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How to Tell if John Brennan Is Lying

How to Tell if CIA-head nominee John Brennan Is Lying? You have to ask him the right questions. Here's how. http://bit.ly/YRFun7

Syndicated 2013-02-06 20:05:00 (Updated 2013-02-06 20:05:41) from proclus

Amazon: call for help

I've just signed an urgent petition to stand with indigenous people of Ecuador to protect the Amazon from toxic oil drilling.

If more of us stand with these communities, we can create a media storm that will change the mind of Ecuador's president! -- join me in this campaign here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/oil_in_the_amazon_global/?email

Syndicated 2013-01-30 20:28:00 (Updated 2013-01-30 20:28:41) from proclus

Tell the EPA: Immediately suspend the pesticide that's killing bees!

Dear Friend,

A blockbuster study released last week by the European Food Safety
Authority (EFSA), has for the first time labeled the pesticide
clothianidin as an "unacceptable" danger to bees.

Scientists have long thought that clothianidin is at least partially to
blame for the alarming rate that bees have been dying off in the U.S. -
nearly 30% of our bee population, per year, has been lost to so-called
colony collapse since 2006.

But the EPA has repeatedly ignored scientists' warnings and Americans'
urgings to ban its use, citing lack of evidence.

Now, the EFSA study could be a major breakthrough to convince the EPA to
take emergency action, and suspend the use of clothianidin to stop the
precipitous decline in global honeybee populations.

I just signed a petition urging the EPA to take action. add you name here
to speak out for the bees:


Syndicated 2013-01-28 20:44:00 (Updated 2013-01-28 20:44:53) from proclus

Free John Kiriakou

The first CIA officer to go to prison in connection with torture is a whistleblower who didn't torture but rather exposed it. Tell President Obama this is the wrong approach. http://bit.ly/X6cLpl

Syndicated 2013-01-28 19:05:00 (Updated 2013-01-28 19:05:35) from proclus

Co-sign the letter to President Obama

Dear Friend,

President Obama has promised action to confront climate change. Now we
need to hold him to it.

I just co-signed a powerful open letter urging President Obama to finally
take bold action to protect us from climate change.

Read the letter, and add your name here:


Syndicated 2013-01-24 18:58:00 (Updated 2013-01-24 18:58:21) from proclus

Punishment Before Trial: More Than 1,000 Days and Counting for Bradley Manning

via (title unknown) by jon on 1/15/13

Graham Nash

I read the news about Colonel Denise Lind's ruling in the case against Bradley Manning with great interest. She ruled that Manning, the U.S.

read more

Syndicated 2013-01-16 18:24:00 (Updated 2013-01-16 18:24:42) from proclus

Ban Weaponized Drones

I just signed the petition to ban weaponized drones that is going to be delivered to every possible national and international authority. I hope you can sign too and spread the word. http://bit.ly/OGIQ3S

Syndicated 2013-01-16 18:17:00 (Updated 2013-01-16 18:17:27) from proclus



You've surely heard of Aaron Swartz's tragic passing. Demand Progress sent out this statement today, and is encouraging those who'd like to help forward Aaron's fight against injustice to sign up here:



We are deeply saddened by the passing of Demand Progress’s Aaron Swartz. Friends and family have issued a statement and created a memorial page, here.


Aaron was a dear friend, and an ideological brother in arms. As others have spoken to at great length, he was indeed a passionate advocate for access to information and for a free and open Internet. He believed in these things for their own sakes, but moreover as means towards the even deeper end of building a world defined by social and economic justice. He resisted the impulse to presume that he alone was responsible for his brilliance or should benefit therefrom, and he wasn’t a techno-utopian: He was a communitarian, somebody who was deeply aware of our world’s injustices and who understood the constant struggle that is necessary to even begin to remedy them. That’s why this organization exists.

We’ve worked closely with Aaron over the last two or three years, but have not known him for as long as have some others who’ve written profoundly moving tributes to him and his life’s work. We met him as a genius, but not as the boy-genius that Larry and Cory and many others knew, and we would suggest reading their pieces for deeper insight into his personal and professional evolution. We first encountered Aaron through our executive director’s unsuccessful run for Congress in 2010. Aaron became a fixture in the campaign office, rigging up cheap ways to do polling and robo-calls and helping give the uphill effort a fighting chance. But it was never about just one campaign: He was honing skills and tools he wanted to use to build capacity for much broader social movements that would create fundamental, structural change. He’d taken to calling himself an “applied sociologist.” He was trying to hack the world, and we were happy to help in what small ways we could.

That campaign work quickly transitioned into Demand Progress and Aaron’s conception of the initial petition in opposition to the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act, and then the ensuing 18 months of activism that helped bring down SOPA and PIPA. There are so many stories to tell about that effort: trudging around the halls of the Capitol, getting under the skin of intransigent senators, generally scrapping away as we struggled to build a movement against all odds. Many of them are best told by Aaron himself, here. But Aaron’s legal troubles began approximately commensurate with the launch of that anti-COICA petition, and it was clear that his persecution by an institutionally corrupted criminal justice system weighed heavily on him throughout the last two years, and certainly more so of late.

We are working with Aaron’s friends, family, and colleagues to determine how best to pay tribute to him — it will surely entail engaging in political activism in service of making this world a more just one. We will be in touch with our members and the general public in the near future to offer suggestions about ways to move forward. Tragically, we’ll have to continue to stifle the visceral impulse to run our half-formed ideas by Aaron, to help us make them better ones.

Click here if you’d like to receive updates from us.


In the meantime, Aaron had deep respect for GiveWell. Those seeking to donate in his name might consider giving to the charities they recommend.


Syndicated 2013-01-14 20:55:00 (Updated 2013-01-14 20:55:39) from proclus

GNU-Darwin.org seems to be back online and operating normally. Please feel free to contact me with any issues.

GNU-Darwin.org seems to be back online and operating normally. Please feel free to contact me with any issues.

Syndicated 2013-01-12 17:46:00 (Updated 2013-01-12 17:46:57) from proclus

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