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Monthly archive: August 2016

Today: Somerville Cryptoparty

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The monthly Somerville cryptoparty will be today, Wednesday, August 31st. It will run from 6-9pm and will be at Parts & Crafts, 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.  

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Aaron james campaign event

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No IRC meeting tonight

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We are cancelling tonight’s IRC meeting due to the Aaron James campaign event tonight.  It will resume next Tuesday, September 6th.

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Tonight: Aaron James Campaign Event

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The Committee to Elect Aaron James will return to the Somerville Armory for an evening of political discussion and a chance to hear directly from voters in the 27th Middlesex district.  It will be from 6 PM to 9:30 PM at the Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville.  You can sign up to attend at their Facebook event, email them or just show up. We are entering the last two months of the campaign, so even if you cannot attend, he can use your help.  Contact the campaign at info@voteaaronjames.org or contact them on Facebook.  You can always find his campaign at voteaaronjames.org.  Thanks!  

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This week & next: Cryptoparties, campaign events, oh my!

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Have a boat load of events coming up this week and next that we want you to attend.  Also Freedom Rally is only next month and we need Pirates to help us table at it. This Saturday, August 27th This Saturday, from 1-5pm, we will be helping with a cryptoparty at the Boston Public Library, Grove Hall Branch, 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester.  If you are in the area or one of the surrounding communities, come out and learn more about protecting your privacy on the Internet. From around noon to 3pm, the Aaron James for State Representative campaign will go door-to-door.  If you can help out, please contact them at info@voteaaronjames.org or contact them on Facebook.  You can always find his campaign at voteaaronjames.org. Tuesday, August 30 The Committee to Elect Aaron James will return to the Somerville Armory for an evening of political discussion and a chance to hear directly from voters in the 27th Middlesex district.  It will be from 6 PM to 9:30 PM at the Somerville Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville.  You can sign up to attend at their Facebook event, email them or just show up. Wednesday, August 31 The monthly Somerville cryptoparty will be Wednesday, August 31st, 6-9pm at Parts & Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville. Table with us at Freedom Rally in September For the last several years, the Massachusetts Pirate Party has manned a table at Boston’s Freedom Rally.  This is an important event for civil liberties, and for winding down the war on drugs.  It’s also really festive, and a great opportunity for outreach. Once again it will be on Boston Common and this year it will be on September 17th and 18th. The hours are 10am to 6pm. We’re looking for a few volunteers to help staff our table.  If you can swing by for a few hours, please “Register Now”, let us know who … Read more

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Pirate Podcasts – Episode 6: Municipal Rights

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Terra Friedrichs talks about how communities can use municipal rights to protect their local interests, especially where the environment is concerned. The talk covers permits, the administrative court, home rule, public necessity, and thinking outside the box of allowable activism. This talk was recorded during the Massachusetts Pirate Party’s annual conference, which was held on June 25th 2016. Listen below, or download your own copy from the Internet Archive.

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Saturday: Send congratulations to Swedish Pirates & Help Aaron

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The Swedish Pirate Party is ten years old this year and they are asking pirates world-wide to send a congratulatory video message. Since Aaron James’ State Representative campaign will go door-to-door this Saturday, we thought it would be a good opportunity to record it. We will meet at 5pm at the Dunkin Donuts at 154 Highland Ave, Somerville.  It will be quick and then those who want to, and we hope you will want to, will go door-to-door for Aaron.  Looking forward to see you then. Also … There are two cryptoparties in August: August 27th, 1-5pm, Boston Public Library, Grove Hall Branch, 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester August 31st, 6-9pm, Parts & Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville and we will be at Freedom Rally on Boston Common on September 17th-18th. Have a great weekend!

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Pirate Podcasts – Episode 5: Lightning Talks: Usernames, Persona, and Surveillance Cameras

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This episode contains three short talks from PirateCon 2016. (0:00) James O’Keefe on cctv.masspirates.org. Our project to map surveillance cameras via open street map. (6:10) Noe Kamelamela on how to choose a username. (12:23) Kendra, on cryptoparties, free software, and dealing with personas. Listen below, or download your own copy from the Internet Archive.

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Pirate Picnic this Sunday

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On Sunday, August 7th, we will hold our annual Pirate Picnic on Georges Island in Boston harbor.  It is our Summer social. It is a potluck and there are grills where we will be. Everyone is welcome to attend. The island is a great place to explore and fun for kids. If you plan to attend, please tell us at our PiratePad as well as what food/drink you plan to bring.  There is a Facebook event if you want to share it.  If you prefer to be more private, use this link or just show up. We will leave on the noon ferry which departs from Long Wharf in Boston near the New England Aquarium. You can purchase tickets on-line. Hope you can make it and please invite your friends. Directions: Get off the ferry Take the path on the left around the island in a clockwise fashion Go past the anchor on your left and the white tent on the right. We will be around the group of trees on the left side of the path before the road forks. Here is a map: View Mass Pirates Places of Interest in a larger map Georges Island image used on the front page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Thanks to Haunted North America for making it available.

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