be reported to the government.

Privacy groups like the Center for Democracy and Technology and small business organizations like the NFIB sharply criticized this idea when it first appeared earlier this year. What is the federal government’s purpose with this kind of detailed data? How will this database be secured, and who will have access?

SCAR-L

Filed under:Gaming,Shooting Sports — posted by 3wire on 6/2/2008 @ 9:51 pm

TomCat gets SCAR-L trigger time at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) live fire event.



image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace