All Further Articles for 2014-06-03

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Yikes Don't Lick That Stamp!
Pity the beleaguered right-wing cultural warriors reduced to protesting a stamp - issued by the feds, and a forever one at that - honoring " a child predator at the whim of a drag queen." Proclaiming "this is not diversity; this is perversity," t he American Family Association (sic) frets the "sordid" release of the Harvey Milk stamp is "disturbing to say the least." They offer distressed members a solution: At the post office, refuse to accept the stamp and ask for a flag stamp instead, and at home refuse mail bearing the image of ths "very disreputable man." Small acts, they concede, but "un fortunately, the deed is done." Yup, and all the rest too.
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In Common Grieving
From the uncle of Isla Vista victim Christopher Martinez, an anguished call to a blood-soaked nation to "squarely face the heart-wrenching issue of gun violence...start a dialogue, and begin again." Perhaps the NRA has finally met its match in the furious, unafraid, eloquent family of Martinez, who are evidently not going away quietly. "Can we all agree that this is crazy? Can we all agree that this is achingly, heartbreakingly sad? Can we not just settle, 10 days after I lost my nephew, back into 'normal'? Can we instead allow this event, finally, to invoke some deep questioning?"
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Monday, June 2, 2014
Reset the Net: Don't Ask for Privacy, Take It Back
Some of the world's largest websites and rights groups are planning a coordinated day of action on June 5, the first anniversary of Snowden's revelations, to oppose mass online surveillance. The Reset the Net campaign, launched by Fight for the Future, will feature a splash screen offering tips for direct action, like how to install NSA-resistant encryption tools , to ensure Internet privacy.
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