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Aaron Swartz, Dead at 26. fightforthefuture.org e-mail (Copy)

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Don’t mess with the internet

From: Holmes Wilson, Fight for the Future (info@fightforthefuture.org)

Sent:    Thu 1/17/13 10:45 PM

Dear Christopher,

Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the win against SOPA, and instead this week has been crushingly sad.  Aaron Swartz was a friend, and we went to his funeral Tuesday.

Aaron was behind so much of the amazing activism you see on the web.  He helped Lessig start Creative Commons and helped get Reddit off the ground.  With David Segal he founded Demand Progress.  He gave us tons of advice and encouragement on Fight for the Future and even swooped in to fix our website at a crucial moment in the first SOPA protest (it was amazing to watch him work).

The tool that delivers your letters to Congress when you take action on our sites?  He built that.  Probably in a day or two.

It’s fun and comforting to be in awe of him.  But all that “boy genius” stuff is not the important part.  The thing that distinguished Aaron more than his intelligence was that he was political and effective.  He didn’t use his ability to make apps– he used it to right wrongs.  But he didn’t let the deep corruption in his Chomsky books turn him into a helpless cataloguer of the world’s sins and scams.  He worked backwards to some steps he thought might–just maybe–make things better.  Part of my horror at losing him is how clutch he was to have on our side.  He was so powerful, versatile, and independent.  If this was chess, they took our queen.

But that’s the one way he can be replaced.  Not as a friend.  And probably not by any single person on this planet.  But by a network of people infected with his brazen courage.

I remember Aaron saying that one of the best things Fight for the Future could do– beyond stopping or even passing any piece of legislation– would be to encourage activists and geeks to think bigger and bolder.  In a world where any one of us can build things or say things that mobilize millions, handfuls of people can do so much.  So it matters what you think.  It matters what your dreams are.   And it makes a difference when you step up.

Seriously, this is 2013.  Kickstarter exists.  Bitcoin exists!  Half the planet will soon have the Internet in their pockets, and most of them aren’t very happy with their governments or employers.  That’s a lot to work with.   So try something! 🙂  In this email, there’s no simple link to an action you can take; it’s on you to make a plan.  But once you do, post it to #ForAaron … we’d like to read it.

Aaron had so many friends and allies, and all of them want to make some lasting change in his memory, both to advance the causes he worked for and fix the unjust system that lead to his death.  These include:

  • Fixing the CFAA, the law used to prosecute Aaron that makes harmless “terms of service” violations felonies
  • Requiring open access to *all* research that receives public funding
  • Building ever greater archives of open data
  • Creating consequences for prosecutors who bring disproportionate cases against the innocent or harmless

We’ll be helping on all of these fronts, personally or as FFTF.  As Massachusetts natives, we’ll work to end the political careers of the prosecutors here who targeted Aaron.

Finally, if you do anything right now, learn about depression.  Tiffiniy and I agree 100% with Aaron’s family and closest friends that the actions of federal prosecutors and MIT were what killed him.   But there’s more to it than that, and we can’t shake the feeling that our community’s responses to depression are failing brilliant people like Aaron.  Anyone who dreams big is going to encounter extreme stress.  Anyone who works independently, driven by their own values and goals is especially vulnerable to spirals of guilt, frustration and depression when they hit a wall or push past their limits.  The private, quiet lives that fuel our focus when we’re happy become hellish traps when depression starts.  All of us someday will lose a parent, a partner, a sibling, or someone close to us.   If it hasn’t happened to you, it will– and it can throw you, hard.  So get help, don’t be afraid to rely on others (including doctors or therapists) and when it hits your friends, go above and beyond for them.  If you have a project you’d like to pursue to address mental health issues at scale, using the Internet, be in touch– we’d love to help in some way.

With sadness, and love,

Holmes Wilson

Fight for the Future

P.S. We’ll be launching something in the morning.  Apologies in advance for the frequent emails.

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HOUSTON 8: "Big Brother is Watching You", Episode 128

HOUSTON 8: “Big Brother is Watching You”, Episode 128:

Maybe it’s me, but 1984 wasn’t an instruction manual…

Red Light Cameras, Grocery Store Scan Cards, Digital Video Recorders, Cell Phones, GPS all gathering information of what we do, where we go, what we buy and what we watch. Add to that the explosion of social networking (Twitter, Facebook), and we as a community are also supplying this information.

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America, Inc.: Land of Corporate Reign | Phillip D. Collins

I would wager that most people don’t know what Fascism means… it is really simple; and equally scary because it is what we are living in.

America, Inc.: Land of Corporate Reign

– by Phillip D. Collins ©, July 11th, 2008

Benito Mussolini said, “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power.”

This model of economic fascism was adopted by Germany and Italy in the 1930s. And, I submit to you that such a marriage between the state and corporate power has taken place here in the United States.

Does this sound like a baseless contention? Allow me to substantiate it with history.

A form of Corporatism began to infect our constitutional republic in the 1930s. It propagated itself under the euphemistic appellation of “planned capitalism” and was hailed as a desirable inevitability. In 1936, Lawrence Dennis published The Coming American Fascism, a polemic contending that America’s adoption of stringent public regulation and the enshrinement of corporate power would invigorate “national spirit.” However, Dennis believed that economic fascism had a major obstacle to overcome. Continue reading America, Inc.: Land of Corporate Reign | Phillip D. Collins

The Corporation

3:00:06 – 2 years ago
You’d think that things like disasters, or the purity of childhood, or even milk, let alone water or air, would be sacred. But no. Corporations have no built-in limits on what, who, or how much they can exploit for profit. In the fifteenth century, the enclosure movement began to put fences around public grazing lands so that they might be privately owned and exploited. Today, every molecule on the planet is up for grabs. In a bid to own it all, corporations are patenting animals, plants, even your DNA. Around things too precious, vulnerable, sacred or important to the public interest, governments have, in the past, drawn protective boundaries against corporate exploitation. Today, governments are inviting corporations into domains from which they were previously barred. You’d think that things like disasters, or the purity of childhood, or even milk, let alone water or air, would be sacred. But no. Corporati…all 

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Obama backs extending Patriot Act provisions


MSNBC.com

Measures are due to expire at end of year

The Associated Press
updated 2:28 p.m. CT, Tues., Sept . 15, 2009

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration supports extending three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of the year, the U.S. Justice Department told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday.

Lawmakers and civil rights groups had been pressing the Democratic administration to say whether it wants to preserve the post-Sept. 11 law’s authority to access business records, as well as monitor so-called “lone wolf” terrorists and conduct roving wiretaps.

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These Are The Times (Novus Ordo Seclorum)

“These Are The Times (Novus Ordo Seclorum)”

Artist : Dead Prez (DPZ)

You can find this song on a 97 promo tape named: “Food, Clothes & Shelter” Download these tracks here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/i9fj0g/

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IBM, VERICHIP, AND HITLER

IBM, VERICHIP and the FOURTH REICH – 08:29 – Jul 21, 2006
We the people will not be chipped – http://www.wethepeoplewillnotbechipped.com

This is a video to awaken the sheeple who believe microchipping the human population is a good thing. So now are you going to do your hom…all » This is a video to awaken the sheeple who believe microchipping the human population is a good thing. So now are you going to do your homework and understand these words and terms below?: Human Chipping, Verichip, IBM , Nazi Germany , Hollerith Machine, George Orwell, 1984 , Mark of the beast, DNA chip, Forced chipping, identity protection, world database, cyborg, biometrics

NWO – Role in Narcotics in the old/new world order

Role of Narcotics and the [Old] New World Order – 23:10 – Jul 14, 2006
Mind Deprogramming – http://www.mind-deprogramming.com

Role of Narcotics and the [Old] New World Order Genre : Lecture Sander Hicks started Vox Pop / Drench Kiss Media Corporation in 2003. …all » Role of Narcotics and the [Old] New World Order Genre : Lecture Sander Hicks started Vox Pop / Drench Kiss Media Corporation in 2003. Vox Pop is a New York City’s only union-shop, fair-trade coffeehouse/bookstore. Vox Pop recently published Hicks’ new book, The Big Wedding: 9/11, The Whistle-Blowers, and the Cover-Up. This is a good talk which Hicks ends by calling for ‘the end of the postmodern age’ – impling of course that real evil [ignorance] DOES exist in the form of the global military industrial complex.

Invisibly Visible – NWO symbols in pop culture

Invisibly Visible

Lilla Town Productionswww.archive.org

Identifying free masonic symbols, the new world order, and the illuminati.

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