Monthly archive: June 2014
The oligarchy’s trend in the 21st century is moving away from attempting to influence democracy by influencing voters, to constantly attempting (and often succeeding) at doing an end run around it all. The TTP and the TTIP are being negotiated with elected leaders, exclusive of the public in order to establish a trade code above the sovereign laws of nations. The US federal government, on behalf of chemical and other corporations, ignores and thwarts state’s rights with the DEA ignoring or defying state level legislation legalizing different uses of cannabis, and ALEC influenced state legislators are passing laws in some states making it illegal for local municipalities to kick the big media/telecoms to the curb by instituting their own non-profit locally governed broadband ISPs. This trend continues with new legislation before lawmakers on Beacon Hill at the current moment: SENATE BILL 2183 “An Act Upgrading Mobile Broadband Coverage in the Commonwealth.”. If this were to become law as written, all local (municipal) sovereignty would be removed from the hands of the People when it comes to cellular broadband tower placement. Local zoning laws be damned. More internet access is a good thing, yes? Well, property rights are important, too, and if your home happens to be ideally placed for maximum new consumer exposure, you will have no choice but to give a corporation access to your property. Even if you don’t believe the American Cancer Society’s assessment that these antenna don’t increase your cancer risk. Even if you have a history of electronic sensitivity. Too darn bad. More internet access is a good thing, yes? You might ask why legislators aren’t as eager to make it possible for someone as huge as GOOGLE to compete in the cable broadband market. Even cable that is already in place and ready to … Read morepublished under Main Topic | Comments Off on What Free Market?
June 11, 2014
UPDATE: Our lineup position is G23, which is at 800 Boylston Street. It should be near the Prudential Center Plaza which is to the left of the Hynes Convention Center if you are facing it from Boylston Street. Our lineup time is 9:45am, but we will not depart until 11am. Come dressed as a pirate or in normal clothes. On Saturday, June 14th, we will march in the Boston LBGT Pride Parade. We are exciting that it is our 3rd year participating and we want you to join us! Joe & Noelani, our state rep. candidates, will march as will Captain James, First Officer Lucia and Quartermaster Steve. It will start an hour earlier than usual at 11am. Pirate attire, while fun, is not required. We are holding a sign making party on Thursday, June 12th starting at 6pm. It will be at 56a Cedar St. in Somerville. The closest MBTA stop is Porter Sq. on the Red line. Parking is available behind the Kennedy School on Sartwell St. If you are able to bring foam board or markers, thanks! We will assemble before the parade starting at 10am and we need folks there by 11:00am. We will contact you with our actual assembly point (somewhere along Boylston St. between Copley Sq. and the Hynes Convention Center) before the parade. If you need to reach us on the day, then call/txt us at (617) 863-6277 (MAPP). We look forward to marching with you.published under Civil Liberties, Main Topic, Out And About | Comments Off on This Sat. march with us in the Boston Pride Parade!
June 6, 2014
Our next social / platform discussion will be on Saturday, June 21st from 2-4pm. We will be at the Pizzeria Regina, 353 Cambridge st, Allston (Boston), just off the Pike. A map is below. We will be discussing our platform among other things. Hope you can join us. We have also setup the draft platform at GitHub. You can get a copy from: https://github.com/masspirates/planks View Mass Pirates Places of Interest in a larger mappublished under Fun and Games, Issues, Main Topic, Out And About | Comments Off on Social & Platform Discussion, June 21st
June 5, 2014
Due to today’s Reset the Net event, we are moving today’s 9-10pm IRC meeting to this Sunday, June 8th at 9pm. To get on then: Go to https://webchat.pirateirc.net/ Fill out the web form with the Nickname of your choice and enter #masspirates in the Channel box next to it, then click the Connect button Start typing and reading You can also connect via your IRC client at one of the servers listed at http://pirateirc.net/servers.published under Main Topic, Organizing | Comments Off on Today’s IRC Meeting moved to Sunday, 9pm
June 4, 2014
On May 22nd, the Governor Patrick signed a bill that brings voting into the 21st century. The law allows voters to register to vote online, cast their ballot between eleven and two days before an election and 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote. Hopefully, most of the features will be in effect this year, but some will wait until 2016. Unfortunately, voting day registration did not make it into the final bill, though it did pass in the Senate. Thanks to everyone who contacted their Massachusetts Senator and Representative, and to the Election Modernization Coalition for their efforts in getting this bill into law.published under Elections, Main Topic | Comments Off on On-Line Voter Registration is Law!
June 3, 2014
On Saturday, June 14th, we will march in the Boston LBGT Pride Parade. This is our third year marching in it. Joe & Noelani, our state rep. candidates, will be joining us. We want you to join us so our contingent is the largest we can make it. It will start an hour earlier than usual at 11am. Hope you can make it.published under Civil Liberties, Main Topic, Out And About | Comments Off on March with us at the Pride Parade, June 14th
June 1, 2014
On June 5th 2013, Guardian published the first of the Edward Snowden-leaked documents, a National Security letter that compelled Verizon to produce copies of all of their customer’s call records, and deliver them to the NSA on an “ongoing, daily basis”. By itself, that was a huge deal — very few people had ever seen a national security letter, save for those unfortunate enough to receive one. That was a year ago, and it’s amazing what we’ve learned since them. Aside from collecting phone records, the NSA has gathered information from social network connections, started a massive facial recognition project, tapped fiber optic cables, collected vast amounts of information about what people do on the internet, bugged the phones of world leaders, hacked into computer systems, spied on diplomats during the G8 and G20 summits, and collected millions of text messages and credit card transactions. This is not even a complete list. The NSA is out to conduct surveillance on everyone who ever had a pulse. Or, perhaps we’re all (at least remotely) suspects in some big “terrorist” investigation. Or, perhaps both. Fortunately, there is one thing that will make the NSA’s job far, far more difficult: encryption. Encryption is a form of personal security — much like the lock on your front door — and anyone can use it. You’re as justified in using encryption as you are in locking the door on your way out. Which brings us to the main topic of this post. Thursday June 5th is the one-year anniversary of the first Snowden leaks, and the Massachusetts Pirate party is one of the many groups working in coalition to Reset the Net. As part of our participation, masspirates.org is now served only over HTTPS (with the exception of a few old Android devices, that can’t … Read morepublished under Main Topic, Out And About, Privacy | 1 Comment