26 Sep 2014

Infrastructure Is the Current Revolution

Regardless of the outcome of the US election, any elections in Europe, Australia, New Zealand–or even India, Pakistan, and China, the Washington consensus and neoliberal capitalism prevail as the current imagination of the global economy.  Global climate change is occurring with zero response from the people who have the power

04 Apr 2014

Citizen-Maintained Open-Source Infrastructure – Creating Resiliency

This year 2014 is an election year in the United States and several other nations. In most of the world, electoral politics has reached a dead end because it is sidelined by the economically, politically, or culturally powerful into self-aggrandizement at the expense of citizens. This is a year in

09 Feb 2014

Reflections on the Verdict in the NATO 3 Trial

[Backstory: Report from Chicago Spring: Thank You for Returning My Shoelaces and Belt. Now Can You Please Find My Drivers License and Computer?: My Experience Being Detained Prior to the NATO Summit] I’ve been asked by several people to reflect on the verdict in the NATO 3 trial as best

26 Dec 2013

Leviathan and Goliath — Detroit and Jerusalem

Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan argues that in a state of nature human nature is to be such that life is nasty, brutish, and short and that the corporate state (the Leviathan and Hobbes included the famous picture on the frontispiece of his book) is the implied social contract that provides protection

08 Dec 2013

What a revoltin’ development this is!

“What a revoltin’ development this is” was the catchphrase of indignation uttered by Chester A. Riley, the fictional wing riveter in the radio and TV situation comedy The Life of Riley, starring William Bendix (and for a while Jackie Gleason). Ignore for now how this portrayal of a working class

06 Sep 2013

A Cryptographic Engineer Looks at the Latest NSA Reports

On September 5, the Guardian, the New York Times, and ProPublica reported on NSA’s programs to defeat any and all encryption.  There has been a lot of response, in particular a call from Bruce Schneier for engineers to take back the internet. Matthew Green, a cryptographer and research professor at

10 Jun 2013

A Citizen’s Proposal: Presidential Commission on National Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and others have called for the creation of a commission like the Church Commission to investigate allegations of para-Constitutional but legal use of mass surveillance on US citizens.  The Church Commission actually had a broader mandate and so should any current commission. This proposal seeks the

27 May 2013

American Tradition Speaks This Memorial Day — Thoreau and Lowell

There are several dates for Confederate Memorial Day. The April 26 date celebrates the surrender of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston at Bennett Place near Durham, which effectively ended to war. The May 10 date, the surrender of Jefferson Davis or the death of Stonewall Jackson in 1863.  As a Southerner,

07 May 2013

NATO 3 Trial Scheduled for September

  The Jail Support Group for the NATO 5 is raising money for the upcoming trial in September of folks arrested with me in the raid on May 19, 2012.     It seems that the either through design or intent the trial will begin on a day close to

16 Apr 2013

The View from the “Down” Handbasket

Dave Pollard, author of The Sweet Spot: The Natural Entrepreneur’s Guide to Responsible, Sustainable, Joyful Work on his blog “how to save the world” has what he calls Preparing for Collapse: The New Political Map. It is an interesting taxonomy of the varieties of political animals roaming around in this