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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Friday, May 4, 2012

Stop the Online Spying Bills

Stop the online spying bills!We need to speak out to stop the Senate from greatly expanding the power of the federal government and big corporations to spy on us as we use the Internet.

The House has already passed "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act" (CISPA), a horrible bill that shreds our online civil liberties.
Supporters of CISPA cynically used the legitimate need to protect our vital national interests from cyber attacks as an excuse to give the government and private companies the authority to read, watch and listen to everything we do on the Internet.
Now the fight moves to the Senate, where several CISPA-like bills are under consideration.
Among other things, CISPA would give the NSA — the spying agency controlled by the Department of Defense — additional power to snoop on our texts, our emails, our web history and everything else we do online.
It would also make it easier for the government to get information about us and what we do online from private companies without a court order.
The folks behind CISPA claim that national security interests make this surveillance necessary. But the bill's language is so vague and overreaching that it opens the door for rampant abuse of our online rights.
Various CISPA-like bills are under consideration in the Senate. While they differ from CISPA and each other in various ways, they all could potentially sacrifice our online civil liberties in the name of national security.
We need to send a clear message to everyone in the Senate that we won't stand for that.
Senators who are with us need to know their constituents support them. And senators who aren't with us need to be put on notice that their constituents don't want them to sell us out.
Tell the Senate: Stop the online spying bills. Click below to automatically sign the petition:
Thank you for standing up for our civil liberties.
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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