Bernie Sanders–Not Just Another Candidate

Bernie Sanders is not just another candidate, but a Democratic SOCIALIST calling for a POLITICAL REVOLUTION against the corporate fascist state. He is not just running for highest office, he is fomenting a rebellion. An article at the Huffington Post talks about Sanders’ appeal and how he is connecting with people, despite saying what would be seen by all the political “experts” as the “wrong thing.”  Bernie Sanders is the only mainstream presidential candidate who tells it like it is and people resonate with that, exhausted as they are of political corruption, party politics, platitudes, empty-headed reporting, and smug punditry. The folks so intent on spinning the lies that thinly disguise their support of elitist rule are frankly nonplussed by the appeal of the actual truth, something of which they have little awareness and to which they attach little value.

What is reflected in the polls is the growing awareness across all party lines that the elitist rule that rigs the system for its own benefit while impoverishing the 99% has to go and that the failure of both corporate-owned parties to address the pressing issues of the electorate must end.  Sanders is addressing real problems and unfairness, from corporate trade deals like the TPP and the polluting influence of money in politics to income inequality and social injustice and people are responding because they recognize the importance and reality of what he is saying and the sincerity of his desire to make a difference.  Sanders’ authenticity and integrity are pretty solid  and are evident when he speaks.  This can be faked by Hillary or Obama, and attempted without a shred of success by all the phony, hypocritical, and despicable Republicans, but Bernie is the real deal and his stated goals and ideals are backed up by his voting record and revealed by his speaking truth to power.

Whatever happens with Sanders’ run, may it bring with it the awareness of how far-reaching the problems are in this country, and that nothing short of a political revolution, including ending plutocratic rule by the corporate criminal elite and their fascist fundamentalist pawns will bring about the amount of change that is needed. Ultimately, what must happen in order to effect true democracy, is an end to economic exploitation inherent in capitalism, proportional representation, and a citizens legislature, run by the actual people, but Bernie Sanders is likely a bridge towards even more fundamental restructuring and for now, whatever the electoral outcome, a refreshingly honest and crucial voice for revolutionary change.

Google: The Surveillance State of the Art?

Big Brother EarthStill using Google, gmail, and now Google+?  I’m not.  Google seems to have inverted its motto, “Don’t be evil” and has been engaging in wholesale collection of data it gathers on its users and is now polluting what was once its premier product, its search engine, with commercialized, proprietary garbage. This has been going on for some time but many people still do not seem to be aware of it. See The Guardian’s “Google ‘improperly’ accessed Kenyan rival Mocality’s database” and read The Case Against Google for a comprehensive argument against using Google by Mat Honan on Gizmodo.com, both written in 2012.

Google was taken to court in a class action suit in 2013 regarding its intrusive data-gathering practices, a case that it lost.  In a victory for online privacy, an article on Consumer Watchdog.org entitled, ““Gmail Judge Holds Internet Accountable To Wiretap Laws In Key Consumer Victory” sums up the ruling against Google thusly:

“This is a historic step for holding Internet communications subject to the same privacy laws that exist in the rest of society. The court rightly rejected Google’s tortured logic that you have to accept intrusions of privacy if you want to send email,” said John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project Director. “The ruling means federal and state wiretap laws apply to the Internet.  It’s a tremendous victory for online privacy. Companies like Google can’t simply do whatever they want with our data and emails.” Read the decision here: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/GoogleGmailOrder092613.pdf

Google may be involved in much more than anyone might have imagined, and its influence/involvement may likely far exceed data collection. For a very disturbing examination of the larger issues of what Google may be involved in politically, see Google is Not What it Seems for a 2014 Newsweek article containing an excerpt of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange’s book, “When Google Met Wikileaks” regarding Eric Schmidt, previous Google CEO.

After reading these articles, you may agree that Google has abandoned its motto and is now being evil by its own definition as well as by that of many of its erstwhile users.  This is an example of the kind of dismissal of ethics endemic in capitalism, where profit trumps all, and is the larger lesson we need to learn from this betrayal.  Some of us would argue that a system predicated on profit is inherently corrupt, self-serving, and, well, evil.  It is no small matter that the NSA spying has been piggybacking off information gathered by tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and Apple and why these corporations need to be held accountable.  But even more disturbing, Google may be involved behind the scenes in larger world events.  This is why We the People need to take back control of our government and rein in these corporations who think they are “people” so that we can again have some privacy as well as some say in our lives.

Join the Internet Vote on April 23!

A Message from Fight for the Future:

“Congress is trying to make sure the public doesn’t have a voice in negotiations around the Trans-Pacific Partnership. They’re trying to “Fast Track” the secret deal, threatening our Internet and our democracy. Fight back by joining the Internet Vote on April 23rd. Together we will use the power of the Web to demand transparency and give people everywhere a voice against censorship.

Twitter is one of our most powerful platforms for making sure decision makers know we’re paying attention. Join our campaign on Twitter and help keep the Internet free of censorship.
Join with Twitter

The TPP would be a nightmare for Internet users everywhere — here are a few articles about the worst parts.

  • Force sites to remove allegedly infringing content from the web without a court order — similar to SOPA.
  • Create harsh criminal penalties for journalists and whistleblowers.
  • Punish Internet users who share copyrighted material, even without any personal gain.
  • Limit Fair Use to make copyright even more restrictive on creative innovation.

There are a lot of other reasons groups oppose the TPP beyond its impact on the free and open Internet. You can find out more information about those reasons at StopFastTrack.com.

We need to be as big and visible as possible to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership — that’s the only way we can win this fight. We all need to get as many people in our audiences, readerships, and communities motivated to do something. We can make this powerfully epic, but only if you help. Companies need to be the frontrunners, leaders, and heroes on this because we’ve seen time and time again with SOPA, Reset The Net, and net neutrality that it’s the key ingredient to raising the bar and making sure everyone goes big.

Time is short — Congress is introducing a bill to Fast Track the TPP in the coming weeks, so we need to act now.

The TPP is the kind of bad legislation that only comes along once every 10 or 20 years. It has pieces of every bad Internet policy we’ve fought against, and if it passes now we’ll be kicking ourselves for decades, fighting uphill battle after uphill battle on copyright reform, whistleblower protections, and so much more. Doing the most we can right now is the only rational step to protecting the open Internet.”

To join the fight go to: www.fightforthefuture.org