December 20th, 2013 — Encryption, Privacy
If you never whisper by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://wildbee.org/2013/12/20/if-you-never-whisper/.
Many of my friends still don’t understand how encrypting their computer files and Internet browsing can help them. I am telling them to think of encryption as whispering, putting a letter into an envelope, or pulling down the blinds at night. I’ll be giving out these small cards to get people started.
These images fit on the front and back side of a 2 inch by 3.5 inch business card. You can edit the front side
and back side
of the scalable vector graphic (svg) to change their size or appearance. Try Inkscape
, a free and open-source program that lets you make and edit scalable vector graphics. It’s like Adobe Illustrator.
December 20th, 2013 — Syria
Over 2.5 million people have left their homes in Syria because of the bombardments, fighting, and turmoil there. Half of them are children. Many are living in tents or improvised shelters. It is getting very cold. See updates at the Migration Policy Institute’s site on Syrian refugees.
Weep for Syria by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://wildbee.org/2013/12/20/weep-for-syria/.
I listed three agencies:
the International Rescue Committee,
and the United Nations Refugee Agency
Physicians from Doctors without Borders are also giving care directly to injured and sick Syrians in and outside of Syria. You may donate directly to their Syria campaign
You many find other agencies that are actually delivering aid–not only collecting money–when you are ready to donate.
These images are 4 inches by 6 inches, the size of a post card. The text, listing several agencies, goes on the back. You can mail the card or include it in your end-of-year mailings to friends and family.
is 8.5 by 11 inches. If you print it on card stock, you get four post cards. Then print this image
on the back. Then cut out the four post cards.
Here is page one
and page two
of the scalable vector graphic (svg), if you’d like to change the size or content of the image. Use Inkscape
, the free and open-source vector program. It’s like Adobe Illustrator.
December 20th, 2013 — Surveillance
On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the National Security Administration’s collection without any warrants of tens of millions of Americans’ telephone records probably violates the Fourth Amendment. Let’s make sure that people notice.
You may send any of these cards to President Obama. Ask him to immediately end the NSA’s warrantless mass surveillance on ordinary Americans. Ask him to immediately grant immunity from federal prosecution to Edward Snowden.
You may also send cards to your Senators and your representative in the House. Ask them to act quickly on legislation to stop the NSA’s warrantless mass surveillance.
Don’t forget your friends and relatives. Just tuck a postcard into your end-of-year festive mailing.
I love the 4th Amendment
I love the 4th Amendment by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://wildbee.org/2013/12/20/holiday-cards/.
The text above is the full text of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The image prints out at roughly 4 inches by 5 inches, the size of a postcard. Print it on card stock.
This image contains four postcard-sized pictures. Print it on a sheet of card stock that is 8.5 inches by 11 inches. Cut the sheet into quarters. Now you have four postcards.
is the scalable vector graphic (svg), so you can change the image as you like. Edit it with Inkscape
, the free and open-source vector art program. It is like Adobe Illustrator.
American flag: anti-surveillance by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://http://wildbee.org/2013/12/20/holiday-cards.
This image should be clear to your recipients.
Here is the sheet with four images for printing on card stock.
is the scalable vector graphic (svg).
This picture is still my favorite. The version above will print out at postcard size. Some people don’t find it funny. Pick your audience. This image is a sheet of four postcards, for printing on 8.5 by 11 inch card stock.
is the scalable vector graphic (svg).
November 12th, 2013 — War crimes
by Rhona Mahony. Pablo Picasso finished this painting in June of 1937. It shows the suffering of the women, children, and men whom German and Italian warplane crews bombed and machine-gunned to death on April 26, 1937, in Guernica, a village in northern Spain. Wikipedia authors have written a short history of the painting and of Spain under right-wing General Francisco Franco, who overthrew the Spanish government and ordered the attack on Guernica.
This image should fit on a 8.5 by 11 inch piece of paper or on a t-shirt. If you try to make it bigger, it will look blurry.
Continue reading →
November 11th, 2013 — Civil liberties, Surveillance
Nudity Saves America 2 by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://wildbee.org/2013/11/06/nudity-saves-america-2/ .
by Rhona Mahony. General Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency, insists that he knows what’s best for us. It is best for us that the NSA intercept and store all the Internet communications that they have room for. It is best for us that telephone and Internet companies–knowingly or unknowingly–open their commercial data banks to the NSA whenever the NSA wants. The argument is that we should be naked to the NSA, while the NSA should stay completely hidden from us.
NSA: Remember what it stands for
The man in this picture argues that mandatory universal nudity will save us. His argument is not a reductio ad absurdam of Alexander’s argument. It is his argument.
If we had had the Internet and cheap electronic storage in the 1920′s, the NSA would have said Continue reading →
November 4th, 2013 — Civil liberties, Surveillance
Pledge uproar by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://wildbee.org/2013/11/03/pledge-uproar/.
by Rhona Mahony. I needed this picture. Now you can have it.
This poster is high resolution, 7 MB, and compressed in a zip file.
This version of the same poster is lower in resolution and 2 MB. It may be convenient for people with slow connections to the Internet.
This image is the scalable vector graphic (svg). You may edit it in any way that you like. Try Inkscape, a vector graphic editor that is free and open source. It works like Adobe Illustrator.
November 4th, 2013 — Civil liberties, Surveillance
Protect Snowden by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://wildbee.org/2013/11/03/protect-snowden/.
by Rhona Mahony. This pledge is easy. Promise to write letters, demonstrate in the streets, tell Snowden’s story to your children at the dinner table, or wear a t-shirt to work.
He is now in the hands of the FSB in Russia. Young readers may not know that the FSB is a military agency in charge of Russian state security. Continue reading →
November 3rd, 2013 — Civil liberties, Surveillance
Drop charges against Snowden by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://wildbee.org/2013/11/03/drop-charges-against-snowden/.
by Rhona Mahony. Prosecutors in the U.S. Justice Department can quietly withdraw the arrest warrant that they have issued against Edward Snowden. Or, they can let their police colleagues in Europe and Russia know that they don’t really want them to arrest him.
Send this email. Ask U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama to quietly let Snowden live in peace. They can fulminate publicly. They can deter other people with top-secret clearance from releasing embarrassing government files. Just let our man go free.
This poster is 8.5 inches by 11 inches. This version of the same poster is high resolution, 8 MB, and compressed in a zip file. This image is the scalable vector graphic, compressed with zip. You may edit it any way you like. Try Inkscape, which is a free and open source alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
November 2nd, 2013 — Civil liberties, Surveillance
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
by Rhona Mahony. If it is frightening to use a credit card with your own name on it to support Snowden or to send money to Wikileaks, you may use a gift card that says “Mastercard” or “Visa”. You may buy the gift card with cash.
Here is a poster (2 MB, 8.5 inches by 11 inches). This version of the same poster is higher resolution, 14 MB, and compressed in a zip file. This image is the scalable vector graphic, compressed in a zip file. You can edit the svg image any way you like in Inkscape, a free and open source alternative to Adobe Illustrator.
November 1st, 2013 — Airport security, Surveillance
by Rhona Mahony. I have never paid for or participated in the Transportation Security Administration’s insulting PreCheck program. Oh yeah, make us pay for a larger sliver of our Fourth Amendment rights and the search procedures of August, 2001. Helloooo TSA! If I’m not a criminal suspect, leave me alone. Don’t get between me and my airplane.
Yet, the American Airlines sent me the boarding pass above, on October 23. Will I be “pre-checked” on all my flights from now on?
I’m sad. I’ve smuggled gunpowder through airport security. I’ve written, taught, and demonstrated against wasteful, chilling, illegal surveillance. They think I’m tame.
My husband, benighted dear, did pay for PreCheck. He submitted fingerprints, saliva, a Pledge of Allegiance, and whatever else they asked him for so that he wouldn’t have to take off his belt in public. His Visa credit card and mine have the same number. Will the TSA give PreCheck status to anyone who buys a airline ticket with that credit card?
Would you like to try?