Mon, 21 May 2012 02:35:34 GMT:Popularity of an Assange run for Senate could cost Greens
THE WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, would stand a good chance of securing a Senate seat, most likely at the expense of the Greens, a new poll has found.
But he would have a better chance in NSW than his native Victoria.
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:34:30 GMT:US “Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Delayed
Soon the file-sharing habits of millions of BitTorrent users in the United States will be monitored as part of an agreement between the MPAA, RIAA, and all the major ISPs. Those caught sharing copyright works will receive several warning messages and will be punished if they continue to infringe. However, it now appears that the much-discussed July start date will have to wait until later in the year as the parties involved may fail to meet the provisional deadline.
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:33:52 GMT:Chris Hedges: Ruling overturning indefinite detention provision of NDAA is ‘huge’
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, who was one of the plaintiffs in the case, told Russia Today that the impact of the decision was “huge.”
“It invalidates a law,” he explained, “that was, of course, signed by the president on New Year’s Eve and permitted the U.S. military — overturning about 200 years of domestic law — to engage in domestic policing, to seize U.S. citizens, to hold them in military facilities, including our offshore penal colonies, to strip them of due process, and to detain them … until the end of hostilities, whenever that is.”
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:32:53 GMT:Labor Trafficking: Modern-day Slave Trade
The freer flow of commodities and capital has been one of the features of the contemporary process of globalization. Unlike in the earlier phase of globalization in the 19th century, however, the freer flow of commodities and capital has not been accompanied by a freer movement of labor globally. The dynamic centers of the global economy, after all, have imposed ever tighter restrictions on migration from the poorer countries.Yet the demand for cheap labor in the richer parts of the world continues to grow, even as more and more people in developing countries seek to escape conditions of economic stagnation and poverty that are often the result of the same dynamics of a system of global capitalism that have created prosperity in the developed world.
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:31:59 GMT:Thousands converge on Chicago on first big day of protests
Thousands rallied and marched peacefully in downtown Chicago Saturday in the biggest protests so far against NATO, the relic of the cold war holding a May 20-21 summit here.
Daley Plaza in the Loop, which officially holds 5,000, was packed to capacity with crowds that spilled out into the surrounding streets and blocks. The rally was called by the nation's largest organization of nurses, National Nurses United, which had declared May 18 , the eve of a G-8 gathering in Maryland and the NATO event here, a day of national action.
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:31:16 GMT:Pyrrhic Victory
I was never very happy with the Labor movement’s co-opting an existing holiday with an established apolitical significance for its own purposes, especially since the event it wished to commemorate did not occur on May 1st, but rather May 4th. Sex worker rights activists have several such days, but we didn’t feel the need to steal somebody else’s holiday. Nor should it matter that the 1st is arguably a more memorable day of the month than some other nearby date; Independence Day, Guy Fawkes Day and Cinco de Mayo seem to be quite popular without having been moved to the 1st of July, November and May respectively.
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:30:40 GMT:Twitter-WikiLeaks case a test of press and privacy rights online
Two weeks ago Birgitta Jonsdottir, the self-styled activist Member of Parliament from Iceland and central figure in the important and ongoing Twitter-WikiLeaks cases, was in Ottawa. We sent her a tweet, got a quick reply, then met to talk about whistle-blowers, privacy and the role of the free press in the age of the Internet.
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:29:06 GMT:The Smith-Amash amendment and NDAA: A loss and a win for liberty
This ruling was a milestone in the protection of 900 years of legal precedent, but the fight for due process raises frightening questions about the future of American liberty and the intentions of our representatives.
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:27:46 GMT:Can Labor Strike Back?
America’s unions must find a way to circumvent restrictive federal laws.
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:27:08 GMT:Union election fairness rule tossed on technicality
Based on a technicality, a federal judge on Monday rejected commonsense rules making National Labor Relations Board union elections fairer.
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:25:15 GMT:Common Lisp: The Untold Story
The account highlights the role of luck in the way various details of history played out, emphasizing the importance of seizing and making the best of the chance opportunities that life presents. The account further underscores the importance of understanding the role of controlling influences such as funding and intellectual property in shaping processes and outcomes. As noted by Louis Pasteur, “chance favors the prepared mind.”
Mon, 21 May 2012 02:24:21 GMT:The Volkswagen Lisp
The Volkswagen Lisp is the most configurable and powerful car in automotive history.
The Lisp was invented in 1958 (some say discovered) and the automotive world hasn't been the same since.
Mon, 14 May 2012 01:06:06 GMT:Jimmy John's Workers Fight Year-Long Battle To Win Back Jobs
Last March, Erik Forman was fired, along with five of his friends, from his job at a Jimmy John's sandwich shop in Minneapolis. A delivery man, Forman says he loved the work almost as much as he hated the company. More than a year later, he and his friends are still fighting to get back on the payroll and pick up their next shifts. "For us, it's bigger than Jimmy John's, and it's bigger than our minimum wage jobs," Forman, 27, says. "We want go back there to do what we started to do."
Mon, 14 May 2012 01:05:25 GMT:Whorearchy
Among the few facts about sex work that everyone agrees upon is that there is a “whorearchy”, a sort of class system among sex workers. Now, nobody agrees on anything about that system, only that it exists. Many strippers, dominatrices, porn actresses, etc insist not only that they aren’t whores, but that they’re better than we are; those whose professions have separated enough from ours that they aren’t even considered sex workers any more (such as actresses and especially masseuses) can be very pompous about it. Prostitutes, on the other hand, sometimes see themselves as better, smarter, more discreet, etc than strippers or porn starlets; sugar babies and other halfway whores deny that they’re sex workers at all; and some unusually self-deluded escorts will even try to draw imaginary lines separating themselves from other hookers. “Authorities” in criminalization and legalization regimes devote great effort to erecting arbitrary barriers between “tolerable” and “intolerable” varieties of harlotry, and sometimes to cementing the strata in place; cops and prosecutors delight in tricking “legal” sex workers into breaking their ridiculous rules (or falsely claiming that they did) in order to have an excuse for victimizing them; and sex worker advocates expend considerable efforts in hand-wringing and lamentation over “classism”.
Mon, 14 May 2012 01:04:50 GMT:BPI plant closures over ‘pink slime’ become permanent
US meat manufacturer Beef Products Inc (BPI) is closing down three of its plants permanently after a month of suspended production caused by the ‘pink slime’ scandal.
Mon, 14 May 2012 01:03:49 GMT:NY Twitter Decision Fails to Recognize Content and Location Data Require a Warrant
A New York judge's broad opinion, ordering Twitter to comply with a subpoena (PDF) and turn over account information about one of its users arrested for disorderly conduct in connection with an Occupy Wall Street protest, is worse the deeper you dig into it.
Mon, 14 May 2012 01:02:30 GMT:UNAIDS calls on Greece to protect sex workers and their clients through comprehensive and voluntary HIV programmes
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) expresses its concern over recent actions by Greek authorities involving the arrest, detention, mandatory HIV testing, publication of photographs and personal details, and pressing of criminal charges against at least 12 sex workers. There is no evidence that punitive approaches to regulating sex work are effective in reducing HIV transmission among sex workers and their clients.
Mon, 14 May 2012 01:01:46 GMT:Recorded Video: Roseanne Barr and Jill Stein: Green Party Presidential Forum
Barr & Stein at GPUSA Presidential Forum
Mon, 14 May 2012 01:00:09 GMT:Pirate Bay Founder Peter Sunde Requests Pardon
After being found guilty of copyright offenses in connection with the operations of The Pirate Bay, site co-founder Peter Sunde should now be beginning an 8 month jail sentence in a Swedish prison. However, in a last-ditch attempt to maintain his freedom, Sunde has asked the Swedish government for clemency citing health and business concerns.
Mon, 14 May 2012 00:59:20 GMT:Richard Branson says Spain can solve its economic problems by legalizing marijuana
Sir Richard Branson believes that the ideal way for Spain to get out of its current morass of national debt, savage austerity cuts, and social turmoil would be to legalize and tax marijuana.
Mon, 14 May 2012 00:58:13 GMT:After the German Pirate Party's String Of Successes, Here Comes The Backlash
Over the last few months, Techdirt has been reporting on the amazing rise of the German Pirate Party, with win after win after win. Politicians in the other parties have looked on aghast, powerless to halt the rise of something they clearly can't fathom. Inevitably, the fightback has finally begun, but packaged as an artists' revolt, not simply that of the copyright industries worried about their profit margins.
Mon, 14 May 2012 00:57:26 GMT:A Spectre Is Haunting Europe: The People Won't Listen!
Presidential elections in France and the general elections in Greece are seismic events, which have significance way beyond the characters involved. After three years of austerity programmes throughout Europe characterised by billions of Euros worth of public money redirected towards protecting bankers and speculators who indulged in an orgy of reckless bond buying, people are simply defying an elite consensus.
Mon, 14 May 2012 00:56:00 GMT:ALEC Singled Out for Exemption from Lobbying Law in South Carolina
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), composed of conservative politicians and corporations that promote pro-business legislative agendas, has been allowed to lobby in South Carolina and other states without being required to register like other lobbying organizations.
Mon, 14 May 2012 00:56:34 GMT:Trumka: America’s economic lead is not a given
Below are excerpts of a May 9 speech by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to the Center for National Policy, a Washington think tank that in the past has concentrated on national security issues. The center decided this year that the economy itself is a national security issue. Trumka's remarks follow:
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:17:15 GMT:Robots, Men, and Sex Toruism: How Robot Prostitutes Can Change Sex Tourism.
the latest issue of Futures journal (V 44, I 4, May 2012) has an article that describes a fictional club in Amsterdam that caters to robo-fetishists in 2050.
Ian Yeoman and Michelle Mars of the University of Wellington’s Victoria Management School create a hypothetical robo-brothel not only to show how it can be possible, but to show how it can alter how the sex trade operates in Amsterdam, and potentially world-wide. The Futures journal is available for download from Science Direct, but it’s behind a paywall. I was hoping it would be shared by now, but fortunately io9 quotes a few paragraphs about the club, its services, and the advantages to meat-based bordellos.
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:15:30 GMT:A Tale of Two World Views
The scope of the article extends far beyond 2011, it seeks to defend nearly all aspects of the US state-directed bailout of the private sector in the post-2008 period. To do so, the areas of consideration are restricted to the three favorites of capitalist-inspired economists – the official unemployment rate, manufacturing production and stock prices.
The grim reality for most of us – the group the Occupy movement refers to as the 99% – is that we don’t live our lives inside these numbers. The official unemployment hides the number of people who have given up looking for work. The increase in manufacturing has mostly been a jobless one. And the rise in stock prices is a primary concern only for 1%’ers and those being chained to them by retirement funds.
In reality, the reality most of us live in, conditions have gotten substantially worse since 2008. Food insecurity has reached all-time highs.
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:12:04 GMT:Workers’ rights and the internet
Communication, solidarity and the internet: How the internet, information technology and new media are shaping the world working class
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:11:12 GMT:In Search of Stripper Solidarity
Can professional dancers find workplace justice?
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:10:10 GMT:Radio Is About to Get Better
The FCC is finally ready to re-open its application process for low-powered FM stations. Who’s ready to rock the mic?
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:09:13 GMT:UPDATE: With May First/Riseup Server Seizure, FBI Overreaches Yet Again
UPDATE: Late last week, the FBI returned the seized server to the colocation facility that May First/People Link and Riseup shared. Yesterday, May First released video footage of the server's return. As we learn more details about the situation, we'll keep you posted.
The FBI is at it again -- executing broad search warrants, disrupting legitimate Internet traffic, and getting nothing in return.
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:08:27 GMT:Guantánamo Defendants Stage "Peaceful Resistance" to Military Commissions
At Guantánamo, lawyers for five prisoners being tried by a military commission for their role in the Sept. 11 attacks said the judicial process was rigged to lead to the execution of their clients. During Saturday’s arraignment, the prisoners refused to talk or listen to the judge. One prisoner was brought to the court in restraints. A lawyer for one of the prisoners said the actions of the men were a “peaceful resistance to an unjust system.” Attorney James Harrington criticized the military commission’s rules that bar discussion of the time his client, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, spent in a secret CIA prison.
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:06:58 GMT:Judge: An IP-Address Doesn’t Identify a Person (or BitTorrent Pirate)
A landmark ruling in one of the many mass-BitTorrent lawsuits in the US has delivered a severe blow to a thus far lucrative business. Among other things, New York Judge Gary Brown explains in great detail why an IP-address is not sufficient evidence to identify copyright infringers. According to the Judge this lack of specific evidence means that many alleged BitTorrent pirates have been wrongfully accused by copyright holders.
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:06:09 GMT: Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom Gets $750,000 Back
Kim Dotcom booked a valuable victory this week when a court ruled that $750,000 in funds and cars should be returned to the Megaupload founder. Among other things, Dotcom regained possession of a $301,000 bank account and his Mercedes-Benz G55AMG. Other property that was seized based on an order from the US District Court remains in the hands of the New Zealand authorities for the time being.
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:05:03 GMT:B&N Removes Magazine From Nook Store Due To Feature Article On 'Hacking'
Barnes & Noble removed Linux Format magazine from the Nook store because the magazine dared to publish an article entitled Learn to Hack.
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:03:40 GMT:Latin America Delivers a Good, Swift Kick to the U.S.
On one level, April’s hemispheric summit meeting was an old-fashioned butt kicking for Washington’s policies in the region. The White House found itself virtually alone—Dudley Do-Right Canada its sole ally—on everything from Cuba to the war on drugs. But the differences go deeper than the exclusion of Havana and the growing body count in Washington’s failed anti-narcotics strategy. They reflect profound disagreements on how to build economies, confront inequity, and reflect a new balance of power in world affairs.
Tue, 08 May 2012 01:03:00 GMT:Apple’s $2 Billion a Year Tax Avoidance Strategy
Apple is a leader not only in technology but also tax dodging.
The world’s most profitable tech company has developed over the years creative legal ways (that other companies have followed) to minimize its tax hit with the U.S. government.
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:06:35 GMT:Iceland Revolution Project - Interview with Birgitta Jónsdóttir - Part 1
Iceland Revolution Project - Interview with Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:05:32 GMT:Transgender Breakthrough
EEOC ruling that gender-identity discrimination is covered by Title VII is a ''sea change'' that opens the doors to employment protection for transgender Americans
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:04:56 GMT:The Absurd Myths Porn Teaches Us About Sex
Young people who have learned about sex from watching porn have a treasure trove of sadly mistaken beliefs and misconceptions about sexuality.
When Lynette, a college student, first hooked up with an ex-boyfriend, she came face to face with the unrealistic ideals mainstream porn can create about sexuality.
“I had a boyfriend who didn’t realize that women had pubic hair,”
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:03:33 GMT:The Strange Relationship Between Feminism and Sex Work
The prostitutes' rights movement of the early 1970s evolved directly from the women's movement. As feminists developed an understanding of the mechanics of our oppression, so prostitutes among them recognized the dynamics of our oppression and saw the criminalization of prostitution as another manifestation of sexism and misogyny.
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:02:52 GMT:A Necessary Evil
They won’t declare that slavery was right and good through most of human history, or that it’s moral to slaughter those who won’t agree to follow a conqueror’s religion, or that heretics and homosexuals should be burned at the stake and deformed babies set out to die…even though all of those ideas (and many others equally abominable) were accepted by majorities, often overwhelming majorities, in the cultures which practiced them.
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:01:22 GMT:Even with Rogers’ Amendments, CISPA is Still a Surveillance Bill
This week, a flurry of amendments were introduced to try to salvage the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a “cybersecurity” bill moving through the house that’s been criticized as giving companies free rein to spy on personal communications and pass unredacted content (like emails) to the government. Though numerous amendments were suggested, a package of five amendments were put together by the bill’s primary author Mike Rogers (R-MI) and are likely to get accepted without much debate. Below is an overview of what’s in the Rogers package and how it fails to address the grave civil liberties concerns inherent in CISPA.
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 21:00:29 GMT:Don’t talk to us about sewing machines: Talk to us about worker’s rights
Sex workers ran a number of exciting and challenging sessions during the AWID Forum in Istanbul. In their interactions with delegates they have been stressing the importance of listening to sex workers and acknowledging sex work as work. There has also been a plea for the silent majority of feminists who support sex workers rights to raise their voices to condemn interventions like anti-trafficking raid and rescues which are often carried out in the name of feminism.
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:59:41 GMT: Anonymous: Message to United States Citizens [CISPA]
Anonymous:Call to Action on CISPA
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:59:06 GMT:List of possible NSA interception point locations and VIDEO of Whitney Surveillance teach-in
Woven through the museum were interactive installations by Stimulate, and two mysterious portraits of of Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks, who has been under house-arrest in Great Britian for 501 days without charge.
The teach-in at the Whitney was lead by computer security researcher and privacy advocate Jacob Appelbaum, and featured NSA Whistleblower, William Binney.
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:58:03 GMT:Cuba’s Left Must Roll Up its Sleeves
Cuba is going through critical moments in its history that are marked by the physical decline of Fidel Castro, the open recognition of the general failure of the “state socialist” model (which is really nothing more than concealed state monopoly capitalism), and the struggle for either the restoration of private capitalism or the advance toward to a new truly democratic socialist society.
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:57:10 GMT:Kim Dotcom Lashes Out Against “Corrupt” US Government
The US judge handling the Megaupload case noted today that it may never be tried due to a procedural error, a comment that has sparked the anger of Megaupload’s founder. Kim Dotcom is furious with the US Government for destroying his businesses and rendering hundreds of people unemployed. According to Dotcom the case is the result of “corruption on the highest political level, serving the interests of the copyright extremists in Hollywood.”
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:56:18 GMT:Jimmy John's Workers Hit the Bricks to Bring Bosses into Compliance with Court Order : Over a Year After Mass Firing, Search for Justice takes Workers from Courtroom to the Streets
Picket lines will popped up around Jimmy John's at noon today as sandwich workers and supporters from Occupy Minneapolis and local labor unions sought to persuade franchise owners Mike and Rob Mulligan to comply with a judge's order to reinstate six workers illegally fired for blowing the whistle on company policies which expose customers to sandwiches made by sick workers. Although an NLRB judge ruled on Friday that the workers must be offered reinstatement within 14 days, federal labor law allows employers to illegally fire workers and then drag out appeals for years with minimal penalties.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:14:42 GMT:How tiny Estonia stepped out of USSR's shadow to become an internet titan
The European country where Skype was born made a conscious decision to embrace the web after shaking off Soviet shackles
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:14:05 GMT:Citizens United and the 19th Amendment
If working to reverse Citizens United has been one of Obama’s priorities, though, it’s been a well-kept secret. He rarely mentions it, and in February he reversed himself and decided accept funding from a Super PAC that’s raising money for his election campaign. (Citizens United allows Super PACs – or “political action committees” – to raise unlimited cash contributions from individuals, almost always on behalf of a particular candidate or cause.)
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:13:14 GMT:Why I'm suing the US government to protect internet freedom
Birgitta Jónsdóttir explains her joining the Hodges vs Obama Adminstration NDAA lawsuit.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:11:35 GMT:New study recommends cutting meat consumption for climate
The developed world would have to cut its red meat consumption in half to meet the nitrous oxide (N2O) reduction targets set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a new report has claimed.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:10:53 GMT:A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Including Your Location
At first blush, it seems obvious that a picture could reveal your location. A picture of you standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge sensibly leads to the conclusion you're in the San Francisco Bay Area when the photo was taken. But now that smartphones are quickly supplanting traditional digital cameras, and even traditional cameras now have wifi built in, many more pictures are finding their way onto the web, in places like Twitter, Flickr, Google+ and Tumblr. In a span of 10 days, popular photo social network Instagram added 10 million new users as a result of the release of its Android app and its acquisition by Facebook. And the location data hidden in these quick and candid pictures -- even when your location isn't as obvious as "standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge" -- is becoming another easy way for anyone, including law enforcement, to figure out where you are.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:10:13 GMT:Japan’s Last Nuclear Plant to Shut Down Next Month
Japan will go without nuclear power for the first time in decades after the last plant currently operating in the country is shut down early next month. Japan’s trade minister said two reactors that have been idling since the massive earthquake and nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi facility would not be brought back online before the country’s last plant is shut down. Before the Fukushima crisis last year, nuclear power made up about 30 percent of Japan’s electricity demand, but all but one of the country’s 54 reactors are currently offline following safety concerns.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:09:30 GMT:US: Megaupload’s Hosting Company Might be Sued Next
At a federal court hearing where several parties hoped to get a clear answer on the fate of Megaupload’s user data, the US Government’s attorney slammed hosting company Carpathia. The US says the hosting provider may be partly responsible for the copyright infringements that occurred through Megaupload and said Carpathia may even become the target of a civil lawsuit.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:08:55 GMT:Interview: Fighting to Take Back Media Sovereignty in Venezuela
An interview with Victor Rodriguez of the Pluri-National Alternative Media Collective – The People’s Correspondents, based in Táchira state. The People’s Correspondents is an alternative media network which spans across Latin America and also has links in North America and Europe. The Venezuelan division was set up in 2008, when Rodriguez moved to Venezuela from his native Uruguay.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:08:23 GMT:EU Commissioner Kroes Speaks Out On Internet Openness; Says We Cannot Allow ISP Disconnects
Another thing she's clear on: openness can't mean kicking people offline, something she insists should not be allowed:
We cannot allow democratic voices to be silenced in that way. And I am committed to ensuring "No Disconnect" in countries that struggle for democracy. We must help such activists get around arbitrary disruptions to their basic freedoms.
Of course, that's talking about countries "struggling for democracy" such as those in the Arab Spring. But what about established democracies that are already putting in place laws to kick people offline -- like France with Hadopi? Hopefully she'll fight against such attacks on connectivity as well.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:07:02 GMT: Iceland’s Special Prosecutor Conducts Raids in Lux
Raids were conducted in three locations in Luxembourg yesterday on behalf of the Office of the Special Prosecutor in Iceland in connection with the office’s investigation on alleged market abuse and breach of trust in Landsbanki before its collapse in 2008.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:06:27 GMT:LA-Long Beach port truck drivers win important victory
With a 46-15 vote in favor of joining the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, employee drivers at Toll Group logistics company in southern California last week became one of the few groups of port truck drivers to become unionized.
Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:05:44 GMT:Voter ID Laws Could Take Vote away from 25,000 Transgender Americans
Almost a third of all election-eligible transgender Americans living in states with strict voter-ID laws could be denied the right to cast ballots this November.