Senator Durbin Joins Call To Stop TPP Fast Track

By: Monday February 17, 2014 11:51 am

Senator Dick Durbin has joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in opposing fast track trade authority for the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Durbin’s opposition could signal the beginning of the end for the agreements as now prominent Democratic leaders in both the Senate and House are [...]

Noam Chomsky Faults MIT Over Aaron Swartz Case

By: Monday January 13, 2014 8:19 am

Last Saturday, January 11th, 2014, was the one year anniversary of the death of Aaron Swartz. Much has been written here and elsewhere on the conduct of government officials whom treated Swartz as a threat and their misjudgement in doing so. Beyond some of Swartz’s FBI files which were released under the Freedom of Information [...]

Is TPP Even A Trade Deal?

By: Friday November 15, 2013 8:14 am

The ill effects of free trade have become abundantly obvious to most Americans. Our manufacturing base has dissipated as corporations raced overseas to find the most depraved hell holes where workers rights and environmental regulation only exist on paper, if even there. The free trade push betrayed centuries of American values and planning which built [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Secrecy Raising Doubts About Legitimacy

By: Monday November 4, 2013 9:31 am

Have you heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? Then something has gone wrong for the wheelers and dealers. You aren’t supposed to know about it. The TPP is, in theory, a free trade deal to foster economic cooperation between the United States and allied countries in the Asia-Pacific region. In truth it is “NAFTA on [...]

CISPA Moving Through House

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 1:37 pm

Today the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) has overcome another legislative hurdle heading towards passage in the House. The resolution pushing the bill forward passed 227-192 primarily along party lines with 8 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with the Republicans – Barber, Costa, Gutierrez, Schneider, Ruppersberger, McIntyre, Owens, and Matheson. Final vote [...]

Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Aaron Swartz

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 7:50 am

Today I want to tell you three American stories. The first story is about one of the most celebrated American entrepreneurs of all time – Steve Jobs. When Jobs was a young adult he and his friend Steve Wozniak started a business centered around an innovative piece of technology. This piece of technology was called [...]

RIP Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)

By: Saturday January 12, 2013 5:03 pm

In a country full of stupid laws – written by corrupt politicians, refined by maniacal bureaucrats, and enforced by ruthless careerists – few are stupider than the current version of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. On the surface it seems sensible, first passed in 1986 as a basic legal protection against unauthorized access of [...]

Republicans Take Down Anti-Corporate Copyright Law Paper Within 24 Hours of Publication

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 6:00 am

One post-election question up for debate is where the Republican Party would go to try and capture the areas of the electorate they cannot penetrate – particularly minorities and the youth vote. The watered-down version of the DREAM Act suggested a policy path for reaching some segments of the minority electorate. And for about 24 [...]

Cybersecurity Bill on Track for Senate Floor, After Privacy Protections Added

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 12:22 pm

The Senate will vote on a cybersecurity bill that’s taken years to get to the floor. The House has already passed a bill known as CISPA, which raised the ire of privacy and technology activists. Even the White House threatened a veto. Now the Senate will get their turn, after a series of maneuvers designed [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Sherrod Brown Urges Transparency for “NAFTA for Asia”

By: Monday June 11, 2012 1:34 pm

Some Senate Democrats and even some Republicans are concerned about a controversial trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics have denounced as “NAFTA for Asia.” And they are making their opinions known to the Obama Administration about the relative secrecy under which the deal is being negotiated. As first reported by Zach Carter [...]

Berman-Sherman Debate Degrees of Belligerence Toward Iran

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 7:06 am

If we see military action in Iran in the next several months, you can trace part of the reason back to a redistricting quirk in the San Fernando Valley. Rep. Howard Berman basically ran the state’s redistricting maps, through his brother, when they were drawn by the legislature. But California voters passed an initiative setting [...]

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