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Posted on January 14, 2013
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As we think about what happened to Aaron, we need to recognize that it was not just prosecutorial overreach that killed him. That’s too easy, because that implies it’s one bad apple. We know that’s not true. What killed him was corruption. Corruption isn’t just people profiting from betraying the public interest. It’s also people being punished for upholding the public interest. In our institutions of power, when you do the right thing and challenge abusive power, you end up destroying a job prospect, an economic opportunity, a political or social connection, or an opportunity for media. Or if you are truly dangerous and brilliantly subversive, as Aaron was, you are bankrupted and destroyed. There’s a reason whistleblowers get fired. There’s a reason Bradley Manning is in jail. There’s a reason the only CIA official who has gone to jail for torture is the person – John Kiriako - who told the world it was going on. There’s a reason those who destroyed the financial system “dine at the White House”, as Lawrence Lessig put it. There’s a reason former Senator Russ Feingold is a college professor whereas former Senator Chris Dodd is now a multi-millionaire. There’s a reason DOJ officials do not go after bankers who illegally foreclose, and then get jobs as partners in white collar criminal defense. There’s a reason no one has been held accountable for decisions leading to the financial crisis, or the war in Iraq. This reason is the modern ethic in American society that defines success as climbing up the ladder, consequences be damned. Corrupt self-interest, when it goes systemwide, demands that it protect rentiers from people like Aaron, that it intimidate, co-opt, humiliate, fire, destroy, and/or bankrupt those who stand for justice.

Aaron Swartz’s Politics by Matt Stoller. (via nedhepburn)

(via nedhepburn)

Posted on October 10, 2012
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iheartchaos:

A little perspective

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Posted on August 15, 2012
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bbbrad:

The Little Printer (everyone’s favorite cloud connected lo-fi appliance)  by Berg London is available for pre-order today. The beautiful little box has intrigued me from the start. I love the play on digital vs physical and how it forces you to slow down and consume rather than curate, curate, curate.

But, what has me most excited is this:

Yep! Howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com (my little side project that just won’t quit) is one of content partners for launch! 

Imagine being greeted some morning with the knowledge that there are now twice as many people floating around out there, above our heads.

That’s my fun news of the day. 

Once again - I love the Internet.

This is so cool for Brad. This thing looks very interesting.
Posted on July 25, 2012
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bbbrad:

joshbyard:

The First 3D Printed Firearm

Gun regulation, for better or worse, is now over:

A member from the gun forum AR15 thinks he may have created and successfully tested the first 3D printed firearm. He used a Stratasys 3D printer from the mid-90s to create a .22 pistol. He claims to have fired over 200 rounds from the 3D printed marvel and it still works fine. 

(via Gunsmith Uses 3D Printer To Make A Rifle | WebProNews)

This is going to change everything.

Posted on July 11, 2012
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Posted on June 20, 2012
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bbbrad:

charlietodd:

Matt Harding is back with a new epic video.  I got a chance to meet Matt in Australia last year.  Awesome guy.

The original Matt Harding videos in 2005 really stuck with me. He was on The Screen Savers, it was the beginning of the online video world and I was enthralled. Sold.

Seeing Matt dance across the globe for the first time is one of those moments I can look back on and remember it instantly widening my perspective. One of those moments you feel in the back of your head, everything goes a little zoomy, while you form the new mental connections. It started me on a path full of travel and technology and humanity.

Thanks, Matt.

I’d only add that Matt Harding’s videos have been the embodiment of what I think the internet’s greatest potential is - positively connecting humans everywhere. It’s a unifying anonymity rather than a destructive one that he shows in this video.

(Source: youtube.com)

Posted on June 18, 2012
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Reverse.

“Billy looked at the clock on the gas stove. He had an hour to kill before the saucer came. He went into the living room, swinging the bottle like a dinner bell, turned on the television. He came slightly unstuck in time, saw the late movie backwards, then forwards again. It was a movie about American bombers in the Second World War and the gallant men who flew them. Seen backwards by Billy, the story went like this: American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation.
The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The containers were stored neatly in racks. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans, though, and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France, though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody as good as new.
When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground., to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.
The American fliers turned in their uniforms, became high school kids. And Hitler turned into a baby, Billy Pilgrim supposed. That wasn’t in the movie. Billy was extrapolating. Everybody turned into a baby, and all humanity, without exception, conspired biologically to produce two perfect people named Adam and Eve, he supposed.”

Vonnegut. Slaughterhouse Five.

Posted on May 15, 2012
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She’s growing up.

Posted on April 12, 2012
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This gentleman is pretty much unresponsive in a nursing home until he hears the music he loves, then he shows emotion and speaks clearly both while he is listening and for a period of time after the music stops. I’d love to think that my brain is this connected to music. Terrific video.

Posted on April 11, 2012
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I live in your ghost. You’re ghost lives in me now. I live in your ghost. You live in the host ever after.

Denison Witmer, I Live In Your Ghost.

Of his newest record, this song reminds me of how small my most crippling problems are. “The Host” - how beyond my comprehension.