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Like each of us, this web site is a work in progress. This is my personal site and, as such, reflects my personal beliefs, opinions and idiosyncrasies. Come by often and see what's new. You're also invited to stop by the family business at Bizgrok Web Services and our family-friendly site at the North East Digital Village. Welcome ~ JT
In Spite of Fear
Let's live as if fear did not rule our lives and perhaps, it won't.
Fear of . . . is the devil of our existence - fear of failure, fear of loss, fear of intimacy, fear of those who are different from us, fear of those who act out the secret, unapproved of parts of ourselves we keep hidden, fear of death and fear of never really having lived. Especially now, during a time when our country has allowed fear to make fundamental changes to the way we live together.
We've allowed fear to blind us to the true villains:
~ disease, poverty, abuse, cruelty and avarice;
~ those who would legislate away our civil rights and freedoms in the name of safety and security
~ those who condemn and threaten others who recognize these villains for who they really are: the fearful and the exploiters who believe they can sustain their anti-constitutional "security measures" in the name of patriotism and suppress those who speak out in alarm by intimidation.
Act fearlessly upon what you believe is right. Act neither with arrogance nor aggressiveness nor require the absence of fear. Fearlessness requires only conviction, faith and courage. ~ JT
State of the Union
As long as the unAmerican, repressive and unconstitutional powers of the PATRIOT act continue, the state of the Union will be precarious. If we give up our freedom, nothing else matters. ~ JT
hat the individual shall have full protection in person and in property is a principle as old as the common law; but it has been found necessary from time to time to define anew the exact nature and extent of such protection. Political, social, and economic changes entail the recognition of new rights, and the common law, in its eternal youth, grows to meet the new demands of society. Thus, in very early times, the law gave a remedy only for physical interference with life and property, for trespasses vi et armis. Then the "right to life" served only to protect the subject from battery in its various forms; liberty meant freedom from actual restraint; and the right to property secured to the individual his lands and his cattle. Later, there came a recognition of man's spiritual nature, of his feelings and his intellect. Gradually the scope of these legal rights broadened; and now the right to life has come to mean the right to enjoy life, -- the right to be let alone; the right to liberty secures the exercise of extensive civil privileges; and the term "property" has grown to comprise every form of possession -- intangible, as well as tangible.
"The Right to Privacy", Warren and Brandeis, Harvard Law Review. Vol. IV, December 15, 1890, No. 5 (Footnotes)
Defend Free Public Internet Access from Corporate Assault
Contributed by Free Press
A bill just introduced in the House could destroy universal, affordable Internet access everywhere. The deceptively-named "Preserving Innovation in Telecom Act" (H.R. 2726) would let big cable and telecom companies shut down Community Internet and municipal broadband projects being planned across the country.
The bill would prevent state or local governments from providing "any telecommunications service, information service or cable service" anywhere a corporation offers a similar service.
This outrageous legislation was introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), a former SBC executive, and is a blatant effort by the telecom and cable companies to cement their monopoly control of communications at the expense of innovation, competition, local choice, and access for lower-income customers.
In the past five years, the United States has fallen from an international leader in broadband to 13th among industrialized nations. Many of the countries that are now ahead of us - Canada, Japan, Korea - have used municipal systems as one important element in their broadband strategy. As a nation, we cannot afford to cut off any successful strategy - and widen our "digital divide" - if we want to remain internationally competitive.
Contact your representative now to ask that he or she oppose H.R. 2726.
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