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Home --> Inboxer Rebellion --> Petitions

Petitions

The age-old process of collecting signatures on paper petitions is being replaced by the cyber-petition, a device that allows notices addressing social injustices to be read and signed by netizens all over the world in a matter of days. Unfortunately, these petitions often contain misinformation or remain in circulation long after they are outdated, and the mere collection of e-signatures is of dubious value.


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        Red bullet = false
        Multiple status bullet = multiple truth values
        Yellow bullet = undetermined
        White bullet = unclassifiable veracity

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Red bullet Internet petitions contain embedded "tracker programs" that plant cookies on signers' computers and send their e-mail addresses to spammers.

Red bullet The Brazilian Congress is about to vote on a bill that would reduce the size of the Amazon rain forest by 50%.

Red bullet Calling the White House will help influence President Clinton to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from commercial development by designating it a national monument.

Multi-colored bullet A constitutional amendment that would "ban homosexual marriages and civil unions" is "being pushed through Congress."

Red bullet Someone is in a race to collect the e-signatures of 300 people who believe in God before someone else collects 300 e-signatures from those who don't.

Green bullet A film about serial killers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka is in the works.*

Red bullet A rider appended to a Congressional bill will require that consumers obtain prescriptions before purchasing herbal remedies.

Green bullet The Boy Scouts of America has lost some funding over its refusal to accept homosexuals within its ranks.

Green bullet A bill known as the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act, which seeks to require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy, is currently before Congress.*

Multi-colored bullet McDonald's is donating a portion of their sales to injured Palestinians.

Multi-colored bullet The White House is soliciting phone calls to record public opinion about a proposed war with Iraq.

Green bullet A 17-year-old Nigerian girl was caned for having engaged in premarital sex.

Red bullet You must sign a petition to stop free closed captioning of TV programs from being eliminated.

Green bullet A California artist is collecting brassieres to use in constructing a giant Bra Ball.

Red bullet AOL, MSN, or Yahoo! is about to start charging for its instant messenging service unless an Internet petition opposing the fee increase attracts a specified number of signatures by a named date.

Multi-colored bullet A segment of Nickolodeon's Nick News will portray homosexuals in a positive light.

Green bullet Yahoo! will begin charging for its previously-free POP e-mail service in April 2002.

Green bullet ABC bleeped the word 'Jesus' from a segment of The View.

Red bullet Amina Lawal, an unwed mother in Nigeria, will be stoned to death for adultery.

Red bullet Ontario's Consumer Minister is looking to get a popular beer commercial banned because it upsets Americans.

Red bullet Senator Joseph Lieberman authored an 'Open Letter to the French People,' expressing his contempt for French tolerance of anti-Semitism.

Green bullet An appeals court ruled that teacher-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional.

Yellow bullet The belief that having sex with virgins will cure AIDS has led to a marked increase in the rapes of infants and children in South Africa.

Green bullet The rape of her 12-year-old cousin has prompted one South African woman to start a petition calling for her country's government to punish rapists more severely.

Red bullet The collection of a million signatures on a petition will spur the Nobel Foundation into revoking the portion of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Red bullet Bags of rice sent to President Eisenhower helped dissuade him from launching an attack against China.

Green bullet Bile is extracted from bears at Chinese bear farms.

Red bullet Signing an e-petition will convince the Air Force to retire its colony of space chimps instead of turning them over to a research facility.*

Red bullet You should sign a petition to stop the NEA, NPR, PBS, and Sesame Street from becoming victims of a cutback in government funding for the arts.*

Green bullet Dame Edna advised a reader against learning Spanish in her satirical Vanity Fair column.

Yellow bullet Signing an e-petition to President Bush will help get organized prayer reinstated in public schools.

Red bullet Signing a petition will help stop drunk driving.

Green bullet The Chinese are raising St. Bernard dogs for food.

Red bullet Signing an e-petition will keep a pregnant girl from getting an abortion.

Red bullet Safiya Hussaini, a Nigerian woman, has been sentenced to death by stoning for committing adultery.

Red bullet Students at Taylorsville Elementary School in North Carolina are collecting e-mail messages for a school project.

Red bullet Twenty-five Congresswomen staged a walkout during a vote on a resolution to authorize the use of military force against Iraq.

Green bullet Though women in Afghanistan are subject to almost unthinkable violations of basic human rights, signing this petition isn't likely to help.

Red bullet Fifteen states have filed petitions to secede from the United States.

Green bullet A Marine named Shawn Vernon seeks help in locating a box of lost shirts.

Red bullet Google Earth is conducting a vote over whether to identify Israel or Palestine on its maps.

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