The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)

So earlier I got this message from Derek Slater of Google Inc. To help fight against ECPA and what the NSA is doing with our information.  I’ve been rather active in the fight against these type of bills that are trying to be pasted.  Like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA. So please take sometime and read over everything here. 
At midnight on Thursday, the “We the People” petition demanding that the government update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) will close.

In order to ensure a response, we need to cross the threshold of 100,000 signatures.

That goal is within reach, but we’re not there yet. As I write this, we still have 23,274 signatures to go.

Take two minutes to sign the petition and tell the government that the stuff you store online deserves the same legal protections as the stuff you keep in your home.

Congress passed ECPA in the 1980s.

The way we use the Internet has changed immensely in the nearly 30 years since the passage of this law — but the law has not kept pace with this change.

If the “We the People” petition gets more than 100,000 signatures by midnight tomorrow night, the White House will be obligated to respond. Add your name now:

http://takeaction.withgoogle.com/white-house-petition

To sign the petition, you’ll create an account, click a link in the confirmation email, and then click once more to sign that petition. It’s just a few clicks to help protect the Fourth Amendment, but they’re clicks that will demand a response from the White House.

UPDATE:
At 3am this morning, the White House petition on ECPA reform hit 100,000 signatures. 
 
The administration now has to respond. We won this round.
 
This is about restoring sanity to U.S. privacy law, which affects *everyone* in the world. There is no reason that our generations’ emails and texts don’t deserve the same privacy protection as the handwritten letters sent by our grandparents.
 
No government anywhere should be able to read our messages without probable cause and a warrant approved by a judge. And that’s just a *starting* point.
 
Thanks so much to all of you who signed. This one was close. I can say with confidence that we wouldn’t have hit 100k without the FFTF team hustling around the clock and our supporters (you!) sharing and spreading the word.
 
Of course, this is just the beginning. Next comes the White House response. Then movement in Congress. And oh yeah, there’s still that NSA thing. But one thing’s for sure — we’re closer than ever before to some deep and meaningful changes to U.S. privacy laws. As we head into a new year, we’ll need your support to tackle all of this and more.
 
Can you make a donation right now to support Fight for the Future’s work?

Adventures in Single Parenting

Where to start…? For the past year or so I’ve been keeping a log of the day-to-day life of myself and my kids. I’ve also been keeping a medical log as well, mostly for my son seeing how he has the most of the problems. The reason for all the record keeping was caused by me and my ex-wife getting a divorce about a year ago…. As it stands I have the kids 90% of the time. She moved out.. I don’t know why I’m writing about this now. I think it was caused by reading everything that I wrote in the logs.
I know I made a post when everything went down on Facebook and I also stated that I wouldn’t talk about it again.. But there are so many things digging at me.. The drama, games, the lack of respect. Here is the post I made on Facebook:

“End of a Chapter. Starting a new one
by Jason Roberts on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 12:16am ·

I’ve been thinking a lot about this for the past month or two now. For those who knows both me and Laurel personally, know that we have been, having a great deal of trouble in our marriage.

For the past month now we both came to the point where things are just not working out anymore. We have parted ways and moved on to other things.

We are both working together to make sure the kids are happy in all this and that there is NO bad blood between us both. I know it’s never easy and also sad. But in the long run it’s for the best I think. We are just on to different levels and have different ideas for what we want out of life.

Now this is something that just didn’t happen over night. No this has been going on from Oct. 2011 to now. We’ve try to work things out. But it wasn’t till these last 2 months is where we both realized that things were just never going to be the same or get better. Again there is no bad blood, no “he said, she said.” going on. We are both living our lives and making sure that the kids are happy , health, and that they have everything they need in life. After all.. That is what is important, the kids.

It feels nice to talk about this finally. We’ve been keeping a lot of this under raps for so long, worry on what people may think. Are we going to lose friends? Lose family? Be everyone seems to be working with us to make sure everyone is happy and working together.

We both are see other people and living our lives the way we see fit. No more, no less. This is the last and only time I will ever write about this. The fact is that this is a personal matter. But all of our friends are on here and this is just an easier way to inform everyone that needs to know.”

The truth of the matter is I tried to make it work.. THREE times I’ve tried to make things work out. Whats odd is, I’ve always said if someone cheated on me I was out. Gone.. But for some reason that just eludes me to why I tried to make things work. Maybe it was for the kids? I don’t know….. As time goes on my attention is on the kids. They have become my life and I will do anything for them. I want them to be happy and health. I’m just tired of  walking on egg shells so to speak.

I’m the one doing everything for them. School, meetings with teachers, Doctor appointments, helping with homework. I make sure they have clean cloths and 3 meals a day. Oh sure she takes them every so often. For the past month it’s been Tuesdays and Saturdays only for a few hours. But there have been a few times where I get a text or phone call stating that she is “tired” or not “feeling good” OR my favorite is ” can you come and get them? They won’t listen to anything I say.”

I’m sorry… But that’s not how this works. You’re the parent, the Mother… I just don’t get it really, it’s like they come off as a chore. Also what kills me is when I get texts late at night asking if I’m unhappy having the kids all the time? Followed up with a lame attempted of saying sorry for making a mess of my life.

No… I’m done being nice, I tired of the games and drama. Tired of waiting for someone’s mind to make decision and/or keep a promise. These kids are my life, the air I breath. They make me complete and happy where I am no made what. I love seeing their little faces in the morning and telling me what they had dreams about. How they slept and what they want for breakfast. I mean yeah it lonely not having another adult around to talk to. But I figured a relationship or what have you will happen in its own time. I just hope they are okay with kids HA-HA! I’ll tell you this tho… If I ever do get married again, that’s it! I want someone to talk to me about the problems when they have them. Not just sit there and do nothing. Like I said in that post:

“We are just on to different levels and have different ideas for what we want out of life.”