Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance!

Today is “The day we fight back“.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – First Amendment, U.S. Constitution

What has the revelations of the NSA mass surveillance done? It’s inhibited people in expressing their true feelings. It’s made people afraid to practice their religion, or speak up and say the government is acting like an overbearing parent, (in the nicest words I can express it.)

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.– Fourth Amendment, U.S. Constitution

And yet, they are taking your data, searching your emails, listening to conversations… without a warrant. Without any actual reason. Without even notifying you that you have been watched. They can even arrest you, and hold you without charges indefinitely if they like. Or throw you in a “secret court” and charge you with a crime, and stick you in prison.

For national security? How is this securing us? By making us afraid of our own government?

Go to Today We Fight Back and send an email, make a phone call, make your voice heard. DO IT NOW! It only takes a few minutes of your time to make your feelings known.

Around the Web

It’s been a while since I did an “Around the Web” post, so I thought I should catch up.

In the news this week, the biggest thing is the protests in Turkey. Huge protests, with thousands of people marching against the police. There are amazing pictures coming out of Turkey, and a lot of chatter on Reddit from people who are actually there, and what is going on.

I hope they make some headway…

Now, for the rest of the news.

Hugh Howie talks about indie authors who make a living writing.

Hugh Howie also plugged an Anne Rice video on “how to be a writer.” Hint: Go WRITE!

Neil Gaiman talks about the book that made him.

Neil Gaiman’s speach, “Make Good Art”, is now in a book form.

George R.R. Martin wrote 250k words for The World of Ice and Fire.

An Anne McCaffery tribute book will be out soon.

John Green claims Penguin to be the most effective publishing house for YA.

And non writing related…

An old video of a 7-11 at 2am from back in the 80’s. I forgot people use to smoke inside stores.

For a moment of levity, Tim Burton inspired Pokemon.

Someone did a minecraft world simulation, 1:1500 scale.