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Why is the Internet on strike today? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mozilla   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 10:08

Stop Censorship Today, Mozilla is joining the virtual strike against Internet censorship – along with others like Wikipedia and Google – to raise awareness of US Congress legislation that could fundamentally alter the Internet we know and love.

This harmful legislation, called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate, will be voted on as early as January 24th in the Senate.

If you live in the US, there's still time to help stop these bills from becoming law. Please visit mozilla.org/sopa for information on the bill, and on ways you can reach out to your legislators.

What makes this legislation so bad? Here's how it would change the Web:
  • Communication platforms – from YouTube to Facebook to Amazon – could be shut down if a single rights holder alleges a violation.
  • It would make the Web less stable and less secure.
  • Social networking sites, like Twitter or Facebook, could be forced to track and control user behavior, stunting innovation and undermining free expression.
  • Your Internet provider could be required to inspect all of your traffic and browsing.

Visit mozilla.org/sopa right now for information – and make your voice heard before it's too late.

Please join today's strike, and help protect the Internet.

Sincerely,

Jane & Winston
Editors


Stop Censorship

 
Independent Scholars' Evenings PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Monday, 16 January 2012 15:37
Dear Independent Scholar, Co-leaners and Supporters,

We are repeating the documentary for those who missed it due to our first snow last week.

THRIVE.
On
Thursday
Jan 19th  2012
At
7.00 pm

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future. After the presentation there will be critical analysis of the movie within the group, facilitated by Independent Scholar Michael Grady.

Please attend.  Please feel free to forward this email to your network.
These Inidependent Scholars' Evenings we sponsored by The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd. a 501(c) 3 at State and Federal levels since 1996.

Please visit our website www.qcinstitute.org

Looking forward to meeting you at the ISE

 
Author Sharon R. Holub Book Signing Event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Terry Cordingley   
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 16:07

WHEN: 01-21-2012

TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cool Beanz Coffee House, 1325 30th St., Rock Island, IL 61201

WHAT: Sharon R. Holub, a resident of Davenport, IA, will be available to sign copies of her Children's book, Adventures of the Big Green Van.

When Shayla Christine and Christy Lee want to visit faraway places with their grandfather, they enlist the help of the big green van. With a little magic and a lot of love, the girls begin a journey to see the world with their grandfather in Adventures of the Big Green Van.

For more information, contact Terry Cordingley at 888-361-9473 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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'Run-Up to Iowa' Launches 2012 Election Coverage by Odyssey Networks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Christian Newswire   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:07
NEW YORK, Dec. 29, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Odyssey Networks kicks off its 2012 election coverage today with "Run-Up to Iowa" -- a look at the faith-based factors in the upcoming Iowa caucus. Watch the video at odysseynetworks.org.

On Jan. 3rd, Republican voters in Iowa will caucus to choose their preferred candidate to challenge Barack Obama for the presidency. In a state where an estimated 60 percent of the GOP identify as evangelicals, candidates have been heavily courting the state's pastors and Christian power brokers in an effort to find favor with this crucial voting bloc.

"Winning and coalescing the evangelical vote is paramount if you want to win the Iowa Caucus," said Bob Vander Plaats, President of Family Leader, an organization in Des Moines. However, at this point one candidate has not emerged as representing evangelical issues over and above the others: "They're all pretty good candidates on our issues," he says. The sanctity of human life, God's design for the family and traditional marriage between one man and one woman are issues Vander Plaats cites as priorities.

The Rev. Jeff Mullen, Lead Pastor of Point of Grace Church in Waukee, IA says evangelicals are divided between the pragmatic and idealistic: those who are most concerned about which candidate could defeat Barack Obama, and those who are committed to voting based on their core values, no matter what.

Randall Balmer, Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College and Columbia University, puts the run-up to the Iowa caucus in perspective, framing the possibilities in terms of economic, social, political and religious issues that are playing out in the Republican campaigns, even before the first "official" event of the presidential primaries. Hear different viewpoints on the caucus and learn about how it works at odysseynetworks.org.

 
Q&A on Holding the FCC Accountable PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen Chuck Grassley   
Monday, 19 December 2011 13:06

with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley

 

Q:        Why have you taken on the Federal Communications Commission?

A:        More than seven months ago, I started asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for information that would shed light on the agency’s apparent rush to approve the LightSquared project.  Until public outcry, the agency was allowing LightSquared to move forward on a fast track with its plans for a nationwide wireless network, despite serious concerns of interference with the GPS systems used widely in military, aviation, emergency response venues, and even agriculture.  The agency has refused to provide the public with insight into its approval process.  This is of tremendous concern because the FCC controls a big part of the economy with its decisions about which companies can access highly valuable broadcast spectrum space.  The FCC conducts the public’s business, and the public’s business ought to be public.

 

Q:        Is there a way to make the FCC respond to your efforts for accountability?

A:        To date, the FCC has provided none of the information and found excuses not to provide the information.  Even the private companies involved – LightSquared and Harbinger Capital Partners (the hedge fund backing the project) – have promised to be more forthcoming than the FCC, even though the FCC is a public agency funded by the taxpayers.  LightSquared and Harbinger Capital promised to provide me with requested documents on their dealings with the FCC this month.  As a last resort to try to exhort more transparency and accountability from the FCC, I’ll be placing a Senate hold on consideration of two nominees, a Democrat and a Republican, to serve as FCC commissioners.

 

Q:        What’s at stake beyond accountability and the integrity of the FCC’s approval process?

A:        This week, it was disclosed that Harbinger Capital Partners and fund owner Philip Falcone have received what’s called a Wells Notice from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Last April, in my initial letter to the FCC on its decision to fast-track the LightSquared project, I noted that the hedge fund faced ongoing SEC investigations.  In July, I followed up by writing a letter that asked FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski if he was concerned about these multiple SEC investigations of Mr. Falcone related to market manipulation, especially since the FCC had granted Mr. Falcone’s company a $10 billion victory with LightSquared following an unusual, shortened public comment period.  While the Wells Notice does not mean the SEC definitely will take action against Mr. Falcone and his hedge fund, it does show that the SEC staff believes there is sufficient evidence to consider recommending an enforcement action.  Now the FCC is faced with the real possibility that it made a multi-billion-dollar grant of valuable spectrum to someone who could be charged with violating securities laws.  When I raised this concern seven months ago, the FCC Chairman was dismissive.  Now, more than ever, the FCC chairman should lead the effort to provide documents and offer insight into how the agency decided to give Mr. Falcone, Harbinger Capital Partners, and LightSquared this multi-billion-dollar grant. The public spectrum is a valuable asset that the Federal Communications Commission is responsible for protecting.  It’s unclear what would happen if a company gets access to a piece of this spectrum property and then falls apart.

 

Friday, December 9, 2011

 
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