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ALEC Exposed

ALEC Exposed
Progressive Policies Win at the Ballot Box Ballot measures across the country passed on November 8th highlighting the fact that progressive values still resonate with the U.S. electorate. Gains were made even in the face of industry deception and big dollar ad campaigns. In a victory for climate activists and solar energy, Floridians voted down Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment which would have made it hard for people with solar panels to sell energy back to the grid. Read the rest of this item here. Kochs Battle Dark Money Disclosure in South Dakota The Koch network mobilized in South Dakota to defeat the "South Dakota Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act," a state-wide initiative on the ballot November 8. The anti-corruption measure, Initiated Measure 22 or IM-22, was launched by a bipartisan group called the South Dakotans for Integrity and put on the ballot with signatures from over 20,000 state residents.

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OpenCryptoChip – Open Crypto Project The Layer Cake Architecture Picture ¶ Use Cases ¶ RPKI/DNSSEC Signing Transport VPNs Routers and TCP/AO Email Federations, Identity Systems, SSO etc Password Stretching & HMAC:ing PGP and SSH Keys on a Stick High Quality Entropy Randomness A Communications Terminal Doing One Thing Well, Like Jabber w/o X11 HSM for Pond, OTR identity keys, ssh private keys, etc. It's About the Lying I don’t want to understate how seriously wrong it is that the CIA searched Senate computers. Our constitutional order is seriously out of whack when the executive branch acts with that kind of impunity — to its overseers, no less. But given everything else that’s been going on lately, the single biggest — and arguably most constructive — thing to focus on is how outrageously CIA Director John Brennan lied to everyone about it. “As far as the allegations of the CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth,” Brennan told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in March. “We wouldn’t do that.

Death Row’s Race Problem Time may be running out for Duane Buck, a death row inmate in Texas since 1997. Next week the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether to hear Mr. Buck’s latest—and likely last—appeal. His argument largely rests on the use of damaging racial speculation during the sentencing phase of his trial. Mr. United States of ALEC BILL MOYERS: Welcome, to a story that's been unfolding for more than 30 years but has gone largely untold. That's the way the central characters wanted it. They were smart and understood something very important: that they might more easily get what they wanted from state capitals than from Washington, DC.

ALEC Plans Corporate Control and Privatization Of Every City In America The idea of absolute control means exerting one’s will over every aspect of an organization from the very top down to the lowliest position. In their drive to control America from the top down, it is insufficient for the Koch brothers to control Congress and the Supreme Court without owning the occupant of the White House any more than controlling every Republican state legislature without control over those state’s city and county governments. It is true the Koch’s are poised to spend nearly a billion dollars to put a Koch surrogate in the White House, and to completely take over the entire nation they are paying an American Legislative Exchange Council subsidiary to impose their corporate agenda on every town, village, city, and county in America. Many Americans have never heard of the Koch brothers much less their legislative arm in Congress and, more importantly, state legislatures across the country.

Rick Falkvinge, Author at TorrentFreak For teenagers today, the copyright monopoly is something that the establishment uses to punish them for enjoying culture and science, to censor their protests and voices, and to prevent their art from reaching an audience. As these people grow older and come into policymaking positions, at what point will they… Throughout the debate on sharing culture and knowledge in violation of the copyright monopoly, one question keeps popping up. But it's not a question as much as an insult to all artists. Copyright monopolists insist on the idea of controlling the fruits of other people's labor, such as when other people copy a particular file.

Obama: ‘The American People WANT Me to Sign All These Executive Orders’ Melissa MeltonActivist Post The single quotes in this article’s headline denote a paraphrase of something Obama basically said Wednesday at his U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit specifically in defense of his use of executive orders to bypass Congress whenever he feels like it. Quote: Houston judge is responsible for student debt arrests In February, a guy in Houston was arrested by U.S. Marshals for failing to show up to court to pay off student debt he owed from the ‘80s. I wrote a followup story suggesting that if this was one district, it was possible there were hundreds of such arrests occurring across the country.

'Dark Cloud' of ALEC Converges at Annual Corporate-Political Lovefest This post was first published Common Dreams. We’re reprinting it here as part of our continuing coverage of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. In 2012, Moyers & Company produced a documentary that revealed how corporations and state legislators are colluding to write laws and remake America, one statehouse at a time. Protesters carried signs and chanted “ALEC, go home” during an afternoon demonstration outside the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel on Wednesday. (Photo: Chris Stone/Times of San Diego) American Legislative Exchange Council Founded in the early 1970s to promote right-wing policies at the state level, the American Legislative Exchange Council's focus has shifted to favor the promotion of state legislation and regulation that benefits its corporate sponsors. A fact that should come as no surprise given its funding by right-wing foundations and corporate membership fees ranging from $5000 to $50,000. The council boasts a large clearinghouse of research, model bills, and legislative strategies to promote its agenda. American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) 1129 20th Street NW - Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036 Website:

World Population Clock: 7 Billion People (2014) World Population: Past, Present, and Future (move and expand the bar at the bottom of the chart to navigate through time) The chart above illustrates how world population has changed throughout history. Shocking New IRS Documents - Judicial Watch IRS Had “Secret Research Project” For Conservative Donor Lists Judicial Watch continues to blow the lid off of the Obama administration’s increasingly feeble attempts to cover up its deliberate targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the months leading up to the 2012 presidential election. And the latest batch of emails JW has obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit portrays an agency potentially willing to go to any lengths to bring down the president’s political opponents – including misusing the private, confidential information of those who dared contribute to the groups the IRS had targeted. But, we really shouldn’t be surprised, should we? This is an administration whose chief executive has repeatedly acted as if he is above the law. All he needs to govern, he claims, is “a pen and a phone.”

One in 10 Dallas inmates locked up solely because they’re mentally ill. Can officials change that? An inmate lies on the floor of one of the Dallas County Jail’s mental health wings. (2012 File Photo/David Woo) One in 10 Dallas County inmates are in jail solely because they suffer from mental illness, a research group leader said Thursday. These are largely poor people who don’t need to be locked up, said Andy Keller, CEO of Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. They’re accused of minor, nonviolent crimes such as trespassing, panhandling and disturbing the peace.