Lon Snowden, the father of whistleblower Edward Snowden, wrote an open letter to his son, in collaboration with attorney Bruce Fein. The letter was submitted to the Associated Press and reprinted in the Guardian on July 2, 2013. As regards your reduction to de facto statelessness occasioned by the Executive Branch to penalize your alleged violations of the Espionage Act, the United States … [Read more...]
Gun Safety: Second Amendment Wrongs, Children’s Rights vs Weapons of War
Curating a Common Sense Approach to Firearm Safety: The Potentially Curable American Disease. The words come spilling forth. Here's what we have learned in a few short days following the Sandy Hook slaughter of innocents. 1) There will soon be more firearms in America than citizens - 300 million weapons at last count. 2) The United States has the worst record in the industrialized world … [Read more...]
One Storm Away From Rockaway – When Disaster Help Doesn’t Arrive
Disaster Non-Relief. Destroying the Spirit of America. When hope and possibility vanish. ... it is worth recalling that America, alone among nations, is an idea; and that idea dies when hope and possibility disappear. - Roger Cohen No Heat Till Christmas? Fema says, "Call 911." We are all one storm away from Rockaway, Staten Island and the devastated shores of New Jersey. "My body has … [Read more...]
Obama’s Positive Support for Israel Speaks Volumes: Substance Behind the Scenes
President Obama's critical support for Israel was implemented behind the scenes - far from public speeches. His quiet (close to the vest) diplomacy has been seriously underestimated. On October 18, 2012, we learned that US troops arrived in Israel for the largest joint missile defense exercise ever undertaken. Graham T. Allison Jr, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International … [Read more...]
Colorado Massacre: Red Flag Internet Sales of Massive Ammo – Warn local police!
Ammunition Warnings: While everyone is talking gun laws to death - literally - the US Government is apparently turning a blind eye to staggering online sales of ammunition. Don't you find it odd that the police were able to report, in only a few hours, exactly how much ammunition the Colorado killer purchased over the Internet and through other sources? They have him down to the last … [Read more...]
Jury Service, Jury Selection Rights – Versus Threats, Hunger & Lack of Privacy Protection.
Jury Selection, Civic Duty and the Jury Trial Court System. Your Rights if Selected for Jury Service: The Pope and Brad Pitt A Harris Poll commissioned by the American Bar Association in 2004 concluded that the majority of the people believe that jury duty is an important civic responsibility. "It remains crucial to the function of our democracy that we encourage as many people as possible to … [Read more...]
Ode to Politicians & Supreme Court Justices: Sacrificing Dignity for Principles
Politicians are quick to lay down your life for their country ...instead of arguing about dignity, the justices disagreed about the practical question of whether invasive strip-searches are reasonably necessary to serve the interests of the jails and prisons. Kennedy’s majority opinion said that they were. Justice Stephen Breyer in dissent, pointed to studies finding the opposite. In one, … [Read more...]
Warning: Is LinkedIn using spyware to harvest private email contacts?
LinkedIn Email Security: It all began when LinkedIn sent an email asking if I knew a certain individual. I was shocked, because there was no public connection between us. Our "private" communications were limited to a half-dozen recent emails about my latest book project. He had a LinkedIn account/profile, but hadn't updated it for over a year. When I told him about the LinkedIn email, " … [Read more...]
Airport Scanners – European Commission Bans US Backscatter Scanners – Cancer Risks
We warned you months ago about new airport backscatter body scanners being forced on the American public. Now the European Commission has banned them at ALL European airports - though the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) hopes you won't pay attention. According to the Sun-Sentinel. Europeans ban US body scanners. The controversy over airport body scanners – and how safe they are – … [Read more...]
LinkedIn Abused Trust – Said, Oh So Sorry – Uncheck the Box
The LinkedIn story is viral, but you may not have seen it. It was uncovered by an avid LinkedIn user. LinkedIn was hijacking user photos and reputations to advertise third-party products. It's a default option hidden under settings. Users could uncheck the box if they knew where to find it - and what it meant. Here are a number of key points from a much longer post by Ungar Cover. Surely you've … [Read more...]