Monday, April 30, 2012

EFF Condemns CISPA, Vows to Take Fight to the Senate | EFFector 25.12

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "EFFector List" <>
Date: Apr 30, 2012 8:09 PM
Subject: EFF Condemns CISPA, Vows to Take Fight to the Senate | EFFector 25.12
To: "Daniel Stafford" <>

View as a web page

EFFector! Electronic Frontier Foundation

In our 607th issue:

EFF Condemns CISPA, Vows to Take Fight to the Senate

The House of Representatives has voted to approve the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a bill that would allow companies to bypass all existing privacy law to spy on communications and pass sensitive user data to the government. EFF condemns the vote in the House and vows to continue the fight in the Senate.

ACTA in the EU: We Can't Call it Dead Yet

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was dealt a major blow on April 12 when the European Parliament's rapporteur for the agreement announced that he would be recommending a "no" vote. But while the prospects of the European Parliament ratifying the agreement seems to have fortunately lessened, it does not mean that it's a fait accompli that the European Parliament will reject ACTA.

FAA Releases Lists of Drone Certificates -- Many Questions Left Unanswered

The Federal Aviation Administration has finally released its first round of records in response to EFF's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit about the agency's drone authorization program. The agency says the two lists it released include the names of all public and private entities that have applied for authorizations to fly drones domestically. These lists show for the first time who is authorized to fly drones in the United States.

EFF Updates

Security for the 99%

In the legislative battle over cybersecurity reform, the rhetoric of fear is in full force. Fundamentally, though, the answer to securing U.S. critical infrastructure networks, corporate networks, and the Internet at large is very simple: fewer software vulnerabilities means more security.

Limbaugh Copies Michael Savage's Bogus Copyright Theory, Sends DMCA Takedown to Silence Critics

Radio host Rush Limbaugh has turned to copyright law to go after one of his most vocal critics, the left-leaning political site Daily Kos. The site's offense? Publishing a damning montage of Limbaugh's controversial comments about Sandra Fluke.

Aereo, Free Airwaves, and the Copyright Land Grab

For decades, the principle that the public airwaves are public property has been an obstacle to TV studios that want to control when, where, and how we watch their programs. But that hasn't stopped those studios from trying. The latest target is Aereo, a New York City startup that lets users stream local broadcast TV from a dime-sized antenna on a Brooklyn rooftop to their personal devices.

ISPs Ask Judge To Quash Subpoena In Troll Case -- Or Let Them Appeal

Techdirt has reported about a relatively new copyright troll tactic -- suing only Does that are unfortunate enough to be subscribers of ISPs that don't resist mass subpoenas. So we thought it was time to take note again of the ISPs that are challenging these outrageous lawsuits -- and, often, winning.

With May First/Riseup Server Seizure, FBI Overreaches Yet Again

The FBI is at it again -- executing broad search warrants, disrupting legitimate Internet traffic, and getting nothing in return. When the FBI seized a server from a colocation facility shared by May First and Riseup the actual investigative effect was zero. But more troubling is the collateral damage, as the server was used by a wide range of people who had nothing to do with the bomb threats being investigated.

CA Legislators Allow Wireless Industry to Continue "Working Day and Night" Selling You Out in Secret

EFF, along with the ACLU of Northern California, is a sponsor of the California Location Privacy Act of 2012, which would require California law enforcement officers and agencies to seek a search warrant before obtaining electronic location information. The bill has passed through the California Senate Committee on Public Safety and is now on its way to the full Senate for consideration. But when it gets there, it will be missing a major, important piece of its text: its reporting requirement.

New Wave of Facebook Phishing Attacks Targets Syrian Activists

The campaign of Internet attacks targeting Syrian opposition activists continues to intensify. Since the beginning of the year, we've documented several Trojans that covertly install spying software onto the infected computer, as well as phishing attacks which steal YouTube and Facebook login credentials.


Techdirt: Hulu puts gun to own head, may require users to show proof of pay TV subscription

Hulu may start requiring users to show proof of subscription to a pay TV plan to access certain areas of the site. Techdirt and others have called this plan out as a backwards-looking move from the site's owners: major Hollywood studios.

Foreign Policy: Down With CISPA

EFF Activist Trevor Timm argues in Foreign Policy that America needs to stop preaching civil liberties abroad while passing privacy-destroying bills at home.

EFF Activism Director Rainey Reitman on KQED

Listen to Rainey Reitman explain why CISPA's broad language infringes public privacy on the KQED program Forum.


ISSN 1062-9424

EFFector is a publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
454 Shotwell Street
San Francisco, CA
USA +1 415 436 9333
+1 415 436 9993 (fax)

Editor: Parker Higgins, Activist

Membership & donation queries:

General EFF, legal, policy, or online resources queries:

Reproduction of this publication in electronic media is encouraged. Signed articles do not necessarily represent the views of EFF. To reproduce signed articles individually, please contact the authors for their express permission.

Press releases and EFF announcements & articles may be reproduced individually at will.

Back issues of EFFector

Change your email address

This newsletter is printed from 100% recycled electrons.

EFF appreciates your support and respects your privacy. Privacy Policy.

Unsubscribe or change your email preferences, or opt out of all EFF email

454 Shotwell Street
San Francisco, CA 94110-1914
United States

Donate to EFF!


Introducing the Coders' Rights List

Sign up for our new mailing list to get the latest news on computer security law, upcoming events with EFF lawyers, discounts on infosec conferences like BlackHat, SOURCE, HOPE, and open source software events, and even get a jump on EFF's third annual D(EFF)CONtest coming in May.

EFF is on Google+

EFF has created a profile on Google+ and will be posting articles and updates to that page. If you're a Google+ user, add us to your circles!

re:publica 2012

At Germany's largest and most prominent conference on the future of our society and all things digital, EFF Director of International Freedom of Expression Jillian C. York will be speaking about threats to the Internet in the Middle East and North Africa.
May 2-4, 2012
Berlin, Germany

EFF Speakeasy: Berlin

Following the re:publica festivities, Jillian York will be meeting with members to raise a glass and discuss EFF's latest work protecting digital innovation, privacy, and free expression. Join to learn more about the continuing fight to defend your freedom online.
May 4, 2012
Berlin, Germany

Privacy Identity Innovation 2012: Seattle

The third Privacy Identity Innovation conference is coming up in downtown Seattle. EFF Activist Parker Higgins will be participating as a speaker in the "Designing for Privacy & Trust" workshop on May 14 and a panel titled "Protecting Civil Liberties in the Digital Age" on May 16.
May 14-16, 2012
Seattle, WA

EFF on
twitter facebook

Breakthrough Wind Turbine Makes Drinking Water AND Electricity

Only five more days to Chicago Green Fest!

Where old bumper cars go

Remember driving the bumper cars at amusement parks or a fair, don't you? They were so much fun..... 

Well, now what do you do with old Bumper Cars? (check out the license plates!) 

Yes, you read that right; these little beasties are street legal.

They run on either Kawasaki or Honda motorcycle engines and co-opt vintage bumper car bodies into the most awesome form of mini-car we've seen in too long. There are seven of these little monsters floating around California and they're all the creation of one man, Tom Wright, a builder in the outskirts of San Diego who figured the leftovers of the Long Beach Pike amusement park needed a more dignified end than the trash heap. They were originally powered by two cylinder Harley Davidson Motorcycle engines but they rattled like heck because of the two cylinder Vibration and Tom replaces them with four cylinder Honda or Kawasaki 750'sAnd a couple have been measured as capable of 160 MPH, which is terrifyingly fast in machines with such a short wheelbase. By the way, they are almost indestructible in accidents!

 (And they'd also be very good on gas...



Wait, so Sardines Aren't a "Good" Seafood Anymore?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Mother Jones Econundrums" <>
Date: Apr 30, 2012 5:54 AM
Subject: Wait, so Sardines Aren't a "Good" Seafood Anymore?
To: <>




April 30, 2012



It's Okay to Eat Sardines...Right?

Sardines are considered a "sustainable" seafood, one of the few fish you can eat guilt-free, right? Well, not exactly. Julia Whitty explains why here. [READ MORE]



Why You Should Be Worried About the California Mad Cow Case

We're still feeding cows to cows. And testing less than .1 percent for mad cow disease. Yikes. [READ MORE]

BP, Dow Chemical Sponsoring the "Greenest Ever" Olympics

And UK enviros aren't having it. [READ MORE]


Mother Jones


"If Paul Ryan Knew What Poverty Was, He Wouldn't Be Giving This Speech"

The Wisconsin Republican faced off with his Catholic critics at Georgetown on Thursday. GOP Je$us was there, too. [READ MORE]


Last Call at the Oasis



Big Changes in Ocean Salinity Intensifying Water Cycle

And a saltier ocean means weirder weather patterns. [READ MORE]




Become a fan of Econundrums on Facebook.


Read the Blue Marble

Last Call at the Oasis

Hi. Thanks for signing up for Mother Jones' Econundrums newsletter. Wait, that was your cat? Smart cat! If you don't want to get Econundrums, or to make changes to your subscription, click here. And lock up the cat.
MOTHERJONES.COM Mother Jones 222 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94108

Mother Jones

Powered By Convio

Shell is on its way to drill the Arctic

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Dan Howells, Greenpeace" <>
Date: Apr 30, 2012 6:55 AM
Subject: Shell is on its way to drill the Arctic
To: <>


Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser


Shell plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer.

Save the Arctic. Take Action.

Take action and demand Shell stop its plans to drill in the Arctic.

Save the Arctic. Take Action.

Right this minute a global fleet of Arctic destroyers is speeding towards one of the last unspoiled places on earth.

The ships are part of oil giant Shell's mission to drill the very first wells in the pristine waters off the coast of Alaska. It's insane, but melting sea ice from global warming has made it a reality. If Shell finds oil, the Arctic oil rush will be on.

It's not over yet though. People are pushing back. Greenpeace New Zealand activists (including Xena Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless) occupied a drill ship and prevented it from leaving for the Arctic for several days. And just last week later activists occupied two icebreakers in Finland.

But to stop Shell for good, we eventually need the public support of millions around the world. Daniel, that means you.

Join the 350,000 people from around the world who have already taken action and demand Shell stop its plans to put the fragile Arctic at risk.

Widespread public opposition here in the US is going to be the key to stopping Shell. The US government is responsible for giving Shell the green light to drill. Greenpeace will be delivering these messages to the company soon. Our goal is to add the names of at least 40,000 Americans to that list before we do. Your message matters.

Shell isn't prepared for a disaster in the Arctic Ocean. No one is. The Arctic Ocean makes the Gulf of Mexico look like a flat, calm lake. With constant high seas, icebergs and massive waves, there's no way to effectively cleanup an oil spill in the Arctic Ocean. Even the head of the US Coast Guard has publicly admitted that his agency would have little chance of dealing with a spill in the frozen Arctic on their own. 

The plan Shell has submitted actually includes using things like shovels and brooms to cleanup a potential spill. It would be funny if there wasn't so much at stake.

All Shell cares about is its corporate bottom line. Polar bears and unspoiled natural beauty are just obstacles to making ever greater profits. Together we can create a public obstacle Shell can't overcome — but it's going to take millions of us.

Add your voice to the growing list of people who will not stay quiet as one of the last wildernesses on earth is destroyed and help save the Arctic.


Dan Howells
Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaign Director

P.S. Last year, Shell reported it had over 200 spills. It will only be a matter of time before a spill happens in the pristine polar bear habitat of the Arctic. Take action today and help save the Arctic before Shell ruins it forever.

Facebook    Twitter   
Click here to forward this message.

702 H Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20001 | 1-800-722-6995

You received this mailing because  is subscribed to our mailing list. To change your subscriptions please click here. We value your privacy. If you have any questions about how we use your information please read our privacy policy.

We heard a rumor ...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "E-The Environmental Magazine" <>
Date: Apr 30, 2012 8:04 AM
Subject: We heard a rumor ...
To: <>

"Green America is the hippest, most relevant group out there that is working for all things just, fair and sustainable." Doug Moss, Publisher and Executive Editor, E-The Environmental Magazine

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here
Green America. Green Living Made Easy. Get your free gift today!

I don't mean to spread rumors, but I heard your friends call you a … tree hugger.

Not the first time, huh?  Us neither.

Here at Green America, we celebrate all you do!

And like you, we believe 'living green' is more than a trendy phase – it's a way of life that inspires people to be healthier, do better, and feel connected.

Living in a way that is healthy for people and planet requires mindfulness — and is sometimes a little extra work. That's why Green America would like to treat you to a little TLC!

When you make a $15 tax deductible donation to Green America, we'll send you a FREE 'Cause I Care Package – the resources you need to make green living easy and FUN:

  • Fair Trade Chocolate and Coffee – thanking you for all you do for people and the planet!
  • Our Organic Cotton Produce Bag – carry this bag and proudly declare 'I am a Green American.'
  • 21 things you didn't know you could Recycle – and other secrets to going green in our must-have wallet card.
  • The NATIONAL GREEN PAGES® a directory of thousands of green products from socially and environmentally responsible businesses. No greenwashing – guaranteed!
  • Green American Magazine – your resource for practical and powerful green ideas. Don't miss our next issue on safe cosmetics!
  • Guide to Socially Responsible Investing – we'll help you make smart financial decisions that are in line with your values.

For more than 25 years, Green America's mission has been helping people like you find products from green businesses that you never even knew existed … learn new ways to reduce your impact on our environment … and boycott corporate criminals who are jeopardizing our world.

So please join more than 150,000 other 'tree hugging,' conscientious individuals who want to create a more just and sustainable world.

For People and the Planet,
Photo of Alisa Gravitz

Alisa (signature)
Alisa Gravitz
Executive Director
Green America

P.S. I guarantee you will be satisfied If for any reason you are unhappy with our resources, I will refund your donation. And the National Green Pages® and Guide to Socially Responsible Investing is yours to keep!

P.P.S. This is a Limited Time Offer! When you make a tax-deductible gift today you will be thanked with a FREE 'Cause I Care Package!  


Green America, 1612 K St NW Suite 600, Washington DC 20006 - (800) 58 GREEN -

Forward email

This email was sent to by |  

E - The Environmental Magazine | 28 Knight Street | Norwalk | CT | 06851

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stop the Farm Bill giveaway to Big Ag

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Elijah Zarlin, CREDO Action" <>
Date: Apr 28, 2012 8:03 AM
Subject: Stop the Farm Bill giveaway to Big Ag
To: "Daniel A. Stafford" <>

We need healthy food — not five more years of giveaways to Big Ag.
Clicking here will automatically add your name to this petition to your senator and the Senate Agriculture Committee:
"Instead of sending billions of dollars in subsidies to wealthy agribusinesses, the Farm Bill should support struggling farm families, promote organic farming, increase access to local food, protect land and water and help feed low-income children."
Automatically add your name:
Take action now!

Learn more about this campaign

CREDO Action | more than a network, a movement.

We need healthy food — not five more years of giveaways to Big Ag.

Dear Daniel,

Every five years, the federal farm bill sets our nation's food policies — it's the single biggest factor in determining what ends up on your plate.

Right now Congress is only providing minimal support for healthy, local and organic foods while expanding wasteful subsidies and giveaways that support the wealthiest agribusinesses — at the expense of family farmers. This year's bill could be even worse.

The Senate Agriculture Committee just released a draft version of the 2012 Farm Bill which preserves these handouts while cutting vital conservation programs.2

We need a better Farm Bill. So we're we're standing with Environmental Working Group to stop the giveaway to Big Ag and support food and farm policies that protect our environment and expand access to healthy food.

Tell the Senate: Stop the giveaway to Big Ag. Pass a Farm Bill that supports local, healthy and organic food. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

The Farm Bill affects everything from the food you eat to conservation and nutrition programs. And right now, vital nutrition programs that help feed low-income children and decades-old conservation programs that protect wetlands, grasslands and soil health could be on the chopping block.2

Meanwhile, Big Ag is working hard to keep open the spigot that sends billions of dollars a year in subsidies to growers of commodity crops like corn, soy and cotton. More than 74 percent of that money goes to wealthy agribusinesses, not to small-scale family farmers who need them.

The bill that emerges from the Senate Agriculture Committee will likely be the best version we can hope for right now — as it will only get more unbalanced in negotiations with the House. It's vital that the committee members hear from you now.

Tell the Senate: Stop the giveaway to Big Ag. Pass a Farm Bill that supports local, healthy and organic food. Click below to automatically sign the petition:

Thanks for working for a healthier food system.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "Would you like a bad farm bill — or a terrible one?," Grist, April 23, 2012
2. "The Worst Farm Bill Ever?," Mother Jones, April 10, 2012


Share on Facebook
Post to your wall


Tweet this
Post to Twitter

© 2012 CREDO. All rights reserved.

To remove yourself (Daniel A. Stafford) from this list, please visit our subscription management page at:

To change your email address or update your contact info, please visit: