Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.


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Monday, January 2, 2012

Good News Year

Let's start the new year with some good news from Demand Progress.org:

Thanks so much to those of you who've been able to make a donation -- we rely on our members to fund our basic operating costs, and we're trying to make sure we have enough stowed away to go full force as we head into the next legislative session.  
Here's the email we sent out, announcing the cancellation of this week's SOPA hearing -- and providing an overview of just some of the important work we've done this year.
On Tues, Dec 20, 2011 at 6:43 PM, David Moon wrote:
Wow -- That was close: After threatening to hold a vote this week, the House Judiciary Committee just cancelled tomorrow's hearing on SOPA!  
WASHINGTON POST: The House Judiciary Committee confirmed Tuesday that it will delay continuing debate on the Stop Online Piracy Act until after Congress returns from its winter recess.
In January of one year ago it looked like Internet censorship legislation could pass in a matter of months. But then Demand Progress members stepped in: We've pushed the legislation back a full year, and now it's on the ropes.
Demand Progress is doing everything in our power to make sure that our members' voices are heard in the halls of power and to save the Internet from this horrendous legislation:
We've organized press conferences on Capitol Hill, hosted policy briefings.  We've delivered countless petitions to Congress, and met with the White House as they consider whether to oppose SOPA and its Senate cousin, the PROTECT IP Act.
We've repeatedly been slammed by the Chamber of Commerce, the Motion Picture Assocaition of America, and other censorship proponents -- proving the importance of our work and the righteousness of our cause.
Most importantly, we've driven hundreds of thousands of constituent contacts to Congress -- And helped lead an unprecedented coalition of activist groups, websites, and tech firms which together have helped more than 3 million people send anti-censorship emails and make anti-censorship phone calls to Congress and the White House.
But the fight isn't over yet: The Senate is still threatening to hold a vote in January, and we need to make sure we're in a position to keep pushing back.  We've proved that our voices make a real difference, but we can't afford to let up one bit.
Thanks so so much,
The Demand Progress team

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