Sunday, March 1, 2015

On CitizenFour

Opinion by Dave Felice

As people in Denver and around the world watch the documentary "CitizenFour" about Edward Snowden's disclosure of government spying on ordinary citizens, here is something else to consider.

Almost all of the information gathered by NSA snooping comes from mobile phones and computer devices. People are so fascinated or enamored of the convenience and capability of their electronic gadgets, they either do not realize or choose to ignore the fact that both legal and technical data collection requirements are much more stringent for wired landline telephones.

A cell or PCS (or home cordless) phone is a two-way radio device, broadcasting on a public frequency, just like a radio in your home or car. anyone with a good tuner can listen anytime, anywhere. It's somewhat of an oversimplification, but a wired landline telephone signal is carried by a discrete private pair of wires from Point A to Point B.

Since Alexander Graham Bell first used a functioning telephone to say "Mr. Watson, come here, I want you," in 1876, telephone workers have adhered to a strict practice of protecting the customer's privacy at all costs. Privacy protection was enacted into law by the Communications Act of 1934 and renewed by the 1996 telecomm regulation update. Even today, telecommunications workers are obligated by law to certify they understand and comply with requirements to safeguard customer privacy.

Since 9/11 and the subsequent "Patriot Act," government agencies have used the idea of "national security" as a ruse to trample many basic democratic freedoms. Remember, too, that members of both political parties enthusiastically endorsed the legislation which has little to do with patriotism. We are fortunate to retain enough freedom that more people are not simply plucked from the street for suspicion of violating "national security."

A harbormaster at an eastern seaport once told me he deliberately instructed people they could not go on the dock because of "security," and they complied without question. In fact, all he really wanted was to keep people off the dock when a cruise ship arrived.

If you think you can trust the government, ask a Native American or a whale. Our whole struggle against the Trans-Pacific Partnership is about uncontrolled government involvement and deception, aided by excessive corporate interference. Nobody knows how much of the NSA snooping data go into the hands of corporations such as Chase, Citigroup, and Bank of America.

There are always those who are willing to expose government wrong-doing and suppression of freedom. We actually have no assurance that there has been any change in NSA practices since Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and even Daniel Ellsberg told the public about government secrecy.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

GROPINGS IN CITY PARK

from KVDR
DENVER — A safety alert about a string of gropings in and near City Park. The suspect description is a little vague right now as is the number of women he’s groped.
Visitors to the park say they go there to walk, workout or enjoy the view. And now they have to closely watch their backs.
This place of natural beauty and calm is interrupted by the turbulence of a stranger sexually touching several women after approaching them from behind.
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COMMUNITY WORKSHOP - TAKING DOWN THE I-70 VIADUCT

Via INC
Denver and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have proposed taking down the I-70 viaduct, rebuilding the highway below grade, and putting a “lid” over the lowered highway. What should be on the lid? Park, playground, playing fields? Come to a Community Workshop on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Swansea Recreation Center, 4650 Columbine St. to share your thoughts and hear what your neighbors are thinking.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stand Up, Stand In Against Fast Track for the TPP

When: Friday, Feb. 27

Time: 11:30-1 p.m.

Where: Congressman Jared Polis' office at 1644 Walnut in Boulder.

More info on Fast Track and TPP here and here .

May 5th Municipal Candidate Forums

February 25, 2014

Get Ready for the 
May 5th Municipal Elections!

Candidate Forums

 
Come to these live and lively events to learn more about the candidates before the May 5th Municipal Election. The Forums will start at 6:30 p.m. and each Forum will run from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the number of candidates involved.  Programs will be recorded by Denver 8 for TV and online viewing. 
Council District boundaries change with this election.  If you are unsure of your district, you can find maps on the Denver Elections website or under Voter Information at www.lwvdenver.org.
 
Date/TimeOfficeForum Location
Tuesday, March 24
6:30 p.m.
Council District 4Calvary Baptist Church
6500 E. Girard Ave.
 
Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m.
Council District 10
City Auditor
Denver Botanic Gardens - Mitchell Hall 
1007 York St.
 
Thursday, March 26
6:30 p.m.
Council District 9
Council At-Large
Colorado Miners Community Center
4809 Race Street
 
Tuesday, March 31
6:30 p.m.
Council District 11
Clerk and Recorder
Evie Dennis Campus
4800 Telluride St.
 
Wednesday, April 1
6:30 p.m.
Council District 1
City Auditor
The Oriental Theater
4335 W. 44th Ave.
 
Thursday, April 2
6:30 p.m.
Council District 2
Council At-Large
Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
2250 S. Quitman St.
 
Tuesday, April 7
6:30 p.m.
Council District 7
Clerk and Recorder
Cameron United Methodist Church
1600 S. Pearl St
 
Saturday, April 11
9:00 a.m.
Council District 6
City Auditor
Council At-Large
University Park United Methodist Church
2180 S. University
 
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Financial crisis looming; federal government deceives

Commentary by Dave Felice

The secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership is an impending disaster for the American economy.

With TPP, tens of thousands of American jobs will be sent overseas, even in greater numbers than previous failed so-called trade agreements. There are promises of benefits, but history shows none of these claims ever come true. The $500 billion trade deficit continues to grow daily.

The TPP has nothing that will benefit the average hard-work American. In fact, food, water quality standards, and environmental protections will be severely weakened. We will lose lower cost generic pharmaceuticals, Internet freedoms, and ability to have some control over our economic destiny.

The TPP isn't even really about trade. Only five of the 29 chapters just touch on traditional trade matters.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

NOTES FROM THE NEW DRUG WAR - Jessica LeRoux - Feb. 22, 2015

On Feb 20, 2015, at 8:24 PM, Irene Aguilar <ireneaguilar.md@gmail.com> wrote:
Please feel free to share with your contacts.
I am still asking for final feedback by 5 pm on Monday February 23.
Sincerely,

Senator Irene Aguilar
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Hello Senator,
I see a bunch of changes here that seem to not stem from our meeting last Tuesday. Where is the language about that 3rd computer protocol? Id like to delve further into that. 
I suppose that is now this language: 
  1. THE INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THE STATE LICENSING
  2. 18  AUTHORITY PURSUANT TO THIS SUBSECTION (8.5) SHALL NOT BE PROVIDED

Saturday, February 21, 2015

DENVER POLICE CHIEF WHITE'S POLICY OF RESTRAINT IS A GLIMMER OF HOPE FOR THE COMMUNITY

Opinion by Gerald Trumbule
Instead of wading in with batons cracking, the Denver police were apparently told to stand down while two protesters poured red paint on the slain officers memorial. Chief White has defended this policy which seems not only to have worked very well, (perps were arrested) but avoids all the side-effects of unnecessary force (expensive lawsuits). The wisdom of backing off as a strategy is evident.
Thank you Chief White.

Friday, February 20, 2015

LOCAL WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTION

via Albus Brooks on FB

City Park West neighbors please see the below message from Denver Waters upcoming project in CPW.
A water main replacement project is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, February 25 on High Street from East 20th Avenue to East 19th Avenue. The attached door hanger has been distributed to all residents in the project area. Crews will do their best to complete the project within three weeks. As the project progresses the notices will be distributed ahead of the project.
Crews will do their best to complete the project as scheduled; however, projects are occasionally delayed by unmarked underground utilities, weather and emergency water main breaks. Water service emergencies, such as a main break in other parts of Denver Water’s system may take precedence over this project. The crew may leave at a moment’s notice to work on those emergencies and may not return the following day.
As pipe replacement projects occur in your district, Denver Water will send your office a copy of the door hanger notice distributed to customers in the project area.
All permits and traffic plans have been approved by the city.
Denver Water crews install or replace an average of 60,000 feet of pipe a year. Additional information on pipe replacement projects can be found at www.denverwater.org/pipes

INCINERATOR IN CITY PARK? AT THE ZOO? FOR REAL?