terra, not terror

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Taking Time Off July 3, 2008

Filed under: government, social consciousness — terra @ 7:00 am

I have decided to take a break from this blog. I hope to do it for just a month, but it may be longer. I’m doing this so I don’t quit outright. This decision has been influenced by 2 factors.

If you want to keep up with what I’m reading, you can follow my del.icoi.us news at http://del.icio.us/terranotterror/green. This is where I bookmark all the articles that I find online that relate to reducing our impact on the environment. These will include all the fantastic ideas that I enjoy reading. So, you won’t get my summaries, but you’ll be able to see the resources I find to write them.

Reasons:

1. I work two jobs, and am trying to continue my schooling. One job involves staring at a computer for 8 hours a day. Since I don’t write posts when I’m at work, I have to write them at home, when I’m pretty tired of looking at a computer.

2. See comments for my 2nd reason. It gets political, which I’ve decided won’t get a place on the main page. I will make one request – take a look at the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, and then call your Senator if you are as concerned as I am about privacy and upholding the bill of rights. The FISA bill (HR 6304) will be voted on July 8th. United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Super Thanks to Senator Sherrod Brown for sticking up for the Constitution so far.

Happy 4th of July!!

 

6 Responses to “Taking Time Off”

  1. terra Says:

    Thanks to all my readers for sharing their ideas about how to reduce our impact on the planet. Sorry for the break, but it’s much needed.

    If you don’t want to know my political opinions, don’t read this. I’m serious. If you are sensitive about politics, just skip it. Reason #1 is just as important.

    The FISA bill (HR 6304) has me concerned about privacy and security. Our government has decided that the 4th Amendment to the Constitution is flexible. I think not. Here’s the 4th, as a refresher:

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    The FISA bill will be voted on July 8th. Call your Senator immediately, if you are as concerned as I am about privacy and rights. You can use the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Super Thanks to Senator Sherrod Brown for sticking up for the Constitution so far.

    Back in 2001, our intelligence community identified a threat and made their discovery known to higher powers. The president failed to act, and our country was attacked. This is a monumental tragedy. What has happened since, however, is inexcusable. Without encroaching on our Bill of Rights, and without treating every citizen like a criminal when they go to the airport, threats have been identified and even stopped (like the liquids threat a few years ago). The laws that resulted from 9/11 are sweeping and irresponsible. That is, the government is no longer responsible to the people. They are also unnecessary, and are often used against non-terrorist activities. While it is important to stop illegal drugs and other crimes, the purpose of the “Patriot” Act and other surveillance laws that have been passed are not supposed to be for basic law enforcement – they are supposed to prevent another major attack. An attack that could be prevented by paying attention to threats identified by intelligence agents. … back to reason 2 and how it affects his blog … The FISA bill allows the government to search our phone records, online communications, e-mails, text messages, your house, your car, you name it. They can do it without a warrant, probable cause, or even notifying the person being searched. If the court says no (7 days after the warrantless search), the Executive can “appeal” and get 60 more days to snoop through your life. Does this scream “unconstitutional” to anyone else?

    “If I don’t do anything wrong, I have nothing to hide.” Irrelevant!, I say. We are supposed to be free citizens. The Constitution was written to protect us from the government. (Check out the 10th Amendment too, for more freedom!) How does this affect Terra, Not Terror? Well, I don’t think the government should be allowed to snoop through my phone records, texts, e-mails, etc. And I certainly don’t want to put my thoughts online for them to read. I don’t write anything I’m embarrassed of on this site. Nothing I say here could (or should) get me into trouble. But, if the government feels they should be allowed to search my cell phone account, why wouldn’t they search my blog too? Searching everyone’s communication records is a waste of resources – taxpayers’ money, and valuable agents time, which could be better spent tracking real potential terrorists. Intelligence agents have more important and useful work to do than to sift through mounds of data. And trust me, I’m not the enemy. I just want to live my life, and leave this place a little better than I found it. They’re wasting their time if they’re searching my bags, or my cell phone records, or my blog. Remember the name, Terra, Not Terror. I believe we should live in peace with each other and with the earth, not in terror – either by outside threats or our own government. It breaks my heart, really, that our government would take these liberties for themselves, and from me.

    All this may not make any sense to you, to justify stop writing a blog about the environment, but for me, it makes sense to keep my thoughts to myself, as much as I can.

    Whew… I’m sorry about the rant.

    I think there are plenty of people who enjoy the stories I find, and who like reading ways we can reduce our impact on the planet. To you, I apologize for the break. I hope to be back soon. Remember, check out the del.icio.us/terranotterror/green page for great stories and helpful websites.

  2. Time off from blogging is a good thing. I just went through a period of that myself. If you don’t get enough real world experiences, there’s nothing to blog about.

    I completely understand where you are coming from in terms of the ongoing pressures of govt to stick its nose where it does not belong. Just blogging about it makes me feel angry and depressed. I’ve pretty much decided to ignore politics as much as possible this summer and stick to eco-blogging (along with continuing to post personal pop culture obsessions!) for the next few months. I will check out your delicious notations and will be glad to see you back here when you are ready. Your blog has been a great inspiration and source of essential information. Thanks for all you do.

  3. Jean from 'The Rogue Nation' Says:

    Village Green could not have said it better, Thank you! I do not watch the news and only read the news so that ‘I’ can be in charge of what I want to fill my brain with. I think it’s a great idea for you to take some time off and do what you are doing. Sounds like your head is in the right place. Take care of yourself first! You will be very much missed and we welcome your blogging when it’s time for you to come back. Enjoy your adventure Terra!

  4. AlexC Says:

    Hey Terra,

    I feel your pain, and I live in this stupid city! Is this why you removed yourself from Twitter? :-)

    Anywho, if you’re going to be tagging stuff anyways, you might consider feeding those tags into your blog. I’ve never used WordPress, but there’s clearly a way to have the server suck down your del.icio.us RSS feed (sorry folks for getting to techy!). Here’s someone who does it with their Google Reader tagged posts:

    http://www.chimp-simple.com/2007/06/29/wordpress-on-autopilot-automatic-posting-google-reader-to-wordpress/

    If you decide to keep tagging, at least doing it this way will give TNT (ha, I never thought about your blog’s acronym, was that intentional?!) visitors fresh content right from your site. Just a thought.

  5. terra Says:

    Thanks everyone.

    Alex, I will definitely look into the Google Reader auto-posting. I love Google Reader, so I’ll use that for a while, during my re-grouping. Yes, that’s why I got off Twitter – I felt like I was spying, and I don’t want to document my every thought and movement online. I like how you use it for work. I can see how it would be really useful for some professions. See… I was spying on you! ;)

    I can’t seem to pull myself away, so I will be back soon. In the meantime, don’t forget to call the Senate. Read “Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow. And, see the movie Wall*E.

  6. Michele Says:

    Terra,

    Have a great break, I can understand the need for a break. Scott has been on break since May 15.


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