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99 senators haven’t come out against CISPA, and they’re rushing a vote for as soon as they come back from Memorial Day recess. Today is the last day before they leave. They need to know we’re not okay with this.
Our friends in D.C. are telling us that the Senate vote on S.2105, the Obama-backed bill that contains the CISPA language, is going to happen as soon as they get back from Memorial Day recess. CISPA, in case you’ve forgotten, is the bill that would nullify all existing privacy laws and give corporations legal immunity for sharing your communications with the government. It would effectively end privacy on the internet.
Today is our last chance to call and request meetings with our senators’ staffs before they go into recess mode. These 99 senators need more calls (took Wyden off the list because he is amazing). Can you call your senators and politely ask to meet with them or their staff about CISPA over the Memorial Day recess? Let us know how it goes in the comments.
- Mark Begich (AK) - (907) 271-5915
- Lisa Murkowski (AK) - (907) 456-0233
- Jeff Sessions (AL) - (205) 731-1500
- Richard Shelby (AL) - (205) 731-1384
- John Boozman (AR) - (501) 372-7153
- Mark Pryor (AR) - (501) 324-6336
- John McCain (AZ) – (602) 952-2410
- Jon Kyl (AZ) - (602) 840-1891
- Barbara Boxer (CA) - (510) 286-8537
- Dianne Feinstein (CA) - (415) 393-0707
- Michael Bennet (CO) - (303) 455-7600
- Mark Udall (CO) – (303) 650-7820
- Richard Blumenthal (CT) - (860) 258-6940
- Joe Lieberman (CT) – (860) 549-8463
- Chris Coons (DE) – (302) 573-6345
- Tom Carper (DE) (302) 573-6291
- Marco Rubio (FL) - (407) 254-2573
- Bill Nelson (FL) – (407) 872-7161
- Saxby Chambliss (GA) – (770)-763-9090
- Johnny Isakson (GA) - (770) 661-099
- Daniel Inouye (HI) - (808) 541-2542
- Daniel Akaka (HI) - (808) 522-8970
- Chuck Grassley (IA) (319) 363-6832
- Tom Harkin (IA) (319) 365-4504
- Mike Crapo (ID) - (208) 334-1776
- James Risch (ID) – (208) 342-7985
- Richard Durbin (IL) – (312) 353-4952
- Mark Kirk (IL) – (847) 940-0202
- Daniel Coats (IN) - (317) 554-0750
- Richard Lugar (IN) – (317) 226-5555
- Jerry Moran (KS) – (785) 628-6401
- Pat Roberts (KS) – (785) 295-2745
- Mitch McConnell (KY) – (270) 781-1673
- Rand Paul (KY) – (859) 426-0165
- Mary Landrieu (LA) – (225) 389-0395
- David Vitter (LA) – (318) 448-0169
- John Kerry (MA) - (617) 565-8519
- Scott Brown (MA) - (617) 565-3170
- Barbara Mikulski (MD) - (410) 962-4510
- Ben Cardin (MD) – (410) 962-4436
- Susan Collins (ME) - (207) 780-3575
- Olympia Snowe (ME) – (800) 432-1599
- Carl Levin (MI) - (313) 226-6020
- Debbie Stabenow (MI) - (616) 975-0052
- Al Franken (MN) - (651) 221-1016
- Amy Klobuchar (MN) - (1-888) 224-9043
- Claire McCaskill (MO) - (314) 918-8100
- Roy Blunt (MO) - (816) 471-7141
- Thad Cochran (MS) – (601) 965-4459
- Roger Wicker (MS) - (601) 965-4644
- Jon Tester (MT) - (406) 252-0550
- Max Baucus (MT) – (406) 449-5480
- Richard Burr (NC) - (800) 685-8916
- Kay Hagan (NC) – (704) 334-2448
- John Hoeven (ND) (701) 250-4618
- Kent Conrad (ND) - (701) 852-0703
- Mike Johanns (NE) (402)-758-8981
- Ben Nelson (NE) - (402) 391-3411
- Kelly Ayotte (NH) - (603) 622-7979
- Jeanne Shaheen (NH) - (603) 647-7500
- Frank Lautenberg (NJ) - (973) 639-8700
- Robert Menendez (NJ) - (973) 645-3030
- Jeff Bingaman (NM) - (505) 346-6601
- Tom Udall (NM) - (505) 988-6511
- Harry Reid (NV) - (702) 388-5020
- Dean Heller (NV) – (702) 388-6605
- Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) - (212) 688-6262
- Chuck Schumer (NY) – (212) 486-4430
- Rob Portman (OH) - (614) 469-6774
- Sherrod Brown (OH) - (614) 469-2083
- Tom Coburn (OK) - (405) 231-4941
- James Inhofe (OK) - (405) 608-4381
- Jeff Merkley (OR) - (503) 326-3386
- Pat Toomey (PA) - (610) 434-1444
- Robert Casey (PA) - (215) 405-9660
- Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) – (401) 453-5294
- Jack Reed (RI) (401) 528-5200
- Jim DeMint (SC) (843) 727-4525
- Lindsey Graham (SC) (864) 250-1417
- Tim Johnson (SD) (605) 332-8896
- John Thune (SD) - (605) 334-9596
- Lamar Alexander (TN) – (901) 544-4224
- Bob Corker (TN) - (202) 224-3344
- John Cornyn (TX) – (972) 239-1310
- Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX) – (214) 361-3500
- Mike Lee (UT) - (801) 524-5933
- Orrin Hatch (UT) - (801) 524-4380
- Mark Warner (VA) - (804) 775-2314
- Jim Webb (VA) – (804) 771-2221
- Pat Leahy (VT) - (802) 863-2525
- Bernie Sanders (VT) - (802) 862-0697
- Maria Cantwell (WA) – (206) 220-6400
- Patty Murray (WA) - (206) 553-5545
- Ron Johnson (WI) - (414) 276-7282
- Herb Kohl (WI) – (414) 297-4451
- John Rockefeller (WV) – (304) 347-5372
- Joe Manchin (WV) – (304) 342-5855
- John Barrasso (WY) – (307) 261-6413
- Michael Enzi (WY) - (307) 772-2477
Lack of Critical Thinking is Key to the Corrupt Status Quo Maintaining Their Power
An opinion can’t be right or wrong, its an opinion. Its what they believe to be right or wrong. You can’t say that something someone believes In is right or wrong because its their choice. Therefore opinions, in the context of an opinion are always right according to the person with an opinion. Therefore, again, two people with different opinions are both right.
I hope to God you are not a troll, but I am gonna bite because I am more scared that you are not a troll.
OK, I will save you some years of agony and go ahead and help you out. You are being down-voted because your opinion on opinions is actually very wrong.
First off, your logic is full of fallacies. Study the fuck out of logical fallacies, please.Here’s a good website that trims the fat and puts it into a nice, clean format — but that site is severely lacking in detail. For that detail, here is a good book to start out with, called Critical Thinking. Critical thinking is not some willy nilly term your English professors used, but rather a very solid thought process used in thescientific method and formal logic. This article gives a very good explanation of the value of critical thinking on our culture. Critical thinking is what your opinions need and, as I will later show, what we all need to effectively handle our opinion-saturated media.
Now. On to your comment. Opinions can be right or wrong. Someone could have the opinion that smoking is good for you, whereas that’s obviously false. Someone could have the opinion that 2 + 2 = 5 but that’s obviously false. And someone could simply have the opinion that bacon tastes good, which is not true or false but just an opinion. Opinions are simply views or judgements about something not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. Opinions and facts are not opposites, nor are they mutually exclusive.
Finally, please read this and watch the videos at the bottom. In short, the United States compulsory education system is a tool used by the government to condition, subordinate, and ultimately control the people. This is not some inane conspiracy theory — it is something academia is aware of but cannot do anything about (politicians and corporations have the money, not academics). By depriving students of critical thinking skills, students have turned into factory grade drones made to follow demands and not question authority. Students are manufactured to accept the sound-bite opinions they hear and see on the media as quality communication, whereas it is objectively bad argumentation. Thus, the unrelenting banter between both sides of the “political spectrum,” continually undermine communication and logic skills.
I hope that this information will be enlightening for you and it inspires continued learning. I fear, however, that you will question what I say and go on continuing thinking whatever it is you think. You will use what I say as evidence for your own opinion. This is called confirmation bias. You will also probably claim that, “All knowledge is relative, so what makes you think you’re right?” But then you are committing a relativist fallacy. But in the end, when you discover that the knowledge I provided is actually of great value, do not beat yourself down — you are not stupid. Intelligence is a vastly understudied realm and it is silly to label people as stupid or smart. Just embrace knowledge and try to soak up everything you can, attributing your success to your efforts and not your brains.
Occupy Wallstreet’s Conspiracy Theorists
The following was posted on the Facebook page of Occupy Ottawa:
“Although NASA covered up the strange photon cloud that’s now enveloped the solar system, the word has leaked out from some scientists.”
I appreciate the continued advocacy for upending the corrupt political and economic system which creates inequality, but this is utterly inane. Even as an undergraduate physics student and aspiring astrophysicist, I can refute the absurd claims of this article. Photons move at light speeds and thus cannot retain the shape of a cloud, for one. (See this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photon for more information refuting your the pseudo-science article.)
However, I cannot entirely blame people for believing conspiracy theories — our increasingly catastrophic global economic and environment conditions create a climate which makes people desperate to believe almost any fringe theory. Plus, there are a host of psychological mechanisms which favor belief in conspiracy theories.
A very wise friend of mine has this to say about the Occupy Movement: “It’s goals/protests are somewhat anomalous, with very little defined purpose… As such, it is rather unimportant politically — the most it will really accomplish is to annoy people (which has happened and continues to happen).
“Sociologically, however, it is much more interesting… It shows the level of desperation and hopelessness that people are starting to get. It is more of a warning sign in this regard and a very sad one.
“How *that* will effect politics might be the bigger issue. Personally, it makes me really want to go out and help people who need it… But probably not actually participate.”
It is simply arrogant to tell people to educate themselves before sharing pseudo-science conspiracy theories. Such arrogance would only anger people and distance them from rational conversation. Showing compassion and understanding, however inane the conspiracy theory, and politely offering critical thinking to their argument by sustained questioning might prove to be better method towards the eradication of conspiracy theories. Finally, describing the phenomenon of confirmation bias may help tremendously as well.