Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "Want to help save democracy?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a super-secretive trade agreement that threatens everything you care about. It's been negotiated behind closed doors with ample input from over 600 corporate lobbyists -- but no access for journalists or the public. Sound bad? It gets worse. The corporate interest groups pushing for the TPP are the same folks that brought us SOPA, ACTA, and NAFTA."
No one knows exactly what's in the TPP, since it's shrouded in so much secrecy, but from leaked texts, we know that the it would lead to a more censored, policed, and expensive Internet -- and it would undermine important protections for workers rights, public health, and the environment. Over 80 organizations oppose Fast Track for the TPP. You can read why -- in their own words -- at StopFastTrack.com
Ready for the good news? The U.S. government needs Congress to pass a bill called "Fast Track" or that gives the President the ability to ratify trade agreements without meaningful debate or amendments from Congress. Without Fast Track, other countries won't be willing to agree to the extremist Internet-killing copyright policies that the U.S. is pushing, since they know that Congress could just amend any agreement they come to. If Fast Track fails, experts are saying that the whole TPP could likely fall apart, and that the worst pieces of it will almost certainly be off the table.
It's that simple. If we stop Fast Track, we stop the TPP. We need to melt phones, fill up inboxes, and raise our voices high to defend democracy and save the Internet. Here's the link, you know what to do.
Researcher Yarden Katz scraped the database of Intellectual Ventures, a giant business that buys up patents, but produces nothing but lawsuits (previously), and discovered that IV claims ownership of nearly 500 patents that were created at public expense by researchers employed by public universities, and another 100 or so patents filed by the US Navy.
Kids’ author/droid builder Kurt Zimmerman created “Artoo Deco,” an Art Deco take on R2-D2, capable of movement under radio control, and with an in-built sound-system that makes cool, droidish noises.
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