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As I read these petitions and look at the photos of these murder victims,

I keep thinking "Black lives matter. It's so maddening that this discussion is so often about Black deaths."

Chances are we never would have known the names of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, John Crawford III, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, and so many others if it weren't for their maddening and heartbreaking deaths at the hands of police (or in the case of Trayvon and Eric Harris, pretend police).

I think of them and the millions of other people of color just trying to live their lives, hoping they won't become a hashtag. Their lives matter.

John Crawford, III

Petition: Black Lives Matter

From an email sent by Latonya Goldsby of Cleveland, Ohio:
When my 12-year-old cousin Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer as he played in a park with a toy gun, our family didn’t know what to do. Shocked and heartbroken, we knew we had to find justice for Tamir. I remembered that Trayvon Martin’s parents started a petition on Change.org when police refused to arrest the killer of their young son and that it helped draw national attention to their story.

So I started my own petition on Change.org and over 50,000 people have signed it.

It’s been one year since the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, which propelled #BlackLivesMatter into a national movement. I never thought my family would be part of this conversation – that my little cousin would become one of the reasons we needed to call for police accountability and racial justice here in Cleveland and nationwide.

The simple act of signing a petition can make a difference and other families at the center of the #BlackLivesMatter movement have started petitions on Change.org. The parents of John Crawford, who was killed in a Walmart while he held a toy gun sold at the store used a petition to secure an important Department of Justice investigation into the death of their son. The brother of Walter Scott, shot and killed as he ran away, and the parents of Michael Brown, have each started petitions to call for body cameras nationwide.

You can view all of these petitions on one page by clicking here. There are more than three million signatures from people like you who have shown us that we’re not alone – and that meant the world to us.

More at https://www.change.org/campaigns/black-lives-matter

A true superhero

Thanks for posting about this inspiring and moving event!

I'm proud to say Mr. Lewis is my Congressional rep. He is America's voice in Congress, really, so the rest of you can claim him, too -- I won't mind.

P.S. I've been in lurk mode for several months, but came out of hiding to kick and recommend this thread. I can think of no better use for my 5,000th post on DU.

Vote today! July 22

Get a sample ballot here:

Polls open til 7:00. Only 10 percent turnout expected in my area -- if it's the same where you live, your vote will REALLY count!!

Stop stealing land, maybe?


"...some of that data may belong to American citizens."

We were assured, by Clapper and the NSA's defenders, that only metadata was being collected on American citizens (for example, "Sally Smith sent an email from IP Address 123.45.678.9 at 11:53:08 p.m. on June 12, 2014, to edjones@acme.cz". We now know that is not true. We now know that the NSA would save the content of the email, and any attachments -- for example the lingerie photo Sally thought only Ed would see. And we know that this "private" communication and attachment(s) could be, and was, accessed by a low-level contractor.

"You can't know which emails to collect until you know which emails to collect." The NSA says that the precedent set by Smith v. Maryland gives them the right to collect all Americans' emails (and, presumably, to record all phone calls). To quote Randy Barnett of Georgetown U.:

The paradigm of what the Fourth Amendment prohibited as “unreasonable” in its first sentence was the use of general warrants, which is why its second sentence requires that warrants must be particular. And, as USD law professor Donald Dripps has shown, the seizure of papers for later search for evidence of criminal conduct was the epitome of an unreasonable search and seizure that was closely akin to general warrants. - Washington Post, April 28, 2014

So, which emails to collect? When it comes to Americans' emails: Legally, constitutionally, the ones you have a warrant to collect. Not all the emails you might potentially need some day in the course of an unforeseen investigation.

And if my granddaughter's bathtub photo is among the data collected and stored, it's cold comfort to reflect that the NSA's data banks (purportedly) include only a fraction of a percent of all communications.

How about some bar-b-q music for the 4th?

"Chili Mac" from Omaha Bar-B-Q by Preston Love, with special guest Shuggie Otis -- for your funky cookout!

The $200 open source wearable that enables fully paralyzed people to draw and communicate

How the "Brainwriter" is overshadowing Google Glass and Oculus Rift at London event
- By Lyndsey Gilpin, TechRepublic, 7/3/2014

Not Impossible Labs just revealed the Brainwriter, designed to read and write brain waves for fully paralyzed people so they can draw and communicate, and it's now on display in London.

At a new tech exhibition in London on Thursday, sitting between Google Glass and Oculus Rift, is a wearable you've probably never heard of. But it's the one that could have more of a revolutionary, world-changing impact than any of us realize.

It's called the Brainwriter -- and it's an open source, do-it-yourself device that pairs with ocular recognition technology to enable the fully paralyzed to draw and communicate. It is on exhibit at the Barbican's "Digital Revolution" in London as the headliner in the "Wearable Technologies" section.

"Not Impossible is a very small rag-tag group of incredibly passionate people, so it's an honor being at this exhibition, being next to behemoth companies like these," said Mick Ebeling, the founder of Not Impossible, a startup based in Venice, California. The Not Impossible Foundation raises money to fund the crowdsourced projects of the lab, which is run by a small team under Ebeling's lead.

More: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-brainwriter-the-200-open-source-wearable-for-the-paralyzed-that-can-read-and-write-thoughts/

This sounds very cool! This could be great for disabled people around the world.

Horace Silver has died

The legendary jazz pianist passed away today at age 85 from natural causes.

Check out this great performance of his classic tune "Song for my Father" to get an idea of his greatness:

New Curbs Sought on the Personal Data Industry

Source: New York Times

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday called on Congress to protect consumers against the unchecked collection and sharing of their digital data — from websites visited to their marital status — by providing people with tools to view, suppress and fix their information.

The agency also said the little-known companies, called data brokers, that analyze and sell huge amounts of the consumer information for marketing purposes, needed to be reined in and more transparent to the public.

Companies that trade in consumer data, the agency said in a 110-page report about the industry, suffered from “a fundamental lack of transparency.”

“You may not know them, but data brokers know you,” Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the F.T.C., said in a conference call. It is an industry, she said, that “operates largely in the dark,” yet it has remarkably detailed information that includes online and store purchases, political and religious affiliations, personal income, and socioeconomic status.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/technology/ftc-urges-legislation-to-shed-more-light-on-data-collection.html?rref=business&module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Business%20Day&action=keypress®ion=FixedLeft&pgtype=article


Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability - the 110-page FTC report referenced in the excerpt

The Data Brokers: Selling your personal information - 60 Minutes, March 9, 2014

How To Defend Your Privacy Online - CBS

Federal Trade Commission to data brokers: Show us your data - Los Angeles Times, Dec. 17, 2012

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