There are major steps being taken to help end the mass surveillance of United States Citizens. The Good Doctor here would like to encourage you to take steps yourself to help us. Regardless of your thoughts on Snowden, current politics, or otherwise, the unchecked collection of data by the NSA is monumental and Orwellian. Each and every one of us is currently being treated like a suspect. This sort of life under glass is the first step in enabling the boot on the face of humanity forever. So come on folks, let’s try to end mass surveillance and tell our leadership that we will not exchange liberty for safety and complacency. Call or write your representative and tell them to do their job and represent their people and not their own interests.
Strike at the root.
Update: It was brought to my attention that James Sensenbrenner Jr (R-WI), author of this bill, wrote the legislation that allowed for the collection of our data in the first place. I decided to continue due diligence and investigate this bill. I have read it and have decided to keep my link up. The wording of the proposed legislation enables actions that the ACLU and many other advocacy groups support for ending mass data collection and increased law enforcement transparency and public accountability. The PATRIOT act was a poorly worded, knee jerk document, and people make mistakes. People can rectify mistakes as well. Sensenbrenner’s moderate voting record is commendable in the current political atmosphere, and while I don’t agree with all of his platforms, I appreciate his ability to negotiate and to acknowledge that PRISM was far outside of the scope of what he intended and has taken steps to rectify the situation.
It has come to my attention that Senate Bill no. 304 will be put up to vote in the coming legislative session. After having read the contents of this bill, the “municipal communications network and private telecommunications investment safeguards act,” nothing in the language of this bill protects consumers or anyone living in the state of Kansas. The only groups this bill protects are large privately owned communications companies such as Time Warner, Comcast, or other media giants. Each community should be free to make decisions about how to enable the best possible internet and television service that they possibly can. This bill was clearly drafted by lobbyists attempting to target municipal networks like Google Fiber, which has cut into the profits of the large mega corporations that previously had a monopoly on this market, and prevent them from catching on. This bill is an offensive intrusion into a “free market” that many representatives claim is the fundamental process driving the economy and the government. Please do not allow lobbyists and representatives in the pockets of those lobbyists unfairly limit how Kansans connect to media, colleagues, and information available on the internet.
I currently spend a lot of time at the gym. By virtue of the fact that the elliptical machine I like is positioned in the corner of the gym where they show several different network news outlets, I get to catch up on what is making headlines. There is about ten million things wrong with this, because the news tends to make me furious for a lot of reasons, not the least of which that none of the network news outlets is actually news anymore. In one of the rare gems of actual news amid all the vast sea of shitty, sensationalized celebrity news and the general fear mongering of Fox I saw this:
“Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women,” Huckabee said. “…Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government.”
(Quote taken from this news article)
I was absolutely floored. I found it difficult to believe that a seasoned politician, who is trained constantly by advisers and speech writers and assistants, could possibly have said something so asinine and back handedly offensive. Barring any sort of discussion of healthcare, lets think this for just a second. Women shouldn’t need birth control if they can control their libido; why exactly do they fucking need to? Why can’t a woman decide what to do with her own body and be responsible about sexual activity? If there was a reasonably safe (while admittedly female oral contraceptives are not “safe”) oral contraceptive for men, would they be required to “control their libido” too? Oh wait, no, because Viagra and other male enhancements are widely available and covered by most health care plans. So men don’t need to be responsible for any of their activities, and can easily get drugs that insure they never have to think twice about successful sexual interactions, but a woman either needs to reign in her libido or pump out children as a consequence of her nymphomania. Seriously?
What the hell is wrong with these people? Why are there so many very misguided and close minded opinions on women’s sexual freedom and health? How can so many people be so completely and totally out of touch?
Why have those same people become our leaders?
I’m livid. The problem in politics is so horrendously entrenched that I’m not sure how to fix it, other than to make noise in places like this, let people know we are watching. So what on earth do we do? How do we fix this madness of polarized politics and plutocrats? How do we take them on in the system they built?