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first_img GermanyEurope – Central Asia June 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Germany RSF_en May 31, 2021 Find out more News – The German Association to Protect Electronic Rights (FITUG) (in German) – The federal government The Internet For All programme launched in 2000 by Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is a big reason for the broad success of the Internet, but this concerted effort is accompanied by strict laws.A July 1996 law requires ISPs to give the secret services access to their Internet traffic and one in August 1997 makes them responsible for the content of the sites they host, although only if they are aware of it. The G-10 law, which limits protection of communications, was amended in 2001. ISPs were asked to give the secret services every facility to monitor or intercept national or international electronic or voice communications. The ISPs were also strongly advised to “police” the content of websites. The law includes a long and generalised list of crimes justifying Internet surveillance covering not only suspects but anyone who might have had contact with them.The 11 September attacks led to an anti-terrorist law pushed through parliament by interior minister Otto Schily at the end of 2001. The Telecommunications Interception Order, which came into force in January 2002, allows intelligence officials and police to access traffic records stored in digital form, including details of services used by customers, e-mail exchanges, data enabling senders or users to be identified and the records of telecommunications firms.Twenty or so civil rights, freedom of expression and personal data protection organisations formed a coalition to condemn such surveillance. They said the law would not stop terrorism and criticised the legal concept behind the measures. The media revealed in June 2001 that the government had allowed the country to become a link in the US Echelon electronic spy network. The Bavarian daily paper Merkur, which published a US military intelligence report, said the US base at Bad Aibling (Bavaria) housed one of Echelon’s biggest European electronic monitoring and interception centres, after the US base at Menwith Hill, in Britain. It enabled the US to spy on e-mails sent from much of Europe, including all the former Soviet bloc.The disclosure caused an especially big stir in Germany because the country was not a signatory of the UKUSA agreement, which organises the sharing out of surveillance work between the US, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.The North Westphalia provincial authorities began compiling a blacklist of websites in October 2001 and asked more than 80 local ISPs to block access to them using software developed by the firms Bocatel, Intranet and Webwasher. On 8 February 2002, for example, they asked for two US-based neo-Nazi websites to be blocked. The German Association to Protect Electronic Rights (FITUG) and many Internet users have protested at this censorship, which affects communication infrastructures themselves more than it does the authors of website material that violates the Constitution or human rights. Internet users fear the filtering will be extended to other parts of the Web. The blocks are easily got round by accessing the sites from another province in Germany. to go further News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Germany RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more GermanyEurope – Central Asia LINKS: Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom News March 30, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Holden Bill to Recognize President Obama in California Textbooks

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Including President Barack Obama in California textbooks seems like a no-brainer. But, it’s not necessarily so. That’s why Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation would include recognizing the historical significance of President Obama as the first African American President.AB 1912 had its first hearing in Senate Education Committee today and unanimously passed with bipartisan support and a vote of 7 to 0.“This presidency should not be relegated to a footnote in textbooks,” said Assemblymember Holden. “There has been a long history of minimizing the accomplishments of African Americans in this country. We want to make sure that future generations will understand the significance of our nation’s first African-American President by giving him respect and recognition in our school history books.”AB 1912 would encourage the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) and the State Board of Education (SBE) to develop, and recommend for adoption, curriculum on the significance of the United States electing its first African-American President.California curriculum is based on content standards that are developed by the IQC and approved by the SBE. The history-social science standards were developed in 1998 and were last revised in 2005. A review and update of this framework was almost complete until the state suspended its continuation in 2009 due to the state’s fiscal crises. Therefore, the SBE specifically prohibited the Commission from adopting instructional materials until the 2015-16 school year. First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Government Holden Bill to Recognize President Obama in California Textbooks AB 1912 Passes Key Senate Committee Published on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 1:23 pm Top of the News Subscribe HerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Community News Community Newslast_img read more

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Les Claypool Comes Out With ‘Soothing Soda’ Line To Help ‘Mellow Things Out’

first_imgLes Claypool has upped the weird with his newest business venture in the soft drink industry. Dubbed “SeaPop,” the Primus bassist describes the beverage “like a ginger-snap dipped in vanilla ice cream.” Going against the saturation of energy drinks, SeaPop is said to be the world’s first “Soothing Soda” and is “here to help mellow things out.”A man of the sea at heart, Claypool designed the drink to sooth both stomach-aches and satisfy the cravings of any sugar-fiending teen. Flavored with ginger, chamomile, and naturally relaxing herbs, SeaPop was designed by Claypool and his teenage son and is currently available at several locations in California. In detail, he explains the inspiration to this new drink as follows:Years ago I accidentally ruptured my inner ear scuba diving off the California coast and since that day I’ve found myself a bit more susceptible to the adverse effects of motion. Not liking how most of the over-the-counter medications made me feel, I sought out alternatives. In 1945, my grandfather, petty officer third class Glen Claypool, was a landing craft pilot in the South Pacific. Just after his 98th birthday I asked him what he and the soldiers he ferried to the beaches did about sea sickness. He promptly quipped, “Well, you just hung yer’ head over the side and let her go!”Well, I don’t like to “let her go” so it became my notion to create a tasty, natural, soothing beverage to help tame the rough seas within. With the guidance of an herbalist friend and utilizing the picky palate of my soda-slurping teenage son, we blended ginger with other traditional, stomach- soothing herbs as well as a pinch of cane sugar. We then added some bubbles for sparkle and (after more test batches than I care to admit)…Voilá! SeaPop was born. Like a ginger-snap dipped in vanilla ice cream, SeaPop’s unique flavor profile and subtle sweetness is a taste to behold. In a world saturated with energy drinks, SeaPop is here to help mellow things out.Ahoy and enjoy,Les ClaypoolHere are some interesting reviews (or “tales) from some musically familiar characters!Dean Ween: Mal de mer has gotten the best of many a young seafaring lad and fair maiden. This doesn’t make you any less of a sailor but alas, there is a tasty solution that serves many purposes—to refresh the headstrong angler while quenching their thirst, while also relieving their motion sickness, thus enabling you to focus on your goal: to vanquish the beasts that lay in wait, looking for a meal. You need not be concerned with the stony lonesome anymore–for Sea Pop has arrived. It also goes great with booze; whiskey to be exact. Your wandering eyes will search no more, throw away that Dramamine and Bonine and crack an ice cold SeaPop. Did I say it really goes great with whiskey as well?Sean Ono Lennon: Living on a tour bus is not unlike living at sea: musicians are shipmates, America is our ocean, and when the riding gets rough we crack the cooler and suck down a few bottles of Sea Pop. There’s nothing better than that gingery brew to quiet a queasy sea dog. When there’s mutiny in your midsection, or an uprising in your abdomen, this Admiral knows to rely on Sea Pop to put down the rebellion.Check for locations where SeaPop is sold here![H/T JamBase / Photo via SeaPop Facebook]last_img read more

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