Archive for 2011/10/08
Anti-corruption protests in the US, which started from the Wall Street in New York, have now spread to 847 cities across the countryPosted: 2011/10/08 in Education / Awareness
We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have joined in solidarity. The issues raised are of fundamental importance to all of us. These include:
- The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral.
- We are in an unemployment crisis. Almost 14 million people are unemployed. Nearly 20% of African American men are unemployed. Over 25% of our nation’s youth are unemployed.
- Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape by.
- Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt.
- Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to influence elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than hiring people.
We know the media will either ignore you or frame the issue as to who may be getting pepper sprayed rather than addressing the despair and hardships borne by so many, or accurately conveying what this movement is about. All this goes on while corporate profits continue to soar and millionaires whine about paying a bit more in taxes. And we have not even mentioned the environment.
We know that words are relatively easy but we wanted to act quickly to demonstrate our support. As a board and as a company we have actively been involved with these issues for years but your efforts have put them out front in a way we have not been able to do. We have provided support to citizens’ efforts to rein in corporate money in politics, we pay a livable wage to our employees, we directly support family farms and we are working to source fairly traded ingredients for all our products. But we realize that Occupy Wall Street is calling for systemic change. We support this call to action and are honored to join you in this call to take back our nation and democracy.
— Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors
CNN may know a couple of banks that could fund your campaign
Francis Gurry, the Director General of the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): the Web would have been better off if it had been locked away in patents, and if every user of the Web had needed to pay a license fee to use it (and though Gurry doesn’t say so, this would also have meant that the patent holder would have been able to choose which new Web sites and technologies were allowed, and would have been able to block anything he didn’t like, or that he feared would cost him money).
Here’s the video; Gurry’s talk starts at 0:49:50. The image above shows Gurry announcing his theory, while the reps from CERN and ISOC look on. Caption as you see fit.
A New York-based crime ring that used forged credit cards to mainly buy and resell Apple products overseas has been busted in what was described as the largest identity fraud case in U.S. historyPosted: 2011/10/08 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement
Official stats: 12,000 Dutch youngsters addicted to games. Circadian biological clock dysfunctional in some of themPosted: 2011/10/08 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Can it get any worse than the DigiNotar debacle? Try 50 badly secured or unsecured websites of Dutch municipalities with some of the leaks exposing personal details of government officials and… C: drivesPosted: 2011/10/08 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection
DOS commands executable via fully unprotected or easily exploitable websites
Dutch language news articles:
At first the Dutch government expressed need to have a call for a bankrun be a criminal offence. Now a Dutch regulator fines a company that warned for a fall in pricesPosted: 2011/10/08 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy
Financial experts say everybody knew the company only presented an opinion, not facts. Secondly, the bank affected by the fall in prices – Fortis – could be blamed for lack of transparency on several occasions
Dutch language news article:
Iran: “Suppression of popular protests in different US cities displays that the US statesmen do not even tolerate peaceful protests”Posted: 2011/10/08 in Education / Awareness
It makes perfect sense that a movement for an economy that works for everyone would center its efforts on an industry that exemplifies the opposite
U.S. scholars said here on Friday that while social media helped Occupy Wall Street protests, bias shown by some traditional media outlets is undermining the movementPosted: 2011/10/08 in Education / Awareness
Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader Encourages “Occupy Wall Street” Protesters to Challenge Wall Street AbusesPosted: 2011/10/08 in Education / Awareness
Ralph Nader to Speak at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. on Pennsylvania Avenue NW Between 13th and 14th Streets NW Saturday, October 8, 2011, at 12:45 p.m.