With all that has been transpiring concerning the NSA and their arguably illegal snooping, some are coming together to fight back. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo have united together to form what is being called the Reform Government Surveillance coalition. These power houses hope to loosen the grip of the NSA and bring comfort to those who are concerned about privacy.
The CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter; Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, and Dick Costolo wrote a letter to Washington, D.C. stating they, “urge the U.S. to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law.”
These five powers, along with others, are doing what they can to prevent the government from collecting private information.
I would say any American, regardless of which political party you subscribe to, should be in favor of this effort. It is written in one of our founding documents, the Bill of Rights, given to us by our forefathers that we have a right to privacy which cannot be violated without a specific, probable cause.
In other news, Russian president, Vladimir Putin has plans to create an international news agency, which to us would be known as, Russia Today. However, there are two main concerns that arise with the development of this agency. This may limit media freedom in Russia and this may be Russia’s attempted strategy to influence world opinion.
President Putin put out this decree which liquidated two state-owned news agencies which had been around since 1929 and 1941 in order to launch his idea of Russia Today. Some have said Russia Today will be a “huge machine for propaganda in the West.” Along with this many question the appointment of Dmitry Kiselev who is considered one of Russia’s most notorious TV anchors, known primarily for his extreme anti-Western and homophobic views.
To illustrate his radicalness for you, after Russia passed a law banning the promotion of homosexuality among young children, he felt this was too weak and told his viewers, “They should be banned from donating blood and sperm, and if they are killed in a car crash their hearts should be buried in the ground or burnt as unfit for helping to prolong anyone’s life.”
Homosexuality does go against the course of nature and is considered wrong by many both Biblically and morally. However, you can sense his intense hatred towards homosexuals, yet he has claimed he is not anti-gay.
Over the weekend the United States experienced record breaking temperatures. The National Weather Service reported on much of what took place. Bruce Sullivan, of the NWS, actually said, “I don’t think things are going to warm up anytime soon.”
Over the weekend, Northern Maryland received 7 to 10 inches of snow, while central and eastern Pennsylvania received 4 to 10 inches, and parts of New York received up to 10 inches all the way through Monday morning. The lowest recorded temperature recorded during this frosty storm was 42 below zero, occurring in Jordan, Montana.
Tragically, as a result of the storm, the nation did suffer deaths and a numerous amount of wrecks. Along with this, here is the DFW metroplex an estimated 650 people were stranded at DFW airport on Sunday night, which was an improvement from the 2,000 stranded on Saturday night, which was also an improvement from the 4,000 who were stranded on Friday night.
Although power outages occurred nationwide, the DFW area reported some 267,000 customers losing power as a result of the storm.
I’d have to say this is definite proof global warming is not as true as some have confessed it to be and its these things that likely resulted to calling global warming, climate change.