No Internet battlefields

red circle with slash says: ban cyberwar

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No Internet battlefields by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Arms races are expensive. Stockpiling stones when you live in a glass house is stupid. Let’s demilitarize the Internet and avoid expense and stupidity.

The leaders of the U.S. Cyber Command want to triple their staff and spend millions of dollars to greatly increase their ability to attack other people’s computers over the Internet. Glenn Greewald wrote a good overview of their plans for the Guardian.

Let’s say “No!” to alarmist politicians, greedy contractors, and short-sighted generals who want to turn our Internet into their battlefield. They are going to torpedo your banking, your thermostat, your school records, your grocery store’s inventory, your airlines, your food stamps, your electricity, your hospital, your pension, your dam, your email, your sewage plant, and the same stuff in a lot of other countries. We managed to keep weapons out of Earth’s orbit. Let’s keep them off the Internet. Too many of us live here.

Here is the scalable vector graphic. It will stay crisp, even if you make it much bigger or much smaller. You may edit it with Inkscape, a free and open-source alternative to Adobe Illustrator. The picture at the top of the article is in png format. You may also download it and edit as you please. It might look good as a round sticker.

Pussy Riot

cartoon drawing of pussy riot members

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Pussy Riot by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Yes, we love Pussy Riot!

U.S. newspaper reporters have written mainly about Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who served two years in prison in Russia. Many other women, and several men, also participated in Pussy Riot’s performances and recording sessions. Wikipedia has a good article about them. Putin’s harsh new laws and bands of thugs will intimidate most Russians from repeating their protests of 2011, 2012, and 2013. Let us outside of Russia remember and spread Pussy Riot’s spirit! Turn off the TV, go to City Hall, and yell!

The image above is in png format. You may edit it in any way you please. Here is the scalable vector graphic. You can make it big, print it on t-shirts or banners, or make it small and print it on business cards. Remember that you may download and use free, open-source graphics programs. A substitute for Adobe Photoshop is gimp; a substitute for Adobe Illustrator is Inkscape.

Immunity for Snowden

immunity for snowden

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Immunity for Snowden by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Enough! Let Snowden live where ever he wants! Let him live as a free man, instead of as a hostage of Vladimir Putin!

I’ve been able to persuade many neighbors to mail postcards with this image to our Congresswomen and President Obama. I set up a table at our farmers’ market with the postcards, stamps, and mailing labels. Even if people don’t want to send a postcard, I get a chance to talk with them about government and corporate surveillance of Americans and foreigners.

The image above is in png format. You can edit it with Adobe Photoshop or its free, open-source alternative, gimp. This image is the scalable vector graphic. You can edit it in any way you please with Inkscape, a free, open-source program that is like Adobe Illustrator.

CEO’s taste better

ceo's taste better

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CEO’s taste better by Rhona Mahony is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

We read that the Chief Executive Officers of some large companies are now receiving pay packages that far exceed the pay of their ordinary workers. That money doesn’t only come from the employees, but also from the shareholders, who supposedly own the company. The people who sit on the companies’ boards of directors allow the CEO’s to receive those huge pay packages. They aren’t doing their job, which is supposedly to protect the shareholders.

Everyone knows that vegetarians taste better. Bankers, too. Let’s make it clear just how delicious CEO’s are.

This image is a scalabe vector graphic of the same picture. It will stay crisp even if you make it bigger or smaller. You can edit it with Inkscape, a free and open-source program which is like Adobe Illustrator.

I am slowly getting some of these pictures posted at redbubble.com, so that it will be easier for lazy people to print t-shirts. At redbubble.com, search for “mishki”.

If you never whisper

if.you.never.dont.encrypt.bus.card

if.you.never.back.side.bus.card

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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.

Weep for 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.

Syrian flag weeping

syria.back.side

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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:
Oxfam,
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.

This image 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.

Holiday cards

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

heart and text of 4th Amendment

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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.

Here 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

what.we.buy

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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.

Here is the scalable vector graphic (svg).

Nude postcard

Naked man asserts that nudity will save America

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.

Here is the scalable vector graphic (svg).

Ban armed drones 2

ban armed drones with Picasso's painting, Guernica

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.

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Nudity Saves America 2

Nude NSA leader says that nudity saves America

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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 →

Pledge uproar

Pledge to raise hell if anyone harms Edward Snowden

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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.