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Luke Palmer
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Functional programmatician and classifunk pianist
Functional programmatician and classifunk pianist

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Blog Post: an essay about my educational history, and respect and humanization.

http://lukepalmer.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/disrespect-in-education/
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Seattle and Homeland Security has installed a network of devices that track citizens' locations by their cell phones.

"The SPD declined to answer more than a dozen questions from The Stranger, including whether the network is operational, who has access to its data, what it might be used for, and whether the SPD has used it (or intends to use it) to geo-locate people's devices via their MAC addresses or other identifiers."

The department said it "is not comfortable answering policy questions when we do not yet have a policy" -- part of the increasingly common "shoot first, think about civil rights later" pattern of power-reinforcing infrastructure.
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The DoD is funding research, to the order of $100 million, to determine "the critical mass (tipping point)" of social contagians, in the form of "models and tools that can be integrated with [military] operations".
Let me reverse the usual defeatist argument of "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" -- why would the DoD care about populist tipping points if they have nothing to fear from the population?
This is a short but highly illuminating article, and I recommend reading it in full.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2014/jun/12/pentagon-mass-civil-breakdown
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I started a new meetup. Bay Area folks check it out, maybe you'll be interested.
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Yes, like Ben Franklin said!  Though on occasion I feel bad about it... not sure what's up with that.
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Here's an idea that just hit me.  Let's do some collective visioning for the future of humanity.  I feel us worrying a lot about climate change, information oppression, tech-zombification, political starvation; there are lots of things that are wrong and could go wronger still.

Let's take a minute to envision the future we want.  Put aside our cynicism, that pessimistic (or for the pessimists, "realistic") voice, and talk about our visions of how humanity can be better in the future.

I imagine

(*) Our incredible technology facilitating the production and distribution of resources, so that everyone on the planet has their basic needs of food, shelter, and health met
(*) People stepping into a more open, loving and compassionate way with each other
(*) People being mindful of their consumption and waste, using just what they need and disposing of it in ways that helps to nourish others and the planet
(*) The planet healthily flourishing with both natural and man-made beauty
(*) The free exchange of ideas getting still easier and more effective, to support us in collectively creating the next wave of scientific and social breakthroughs, with access for and participation from everyone.

If you like this exercise, I encourage you to share the intro and your own visions of a better future.
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