Archive by month: April 2016

The next monthly Somerville cryptoparty will be Wednesday, April 27th.  It will be from 6-9pm, and will be at Parts & Crafts at 577 Somerville Ave., Somerville. If you want to help organize a cryptoparty in your area or just discuss protecting your privacy, sign up for the cryptoparty mailing list.

 

Aaron James' campaign for 27th Middlesex State Representative (Somerville) is working hard to get him on the ballot.  They have been out the last two weeks going door-to-door to gather signatures and likely collected half of the signatures he needs. They have until 5pm on May 3rd to get 150 valid voter signatures from his district. His campaign is focusing on ensuring that people who get out of drug rehabilitation programs get the support they need to stay in recovery and to continue the Pira...
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I am canceling tonight's IRC meeting.  There is a lot to take in with the Panama Papers reporting, we don't have all the information we need to decide on the location of PirateCon 2016 and there nothing else pressing on the agenda. Enjoy the snow folks.  Talk with you next week.

 

In the World Yesterday, the Panama Papers, 2.6 terabytes of details of secret bank accounts of some of the wealthiest in the world, was released Sunday.  Among the revelations is that the prime minister of Iceland kept a sizable secret bank account.  The Iceland government could fall as a result, and with polls showing the Iceland Pirate Party as the most popular party there, the Pirate Party, with its focus on transparency and democracy, is likely to form the next government. Here at Home...
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Last fall, I came across an article titled "US border patrol staff reject body cameras, citing cost and terrain". This article opens with the following two paragraphs: SAN DIEGO (AP) - Customs and Border Protection staff concluded after an internal review that agents and officers shouldn't be required to wear body cameras, positioning the nation's largest law enforcement agency as a counterweight to a growing number of police forces that use the devices to promote public trust and accoun...
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As the Pirate Quartermaster, one of my rituals is making a weekly trip to Davis Square to check our PO Box. Occassionally we receive things that are amusing enough to share. For example, here's a marketing letter from a company that sells greeting cards: I don't know whether to laugh or cry at mistargetings like these. Yes, there's a "Party" in "Mass Pirate Party", but that doesn't mean we're a business that sells things for birthay parties, graduation parties, and halloween parties. M...
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On April 4th, the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh are welcoming military manufacturer General Electric to Boston and celebrating the $250+ million in tax breaks and free public services we are giving to GE so they will relocate the headquarters here. Why are we doing this while our schools, MBTA, and housing are underfunded? Why are we doing this when Governor Baker is trying to cut the Health Safety Net program for those that do not have...
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