I was surfing tech sites and the word ‘Groklaw’ kept appearing which I kept ignoring. But when one headline mentioned that NSA was involved (again), I clicked on its link and learned that Groklaw is a big archive of ‘hard to find documents’ and extensive analyses of big stories — much like a whistleblowing Wikipedia. The owner of Groklaw explains why he killed his site:
‘…I hope that makes it clear why I can’t continue. There is now no shield from forced exposure. Nothing in that parenthetical thought list is terrorism-related, but no one can feel protected enough from forced exposure any more to say anything the least bit like that to anyone in an email, particularly from the US out or to the US in, but really anywhere. You don’t expect a stranger to read your private communications to a friend. And once you know they can, what is there to say? Constricted and distracted. That’s it exactly. That’s how I feel.
‘So. There we are. The foundation of Groklaw is over. I can’t do Groklaw without your input. I was never exaggerating about that when we won awards. It really was a collaborative effort, and there is now no private way, evidently, to collaborate…’
Lavabit.com owner: ‘I could be arrested’ for resisting surveillance order
‘The owner of an encrypted email service used by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden said he has been threatened with criminal charges for refusing to comply with a secret surveillance order to turn over information about his customers.
‘”I could be arrested for this action,” Ladar Levison told NBC News about his decision to shut down his company, Lavabit LLC, in protest over a secret court order he had received from a federal court that is overseeing the investigation into Snowden…’
Editor of The Progressive Arrested
That was for Covering Solidarity Singers’ Protest of Wisconsin Gov. Walker
‘More than 200 people have been arrested at “Solidarity Sing Along,” an ongoing protest at the Wisconsin state capitol against Republican Gov. Scott Walker. On Thursday, Matthew Rothschild, editor and publisher of The Progressive magazine, was detained while covering one of the protests. Rothschild was charged with misdemeanor obstruction and resisting arrest after photographing the arrests of other demonstrators singing in the rotunda…’
Google Drive Research Tool
Have you explored how to use this great tool? Just open a document in Drive
‘Tools’ above the document
Then click ‘research’ and explore what you can do
Do you have ‘screen sightedness’?
Smartphones are causing sight problems to soar, warns eye surgeon
‘David Allamby says there has been a 35% increase in the number of people with advancing myopia since the launch of smartphones in 1997
He believes the problem could increase by 50% in the next ten years
The problem is so common he has given it a name – ‘screen sightedness’
50% of 30-year-olds could have the problem by 2033 due to smartphones…’