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This Week In KPOP - March 28, 2020

2020.03.28 09:11 alleybetwixt This Week In KPOP - March 28, 2020

Welcome to This Week In KPOP, a collection of everything you may have missed during the past week on kpop.

March 21, 2020 - March 27, 2020

TOP 10 STORIES

# Votes Thread Comments
1 (+2393) BigHit Entertainment to release Learn Korean with BTS, a 30-episode series teaching Korean expressions that the members use in Run BTS!, Bangtan Bomb, BTS Episode and more content for free on Weverse starting March 24th (tomorrow in Korea time) 100 comments
2 (+2234) NCT 127 have taken their first win for '영웅 (英雄; Kick It)' on KBS2's Music Bank (200327) 162 comments
3 (+1852) Monsta X and (G)I-DLE will be taking part in Twitch's 'Stream Aid' livestream on March 28th to raise money for the WHO's COVID-19 response fund 52 comments
4 (+1782) gugudan Kim Sejeong has taken her first win for "Plant (화분)" on SBS MTV The Show (200324) 67 comments
5 (+1477) Former-9MUSES Moon Hyuna announces she's 27 weeks pregnant. 30 comments
6 (+1432) EXID's LE has cancelled her contract with Banana Culture 85 comments
7 (+1358) KCON 2020 NY has been cancelled due to COVID-19 75 comments
8 (+1311) Celebs Voice Support For Petitions To Reveal "Nth Room" Sexual Exploitation Case Suspects' Identities 102 comments
9 (+1038) T-ARA Eunjung and KARA Gyuri are launching a Youtube channel together called `Beauty & View' 33 comments
10 (+1009) TWICE Tokyo Dome concerts have been postponed for the second time due to COVID-19 outbreak 23 comments

TOP 10 PERFORMANCES

# Votes Thread Comments
1 (+616) [Performance] Dreamcatcher - Black or White (Dingo performance) MoveRec 19 comments
2 (+532) [Performance] Dreamcatcher - Scream (Dance Video - Special ver.) 30 comments
3 (+480) [Dance Cover] Jo Kwon (2AM) - Feel Special (orig. TWICE - Dance Cover) 28 comments
4 (+391) [Song Cover] Former AOA Youkyung - Kick It (orig. NCT 127) (Drum Cover) @ You's Drum (200321) 10 comments
5 (+387) [Dance Practice] Dreamcatcher - Black Or White (Dance Video - Practice Room ver.) 7 comments
6 (+372) [Performance] ITZY - WANNABE (MIDZY Ver.) 15 comments
7 (+363) [Song Cover] CLC Seunghee, Yeeun - PIRI + Scream + Chase Me (orig. Dreamcatcher) @ Yeeun Instagram Live (200324) 6 comments
8 (+306) [Live] Special Stage: Dreamcatcher - Jazz Bar @ Arirang Simply K-pop (200327) 19 comments
9 (+294) [Dance Cover] Bang Chan (Stray Kids) - My House (orig. 2PM) (SKZ-PLAYER) 16 comments
10 (+284) [Dance Practice] ITZY - WANNABE (Midzy Ver. - Full Cam) 15 comments

TOP 5 DISCUSSIONS

# Votes Thread Comments
1 (+1555) Kpop Playlist: Coronavirus Edition 256 comments
2 (+249) It's self-isolation time, AKA the perfect time to get into new groups! Let's help each other out. 584 comments
3 (+169) In which kpop groups did the original roles become more and more inaccurate as time progressed? 133 comments
4 (+142) What are the most commonly used Korean words among international fans? 144 comments
5 (+130) What's the most shocking thing you've seen in the K-pop industry? 167 comments

MUSIC SHOWS

Date Performances Discussion Thread Winner
20200321 Music Core Thread --BTS---
20200322 Inkigayo Thread --ITZY---
20200324 The Show Thread Sejeong
20200325 Show Champion Thread --ITZY---
20200326 M!Countdown Thread --ITZY---
20200327 Music Bank Thread NCT127
 

NEW RELEASES

Day Artist Album Title Type Music Video Streaming
21st Purplebeck Starry Night mini album VALENTi Spotify / Apple Music
24th Kang Daniel CYAN mini album 2U Spotify / Apple Music
ONEUS IN ITS TIME single album A Song Written Easily / Hide and Seek Spotify / Apple Music
Sik-k Officially OG full-length album HEAR ME (Prod. GooseBumps) Spotify / Apple Music
Xydo X mini album BETTING (Feat. pH-1) Spotify / Apple Music
25th Ong Seongwu LAYERS mini album Gravity Spotify / Apple Music
Stray Kids Mixtape : On Track digital single Mixtape : On Track Spotify / Apple Music
26th WINNER Hold pre-release single Hold Spotify / Apple Music
MY.st The Glow: Eden debut mini album Don't Know Spotify / Apple Music
27th Ji Jinseok Here pre-release single Here Spotify
The full chart of all releases including OSTs and indie artists can be found here or in the sidebar. The chart is updated regularly and a new one is published every month.

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2020.01.17 17:40 serpentineeyelash A proposed scale for ranking feminist attitudes to male issues

Critics of feminism are often accused of treating feminism as a monolith. Whereas anti-feminists argue feminism deserves blame for the ways it's reinforced men's problems, pro-feminists argue feminism deserves credit for instances in which it's addressed various male issues. Other pro-feminist arguments include that misandrists are marginalized within the feminist movement, that feminism has recently moved away from its anti-male tendencies, and long lists of feminist activism on male issues.
What sometimes gets lost in this heated debate is that we're talking about a complex set of issues, so there are a wide range of possible positions on those issues. That means there is no binary dichotomy that sharply divides misandrists and egalitarians - rather, feminists have a spectrum of attitudes toward men. The problem is not so much that feminists never address male issues; it's more that there’s usually a feminist bias in which male issues they focus on and how they frame those issues. So in this post I propose a scale that might help us classify feminists by their various stances on men's issues.
The advantage of a scale is that it more precisely assigns credit and blame where it is due. It commends where there are good ideas, and rewards where there is observable progress, while still criticizing where there remains room for improvement. Many advocacy groups use scales to rank politicians on particular issues; my scale could be applied to feminist individuals, organizations, subreddits, factions, etc. Feminists and undecided observers should perceive this as a more reasonable stance than total anti-feminism.
(My scale does not cover right-wing attitudes toward men because they are based in a different ideology. But of course, I often point out how right-wing ideas harm men, see for example here and here and here.)
My proposed scale orders men's issues roughly based on how much feminists are disinclined to acknowledge and/or fight them. This is actually pretty easy to do because there is an underlying principle: it’s based on how much a particular male issue conflicts with women’s interests and/or the feminist ideological framework. So each point on my scale is defined by the most ideologically challenging male issue(s) that a particular feminist speaks out against.
Lower rankings on the scale reflect more misandrist approaches, while higher rankings reflect more compatibility with male advocacy. The scale currently has eleven points numbered 0-10, because 10 seems a nice round number:
0. No male issues. The open misandrists who don’t even pretend to care about men and may see men as biologically misogynist. They may advocate explicitly anti-male laws treating women as a protected class (like Catharine Mackinnon), or they may even advocate gendercide. Some extend their hatred to transgender people. They use rhetoric like “men are the enemy”, “the entire world is men’s studies”, and “men’s rights activists are the abusers’ lobby”. In mainstream society this camp are now on the backfoot outside Sweden, but online they are rapidly regrouping in new spaces like pinkpillfeminism. Meghan Murphy is an example of this category.
1. Male violence. The “men’s groups”, “men’s helplines”, and “teach men not to rape” classes that are all about men learning to stop being violent towards women. These feminists “help” men only in the sense of discouraging men from committing harshly punished crimes and maybe incidentally discouraging violence against other men (which in reality is the majority of male violence). Their main difference from level 0 is they think men can be reformed. Rosie Batty, the Duluth model, and the White Ribbon Campaign are in this category.
2. Toxic masculinity. This camp focuses on a subset of masculine norms which don’t particularly benefit women in modern society. These can include male-on-male violence and bullying, homophobia, the expectation that boys be strong and tough and like sports, etc. If pressed, they might condemn militarism and/or male genital mutilation. This camp demonizes masculinity as a code of male dominance, and shames men for normal sexual desires and behaviours (eg. porn viewing). They generally avoid mentioning the real underlying function of masculine norms, the monogamous protector-provider role – except when they promote it as a new improved “positive masculinity”. This is the camp of The Mask You Live In, the Gillette ad, and Michael Kimmel (before he got metooed).
3. Men’s mental health. This camp talks a good game on male suicide and men not being able to express their emotions, and maybe some really do care. But often the only reason they care is because they think it causes male violence, and the only cause they acknowledge is an internalized “toxic masculinity” which is implicitly blamed on men. There’s no consideration of any external discrimination affecting men’s mental health, nor of feminists telling men to shut up making men reluctant to open up. There may even be some feminist therapists treating their male clients as “privileged” (eg. in couples counselling). The American Psychological Association, and seemingly most of feminism’s real-world activism on men’s issues, fall into this category.
4. The male breadwinner role. Many liberal feminists are happy to oppose the male breadwinner role inasmuch as it helps career women climb the corporate ladder, so they’ll support paternity leave and other policies that make it easier for men to take on a childrearing role. But they’re missing in action when a father wants to continue being involved after divorce, or when a man wants to avoid being coerced into parenthood in the first place. They’ll also avoid mentioning the remaining points on this list, where male interests can come into conflict with female interests. An example of this category is Hillary adviser Anne-Marie Slaughter, whose limited concern for males is betrayed by her role in advocating more war.
5. Working-class male disposability. Unlike those feminists who are totally identity-obsessed, the more socialist-leaning feminists (and even some second-wave radfems due to their socialist background) acknowledge and seek to address some ways men are mistreated by society. Their focus varies but may include dangerous working conditions, stagnating wages, technological unemployment, homelessness, problems with the criminal justice system, war and conscription, and defending Julian Assange. This camp typically focuses on how both men and women are treated by plutocrats running corporations and states, a narrative which contains much truth. But they place a bit too much blame on elite men, ignoring how women benefit from the protection and resources acquired by male soldiers conquering other nations and male executives climbing the economic ladder. Most of the far left falls somewhere around here so it’s a broad category ranging from anti-idpol socialists, to misandrists like Caitlin Johnstone who believe more female power would create a gentler society.
6. Female-on-male violence. There is an increasing willingness to acknowledge male rape victims in particular, because it helps bolster the feminist narrative that rape is the worst possible crime. Many feminists now also acknowledge the broader issue of female-on-male intimate partner violence and criticize the Duluth model. But they might downplay its prevalance, and probably still defend women who exploit, manipulate, or unfairly blame their male partners without rising to the level of violence. They’ll avoid any discussion of what happens when an abusive woman accuses her male partner of abusing her, and may promote dubious statistics claiming to prove false rape accusations are rare. This is roughly about as far as MensLib goes most of the time, and was forbidden territory pre-2010s as evidenced by the treatment of Erin Pizzey.
7. Male-female relationship norms and disputes. Some of the more egalitarian-minded feminists will acknowledge at least some of the male grievances surrounding divorce courts, child custody, child support, and male reproductive rights. Some might even acknowledge the more day-to-day chivalric norms like whether men should be expected to make decisions, pay on dates, and be blamed when things go wrong. These issues are among the most important litmus tests for whether a woman truly opposes misandry, because they concern how the average woman treats men in her everyday relationships. Karen DeCrow was an example of this category and was marginalized by NOW for it.
8. Male sexual issues. Some of the most sex-positive feminists acknowledge the demonization of male sexuality, and men tending to receive a low level of sexual attention. They may even acknowledge the problem of many women treating their sexuality as a commodity in the style of femaledatingstrategy. Vaush and Jessica Valenti might be examples of feminists who somewhat lean into this category (EDIT: others have pointed out reasons why Valenti wouldn't score this well on the scale). Ironically, sex worker activists also tend to say positive things about male sexuality and sexual freedom, though obviously their business depends on the same commodity model.
9. Lack of due process for accused men. These rare voices are brave enough to call out the dodgy campus rape tribunals, the vague definitions of sexual harassment, and the extralegal social-media witch-hunts against men on the mere accusation of any sexual misconduct. This point is difficult to rank on the scale because a few mavericks jump over the middle points to call out this one (particularly women concerned about their sons or their own sexual prospects) – but I think it is sufficiently taboo within feminist circles to be placed at number 9. Katie Roiphe might be an example of this category.
10. Exposing feminist misandry. Only the occasional feminist is willing to go beyond “Patriarchy Hurts Men Too” by pointing out how the feminist narrative reinforces traditional negative stereotypes of men as more powerful, more malicious, and less vulnerable than women. This problem is acknowleged mainly by right-leaning feminists on the movement’s outer edge (eg. Christina Hoff-Sommers), who tend to hold other right-wing beliefs that are problematic toward men. Among left-wing feminists, some trans feminists like Ozy Frantz may come closest to acknowledging the problem, due to their clashes with TERFs and having experienced living as more than one gender. This category may also include many “coffee-shop” feminists who are out of touch with movement propaganda.
Of course, even an eleven-category scale cannot cover all feminists – some individuals will hold a mix of positions on the scale.
This scale does not consider factors such as rhetoric, tendency to silence critics, and the subjective judgement of who is taking an issue seriously and who is giving lip service. For example, the Lindy West article quoted by “Big Red” might even get a 9 on the scale due to sheer comprehensiveness, but arguably she only brought up the first 9 points to say she remains extremely opposed to point 10. West dogmatically defends the feminist ideological framework, denies the existence of misandry, claims all men hold power because of elite men, blames every male issue on “patriarchy”, claims feminism is already working on men’s issues, and even blames men for feminists hating men. So your mileage may vary on how much credit West deserves.
The scale is not necessarily intended to demonize every low-ranking feminist, as some individuals might be open-minded to learning new information that would move them up the scale. They may be well-intentioned but unaware of the limitations of their highly-censored echo chambers, and genuinely perplexed about why their approach to male issues fails to impress us. Moving people from the anti-male end to the pro-male end of the above scale should be a major goal of male advocacy. If my scale ever becomes popularized, maybe it could even be used to place pressure on feminists to up their game on men’s issues.
What do you think? Does my scale make sense? Does it seem like it could be useful? Have I left out anything important?
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2019.10.16 16:50 CSpencer_Journalism Round 2 with NERO World

Since you dodged my first questions under the guise of not wanting to discuss “ongoing litigation processes”, though there have been claims you had no issues doing so in the past. I assume this would be because between now and then you have acquired your BAR to practice law, and now choose to not delve into detail, which I do agree being a wise decision. Allow me to ask some things not directly related to the litigation process.
At this point I have had ample opportunity to read through the forum posts for the conversation regarding the “symposium”. It would appear that a civil attempt to discuss the issues several chapter owners had involving the NERO rules as well as several other complaints for Joe were going to be presented. Several chapters owners in the conversation made it clear that attempting to steal NERO from Joe Valenti and requiring him to “publicly admit to being an idiot” would be unwise and unprofessional. These were in fact the very things thrown into Joe V’s face when he was reluctantly required to attend the so-called symposium? Am I too believe all of this nonsense stems from an inability to write a functioning rule system and Joe not allowing anyone to destroy the one he had already set in place, with a “fluid rule system?” A system that had proven fruitful over several decades.
You “left” NERO to form Heroic Interactive Theater correct? Then posted an array of several chapters across the united states, that over time ended up being dissolved to a minor few. Is this because they were all “NERO” chapters you planned to take with you to Heroic and didn’t have permission from those owners to use their names? How did all of those chapters suddenly vanish into thin air? Then you dissolve Heroic all together, which I can find no existence other than in the state of Delaware, and are now supposedly the owner of NERO World which you claim was your business in 2006? 2006? Like April 3rd, 2006, the date you signed your LICENSEE agreement with NERO International which you claim to have never heard of before now? What am I to believe? This whole situation stinks of injustice and appears to be the clad in the trappings of bitter NERO players, of a failed side LARP project, and an attempt to capitalize on the only successful entity they’ve ever been apart, namely as a Licensees. I’m just trying to understand the beauty behind this project that is NERO world, and am aware that my post will be met with hostility. I’m simply trying to get some answers here. What is the heavens is actually going on here? I would really like to see the other side of this coin.
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2019.03.11 02:43 mjpist Miami Music Week 2019 Event Schedule: Specials, Mon-Wed [UPDATED]

The Thurs-Fri megathread is here.
The Sat-Sun megathread is here.

This list is currently up to date. I'm keeping this updated daily with new information. Please note that I live in Japan, so I will be updating this list in the evenings, Miami-time. If you know anything I don't, please DM me or comment below!

[Last Update: 03.19.2019 01:41]

SPECIALS
Denial Week Pass Wed March 27-Sun March 31 at The Shore Club Hotel, 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $150 via eventbrite.com
EPIC Pool Parties Week Pass Tue March 26-Sun March 31 at Kimpton EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $150 via eventbrite.com
National Hotel Pool Party Week Pass Sat March 23-Sun March 31 at The National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. OFF SALE.
Space Invader All-Access Pass Tue March 26-Mon April 1 at Space, 34 N 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $300 via residentadvisor.net
Surfcomber Pool Parties All-Week Pass Sat March 23-Sun March 31 at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $250 via electrostub.com
Spinnin' Hotel 5-Day VIP Pass Wed March 27-Sun March 31 at Nautilus Hotel, 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $150 via tixr.com
WMC Delegate Badge Tue March 26-Thurs March 28. List of sanctioned events available at wintermusicconference.com. Badges cost cost $200 via ultraworldwide.net
Trade All-Access Pass Wed March 27-Fri March 29 at Trade, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $99 via electrostub.com
3100 Illegal Access Pass Thurs March 27-Sun March 31 at 3100 Wynwood, 3100 NW 7th Ave., Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $200 via residentadvisor.net
Treehouse Pass Tues March 26-Sun March 31 at Treehouse, 323 23rd St, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $160 via eventbrite.com
No. 3 Social Pass Thurs March 28-Sun March 31 at No.3 Social Roof Bar & Lounge, 50 NW 24th St. 21+. Tickets cost $80 via residentadvisor.net
MONDAY MARCH 25
Strange Bass With Funk de la Cueva, MadSavvy, DB Cooper, Master Feathers, SomeJerk, DJ Knockers, KaraKter, Lady T, DJ Will, Smurfio, and Sum1. 8 p.m. Monday, March 25 at The Bridge, 4220 NW 7th Ave, Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $4 via eventbrite.com
Keep it Deep Miami With Johnny D, Tommy Musto, Victor Simonelli, Ray Vasquez, Lee Farmer, and DJ Cuba . 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Monday, March 25 at Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $10 at the door. More info via residentadvisor.net
Nugg & Friends With Gram Greene, Serious Jorge, Zapato, D. Asco, Qozmocat B2B Sipz, Oogie and Ramen Noodlez pres. The Stoner Chronicles, and Jandi. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Monday, March 25 at Little Spati, 229 NE 65th Street, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $5 via eventbrite.com
Nitti Gritti & Friends With Nitti Gritti, Eliminate, Acraze, D3V B2B Throwdown, Deerock B2B HTPKT, Goon, and Lizzy Jane. More TBA. 11 p.m.-4 a.m. Monday, March 25 at The Hangar, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $10 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
Bamboleo With Hector Couto, Neverdogs, Hugo Bianco, Sebastian Ledher, Matteo Gatti, and Rafa Moros 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Monday, March 25 at Do Not Sit On The Furniture, 423 16th St, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $17 via residentadvisor.net
TUESDAY MARCH 26
>Deorro & Friends With Will Sparks, Deorro, Hektor Mass, Henry Fong, and Shaun Frank. 11 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at The Florida Room, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via tixr.com
>The Lizard x Arcadia Night With Leandro Da Silva, Jose De Mara & Crusy, CID, Nicola Zucchi, Daddy's Groove, ASCO, Jp Candela, Les Castizos, Styline, Javi Reina, Cato Anaya, Lucky Vegas, Sansixto, Sevi Sanchez, JAG, and Frank Nitty. 7 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Centro Wynwood, 299 W 23rd St, Miami. 21+. Tickets free with guest list registration via eventbrite.it
>Miami Massive With Lucas & Steve, Madison Mars, Daddy's Groove, Plastik Funk, Milk & Sugar, Mark Ursa, Abel Ramos, The Him, Dave Lambert, Angemi, Luca Testa, Jean Marie, Chris Garcia, The Frenchies, Robert Falcon, and Rodrigo Vieira. Noon-10 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Nikki Beach Miami, 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $35-$55 via eventbrite.com. Cabanas and daybeds available.
>Coldharbour Recordings x Black Hole Recordings With Paul Oakenfold, Arkham Knights, Dave Neven, Grube & Hovsepian, and Nifra B2B Fisherman, and JES (vocals). More TBA. 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Rockwell, 743 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com
Tasty Tuesdays With Disco Fries, Sir William, Dramos, Cream, DJ Unique, DJ D Russo, Malo, Boettcher Boy, Cole Pardi, B-Side, Spekter, Dante Saverio, and Andrea Benham. 11:00 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Dream South Beach, 1111 Collin Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets cost $30-40 via eventbrite.com
tAKN pres. TENAX With Derrick May, Marco Faraone B2B Radio Slave, Alex Neri, SIS, Luca Donzelli, Alex Vacc, Franc Adam, and VIKk. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Hyde Beach, 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $20-$35 via eventbrite.com
Serafin & Friends Tuesday Takeover With Serafin, Plastik Funk, Romi Lux, Buck Rodgers, DJ Fresj, DJ Dani, B!tich Be Cool, Spindiana Jones, DJ Rambo, Tex Flex, Ryan Nathan, and Lawrence Apaga. Noon-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at The Mondrian, 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Free, more details at miamimusicweek.com
Detroit Love Boat With Carl Craig B2B Luciano, Davide Squillace, Taimur, and Onur Ozur. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Biscayne Lady Yacht, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $125 via residentadvisor.net
Villano With Jesse Calosso, Julia Govor, Jean Pierre, Chase X Cantillo, Cristhian Balcazar, and Body Language. 4 p.m.-midnight Tuesday, March 26, at The Rooftop @ The Langford, 121 SE 1 St., Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20-$40 via residentadvisor.net
Do Not Sit By The Pool With Damian Lazarus, Behrouz, Francesca Lombardo, Matthias Meyer, Dee Montero, and Dude Skywalker. 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $35 via tixr.com
Taco Taco Tuesday With Bitonal, DJ Powell, Teknoise, djseanEboy, Zafari Dub, Young Bad Twinz, Chris Azure, Skymate, Patrick D, Silvio Rodrigues, Ben A, and Vedic. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at The Catalina, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 18+. Free event. More info via miamimusicweek.com
Kings of House With Louie Vega B2B David Morales. 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Kimpton EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $40 via eventbrite.com
The Blu Party With wAFF, Fur Coat, Serge Devant, Sydney Blu, Cocodrills, Seb Zito, Ben Finx & JBZ, and Kristen Knight. 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, 297 NW 23rd St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $25 via residentadvisor.net
Lapsus Music 10 Years With Roger Sanchez, Hector Couto, Supernova, Dario D'Attis, CASSIMM, Mirko Di Florio, Kristen Knight, Ivano Bellini, and Nelson Diaz. 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Barter Wynwood, 255 NW 27th Ter., Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.it
Tropical Metal With Rebolledo and Macccabi. 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach. Ages TBA. Free w/ RSVP via eventbrite.com
Dissident With Abstrakt.Digital, Doc Brown, Noel Sanger, 2 Tall Keith, Shayne Pilpel, Jason Dunne, Jose Mata, Bruno Oloviani, Journeydeep, and DJ Egha. 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach. 21+. Ticket cost and outlet TBA via facebook.com
Zip Codes With KC Gilmore, Egzod, Shndo, Lvndo, Moon Rush, Too Kind, Synymata, Acraze, GLD, Gawm, HiGuys, and Rated-R. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Centro Wynwood, 299 W 23rd St, Miami. Ages TBA. More info via facebook.com
Dubline With Emalkay, Hatcha, Shiverz, and Audigy. More TBA. 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at SQL, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com
Protocol: Noexcuse Records Showcase With Yaya, Caleb Calloway, Eskuche, Alan Nieves, Metaphizix, and Guymac. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $10 via residentadvisor.net
Loud Luxury With Loud Luxury, Riggi & Piros, Chantel Jeffries, and Hugel. 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at E11EVEN, 29 NE 11th St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20-$30 via tixr.com. Tables available.
We're Never Going Home With Bryan Lubliner, Dean Mason, Doc Brown, Scotty Boy, and Sir William. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Red Room, 1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com
CUFF With Amine Edge & Dance , Clyde P, Dj Sneak, Hector Couto, Jesse Perez, Leftwing: Kody, Mason Collective, Max Chapman, Second City, and Tim Baresko. 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Treehouse, 323 23rd St, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $10 via eventbrite.com
Observe Miami With Truncate, Drumcell, Oktaform, Deraout, Allan Gallego, and alien35e. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at 1306 Miami, 1306 N Miami Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $25-$30 via residentadvisor.net
The Selectors With Onur Ozer, Taimur, and Desyn. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave; Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $10 via residentadvisor.net
ATLiens Spacecult With ATLiens, Dirty Audio, Jayceeoh, JSTJR, Lil Texas B2B Mineweepa, Yakz B2B Somnium Sound, Hype Turner B2B Clips x Ahoy, and Throwdown. More TBA. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at at The Hangar, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
Ten Years of Little Helpers With Alexi Delano, Butane, Archila, and TONS. More TBA. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Do Not Sit On The Furniture, 423 16th St, Miami Beach. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $15 via residentadvisor.net
Firebeatz and Friends With Firebeatz, Chocolate Puma, Moksi, and Sikdope. More TBA. 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Mokai Lounge, 235 23rd St., Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $25 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
Damian Lazarus With Damien Lazarus and Salome + GAD. 11 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at Wall, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Tickets cost $40 via tablelist.com. Tables available.
Massive Music 1.0 With Andrea Ferratti, Mary Amado, Nono Belune, Marcella Franko, Amir Taret, Wasabi, and Geeh. Time TBA. Tuesday, March 26 at El Patio Wynwood, 167 Northwest 23rd St., Miami. Ages TBA. More info via facebook.com
WEDNESDAY MARCH 27
>Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike With Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Bassjackers, Lost Frequencies, Cheat Codes, Brody Jenner, Gianluca Vacchi, Hugel, Matt Medved, and Regi. More TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Hyde Beach, 1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $100-$125 via tixr.com. Tables available.
>DJ Mag Pool Party With Don Diablo, ALOK, Nicky Romero, Dennis Ferrer, DJ Tennis, Magdalena, and tINI. More TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, 1717 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $40 via electrostub.com. Tables available.
>Spinnin' Sessions With ALOK, Bingo Players, Bassjackers, Lucas & Steve, Mesto, and The Him. More TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at The Nautilus Hotel, 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $35-$55 via tixr.com
>Dim Mak Miami With Steve Aoki, Slushii, 4B, Henry Fong, Tisoki, Max Styler, Bok Nero, and KenDoll. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $30 via tixr.com
>Steve Aoki With Steve Aoki and ALOK. 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Story, 136 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $50 via tixr.com
>Chocolate Puma pres. A Journey Through House With Chocolate Puma, Carta, Malone, Matroda, and Plastik Funk. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Red Room, 1901 Collins Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $25 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
>Aly & Fila Open to Close With Aly & Fila. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Barter Wynwood, 255 NW 27th Ter., Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $25 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
>Drumcode Miami With Adam Beyer, ANNA, Bart Skills, Dubfire, Enrico Sangiuliano, Layton Giordani, Marco Faraone, Victor Calderone, Wehhba, Petre Inspirescu, and Ion Ludwig. More TBA. 11 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Space, 34 N 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $50-$80 via residentadvisor.net
>Cedric Gervais With Cedric Gervais, Offaiah, Aston Lane, and Raffi. 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at LIV, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $40 via tixr.com. Tables available.
>DJ Mag pres. Good Times Ahead With Deorro, Benny Benassi, GTA, Laidback Luke, 2Wasted, Ares Carter, Corsak, Hanabi, Mad Fox, Raiden, and S2. More TBA. 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at E11EVEN, 29 NE 11th St, Miami. 21+. Tickets CURRENTLY OFF SALE. Tables available.
>Do Not Sleep With Carl Craig, Danny Tenaglia, Darius Syrossian, Davide Squillace, Emanuel Satie, Luigi Madonna, Luca Donzelli, Steve Lawler, Jonathan Cowan, Jamie Roy, and wAFF. More TBA. Noon-11 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Kimpton EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $40 via eventbrite.com
>Anthony Attalla pres. Incorrect With Steve Lawler, Anthony Attalla, Dosem, Max Chapman and Pirupa. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Barter Wynwood, 255 NW 27th Ter., Miami. 21+ Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
>Heartfeldt Pool Party With Sam Feldt, Loud Luxury, Anton Powers, Bender, EDX, GoldFish, Hook N Sling, Shaun Frank, and Throttle. More TBA. 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Shore Club Hotel, 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $35-$45 via eventbrite.com
>Hot Creations pres. With Erick Morillo, Jamie Jones, David Berrie, Silent Addy, and Disco Neil. More TBA. 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Basement, 2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $150 via tixr.com. Tables available.
Deeperfect B2B Descend With Stefano Noferini B2B Leonardo Gonnelli, Cuartero B2B Nathan Barato, ALX B2B Oscar L, Hector Couto B2B Mathias Kaden, Seb Zito B2B De La Swing, Carabetta & Doons, and Bryan Estefani B2B Rod B. Noon-11 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at The National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $30-$40 via electrostub.com
Rituals Miami Pool Party With Dabura, Soul Goodman, RJ Pickens, Derek Specs, George Vidal, Jose Matos, Alex Kislov B2B Arvii Mala, and Francesco e Marcello. More TBA. Noon-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Intercontinental Hotel and Pool Deck, 100 Chopin Pz, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $10 via thebloxoffice.com
Fisher pres. Catch & Release With Fisher, Del-30, Eli Brown, Martin Ikin, Mason Maynard, and Mele. More TBA. Noon. Wednesday, March 27 at Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $80-$90 via tixr.com
SubTek pres. Carolina Takeover With Billy Blaze, J Costea, Kooldown, Omari Nkosi, Marcel the Lion, and Matt Knight. Noon-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at The Catalina, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 18+. Free event. More info via miamimusicweek.com
La Maison Française With Arno Cost, Barbara Tucker, Francis Mercier, KC Lights, Michael Canitrot, Nico De Andrea, Ron Carroll, Sirus Hood, Vincent Daubas, and Yass. Noon-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at 1-800-LUCKY, 143 NW 23rd St, Miami. 18+. Free event. More info via miamimusicweek.com
Mas Vida Lineup TBA. Noon-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at GALE South Beach, 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $45 via eventbrite.com
Paraiso Miami With Seth Lowery, 2 Idiotz, Drezlo, Aaron Hensley, and Trizzoh. More TBA. 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Taco Taco South Beach, 1720 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Ages TBA. Free event. More info via facebook.com
Go Deeva Records, Dvina & Terrace Afterhours pres. With Simone Vitullo B2B Dario D'Attis, Piero Pirupa, Djuma Soundsystem, David Aurel B2B Piem, Archila B2B Brett Rubin, Brando B2B Chris Venola, Chris Garcia B2B Monoky, The Kimonos, Cales & Mr Hyde B2B George Vidal B2B Alain Lopez.1 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at W Hotel Miami, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $25 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
Never Get Out of the Boat With Hernan Cattaneo B2B Nick Warren. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Biscayne Lady Yacht, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. 21+. Ticket price TBA. Early Bird only available via promoter e-mail at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) or call 1-786-201-0029. General on-sale date TBA at residentadvisor.net
Fattie Miami With Alexander Orue, Truth n Lies, Eran Hersh, Carrillo, Rhythmdb, Broz Rodriguez, Charlie Roennez, DISKOPRETTY, Robert Blues, Teo Mandrelli, DJ DIAGA, Pedro Parrado, DJ Louis Ollino. 4 p.m.-Midnight. Wednesday, March 27, The Clevelander Hotel, 1020 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach. 21+. Free w/ RSVP via eventbrite.com
Paradigm Sunset Cruise With Guy Gerber and DJ Tennis. 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, Musette Yacht, 1635 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $85 via ticketfly.com
Endangered With Brian Cid, Justin Marchacos, m.O.N.R.O.E. B2B Adisyn, Kike Roldan, Gustin, and Juan Pablo Torrez. 5 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, Thrift Shop MIA, 28 NE 14th St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $15 via residentadvisor.net
DJ Val pres. 45 Years Behind the Decks Tour With DJ Val, Tracy Young, Dark Intensity, DJ Georgie Porgie, Miss Luna, DJ Bob Kechter, and Akadrian. 6 p.m.-Midnight Wednesday, March 27, The Catalina, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 18+. Free event. More info via miamimusicweek.com
Selina x WMC With Gilles Peterson, DJ Jigue, and Acido Pantera. 6 p.m.-Midnight Wednesday, March 27 at Selina Brawlers, 2819 NW, 2nd Ave, Miami. 18+. Free w/ RSVP via residentadvisor.net
Mixmag LAB Miami With ANNA, DJ Pierre, and Jonny from Space. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Faena Bazaar Rooftop, 3400 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Free w/ RSVP via splashthat.com
HoTL Miami With David Tort, Markem, Robbie Rivera, The Cube Guys, Tom Stephan, Milk & Sugar, Piem, Les Castizos, Charlie Hedges, Cato Anaya, Agent Greg, Lawrence Casal, and Alan T. 7 p.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at El Patio Wynwood, 167 Northwest 23rd St., Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets $10 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
Deep Sugar & Gotsoul pres. Ultranate's Rooftop Birthday Bash With Ultra Nate, Jojo Flores, DJ Lisa Moody, and Bruce Bayne. 7 p.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at No.3 Social Roof Bar & Lounge, 50 NW 24th St. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $20 via eventbrite.com
Asco pres. Red Session Lineup TBA. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Racket, 150 Northwest 24th St, Miami. 21+. Free event with RSVP via eventbrite.com
Seeing Sounds With Rey King, Steffy Boom, Charlee Brqavo, Los Brigados, Lil Onstar, Johny Tiger, Steezy Berg, Sekani, LaFlare Presley, Lotto Money, and CoolieBoiFresh. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $10 via eventbrite.com
DVINE Sounds Does Miami With Amine Edge & Dance B2BC lyde P, Sam Divine, Hatcha, Angelo Ferreri & Moon Rocket, Jess Bays, Kristen Knight, Tom Da Lips, Alex Preston, and Josh Parkinson. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at The Rooftop @ The Langford, 121 SE 1 St., Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $12.60 via eventbrite.com
Transmission With Lara Klart B2B Jay Toledo, Rita Valenti, Marvin R. Delgado, Patrick Walsh, YeshaYaho, and Baritone-DJs. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at The Arsenale, 4141 NE 2nd Ave, Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $10 via eventbrite.com
Doorly pres. Reptile Dysfunction With Monki. More TBA. 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami. 21+ Tickets cost $30 via residentadvisor.net
Sounds of the Underground Daily lineup TBA. With Agent Orange, Amy dB, Anthony Attalla, Balthazar & JackRock, Christian Smith, Darin Epsilon, DJ Sneak, Kaiserdisco, Stacey Pullen, OC & Verde, Kaiser Souzai, Quivver, Jody Wisternoff, Jerome Isma-Ae, Matan Caspi B2B Stan Kolev, Crowd control B2B Jasón Rault, Decotrax, Doug Jackson, Freak The Disco, Jimbo B2B The Audio Manipulator, Luke Hunter B2B Yosef Dov, Mark Salner B2B Ornery, and R.S Bidmon. More TBA. 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. 21+ Tickets cost $50 for 1 day and $75 for 2 days. On sale date and outlet TBA via residentadvisor.net
Sweeeet With Dennis Ferrer, DJ Pierre, DJ Sneak, Sirus Hood, Love & Logic, Devon James, and O.Diggs. 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Do Not Sit on the Furniture, 423 16th St., Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via residentadvisor.net
Saymyname All-Stars 2019 With Saymyname, Dirty Audio, JSTJR, Nitti Gritty, and Rawtek. More TBA. 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at C&L Warehouse, 2400 NW 5th Ave, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $15 via tixr.com
Behrouz & Friends With Audiofly, Behrouz, Holmar, Mia Lucci, and WhoMadeWho. 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at 1-800-LUCKY, 143 NW 23rd St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $15 via residentadvisor.net
Detroit, House of Techno With Omar S. and Ataxia. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave; Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $15 via residentadvisor.net
Getty Lineup TBA. 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Centro Wynwood, 299 W 23rd St, Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets free w/ RSVP via eventbrite.com
Ghastly pres. Ritual With Ghastly, Habstrakt, Sikdope, Moksi, and Blanke. More TBA. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at The Hangar, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $25 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
Humans Alike Opening With Luciano, Marco Faraone, Neverdogs, Brina Knauss, Vanjee, Tony Guerra, and Miguelle. 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Factory, 55 NE 24th St., Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $30-$40 via electrostub.com. Tables Available.
Hungry Party With Joachim Pastor, Worakls, N'to, and Tegi. 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Factory, 55 NE 24th St., Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20-$30 via electrostub.com
Universal Love Tribe Showcase With Sleepy & Boo, Rabo & Traumata, Cales & Mr. Hyde, Ornery, Pierre de Beirut, Past Deep and Mark Salner. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Wynwood 5th Ave, 2451 Northwest 5 Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $10 via eventbrite.com
What So Not & Friends With What So Not B2B TBA. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at SQL, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $20 via ticketweb.com
KALUKI With wAFF b2b TBA, Max Chapman b2b Pirate Copy, Leftwing: Kody and Chris Garcia b2b Pete Zorba. More TBA. 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Trade, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $30-$40 via electrostub.com
Confessions With Justin Martin. More TBA. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at W Hotel Miami, 485 Brickell Ave, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via residentadvisor.net. Tables available.
Zack Martino & Ship Wrek With Zack Martino, Ship Wrek, Eche Palante B2B KILO, and Deerock B2B HTPKT. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Racket, 150 NW 24th St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $15 via eventbrite.com
Disciple Records Takeover With Barely Alive, Modestep, Eliminate, LUMBERJVCK, and Bandlez. More TBA. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at 380 NE 59th St, 380 Northeast 59th St, Miami. Ages TBA. Tickets cost $30-$75 via eventbrite.com
Yotto pres. Odd One Out With Yotto, Jonas Rathsman, and Desyn. 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Treehouse, 323 23rd St, Miami Beach. 21+. Tickets cost $30 via eventbrite.com
Prisma Artists Showcase With Axel Boma, Francesca Lombardo, Fur Coat, and Soul Clap. 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Floyd, 34 NE 11th St, Miami. 21+. Tickets cost $20 via residentadvisor.net
Detroit Love (AFTERHOURS) With Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, and Matthew Dear. 2:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Wednesday (night), March 27 at The Hanger, 60 NE 11th St, Miami. 18+. Tickets cost $20-$40 via eventbrite.com. Tables available.
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2019.01.30 06:41 AhuwahZeus Mafia Commission

Thomas Gambino Sr. runs a Medical charity racket in NY and resides in Florida as one of the top members of the modern Commission. Thomas Sr.'s wife is Frances Lucchese. They oversee the Luccheses and factions of the Gambinos. The Lucchesi-Palli family are a nobility of Sicily, Tuscany, and Austria and they own the Lucchese crime family. The Russian Mafia in Brighton Beach, New York pay tributes to the Lucchese crime family. The Russian Mafia has held meetings in Austria where the Lucchesi-Palli are nobles. Frank Stronach is an Austrian businessman that owns horse race tracks in the US including the Rosecroft Raceway in Maryland where the Corsican Mafia are covertly headquartered. The Corsican Mafia partnered with the Lucchese crime family through their "French Connection" heroin operation. The mafia use horse race tracks as headquarters for money laundering.
Carlo Gambino "Lucchese" is the grandson of the founder of the Gambinos through his father and grandson of the founder of the Luccheses through his mother. The Luccheses have an alliance with the Russian Mafia. The Russian Mafia have operations in Florida and California and the Gambinos live in New York, Florida, and California.
Thomas Gambino "Lucchese" Jr. owns an international warehouse and distribution company called Dynamic Worldwide with operations in China and other parts of Asia as well as in Texas next to the Mexican border. Thomas Jr. is headquartered out of Florida.
Frank Cali is the top boss in California and Los Angeles and has high authority within the Gambino crime family. Frank Cali covertly works with the Israeli-American businessmen Lyor Cohen who works with criminal rappers like Jay Z, Kanye West, DMX, and Method Man. Lyor Cohen is married to the deputy chairman of Christie's Asia Xin Li. The Massimo family of Rome own the Gambinos and Prince Tancredi Massimo works at Christies.
Rosario Gambino is Frank Calis uncle and adviser with close connections to Rome. The Gambinos are owned by the Massimo family with Prince Fabrizio Massimo-Brancaccio who is like the godfather of organized crime. The Massimos received tributes from most mafias and cartels around the world.
Massimo Carminati who was imprisoned in 2017 was the head of the Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari (NAR) a Neo-Fascist paramilitary group that still covertly exists and works with the Magliana Mafia of Rome. The NAR is involved in weapons trafficking, assassinations, and contract killings and they are owned by the Massimo family. Massimo Carminati was nicknamed the "Last King of Rome"
Leonardo Rizzuto is the head of the Montreal crime family which includes the Rizzutos and Cuntrera Caruana mafia. They have a business alliance with Venezuelan drug cartels and the Sinaloa Cartel. The Rizzutos have residences in Venezuela and meet with the Sinaloa Cartel on the Island of Margarita and properties owned by the Rizzuto crime family's owners the Ruspoli noble family of Rome.
Jack Giacalone runs the Detroit Mafia and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in the US through James Hoffa the son of Jimmy Hoffa who was disappeared by the Giacalones. The Detroit Mafia runs rackets on the US automotive industry. Giacalone also works with the Jewish billionaire and crook Daniel Gilbert who owns casinos in Detroit, Cleveland, and also owns the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dan Gilbert renamed his casino company Jack Entertainment to honor Jack Giacalone. The Detroit Mafia is owned by the Odescalchi family of Rome.
Russell Papalardo is a top boss of the Cleveland crime family which works closely with the Detroit Mafia. The Licavole family have been top members of the Cleveland crime family. Their relative named Jimmy Laccavole is one of the most insane and relentless gang stalkers and paid slanderers in my region. He is a small little zealous psychopath that specializes in poisoning people and brainwashing them with insane lies. The Orsini family are owners of the Cleveland crime family and they are merged with the German Rosenberg family which own some Jewish mafias with the Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg as a member of the Jewish Mafia.
Meyer Lansky III runs territories in Vegas today and is a top member of the Jewish-Polish Mafia and associate of the Chicago Outfit. His grandfather Meyer Lansky was a Polish-Jew. Lansky III works with Tamares Group which is a casino company in Vegas owned by the Zabludowicz family which are Polish-Israeli Jews with Poju Zabludowicz. The Colonna family are owners of the Chicago Outfit and use the Roselli del Turco and Capponi noble families of Florence to mange them. Al Capone and John Rosseli were Chicago mobsters and related to these noble families. The Colonna family of Rome also have a Polish branch called the Colonna-Walewski family. Meyer Lanski was a Polish Jew.
Simone Rizzo DeCavalcate Jr. oversees the New Jersey crime family from Florida and he works with Wu-Tang rapper RZA or Robert Fitzgerald Diggs who lives in NJ and runs AVLN gangs, 5 Percenter Islamic Gang Stalkers, and other street gangs involved in drug trafficking of marijuana, PCP, crack-cocaine, and heroin. Wu-Tang also works with the Gambinos, Westies, and the Triads.
John Bokun is a high level and extremely dangerous Irish gangster that runs the Irish Westies in Hells Kitchen. John Bokun has a monopoly on marijuana both in the streets and in the medical industry. He extorts the medical marijuana industry and street sale of marijuana in the US. John Bokun was arrested several years ago for transporting a half of million in marijuana on his 40 million dollar jet from California to the East Coast. The Westies are allied with the Gambinos and Gottis. John Bokun is an extremely evil murderous psychopath that needs to be executed immediately.
Jay O'Connor is an Irish Mafia boss from Dublin. The Irish Mafia are extremely violent and involved in drug trafficking, gun trafficking, murder, extortion, thefts, robberies, and business rackets. The Irish Mafia often operate out of boxing clubs, bars, and racetracks. The Rooney family in the US are Irish white collar mobsters involved in politics and business. They recently sold their Yonkers Raceway in 2019 to MGM. They owned the Yonkers Raceway since 1972. In 1995 there were arrests at the Rooney's Yonkers Raceway for a multimillion dollar gambling ring.
Gerry Hutch is an Irish Mafia boss that runs rackets in the boxing industry and has been involved in robberies. Hutch has worked with the boxer Mike Tyson and has run boxing rings in Ireland. Conor McGregor is an associate of the Irish Mafia in Dublin and is a boxer and MMA fighter. The mafia rig fights for their bets. Bookies will collect bets and then the mafia decides who wins based on which is most profitable for them. Conor McGregor is an Irish mobster.
Terry Adams is an English gangster in Clerkenwell, London. The Adams crime family are involved in extortion, drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex trafficking of minors, blackmail, contract killings, and gold heists. The Clerkenwell Mafia is extorting the royal vault for gold. The Clerkenwell Mafia or Adams crime family are owned by the Massimo of Roccasecca family which live in London. Prince Stefano Massimo's mother was Dawn Addams.
Richard Valentini is the street boss of the Springfield Crew and he is one of the most violent and murderous members of Cosa Nostra. The Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga family own the Rochester crime family of New York which was headed up by Valenti mobsters with crime bosses Frank Valenti and Constenze Valenti. Their cousins own a large car dealership company in New England. Richard Valentini works under the Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga family of Venice. Its believed the Springfield Crew is part of the Genovese crime family. The Savoys own the Genovese mafia. The Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga family is currently married with the royal House of Savoy-Aosta. Prince Giberto Arrivabenne-Valenti-Gonzaga's wife is the daughter of Prince Amadeo of Savoy-Aosta.
Philip Andrew Genovese is a major pedophile living in Massachusetts and he is the grandson of Vito Genovese the founder of the Genovese crime family which works with the Springfield Crew in Massachusetts. Philip Andrew Genovese oversees Philip Gigante and Andrew Gigante of the Genovese crime family.
Andrew Gigante is a top boss of the Genovese crime family which have infiltrated Wall Street and run high end prostitution rings. Gigante means giant. The Gigantes work with the Mara family which own the NY Giants. The mafia rig sports for their bets. The Mara family are Irish white collar mobsters connected with the Jesuits and they work with the Rooney family through marriage which are white collar Irish mobsters, businessmen, and politicians that ran the Yonkers Raceway for decades. Racetracks are often mafia headquarters used for money laundering. The mafia works with owners of racetracks which allow them to claim their criminal profits like from drug trafficking were gambling wins.
Philip Gigante is a mobster and mayor in Airmonte, NY. The Savoy-Aosta family are owners of the Gigantes which have operations in New Jersey while the Savoys which live in Switzerland and are the princes of Naples and Venice are the owners of the Genovese family with the Gigantes being second in command. The Savoy-Aostas are also the Dukes of Apulia. The Apulian Mafia or Sacra Corona Unita mafia have deeply infiltrated New Jersey and work with the DeCavalcante crime family of New Jersey.
Liborio Bellomo is a high level mafia boss in the Genovese crime family. Liborio Bellomo spreads insane lies into society like a virus. Bellomo is from a Sicilian noble family and there is still a Bellomo castle in Syracuse, Sicily today. Bellomo operates out of the Bronx and oversees many African American gangs and mafias including a large gang ran by the criminal rapper Papoose out of Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. This Bed-Stuy black mafia are major gun traffickers in New York.
Vincent Badalemeti is a ruthless and murderous boss of the Bonanno crime family. The Bonannos have an alliance with the Ceritto crime family which have moved from California to Texas. The owners of the Bonannos are the Boncompagni-Ludovisi family of Rome. Bon-compagni translates to good fellow or Goodfella which is a term for made men.
Joseph Merlino is one of the top bosses in Atlantic City and oversees Ft Lauderdale from Boca Rotan. The Merlinos were involved in building many of the casinos in Atlantic City including Trumps casinos. Donald Trump works with the Philly crime family and his Counselor Kellyanne Conway's grandfather was an associate of the Philly crime family. Merlino works with the Israeli white collar mobster and billionaire owner of the Miami Heat Micky Arison. Merlino also works with black street gangs run by the gangster rapper Cassidy who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for what was originally a murder charge. The Gaetani family are owners of the Philly Mob and the Merlinos. Trump is friends with Prince Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli and his ex wife dated him for years. Lovatelli just as Philly is called the City of Brotherly Love.
Joseph Ligambi is a high level consiglieri for the Philly Mob and he works with the Jewish billionaire and owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Jeffrey Lurie who rigs games for the mafias bets. Joseph Ligambi also works with the Jewish billionaire Joshua Harris who is an owner of the Philadelphia 76's and co founder of Apollo Global Management with the Jesuit educated Knight of Malta Tony Ressler. Ligambi has similar ancestry as the Gambinos and has Philly mobsters loyal to him including George Borgesi, Joseph Massimino, and Mikey Lancelotti and all of their names refer to the Roman noble families; the Borgheses, Massimos, and Massimo-Lancellottis which are owners of the Gambinos.
John Gotti Jr. is a high level member of the modern Commission. He works with 50 Cent who runs both Bloods and Crips on the East Coast. Gotti Jr. and 50 Cent can be seen hanging out together. Gotti Jr. operates out of Long Island and manages Jewish billionaires and businessmen in New York through blackmail and extortion. The mafia uses violence to control wealth. This creates a layer of protection for the owners of the mafia which are the Black Nobility of Rome. The mafia provides children and underage sex workers to pedophiles in business and politics while taping them in the act and then use this to blackmail them. They use violence, blackmail, and extortion to control wealth. John Gotti is an extremely dangerous coward that controls other men through faggotry. Faggotry really means men raping other men to control them. Faggot derives from the word Fasces where the word Fascism also derived. Many Jewish billionaires are working with mafia including the child murdering pedophile Michael Bloomberg.
Louis Vallario is a Gambino street boss from Brooklyn working under the Gottis and he manages the Brooklyn born record producer Jimmy Iovine. Jimmy Iovine is an associate of the Gottis and Gambinos and he manages Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are top bosses of the West Coast Crips and they are extremely evil. Jimmy Iovine who is worth over 900 million is close friends with Dre who is worth about 700 million. Dr. Dre and the Crips are involved in human trafficking and pedophilia cults. They use faggotry to control other men. Dr. Dre is a major faggot and pedophile. This makes him extremely insecure and dangerous.
John Gotti III is a MMA fighter working with the UFC and has infiltrated mixed martial arts industry which is used for rigging fights for bets and recruiting mafia enforcers. Gotti III is ruthless and murderous.
Dennis Pappas is a high level criminal associate of the Colombo crime family and works as a financier and law adviser for Cosa Nostra. Dennis Pappas was convicted of racketeering and tax evasion and later worked for the wealthy Venetian Cipriani family who were also investigated and fined for tax evasion assisted by Pappas. Dennis Pappas worked as a high level executive of Cipriani USA which owns restaurants and nightclubs. The Ciprianis own clubs all over the world and are originally from Venice. They are likely worth billions. They moved their company headquarters to Luxembourg where there are banking secrecy laws. During Pappas original arrest in the 90's for racketeering he claimed he worked as a spy for the FBI involving 1993 World Trade Center bombing to blackmail them into getting a plea deal.
Salvatore DeLaurentis is the boss of the Chicago Outfit which has a covert alliance with the Los Zetas drug cartel. The Chicago Outfit also covertly runs many Vegas casinos today and use them for money laundering. The Chicago Outfit specializes in controlling democratic politicians including Clinton and Obama. Obama has business connections with Tony Rezko who was convicted of wire fraud, extortion, and corrupt solicitation. Obama is also friends with Alexi Giannoulias whose bank made loans worth millions to convicted mobsters Michael Giorango and Demitri Stavropoulos. The Chicago Outfit has agents that have infiltrated the Chicago police department and the Chicago Mafia also works with various black street gangs which move drugs for them.
James Inendino is a Chicago mobster operating out of Cicero right next to Chicago. They have a headquarters at the Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero owned by the Carey family. Hawthorne was involved in the 70's in gambling rings and an arson to cover it up.
Peter DiFronzo is a Chicago mobster and brother of the recently deceased mafia boss John DiFronzo. John DiFronzo owned car dealerships which the mafia use for moving stolen vehicles which they use to transport drugs and for human trafficking. They use dealer plates to move around these stolen vehicles. The Chicago Outfit is covertly involved in pedophilia rings and child trafficking and they blackmail politicians and businessmen that are propped up with videos of them molesting children.
The Fertitta family with Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Tilman Fertitta are billionaires and members of the Galveston crime family and run the UFC. The Fertittas married with the Maceo crime family of Galveston, Texas. The Ferttitas operate in Nevada and Texas. The Fertittas also own Station Casinos which operates in Vegas. They use casinos for money laundering. Casinos are rigged. Dan Caldwell is an Irish mobster and owner of Tapout. Caldwell works with the Fertittas and Irish Mafia and he is extremely evil. Dan Caldwell is a psycho. Tillman Fertitta is the owner of the Houston Rockets and manages James Harden who is a ruthless satanic psychopath and mafia associate that defends the Fertittas. James Harden is a horrible person.
Vincent Civella is a high level made man in the Kansas City crime family which have operations in Missouri, Texas, and Nevada. The Sansone family are members of the Kansas City crime family with Michael Sansone and Anthony Sansone as made men and they have white collar mafia relatives running a large real estate company in Missouri. The mafia infiltrates everything including real estate. They have rackets in nearly every industry.
Vincenzo Isoldi is a Camorra mobster in Pittsburgh and associate of the Pittsburgh crime family. The Pittsburgh crime family runs the Jewish billionaire Mark Cuban who owns the Dallas Mavericks. Mark Cuban was originally from Pittsburgh and he is involved in rigging games for the mafias bets. The Borghese, Torlonia, and Rocco di Torrepadula families are owners of the mafia in Pittsburgh sometimes called the LaRocca crime family and the Torlonias also own the Kansas City crime family which have criminal operations in Dallas. The Torlonias are a continuation of the ancient Conti di Segni family and Gregorio Conti founded the Pittsburgh crime family. The Torlonias are the Princes of Civitella Cesi. The Civella family were founding members of the Kansas City crime family. Civitella and Civella both mean owl. The Hunt family own the Kansas City Chiefs and are also connected with Dallas. The Chiefs CEO and President Clark Hunt was born in Dallas.
Victoria Gotti is a female member of Cosa Nostra. Female members of the mafia are directly involved with pedophilia, child trafficking, and murdering children. Victoria Gotti is really evil and ruthless.
Carmine Agnello is a Gambino-Gotti associate and made man in the Cleveland crime family. Agnello and the Cleveland mafia infiltrate blue collar industries. Carmine Agnello is extremely evil. The Gaetanis are part owners of the Gottis. The Gaetanis are married with the billionaire Agnelli-Elkann family with Ginevra Elkann the granddaughter of Gianni Agnelli married to Prince Giovanni Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona.
Frank Agnello-Gotti is a high level made men in the Gambino crime family and they also manage the Albanian Mafia with his brothers Carmine and John.
Carmine Agnello-Gotti is a high level mobster. The Gottis are considered royalty among the Italian Mafia.
John Agnello-Gotti is likely the head of the Gotti-Agnellos. John Agnello-Gotti is a murderous thug.
John Alite is a high level Albanian mobster and Gambino made man and hitman. Alite works with the Gottis and Gambinos and oversees factions of the Albanian Mafia. The Jewish-Albanian rapper named Action Bronson is a covert Albanian mafia boss and oversees a US faction of the Hellbanianz which are headquartered in London. The Hellbanianz oversee the Albanian Boys which are a national crime organization.
Chris Colombo runs prostitution rings, pedophilia rings, and specializes in blackmail. The Colombos also have a monopoly on cocaine trafficking. A man named Vincent Martello works with the Colombos in the Greenwich and Long Island area. He runs an intelligence network for Cosa Nostra. He also makes threats on behalf of the mafia and is involved in trafficking children in the trunks of vehicles that he sells. The Colombos are an extremely evil and active crime family in New York City and they work closely with Jewish white collar mobsters which specialize in embezzlement, criminal financing, and infiltration.
Raymond Patriarca Jr. is a hidden boss of the New England crime family which have operations in Boston, Providence, and New Haven. They are involved in human trafficking, extortion, and blackmail. They are an extremely violent and oppressive mafia and they are allied with Jewish white collar mobsters, Irish Mafias in Boston including the Winter Hill Gang and the Puerto Rican Mafia in Boston headed up by the criminal Puerto Rican rapper Termanology or Daniel Carrillo who lives outside of Boston. The New England crime family work closely with the Romney family and with Bain Capital and Bain & Company through Stephen Pagliuca a co-founder of Bain Capital and owner of the Boston Celtics. Romney's Bain Capital was originally financed by offshore accounts from Latin American businessmen including associates of the Puerto Rican Mafia. Raymond Patriarca Jr. is Italian-Irish and has a Jewish wife.
Carmen Dinunzio is a top boss of the New England crime family and its Boston faction. Carmen Dinunzio works with the Jewish-Zionist billionaire Robert Kraft the owner of the New England Patriots. Tom Brady is a criminal agent of Kraft and he is involved in cheating and fixing games for the mafia's bets. Tom Brady also works with motorcycle gangs including the Iron Horseman and Hells Angels which traffic meth and also adrenochrome which Tom Brady consumes. The Patriots are known for fixing games with spying and deflating footballs during a game because they practiced with deflated balls giving them an advantage. Robert Kraft has donated large amounts of money to the Jesuit colleges Boston College and College of the Holy Cross. The primary owners of the New England crime family are the Bourbon-Two Sicilies family and their ancestors officially established the Jesuits.
Frank Colacurcio Jr. runs the sex trafficking industry including trafficking of children in the North West part of the US including in northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. The Coacurcios own a lot of strip clubs in Seattle used as fronts for brothels. The Seattle crime family works with Aryan Brotherhood gangs, Nazis, and Yakuza. There is a large scale human trafficking network from Asia to the West Coast with members of the mercenary company United Resources Group involved. Yakuza and Triads have also infiltrated the ports on the West Coast. The Palin family in Alaska are heavily involved in human trafficking. The Seattle crime family also works with Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos who finance and participate in human trafficking. They use their collective hundreds of billions to bribe police and government agents.
Vincent Loscalzo is a top member of the Trafficante crime family of Florida. The Trafficantes work with the Cuban Mafia and are involved with cocaine trafficking with the Cuban Jesuit Fanjul family of sugar manufacturers. They conceal cocaine as sugar. The Trafficantes work with the CIA and have operations and casinos in Cuba. Cuba is a hide out for mobsters. The CIA also fakes deaths of high profile criminals which hide out in Cuba like the ruthless mobster and rapper Lesane Parish Crooks. The Trafficantes also work with the New Orleans crime family which are major human traffickers and specialize in murder and disposing of bodies. The New Orleans crime family has an alliance with the Gulf Cartel.
Chris Paciello is a former mafia hitman and currently a night club owner in Miami, Florida. Paciello is still a member of Cosa Nostra and works covertly with the Trafficantes. He also manages the criminal rapper Rick Ross who took his name from the drug trafficker Freeway Ricky Ross. Trina is a female member of the African American mafia in Miami and is involved in child trafficking and child murder. The rapper Rick Ross can be seen hanging out with Chris Paciello on numerous occasions at Paciello's Miami clubs.
Joseph Caridi is a high level member of the Lucchese crime family which have a monopoly on the heroin market. The Luccheses own a funeral home called Joseph A Lucchese Funeral Home with a crematorium in the Bronx which they use for disposing of bodies. Joseph Lucchese is a member of the Lucchese crime family and he disposes of bodies in his crematorium and also murders people by burning them alive. The Luccheses are probably the most murderous mafia on the planet. They work with the Corsican Mafia which are headquartered in Baltimore. They import opium and heroin mostly through the ports on the East Coast and Thomas Gambino-Lucchese Jr. also traffics in heroin through Mexico.
Joseph Lubrano is a high level Lucchese mobster headquartered in Yonkers and he oversees rappers from Wu-Tang, Yonkers based D-Block, and the Harlem based Diplomats which are running the modern day Drug Council which is the head of the African American Mafia in the United States. D-Block which are from Yonkers are the head of the modern day Council. Confirmed members of the Drug Council include Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Ghostface Killah, and Jim Jones with his associate Hell Rell. The Yonkers based gangster rap group D-Block are the head of the modern Council and they work with Jay Z. They recently signed to Jay Z's record label.
Semion Mogilevich is a Jewish-Russian mafia boss headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. Mogilvech's mafia runs some Israeli Mafias and has a portion of authority over the IDF through former IDF Chief Benny Gantz whose family was from Hungary. Mogilvech has owned a military arms manufacturing plant and this mafia also specializes in making snuff films. The Austrian House of Esterhazy and Lucchesi-Palli family are owners of the Mogilevich Mafia.
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov is a Russian Mafia boss with operations in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Tokhtakhunov is an associate of the Corleonisi mafia clan of Sicily which also have operations in Monte Carlo where they launder their criminal profits through casinos. The royal family of Monaco the Grimaldis previously ruled in Genoa which ruled in the Black Sea region and they had relationships with the Romanovs and Khazarian nobles. Putin is a close friend with Prince Albert II of Monaco. Tokhtakhunov has admitted to meeting Putin.
Kwok Wing-hung is a Chinese Triad boss. The Triads have operations on the West Coast in the US and have infiltrated the ports. They are involved with human trafficking of Asian women and children. They are also involved in thefts, protection rackets, and manufacturing and selling knock offs of high end goods. Prince Francesco Luca Costa Sanseverino di Bisignano is from a Sicilian noble family and he was born in and resides in Hong Kong overseeing the Triads. Most mafias are managed by Cosa Nostra and pay them tributes. Cosa Nostra means "Our Thing" which refers to the Italian criminal's monopolization of organized crime.
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2019.01.30 06:02 AhuwahZeus Mafia Commission

Mafias are owned by the Black Nobility of Rome and some other royals and nobles.
Thomas Gambino Sr. runs a Medical charity racket in NY and resides in Florida as one of the top members of the modern Commission. Thomas Sr.'s wife is Frances Lucchese. They oversee the Luccheses and factions of the Gambinos. The Lucchesi-Palli family are a nobility of Sicily, Tuscany, and Austria and they own the Lucchese crime family. The Russian Mafia in Brighton Beach, New York pay tributes to the Lucchese crime family. The Russian Mafia has held meetings in Austria where the Lucchesi-Palli are nobles.
Carlo Gambino "Lucchese" is the grandson of the founder of the Gambinos through his father and grandson of the founder of the Luccheses through his mother. The Luccheses have an alliance with the Russian Mafia. The Russian Mafia have operations in Florida and California and the Gambinos live in New York, Florida, and California.
Thomas Gambino "Lucchese" Jr. owns an international warehouse and distribution company called Dynamic Worldwide with operations in China and other parts of Asia as well as in Texas next to the Mexican border. Thomas Jr. is headquartered out of Florida.
Frank Cali is the top boss in California and Los Angeles and has high authority within the Gambino crime family. Frank Cali covertly works with the Israeli-American businessmen Lyor Cohen who works with criminal rappers like Jay Z, Kanye West, DMX, and Method Man. Lyor Cohen is married to the deputy chairman of Christie's Asia Xin Li. The Massimo family of Rome own the Gambinos and Prince Tancredi Massimo works at Christies.
Rosario Gambino is Frank Calis uncle and adviser with close connections to Rome. The Gambinos are owned by the Massimo family with Prince Fabrizio Massimo-Brancaccio who is like the godfather of organized crime. The Massimos received tributes from most mafias and cartels around the world.
Massimo Carminati who was imprisoned in 2017 was the head of the Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari (NAR) a Neo-Fascist paramilitary group that still covertly exists and works with the Magliana Mafia of Rome. The NAR is involved in weapons trafficking, assassinations, and contract killings and they are owned by the Massimo family. Massimo Carminati was nicknamed the "Last King of Rome"
Leonardo Rizzuto is the head of the Montreal crime family which includes the Rizzutos and Cuntrera Caruana mafia. They have a business alliance with Venezuelan drug cartels and the Sinaloa Cartel. The Rizzutos have residences in Venezuela and meet with the Sinaloa Cartel on the Island of Margarita and properties owned by the Rizzuto crime family's owners the Ruspoli noble family of Rome.
Jack Giacalone runs the Detroit Mafia and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in the US through James Hoffa the son of Jimmy Hoffa who was disappeared by the Giacalones. The Detroit Mafia runs rackets on the US automotive industry. Giacalone also works with the Jewish billionaire and crook Daniel Gilbert who owns casinos in Detroit, Cleveland, and also owns the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dan Gilbert renamed his casino company Jack Entertainment to honor Jack Giacalone. The Detroit Mafia is owned by the Odescalchi family of Rome.
Russell Papalardo is a top boss of the Cleveland crime family which works closely with the Detroit Mafia. The Licavole family have been top members of the Cleveland crime family. Their relative named Jimmy Laccavole is one of the most insane and relentless gang stalkers and paid slanderers in my region. He is a small little zealous psychopath that specializes in poisoning people and brainwashing them with insane lies. The Orsini family are owners of the Cleveland crime family and they are merged with the German Rosenberg family which own some Jewish mafias with the Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg as a member of the Jewish Mafia.
Meyer Lansky III runs territories in Vegas today and is a top member of the Jewish-Polish Mafia and associate of the Chicago Outfit. His grandfather Meyer Lansky was a Polish-Jew. Lansky III works with Tamares Group which is a casino company in Vegas owned by the Zabludowicz family which are Polish-Israeli Jews with Poju Zabludowicz. The Colonna family are owners of the Chicago Outfit and use the Roselli del Turco and Capponi noble families of Florence to mange them. Al Capone and John Rosseli were Chicago mobsters and related to these noble families. The Colonna family of Rome also have a Polish branch called the Colonna-Walewski family. Meyer Lanski was a Polish Jew.
Simone Rizzo DeCavalcate Jr. oversees the New Jersey crime family from Florida and he works with Wu-Tang rapper RZA or Robert Fitzgerald Diggs who lives in NJ and runs AVLN gangs, 5 Percenter Islamic Gang Stalkers, and other street gangs involved in drug trafficking of marijuana, PCP, crack-cocaine, and heroin. Wu-Tang also works with the Gambinos, Westies, and the Triads.
John Bokun is a high level and extremely dangerous Irish gangster that runs the Irish Westies in Hells Kitchen. John Bokun has a monopoly on marijuana both in the streets and in the medical industry. He extorts the medical marijuana industry and street sale of marijuana in the US. The Westies are allied with the Gambinos and Gottis. John Bokun is an extremely evil murderous psychopath that needs to be executed immediately.
Jay O'Connor is an Irish Mafia boss from Dublin. The Irish Mafia are extremely violent and involved in drug trafficking, gun trafficking, murder, extortion, thefts, robberies, and business rackets. The Irish Mafia often operate out of boxing clubs, bars, and racetracks.
Gerry Hutch is an Irish Mafia boss that runs rackets in the boxing industry and has been involved in robberies. Hutch has worked with the boxer Mike Tyson and has run boxing rings in Ireland. Conor McGregor is an associate of the Irish Mafia in Dublin and is a boxer and MMA fighter. The mafia rig fights for their bets. Bookies will collect bets and then the mafia decides who wins based on which is most profitable for them. Conor McGregor is an Irish mobster.
Terry Adams is an English gangster in Clerkenwell, London. The Adams crime family are involved in extortion, drug trafficking, human trafficking, sex trafficking of minors, blackmail, contract killings, and gold heists. The Clerkenwell Mafia is extorting the royal vault for gold. The Clerkenwell Mafia or Adams crime family are owned by the Massimo of Roccasecca family which live in London. Prince Stefano Massimo's mother was Dawn Addams.
Richard Valentini is the street boss of the Springfield Crew and he is one of the most violent and murderous members of Cosa Nostra. The Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga family own the Rochester crime family of New York which was headed up by Valenti mobsters with crime bosses Frank Valenti and Constenze Valenti. Their cousins own a large car dealership company in New England. Richard Valentini works under the Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga family of Venice. Its believed the Springfield Crew is part of the Genovese crime family. The Savoys own the Genovese mafia. The Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga family is currently married with the royal House of Savoy-Aosta. Prince Giberto Arrivabenne-Valenti-Gonzaga's wife is the daughter of Prince Amadeo of Savoy-Aosta.
Philip Andrew Genovese is a major pedophile living in Massachusetts and he is the grandson of Vito Genovese the founder of the Genovese crime family which works with the Springfield Crew in Massachusetts. Philip Andrew Genovese oversees Philip Gigante and Andrew Gigante of the Genovese crime family.
Andrew Gigante is a top boss of the Genovese crime family which have infiltrated Wall Street and run high end prostitution rings. Gigante means giant. The Gigantes work with the Mara family which own the NY Giants. The mafia rig sports for their bets. The Mara family are Irish white collar mobsters connected with the Jesuits and they work with the Rooney family through marriage which are white collar Irish mobsters, businessmen, and politicians that ran the Yonkers Raceway for decades. Racetracks are often mafia headquarters used for money laundering. The mafia works with owners of racetracks which allow them to claim their criminal profits like from drug trafficking were gambling wins.
Philip Gigante is a mobster and mayor in Airmonte, NY. The Savoy-Aosta family are owners of the Gigantes which have operations in New Jersey while the Savoys which live in Switzerland and are the princes of Naples and Venice are the owners of the Genovese family with the Gigantes being second in command. The Savoy-Aostas are also the Dukes of Apulia. The Apulian Mafia or Sacra Corona Unita mafia have deeply infiltrated New Jersey and work with the DeCavalcante crime family of New Jersey.
Liborio Bellomo is a high level mafia boss in the Genovese crime family. Liborio Bellomo spreads insane lies into society like a virus. Bellomo is from a Sicilian noble family and there is still a Bellomo castle in Syracuse, Sicily today. Bellomo operates out of the Bronx and oversees many African American gangs and mafias including a large gang ran by the criminal rapper Papoose out of Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. This Bed-Stuy black mafia are major gun traffickers in New York.
Vincent Badalemeti is a ruthless and murderous boss of the Bonanno crime family. The Bonannos have an alliance with the Ceritto crime family which have moved from California to Texas. The owners of the Bonannos are the Boncompagni-Ludovisi family of Rome. Bon-compagni translates to good fellow or Goodfella which is a term for made men.
Joseph Merlino is one of the top bosses in Atlantic City and oversees Ft Lauderdale from Boca Rotan. The Merlinos were involved in building many of the casinos in Atlantic City including Trumps casinos. Donald Trump works with the Philly crime family and his Counselor Kellyanne Conway's grandfather was an associate of the Philly crime family. Merlino works with the Israeli white collar mobster and billionaire owner of the Miami Heat Micky Arison. Merlino also works with black street gangs run by the gangster rapper Cassidy who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for what was originally a murder charge. The Gaetani family are owners of the Philly Mob and the Merlinos. Trump is friends with Prince Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli and his ex wife dated him for years. Lovatelli just as Philly is called the City of Brotherly Love.
Joseph Ligambi is a high level consiglieri for the Philly Mob and he works with the Jewish billionaire and owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Jeffrey Lurie who rigs games for the mafias bets. Joseph Ligambi also works with the Jewish billionaire Joshua Harris who is an owner of the Philadelphia 76's and co founder of Apollo Global Management with the Jesuit educated Knight of Malta Tony Ressler. Ligambi has similar ancestry as the Gambinos and has Philly mobsters loyal to him including George Borgesi, Joseph Massimino, and Mikey Lancelotti and all of their names refer to the Roman noble families; the Borgheses, Massimos, and Massimo-Lancellottis which are owners of the Gambinos.
John Gotti Jr. is a high level member of the modern Commission. He works with 50 Cent who runs both Bloods and Crips on the East Coast. Gotti Jr. and 50 Cent can be seen hanging out together. Gotti Jr. operates out of Long Island and manages Jewish billionaires and businessmen in New York through blackmail and extortion. The mafia uses violence to control wealth. This creates a layer of protection. The mafia provides children and underage sex workers to pedophiles in business and politics while taping them in the act and then use this to blackmail them. They use violence to control wealth. John Gotti is an extremely dangerous coward that controls other men through faggotry. Many Jewish billionaires are working with mafia including the child murdering pedophile Michael Bloomberg.
Louis Vallario is a Gambino street boss from Brooklyn working under the Gottis and he manages the Brooklyn born record producer Jimmy Iovine. Jimmy Iovine is an associate of the Gottis and Gambinos and he manages Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are top bosses of the West Coast Crips and they are extremely evil. Jimmy Iovine who is worth over 900 million is close friends with Dre who is worth about 700 million. Dr. Dre and the Crips are involved in human trafficking and pedophilia cults. They use faggotry to control other men. Dr. Dre is a major faggot and pedophile. This makes him extremely insecure and dangerous.
John Gotti III is a MMA fighter working with the UFC and has infiltrated mixed martial arts industry which is used for rigging fights for bets and recruiting mafia enforcers. Gotti III is ruthless and murderous.
The Fertitta family with Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Tilman Fertitta are billionaires and members of the Galveston crime family and run the UFC. The Fertittas married with the Maceo crime family of Galveston, Texas. The Ferttitas operate in Nevada and Texas. The Fertittas also own Station Casinos which operates in Vegas. They use casinos for money laundering. Casinos are rigged. Dan Caldwell is an Irish mobster and owner of Tapout. Caldwell works with the Fertittas and Irish Mafia and he is extremely evil. Dan Caldwell is a psycho. Tillman Fertitta is the owner of the Houston Rockets and manages James Harden who is a ruthless satanic psychopath and mafia associate that defends the Fertittas. James Harden is a horrible person.
Vincent Civella is a high level made man in the Kansas City crime family which have operations in Missouri, Texas, and Nevada. The Sansone family are members of the Kansas City crime family with Michael Sansone and Anthony Sansone as made men and they have white collar mafia relatives running a large real estate company in Missouri. The mafia infiltrates everything including real estate. They have rackets in nearly every industry.
Vincenzo Isoldi is a Camorra mobster in Pittsburgh and associate of the Pittsburgh crime family. The Pittsburgh crime family runs the Jewish billionaire Mark Cuban who owns the Dallas Mavericks. Mark Cuban was originally from Pittsburgh and he is involved in rigging games for the mafias bets. The Borghese, Torlonia, and Rocco di Torrepadula families are owners of the mafia in Pittsburgh sometimes called the LaRocca crime family and the Torlonias also own the Kansas City crime family which have criminal operations in Dallas. The Torlonias are a continuation of the ancient Conti di Segni family and Gregorio Conti founded the Pittsburgh crime family. The Torlonias are the Princes of Civitella Cesi. The Civella family were founding members of the Kansas City crime family. Civitella and Civella both mean owl. The Hunt family own the Kansas City Chiefs and are also connected with Dallas. The Chiefs CEO and President Clark Hunt was born in Dallas.
Victoria Gotti is a female member of Cosa Nostra. Female members of the mafia are directly involved with pedophilia, child trafficking, and murdering children. Victoria Gotti is really evil and ruthless.
Carmine Agnello is a Gambino-Gotti associate and made man in the Cleveland crime family. Agnello and the Cleveland mafia infiltrate blue collar industries. Carmine Agnello is extremely evil. The Gaetanis are part owners of the Gottis. The Gaetanis are married with the billionaire Agnelli-Elkann family with Ginevra Elkann the granddaughter of Gianni Agnelli married to Prince Giovanni Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona.
Frank Agnello-Gotti is a high level made men in the Gambino crime family and they also manage the Albanian Mafia with his brothers Carmine and John.
Carmine Agnello-Gotti is a high level mobster. The Gottis are considered royalty among the Italian Mafia.
John Agnello-Gotti is likely the head of the Gotti-Agnellos. John Agnello-Gotti is a murderous thug.
John Alite is a high level Albanian mobster and Gambino made man and hitman. Alite works with the Gottis and Gambinos and oversees factions of the Albanian Mafia. The Jewish-Albanian rapper named Action Bronson is a covert Albanian mafia boss and oversees a US faction of the Hellbanianz which are headquartered in London. The Hellbanianz oversee the Albanian Boys which are a national crime organization.
Chris Colombo runs prostitution rings, pedophilia rings, and specializes in blackmail. The Colombos also have a monopoly on cocaine trafficking. A man named Vincent Martello works with the Colombos in the Greenwich and Long Island area. He runs an intelligence network for Cosa Nostra. He also makes threats on behalf of the mafia and is involved in trafficking children in the trunks of vehicles that he sells. The Colombos are an extremely evil and active crime family in New York City and they work closely with Jewish white collar mobsters which specialize in embezzlement, criminal financing, and infiltration.
Raymond Patriarca Jr. is a hidden boss of the New England crime family which have operations in Boston, Providence, and New Haven. They are involved in human trafficking, extortion, and blackmail. They are an extremely violent and oppressive mafia and they are allied with Jewish white collar mobsters, Irish Mafias in Boston including the Winter Hill Gang and the Puerto Rican Mafia in Boston headed up by the criminal Puerto Rican rapper Termanology or Daniel Carrillo who lives outside of Boston. The New England crime family work closely with the Romney family and with Bain Capital and Bain & Company through Stephen Pagliuca a co-founder of Bain Capital and owner of the Boston Celtics. Romney's Bain Capital was originally financed by offshore accounts from Latin American businessmen including associates of the Puerto Rican Mafia. Raymond Patriarca Jr. is Italian-Irish and has a Jewish wife.
Carmen Dinunzio is a top boss of the New England crime family and its Boston faction. Carmen Dinunzio works with the Jewish-Zionist billionaire Robert Kraft the owner of the New England Patriots. Tom Brady is a criminal agent of Kraft and he is involved in cheating and fixing games for the mafia's bets. Tom Brady also works with motorcycle gangs including the Iron Horseman which traffic meth and also adrenochrome which Tom Brady consumes. The Patriots are known for fixing games with spying and deflating footballs during a game because they practiced with deflated balls giving them an advantage. Robert Kraft has donated large amounts of money to the Jesuit colleges Boston College and College of the Holy Cross. The primary owners of the New England crime family are the Bourbon-Two Sicilies family and their ancestors officially established the Jesuits.
Frank Colacurcio Jr. runs the sex trafficking industry including trafficking of children in the North West part of the US including in northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. The Coacurcios own a lot of strip clubs in Seattle used as fronts for brothels. The Seattle crime family works with Aryan Brotherhood gangs, Nazis, and Yakuza. There is a large scale human trafficking network from Asia to the West Coast with members of the mercenary company United Resources Group involved. Yakuza and Triads have also infiltrated the ports on the West Coast. The Palin family in Alaska are heavily involved in human trafficking. The Seattle crime family also works with Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos who finance and participate in human trafficking. They use their collective hundreds of billions to bribe police and government agents.
Vincent Loscalzo is a top member of the Trafficante crime family of Florida. The Trafficantes work with the Cuban Mafia and are involved with cocaine trafficking with the Cuban Jesuit Fanjul family of sugar manufacturers. They conceal cocaine as sugar. The Trafficantes work with the CIA and have operations and casinos in Cuba. Cuba is a hide out for mobsters. The CIA also fakes deaths of high profile criminals which hide out in Cuba like the ruthless mobster and rapper Lesane Parish Crooks. The Trafficantes also work with the New Orleans crime family which are major human traffickers and specialize in murder and disposing of bodies. The New Orleans crime family has an alliance with the Gulf Cartel.
Chris Paciello is a former mafia hitman and currently a night club owner in Miami, Florida. Paciello is still a member of Cosa Nostra and works covertly with the Trafficantes. He also manages the criminal rapper Rick Ross who took his name from the drug trafficker Freeway Ricky Ross. Trina is a female member of the African American mafia in Miami and is involved in child trafficking and child murder. The rapper Rick Ross can be seen hanging out with Chris Paciello on numerous occasions at Paciello's Miami clubs.
Joseph Caridi is a high level member of the Lucchese crime family which have a monopoly on the heroin market. They own a funeral home called Joseph A Lucchese Funeral Home with a crematorium in the Bronx which they use for disposing of bodies. The Luccheses are probably the most murderous mafia on the planet. They work with the Corsican Mafia which are headquartered in Baltimore. They import opium and heroin mostly through the ports on the East Coast and Thomas Gambino-Lucchese Jr. also traffics in heroin through Mexico.
Joseph Lubrano is a high level Lucchese mobster headquartered in Yonkers and he oversees rappers from Wu-Tang, Yonkers based D-Block, and the Harlem based Diplomats which are running the modern day Drug Council which is the head of the African American Mafia in the United States. Confirmed members of the modern Council include Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Ghostface Killah, and Jim Jones with his associate Hell Rell. The Yonkers based gangster rap group D-Block are the head of the modern Council and they work with Jay Z.
Semion Mogilevich is a Jewish-Russian mafia boss headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. Mogilvech's mafia runs some Israeli Mafias and has a portion of authority over the IDF through former IDF Chief Benny Gantz whose family was from Hungary. Mogilvech has owned a military arms manufacturing plant and this mafia also specializes in making snuff films. The Austrian House of Esterhazy and Lucchesi-Palli family are owners of the Mogilevich Mafia.
Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov is a Russian Mafia boss with operations in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Tokhtakhunov is an associate of the Corleonisi mafia clan of Sicily which also have operations in Monte Carlo where they launder their criminal profits through casinos. The royal family of Monaco the Grimaldis previously ruled in Genoa which ruled in the Black Sea region and they had relationships with the Romanovs and Khazarian nobles. Putin is a close friend with Prince Albert II of Monaco. Tokhtakhunov has admitted to meeting Putin.
Kwok Wing-hung is a Chinese Triad boss. The Triads have operations on the West Coast in the US and have infiltrated the ports. They are involved with human trafficking of Asian women and children. They are also involved in thefts, protection rackets, and manufacturing and selling knock offs of high end goods. Prince Francesco Luca Costa Sanseverino di Bisignano is from a Sicilian noble family and he was born in and resides in Hong Kong overseeing the Triads. Most mafias are managed by Cosa Nostra and pay them tributes. Cosa Nostra means "Our Thing" which refers to the Italian criminal's monopolization of organized crime.
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2018.09.10 20:06 Hematophage [US] NERO Larp owner lied about purchasing land and ran $28000 gofundme on improving land.

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NERO is arguably one of the biggest fantasy games running in the United States, having chapters across the US and even in other countries (Canada and South Africa). Joe Valenti, the current "Owner" of NERO (more on that later) created a fundraiser for a national LARP site, raising $28,000 to fund the construction of cabins, paths, and etc on the purchased site.
In the past week or so, the validity of both the purchase of this site and the usage of funds has been brought into question, following a huge schism in the NERO community caused by Joe's administrative (stripping a whole bunch of players) and legal (let the ownership of NERO trademark lapse, was purchased and given to the old owner, Ford Ivey) (If additional info is wanted, I can delve into those situations, but right now the biggest issue is the $28,000 fundraiser). This post is mainly here to serve as a warning/cautionary tale about both NERO and giant LARP fundraisers in general.
A former player who works as a carpenter headed down to the site to assist with building buildings, showers, etc., but was mistreated and unpaid by Joe Valenti. Apparently, the last straw was at the National event held in Ohio in august, so this guy quit NERO afer that. He then continued to work for Joe until finding new work, after which he left. After he and his wife were harassed by Joe, he made a public facebook post accusing Joe of scamming the players who had donated, as the "National site" was little more than a decrepit home. A screenshot of the facebook post in question.
People were understandably confused/upset at the thought of being scammed, and began to investigate deeper. One thing they noticed in the album of photos that was shared in the facebook post was a relatively decent mining rig setup, with conservative estimates being in the thousands and generous estimates being up to the value of the fundraiser in question. This, of course, on top of the large amounts of trash, hanging wires, and seemingly neglected animals on the property. When this was called out, the [GoFundMe in question was deleted](www.gofundme.com/NeroLarp/). However, screenshots exist and it's currently reachable via the archive feature of google search.
Another person, concerned about the state of the animals on the property, inquired about the address and received it: 2763 NC HWY 731 W, Mount Gilead, NC 27306. (This info is publicly stated on the NERO site as being the address for the "National" chapter of NERO). Another person delved into the public records for this address, and found the Montgomery County property card for the property, which states the last sell date was in 2012 and the owner as someone who is NOT Valenti. Not satisfied with this, and knowing that the property card could be out of date, I reached out to the listed owner to confirm if he was the owner or not. Unfortunately, I was unable to reach him, so I did the next best thing and reached out to the Register of Deeds for Montgomery County. According to the incredibly pleasant woman I spoke to on the other line (Shoutout to Mary), the property had not changed hands in the past 5 years (Despite Valenti alleging he purchased the property in February of 2015) and there was no record of Joseph Valenti in their system. This really points to Valenti lying about his ownership of the site, which coincides with secondhand testimony from those who had been at the site. At this point, I've notified several groups of NERO Players and also reached out to GoFundMe about the fraud, which goes directly against the terms and conditions of the platform.
TL;DR: Owner of NERO International, Joseph Valenti, lied about purchasing land and raised $28k to create larp site, none of which is accounted for and seems to have been spent on cryptominers.
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2018.07.04 03:54 Cauterized Drew And Mike- July 3, 2018

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2014.06.06 03:50 AFlatCap CivHoliday #10: World Environment Day

Introduction
Hello everyone. Today, June 5, 2014, is the World Environment Day, a day which is designated by the United Nations as principally for encouraging worldwide awareness and action around environmental topics. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said:
”On World Environment Day, millions of individuals, community groups and businesses from around the world take part in local projects –from clean up campaigns to art exhibits to tree-planting drives. This year, I urge everyone to think about the plight of Small Island Developing States and to take inspiration from their efforts to address climate change, strengthen resilience and work for a sustainable future. Raise your voice, not the sea level. Planet Earth is our shared island. Let us join forces to protect it.

On World Environment Day, millions of individuals, community groups and businesses from around the world take part in local projects –from clean up campaigns to art exhibits to tree-planting drives. This year, I urge everyone to think about the plight of Small Island Developing States and to take inspiration from their efforts to address climate change, strengthen resilience and work for a sustainable future. Raise your voice, not the sea level. Planet Earth is our shared island. Let us join forces to protect it.”
This is, of course, focused a great deal on climate change, but there are a vast amount of issues about the environment to be addressed in today’s world, being looked at by ecologists,
Today, I’m going to talk about a few different environmental issues (and often lack thereof) on Civcraft as compared to the real world. Similar to World Health Day, I’ll also be touching on flaws in our simulation.
Schedule of Dates
Previous Dates:
January 27, 2014 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day
February 20, 2014 – World Day of Social Justice
March 8, 2014 – International Women’s Day
March 21, 2014 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
April 2, 2014 – World Autism Awareness Day
April 7, 2014 – World Health Day
April 15, 2014 – World Art Day
May 1, 2014 – May Day or International Worker’s Day
May 21, 2014 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
Current Date:
June 5, 2014 – World Environment Day
Next Date:
June 21, 2014 – Fete de la Musique or World Music Day
What is Environmentalism?
Environmentalism is the ideology which primarily focuses on the protection of the environment in numerous facets. Environmentalism can be traced back to early conservation movements which primarily focused on preserving the environment for humanity’s sake as well as being a part of broader critiques of industrialization, while more recent developments, hence forth called the modern environmental movement (generally considered to have started with Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring in 1962, a book which focused on the effect of DDT on biodiversity) tend to see humanity as part of a greater whole, while retaining much of the critiques of the past. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the influence of environmentalism has grown as issues with the o-zone layer, renewable energy, the loss of biodiversity, and more recently climate change due to human action, has called ever greater attention to environmental problems, and handling such problems has been a strong multidisciplinary discussion at an academic level (from ecologists to economists), while stimulating a great deal of politics over difference in opinion.
Types of Environmentalism
Environmentalism is a pretty complex topic and there are numerous ways to be an environmentalist by focusing on different concerns (after all, fighting for natural parks is very different than fighting against the use of DDT or fighting against climate change). Environmentalism today can generally be divided by their approach to environmental issues however, and has been divided into three categories by futurist Alex Steffen (mostly to distinguish his position from others). I’ll use his shades of light, bright, and dark green as a frame to discuss some of these differences in approach, though it’s important not to essentialize these positions to create a false dichotomy.
Light green environmentalists see the environment as an individual obligation and see it outside of the realm of political reform. Rather, environmentalism is a lifestyle position. In essence, this is the sort of position where a person changes their consumer choices in order to be environmentally friendly. This is the sort of environmentalist who focuses on being personally sustainable, so they have a recycled reusable bag and what not.
Bright green environmentalists see science and technology as the primary solution to environmental problems, and are generally the type of environmentalist who puts an emphasis on technological solutions to problems. So, for example a bright green environmentalist may emphasize a shift to solar power, wind power, and nuclear power as a means to combat climate change. At its extreme, bright greens are big believers in the ability of our present method of production, capitalism, to solve all environmental problems by means of technology to an idealistic degree.
Deep green environmentalists are less enthusiastic about technology than the bright greens. Deep green environmentalists emphasize the need for collective change in how we produce, and do not believe technology to be a solution, emphasizing, as many in the past have, a critique of industrialization and often of capitalism. Indeed, technology as “leading the way” is seen as a myth of progress, given how technology has harmed the environment in the past. Often deep greens believe in deep ecology, which is the idea that ecological systems are deeply complex, and that the introduction of new technologies can often have unforeseen results. At extremes, deep greens can advocate primitivism, an idealistic perspective which supposes pre-modern life to be inherently better and more sustainable, renouncing all modern technology. So, think neo-Luddite.
Often these can mesh. A deep green environmentalist can believe that renewable energy sources like solar power are a good thing while still believing that structural changes in how we live are required and having a critical eye towards technological progress. Deep greens can advocate a position based strongly on technology being a solution while recognizing its shortcomings. Both can buy that reusable bag. Hell, I have that reusable bag.
Civcraft and the Environment
On Resources and Biodiversity
The environmental issue perhaps most relevant to Civcraft is that of resource depletion and its effects on the environment. In fact, many players I’ve spoken to have spoken fondly of the day that Civcraft runs out of diamonds and we turn into a bunch of rabid dogs beating each other with nearly broken wooden swords on a flat plane of bedrock.
In the real world, issues of resource depletion are big, and indeed a primary reason why people call for investment into renewable energy and fuels. If you’ve ever heard the term “peak oil”, the scenario where oil production declines after, effectively, we run low, knows how big a topic this can be politically (though thankfully, we aren’t there yet). The preservation of biodiversity is also a big topic, as much of resource acquisition can lead to problems environmentally (see the recent Tasmanian Forest Agreement repeal, for example, a funnier assessment can be found from the (vaguely classist here) friendlyjordies).
Of course, given the abundance of resources that are easily accessible on Civcraft, the doomsday fantasy that many Civcrafters have wanted to come to pass has never really come about beyond what's seen on a localized scale, such as the vast deforestation around large cities (something I tried to avoid back on 1.0 in Valenti by cultivating forests) and the flattening of landscapes to accommodate cities (again, something I tried to avoid). This can be seen in extremes in cases such as the desanding of deserts near Chiapas in 1.0 after the removal of sand generators (if anyone still has pictures of the depressing stone fields, feel free to share them) or, at the risk of stirring controversy, the entire city of Carson removing an entire block of ocean. This is not surprising given this is a video game (minecraft avatars’ lives aren’t as directly connected to the natural environment as we are), but it is interesting to see people being very negligent with regards to how they utilize resources in Civcraft, with little foresight towards sustainable development. In a way, the productive focus here matches the real world, and will likely led to an in-game “tragedy of the commons” scenario. In the real world, such things are attempted to be mitigated by government regulation or agreements (be it in the form of taxes on certain goods to limit their usage or via creating structures so that industries, by market forces, come to preferred outcomes, in theory at least), something difficult in Civcraft to enforce, so I think it will be interesting to see how Civcraft prepares for and adapts to future resource depletion. Or perhaps it will run headlong into the bedrock wasteland.
Perhaps the most interesting thing I can note here is how Civcraft sets itself up for a deep green analysis implicitly just by the very nature of the world Civcraft exists in. There is no bright green solution to resource depletion in Civcraft as there are no real paths to technological innovation, no consumer solution to be done from a light green perspective. Advanced production on Civcraft is structurally-oriented towards environmental annihilation, and it’s difficult for me to argue against that. Perhaps ttk2 is a secret radical environmentalist and hasn’t told anyone yet.
On Climate Change
Climate change, of course, is one of the most important environmental issues of our time, with climate models projecting a series threat to both the environment and our way of life in the future. It is also very politically tenuous (with people, to this day, making claims that anthropogenic global warming isn’t a thing, to the point where people have devoted entire websites to debunking common arguments against it). Most governments recognize that climate change is an issue, but struggle with the implications of the findings of climate science, particularly in balancing it and its sociopolitical, economic, and frankly, life-or-death repercussions for our species.
As I noted in the previous section, Civcraft doesn’t have a lot of environmental and resource issues in the short term, and is seen (at least in the actions of players) as something of a long term problem. Given the existence of factories in Civcraft now, I always thought it would be a cool idea, in order to start off resource, production and environmental conflicts a bit earlier, to introduce something similar to this mod in Civcraft, which tracks carbon emissions in the game, and which there have been a few variations of over time. It would be interesting to see this integrated with something like RealisticBiomes on something of a global scale, where carbon emissions were of detriment to grow times, or led to rising sea levels (as I saw in one other mod awhile back but cannot find right now, unfortunately), thus flooding all small island nations Carson if nothing was done. This might even lead to alternative approaches to environment, as taking a "bright green" tree production approach may (to a degree) be a viable alternative, or (purely hypothetical) "more efficient factories" could be made at a greater material cost. This would led to conflict over alternatives and systematic problems as are seen in the real world, and I think it would be a dynamic worth considering in the future (though I’m sure very difficult to code, I assume, and I have no idea if that mod up there is serverside or whatever, which is probably an issue into itself).
Conclusion
I hope everyone is a bit more environmentally conscious today.
Real World Questions
  1. What type of environmentalism do you identify most with?
Civcraft Questions
  1. Do you think changes should be made to the map to make resources more scarce? Since you said yes, how would you change it, and do you think that would change current environmental behaviour (would people be more attentive to the environment, or would it just be a quicker tragedy)?
  2. Do you think a Climate Change mod is a good idea?
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2013.07.02 21:36 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I am Lawrence Lessig (academic, activist, now collaborator with DEMAND PROGRESS). AMA!

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I see money in politics being a "chicken and the egg" problem. The legislators who would have to pass the law getting money out of politics are the legislators who got in place by being good gaming the "money in politics" system. How the heck do you even START to address a problem this deeploy rooted? I imagine you acknowledge this issue, since the name of your organization is "root strikers." Is there a practical step beyond "awareness" that can be taken? Awareness is the gasoline. Spread it broadly, and a tiny spark can ignite change. (Hey, not so bad for on the fly...) And look at states where a similar change was made: Activists in Connecticut spent years pushing that issue, spreading awareness. And when the governor was convicted for corruption, change happened.
Do you believe it is possible to keep money out of politics in a way that is consistent with our first amendment rights? If I were a billionaire who really felt strongly about a particular candidate, shouldn't I be allowed to put up billboards, do TV and radio spots, etc? Is there a way to reconcile the personal freedom to support a candidate granted by the constitution with the desire to remove the political-favors-for-campaign-dollars loop? GREAT QUESTION because it surfaces a confusion that is rife within this field. The problem (imho) is not the money. The problem is the fundraising. I don't care if the Koch brothers or Soros spend their money to promote one candidate or another. I care about members of Congress spending 30%-70% of their time raising money from .05% of us. Change the way we fund elections and you change the corruption. We won't utopia, of course, but we will have a gov't "free," as my buddy, Buddy Roemer put it, "free to lead."
You advocate in your book that congressmen should be paid much more than what they are right now (about $175,000/year). How much do you think they should be paid to make them lose the incentive to become a lobbyist? Does 250-300k sound better? Oh please don't out me on this. Ok, but DON'T TELL ANYONE I SAID THIS: They are lawmakers. Why aren't they paid as much as a first year partner at a DC firm? In Singapore, gov't ministers get paid $1 million a year. Where is corruption in Singapore. NO-where.
How have your clerkships with Posner and Scalia, respectively, shaped your worldview? Posner was the most important person (after my dad) in my life. He showed me the life of someone not afraid to be hated. That's key. Scalia deeply queered my theorizing about constitutional law. I am, like he is, an originalist, but he wouldn't likely think so.
Has anything really changed since US v. Microsoft? and how? And re Microsoft: Those guys are NICE TO ME now. It's really cool. (Ok, not really that cool but it's really different).
Hi Lawrence, big fan. I've read Republic, Lost, and loved it (I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the corrupting influence of money in politics). What is your take on the NSA's Prism program and other spying programs that are coming to light? In your opinion, how big of an impact would getting money out of politics have on our national security programs and internet freedom in general? Really troubled by them, of course, because we don't know exactly what protections are built in (and it doesn't sound like the only real protections — code — are even part of the system). Money's not the biggest reason for the problem here, of course, but I do think the private-contractor-economy drives much of this, and wouldn't drive it as strongly if we didn't have a corrupt system for funding elections.
Why are you focused on the Federal government (where Rootstrikers is going to find a difficult path to success) instead of state and local ones? We pivoted from "Fix Congress First!" to "Rootstrikers" to encourage a focus on money at all levels. But I do believe we don't have the time to fix this from the state level up. We need to fix it at the federal level, or we're fracked.
Can anything meaningful change without a constitutional amendment to overturn Buckley v Valeo? Yes, absolutely. Independent expenditures are a problem, but they are not THE problem. The problem is the way we fund campaigns. We could change that tomorrow with a statute — either vouchers or small dollar funded matching systems. Anything that gives Members a reason to pay attention to all of us and not just the .05% who are the relevant funders of campaigns would be "meaningful change."
How successful have you been at getting "conservatives," as they are popularly known, and economic libertarians to join rootstrikers? What messages connect with people who think the free market solves all the world's ills? The reviews of Republic Lost I've been most proud of have all been by "conservatives" or "libertarians." I worked hard to earn that, but I don't think it's actually very hard to convince people on the right. Impossible to convince Beltway Republicans, of course, but it's also hard to get Beltway Democrats to do anything Bold (just ask the PCCC how hard they've had to push to get the Dem caucus to get behind real reform). But anyone who cares about "crony capitalism" (in the way everyone cares about cancer) gets what this movement is about. And if we learn to talk in a way that doesn't send them screaming, we might be able to build a movement that ties both together.
I'm a huge fan of your work, and "Republic, Lost" convinced me that ending corruption through campaign finance reform is Issue #1 in American politics today. In your opinion, what will real reform look like when we finally achieve it? How will we get from the "awareness" phase to a point where actual Congresspersons feel pressure to enact anti-corruption laws? I'm conspiring with a bunch of people to kickstart a money bomb big enough to make change likely — people at the top (the super rich) and at every level on the way down. I think something like that will be essential.
We're also starting in the fall something called "the New Hampshire Project" — to send speakers into New Hampshire to remind that great state about their really great judgment on this issue, and about how every presidential candidate coming through needs to say something about how they will end corruption.
What's your big push now? A Constitutional amendment? Opt-in public financing of elections? What's your strategy? What are you key tactics? I support an amendment, but the real work and real opportunity for change is from citizen-funded elections: bottom up, small dollar funding systems that force candidates to appeal to everyone to raise the money for their campaigns, and not just from the .05%.
Thoughts on Snowden and the NSA leaks? Do you see similarities in how he is being treated by gov and Aaron? Similarities, sure. The underlying alleged wrong is radically different. But the reactions are analogous — and I fear will be equally as counter productive.
How do you and Rootstrikers decide to spend your time? Between TED talks, direct contact with lawmakers, etc, what factors are used to determine where is best to invest your time in making a change in corruption (i.e. campaign finance)? I spend as little time with lawmakers as possible. Many are great. And more than you expect want real change. But they're not going to do anything till we, the outsiders, force them to adopt it. So I spend WAY TOO MUCH time on the road, trying to bring people into the movement. The TED talk was a real gift — it would have taken many many frequent flyer miles to speak to 1 million people.
I keep hearing about all these things our government is doing that I do not agree with. As an average U.S. citizen what are some things I can do to make a difference? #1: recognize the root: politic$ #2: join groups spreading that recognition. (like, say, Link to rootstrikers.org #3: stand ready to engage when a plausible strategy is in play.
One thing that always frustrates me is that I've following the idea of #rootstrikers since I first heard of it which now seems like several years. It doesn't seem to me that anything has been accomplished. You got to look at the nature of the problem. Some problems don't get fix in a year, or in 140 characters. This is at the top of that some problems list. So I'm very encouraged by the number of people picking up this issue, and the number interested in doing something about it. 5 years ago, a TED talk about corruption would not have gotten 1 million view in a couple months. It does now because many are pushing the issue, and increasingly successfully.
So my question is, what would you consider big wins for this type of organization that you've had, and where is it going? It's hard to not be 'fuck it, we're doomed' as I'm not seeing anything work. But there is A LONG way to go. Or else, we need a BIG (political) FORCE to get there. Either way, we will.
When did you last eat ice cream? When did you first eat ice cream? When do you plan to eat ice cream again? You're from Big Sugar, aren't you.
Do you think that someone, like yourself, who works as a Harvard professor can be objectively critical enough of the current economic/financial/political system or does working in academia cause you to self-censor your opinions? Great and fair question. The key is to follow the money. I get a fixed salary, I don't raise money, I am not consulting or getting paid to make anyone happy, and NEVER has anyone at Harvard or anywhere else every suggested I tone it down. Not everyone has my freedom, but that's why I think I should be doing something about this.
If you could draft a bill that would be guaranteed to pass, what would it say? PS- You are the man. Keep it up. The best and most ambitious bill we've got right now is the American Anti-Corruption Act (think AA Act). Check it out at Link to represent.us.
What do you think the odds are we'll see a constitutional convention in the next 30 years? 25%
As money influences elections, what would be the cost to recall elected official who presided over illegal government activity, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein on the Intelligence Community responsible for the NSA? There's no recall for a Senator, and I suspect she's not running again.
What books and authors and blogs do you read? I go in spurts on books — deep into the depressing world of economics now. just finished David Stockman's book, now reading Stephen King's "When the money runs out" (it's a horror story but it's not that Stephen King). And re blogs: I skip around but am increasingly twitter, G+ driven. The only regular read I've had over the past 15 years or so is /.
off, thanks for the work you do. Proponents of campaign finance reform (edit: guess I should call this anti-corruption reform) such as myself often hear a few arguments repeated by opponents of such measures. One is that we're seeking to "abridge the First Amendment." Another that I've heard of late is we should have "a free market of ideas." How do you typically respond to criticisms like these? I'd like some ammunition. There are people focused on limiting the right of people (and the "rights" of corporations) (not people) to speak. I think that's an ultimately unhelpful way to attack this problem. The problem is not the speech. The problem is the fundraising. So let's fundraise in a way that isn't corrupting — by giving citizens, e.g., $50 vouchers to fund campaigns (which would produce 3x the total spent in 2012). That solution produces MORE speech, not less. It has nothing to do with "abridging" free speech.
You've attributed the failure of the Change Congress movement to its attempt to be a bi-partisan organisation that argues with both conservative and liberal messages. Could this have been remedied by splitting the organisation into two having only secretive backroom ties? This is a road to winning. No one thought there was victory to be had in 2010 — so I resist the term failure. But the point I believe is that it is INCREDIBLY hard from the perspective of non-profit organizing to have a cross-partisan movement. Not a fan of backroom ties, but that may be one way.
I read the title wrong and came in this thread because I thought you were Jennifer Lawrence. Can you just answer my question anyway? What's the craziest thing a fan ever mailed you? A jar of moss (or I think she was a fan).
Thoughts on the IRS "scandal"? Shouldn't they be applying more scrutiny and actually denying 501 status to these organizations and making them register as 527s? They should impose 527 transparency requirement on all C4s, and then much of this problem would go away.
What do you think about the need to reform the nations media? Specifically do you have any suggestions about using public broadcasting to make the election campaign process more democratic? Have you read John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney's latest book Dollarocracy? IN the middle of Dollarocracy and loving it. I don't think this Court will let us get away with much reform focused exclusively on public broadcasting. But we need to find a way back to a more independent journalism, of course. Their other book was really good in this regard: The Death and Life of Journalism.
Prof Lessig. Don't know if you've seen OpenSecrets work on dark money, but I have a quiestion about futility. A while back, OpenSecrets reported that $10 million essentially vanished in transactions among a set of groups run by the same people, but nothing appears to have happened to the group that was underreporting: Link to www.opensecrets.org. In another instance, a set of Delaware corporations received grants from a massive c4. Turns out most of these were "disregarded entities" of groups like Americans for Prosperity, but using the Delaware corps made the grants almost impossible to track: Link to www.opensecrets.org. A set of Liberal groups that are essentially mailboxes full of money repeatedly shut down and restarted immediately, making it nearly impossible for oversight by the IRS: Link to www.opensecrets.org. The question is this: with the endless loopholes for tax-exempt groups, is there any chance of disclosure without major changes (which are impossible in this climate)? Disclosure is good. Disclosure is needed. Disclosure is not a solution to anything. So I'm a HUGE fan of the great people in the transparency movement — CRP, Sunlight, Maplight. But we need to build on what they've done and take the next step: change the way we fund elections.
Lawrence, what's your take on James Bopp? Does he really think what he's been working for these past few years is actually helping to increase democratic access to the election process? I think he's wrong. Not always — I do think the non-profit Citizens United had a constitutional right to use its non-profit corporate money to promote its film. But the opinion in that case went way beyond that obvious position, and Bopp's activism was a big reason why.
Thx for all you've done. I've found in local politics that the "perfect dictatorship" relies on nonprofits where activists are essentially bribed with fulltime jobs doing something remotely beneficial so long as they run interference from the left for corrupt power. How do we get a clear shot at power under these circumstances? Revolving doors are the death. Everywhere. They create the permanent inability to upset others. We need to encourage people to stay clear of them, in lots of way, some popular ("JUST SAY NO"), some not (paying gov't officials better).
What battles do you believe libraries need to focus on to improve free and open access to information and materials for communities across the country? Support right to archive, and resist business models that take away the guarantee of access.
Thank you for what you do. Have you ever debated Jaron Lanier? Two interesting minds; two different perspectives on internet freedom. Would love to hear it. I think this question about freedom, free speech, and micro payments is knotty and necessary concerning the way to future viability of the internet for more than just a few google execs and telecoms. How can the potential for using the internet for earning a living be extended to ordinary people? Lanier talks about micro-payments to anyone who is being "tracked" on the internet to pay them for the information (about what they are doing on the internet!) and you seem to be interested in the possibility of using technology/internet to turn the spotlight and magnifying glass of analysis on the gleaners, the government, and the corporate skimmers. I wonder if there is some common ground there? So interested in what you both have to say. I once was on a panel with him in like 1995. I like his work lots, though I agree, there would be lots to debate.
North Carolina State Director of Wolf-PAC here, I have been asked several times how removing the influence of money from politics as it stands now will address the problem of the revolving doofarm system which leads to so much career-oriented corruption. I have my answers but, truth be told, they aren't that good. Do you have anything to say to that sort of question/objection? Change the way you fund elections and you RADICALLY change the economy of K St. Most interesting statistic in my book: The average salary of a staffer in (circa) 1972 was the same as the average staffer of a lobbyist. If we could back to something close to that, you won't need to worry much about revolving doors.
off, thank you for all the good you're doing Lawrence. You did an incredible job in your TED talk and I look forward to reading your book soon. Really glad to have you here answering questions on Reddit. I'm crossing my fingers that you may stumble upon this question. I recently wrote a sixteen page final paper on the failure of Occupy Wall Street. I firmly believe that the lack of specific demands, key leaders, and nonviolent direct action failed the movement. In my mind, the movement didn't progress beyond chanting, marching down the streets, and remaining isolated in Zuccotti Park. I believe that they needed targeted nonviolent direct action. I'd be honored for you to look over my paper. I'm fascinated by the movement. Despite its collapse, I believe that it had tremendous potential. Do you have any thoughts on Occupy Wall Street? Also, connected to your work as well, do you have any hope for a mass, nonviolent direct action movement against campaign corruption? The Occupy Movement changed the way people were talking about those issues. That is an incredible success. It wasn't everything, and its methods couldn't get us everything. But no single movement will take us to the promised land. Spring comes in waves.
I've got a short list of people "worth listening to". Yourself, Paul Krugman, Bernie Sanders, Bill Moyers, and Elizabeth Warren. Can you expand my list? You need to listen to people on the right. Not because you will agree with them, but because they are not idiots and we need to speak a language both sides can hear.
The Patriot Act, War on Terror (et al) has obviously influenced the political landscape. My Senator Feinstein is one example who's campaigns are funded by drones, tanks, submarines and other weapon systems. Which is undoubtably influencing her rhetoric (as well as others) on 'security'. Link to www.opensecrets.org. 1) Can you speak to the corrupting influence of money on the war on terror. 2) Many of these companies are forecasting 'windfall growth' in their annual reports during the next 5 years because these systems will be sold domestically. Do you see the public becoming more interested in corruption with this future "urban militarization" or more intimidated? Just recall Eisenhower's original wording: The Military-Industrial-Congressional complex, and you'll have a clue to the answer.
How do you confront, in conservative terms, the argument that since a democracy voucher comes from tax money, it is being taken from the people and would be better spent if they got to keep it? I guess it comes down to a collective action problem. Do you think a political version kickstarter could help? I think conservatives begin by thinking tax dollars are their money. So it's easy to say to a conservative: the government is giving you YOUR money back, in the form of a voucher.
How do you feel about voting for Obama now? I have no trouble with my vote. It was my faith that he was a reformer that I am troubled by. Indeed, humbled by. I obviously didn't know squat.
Does Jack Valenti actually not understand the concept of digital reproduction, or is he just shilling for the courts? Jack is dead. By the end of his life, he had become a friend. I was no idiot. To the contrary, like most successful Texans, he tricked northerners into thinking he was an idiot, while he got everything he wanted from them.
'Cause when I read the transcripts, it appears to me that one of the most powerful figures in global media is an idiot. I miss the guy. I miss beating up on him, I miss laughing with him, I miss those rare moments when we agreed: Like when he endorsed Creative Commons at our birth: Link to www.youtube.com
Why bother trying to fix a system that is clearly too old to function in 21th century? Seriously though, I genuinely want to know, what's the point? I find it is much easier and more worthwhile to change the whole socioeconomic system to a more emergent type of system instead of keep trying to revive this crap: established system. I guess what I am trying to say is what is the long term plan for your organisation? We work on impossible challenges. you're describing a really impossible challenge. too much for me.
Do you think something like online voting will happen in our lifetimes? Do you think the internet would even support something like that? I have a theory that the internet is such a powerful tool that people aren't going to be satisfied enough just voting for "the next guy". Any thoughts? I'm not yet convinced we have a secure way to secure online voting, so I'm not keen to push that idea. Let's find a way to give people are reason to want to vote first.
Favorite cereal? Unprocessed oats.
Why is international capital out to exterminate the human race? Don't credit them with intentionality. the tiger isn't trying to kill anyone. its just trying to eat.
Hello Lawrence! Huge fan. I attended the Conference to Restore the Republic in San Francisco earlier this year and was struck by how much overlap there seems to be between conservatives and liberals on the issue of government corruption. At what point will you and others associated with the cause of removing money from politics consider taking the movement out of a primarily online space and begin organizing actual demonstrations / crashing a town hall metting or two? What can those of us who would like to do more than sign petitions and donate money do? Excellent. And right. The strategies in the pipe will be all about bringing the issue to the politicians OUTSIDE of Washington. An hour ago I described The New Hampshire Project — to try to recruit NH citizens to press this issue to every presidential candidate. We will be doing the same across the country, at the level of Congress and the Senate.
We exchanged emails briefly after a talk you gave at Tulane Law School in April. I've been trying to make my way in the academic world, but I'm starting to doubt the possibility of having an impact on real problems as a philosophy professor. Do you think non-legal academics can affect policy? If I wanted to change over to a field that offered more direct involvement, what would you recommend? Been there, had that struggle. it was why I switched from philosophy to law.
Hi. I'm a journalist and I was wondering if you have any advice for journalists trying to report on this issue. I feel like it's a very hard issue to report on because people typically don't care. Readers either feel helpless to change the status quo so the stories just all blend together and have no meaning, or the story is so complicated to explain that few people bother to read it or don't understand it (ie. basically every campaign finance story ever). I'm not taking the pessimistic view of readers, but I feel like it's a case of people having other things to worry about in their life, and since this feels unchangeable, why care what the news reports on this? Focus on what people don't understand: how it could be fixed. there is still the illusion that if we could declare corporations are not people or that money is not speech, all would be solved. Regardless of the good in those ideas, it wouldn't.
[and man I can't believe I am ONE HOUR behind questions. I'm sorry. I'm typing as fast as I can.]
It seems like the warnings you gave about the regulation of the Internet and mechanisms of control have not only come true, but in worse ways even than you might have envisaged at the time. Do you think this is the case, and if so, what can be done to mitigate the effect of Government regulation (e.g. blocking of websites, NSA surveillance, etc..)? Sadly, I agree. what needs to happen is we need to get a government "free to lead" (and hence the corruption work), and educated about how code can protect liberty/privacy.
What can i do to get a constitutional convention? Today, follow and join WOLF-PAC. Soon, follow and help CallAConvention.org.
How do you expect that the hundreds of independent progressive organizations all weekly asking their (largely duplicate) mailing lists for $3 to fund their organizations to support their (largely duplicate) objectives will become relevant to the people that are not on a progressive mailing list? If the only groups who take this issue up are people on the left, we're doomed. but that's no reason for people on the left not to take this issue up.
Do you think traditional Internet forums will still be used 5-10 years from now? Not in a traditional way.
I read your book Free Culture a few years ago and quickly became insufferable to friends and family for a few weeks. I have since recovered, but I just wanted to say that I'm a fan and your work is the main reason I'm even contemplating entering politics at all. And the question: I live in Iceland, and I don't feel the dialogue has progressed as much as I would've liked in the past few years, despite proposed legislation (IMMI) and the entry of a Pirate Party into government. What would be the most effective, radical changes a small country like Iceland could make for the sake of global digital privacy and liberty? I would love to understand Iceland. The constitution process seemed so hopeful. Not sure I get what's happened.
Least favorite class in law school? Graduation.
There are lots of economics papers that argue that money has little influence on politics. There are lots of rich people who fail to buy Senate seats. Why is money your main concern? The problem I'm talking about is the corruption in the fundraising. It's not the money. It's the fundraising. And re the "lots of papers": not actually true. Read the chapter in Republic Lost. I spend many pages taking apart this mistaken claim: No one can really believe money is not affecting results.
How do we get people like you and more people like Elizabeth Warren elected? She's on the inside. I'm on the outside. We need more on both sides if we're going to win this.
I read a significant portion of Aaron's blog archive after he died. It made me (among other things) want to get involved. Where are the interesting things happening these days in internet activism? Link to demandprogress.org.
Mr. Lessig, do you believe a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United is a feasible prospect, or is there another route we can take toward reversing the inexorable flow of money into campaign coffers and Super PAC ads? I wish we could get 1/2 of effort directed at getting states to call on Congress to propose a Citizens United amendment directed at getting Congress to change the way it funds elections. Citizens United was a terrible decision, but it didn't break this democracy. This democracy was already broken, and reversing Citizens United alone won't fix it.
Professor, You are an inspiration to many. My question is: Educating the masses about the problem and showing how they can actively help force reform will take a large scale campaign. How will it be financed? By you (and a million other redditers) deciding that you don't need that one more beer (or in Cambridge, we'd say, that one more ice-tall latte), and you can help us fund the movement this will take. (There, masters of DP and RS, I did it. I asked for money. Happy now?) Link to rootstrikers.org
I asked a bunch of questions no one liked. Thanks for responding! That's what I was hoping to hear. The reason I asked was because Bilderberg tends to shroud itself in secrecy which seems at odds with many of your views. Why is the conference so opposed to transparency? I don't know. I get the need for people to be able to speak their mind without worrying about their words being taken out of context (indeed, for some people that would be a requirement). But I think there could be more transparency without harming anything.
Professor Lessig, thank you so much for your inspirational work. I first got hooked on work when I saw your talk on 'Innovation Corruption' at Yahoo! Labs in 2010. In either case, one of the central ideas that you propose is the idea of publicly financed elections. Do you have any examples of other democratic countries who had a similar problem in campaign financing, and took the steps to successfully migrate to a publicly financed election which we could model after? Other countries don't have our First Amendment. The best examples are states — Arizona, Maine, Connecticut.
I've taken your Rootstrikers idea to heart and have been hacking at the roots of my local government, although very few people have any idea what I'm doing in such a small town. Is that too far down in the roots or do you feel like opening access to the law on a local level is effective? Totally effective. Rootstriking is a way of thinking — it needs to be applied everywhere.
Why do you support a Constitutional Convention rather than passing amendment legislation through Congress to overturn Citizens United? Because Congress is not going to propose an amendment unless forced; an A(V) process can create the pressure to force them.
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The goal is to make sure every elected official knows that his/her constituents all over the country demand internet freedom. This embarrasing shit is for "internet freedom"? ಠ_ಠ Taken in context: it was a Fark meetup and that classic SNL Sean Connery quote used regularly as a punchline on Fark posts was suggested by the audience as a greeting for a funder of the bustour who we know personally -- it's not a highlight of the bustour, but it is what it is: a dumb prank offered as a perk for funding.
Do petitions like this make any difference? Absolutely. We describe the process a bit here. In short though, when people come out in numbers (even online) and add their voices to a message by signing a petition (and sharing it on social media, talking about it in their community, etc), it can become really hard to ignore.
We at OpenMedia, at least, have seen a bunch of wins, and it's all because of our community coming together, contributing ideas, and rallying around the issues we all care about.
Yes. But beyond that, everyone should have their elected officials on speed dial. Ben Huh turned me on to an app that's useful here in the States called Contact Congress.
I demoed it in front of a couple hundred University of Nebraska students on the Internet2012 tour to show just how easy it is.
Remember: your elected officials work for you. You're their boss, calling them up to give them performance reviews and inform them about things they should be looking out for (and why it's important).
Earlier this year, the radio show This American Life had a great program all about "lobbying." Link to www.thisamericanlife.org It had one really telling moment in there, in which a politician (I forget who) noted that, yes, lobbyists have power, but in the face of a huge group of voters, the voters always win over the lobbyists. The problem is that, on most issues, the only people who speak up are the lobbyists. But when the public really does speak up loudly and clearly it can absolutely make a difference. Not always. And not in every case, but I think we've seen enough examples of mass public participation changing the course of legislation and trade agreements.
I've cried to have openmedia replace the CRTC. One day... one day :)
Thank you for doing this AMA; and thank you for all your activism! Internet Hero status for all you guys! I mod /evolutionReddit; a sub for redditors interested in fighting for online freedom and the free flow of information. I feel a problem for many redditors is that it can feel quite overwhelming. It seems there's always a new surveillance law being pushed; or copyright maximalism being tricked in, whether by six strikes or TPP. It's hard to focus and really know where to put our energy. It feels quite different from when we could just focus on SOPA and just hammer strategies against a single bill. So... What do you think is the single most important issue/threat to online freedom at the moment and why? How can the average Redditor get more involved on a regular basis. Sometimes it feels like we are limited to threaded rage. Do you think we can see another J18 like mass protest online? How do we keep online freedom issues mainstream and not just in the geek lobby? Can movements like the CryptoParty mainstream cypherpunk geek speak? When are you guys going to start accepting Bitcoin donations? Obama, Romney, Stein or Johnson? 1) Apathy. I recommend that you add your SenatoRep's phone number to your phone and treat them like customer service. If you see/hear about a bill you dislike, call them up and tell them. 2) See #1. + Talk to your friends about it. Blog about it. Tweet about it. 3) It will have to wait. If we do it too often, it loses power. 4) Support organizations that protect Internet Freedoms and other political issues. 5) N/A 6) As long as you vote, it matters, it counts.
I would like to know what limits you think are proper (if any) for internet freedom - I think that the internet should be free to use and to create your content with, but I wonder if there should be limitations to this. Is the internet a right? How far does it extend? However, the same limits that apply to free expression rights might also apply to free expression on the Internet. For instance laws place limits on the freedom of expression. You cannot use this freedom to incite violence or to defame someone. We can argue about the exact contours of these limits. But we generally agree that limits can exist. The same limits might also extend to free expression on the Internet.
I think free expression is a right and the Internet is a medium that facilitates that right.
What do you consider the #1 threat to our Internet freedoms as they stand today? If we don't pay attention to the way laws are made, and if we ignore the lawmakers, they will listen to those who show up on their doorstep.
We have to pay attention and talk to those whom we elected.
Otherwise, the money and the lobbying will always win out.
It really depends on where you are in the world and it's certainly changes based on who you ask. It's hard to know which initiative is the most dangerous. I think it's the TPP for those in the affected countries. Some are concerned about proposals to use the a UN agency called the Internet Telecommunications Union to imposed new Internet restrictions. I expect for the next while we'll need to stay vigilant to fight off new attempts to restrict internet freedom by those who wish to protect their outdated business or governance models.
It's a bit outside the context of the TPP, but one of the issues I find personally concerning is the militarization of the internet. We've seen state sponsored viruses already in Stuxnet, and I think it bodes poorly for the future. For the moment, these efforts are quite focused, but it's easy to imagine a future where this sort of activity affects everyone.
There was intense reaction in the 80s to putting weapons in space, but so far the idea that we shouldn't be putting weapons on the internet has remained a relatively marignal issue. It gets even more scary when the interests of business and government are combined. Separating this behaviour from the usual criminal activity on the internet can be difficult, but it would seem to me important that we think carefully about how we proceed.
I think part of the reason why this discussion is so important is that threats come from so many different directions. If there was a #1 threat, then we could all focus our attention on that and deal with it. And then we'd miss all the other threats. There are both threats and opportunities coming from all different directions, and people need to direct their attention to the areas that interest them the most in terms of pushing forward the opportunities, while pushing back on the threats.
What is your stance on piracy? Do you think piracy is a legitimate action in free internet? The more important point is that "piracy" (which is a pejorative term) is understandable as long as rights holders focus on fighting the future, rather than embracing it. I like to think of this as the "Game of Thrones effect".
The moral elements of this issue require a deeper debate about the role of intellectual property in society and, while both important and interesting, will always be much more about cover for laws and policies that restrict freedom for all and offer an excuse for entrenched interests to avoid giving people the service they want in the way they want it for a fair price.
I think it's important to recognize that "piracy" almost always is a symptom of the real problem, rather than the problem itself -- but too often people focus on fighting the symptom, rather than solving the underlying problem. We have enough historical research to see this over and over and over again. Adrian John's book "Piracy" and Matt Mason's book "The Pirate's Dilemma" both drive home this point with tremendous clarity on a historical basis -- each and every time we see a rise in "piracy" it tends to be because the technology enables something new that the public wants, and the powers that be haven't figured out how to make use of the technology, so they fail to deliver what people want in a reasonable way. More recently, the massive (and incredibly thorough) "Media Piracy in Emerging Economies" report put together by Joe Karaganis has shown how this applies to plenty of today's piracy as well.
So, in the end, it's not about whether or not piracy is a "legitimate action." It's simply a fact of nature. It's happening -- and historically no amount of "increased enforcement" has ever been shown to be long term effective in fighting it, though it often has been shown to have tremendous negative side effects. What has worked, is figuring out how to make use of the technology in positive ways to provide what people want. In other words: treat the problem, not the symptom, and amazing things happen.
Of course, in the interim, all you hear is how the piracy itself is evil. But that's an old story. We heard it when the printing press came out. When the player piano came along. When radio was invented. When TV showed up. When cable TV entered the market. When the photocopier was invented. When the VCR was introduced. When the DVR became popular. When the first MP3 players hit the market. And, of course, when online streaming became popular. And yet, historically, we see the same thing every time. The "piracy" was really a result of people seeing this new enabling technology and thinking "wow, that lets me do something new and wonderful, so I'm going to do that." And those that it disrupt cry "piracy!"
But in the long run, as people learn and adapt, we see each of those new technologies (with the possible exception of the player piano...) opening up tremendous and amazing new markets, often leading to significantly more growth than what existed in the old market. So it's not about whether or not it's a "legitimate action." It's a signal from the market that they want something more, and historically, it's been shown that it's quite productive to figure out how to serve what the market is asking for.
My favorite example of this, by the way, remains the VCR, which famously was described by the MPAA's Jack Valenti as "the Boston strangler" to the movie industry. 5 years after he said that at a Congressional hearing, the home video market was worth more than the box office market for the movie studios. So there's that.
We just keep getting farther and farther away from what copyright laws were originally for... Do you think that we will someday make copyright laws less extreme or are governments too influenced by corporations for that to happen? With the successful fight against SOPA and ACTA the tide does appear to have turned on restrictive copyright measures -- at least with public opinion. The fact that media conglomerate lobbyists are trying to use trade agreements to get these provisions through suggests they are getting desperate. I suspect their attempts to layer on new Internet restrictions will continue for at least the next several years, but we are at place now where we can and should start pushing the other way. One exciting initiative where Internet users are starting to develop our own priorities for digital policy is the Internet Freedom Declaration.
What do you think the internet will look like 10 years from now? If we all stay active and engaged, fight back against threats like the TPP's Internet trap, and keep looking forward, it'll be whatever users choose to make it.
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Isn't "internet freedom" one giant oxymoron? In fact "Internet freedom" is more redundant than oxymoronic. A "closed Internet" is not consistant with the Internet being simply a series or protocols that people and companies choose to adhere to. This inherent openness is what scares nation-states, law enforcement, IP interests, telcos and other entrenched interests. Their fear manifests itself in an ongoing desire to control the freedom inherent in the Internet. This is similar to every other communication technology from the printing press forward, but much more so.
Is there any hope for the CRTC as a body governing telecommunications in Canada or are they too heavily influenced by the large telecom companies? We're definitely moving forward. Canadians have been getting increasingly involved in Internet/telecom issues and increasingly vocal, and the CRTC seems to be listening. Their rhetoric has now put the public interest at the forefront of their agenda, and they've done a few things recently that indicate that they mean it.
For example, the CRTC has asked citizens for input in developing national rules to protect cell phone users (so we're asking to hear tales of cell phone service frustration at Link to CellPhoneHorrorStory.ca. And most recently, they firmly blocked big telecom company Bell's attempt to control an even greater share of the media market.
We've made steady progress, which has now led up to the CRTC showing an understanding that we are all stakeholders in the digital future.
U.S. Courts have recently ruled that it is constitutional for the government to force an individual to decrypt an encrypted hard drive. How do compelled decryption cases such as United States v. Fricosu affect the future of the Internet and privacy? Awesome question, ZooCow.
Compelled decryption is still a hot topic with only a few court cases setting precedent. You mentioned US v. Fricosu, where a district court in Colorado ruled that Fricosu could be forced to decrypt information on a seized computer. A separate 11th Circuit Court of Appeals case in Atlanta, however, ruled that the 5th Amendment protected a suspect from being forced to decrypt the contents of several computers.
For a lot more juicy detail, EFF staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury has an excellent blog post about these two cases and the nuance of privacy/decryption. Despite the disappointing Fricosu ruling, the larger point is that we are continuing to fight for your constitutional rights in these compelled decryption cases. Luckily the case is specific enough not to have a huge ripple effect.
As some one who was born in an age when our freedoms have been continually taken away from us I am not very optimistic that we can ever really change anything. What kind of hope and encouragement can you give to show that we can make a difference? In many ways, it is a constant struggle -- and as someone who reports on these kinds of issues, I see people bring this up all the time. In fact, many people assume that I am similarly pessimistic, because every day I talk about attempts (and sometimes success stories) in which freedoms are taken away. However, I also, very consciously try to point to the many, many success stories. And they are everywhere you look. But, on the whole, I think what we are seeing is a gradual push in a good direction. It's less obvious on an every day basis, because when new uses of technology expand our abilities to do good, it doesn't get as much attention (often because people don't even realize how powerful it is). The attacks on technology and freedom do get much more attention, because they're often very clearly stated. On the whole, then, I'd argue that we do see plenty of progress when viewed at a big picture angle, it's just that it's tougher to see unless you take a step back. The constant attacks against Internet freedom are really reactions to how the new uses of technology have enabled (often quietly) such disruptions. I always like to think of it as watching the rate of change and the relative direction of change. I am incredibly optimistic and thrilled about all of the amazing new uses of technology, and what it has enabled -- and I am simultaneously frustrated about the efforts to curtail those possibilities, because I think it slows down the rate at which wonderful things can happen. But the net result, I believe, is still forward momentum -- and there are plenty of clear success stories to prove that (SOPA & ACTA being big ones).
Because of the preservation orders mandated by C-30, it's often argued it is in fact not warrantless surveillance. Why have the ISP voluntary disclosure provisions not gotten more exposure to counter this? Great point. yes the main issue with c-30 was that it would mandate disclosure of private info without a warrant. But you're right that it happens voluntarily all time already. I think we have a real opportunity to turn C-30 into an opportunity to add new requirements to prevent this from happening. That's what we're pushing for with our lawyers now. I'll bring back to the coalition the idea of getting more exposure to this issue. We were focused on stopping this from getting worse with C-30, but you're right that it's now time to move past that and stop the voluntary disclosure.
A few people I know have remarked that the STT petition is somewhat vague and while it is of course based on the leaked IP chapter, why haven't figures such as the $10,000 fine been included? We tried to be as specific as we could with the STT petition, but you're right that we can certainly improve on it. Good idea on the $10,000 fine -- I'll run that by our lawyers to make sure it's safe to say then we'll start putting that forward. Maybe a blog on "how much the TPP could cost you". If you have any other ideas please let me know.
How is it that the Eastern countries have such affordable internet and cell phone rates but here in the West (ie Canada), we can't get anything decent for under $50/month? What are the big telecom companies doing to keep our bills so damn high and why aren't more people outraged? We recently launched an MVNO in the US (Link to ting.com and would LOVE to do the same in Canada. In the US, Sprint is a hungry #3 and a great network partner. In Canada the oligopoly is too cozy.
It is terrible that Canada has the most expensive mobile rates in the world (with the US a close second).
Which presidential candidate(of the two major parties) do you believe will be the biggest advocate of Internet freedom if he is elected/re-elected? Neither candidate has come out clearly on one side or the other.
And frankly, we don't think this should be a partisan issue.
We saw with sopa/pipa that both parties were willing to bargain away the rights of the public in exchange for industry support. But when we spoke up, they did listen.
It's important that we keep talking and telling the legislators that we care about our rights.
Here is a link to more details on our collective political stance: Link to www.reddit.com
How can someone get involved in internet advocacy? What are the biggest issues threatening internet freedom today? One of the simpler and more direct methods that appears to be effective is to get some time with your federal representative (assuming you live in a place with such things). If you can make it clear to them their constituents care about internet freedom, they listen. This is perhaps even more relevant if you run a business that may be affected by things like the TPP or SOPA. If you can show them how it will effect your business, and consequently prosperity and jobs in your area, they'll for sure listen.
Get your elected officials on speed dial.
Join our Internet Defense League.
Sign our Declaration of Internet Freedom - if you agree with it!
Tell others when you've done these things, even just a facebook status update makes a difference.
I agree with @LisaC_APC and @Gbunton. Getting in touch with your elected representatives is very powerful, and contributing in any way you can to the efforts of the Internet freedom groups in this AMA is essential.
>It really depends on where you are in the world and it's certainly changes based on who you ask. It's hard to know which initiative is the most dangerous. I think it's the TPP for those in the affected countries. Some are concerned about proposals to use the a UN agency called the Internet Telecommunications Union to imposed new Internet restrictions. I expect for the next while we'll need to stay vigilant to fight off new attempts to restrict internet freedom by those who wish to protect their outdated business or governance models.
What's your opinion on the global and national Pirate Party movements? A good thing? They've been known to fight for the Internet, and we sure do like that, but it would be ideal if Internet freedom issues had a prominent spot on every political party's agenda.
You guys need to lead an effort to create a sort of unity group with everyone, Internet Defense League, OpenMedia / StopTheTrap, LaQuadrature, Public Knowledge, on and on, etc and so on, and pool your resources, and do giant ad campaigns on the endless stuff we are faced with... TPP CISPA, cispa executive order, cyber DIB, CISPA v2, ACTA, CETA, ACTA inside CETA, the UN calling the internet "terror," the UN ITU, it's too much it needs MAJOR combined forces beyond which exists... thanks for considering this comment.. I am pretty sure all this is already well on your mind. But maybe a reddit would be in order between the various groups, Public Knowledge, OpenMedia, LaQuadrature, and add to that, you know, like about 20 or 25 other groups that are pretty easy to find... invite them into a reddit meeting like this and ask them if they want to be part of a unified thing for the purpose of getting out a message, advertising, advocating for internet freedom. Some of these efforts already exist but the public is not seeing it enough... something bigger is needed... what do you think? Agreed - in particular regarding the UN ITU situation. We at OpenMedia and others are working on something along these lines. We'll try to get the word out on reddit but stay tuned at Link to openmedianow.net
Can you give an overview of the different federal party positions on open and affordable internet and digital policy? And, if you're able, your take on their positions or lack thereof. We actually did something like that during the Canadian election last year through our Digital Future Survey. Our recommendations are also on that page.
Why are there no women in your group. Or, if there are, why are there none taking part in this AMA? Many of us are here. Carolina and Maira from EFF, Jodie and Rashimi from PK, Burcu from PC, Lindsey from Open Media. and so on :-)
Is there a subreddit for internet freedom? Maybe one that users should be joined to by default? One user made an epic list of free culture related subreddits: Link to www.reddit.com
I personally lurk around /cyberlaws.
I think the subreddit for internet freedom may be... reddit.
But /technology tends to pick up on a lot of the issues.
Not that I know - but that's a fantastic idea!
Garlictown is Ben Huh, CEO of the Cheezburger Network. BTW, my (Ben Huh) current Reddit account is Link to www.reddit.com
Enoss is Elliot Noss from Tucows. Enoss = Elliot Noss, Tucows.
Gbunton is Graeme Bunton, also from Tucows. Gbunton = Graeme Bunton, also with Tucows.
CarolinaEFF is the EFF's Carolina Rossini. AdiEFF is the EFF's Adi Kamdar. MairaEFF is the EFF's Maira Sutton. CarolinaEFF is Carolina Rossini from the Electronic Frontier Foundation mairaEFF is Maira Sutton from the Electronic Frontier Foundation adiEFF is Adi Kamdar from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Jodieg is Jodie Griffin, Public Knowledge. Bcrashmi is Rashmi Rangnath, Public Knowledge Jodieg is Jodie Griffin from Public Knowledge, and earlier bcrashmi was Rashmi Rangnath, also from Public Knowledge.
Does Open Media support any political parties? I admit that sometimes when I receive your emails, I get the feeling that you do. This makes me less likely to support the cause. A good question. No we do not. We're a post-partisan organization. There's a little write up on our approach here: Link to openmedia.ca
We celebrate any party or politician that advances Internet freedom and will scold any that act to impose new Internet restrictions. Being non-partisan is essential to our success. Thanks for letting me know that you get the feeling that we do -- I'll try to make it more clear that we are not on the side of any particular political party in future communications. Thanks you.
Why is there no prominent media coverage of the TPP? Or is that a naive question? MediaMatters published an interesting study on media coverage of SOPA/PIPA that may be useful.
That is not a naive question at all. Trade agreements are hard explain and call attention to since many of the issues are highly technica. There is a lot of specialized media coverage, such as InsideTrade and others. However, since we are getting close to the elections, this slowly is changing. During the last TPP round in Virginia, the Financial Times, Washington Post, The Hill, and others have covered the TPP. Obama has mentioned it in many press meetings too, as a core part of his foreign policy in Asia.
It's our job as digital rights advocates to explain these policies in a way that will convince people that these agreements would have a real impact on their lives. We believe that the better job we do in highlighting the core concerns in the TPP, the better the media coverage will be. The point with is to get more and more attention. We need people to never stop demanding that entrenched powers stop messing with the Internet. We need more heroes in this fight! We all need to be part of this Internet Immune System!
You guys are wonderful, thank you for everything you do, and especially for this AMA! If blasphemy were to become illegal internationally, how would it be enforced over the internet/COULD it be enforced over the internet? That’s a great question, and very apropos this discussion (religious defamation laws are ineffective in the digital environment for the same reason that overbroad copyright remedies are as well). In the recent controversy over the “Innocence of Muslims” video, you basically saw the problem with enforcing religious defamation laws. Although some hosting sites overseas were forced to take down the video, it will usually end up being a game of whack-a-mole. In the United States, the argument against religious defamation laws has always been that by protecting even hateful speech, the government cannot justify censoring any speech.
As a bonus question, what can we do to secure our internet freedom? Yes, in fact EFF has an international team that is solely dedicated to fighting for digital rights globally. Our team is separated into three issue areas: free speech, privacy/international rights, and intellectual property. We all do what we can to cover emerging Internet freedom issues around the world, influence proper policymakers, and most importantly, support and work with digital rights organizations and movements on the ground.
Could any of the U.S. elections (President, Senate, House) have an effect on Internet freedom? Which, and why? The President, Senate, and House all have a role in crafting and implementing policies that impact internet freedom, so the elections for each will be important.
In preparation for the upcoming elections, the U.S. Republican and Democratic parties have both issued party platforms that outline their respective visions for the future on many issues. Several of these issues will impact how the internet functions and how the public can use it, including internet freedom, the open internet, spectrum policies, and intellectual property.
Public Knowledge has given on rundown comparing the party platforms here: Link to www.publicknowledge.org
On the TPP specifically, the Democratic party announced that they were "on track" to finalizing the TPP, and promoted the fact that the President signed free trade agreements with Panama and Colombia that included more restrictive intellectual property provisions.
For their part, the Republican party stated that they would complete the TPP negotiations and would focus on a worldwide multilateral agreement for open markets.
Good stuff Steve - I understand that it is easier said than done - and finding a fine line to appeal to the masses will be a challenge. As for the specifics, as it is not an easy task - would have to think about it. Sounds good - thanks for the helpful input regardless. I'm bringing it back for the team to considering for upcoming communications.
So is the TPP similar to ACTA/SOPA/PIPA or is it different? What I mean is, what are the similaritites between those 3 and the TPP? TPP is a much larger agreement, covering a variety of topics well beyond just IP -- so it's very different on that front. But, part of the problem is the massive amount of secrecy behind TPP, so we can't even tell you how it's similar or different to ACTA/SOPA/PIPA. The leaked drafts so far (few and far between, in part because the USTR is really trying hard to avoid leaks) suggest that the entertainment and pharma industries are basically asking for a huge wishlist of everything they could possibly want. The ongoing negotiations will push back on some of the most extreme proposals, but there isn't anyone involved in the negotiations who has the internet freedom perspective, or looking at what's actually best for the public. It's tough to say exactly where and how TPP will end up being different or similar to ACTA/SOPA/PIPA, but it seems clear that the goal of all of them were quite similar -- and no effort has been made to explain why these enforcement increases are needed (or if they'll work).
What do you think of networks of Internet freedom that are also extremely controversial such as Anonymous and even LulzSecurity? I tend to think of the "extreme" examples like Anonymous and LulzSec as being clear signals of chokepoints on the internet. Whether by intention or not, they highlight where things are broken. Personally, I think that some of their actions are self-defeating because they create backlash, while other actions are effective forms of protest. You get a bit of the good and the bad mixed in -- as is quite frequently the case. But what is most interesting about them is that they really tend to highlight where the new world breaks with old institutions. As a study of where the clashes are happening, they're the leading indicators. They're showing where the future many people envision clashes with the past and the institutions that grew up around it, and for that reason, they're important to understand. That it sometimes comes with what may appear to be childish or destructive activity is somewhat par for the course when old meets new. That's not to condone the activity, but to recognize what it means.
Do you believe that people on the internet should be able to steal anything they want because they can, it's free, and "it isn't taking the original"? I don't think they should but do you guys believe they should? I think what you're really trying to ask, is whether or not we think that copyright infringement itself is acceptable, because (unlike with theft), the original copy is still present. I can't speak for everyone else here, but I can't recall anyone ever claiming that it is "okay," but rather that (1) it is different than theft and talking about it the terminology of "theft" and "stealing" makes it difficult to have a rational discussion over the topic and (2) that whether or not it is acceptable, it is here and not going away -- and, therefore, it is a more productive discussion to talk about why that is and what to do about it.
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