April 5th, 2022 IRC Meeting
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XRBoston Freedom from Fossil Fuels Tour, April 22nd
What we are working on now:
What topics should we discuss Saturday?
- Pirate news recording scheduled for Sundays, 7pm with go-live at 7:30pm. Unless changed
Other To Do
- Application to PPI
- Democracy Meeting, Sat., April 9th, 11am-1pm
- Pirate Moot, Sat., April 23rd, noon-2pm
- XR Boston Earth Day Protest, April 22nd
- Free the Vaccine Protest, April 28th
- jokeefe (James O’Keefe)
- srevilak (Steve Revilak, Arlington)
- joe (Joseph Onoroski, Lowell)
- malt (sam capradae, worcester)
- Motion to endorse passes.
Crypto/NFT plank adopted:
We Need True Decentralized Technologies Pirates believe in decentralized technologies. While Napster was sued out of existence, peer-to-peer tools such as BitTorrent or protocols like the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) continue to help people to share our culture freely. Cryptocurrencies and related technologies promise decentralized exchange, but are only successful when wrapped in centralized scaffolding. They concentrate power and wealth while often claiming vast amounts of electricity that further destroys the planet on which we all rely. We have seen other large corporations do this exact same maneuver and we want to stop the greedy from taking advantage of an unsuspecting public. The exchange are centralized in the hands of a small number of mining consortiums and trading sites. Ownership of 99% of coins are controlled by 10% of users. Not even the stock market is that concentrated. Cryptocurrencies are merely speculative assets. They are not used to buy and sell anything of use, and the fees are excruciating. They are virtual gold to be hoarded by digital Smaugs hoping to unload them at an immense profit to unsuspecting marks. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are the ultimate extension of this technology. They are scams peddling content-free Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes. Pirates support encouraging people to freely share our culture and encouraging people to create. NFTs are an infrastructure of fraud that harms artists, patrons, and the planet. By decentralizing technologies, the focus can be on autonomy, resilience, protocols over products, and exercising our ability to tinker and create. These opportunities allow the community to build, play, and innovate, creating a whole that is much greater of the sum of its parts. Data sovereignty belongs to us, those who use it.
- Pirate news this Sunday. Usual time.
21:05 < Joe> Ahoy 21:06 <~jokeefe> Agenda: https://masspirates.org/wiki/April_5th,_2022_IRC_Meeting 21:06 <~jokeefe> ids 21:06 <~jokeefe> Anything to add? 21:06 < srevilak> Steve Revilak, Arlington 21:06 < malt> sam capradae, worcester 21:06 <~jokeefe> James O’Keefe 21:06 <~jokeefe> Somerville 21:08 <~jokeefe> Decisions/Endorsements 21:08 <~jokeefe> XRBoston Freedom from Fossil Fuels Tour, April 22nd 21:08 < malt> what's that? 21:09 <~jokeefe> https://xrboston.org/action/freedom-from-fossil-fuels-tour/ 21:09 < srevilak> XR = Extinction Rebellion 21:09 < malt> neat! i don't think i'll be making it out 21:09 <~jokeefe> I plan to be there 21:09 < srevilak> In the UK, they deflate SUV tires to stop them from burning gasoline :) 21:10 <~jokeefe> going to take a lot of tire deflation 21:10 < Joe> Sry, Joseph Onoroski, Lowell 21:11 <~jokeefe> endorse? 21:12 < malt> i do 21:13 < srevilak> I (heart) discobedience 21:13 < srevilak> second motion to endorse 21:14 <~jokeefe> all in favor? 21:14 < Joe> Abstain 21:14 <~jokeefe> aye 21:15 < srevilak> aye 21:16 <~jokeefe> any opposed? 21:17 <~jokeefe> motion passes 21:18 <~jokeefe> will contact them 21:20 <~jokeefe> also, I found out when the planning meetings for the no vaccine patents protest are. I plan to join them and will get the details of that protest. I think it will be the end of April. 21:21 <~jokeefe> Platform 21:21 <~jokeefe> We were last working on https://etherpad.pp-international.net/p/MAPPCryptoNFT 21:24 <~jokeefe> haven’t had a chance to update it in light of srevilak’s suggestion 21:27 < Joe> I made some updates at the end, you like? 21:29 <~jokeefe> nice change 21:31 < Joe> Ty 21:33 < Joe> It looks good to me. Motion to accept? 21:34 <~jokeefe> Still focuses more on what we are against than what we are for 21:34 < srevilak> I'd like to propose a change: Blockchain technologies are fraud futures. Change "blockchain tech" -> cryptocurrency 21:35 < srevilak> (Had a very long night of deliberations and votes on a town board last night. Brain is still slightly mushy.) 21:36 <~jokeefe> that sounds find, srevilak, though we have three paragraphs that start with Cryptocurrencies/y 21:36 <~jokeefe> s/find/fine/g 21:37 < srevilak> Good point - merged that into one of the other paragraphs 21:43 <~jokeefe> thanks 21:44 <~jokeefe> do the changes address your concerns srevilak? 21:45 < srevilak> I think that's good 21:46 <~jokeefe> any other changes needed? 21:46 < Joe> I like it. 21:47 <~jokeefe> malt? 21:48 <~jokeefe> Changed the first sentence of the last paragraph to: By decentralizing technologies, the focus can be on autonomy, resilience, protocols over products, and exercising our ability to tinker and improve> 21:50 <~jokeefe> Actually: By decentralizing technologies, the focus can be on autonomy, resilience, protocols over products, and exercising our ability to tinker and create. 21:50 < srevilak> That's good 21:52 <~jokeefe> All in favor of adopting this text? 21:52 < Joe> Aye 21:52 < srevilak> aye 21:53 <~jokeefe> aye 21:53 <~jokeefe> malt? 21:53 <~jokeefe> any opposed? 21:54 < malt> aye 21:54 < malt> wait i mean i'm in favor 21:54 <~jokeefe> :-) 21:55 <~jokeefe> plank adopted 21:55 < malt> woohoo! 21:55 <~jokeefe> Projects 21:55 <~jokeefe> Pirate News on Sunday? 21:56 < malt> I should be able to make it! 21:56 < Joe> Aye 21:56 < srevilak> Will be there 21:56 <~jokeefe> Great. 21:57 <~jokeefe> Shall we adjourn? 21:57 < Joe> One more thing. 21:57 <~jokeefe> sure 21:57 < Joe> I have the boat. 21:58 < malt> thw what 21:58 <~jokeefe> Sail boat 21:59 < Joe> In better condition than expected as well. Mostly electrical and tirm work to be done. 21:59 < malt> oh lordy 21:59 <~jokeefe> nice 21:59 < srevilak> cool 22:00 < srevilak> Motion to adjourn? 22:00 < Joe> 2nd 22:00 < malt> aye 22:00 < srevilak> aye (will post transcript)