critical reading for the rude

iran green, ‘think positive’


June 21, 2009 Posted by | geo/pol, green | 1 Comment

ishush on qik, sousveillance, & equiveillance

Ishush has:

MONDAY, JUNE 01, 2009
qik & sousveillance

Sousveillance is about us all ‘at the bottom’ observing what goes on around and above us in an intentional way. Missteps by those in power (censorship, abuse, illegal moves of other kinds) can be recorded and cataloged just as well as the illegal moves of those ‘below’ — us — can be recorded and cataloged by those in power.

Qik may be a tool that takes sousveillance where it really needs to go — live feed. It’s got some kind of Facebook app too that I haven’t explored yet. Camera phones can be confiscated — but if the video is streaming live, then you can imagine that security may become reticent even to take said phone away, as long as doing so is an illegal act (or an embarrassment for the org or polis they may represent).

This could hold feet to fire. This could be a real tool for The People to document grievances against their states. “Equiveillance” is the term, I think.

They’re watching, and we’re watching too.

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Qik… so friendly, so cute. Will be a political force.

June 1, 2009 Posted by | geo/pol, info sci, personomy, ubicomp | , | Leave a comment

gatto education

education as a corporate sorting hat. good talk by gatto.

May 20, 2009 Posted by | biz, geo/pol, occult, teaching | Leave a comment

future war stuff

Warren Ellis has the NS version, here‘s mine @ h+, and PW Singer has an h+ interview and a great TED talk.


May 20, 2009 Posted by | geo/pol, ubicomp | , , | Leave a comment

this is bad: watch lists and arbitrary revocation of 2 amend.

Apparently this is from 2007 @ Brady Center — Rahm Emmanuel says that if you’re on the watch list you don’t have the right to bear arms.

That’s wrong and that’s bad because the watch list is LAUGHABLE. They harangue 5 year olds and little old ladies. This is all starting to looking strangely purposeful.

May 8, 2009 Posted by | geo/pol | Leave a comment

pirates and emperors

April 22, 2009 Posted by | geo/pol | Leave a comment

gupta on palin

Vinay has it right:

A pox on both their houses

Brutal beat down on Lara Croft Sarah Connor Sarah Palin.


If you make it through the article, here’s my thinking: “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” I think people will vote for her as a mom-with-a-gun, as the VPILF (cough, hack) and as a symbol of America’s past and future – rugged, gun-toting frontier types, making their way through the world with nothing but a covered wagon, some corn meal, and a gigaton nuclear arsenal.

Grab popcorn and enjoy the show, this one’s gonna be a doozy.

August 31, 2008 Posted by | blogs, geo/pol | 1 Comment

pandemic flu: phase 3

Just a friendly reminder.  We are now in “pandemic alert” from the World Health Organization.

May 19, 2008 Posted by | geo/pol | Leave a comment

Tom Hanks on Obama

“I want the president of my country to embody the America I have been waiting for.”

May 5, 2008 Posted by | geo/pol | Leave a comment

ron paul and barack obama

You know that old adage, “hope for the best, prepare for the worst”?

That’s a major difference between the philosophies of Paul and Obama.  Paul hopes for the best, inspires us to rise to the challenge of living by our own laws.  And so does Obama.  But Obama has no blind hope in the ultimate benevolence of the Invisible Hand.

Obama is hoping, yes.  But he’s also preparing.


February 27, 2008 Posted by | geo/pol | Leave a comment