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Protest Music

Protest and topical music including comedy. We're interested in the history of protest music, for instance labor songs, civil rights songs, anti war songs. We also feature contemporary protest music and we particularly want to hear your protest songs.

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Of course Protest Music is on topic. But it doesn't have to be both. Protest or Music. Protest is on topic. Music is on topic.

 WAYWO: Veterans Hats & Scarves Project
Touring cape detail
The Touring Cape I'm trying to finish so I can get started on hats!

Here we are... it's August. You know what that means.

No, it's not that it's still hot. It's not that school is starting soon. It's not about how long we have until Christmas.

It's less than 2 months until SaraR plans to take quilts, hats and scarves to the Portland VA hospital.

I'm planning to get at least 5 hats made, as soon as I finish this bad boy. It's for an August birthday present. How about you? Can you help? Do you know anyone who's not on DK who could help? Last year, this group led by Winifred3 sent 98 hats & scarves to the Detroit VA.

You don't have to send both. If you're a scarf person, just do scarves. Or hats. They can be knit or crocheted. Adult sizes.

Here's where we are right now:

Name, commitment, sent:
broths:    25 scarves
winifred3: 2 hats/scarves
Celestia89:  5 hats
The Pollster: 1 scarf

Add a comment if you're working on, or planning to work on hats and/or scarves to send. Or if you have a question.


 DK5 Open Thread: Where's Your Beef?

Have you tried the Open Beta of the dKos version 5 software? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Would you care to vent? How about that new logo, huh? And what happened to Flagman?

Daily Kos version 5 stencil logo
Below the fold is a set of links to DK5 Diaries and Helpdesk discussions, and below that you will find your contributions.
 A Deserving Community Member (and Good Guy) Could Use a Helping Hand

How does one prepare for life's many surprises around the corner?  It is virtually impossible to do so.  Most of us spends years, perhaps even decades in search of two rather elusive goals: predictability and stability in our lives.  It is a never-ending challenge and many never, ever get to the finish line.  What it translates into is a life fraught with tension and uncertainty.  

Simply muddling through is the best one can hope for.  It's not as if we have our pick of desirable options.

Note from JnH (7:55 pm): Sorry, power outage in the area where I live in DC.  I'm at a Starbucks and will try to catch up with comments made over the past couple of hours.  Thanks for the terrific response to Drewid's needs.

Fundraising Total Updates - from JnH and Drewid

1. 1st Fundraising Update from JnH (3:54 pm Eastern Time) - I got this Kosmail in the past few minutes from Drewid.  He will be posting subsequent updates as we inch towards the $1000.00 desired goal, perhaps even exceed it.

"So in a little over an hour and a half all of you have helped raise 205 dollars. I am overwhelmed by the support of this community and am deeply appreciative of it. Thank you so much."

2. 2nd Fundraising Update from Drewid (5:00 pm Eastern Time) - Once again thank all of you who have donated, recced and republished and sent good thoughts and well wishes my way. It really means the world to me. As of right now we are just shy of a third of the way to the goal of $1,000 dollars at $315 dollars. I have full faith that this community will get me what is needed and I appreciate it so much.

3. 3rd Fundraising Update from Drewid (6:07 pm Eastern Time) - We are just shy of $400 raised at $385. Thanks so much, this helps a lot. I feel better knowing I am that much closer to what I need. Hopefully when people start returning from their days activities we will see some more traction but if not I am still thankful for the help and relieved I am that much closer.

4. 4th Fundraising Update from Drewid (7:30 pm Eastern Time) - I can not thank all of you enough. As of now we have raised $595. I can breathe a hell of a lot easier now.

5. 5th Fundraising Update from JnH (8:46 pm Eastern Time) - Folks, we are at $815.  Less than $200 to go!  Thanks so much for helping Drewid.  He is headed home in a few minutes, where he does not have internet access.  I too am leaving Starbucks in 10-15 minutes and am not sure when I'll have power at home.

 Windows 10 comes with built-in spyware. If your work requires confidentiality, DO NOT INSTALL.

Friends of mine in government, in law offices, or in doctors offices often have a work/personal email that comes with a disclaimer. "This communication is confidential," etc, and is intended only for the recipient. It's a bit of legalese, but it's necessary, especially for people who work in law or medicine, who have to comply with some pretty strict confidentiality laws and agreements.

If you have any job or work which requires some kind of legally or professionally-mandated confidentiality, whether it's Doctor-Patient or Attourney-Client, you should not use Windows 10, even on your home machine.

That's because by installing Windows 10, you're agreeing to an End User License Agreement which gives Microsoft permission to read your emails, record your location and activities, log your browsing history and what programs and applications you run, and share these with "trusted" sources. You're also agreeing that Microsoft can turn over the content of those emails along with data about you mined from your computer, to any trusted partner, or to any law enforcement agency based on a "good faith" determination by Microsoft that the content is needed by that agency.

There is no way for an ordinary user to disable these settings. Unless you're familiar with group policy settings, using an elevated command prompt, and editing the computer's registry, there is simply no way to disable Microsoft's data mining system. If you don't have a "Pro" version, you won't even have access to gpedit, and so there will no way for you to fully disable the pre-installed spyware.

If you don't believe me, here's a direct quote from Microsoft's privacy policy:

Finally, we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to:

1. comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies;

2. protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone;

3. operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or

4. protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services - however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer's private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.

In addition, there's a new telemetry system called "Asimov" which can be used to monitor the usage of any Windows 10 computer in real time, and if you agree to use Windows 10, you agree to let Microsoft monitor your computer at any time, for any reason, and to share any data they gather with their trusted partners. And no, you don't get to know who those partners are. They might even let law enforcement have access to what you're doing in real time. That might include access to your webcam.

For those technically inclined, there's a post over at reddit which outlines how to partially disable Microsofts snooping system.] There is no guarantee that updates to Windows 10 won't reactivate that system, and no guarantee that the backdoors built into the OS for Microsoft's can't be accessed by government agencies or hackers.

Folks, if this scares you, it should. By using windows, you are asked to agree to the windows privacy policy. By using Windows 10, you're asked to agree to the statement I quoted above.

And if that means that your private files regarding a client end up in the hands of someone else, you're the one who can be sued, because you agreed to the windows 10 EULA.

It's not Microsoft's fault. I'm not a lawyer, but I'm pretty sure that you, the user, are the one who can be found negligent in a court of law should Microsoft seize one of your clients' confidential data and share it with one of their trusted partners or with law enforcement in a way that does harm to your client. That's because by simply using Windows 10, you agreed that Microsoft was allowed to spy on you, and through you, your client.

If this scares you, it should. I'm absolutely terrified, and I'm one of the few people who knows how to dig into the registry and at least partially excise the pre-installed spyware.

I hope business will take a look at Windows 10 and start screaming bloody murder. That might make Microsoft wake the hell up. If you work for Apple, now is the time to steal all of Microsoft's business clientele by promising to protect their trade secrets and their customers' data. That might also make Microsoft backpedal.

Til then, I'm jumping ship for Linux, and I suggest that you come with me. There are some easy ways to install that OS, (Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint come to mind) and with WINE, you can run almost all of your windows applications on Linux anyway.

If this is how Microsoft handles privacy, I'm not going to stick around and get spied on.

 Marriage Equality for Same Sex Couples – What is Next? FULL Equality under the Law
More located below the beautiful orange fold.
 The mass deportation most GOP voters want would cost taxpayers hundreds of billions
People at an immigration rally with signs saying
Though a strong majority of GOP voters—63 percent—say they would like to simply deport all undocumented immigrants, they probably have no idea that it's going to cost taxpayers a pretty penny. Esther Yu-Hsi Lee has the break down:
The center-right organization American Action Forum (AAF) found that it would cost between $400 billion and $600 billion to apprehend, detain, legally process, and transport every undocumented immigrant back to their countries of origin. Breaking down similar statistics, a Center of American Progress report found that it would cost an average of about $10,070 to deport each individual. The AAF report also found that without the 11 million undocumented immigrants, the U.S. labor force would shrink and real GDP would be reduced by $1.6 trillion.
That economic shrinkage has actually proven to be true in two states that have adopted policies designed to force out most of their undocumented immigrants: Arizona and Alabama.
In the first year after passing SB 1070, Arizona’s economy lost $141 million in losses from conference cancellations, and the tourist industry took a $250 million hit, with close to 3,000 jobs lost.

When Alabama passed its own anti-immigrant law in 2011, work at some companies that require strenuous labor nearly stopped. A chicken factory found that the “turnover rate has gone through the roof,” while crops rotted on various farms. A University of Alabama report put the estimated economic damage at around $11 billion.

More sound economic policies emanating straight from the GOP.
 Life in prison for a Non-violent Crime

Seventy Years to Life whichever happens first.  This is the sentencing my son Jeremy Stewart received.  No murder was committed, nor was a bank robbed or a gun used.  No one was tied any up, or raped.   Yet, California sentenced him as if he had committed one of these crimes. He has been placed in prison with murderers and rapists. Jeremy was arrested for taking property from two homes while the occupants were gone. This is classified as “serious”.   Jeremy and many more like him do not qualify for Proposition 36’s reduced sentencing opportunity passed by voter in 2012.  Please, ask legislators to change the penal code for residential burglary life is not a fair sentence.

Jeremy’s first strike conviction was for taking a DVD/VHS camcorder out of a house.  The courts offered a strike with less time, a plea bargain.  Jeremy received his second strike conviction after answering a call in the middle of the night to pick up a friend.  His car had broken down close to where Jeremy lived.   This friend had stolen property on him.  Jeremy didn't know this until it was too late. Jeremy let him stay at his house that night.  This friend left behind some costume jewelry worth $200.00 and Jeremy received his second strike while the friend walked.  

After being released from Prison, Jeremy tested positive for crystal meth.  He had an addiction problem.  The Parole department informed Jeremy, go to jail or pay for a rehabilitation center.  He feared being sent back to prison.  He made some bad chooses trying to come up with money to pay his bills.  Jeremy entered Sharp’s rehabilitation center. On day four of his rehabilitation treatment his wife, Raechell, calls him. Stating, the police have come to the house to arrest you.  Jeremy leaves the rehab to spend his last few hours with his pregnant wife and child. The Prosecutor stated Jeremy left a treatment program on his own free will and never explains why.   He knew he would not have been allowed to complete this program anyway.  Jeremy was being prosecuted for residential burglary. Sentencing day arrives and yes, the judge gave Jeremy the Ultimate sentence of 70 YEARS in a maximum security.  What happened to letting the Time Fit the Crime?  

My son was given a death sentence for property theft.  CALIFORNIA is the only state to prosecute for a NON-Violent crime in this manner.  I don't believe there is any place in the world that would lock someone up for 70 years for residential burglary.  Is he eligible for parole?  No he will die first since 100% of the time must be served and Good time credits is not allowed for three strikers in the state of California. Really and the taxpayers are going to pay for this?  $65,000 per year over $6,000,000 is the price tag placed on Jeremy’s incarceration and this is for just one person.  Save our communities put the money into education, housing, medical, rehabilitation, helping the homeless, and repairing our streets. There are so many beneficial ways to use our tax dollars. Stop wasting money on mandating life for a non-violent crimes.  I believe not all violent crimes deserve life sentences. Common sense needs to be applied by our courts.  Life should be reserved for the most violent crimes to mankind.  Demand change!  
A Seventy years sentence is a medieval.
 Our Constitution guarantees all citizens No unlawful imprisonment. This Right, was written before the Bill of Right was even formed and is for all U.S. citizens.  Truly, this is form of unlawful and unjust imprisonment.   I will be dead before my son is released from prison and chances are he will come out in a body bag if this law doesn’t change.   Murders and rapist serve less time for harming someone and are eligible for parole, in as early as 7 years.    Something is terribly wrong with CALIFORNIA.
  Tell everyone you know about my son, Jeremy.   Education is key so this doesn't  happen to your family. Write to the Legislators, the Senators, and the newspapers.   Call the Governor or drop him an email and sign my petition going to the Governor Jerry Brown of California.  Please help, Penal codes need to be changed in California.  Thank you so much.

Jeremy Stewart
and Elizabeth Stewart

 Source-of-Woes Apprentice

Trump is yet another cartoonish creation that has gotten completely out of hand . . .

 Save Oak Flat - Washington 22 July


San Carlos Council Member Wendsler Nosie Sr introduces Representative Raul Grijalva in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC July 22 in a rally to reverse the land giveaway of Sacred Apache Land for destructive mining.

save-oak-flat-with-noise-and-daughter Councilmen Nosie, his granddaughter Naelyn Pike, and Representative Grijalva.

KDfrAZ posted earlier today on Oak Flat.  He started a petition which should be signed. He had asked for a diary on the protest earlier. DC is not too far away so I took the day trip. Below are a few photos and a personal trip log.

 Freedom to Marry – Short historical video of the fight that led to Marriage Equality
Freedom to Marry video and a 6 minute short video of the fight that ultimately led to the Nationwide Marriage Equality victory at the Supreme Court on June 26th.

Video produced by Eyepop Productions.

Freedom to Marry played a very crucial role in our Nationwide Marriage Equality victory! Well done to Freedom To Marry and indeed to all of us who fought long and hard for this victory!