July 24th, 2019 IRC Meeting
- 1 Review
- 2 Decisions/Endorsements
- 3 Projects
- 4 Tasks
- 5 Tabled Projects
- 6 Upcoming Events
- 7 Participants
- 8 Summary
- 9 Minutes
Today's hearing, Robert Mueller testifies
Congress of Corrections
Boston is hosting the Congress of Corrections, Aug 1-6. It will be at the Hynes Convention Center, Halls C&D. It is sponsored by private prison and ICE detention investors.
The protest organizers are organizing a call in to the hotels to not provide hotel rooms to ACA participants. Details.
Goals for Q2:
- Organize meetups
- Organize election
- Organize Fundraiser(s)
- Organize candidate trainings
- Revise platform
- Next pirate news recording?
Democracy and Dogfood (Tech)
July 13th Meeting
- srevilak updated blog theme. jokeefe and srevilak corrected any items that were wrong as a result of the update;
- jokeefe updated our Riot/Matrix client to the latest stable version. Started work on a splash page for discuss.masspirates.org.
- srevilak & jokeefe tested camera / microphone setup and figured out that the reason the recording was so soft in the video we took at the Pirate Planning Picnic was that the speakers were too far away from the microphones.
jokeefe noticed that our CCTV camera map no longer shows the locations of cameras. Fixed.
Next meeting will be August 10th. Topics are:
- find discussion/voting system;
- update CCTV cameras to include older cameras outside North America we didn't include;
- write an app to record the location/ownership of CCTV cameras;
- set up torrents for PirateCon videos (creynolds);
- post remaining audio for PirateCon talks (srevilak).
Statement on Alabama/Ohio/Georgia Abortion ban bills/laws
Fight bills to make the Film Credit Permanent
H.2419 would make the film tax credit permanent. It is supposed to expire in 2023. The bill has 100+ signatures this time around. jokeefe will submit testimony.
National Platform reform/remake
These have been on our agenda for a long time. How do we make them a reality?
Boston Sex Worker Petition
Non-pirate guest speakers for Pirate News
CCTV camera map
Video Newsletter guest speakers
Worcester farm group is interested in having some FOSS tutorials. Perhaps:
- how to do basic labels in GIMP,
- work through a few sample spreadsheets related to seed cost and
- similarly applicable real-world situations, depending on the needs of the group
Basically how to do graph design & product management with open source tools. Malt will put together a one paragraph description of what we need and we can mail it out to ask pirates to help.
- 7/29, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
- 7/31, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts
- 8/6, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting, Industry Lab, Cambridge
- 8/10, 11am-1pm, Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) Meeting, Arlington
- 8/13, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
- 8/20, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
- 8/24, Lowell Pirate Picnic, Lowell
- 8/27, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
- ?, ?, Holyoke Pirate Meetup, Board Room, Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke
A bit of friendly opening banter.
National Party. Elections are Monday. National will need a quartermaster in the not too distant future.
Congress of Corrections. Group is calling hotels, and requesting they not work with American corrections association. No updates on Aug 4th demonstration against ACA's conference. Malt will work on call to action.
Regional Meetings. Next one is in Lowell. Aug 24th, 1pm. More a regional social meeting than a regional gathering.
Please fill out pirate conference survey if you haven't: https://masspirates.org/blog/2019/07/18/party-conference-survey/
CASE Act. Jokeefe wrote a nice statement.
MassMesh. Tech coming along. Working on building a coop
Boston Sex Workers Petition. Perhaps time to close the partition. Will discuss with Desmond.
21:04 <@jokeefe> Agenda: https://masspirates.org/wiki/July_24th,_2019_IRC_Meeting 21:04 <@jokeefe> ids 21:04 <@jokeefe> James O’Keefe, Somerville 21:05 < Pirate_Joe> Joseph Onoroski, Lowell 21:05 < Malt> Ole Sammy cap, Worcester 21:05 <@jokeefe> Anything to add? 21:05 < Pirate_Joe> review, hearing 21:05 < Malt> Heard back from the nomorecages folk 21:05 < srevilak> Steve Revilak, Arlington 21:06 <@jokeefe> thanks, Malt. Which hearing, Pirate_Joe 21:06 < Pirate_Joe> https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/robert-mueller-congress-testimony/index.html 21:06 < Malt> It was a scorcher 21:07 < Malt> Edge of my seat the whole hearing 21:07 < igel[m]> William Fleurant.. Charlestown at the moment :] 21:07 < Pirate_Joe> Due to the hectic nature of my day, I only caught bits and pieces but I heard it was disappointing 21:08 < Pirate_Joe> He stonewalled members a few times 21:08 <@jokeefe> thanks Pirate_Joe 21:08 < srevilak> On bright side, FTC decides to kick facebook in the gonads. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/07/24/facebook_fined_5bn_over_privacy_snafu_by_federal_trade_commission/ 21:08 < Malt> Yeeeessssssssss 21:09 <@jokeefe> Only $5 billion. 1% of their market cap. 21:09 < igel[m]> Warren/Sanders would agree 21:10 < srevilak> but 9% of their annual earnings 21:10 < srevilak> compared to other corp fines, that's not terrible 21:10 < igel[m]> its a swift kick for sure 21:10 <@jokeefe> Review 21:10 < Pirate_Joe> More like a warning shot. Could have been much worse 21:11 <@jokeefe> National Party - Elections are next Monday. 21:11 < Pirate_Joe> Aye 21:12 < Pirate_Joe> The entire board is going to run for the same positions however we welcome anyone to come run against us. MA is the strongest of all the states so I would be happy to step aside if someone else would like to take my place 21:12 < Pirate_Joe> We also will be in need of a quartermaster soon at the national level as well. 21:13 < Pirate_Joe> Though due to jokeefe 's suggestion, we plan to elect someone to that position when we actually have need. 21:13 <@jokeefe> Candidates: 21:13 <@jokeefe> Megan Klein chair WI 21:13 <@jokeefe> Joseph, Vice-Chair, MA 21:13 <@jokeefe> Joe Klein Secretary WI 21:13 <@jokeefe> Johann Drolshagen, Webmaster 21:13 < Pirate_Joe> Johann is in CA 21:14 <@jokeefe> Technically webmaster isn’t in the bylaws 21:15 <@jokeefe> Any objections to electing the same set of officers for the national party? 21:15 < Pirate_Joe> We elected in by special council. After this election, if elected, I was tasked with working on the by-laws 21:15 < Malt> No 21:15 < Malt> I think I still have the sample bylaws I wrote out a few months ago 21:15 < Malt> I think it's in the discord, I'll check 21:16 < Pirate_Joe> Malt, I know you had some interest in becoming the Vice-chair. Are you still interested? 21:17 < Pirate_Joe> Not that I don't enjoy the prestige but I know you are well informed and level headed. 21:17 < Pirate_Joe> You would do well. 21:19 < igel[m]> leaving office -- i'll follow along on Riot 21:19 <@jokeefe> is that sync’d? 21:20 <@jokeefe> Seeing no objections we will back these candidates unless Malt decides to run in Joe’s place. 21:20 <@jokeefe> Today's hearing 21:20 < Pirate_Joe> We will still need MA reps as well 21:20 < Malt> I couldn't find it in discord but I think I have the docs if you want to recycle any of it 21:20 < Pirate_Joe> That would be helpful Malt 21:20 <@jokeefe> You and Malt are the reps. 21:20 < Malt> Lol 21:21 < Malt> I am not ready for a VC position yet 21:21 < Pirate_Joe> Can I be a rep and be on the council as well? 21:22 < Pirate_Joe> I was under the impression that when I accepted VC that made me no longer a rep. That being said, I don't mind wearing many hats, just make me more stylish. 21:23 <@jokeefe> Mueller said Trump should be indicted, but he couldn’t do it because of DoJ rules. So up to Congress to impeach or voters (sorta) to vote out of office. 21:24 <@jokeefe> Pirate_Joe, we don’t have that rule, but since there are two of you, it would be good for Malt to be there as well. 21:24 < Pirate_Joe> Ok, ty 21:24 < Malt> When? 21:25 <@jokeefe> Mondays 9-9:30pm 21:25 < Pirate_Joe> We meet Mondays at 9 pm Est 21:25 < Pirate_Joe> #uspp 21:25 <@jokeefe> Decisions/Endorsements 21:25 <@jokeefe> Congress of Corrections - what’s the what, Malt? 21:26 < Malt> They have asked us to participate in a mass call tomorrow 21:26 < Malt> A phone zap 21:26 < Malt> Calling hotels to ask them not to work with the ACA 21:27 <@jokeefe> Works for me 21:27 <@jokeefe> Any update on the August 4th event? 21:28 < Malt> nope 21:29 <@jokeefe> ok to email our supporters this request? 21:31 < srevilak> Malt: what's the ACA? Not affordable care act, I suspect 21:32 < Malt> The American corrections association 21:32 < srevilak> Ah, thx 21:32 < Malt> I'll write the call to action 21:32 <@jokeefe> thanks 21:34 <@jokeefe> so ok? 21:35 < Malt> Ok with me 21:36 <@jokeefe> any objections then? 21:36 < Pirate_Joe> nay 21:38 <@jokeefe> ok, then please send the email Malt. I’ll clone the past one and remove anything out of date and you can paste in your text and send it out 21:38 <@jokeefe> i’ll do that tonight 21:38 <@jokeefe> Projects 21:39 <@jokeefe> Regional Meetings 21:39 <@jokeefe> No update on Holyoke 21:39 < Pirate_Joe> Next one in Lowell then? 21:39 <@jokeefe> guess so 21:40 <@jokeefe> is the picnic at 2pm? 21:40 < Pirate_Joe> I was planning it to be less of a meeting and more of a party 21:40 < Pirate_Joe> There will be plenty of food and some choice bits of pirate drink 21:41 <@jokeefe> only three people have answered the survey 21:41 < Pirate_Joe> IE rum, grog and wines 21:41 < srevilak> The three survey respondents? 21:41 <@jokeefe> yes 21:41 < Pirate_Joe> Survey? 21:42 <@jokeefe> https://masspirates.org/blog/2019/07/18/party-conference-survey/ 21:42 < srevilak> jokeefe: said "only three people have answered the survey". I suggested they were rum, grog, and wines :) 21:42 <@jokeefe> https://masspirates.org/crew/forms/2019-pirate-party-conference-questionnaire 21:42 <@jokeefe> lol, srevilak 21:45 <@jokeefe> so fill out the survey soon 21:45 < Pirate_Joe> So, for the party on the 24th of August..... 21:46 < Pirate_Joe> I plan to start around 1 pm, food should arrive around 2 pm. 21:46 <@jokeefe> When will you kick us out? 21:46 < Pirate_Joe> I'll kick everyone out on the 25th ^.^ 21:47 < Pirate_Joe> around noon. 21:47 < Pirate_Joe> lol 21:47 <@jokeefe> lol 21:48 < Malt> Nice 21:48 < Pirate_Joe> Boarding in Lowell is very cheap, esp on AirBnB so arrangements can easily be made if required. Worst case, there is a large Motel 8 nearby 21:48 <@jokeefe> Video Newsletter - posted the one we recorded soon the day we recorded it. blog post is up. when to record the next one? 21:48 < srevilak> I'm free all weekend 21:49 < Pirate_Joe> For the Newsletter, I was hoping to post the event srevilak was in. 21:49 < Malt> I am out this weekend 21:49 < Pirate_Joe> Other than that, I'm headed on vacation with the family 21:50 < srevilak> Pirate_Joe: I may be able to get audio, if no objections from other attendees. But just audio 21:50 < Pirate_Joe> There is plenty to discuss with the Mueller hearing and other factors going on. Trump is calling this a huge win...... 21:50 < Pirate_Joe> Audio is fine, just post the picture as our flag. 21:50 <@jokeefe> that we can do 21:51 <@jokeefe> let’s keep in touch srevilak 21:51 < Malt> Who gives a shit what trump says? 21:51 < Malt> Of course he'll call this a win 21:51 < Pirate_Joe> I have both my kids all weekend, so I did not want to repeat what happened last time. I was just too distracted. 21:52 <@jokeefe> it went well 21:52 <@jokeefe> Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) - cctv.masspirates.org is back up 21:52 <@jokeefe> Next meeting is August 10th 21:53 < srevilak> thank you jokeefe, for the care and feeding of cctv 21:53 < Malt> Neat 21:53 <@jokeefe> Should have noticed it earlier 21:53 <@jokeefe> CASE Act text: 21:54 <@jokeefe> This is what I have: 21:54 <@jokeefe> Say No to the CASE Act! 21:55 < Malt> Good start 21:56 <@jokeefe> On July 18th, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up and voted out of committee the <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1273">Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019</a> (<a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2426/">CASE Act</a>). This bill would create within the Copyright Office a Copyright Claims Board which would have the ability to hear claims of copyright infringeme 21:56 <@jokeefe> and award damages up to $30,000. 21:56 <@jokeefe> This law is supposed to be an easier way for photographers and other artists to gain recompense when they claim their copyrights were infringed. However, it will only make it easier for <a href="https://fstoppers.com/legal/photographer-legal-battle-over-unsplash-image-after-user-uploaded-image-photo-390211">copyright trolls</a>. 21:56 <@jokeefe> The bill gets around requiring copyright suits to appear in federal courts by allowing anyone sued via this board the ability to opt out of their proceedings. We don't expect the opt out process will be easy, especially if since they only have 60 days to opt out. DMCA take down notices are difficult to challenge and already easily abused. Once people face monetary damage notifications sent by a government agency, we fully expect many to buckle. 21:56 <@jokeefe> Under the existing system, anyone suing for copyright infringement can expect large legal bills, low judgements and a chance they will fail. Unless the infringer is a corporation, it seldom makes sense to file a suite. 21:56 <@jokeefe> By creating a Copyright Claims Board, likely stacked with lawyers who favor copyright over our right to free speech, the government makes it easier for copyright trolls simply by increasing the likelihood that a plaintiff will win. Copyright trolls will have an incentive to file as many suits as they can in the hope that many will be too poor to opt out and will choose the take the judgement of the Copyright Claims Board. More people will be sued for 21:56 <@jokeefe> sharing photographs, music and memes whether they infringed on someone's copyright or <a href="https://ilt.eff.org/Copyright__Fair_Use.html">exercised their right to fair use</a>. 21:56 <@jokeefe> Tell Senators Warren and Markey you oppose the CASE Act and don't want the Copyright Office to run a small claims court that will help copyright trolls. Call them today: 21:56 <@jokeefe> * Senator Warren:<strong> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="tel:%28202%29-224-4543" target="_blank">(202)-224-4543</a></strong> 21:56 <@jokeefe> * Senator Markey: <strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="tel:%28202%29-224-2742" target="_blank">(202)-224-2742</a></strong> 21:57 <@jokeefe> Sorry, wordpress copy/paste included all markup 21:57 <@jokeefe> any changes? 21:58 < srevilak> That looks good to me 21:58 < Pirate_Joe> ^ 21:59 < Malt> I like how you spelled out how it would be abused 21:59 <@jokeefe> Really tried not to just copy EFF. 22:00 < srevilak> agree with Malt 22:00 <@jokeefe> thanks 22:00 <@jokeefe> I’ll post it and put it in the email for malt 22:01 <@jokeefe> that is all I have, anything else? 22:01 <@jokeefe> MassMesh - tech side is coming along. working on speeding up the exit nodes 22:02 <@jokeefe> working on building a coop 22:02 < Pirate_Joe> Aye 22:02 < Pirate_Joe> I have one more then to discuss before we adjourn 22:03 < Malt> Oh? 22:03 <@jokeefe> ok 22:03 < Pirate_Joe> We currently have a tabled project, 5.1 Boston Sex Worker Petition 22:03 <@jokeefe> Time to end it? 22:04 < Pirate_Joe> After doing significant research in the matter as well as contacting a few of these groups, it seems that none of them want this issue address or resolved. 22:04 < Malt> Oh! Next Monday I've got a juggalo open mic to read erotica at 22:04 < Pirate_Joe> Though I support it, I think this is far from something we should be focused on. 22:05 < srevilak> Malt: at where? 22:05 < Pirate_Joe> I would have felt better scrubbing it if a certain someone was here but I think we should remove it all the same. 22:05 < Malt> Nick's bar Worcester 22:05 < Pirate_Joe> Motion to remove 5.1 from the projects list. 22:05 < Malt> Shall we ping Desmond about it? 22:06 < srevilak> Agree with pinging Desmond 22:06 <@jokeefe> Let’s defer one to the next meeting and ask Desmond if we can end it. 22:06 <@jokeefe> just my thought 22:06 < srevilak> motion to adjourn? 22:06 < Pirate_Joe> It would feel better to have Desmond involved in scrubbing it, for sure. 22:07 < Pirate_Joe> 2nd srevilak's motion 22:07 < srevilak> all in favor? 22:07 < Pirate_Joe> aye 22:07 < srevilak> ayes 22:07 < Malt> Aye 22:07 <@jokeefe> aye 22:07 < srevilak> will post transcript 22:07 <@jokeefe> thanks