100-Proof Blogging by Randle Aubrey

Friday, December 15, 2017

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #03: THE COMPANY TOWNS OF TOMORROW





Here in the Silicon Valley, technology has reigned supreme for about as long as anyone can remember. As we’ve all come to find out over the years, the ways in which Big Data shadows and even influences our online activities can be both eerie and unsettling, blurring the lines between private and public life faster than anyone can easily contemplate.

Now, companies like Facebook and Google are looking to take their operations into the offline world, and they’re starting here at home, swallowing up local real estate at a rapid pace for creating mixed-used housing developments that they plan to lease to their employees. But what does that mean for the residents of Silicon Valley, only a small portion of which have any actual say over the policy implications of building an IT company town?

To find out, I spoke with Julianne Tveten, a freelance tech journalist for Current Affairs and In These Times, and author of a recent essay for The Baffler magazine called “Zucktown, USA,” where she connects Facebook and Google’s real estate ambitions with the company towns of the 19th century.


Julianne is also a frequent guest on This Is Hell, a long-running radio program based out of Chicago. You can find her work with them here.

To learn more about what you can do to have a say in Big Data’s real estate ambitions, visit any of the following websites:


MUSIC:
Tributaries – Sugar Cubism
Kat Robichaud & The Darling Misfits – Definition Of Pretty
Doctor Striker – The Futurist
Landon Wordswell – Guess Who

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Friday, December 1, 2017

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #002: "A VAST, BLACK ICEBERG"





When it comes to the history of the Civil Rights Movement, no single organization stands out with greater potency – or controversy – than the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense.

Tragically, the Panthers’ revolution ended almost as quickly as it began, when their founder Huey P. Newton was arrested and charged with the death penalty for murdering Oakland police officer Johnathan Frey barely a year into party’s foundation.

Newton’s murder trial would go on to become one of the most groundbreaking criminal court proceedings of the twentieth century, a trial whose ramifications can still be felt in our justice system today. Yet the story of the trial – and the story of the Panthers themselves – have been all but lost to time, and historical revisionism.

I sat down recently with lawyer, historian, and author Lise Pearlman to discuss her new book American Justice On Trial: People vs. Newton, where she tells the story of Newton’s trial with unprecedented depth, and gives the reader insight into a Black Panther Party that was as complicated – and unpredictable – as their founder himself.

American Justice On Trial: People vs. Newton can be found on Amazon in paperback and ebook form. Lise Pearlman is also working on a documentary film to support the book, which you can find out more about at www.americanjusticeontrial.com.

MUSIC:
Billy Sheen – Severing
Kenny Thomas & The Southern Baptists – Stick
5avcat – Symbiotic Connections
Little Spiral – Tossing & Turning
Rebelskamp – Sideways

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Monday, November 20, 2017

TRUMP'S FCC DIRECTOR WILL END NET NEUTRALITY UNLESS WE STOP HIM

I'm not often one to issue direct calls to action. But this cannot be allowed to pass:
"President Donald Trump-appointed Pai’s plan would jettison rules that prohibit internet service providers from blocking or slowing web traffic or creating so-called paid internet fast lanes, the people familiar with the changes said.

Pai also will follow through on his plans to scrap the legal foundation that the FCC’s old Democratic majority adopted in 2015 to tighten federal oversight of internet service providers, a move he contends has deterred the industry from investing in broadband networks. Internet providers have feared that legal foundation, if left in place, could set the stage for possible government price regulation of internet service.

The chairman’s approach, to be voted on at the FCC’s Dec. 14 meeting, would also get rid of the so-called general conduct standard, which gives the FCC authority to police behavior by internet service providers it deems unreasonable. [...]
The move could also re-ignite interest in legislation to codify net neutrality rules, which Republican lawmakers and ISPs have pushed for this year. Some FCC watchers believe Pai’s dismantling of the rules could bring Democrats to the table to negotiate a legislative solution to the debate."
If the Dems are forced into a bargaining position over net neutrality, they'll lose. If they lose, we all lose. Please call/write the FCC and beg them not to allow this to happen. Unless you want to learn how to make a VPN just to make a dime online.

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554

Ajit Pai, Chairman
Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov 

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Friday, November 17, 2017

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST EPISODE 001: A UNION STORY





On the first episode of Pink Elephants, I tackle labor organizing with Robert Hisle, a member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board of The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1414 in San Mateo, California, who also happens to be my dad.

In the late nineties, after years of having their protections and benefits stripped and of their reputation being dragged through the mud, Robert and his fellow machinists worked together to install the first labor union in thier company’s nearly century-long history.

He went on to serve as his union’s steward for another fourteen years until his retirement, and remains passionately dedicated to the pursuit of labor rights to this very day.

Music:
The Hoovers – Our Secret Someone
No Flow – Amplify
Rebelskamp – Oldest Trick (feat. Sean Black)
Sweet HayaH – Backwards

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, CON'T.

Sound familiar?
“In all the various subconscious messages that Clinton’s election represented from the nation to itself, and for all the ways he is a metaphor for the deep-seated national conflicts we can stand to neither face nor finish, Clinton may be American democracy’s last futile and ineffectual grasp. He is neither visionary enough to transcend national rage nor depraved enough to exploit it; and because rage is exhilarating to an otherwise enervated nation, we’re not willing to give it up to anyone who can’t redeem or justify it. It doesn’t matter how often we are told by however many reliable sources that the national deficit has been reduced by nearly a third during the past two years; national surveys show we insist on believing it has grown larger. It doesn’t matter how often we are presented the facts that less that one in 50 of us had our income taxes raised in the 1993 budget, we insist on believing it was “the biggest tax increase in history.” In short, we insist on our rage in the same way we insist on our cynicism, because it is the last easy thing we know how to feel, the last simple emotion we can understand, and the last from which we can still draw a sense of power, no matter how fraudulent it may be. […<br />] 

In the shortest and meanest terms, all of this may be viewed as “merely” a partisan effort to destroy Clinton at any cost. In fact, it is worse. Questioning Clinton’s legitimacy, the leading spokesmen for the Right insidiously question the legitimacy of democracy itself. They speak of Clinton’s election as a kind of foreign coup -- an insinuation made by the new House Speaker in ever bolder variations on Republican National Committee Chairman Rich Bond’s comments two years ago about “real Americans,” and James G. Watt’s jocularity of the early ‘80s that there are two kinds of people: “Americans and liberals.” If Clinton’s presidency is the product of the democratic process and that product is illegitimate, then the process that produced it is by definition illegitimate; in essence, the Right argues that a democracy that produces a Clinton presidency invalidates itself. This is more than just ruthless partisan politics, more than the “same old thing” political opponents have been doing to each other for years. No one in a much more turbulent America similarly questioned the legitimacy of Nixon’s election in 1968, when he received a percentage of the vote resembling Clinton’s. Indeed, we may not have seen anything quite like it since the election of 1860, when half the country considered intolerable any democracy that would produce the likes of Abraham Lincoln (who received a smaller percentage than either Clinton or Nixon)."
For all intents and purposes, this could have been written about Hillary last summer and not in 1995, mere months before her husband would kick off his second successful presidential campaign. Read through this essay long enough and you’ll see that many of the same players are still involved, having managed to wriggle their way out from under one career-busting set of lies and deceits after another.

Despite ultimately amounting to yet another hollow appeal to a smooth, creamy center that didn’t exist then and certainly doesn’t now, this essay still manages to produce a number of rather salient points. Lord knows I’ve read far less articulate claptrap on the Internet. And with that, I leave you with this to chew on:
"We find indignant solace in the single greatest myth of the contemporary political landscape, which holds that the problem with the country is the government and the politicians and the process as a whole. This myth, that the process has grown helplessly out of touch with what we really want and feel and need, is the opposite of the truth. The truth is that we are the problem with America. The process and politicians, the lobbyists and “special” interests -- by which we mean any interest that doesn’t penterain to us -- have reflected us all too perfectly; and we hate them for it."
I would ask that God save our woebegone republic, but she appears to have absconded for Sasketchewan some time ago. For the health care, of course.

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