3 February 2017

Bandcamp #NoBanNoWall day

It’s Bandcamp’s Human Rights Day. They’re donating all their profits from today’s sales to the ACLU. In addition, over 200 artists and labels are donating their profits to the ACLU as well. So, it’s a great time to go buy some new music. Bandcamp offer lossless FLAC files as well as MP3s, streaming as well as downloads, and they pay the artists more than Apple or Amazon do, taking only a 10-15% cut. ... Read more

29 January 2017

Trump becomes a political candidate again

In other news, it has been uncovered that Trump filed with the FEC to be a candidate for re-election just hours after being sworn in as President. This is highly unusual, and has two important effects. Firstly, because he’s now a political candidate as well as the President, it becomes more difficult for any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to criticize Trump without falling foul of regulations totally prohibiting charities from electoral campaigning. ... Read more

29 January 2017

FOIA delays instituted

The FBI qualifies Freedom of Information Act requests for different processing times based on their size: A request is routed through a small processing track if it encompasses 50 pages or less, a medium processing track if it encompasses 51 to 950 pages, or a large processing track if it encompasses 951 pages or more. They have apparently quietly changed the rules to say that any request involving more than 50 pages of documents is now a large or complex request. ... Read more

29 January 2017

We have to stop Bannon

At the start of 2016, I was a legal permanent resident alien, married to a US citizen. When Hillary Clinton was chosen as the Democrats’ candidate, I had a hunch Trump might win. I hurried to become a full US citizen, and did so over the summer. Given Trump’s friendliness to groups like NumbersUSA, I had a hunch that legal immigrants would no longer be safe. I suspected that Republicans would turn a blind eye to abuse of legal immigrants, or even approve of it. ... Read more

23 January 2017

What the Women's March actually achieved

The big news this weekend is obviously the Women’s March. Or perhaps I should say, the Women’s Marches, because there were marches in cities across the world. This was not an urban event or a “blue state” thing. There were well-attended women’s marches in the “red states” of Arizona, South Carolina, and Utah. There were marches in Australia, South Africa, even Antarctica. There was a Women’s March in Lubbock, Texas, even though there was a dust storm. ... Read more

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