Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters

2014 Election Event Dates

Register to vote

Election Voter Registration Deadline Election Date

General Election (to fill vacancies and propose questions)

October 6, 2014

November 4, 2014

State and Local General Runoff Date  October 6, 2014  December 2, 2014
Federal General Runoff Date  October 6, 2014  January 6, 2015

Key Dates:

Monday, October 6, 2014 Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the General Election and Runoff. O.C.G.A. § 21-2-224 (a)

* O.C.G.A. § 21-2-14.  When the last day for the exercise of any privilege or the discharge of any duty prescribed or required by this chapter shall fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the next succeeding business day shall be the last day for the exercise of such privilege or the discharge of such duty.

Pirate Party of Georgia AGM 2014

On August 30th, the Pirate Party of Georgia held its Annual General Meeting, in the 5th Floor meeting area of the Atlanta Hilton.

The event was set to coincide with the annual Dragon Con convention, where over 60,000 individuals would be present, allowing for greater exposure. Added to that, there is a track of programming that focuses on Pirate issues and topics, from CyberSecurty, to trademark and copyright law, and activism. Read the rest of this entry

Looking for active members

We are looking for anyone who would be interested in becoming active within the Pirate Party of Georgia.
Please contact us via Facebook or email and let us know what made you interested in the party.

The Pirate Party of Georgia invites you to Dragoncon

PPGA

Georgia Primary Elections

The Georgia Primary Elections are coming up on May 20th. Make sure that you register to vote

Edward Snowden Vs The NSA: Ted Talks

Please watch both of these videos and comment on what you think of the sides that Edward Snowden and the NSA took.

Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the Internet

Richard Ledgett: The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk

The Shutdown is NOT Working for Republicans.

For Republicans in Congress I have this little tidbit to offer. Give it up, it’s not working.
The idea of shutting down the government to protect your principles seems like a nice idea, but it’s not working out for you. For a start, it actually goes against your principles, in that it’s harming the economy you profess to be protecting, but that’s neither here nor there is it?

The reality in this case is fairly simple for even those with half a brain. You’ve not managed to get your way, and so you’re having a temper tantrum until you can. You’re hoping you can bamboozle enough people while this is going on, to keep your places in office come next year. Alas it’s not going to happen either, and let me tell you why.
On October 3rd, I was out and about in the town of Monticello, Ga., hunting for Ingress portals. There are two by the US Post Office there (One for the post office, and one for the historical sign just outside it). As I was checking these out, and playing my game, a nice older lady approached me and asked if I was interested in knowing more about it, since I don’t look (or sound) like a local of the town. She explained about the mural that used to be inside, and was painted over (or put in storage, reports are mixed).
The kicker was when she asked me then what my thoughts were on the government shutdown. After saying I was disappointed with the House, and the childish mentality, she went on to tell me that she was disgusted, and was on her way to change from being a registered Republican (which she had been for decades) to an Independent. When I mentioned that the shutdown could have ended the day before, if Boehner hadn’t been insistent on the ‘Hastert Rule’ (showing that he’s not Speaker of the House, he’s Speaker of the Republican Party) and that there are enough House votes, both Republican (17 at the time, 22 now) and Democrat to end this, she seemed scandalized.
That’s right GOP, your party’s actions scandalized one of your core demographics – little old white women in rural Southern towns. An area so southern and rural, that it seems to have become the stereotype, used in films from My Cousin Vinny, to Halloween, Friday the Thirteenth to Sweet Home Alabama, And The Fighting Temptations to the Cannonball Run.
This is what should not just worry the GOP, but PETRIFY them. That town helped elect Austin Scott in 2010, a tea-party GOPer; and in the redistricting became part of the 10th district under Paul Broun, another Republican known for his excess. Both ran unopposed in 2012, but don’t expect that to continue (and Broun is campaigning for the Senate seat Saxby Chambliss is vacating next year in addition)
But when you act out of petty self-interest, ostensibly in opposition to a RIGHT wing health-care plan, and seek to destroy the economy because of it, that’s when the little old ladies do what they do to their unruly grandsons; wash their mouths out with soap, give their butts a good whuppin’, and make them stand in time out until they remember their manners and their obligations.
And that’s going to be the 2014 story, despite the gerrymandering and election-rigging (be it excluding independent auditors, or through voter suppression). You have been warned.
At the same time, we’d like to point out that any Pirate elected to Congress certainly wouldn’t turn up drunk, try to berate others for their own actions, or otherwise act in a totally disgusting way. Indeed the Pirate Party would not have allowed this to happen at all. Not that you can vote for a Pirate in Georgia, because of the highly restrictive ballot access laws in this state – Anything so Republicans don’t have competition it seems.

How important is liberty to you?

First off what is Liberty?
Among other things:
a : the power to do as one pleases
b : freedom from physical restraint
c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control
d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges
e : the power of choice

Patrick Henry is quoted as saying “Give me liberty, or give me death!” He very well knew how important liberty to people. In recent years our leaders has fallen victim to the idea of “safety” over freedom. Keep in mind this has not been just a recent fault, in WW2 we unjustly put countless asian americans in camps. Throughout the Cold War (with the wars within it, Vietnam for example) a number of americans were investigated and or shunned for fear that they have ideals of other countries.  

With the war on terror citizens have had their freedoms ripped away from them since 2001, the war on drugs has imprisoned and ruined the lives of countless people since 1941, not to mention it has wasted billions of dollars and has been very unsuccessful
Currently the government (and organizations such as the MPAA and RIAA pushing bills like SOPA) has been pushing to increase (not start) spying on americans with various methods (drones for example). In a lot of ways our government has gotten so comfortable with spying on citizens that they are not even making an effort to hide the fact that it happens. What’s worse about the new ways of spying is that it’s not limited to people that are suspected of crimes but instead spying on EVERYONE!
As technology advances the ability of the government to spy and reduce our freedom increases. As citizens we must each take part in ensuring that our government goes back to the mindset of liberty or death because each year we wait and the more liberties we lose the harder it will be to gain them back. Please take time to become at least a little ative in whatever political party you stand behind and always look at every bill with a sceptical mindset and say to yourself “what are the adverse effects of this bill?” and if the answer is ever losing a freedom, it’s not worth it and do whatever it takes to make sure that it is not approved!

Offline meeting

We are working on having an offline meeting somewhere in the state, if you can go please comment here or answer the question on facebook