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Monthly archive: August 2015

Join the Massachusetts Pirate Party in supporting GMO labelling bill H. 3242

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We here at MPP would like to invite you all to join us at a public hearing this coming September 22 before the House Agriculture Committee about Massachusetts’ GMO labeling bill, H. 3242. Support GMO labelling? Great! Come on out! But if you are one of the people who is on the fence about GMO regulation, or if you are outright pro-GMO, this article is directed toward you. There is a lot of talk in the media of folks who are anti-GMO being anti-science. The commercial media, which remember, gets millions from Monsanto, DuPont, and Bayer, focuses on the issue of safety concerns as being “backward.” No debate. The scientists who question the safety of GMOs get little airtime, if any. The Pirate argument doesn’t even touch on the matter of food safety. So let’s set that matter aside for now. There are many reasons to label GMOs aside from a safety concern, if any. Before we get into any points of why label, please remember the stink food producers made when the law required them to merely list ingredients. Remember the stink the meat packing industry made against laws regulating safety of meat production, demands that intensified greatly after the publishing of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”. Power cedes nothing without a demand. With this in mind: We oppose the privatization of the commons For the Pirates the issue of GMOs is about privatization. We oppose the privatization of the commons: The water that has been on this planet since before humans existed that falls from the sky, the seeds that invented themselves and therefore should not be able to be patented by any person, human or corporation. The usefulness of information that humans collect depends upon all that has been learned before for context and therefore needs to be … Read more

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Call for Fall 2015 Newsletter Submissions

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We are starting a quarterly newsletter and would like your submissions. If you have any news articles or links to share for a September publishing of our first quarterly newsletter please send them to Kendra Moyer. We are working with Scribus publishing software that you can find on It allows us to collaborate more easily. Possible ideas: Pirate Party Mission and Goals Brief History of the Pirate Party Who we are Upcoming Pirate Party Events Update on the Pirate Picnic Update on the TPP & CISA Freedom Rally If there is something you feel should be in the newsletter, please write it.  Our first newsletter will be limited to about 4 pages, so short and sweet is appreciated.  Image submissions are also welcome. Please please send your ideas by Friday, August 15 if you can.  We would appreciate completed text or images by Sunday, August 23rd. Thanks!

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Somerville Cryptoparty, Wed., Aug. 26, 6-9pm

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There will be a cryptoparty in Somerville on Wednesday, August 26th. It will be from 6-9pm at Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143. The current topic is setting up and using I2P as an alternative to Tor. It will also have key signing and there will be people who are happy to answer your computer and networking security questions. Hope you can make it! Help promote it locally with these funky flyers. Please note that photography and video recording of participants is not allowed without their permission.

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Join us for our 6th year at Freedom Rally

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            We’re there every year because it’s a great time and a good opportunity to meet activists (aka future pirates!) We will be tabling at the 26th Freedom Rally on September 26th and 27th. It will be on Boston Common and both days are currently scheduled from noon to 8pm. This is our sixth year at Freedom Rally and fifth year tabling at it. We hope you will help us make it a success. What is the Freedom Rally? An opportunity for activists interested in ending the war on drugs and extending civil liberties to meet other like-minded individuals. You can also attend interesting lectures and presentations given by vendors and activists. This is an opportunity for us specifically to meet more people at our table and tell them about the Pirate Party. We can share ongoing revelations about the US government’s mass. surveillance, in the name of “homeland security” and what citizens can do to stay connected and anonymous, since these post 9/11 powers have been used mostly to spy on drug enthusiasts, not on terrorists. We teach folks about how the internet and social media make excellent tools for getting out the word about the safety and efficacy of cannabis, since the commercial media has shown us they are dead set against legalization. We teach people about the racist origins of the war on hemp, and how useful and free it is: Easy to grow, easy to share, and how big government and big business despise a market they can’t get a big cut from. And if you have technology related hemp education teachings to share, we especially welcome you! Before or after your shift you can enjoy the rally, which will feature live music and speakers, as well as alternative religion, philosophies, and … Read more

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Senate voting on CISA today. Tell Warren & Markey to vote no!

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Using the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack as an excuse, Congress is trying to ram through CISA, a new network security bill that is long on surveillance and light on privacy protection. Like the CISPA bill of years past, CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S.754), would allow companies to disclose data to the government without warrant. Data that would be automatically shared with the NSA and a host of other government agencies. Even the Department of Energy which has a worse record for data security than the OPM, could get access to this data; data that would not strip out information that could identify a specific person. CISA is up for a cloture vote today, so call Senators Warren at (202) 224-4543 & Markey at (202) 224-2742 and tell them to oppose it this morning.

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