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We are reposting the US Pirate Party statement on Trump’s threat to invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act: The United States Pirate Party opposes President Trump’s threat of military force against our citizens. We support the right of the people to peacefully protest and seek redress for the murder of George Floyd. We support activist organizations such as Black Lives Matter that engage in peaceful protest. We object to police brutality directed against protesters and members of the free...
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Pirates Joe, Malt and James talk about the police killing of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the police rioting and the crack down on our First Amendment rights. We also talk about Trump's bogus Communications Decency Act Section 230 executive order: Massachusetts Bail FundBoston Black Lives MatterMama Safia's Kitchen Go Fund MeTrump's CDA 230 executive order Also, Malt called it about Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs) being used if you listen to the end of this vi...
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The EARN IT Act would gut Communications Decency Act Section 230, which protects free speech online. Section 230 requires you be held responsible for what you say, not the website or platform where you said it. As more and more speech is corralled into the tech giants walled gardens, it ensures that we have the freedom to express ourselves. As the EFF notes: "EARN IT would establish a “National Commission on Online Child Exploitation Prevention.” This Commission would include the Chairman...
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Pirates Joe, Steve and James talk about the latest current events including Arlington's efforts to run its upcoming election by mail in ballot, PATRIOT Act renewal and Massachusetts' phased reopening from the COVID-19 less than lockdown. Digitally sign to get the Ranked Choice Voting initiative on the November ballot Donate your used computer Donate to your local food bank

 

Volunteers from Voter Choice for Massachusetts, the Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) campaign, made history last fall when they submitted 111,000 certified signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth; the most ever by a Massachusetts ballot initiative campaign. The Massachusetts Pirate Party supports RCV and we are proud to be part of this historic effort to give a stronger voice and more choice to voters. Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) allows voters to rank the candidates on the ballot by order o...
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Updated with the name of the amendment. Thanks Restore the Fourth! The PATRIOT Act renewal passed in the Senate. It is heading back to the House for another vote since it was amended to add a degree of independent oversight to the FISA court. The original House bill included some reforms, including forbidding the warrantless collection of Americans’ phone records and cell tower or GPS location data. Unfortunately, the Wyden amendment to forbid the collecting of internet website browsing a...
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The PATRIOT Act, that abomination to our 4th Amendment right to privacy, is yet again up for renewal in H.R. 6172, which passed in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Senators Daines (R-CO), Leahy (D-VT), Lee (R-UT), Paul (R-KY) and Wyden (D-OR) have put forward three amendments to reform it. Should these amendments pass unchanged, journalists, political and religious organizations would have a voice when the rubber stamp Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court reviews...
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Massachusetts Pirates Joe, Steve and James talk about the latest news of interest to Pirates including: Cape Cod Field Hospital Closes Without Seeing Any Coronavirus Patients The EARN IT Act Violates the Constitution US public health officials on apps: "Meh" Can We Track COVID-19 and Protect Privacy at the Same Time? This Script Sends Junk Data to Ohio’s Website for Snitching on Workers Ohio Covid 19 Toolkit

 

Secretary Steve, Quartermaster Joe and Captain James talk about the trials and tribulations of Facebook and especially their users, including these articles: Zuckerberg tries to placate EU regulators by saying Facebook is willing to pay more in taxes Bloomberg's meme spree prompts changes in Facebook, Instagram rulesSignal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses Please share topics you want us to explore in upcoming Pirate News episodes in the comments. Thanks!

 

Jeff Bezos, using his media empire, created the "porch pirate" narrative in order to push demand for Ring cameras. Having deployed them in communities across the state, he is now poised to sell access to this spy network to the police. If the state proposed building surveilance cameras outside the front door of every house in every city, there would be justified outrage. But by making the Ring camera a consumer object, it becomes a status symbol, something enviable. The purported AI techn...
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