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[liberationtech] liberationtech Digest, Vol 137, Issue 4

Courtney Radsch cradsch at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 01:55:44 PST 2013


I think the problem is broader than simply access to the journal articles,
it is about the prestige associated with publishing in particular journals
that are available through subscritpion only - tenure track professors or
PhD students seeking university employment need to publish in these
journals because they are the only ones that 'count', we are required to
publish out dissertations through JSTOR, and thus we are coerced into using
the system.

Access, of course, is still very much of an issue, particularly in
non-Western countries where professors make far less and are often not
supported by libraries or other instituional resources that can facilitate
access to very expensive subscriptions. A professor in Mozambique told me
he feels so isolated because he cannot publish in the journals needed to
engage in scholarly discussion with the broader community because he cannot
read the journals or its articles because they are behind a pay wall.

Might this young man's early death inspire broader support for the movement
to free information? Do university students know about this? Do NGOs that
promote freedom of expression? Access to information and the right to know
are part and parcel of the ability to excercise the right to free
expression.
Courtney C. Radsch
cradsch at gmail.com

Website: www.radsch.info
Blog: http://arab-media.blogspot.com
Twitter: courtneyr


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>    1. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Griffin Boyce)
>    2. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Joshua Cohen)
>    3. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Julian Oliver)
>    4. Change: Bay Area Digital Democracy Gathering - Starting at
>       Open Oakland - Jan 15 (Steven Clift)
>    5. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Shava Nerad)
>    6. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Sheila Parks)
>    7. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Case Black)
>    8. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Case Black)
>    9. FW: Aaron H. Swartz (November 8, 1986 -- January 11,      2013)
>       (michael gurstein)
>   10. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Shava Nerad)
>   11. $10,000: The Aaron Swartz Memorial Grants (Aaron Greenspan)
>   12. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Sheila Parks)
>   13. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Shava Nerad)
>   14. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Shava Nerad)
>   15. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Rich Kulawiec)
>   16. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Samuel Carlisle)
>   17. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide
>       (Yvette Alberdingkthijm)
>   18. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Maxim Kammerer)
>   19. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Andrew Lewis)
>   20. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Maxim Kammerer)
>   21. Re: Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide (Joanne Michele)
>
>
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>
> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 06:49:47 -0500
> From: Griffin Boyce <griffinboyce at gmail.com>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
> Message-ID:
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>
> Hey all,
>
>   It's hard to write about one's own experience with depression and suicide
> in the wake of someone's passing.  Not just for the intense feelings
> involved, but also no one wants to direct attention away from the person
> who has died.
>
>   As some of you mention, the fear of losing respect or "becoming a
> liability" is very real.  It leads people to close off entirely, to hide
> away, to conceal their feelings behind smiles.[3]  This is the case within
> tech and in other communities as well.  It's a very tricky problem.  Much
> harder to spot when someone's having trouble if they live five hundred
> miles away and only communicate with you online.
>
>   In the past two-and-a-half years, I've lost three friends to suicide. Two
> were academics. Two were transgender. One was a member of the tech
> community. In light of everything that has happened, I feel the need to
> emphasize that people are not alone by talking about my experiences.
>
>   I've struggled with depression for most of my life. After having a fairly
> stable level of depression for a long time, I had a sudden downturn in late
> 2011. In December 2011, I planned to kill myself by jumping off a local
> bridge.[1] In the days leading up to the 8th, I cleaned and tried to get
> things into some semblance of order. A steely calm overcame me, and I
> closed years-old accounts without emotion.
>
>   I'd just moved to Philadelphia and my close friends were all far away. My
> spot on a waiting list for a trans-friendly therapist had just disappeared
> -- meaning another 3-6 months of waiting without help.  Suicide was not
> something that I wanted to do, but rather something that seemed like an
> inevitability. In my grief, I could not see that there would be a
> resolution that didn't include my death.
>
>   When I think back to my beginnings in coding and the internet, what led
> me to the interest was depression and a sharp sense of alienation.  After
> serious trauma and suicide attempts, I started to find a community of
> similar interests online in 1999.  At this point, I have very close friends
> in the tech community, but I did not feel very comfortable talking about
> the intense feelings that I was having.
>
>   In the end, I did not kill myself (spoiler alert). So what changed? Well,
> not a lot. But also, a lot. As a parting shot, I had agreed to give an
> interview to a journalist.[2] The interview went *incredibly* badly,
> causing the epiphany that I deserved to be treated better. It wasn't that
> simple, and it wasn't easy, but that was the catalyst that probably saved
> my life.
>
>   Getting help was not easy. The first medication I tried sent my cognition
> to zero and it took until March 2012 to finally see a therapist. It was
> still difficult. There are specific issues that impact the tech community.
> Busy is not the new happy.  At times it felt like a death march, but for me
> it felt like the alternative was death -- and we all deserve better than
> that.
>
> All the best,
> Griffin Boyce
>
> [1] It's this one, for the morbidly curious:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_Street_Bridge_(Philadelphia)
> [2] People who know me well will find that amusing, as I'd pretty much
> rather be covered in honey and set upon an anthill than talk about myself
> in print.
> [3] The day after, I went to a museum with a friend. She had no idea. In
> fact, I had to send her an email tonight because she *still* has no idea
> but subscribes to libtech.
>
> --
> "What do you think Indians are supposed to look like?
> What's the real difference between an eagle feather fan
> and a pink necktie? Not much."
> ~Sherman Alexie
>
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> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 04:00:57 -0800
> From: Joshua Cohen <jcohen57 at stanford.edu>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>, Griffin Boyce
>         <griffinboyce at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
> Message-ID: <389BB77F-57D7-4E27-8B47-B40E67B3D87C at stanford.edu>
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>
> griffin....thanks for that moving message....I am really glad that you are
> still with us.
>
> though I do not suffer from depression, I have seen the grim, suffocating
> pain very close up ... my father and others in family. I wish on everyone
> your epiphany: that we all deserve better than that.
>
>
> warmly,
>
> Josh Cohen
>
>
> On Jan 13, 2013, at 3:49 AM, Griffin Boyce <griffinboyce at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hey all,
> >
> >   It's hard to write about one's own experience with depression and
> suicide in the wake of someone's passing.  Not just for the intense
> feelings involved, but also no one wants to direct attention away from the
> person who has died.
> >
> >   As some of you mention, the fear of losing respect or "becoming a
> liability" is very real.  It leads people to close off entirely, to hide
> away, to conceal their feelings behind smiles.[3]  This is the case within
> tech and in other communities as well.  It's a very tricky problem.  Much
> harder to spot when someone's having trouble if they live five hundred
> miles away and only communicate with you online.
> >
> >   In the past two-and-a-half years, I've lost three friends to suicide.
> Two were academics. Two were transgender. One was a member of the tech
> community. In light of everything that has happened, I feel the need to
> emphasize that people are not alone by talking about my experiences.
> >
> >   I've struggled with depression for most of my life. After having a
> fairly stable level of depression for a long time, I had a sudden downturn
> in late 2011. In December 2011, I planned to kill myself by jumping off a
> local bridge.[1] In the days leading up to the 8th, I cleaned and tried to
> get things into some semblance of order. A steely calm overcame me, and I
> closed years-old accounts without emotion.
> >
> >   I'd just moved to Philadelphia and my close friends were all far away.
> My spot on a waiting list for a trans-friendly therapist had just
> disappeared -- meaning another 3-6 months of waiting without help.  Suicide
> was not something that I wanted to do, but rather something that seemed
> like an inevitability. In my grief, I could not see that there would be a
> resolution that didn't include my death.
> >
> >   When I think back to my beginnings in coding and the internet, what
> led me to the interest was depression and a sharp sense of alienation.
>  After serious trauma and suicide attempts, I started to find a community
> of similar interests online in 1999.  At this point, I have very close
> friends in the tech community, but I did not feel very comfortable talking
> about the intense feelings that I was having.
> >
> >   In the end, I did not kill myself (spoiler alert). So what changed?
> Well, not a lot. But also, a lot. As a parting shot, I had agreed to give
> an interview to a journalist.[2] The interview went *incredibly* badly,
> causing the epiphany that I deserved to be treated better. It wasn't that
> simple, and it wasn't easy, but that was the catalyst that probably saved
> my life.
> >
> >   Getting help was not easy. The first medication I tried sent my
> cognition to zero and it took until March 2012 to finally see a therapist.
> It was still difficult. There are specific issues that impact the tech
> community. Busy is not the new happy.  At times it felt like a death march,
> but for me it felt like the alternative was death -- and we all deserve
> better than that.
> >
> > All the best,
> > Griffin Boyce
> >
> > [1] It's this one, for the morbidly curious:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_Street_Bridge_(Philadelphia)
> > [2] People who know me well will find that amusing, as I'd pretty much
> rather be covered in honey and set upon an anthill than talk about myself
> in print.
> > [3] The day after, I went to a museum with a friend. She had no idea. In
> fact, I had to send her an email tonight because she *still* has no idea
> but subscribes to libtech.
> >
> > --
> > "What do you think Indians are supposed to look like?
> > What's the real difference between an eagle feather fan
> > and a pink necktie? Not much."
> > ~Sherman Alexie
> >
> > PGP Key etc: https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Fontaine --
> > Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
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> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:22:46 +0100
> From: Julian Oliver <julian at julianoliver.com>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
> Message-ID: <20130113132245.GI1250 at waka>
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> ..on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 10:18:23PM +0000, Gabe Gossett wrote:
> > While I sympathize with the open access spirit of this thread, and have
> no
> > intention to detract from the eulogizing of Aaron Swartz, I think that
> in all
> > fairness a few things should be pointed out.
> >
> > JSTOR is not a journal publisher. This is an important distinction since
> it
> > means that JSTOR's terms are, at least in part, influenced by the journal
> > publishers. It also means that it will not always be clear whether or
> not an
> > article you publish will end up in JSTOR unless you make sure that you
> are
> > publishing in a fully open access (OA) journal (which is the route I
> would
> > recommend for anyone concerned with information equity). A directory of
> OA
> > journals can be found here http://www.doaj.org
> >
> > Also, as a librarian, I have found JSTOR to be one of the least
> problematic of
> > the academic content providers. This is probably due to the fact that
> they are
> > non-profit, distribute little in the way of current content (where the
> profit
> > margins are higher), allow for perpetual access to back runs that are
> bought,
> > and was established as a way to expand access to journal content in
> academia.
> > If there was an effective business model to allow for total open access I
> > would not be surprised if JSTOR would be one of the content aggregators
> most
> > open to such a model.
> >
> > The real bad guys in the academic publishing world are for-profits like
> > Elsevier, which was the target of a recent boycott:
> > http://thecostofknowledge.com
>
> For sure there are worse. A librarian cited to be Wiley, Taylor and
> Francis as
> being awful to deal with. Open Access is a great initiative (especially
> for the
> taxpayer that invested in the research!).  Let's hope it's not taken down
> with
> the Research Works Act.
>
> In my experience however, as someone working entirely independently of a
> university, I find myself up against a JSTOR paywall far more often than
> any
> other.  Quite often research into the authors produces a publicly funded
> university behind the paper. Perhaps this was why Aaron chose JSTOR over
> others
> - they are so often what comes between the public and their own desire for
> learning.
>
> Here's an article in The Atlantic written by a woman in response to her
> experience with JSTOR. While researching autism - her son has it - she is
> met by
> a paywall:
>
>     'Locked in the Ivory Tower: Why JSTOR Imprisons Academic Research'
>
>
> http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/01/locked-in-the-ivory-tower-why-jstor-imprisons-academic-research/251649/
>
> My experience is akin to a commenter at the base of that article:
>
> "If the public isn't interested, who are the people trying to read those
> 150
> million JSTOR articles a year? I can tell you who they are. People like me
> and
> the person who wrote the article. I graduated from an Ivy League
> university and
> don't work in academia. I read widely and often want to follow up on some
> subject I am reading about. I write and want to research a subject I am
> writing
> about. I have relatives who have problems or interests and try to help
> them. You
> gravely underestimate the ability of a non-academic, with a real reason for
> researching a subject or interest in it, to acquire expertise. Do you think
> academics write Wikipedia?"
>
> Cheers,
>
> Julian
>
> > On Jan 12, 2013, at 10:53 AM, "Julian Oliver" <julian at julianoliver.com
> <mailto:julian at julianoliver.com>> wrote:
> >
> > ..on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 01:03:52PM -0500, Shava Nerad wrote:
> > Irony:
> >
> http://mobile.theverge.com/2013/1/9/3857628/jstor-opens-up-limited-free-access-to-its-digital-library
> >
> > This is JSTOR going 'freeware' rather than Free Software. In the
> programming
> > domain it's comparable to source code that is technically open for
> reading yet
> > disallows modification or redistribution. Aaron would've been just as
> pissed
> > about this.
> >
> > On their site they say 'A New Chapter Begins'. There's the irony.
> >
> > We should all stop supporting knowledge mafia like JSTOR by discouraging
> our
> > peers to publish there. It's bad enough that publicly funded
> universities push
> > their knowledge output to a private business interest.
> >
> > A great way to channel any despair from Aaron's death is to encourage
> peers to
> > publish openly.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Julian
> >
> > On Jan 12, 2013 3:36 AM, "Yosem Companys" <companys at stanford.edu<mailto:
> companys at stanford.edu>> wrote:
> >
> > This is a tragic loss and a terrible blow to the liberationtech
> community.
> >
> > Yosem
> >
> >
> >
> > http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartz.html
> >
> > Aaron Swartz commits suicide
> >
> > Web Update
> >
> > By Anne Cai
> > NEWS EDITOR; UPDATED AT 2:15 A.M. 1/12/13
> >
> > Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City
> > yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment
> > to The Tech. Swartz was 26.
> >
> > ?The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is,
> > regrettably, true,? confirmed Swartz? attorney, Elliot R. Peters of
> > Kecker and Van Nest, in an email to The Tech.
> >
> > Swartz was indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly
> > mass downloading documents from the JSTOR online journal archive with
> > the intent to distribute them. He subsequently moved to Brooklyn, New
> > York, where he then worked for Avaaz Foundation, a nonprofit ?global
> > web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making
> > everywhere.? Swartz appeared in court on Sept. 24, 2012 and pleaded
> > not guilty.
> >
> > The accomplished Swartz co-authored the now widely-used RSS 1.0
> > specification at age 14, was one of the three co-owners of the popular
> > social news site Reddit, and completed a fellowship at Harvard?s
> > Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption. In 2010, he founded
> > DemandProgress.org<http://DemandProgress.org>, a ?campaign against the
> Internet censorship bills
> > SOPA/PIPA.?
> > --
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> >
> > --
> > Julian Oliver
> > http://julianoliver.com
> > http://criticalengineering.org
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> --
> Julian Oliver
> http://julianoliver.com
> http://criticalengineering.org
>
>
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>
> Message: 4
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:11:41 -0600
> From: Steven Clift <clift at e-democracy.org>
> To: locals at forums.e-democracy.org,      liberationtech
>         <liberationtech at mailman.stanford.edu>,
>         locallabs at forums.e-democracy.org,       sunlightlabs
>         <sunlightlabs at googlegroups.com>
> Subject: [liberationtech] Change: Bay Area Digital Democracy Gathering
>         - Starting at Open Oakland - Jan 15
> Message-ID:
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> We've decided to crash the http://OpenOakland.org weekly meetup at
> their invitation on Tuesday evening (Jan 15). Their gathering is an
> open format from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. It is part of the Code for America
> brigade network.
>
> Then we will head over to the http://www.thetrappist.com for a round.
>
> Details:
>
> Thank you to those who spread the word about our Wednesday inclusive
> Neighbors Online workshop. It is sold out:
> http://bayareaneighbors.eventbrite.com
>
> LA is shaping up for Jan. 31 late afternoon/early evening - either a
> workshop or informal gathering before I jump on a red-eye. Also, I've
> received requests for workshops in NYC and Boston down the road. These
> "add-on to existing travel" events are possible thanks to the Knight
> Foundation support of our Inclusive Community Engagement Efforts.
>
> Cheers,
> Steven Clift
>
>
> P.S. Outside of the Bay Area, check out the growing network of Code
> for America Brigades: http://brigade.codeforamerica.org
>
> For those in Europe, check out: http://codeforeurope.net
>
>
> Steven Clift - http://stevenclift.com
>   Executive Director - http://E-Democracy.org
>   Twitter: http://twitter.com/democracy
>   Tel/Text: +1.612.234.7072
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 5
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:23:00 -0500
> From: Shava Nerad <shava23 at gmail.com>
> To: Liberation Technologies <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
> Message-ID:
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>
> This is what I understand of Aaron's action.
>
> First, to be clear, JSTOR settled with Aaron last summer.
>
> Aaron was trying to raise consciousness around their model.  JSTOR does not
> pay out a penny to the author or the author's host institution.  They do
> not pay royalties to the research funders - often the taxpayer, so maybe
> you and me.  In other circumstances this would make the work public domain.
>
> The only money goes to the paper journal publisher.  That is the firewall
> consortium JSTOR represents.
>
> That is the message Aaron meant to amplify with what he likely saw as
> political/ethical art performance civil disobedience.
>
> Personally I think if he had not been on federal radar for organizing
> SOPA/PIPA nothing more would have come from it as a Harvard-connected white
> academic of a certain status.
>
> But as it is, he faced seven figures in damages and three decades in hard
> time even after he settled with JSTOR.
>
> This is the way my family has observed activists attempted to be
> neutralized by the immune system of the federal government since Eugene
> Debs.  I have three generations of witness.
>
> My instinct is that when you see resources expended out of proportion, look
> for the proportionate end.  Aaron was not being chilled for his potential
> in copying files, I suspect.  He just handed them something for which he
> could be charged.
>
> We can't let it go without response just because it is classic and
> chronic.  I am organizing a vigil at 1 Courthouse in Boston 2pm Tuesday,
> probably small, and we'll follow on from that at MIT.
>
> Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general, and there
> is hope for some good nonviolent ends out of this.
>
> Feedback welcome.
>
> Yrs,
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> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:34:58 -0500
> From: Sheila Parks <sheilaruthparks at comcast.net>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
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> Thank you, Shava, for organizing a vigil.
>
> I work on Mon and Tues
>
> When do you think you will do the one at MIT or wiil that be right
> after the Courthouse one on Tuesday?
>
> And thank you to all of you for discussing this tragedy
>
> I don't often comment on this list but I am so glad to be here for
> this discussion
>
> I do blame MIT and the US Attorneys
>
> Sheila
>
> At 11:23 AM 1/13/2013, you wrote:
>
> >This is what I understand of Aaron's action.
> >
> >First, to be clear, JSTOR settled with Aaron last summer.
> >
> >Aaron was trying to raise consciousness around their model.  JSTOR
> >does not pay out a penny to the author or the author's host
> >institution.  They do not pay royalties to the research funders -
> >often the taxpayer, so maybe you and me.  In other circumstances
> >this would make the work public domain.
> >
> >The only money goes to the paper journal publisher.  That is the
> >firewall consortium JSTOR represents.
> >
> >That is the message Aaron meant to amplify with what he likely saw
> >as political/ethical art performance civil disobedience.
> >
> >Personally I think if he had not been on federal radar for
> >organizing SOPA/PIPA nothing more would have come from it as a
> >Harvard-connected white academic of a certain status.
> >
> >But as it is, he faced seven figures in damages and three decades in
> >hard time even after he settled with JSTOR.
> >
> >This is the way my family has observed activists attempted to be
> >neutralized by the immune system of the federal government since
> >Eugene Debs.  I have three generations of witness.
> >
> >My instinct is that when you see resources expended out of
> >proportion, look for the proportionate end.  Aaron was not being
> >chilled for his potential in copying files, I suspect.  He just
> >handed them something for which he could be charged.
> >
> >We can't let it go without response just because it is classic and
> >chronic.  I am organizing a vigil at 1 Courthouse in Boston 2pm
> >Tuesday, probably small, and we'll follow on from that at MIT.
> >
> >Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general,
> >and there is hope for some good nonviolent ends out of this.
> >
> >Feedback welcome.
> >
> >Yrs,
> >--
> >Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> >https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
>
> Sheila Parks, Ed.D.
> Founder
> Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots
> Watertown, MA  02472
> 617 744 6020
> DEMOCRACY IN OUR HANDS
> www.handcountedpaperballots.org
> sheila at handcountedpaperballots.org
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 7
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:41:15 -0600
> From: Case Black <caseblack at gmail.com>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
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> "Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general"...of
> course not, neither did Adolf Eichmann.
>
> This is the face of the Banality of Evil for the modern era!
>
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM, Shava Nerad <shava23 at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Federal Prosecutor Ortiz
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> Message: 8
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:17:32 -0600
> From: Case Black <caseblack at gmail.com>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
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> "Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general...
>
> The more significant issue is that evil does not come at us with teeth
> bared and the smell of sulfur in the air. It comes at us in a well tailored
> suit and a welcoming smile; with slavish attention to following all the
> correct procedures so that no one can ever say the letter of the law was
> not scrupulously honored.
>
> This was clearly a case of malicious prosecution not to redress a harm done
> to society, but to silence a voice willing to challenge power. The fact
> that it was done by friendly smiling attorneys in the antiseptic confines
> of a Federal Courtroom and not by rude thugs in the center of Tahrir Square
> in no way lessens the evil of unconstrained use of state power to silence
> voices of dissent...
>
> The "Banality of Evil" quote applies well here...as giant organizations, be
> they government, corporate or church, do unspeakable harm through the
> blandest of bureaucrats, the most pious of bishops and the most reasonable
> of prosecutors. We would do well when looking at the likes of Ortiz to
> always hold separate intent from presentation...
>
> Case
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM, Case Black <caseblack at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > "Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general"...of
> > course not, neither did Adolf Eichmann.
> >
> > This is the face of the Banality of Evil for the modern era!
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM, Shava Nerad <shava23 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Federal Prosecutor Ortiz
> >
> >
> >
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> Message: 9
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:26:27 -0800
> From: "michael gurstein" <gurstein at gmail.com>
> To: "liberationtech" <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: [liberationtech] FW: Aaron H. Swartz (November 8, 1986 --
>         January 11,     2013)
> Message-ID: <045401cdf1bb$8103a310$830ae930$@gmail.com>
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>
> Amidst the widespread public grief concerning the tragic and untimely
> demise
> of open information activist Aaron Swartz perhaps a moment might be given
> to
> reflect on
>
>
> http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-12/mangalore/36295357_1_
> rti-activist-land-dispute-police-station<http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-12/mangalore/36295357_1_rti-activist-land-dispute-police-station>
> http://tinyurl.com/ag3gpkp
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attacks_on_RTI_activists_in_India
> http://tinyurl.com/b8vhdr8
>
> M
>
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 10
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:21:20 -0500
> From: Shava Nerad <shava23 at gmail.com>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
> Message-ID:
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>
> I was thinking the MIT meeting would be an evening sometime later in the
> week, but I wanted to see who showed up Tuesday, and if I could get a small
> committee together so maybe a later announcement?
>
> I wanted to see if I could get an MIT person who could schedule a room.
>
> yrs,
> SN
>
> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM, Sheila Parks
> <sheilaruthparks at comcast.net>wrote:
>
> > Thank you, Shava, for organizing a vigil.
> >
> > I work on Mon and Tues
> >
> > When do you think you will do the one at MIT or wiil that be right after
> > the Courthouse one on Tuesday?
> >
> > And thank you to all of you for discussing this tragedy
> >
> > I don't often comment on this list but I am so glad to be here for this
> > discussion
> >
> > I do blame MIT and the US Attorneys
> >
> > Sheila
> >
> >
> > At 11:23 AM 1/13/2013, you wrote:
> >
> >  This is what I understand of Aaron's action.
> >>
> >> First, to be clear, JSTOR settled with Aaron last summer.
> >>
> >> Aaron was trying to raise consciousness around their model.  JSTOR does
> >> not pay out a penny to the author or the author's host institution.
>  They
> >> do not pay royalties to the research funders - often the taxpayer, so
> maybe
> >> you and me.  In other circumstances this would make the work public
> domain.
> >>
> >> The only money goes to the paper journal publisher.  That is the
> firewall
> >> consortium JSTOR represents.
> >>
> >> That is the message Aaron meant to amplify with what he likely saw as
> >> political/ethical art performance civil disobedience.
> >>
> >> Personally I think if he had not been on federal radar for organizing
> >> SOPA/PIPA nothing more would have come from it as a Harvard-connected
> white
> >> academic of a certain status.
> >>
> >> But as it is, he faced seven figures in damages and three decades in
> hard
> >> time even after he settled with JSTOR.
> >>
> >> This is the way my family has observed activists attempted to be
> >> neutralized by the immune system of the federal government since Eugene
> >> Debs.  I have three generations of witness.
> >>
> >> My instinct is that when you see resources expended out of proportion,
> >> look for the proportionate end.  Aaron was not being chilled for his
> >> potential in copying files, I suspect.  He just handed them something
> for
> >> which he could be charged.
> >>
> >> We can't let it go without response just because it is classic and
> >> chronic.  I am organizing a vigil at 1 Courthouse in Boston 2pm Tuesday,
> >> probably small, and we'll follow on from that at MIT.
> >>
> >> Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general, and
> >> there is hope for some good nonviolent ends out of this.
> >>
> >> Feedback welcome.
> >>
> >> Yrs,
> >> --
> >> Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> >> https://mailman.stanford.edu/**mailman/listinfo/**liberationtech<
> https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech>
> >>
> >
> > Sheila Parks, Ed.D.
> > Founder
> > Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots
> > Watertown, MA  02472
> > 617 744 6020
> > DEMOCRACY IN OUR HANDS
> > www.handcountedpaperballots.**org <
> http://www.handcountedpaperballots.org>
> > sheila@**handcountedpaperballots.org <sheila at handcountedpaperballots.org
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> > https://mailman.stanford.edu/**mailman/listinfo/**liberationtech<
> https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech>
> >
>
>
>
> --
>
> Shava Nerad
> shava23 at gmail.com
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> Message: 11
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:36:17 -0800
> From: Aaron Greenspan <greensp at stanford.edu>
> To: liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu
> Subject: [liberationtech] $10,000: The Aaron Swartz Memorial Grants
> Message-ID: <E0883B27-7A76-493F-96AA-19F777CDDB39 at stanford.edu>
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>
> Hello,
>
> I'm new to the mailing list, but I thought this might be of interest.
> Please feel free to spread the word.
>
> http://www.aarongreenspan.com/writing/essay.html?id=83
>
> Thanks,
>
> Aaron
>
> Aaron Greenspan
> CodeX Fellow | Stanford Center for Legal Informatics |
> http://codex.stanford.edu
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> Message: 12
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:45:24 -0500
> From: Sheila Parks <sheilaruthparks at comcast.net>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
> Message-ID: <20130113194519.989382009F8 at mailman.stanford.edu>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; Format="flowed"
>
> Thanks, Shava
>
> I will keep on watching for your posts
>
> I am reading this list now at any rate, so should see it easily
>
> Sheila
>
> At 02:21 PM 1/13/2013, you wrote:
> >I was thinking the MIT meeting would be an evening sometime later in
> >the week, but I wanted to see who showed up Tuesday, and if I could
> >get a small committee together so maybe a later announcement?
> >
> >I wanted to see if I could get an MIT person who could schedule a room.
> >
> >yrs,
> >SN
> >
> >On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM, Sheila Parks
> ><<mailto:sheilaruthparks at comcast.net>sheilaruthparks at comcast.net> wrote:
> >Thank you, Shava, for organizing a vigil.
> >
> >I work on Mon and Tues
> >
> >When do you think you will do the one at MIT or wiil that be right
> >after the Courthouse one on Tuesday?
> >
> >And thank you to all of you for discussing this tragedy
> >
> >I don't often comment on this list but I am so glad to be here for
> >this discussion
> >
> >I do blame MIT and the US Attorneys
> >
> >Sheila
> >
> >
> >At 11:23 AM 1/13/2013, you wrote:
> >
> >This is what I understand of Aaron's action.
> >
> >First, to be clear, JSTOR settled with Aaron last summer.
> >
> >Aaron was trying to raise consciousness around their model.  JSTOR
> >does not pay out a penny to the author or the author's host
> >institution.  They do not pay royalties to the research funders -
> >often the taxpayer, so maybe you and me.  In other circumstances
> >this would make the work public domain.
> >
> >The only money goes to the paper journal publisher.  That is the
> >firewall consortium JSTOR represents.
> >
> >That is the message Aaron meant to amplify with what he likely saw
> >as political/ethical art performance civil disobedience.
> >
> >Personally I think if he had not been on federal radar for
> >organizing SOPA/PIPA nothing more would have come from it as a
> >Harvard-connected white academic of a certain status.
> >
> >But as it is, he faced seven figures in damages and three decades in
> >hard time even after he settled with JSTOR.
> >
> >This is the way my family has observed activists attempted to be
> >neutralized by the immune system of the federal government since
> >Eugene Debs.  I have three generations of witness.
> >
> >My instinct is that when you see resources expended out of
> >proportion, look for the proportionate end.  Aaron was not being
> >chilled for his potential in copying files, I suspect.  He just
> >handed them something for which he could be charged.
> >
> >We can't let it go without response just because it is classic and
> >chronic.  I am organizing a vigil at 1 Courthouse in Boston 2pm
> >Tuesday, probably small, and we'll follow on from that at MIT.
> >
> >Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general,
> >and there is hope for some good nonviolent ends out of this.
> >
> >Feedback welcome.
> >
> >Yrs,
> >--
> >Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> ><https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech>
> https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
> >
> >
> >Sheila Parks, Ed.D.
> >Founder
> >Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots
> >Watertown, MA  02472
> ><tel:617%20744%206020>617 744 6020
> >DEMOCRACY IN OUR HANDS
> ><http://www.handcountedpaperballots.org>www.handcountedpaperballots.org
> ><mailto:sheila at handcountedpaperballots.org>
> sheila at handcountedpaperballots.org
> >
> >
> >--
> >Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
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> https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >--
> >
> >Shava Nerad
> ><mailto:shava23 at gmail.com>shava23 at gmail.com
> >--
> >Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> >https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
>
> Sheila Parks, Ed.D.
> Founder
> Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots
> Watertown, MA  02472
> 617 744 6020
> DEMOCRACY IN OUR HANDS
> www.handcountedpaperballots.org
> sheila at handcountedpaperballots.org
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> Message: 13
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:52:40 -0500
> From: Shava Nerad <shava23 at gmail.com>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
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> It is part of the principles of formal nonviolence theory that you must not
> hold the passive evil as irredeemable and non-negotiable.  This is what the
> truth and reconciliation process is about.
>
> Without that possibility, there is no movement forward.
>
> I believe in that process as an article of faith; I've seen it work in
> phenomenally bad situations.  This is, I hope, not that bad.
>
> You can not negotiate across a table without having an understanding and
> some empathy or at least openness to the needs of the person across from
> you.  My father, a pacifist, taught his children to study military history,
> strategy and tactics, economics, diplomacy, history, and politics.  In the
> sixties, when so many hippie children were disparaging everything having to
> do with The Establishment, I was studying the deep roots of the conflict in
> southeast Asia in the interest to find the magic button on the puzzle box
> to undo the entire unsolvable morass and make it resolve (Walter Cronkite
> seemed to beat me to it, in a way).
>
> So please do not consider me naive when I say she does not seem evil.  What
> I am saying is this:  She seems like a rational actor in most of her
> recorded works.  That means I can likely approach her in negotiation.  She
> is likely not psychotic.  She is likely to play by some reasonable subset
> of the Rules of the Game, and not "disappear" me, or act out of psychosis
> or completely outside the rule of law.
>
> It's risk management, do you see?
>
> I have come against people who I believe to be what I would call truly evil
> -- who believed internally that they acted as agents of the forces of evil
> in the world. And/or who were socio- or psychopathic in various ways
> clinically and were not safe to be around.  Some of those people had enough
> power or authority to be dangerous.  And/or who thought that people like me
> or people I was advocating for did not qualify as truly or fully human and
> therefore were not worth accounting for in their priorities and decision
> making, which in my value system makes them evil because I believe that
> people are equal.  Various things.
>
> Even some of those people, but only some of them can be reached in this
> lifetime.  Some of them can not.  It is a liberal myth that you can
> persuade all people to your side through verbal means.  You can't.  Some
> you can only reach through emotions or symbolic means.  Others, you will
> never reach in this lifetime once they are imprinted, I'm convinced.
>
> So much of the change we try to effect is generational; we need to be
> patient, and that's very hard, especially for the young people.
>
> So yes, I am a warrior, but in my way a very "yin" warrior.  I expose
> myself to the "enemy," learn their needs, favor compromise, and evolve into
> the Beloved Community with them.  Resistance is futile.  Assimilation is
> inevitable.
>
> At least, that's more or less the hope.
>
> It's amazing how often one finds out they have the same values and were
> pressured into a bad compromise.  And of course, you don't compromise past
> your own ethics.  But it's rarely a comfortable path.  It involves building
> trust with people you probably don't like, paying dues, being tested,
> suffering fools gladly, exercising power to show that you can play the same
> games, and all the traditional crap that the old system uses.
>
> Until you've sent all the protocol signals that clear you for entry to real
> dialogue.
>
> This is how I got to be Chair of Budget and Finance of Multnomah County
> Oregon for the Democrats in one year and then Democrat State Committee the
> next with no previous office in the Democratic Party.  It's social
> engineering.
>
> This is how I ended up VP of Marketing and BizDev of a tiny fannish company
> in PDX and taking them to 285 on the Inc1000 in three years in 2003 (after
> the dotcom bubble busted, note...) on the basis of the contracts I
> negotiated for them, coming from a background in nonprofit administration.
>
> You just walk in and do it.  It's a LARP.  It's performance art and improv.
>  But it's not in the least naive.
>
> If you avoid negotiating with people because they might be evil, work with
> evil, have done evil things, you can't change the world.  Those are the
> exact people who are acting with power now.  Am I right?
>
> No fear.
>
> yrs,
> SN
>
> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 1:17 PM, Case Black <caseblack at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > "Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general...
> >
> > The more significant issue is that evil does not come at us with teeth
> > bared and the smell of sulfur in the air. It comes at us in a well
> tailored
> > suit and a welcoming smile; with slavish attention to following all the
> > correct procedures so that no one can ever say the letter of the law was
> > not scrupulously honored.
> >
> > This was clearly a case of malicious prosecution not to redress a harm
> > done to society, but to silence a voice willing to challenge power. The
> > fact that it was done by friendly smiling attorneys in the antiseptic
> > confines of a Federal Courtroom and not by rude thugs in the center of
> > Tahrir Square in no way lessens the evil of unconstrained use of state
> > power to silence voices of dissent...
> >
> > The "Banality of Evil" quote applies well here...as giant organizations,
> > be they government, corporate or church, do unspeakable harm through the
> > blandest of bureaucrats, the most pious of bishops and the most
> reasonable
> > of prosecutors. We would do well when looking at the likes of Ortiz to
> > always hold separate intent from presentation...
> >
> > Case
> >
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM, Case Black <caseblack at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> "Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general"...of
> >> course not, neither did Adolf Eichmann.
> >>
> >> This is the face of the Banality of Evil for the modern era!
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM, Shava Nerad <shava23 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Federal Prosecutor Ortiz
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
> > --
> > Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> > https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
> >
>
>
>
> --
>
> Shava Nerad
> shava23 at gmail.com
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> Message: 14
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:54:23 -0500
> From: Shava Nerad <shava23 at gmail.com>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
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>
> A lot of what I am writing on this topic is on my google+.  You don't have
> to be a google subscriber.  Just go to plus.google.com and search for my
> name, and you'll find my stuff.
>
> SN
>
> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM, Sheila Parks
> <sheilaruthparks at comcast.net>wrote:
>
> >  Thanks, Shava
> >
> > I will keep on watching for your posts
> >
> > I am reading this list now at any rate, so should see it easily
> >
> > Sheila
> >
> >
> > At 02:21 PM 1/13/2013, you wrote:
> >
> > I was thinking the MIT meeting would be an evening sometime later in the
> > week, but I wanted to see who showed up Tuesday, and if I could get a
> small
> > committee together so maybe a later announcement?
> >
> > I wanted to see if I could get an MIT person who could schedule a room.
> >
> > yrs,
> > SN
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM, Sheila Parks <
> sheilaruthparks at comcast.net>
> > wrote:
> >  Thank you, Shava, for organizing a vigil.
> >
> > I work on Mon and Tues
> >
> > When do you think you will do the one at MIT or wiil that be right after
> > the Courthouse one on Tuesday?
> >
> > And thank you to all of you for discussing this tragedy
> >
> > I don't often comment on this list but I am so glad to be here for this
> > discussion
> >
> > I do blame MIT and the US Attorneys
> >
> > Sheila
> >
> >
> > At 11:23 AM 1/13/2013, you wrote:
> >
> >  This is what I understand of Aaron's action.
> >
> > First, to be clear, JSTOR settled with Aaron last summer.
> >
> > Aaron was trying to raise consciousness around their model.  JSTOR does
> > not pay out a penny to the author or the author's host institution.  They
> > do not pay royalties to the research funders - often the taxpayer, so
> maybe
> > you and me.  In other circumstances this would make the work public
> domain.
> >
> > The only money goes to the paper journal publisher.  That is the firewall
> > consortium JSTOR represents.
> >
> > That is the message Aaron meant to amplify with what he likely saw as
> > political/ethical art performance civil disobedience.
> >
> > Personally I think if he had not been on federal radar for organizing
> > SOPA/PIPA nothing more would have come from it as a Harvard-connected
> white
> > academic of a certain status.
> >
> > But as it is, he faced seven figures in damages and three decades in hard
> > time even after he settled with JSTOR.
> >
> > This is the way my family has observed activists attempted to be
> > neutralized by the immune system of the federal government since Eugene
> > Debs.  I have three generations of witness.
> >
> > My instinct is that when you see resources expended out of proportion,
> > look for the proportionate end.  Aaron was not being chilled for his
> > potential in copying files, I suspect.  He just handed them something for
> > which he could be charged.
> >
> > We can't let it go without response just because it is classic and
> > chronic.  I am organizing a vigil at 1 Courthouse in Boston 2pm Tuesday,
> > probably small, and we'll follow on from that at MIT.
> >
> > Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general, and
> > there is hope for some good nonviolent ends out of this.
> >
> > Feedback welcome.
> >
> > Yrs,
> > --
> > Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> > https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
> >
> >
> > Sheila Parks, Ed.D.
> > Founder
> > Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots
> > Watertown, MA  02472
> > 617 744 6020
> > DEMOCRACY IN OUR HANDS
> >  www.handcountedpaperballots.org
> >  sheila at handcountedpaperballots.org
> >
> >
> > --
> > Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> > https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> >
> > Shava Nerad
> > shava23 at gmail.com
> > --
> > Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> > https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
> >
> > **
> >
> > ** Sheila Parks, Ed.D.
> > Founder
> > Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots
> > Watertown, MA  02472
> > 617 744 6020
> > DEMOCRACY IN OUR HANDS
> >  www.handcountedpaperballots.org
> > sheila at handcountedpaperballots.org
> >
> > --
> > Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> > https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
> >
>
>
>
> --
>
> Shava Nerad
> shava23 at gmail.com
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> Message: 15
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:19:08 -0500
> From: Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at mailman.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
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> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:41:15AM -0600, Case Black wrote:
> > "Federal Prosecutor Ortiz does not seem like a monster in general"...of
> > course not, neither did Adolf Eichmann.
> >
> > This is the face of the Banality of Evil for the modern era!
>
> I've been thinking about this, and about Lessig's comments
> (here: http://lessig.tumblr.com/post/40347463044/prosecutor-as-bully)
> and this quote comes to mind:
>
>         "So if someone idiot politician, some power player, tries to
>         execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it
>         personally.  Get angry.  The Machinery of Justice will not serve
>         you here -- it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and
>         soft-.  Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the
>         creatures of power slide out from under with a wink and a grin.
>
>         If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them.  Make it
>         personal.  Do as much damage as you can.  Get your message across.
>         That way you stand a far better chance of being taken seriously
>         next time.  Of being considered dangerous.  And make no mistake
>         about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous,
>         marks the difference -- the only difference in their eyes --
>         between players and the little people they liquidate, your
>         displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate
>         insult that it's just business, it's politics, it's just the way
>         of the world, it's a tough life, and that it's nothing personal.
>
>         Well fuck them.  Make it personal."
>
>         --- Richard K. Morgan, "Altered Carbon"
>
> ---rsk
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 16
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:25:21 +0100
> From: Samuel Carlisle <samuelcarlisle at gmail.com>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
> Message-ID:
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> I have started emailing all the academics I know in support of the open
> access initiative, please do the same:
>
> Aaron Swartz died recently
> http://boingboing.net/2013/01/12/rip-aaron-swartz.html, he believed in and
> campaigned for a free internet:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Fgh2dFngFsg
>
> I wonder if you could support an open data / publishing initiative by
> having a quick read and emailing this to some of your colleagues in the
> department to encourage the liberation of academic papers and journals so
> that people can read your work and not have to pay exorbitant sums to get
> access: "Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want
> to keep it for themselves. The world?s entire scientific and cultural
> heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly
> being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to
> read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You?ll
> need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier." more here:
> http://pastebin.com/cefxMVAy
>
> "
> Please Upload your Academic Papers to the web and tweet the links with
> #pdftribute
>
> Many others have done so in tribute to Aaron Swartz's campaign for open
> access: https://twitter.com/search/%23pdftribute
>
>
> http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57563701-93/researchers-honor-swartzs-memory-with-pdf-protest/
>
> In a tribute to Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide
> Friday, researchers have begun posting PDFs to Twitter to honor his
> campaign for open access
>
> Swartz, 26, had faced $4 million in fines and more than 50 years in prison
> for allegedly stealing 4 million documents from the Massachusetts Institute
> of Technology and Jstor, an archive of scientific journals and academic
> papers. The authorities claimed that he broke into a restricted-access
> computer wiring closet at MIT and accessed that network without
> authorization.
> "
>
> On 12 January 2013 09:35, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu> wrote:
>
> > This is a tragic loss and a terrible blow to the liberationtech
> community.
> >
> > Yosem
> >
> >
> >
> > http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartz.html
> >
> > Aaron Swartz commits suicide
> >
> > Web Update
> >
> > By Anne Cai
> > NEWS EDITOR; UPDATED AT 2:15 A.M. 1/12/13
> >
> > Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City
> > yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment
> > to The Tech. Swartz was 26.
> >
> > ?The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is,
> > regrettably, true,? confirmed Swartz? attorney, Elliot R. Peters of
> > Kecker and Van Nest, in an email to The Tech.
> >
> > Swartz was indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly
> > mass downloading documents from the JSTOR online journal archive with
> > the intent to distribute them. He subsequently moved to Brooklyn, New
> > York, where he then worked for Avaaz Foundation, a nonprofit ?global
> > web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making
> > everywhere.? Swartz appeared in court on Sept. 24, 2012 and pleaded
> > not guilty.
> >
> > The accomplished Swartz co-authored the now widely-used RSS 1.0
> > specification at age 14, was one of the three co-owners of the popular
> > social news site Reddit, and completed a fellowship at Harvard?s
> > Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption. In 2010, he founded
> > DemandProgress.org, a ?campaign against the Internet censorship bills
> > SOPA/PIPA.?
> > --
> > Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> > https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Samuel Carlisle BEng (Hons) Dunelm MIET
> pgp: 0x54828CAA
> twitter: @samthetechie <https://twitter.com/#!/samthetechie>
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> Message: 17
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:41:08 -0500
> From: Yvette Alberdingkthijm <yvette at witness.org>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
> Message-ID: <E267E749-3949-4447-92A8-4A2FE66BCB0C at witness.org>
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>
> All,
>
> Thank you for sharing and allowing this conversation on this list. I am
> the ED of WITNESS, a human rights organization, and happened to mention
> this thread today a friend (and one of WITNESS' allies and supporters), a
> Brooklyn-based psychiatrist called Sam Herschkowitz, particularly the fact
> that it seemed not always easy for people to find (the right) support when
> depressed or suicidal.
>
> He said that one out of 5 people struggle with depression or mood swings
> that can precipitate suicidal preoccupation.  There is no shelter from this
> occurrence and that shame ("I should be stronger") prevents all of us from
> getting help.
>
> He has offered to be a resource and to consult by phone or in person for
> free for anyone who needs help. I know this is a research-heavy crowd so I
> have posted his all information below. I cannot vouch for him
> professionally, and you should do your own homework, but I do know that he
> is a good potential link to resources.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Yvette
>
> Samuel Herschkowitz, M.D.
>
> 122 Willow Street
>
> Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
>
> 718-624-6277
>
>
>
>
>
> Curriculum  Vitae
>
>
>
> Dr. Herschkowitz has been a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst for
> over 35 years specializing in depression and anxiety.  He has held academic
> positions at Downstate Medical Center, Beth Israel Hospital, Mount Sinai
> Hospital and at NYU Medical Center.  He has been the Director of the NYU
> Psychoanalytic Institute as well as a teacher and mentor to residents and
> post graduate students in the mental health profession. His expertise in
> the treatment of depression and anxiety spans in modalities from
> pharmacological treatment to treatment approaches that are psychological
> only.  He is esteemed by his colleagues and has been awarded the Melitta
> Sperling award for outstanding performance within his field.
>
>
> Medical Licenses and Certifications:
>
>
>
> State Licenses: New York State No. 131099
>
> Federal: DEA AH7591402
>
> Diplomate Certification: American Board of Medical Examiners #1658 (1976)
>
> Specialty Certifications: Diplomate,
>
> American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology #21352 (1980)
>
> Subspecialty Certification:     Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst,
>
> American Psychoanalytic Association (2000)
>
>
> Educational  Experience:
>
>
> College:  Honors College, Syracuse University, Summa Cum Laude
>
> Medical School: Honor Roll, College of Medicine
>
> State University of New York at Downstate (1976)
>
> New York City
>
> Research Fellow: Department of Immunology and Cancer Research
>
> Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital (1976)
>
> New York City
>
> Residency: Department of Psychiatry
>
>             Kings County Medical Center (1979)
>
> New York City
>
> Post Residency Training: New York University Medical Center
>
> Psychoanalytic Institute (1984)
>
> New York City
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Academic Positions:
>
> Research Fellow,
>
> Department of Immunology, Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital (1976-1977)
>
> Assistant Instructor,
>
> Downstate Medical Center (1976-1979)
>
> Clinical Assistant Professor,
>
> Downstate Medical Center (1980-1981)
>
> Clinical Assistant Professor,
>
> Beth Israel Medical Center (1981-1984)
>
> Clinical Assistant Professor,
>
> Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City (1984-1989)
>
> Clinical Assistant Professor,
>
> New York University Medical Center (1989-2000)
>
> Clinical Associate Professor
>
> New York University Medical Center (2000-2004)
>
> Clinical Professor
>
> New York University Medical Center (2004-present)
>
> Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst
>
> New York University Psychoanalytic Institute (NYUPI:  2000-present)
>
>
>
> Publications:
>
> 1. Refereed publications:
>
>
> Herschkowitz, S. & Dickes, R., Suicide Attempts in a Female to Male
> Transsexual,
>
>      J. of the American Psychiatric Association, 35:368-69, March, 1978.
>
>
> Goode, R., Saften, T. & Herschkowitz, S., Mutagenic Retardation of
> Ascorbic Acid on
>
>      Clarke?s Level Cells,?  Annals of Immunology 14:3, pp. 78-84, June,
> 1978.
>
>
> Teifer, L. & Herschkowitz, S. Nutritional Aspects of Sexual Behavior,
> Nutritionist,
>
>      18:12, pp. 2-6, April, 1978.
>
>
> Herschkowitz, S. & Kahn, C., Toward a Psychoanalytic View of Family
> Systems,
>
>      The Psychoanalytic Review, 67:45-68, 1980.
>
>
> Goldberger, M., Herschkowitz, S. et al, Teaching Analytic Candidates Using
> a Taped
>
>      Audio Analysis, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, April, 1993.
>
>
> Herschkowitz, S., "On Analyzability" (recently submitted)  (2006)
>
>
>
> Herschkowitz, S. ?glossary terms? (partial) in Textbook of Psychoanalysis,
> ed. Person,
>
>     Cooper and Gabbard, (2004)
>
>
> Herschkowitz, S.  Book review of A Spirit of Inquiry by Lichtenberg et al
>
>      JAPA 53:1 pp. 306-309, 2005.
>
>
> 2.  Non-refereed Publication:
>
>
> Herschkowitz, S. Transsexual Etiology, J. of Legal Medicine, 5:27-29,
> July, 1977.
>
>
> Herschkowitz, S., Language, Psychoanalysis and Computer Technology,
> Downstate
>
>      Bulletin, 16:2-5, April, 1978.
>
>
> Herschkowitz, S., reporter on Weinshel, E.M., On Inconsolability, The PANY
> Bulletin,
>
>      June, 1982.
>
>
> Herschkowitz, S., reporter on Weich, H., Language as Fetish, The PANY
> Bulletin, July, 1990.
>
>
> 3. Scientific Papers Presented:
>
>
> ?Differential Diagnosis in the Evolution of Gender Dysphoria.?
>
>      Medical Grand Rounds, Downstate Medical Center, May, 17, 1990.
>
>
> ?A Case of Female Transsexualism,?  Eastern Conference for Sexual Therapy,
>
>      Plaza Hotel, New York City, March 5, 1987.
>
>
> ?Developmental Aspects of Male and Female Sexual Identity,?
>
>      Department of Sociology, The New School, April 26, 1988.
>
>
> Discussant:  "The Genesis of Male Homosexuality" (paper by Charles W.
> Socarides)
>
>      American Psychoanalytic Association, December, 1988.
>
>
> ?Transsexualism:  Surgical and Psychological Follow-up and Outcomes,?
>
>      Symposium on Human Sexuality (sponsored by H.E.W.) January 23, 1989.
>
>
> ?Creative Aspects of Scientific Innovation,? International Conference on
> Biotechnology,
>
>      Naples, Florida, 1990.
>
>
> ?Healthcare Technology:  Breakthroughs in the 90?s,? Women?s Economic
> Development
>
>      Conference, Sheraton Hotel, New York City, May 15, 1991.
>
>
> ?The Art of Negotiation,?  International Venture Capital Fund Conference,
> Marriott
>
>      Hotel, Boston, April 23, 1992.
>
>
> ?Due Diligence Evaluations of Corporate Management:  a Psychological
> Profile Guide,?
>
>      Smith Barney Management Consulting Conference, March 17, 1994.
>
>
> ?Can the Deal Work? Evaluation of Management Integrity,? New Businesses &
> Venture
>
>      Capital:  A 5 week course at the Harvard Business School.  One
> lecture on
>
>      October 17, 1995.
>
>
> ?Linguistic Interpretation and Psychoanalytic Interpretation,? Regents
> College, Department Of Psychology, London, September 15, 1996.
>
>
> ?The Bridge Between Words and Mental Representations,?  University of Sao
> Paulo, Brazil,
>
>      Department of Psychology, November 12, 2000.
>
>
> ?The Evolution of Language and Abstract Thinking,?  Stamford University,
> Joint Seminar
>
>      Department of Psychology and Linguistics, April 7, 2001.
>
>
> Moderator,  Scharff  Memorial Lecture, Charles Brenner:  the case
> presentation of
>
>      Dr. Chapman Atwell. April, 2003
>
>
> "On Analyzabiltiy," The Melitta Sperling Award Lecture, PANY, October 27,
> 2003.
>
>
>
> Psychoanalytic Administrative Activities:
>
>
>
> 1.    Director, NYU Psychoanalytic Institute  (?NYUPI?) 2005-2009
>
> 2.    Chairman, Education Committee, NYUPI, 2001-2005.
>
> 3.    Chairman, Curriculum Committee , NYUPI, 1994-2001.
>
> 4.    Member of the Faculty Search Committee, NYUPI, 1998-present.
>
> 5.   Chairman, Three Institute (NYUPI, Columbia, NYPI) Senior Elective
> Program (1996-     98).
>
> 6.    Member, Student Progression Committee, NYUPI, 1999-present.
>
> 7.    Member, Training Analysts? Selection Committee, 2001-2005.
>
> 8.    Member, Executive Council of the NYUPI, 1996-present.
>
> 9.    Member, Admissions Committee of NYUPI, 1996-present.
>
> 10.    Fellow, BOPS, American Psychoanalytic Association, 2001-present.
>
> 11.   Reader, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association,
> 2002-present.
>
> 12.  Co-chair, Site Visit Committee 2004,  2003 until site visit in Nov.
> 2004
>
> 13.  Member, Psychoanalytic Research and Development Fund (?PRDF?)
> 2000-present.
>
> 14.  Treasurer, Psychoanalytic Research and Development Fund (?PRDF?)
> 2002-present.
>
>
>
> Psychoanalytic Educational Activities:
>
>
> 1.  Co-chair of Medical School Psychiatric Education, Downstate Medical
> Center (1979-1981):
>
>
> 2.  Faculty member at the NYUPI, 1982-present.  The following courses were
> taught:
>
> A.  Alternate Schools
>
> B.  Psychopathology I and II.
>
>             C.  Theory I (early Freud [pre-1923]:  The Project,
> Interpretations of Dreams)
>
> D.  Theory III (Ego & the Id----Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety)
>
> E.  Theory IV (post 1930: Anna Freud; Hartmann, Kris & Lowenstein;
> Jacobson, etc.)
>
> F.   Theory V (modern controversies within analysis)
>
> G.  Theory VI (Borderline and Narcissism)
>
> H.  Case Conferences
>
>             I.  Dream Courses I & II
>
> 3.  Study Group Chair:  Issues of Self Esteem (PRDF= Psa. Research &
> Development Fund)
>
> 4.  Member of the following study groups (PRDF):
>
> A.  Psychoanalytic--Neuroscience (Panksepp/Ostow co-chairs) (2001-ongoing)
>
> B.  Analysis of the older patient  (Furst, Chair) (2000-2001)
>
> C.  Affect Regulation (Ostow, Chair)(2002-2003)
>
> D.  September 11th and it?s aftermath (Nunberg, Chair) (2002-ongoing)
>
>             E.  Therapeutic Action (H. Blum, chair) 2004-2005
>
>             F.  Self Esteem Regulation (S. Herschkowitz, Chair)  2003-2005
>
> 5.  Member of the following study groups:
>
> A.  9/11 & associated traumatic events (Viola Group--Elisabeth Young
> Breuhl, Chair).
>
>             B.  NYUPI curriculum revision (Alan Zients, Chair). 1998-2000
>
> 6.  Mentor, NYUPI Fellowship Program (2000-2002)
>
> 7.  Supervising and Training Analyst, NYUPI (2000-present).
>
> 8.  Theory Instructor, NYUPI psychotherapy program (2001).
>
> 9.  Lecturer (medical students and residents)  NYU Department of
> Psychiatry (1989-present).
>
>
>
>
> Highlights of past and present Administrative and Teaching Positions Held:
>
>
> Instructor (creative writing)  English Department, Syracuse University
> (1971-1972)
>
> Instructor (critical thinking)  English Department, Syracuse University
> (1971-1972)
>
>
> Coordinator and Lecturer, Medical School Psychiatry Lecture series,
> Downstate Medical
>
>      Center (1977-1980).   Organized and administered all psychiatric
> lectures at the
>
>       medical school.
>
>
> Curriculum Chairman, NYU Psychoanalytic Institute, 1994-2000.
>
>      During this time I coordinated major changes in the Institutes
> curriculum.  The emphasis
>
>      on pathology was eliminated and structural theory and
> conflict/compromise formation
>
>      was highlighted.  In addition, courses such as methodology, writing,
> critical thinking
>
>      about theory formulation(s), neurobiology, applied analysis, etc.
> were instituted.
>
>
> Student Progression Committee, NYU Psychoanalytic Institute, 2002-present
>
>     While on this committee, changes were instituted to further encourage
> students to write
>
>      And think more critically.  Rather than merely ?absorb? classical
> theory and technique,
>
>      Students were encouraged to write and think critically about their
> craft.  The attempt
>
>      Here was to shift the paradigm of an analytic school from the concept
> of a trade school
>
>      To the concept of an expanding set of classical cornerstones that
> could be creatively
>
>      used, written about and explored.
>
>
> Education Chairman, NYU Psychoanalytic Institute, 2002-2005
>
>   While chair of the EC, I continue to emphasize writing and critical
> thinking as a means to
>
>    understanding classical theory and the various outcroppgs of these
> foundational
>
>     foundational theories.  Writing workshops and entire courses devoted
> to writing
>
>     are now in place and cornerstone within the NYUPI curriculum.
>
>
> Director of the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute, 2005-2009
>
>     Administration and coordination of all Institute activities.  I
> promoted the concept of
>
>     TA reciprocity between the Columbia, New York Psychoanalytic
>  Institute and   NYUPI.  This allowed all three New York Institutes to
>
>      provide potential applicants the ability to remain with their present
> analyst or be
>
>      treated by an analyst from outside their ?educational? Institute
> environment. I?ve initiated the collaboration (and anticipated union) of
> all three child analytic
>
>      programs in New York City (New York, Columbia and NYUPI).  I have
> changed the
>
>      manner in which the director is chosen by allowing for full faculty
> participation in that
>
>      process.  I am in the process of developing a CORST program at NYUPI
> as well
>
>     as developing outreach analytic programs for third world countries.
>  We facilitate
>
>     the immigration of potential applicants to the United States for
> training purposes.
>
>     Most importantly, I promote and continue to promote transparent
> faculty collaboration.
>
>     For example, committee meeting minutes (EC, curriculum, etc.) are now
> circulated to
>
>     The faculty.  During my administration, the Institute has increased
> candidate inclusion     on committees.  We have also developed the first
> led candidate journal.  The Journal
>
>     will soon publish its first online issue.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm
> Executive Director
> WITNESS
> 80 Hanson Place
> Brooklyn, NY 11217
> phone: + 1(718) 783 2271
> europe: +31 619031122
> mobile: + 1 (347) 210 0152
>
> skype: yvette-a or witnessyvette
> email: yvette at witness.org
> twitter: @yvettethijm, @witnessorg, #video4change
> blog: blog.witness.org
>
>
> When elephants fight, the grass suffers
>
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> witness.org/donate
>
> On Jan 13, 2013, at 7:00 AM, Joshua Cohen <jcohen57 at stanford.edu> wrote:
>
> > griffin....thanks for that moving message....I am really glad that you
> are still with us.
> >
> > though I do not suffer from depression, I have seen the grim,
> suffocating pain very close up ... my father and others in family. I wish
> on everyone your epiphany: that we all deserve better than that.
> >
> >
> > warmly,
> >
> > Josh Cohen
> >
> >
> > On Jan 13, 2013, at 3:49 AM, Griffin Boyce <griffinboyce at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Hey all,
> >>
> >>   It's hard to write about one's own experience with depression and
> suicide in the wake of someone's passing.  Not just for the intense
> feelings involved, but also no one wants to direct attention away from the
> person who has died.
> >>
> >>   As some of you mention, the fear of losing respect or "becoming a
> liability" is very real.  It leads people to close off entirely, to hide
> away, to conceal their feelings behind smiles.[3]  This is the case within
> tech and in other communities as well.  It's a very tricky problem.  Much
> harder to spot when someone's having trouble if they live five hundred
> miles away and only communicate with you online.
> >>
> >>   In the past two-and-a-half years, I've lost three friends to suicide.
> Two were academics. Two were transgender. One was a member of the tech
> community. In light of everything that has happened, I feel the need to
> emphasize that people are not alone by talking about my experiences.
> >>
> >>   I've struggled with depression for most of my life. After having a
> fairly stable level of depression for a long time, I had a sudden downturn
> in late 2011. In December 2011, I planned to kill myself by jumping off a
> local bridge.[1] In the days leading up to the 8th, I cleaned and tried to
> get things into some semblance of order. A steely calm overcame me, and I
> closed years-old accounts without emotion.
> >>
> >>   I'd just moved to Philadelphia and my close friends were all far
> away. My spot on a waiting list for a trans-friendly therapist had just
> disappeared -- meaning another 3-6 months of waiting without help.  Suicide
> was not something that I wanted to do, but rather something that seemed
> like an inevitability. In my grief, I could not see that there would be a
> resolution that didn't include my death.
> >>
> >>   When I think back to my beginnings in coding and the internet, what
> led me to the interest was depression and a sharp sense of alienation.
>  After serious trauma and suicide attempts, I started to find a community
> of similar interests online in 1999.  At this point, I have very close
> friends in the tech community, but I did not feel very comfortable talking
> about the intense feelings that I was having.
> >>
> >>   In the end, I did not kill myself (spoiler alert). So what changed?
> Well, not a lot. But also, a lot. As a parting shot, I had agreed to give
> an interview to a journalist.[2] The interview went *incredibly* badly,
> causing the epiphany that I deserved to be treated better. It wasn't that
> simple, and it wasn't easy, but that was the catalyst that probably saved
> my life.
> >>
> >>   Getting help was not easy. The first medication I tried sent my
> cognition to zero and it took until March 2012 to finally see a therapist.
> It was still difficult. There are specific issues that impact the tech
> community. Busy is not the new happy.  At times it felt like a death march,
> but for me it felt like the alternative was death -- and we all deserve
> better than that.
> >>
> >> All the best,
> >> Griffin Boyce
> >>
> >> [1] It's this one, for the morbidly curious:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_Street_Bridge_(Philadelphia)
> >> [2] People who know me well will find that amusing, as I'd pretty much
> rather be covered in honey and set upon an anthill than talk about myself
> in print.
> >> [3] The day after, I went to a museum with a friend. She had no idea.
> In fact, I had to send her an email tonight because she *still* has no idea
> but subscribes to libtech.
> >>
> >> --
> >> "What do you think Indians are supposed to look like?
> >> What's the real difference between an eagle feather fan
> >> and a pink necktie? Not much."
> >> ~Sherman Alexie
> >>
> >> PGP Key etc: https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/User:Fontaine --
> >> Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
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> Message: 18
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:04:36 +0200
> From: Maxim Kammerer <mk at dee.su>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
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> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM, Samuel Carlisle
> <samuelcarlisle at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Please Upload your Academic Papers to the web and tweet the links with
> > #pdftribute
>
> This might be a suitable time to create an .onion resource that is
> actually good for the world ? a gigapedia / library.nu clone that
> can't be shut down. A lot of hard work, not as glamorous as yet
> another crowdsourcing-cloud-whatever activism app , and necessarily
> anonymous, but the impact is hard to underestimate. Such a resource
> could easily outshine all the garbage that presently populates
> .onion-land, and you only need to read online comments from
> third-world researchers / students mourning gigapedia demise to
> understand the true potential.
>
> > In a tribute to Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed suicide
> > Friday, researchers have begun posting PDFs to Twitter to honor his
> campaign
> > for open access
>
> This is probably a pointless gesture ? academics can already post
> their own papers online, whether permitted by the publisher or not. I
> don't think a publisher ever went after such cases, since they know
> this would cause a boycott from the academic community (a real one,
> not the rare and privileged ?I am not publishing in closed-access
> journals? one).
>
> --
> Maxim Kammerer
> Libert? Linux: http://dee.su/liberte
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 19
> Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:09:30 +1300
> From: Andrew Lewis <me at andrewlew.is>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
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>
> So what needs to be done?
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 14, 2013, at 10:05 AM, Maxim Kammerer <mk at dee.su> wrote:
>
> > On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 10:25 PM, Samuel Carlisle
> > <samuelcarlisle at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Please Upload your Academic Papers to the web and tweet the links with
> >> #pdftribute
> >
> > This might be a suitable time to create an .onion resource that is
> > actually good for the world ? a gigapedia / library.nu clone that
> > can't be shut down. A lot of hard work, not as glamorous as yet
> > another crowdsourcing-cloud-whatever activism app , and necessarily
> > anonymous, but the impact is hard to underestimate. Such a resource
> > could easily outshine all the garbage that presently populates
> > .onion-land, and you only need to read online comments from
> > third-world researchers / students mourning gigapedia demise to
> > understand the true potential.
> >
> >> In a tribute to Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist who committed
> suicide
> >> Friday, researchers have begun posting PDFs to Twitter to honor his
> campaign
> >> for open access
> >
> > This is probably a pointless gesture ? academics can already post
> > their own papers online, whether permitted by the publisher or not. I
> > don't think a publisher ever went after such cases, since they know
> > this would cause a boycott from the academic community (a real one,
> > not the rare and privileged ?I am not publishing in closed-access
> > journals? one).
> >
> > --
> > Maxim Kammerer
> > Libert? Linux: http://dee.su/liberte
> > --
> > Unsubscribe, change to digest, or change password at:
> https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/liberationtech
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 20
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 23:19:59 +0200
> From: Maxim Kammerer <mk at dee.su>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
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> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 11:09 PM, Andrew Lewis <me at andrewlew.is> wrote:
> > So what needs to be done?
>
> Um... Didn't I just describe what needs to be done? Or you don't know
> about gigapedia?
>
> Motivation:
> http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/2012227143813304790.html
>
> Method: an .onion site (no need for external links, just keep the
> articles / book on-site).
>
> Implementers: no newbies.
>
> I think it would be a good project, with tremendous impact (read the
> article above).
>
> --
> Maxim Kammerer
> Libert? Linux: http://dee.su/liberte
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 21
> Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:52:03 -0500
> From: Joanne Michele <sabzbrach at gmail.com>
> To: liberationtech <liberationtech at lists.stanford.edu>
> Subject: Re: [liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits
>         suicide
> Message-ID:
>         <CA+Z_-w+2sDtq-CTAwJ09KW6n3=A-ufQE4gk3F=9Wq=
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>
> Yvette, that's beautiful. Please pass along my gratitude.
>
> -Joanne
>
> On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 3:41 PM, Yvette Alberdingkthijm
> <yvette at witness.org>wrote:
>
> > All,
> >
> > Thank you for sharing and allowing this conversation on this list. I am
> > the ED of WITNESS, a human rights organization, and happened to mention
> > this thread today a friend (and one of WITNESS' allies and supporters), a
> > Brooklyn-based psychiatrist called Sam Herschkowitz, particularly the
> fact
> > that it seemed not always easy for people to find (the right) support
> when
> > depressed or suicidal.
> >
> > He said that one out of 5 people struggle with depression or mood swings
> > that can precipitate suicidal preoccupation.  There is no shelter from
> this
> > occurrence and that shame ("I should be stronger") prevents all of us
> from
> > getting help.
> >
> > He has offered to be a resource and to consult by phone or in person for
> > free for anyone who needs help. I know this is a research-heavy crowd so
> I
> > have posted his all information below. I cannot vouch for him
> > professionally, and you should do your own homework, but I do know that
> he
> > is a good potential link to resources.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Yvette
> >
> > *Samuel Herschkowitz, M.D.*
> >
> > *122 Willow Street*
> >
> > *Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201*
> >
> > *718-624-6277*
> >
> > * *
> >
> > * *
> >
> > *Curriculum  Vitae*
> >
> >
> >
> > *Dr. Herschkowitz has been a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst
> > for over 35 years specializing in depression and anxiety.  He has held
> > academic positions at Downstate Medical Center, Beth Israel Hospital,
> Mount
> > Sinai Hospital and at NYU **Medical Center.  He has been the Director of
> > the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute as well as a teacher and mentor to
> > residents and post graduate students in the mental health profession. His
> > expertise in the treatment of depression and anxiety spans in modalities
> > from pharmacological treatment to treatment approaches that are
> > psychological only.  He is esteemed by his colleagues and has been
> awarded
> > the Melitta Sperling award for outstanding performance within his field.*
> >
> >
> > *Medical Licenses and Certifications:*
> >
> > * *
> >
> > State Licenses: New York State No. 131099
> >
> > Federal: DEA AH7591402
> >
> > Diplomate Certification: American Board of Medical Examiners #1658 (1976)
> >
> > Specialty Certifications: Diplomate,
> >
> > American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology #21352 (1980)
> >
> > Subspecialty Certification:     Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst,
> >
> > American Psychoanalytic Association (2000)
> >
> >
> > *Educational  Experience:*
> >
> >
> > College:  Honors College, Syracuse University, Summa Cum Laude
> >
> > Medical School: Honor Roll, College of Medicine
> >
> > State University of New York at Downstate (1976)
> >
> > New York City
> >
> > Research Fellow: Department of Immunology and Cancer Research
> >
> > Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital (1976)
> >
> > New York City
> >
> > Residency: Department of Psychiatry
> >
> >             Kings County Medical Center (1979)
> >
> > New York City
> >
> > Post Residency Training: New York University Medical Center
> >
> > Psychoanalytic Institute (1984)
> >
> > New York City
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > * *
> >
> > *Academic Positions:*
> >
> > *Research Fellow*,
> >
> > Department of Immunology, Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital (1976-1977)
> >
> > *Assistant Instructor*,
> >
> > Downstate Medical Center (1976-1979)
> >
> > *Clinical Assistant Professor,*
> >
> > Downstate Medical Center (1980-1981)
> >
> > *Clinical Assistant Professor,*
> >
> > Beth Israel Medical Center (1981-1984)
> >
> > *Clinical Assistant Professor,*
> >
> > Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City (1984-1989)
> >
> > *Clinical Assistant Professor,*
> >
> > New York University Medical Center (1989-2000)
> >
> > *Clinical Associate Professor*
> >
> > New York University Medical Center (2000-2004)
> >
> > *Clinical Professor*
> >
> > New York University Medical Center (2004-present)
> >
> > *Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst*
> >
> > New York University Psychoanalytic Institute (NYUPI:  2000-present)
> >
> >
> >
> > *Publications:*
> >
> > 1. *Refereed publications:*
> >
> >
> > Herschkowitz, S. & Dickes, R., Suicide Attempts in a Female to Male
> > Transsexual,
> >
> >      *J. of the American Psychiatric Association*, 35:368-69, March,
> 1978.
> >
> >
> > Goode, R., Saften, T. & Herschkowitz, S., Mutagenic Retardation of
> > Ascorbic Acid on
> >
> >      Clarke?s Level Cells,?  *Annals of Immunology* 14:3, pp. 78-84,
> > June, 1978.
> >
> >
> > Teifer, L. & Herschkowitz, S. Nutritional Aspects of Sexual Behavior, *
> > Nutritionist*,
> >
> >      18:12, pp. 2-6, April, 1978.
> >
> >
> > Herschkowitz, S. & Kahn, C., Toward a Psychoanalytic View of Family
> > Systems,
> >
> >      *The Psychoanalytic Review*, 67:45-68, 1980.
> >
> >
> > Goldberger, M., Herschkowitz, S. et al, Teaching Analytic Candidates
> Using
> > a Taped
> >
> >      Audio Analysis, *Psychoanalytic Quarterly*, April, 1993.
> >
> >
> > Herschkowitz, S., "On Analyzability" (recently submitted)  (2006)
> >
> > * *
> >
> > Herschkowitz, S. ?glossary terms? (partial) in *Textbook of
> Psychoanalysis
> > *, ed. Person,
> >
> >     Cooper and Gabbard, (2004)
> >
> >
> > Herschkowitz, S.  Book review of A Spirit of Inquiry by Lichtenberg et al
> >
> >      JAPA 53:1 pp. 306-309, 2005.
> >
> >
> > *2.  Non-refereed Publication:***
> >
> >
> > Herschkowitz, S. Transsexual Etiology, *J. of Legal Medicine*, 5:27-29,
> > July, 1977.
> >
> >
> > Herschkowitz, S., Language, Psychoanalysis and Computer Technology, *
> > Downstate*
> >
> >      *Bulletin*, 16:2-5, April, 1978.
> >
> >
> > Herschkowitz, S., reporter on Weinshel, E.M., On Inconsolability, *The
> > PANY Bulletin*,
> >
> >      June, 1982.
> >
> >
> > Herschkowitz, S., reporter on Weich, H., Language as Fetish, *The PANY
> > Bulletin*, July, 1990.
> >
> >
> > *3. Scientific Papers Presented:*
> >
> >
> > ?Differential Diagnosis in the Evolution of Gender Dysphoria.?
> >
> >      Medical Grand Rounds, Downstate Medical Center, May, 17, 1990.
> >
> >
> > ?A Case of Female Transsexualism,?  Eastern Conference for Sexual
> Therapy,
> >
> >      Plaza Hotel, New York City, March 5, 1987.
> >
> >
> > ?Developmental Aspects of Male and Female Sexual Identity,?
> >
> >      Department of Sociology, The New School, April 26, 1988.
> >
> >
> > Discussant:  "The Genesis of Male Homosexuality" (paper by Charles W.
> > Socarides)
> >
> >      American Psychoanalytic Association, December, 1988.
> >
> >
> > ?Transsexualism:  Surgical and Psychological Follow-up and Outcomes,?
> >
> >      Symposium on Human Sexuality (sponsored by H.E.W.) January 23, 1989.
> >
> >
> > ?Creative Aspects of Scientific Innovation,? International Conference on
> > Biotechnology,
> >
> >      Naples, Florida, 1990.
> >
> >
> > ?Healthcare Technology:  Breakthroughs in the 90?s,? Women?s Economic
> > Development
> >
> >      Conference, Sheraton Hotel, New York City, May 15, 1991.
> >
> >
> > ?The Art of Negotiation,?  International Venture Capital Fund Conference,
> > Marriott
> >
> >      Hotel, Boston, April 23, 1992.
> >
> >
> > ?Due Diligence Evaluations of Corporate Management:  a Psychological
> > Profile Guide,?
> >
> >      Smith Barney Management Consulting Conference, March 17, 1994.
> >
> >
> > ?Can the Deal Work? Evaluation of Management Integrity,? New Businesses &
> > Venture
> >
> >      Capital:  A 5 week course at the Harvard Business School.  One
> > lecture on
> >
> >      October 17, 1995.
> >
> >
> > ?Linguistic Interpretation and Psychoanalytic Interpretation,? Regents
> > College, Department Of Psychology, London, September 15, 1996.
> >
> >
> > ?The Bridge Between Words and Mental Representations,?  University of Sao
> > Paulo, Brazil,
> >
> >      Department of Psychology, November 12, 2000.
> >
> >
> > ?The Evolution of Language and Abstract Thinking,?  Stamford University,
> > Joint Seminar
> >
> >      Department of Psychology and Linguistics, April 7, 2001.
> >
> >
> > Moderator,  Scharff  Memorial Lecture, Charles Brenner:  the case
> > presentation of
> >
> >      Dr. Chapman Atwell. April, 2003
> >
> >
> > "On Analyzabiltiy," The Melitta Sperling Award Lecture, PANY, October 27,
> > 2003.
> >
> >
> >
> > *Psychoanalytic Administrative Activities:*
> >
> > * *
> >
> > 1.    Director, NYU Psychoanalytic Institute  (?NYUPI?) 2005-2009
> >
> > 2.    Chairman, Education Committee, NYUPI, 2001-2005.
> >
> > 3.    Chairman, Curriculum Committee , NYUPI, 1994-2001.
> >
> > 4.    Member of the Faculty Search Committee, NYUPI, 1998-present.
> >
> > 5.   Chairman, Three Institute (NYUPI, Columbia, NYPI) Senior Elective
> > Program (1996-     98).
> >
> > 6.    Member, Student Progression Committee, NYUPI, 1999-present.
> >
> > 7.    Member, Training Analysts? Selection Committee, 2001-2005.
> >
> > 8.    Member, Executive Council of the NYUPI, 1996-present.
> >
> > 9.    Member, Admissions Committee of NYUPI, 1996-present.
> >
> > 10.    Fellow, BOPS, American Psychoanalytic Association, 2001-present.
> >
> > 11.   Reader, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association,
> > 2002-present.
> >
> > 12.  Co-chair, Site Visit Committee 2004,  2003 until site visit in Nov.
> > 2004
> >
> > 13.  Member, Psychoanalytic Research and Development Fund (?PRDF?)
> > 2000-present.
> >
> > 14.  Treasurer, Psychoanalytic Research and Development Fund (?PRDF?)
> > 2002-present.
> >
> >
> >
> > *Psychoanalytic Educational Activities:*
> >
> >
> > 1.  Co-chair of Medical School Psychiatric Education, Downstate Medical
> > Center (1979-1981):
> >
> >
> > 2.  Faculty member at the NYUPI, 1982-present.  The following courses
> were
> > taught:
> >
> > A.  Alternate Schools
> >
> > B.  Psychopathology I and II.
> >
> >             C.  Theory I (early Freud [pre-1923]:  The Project,
> > Interpretations of Dreams)
> >
> > D.  Theory III (Ego & the Id----Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety)
> >
> > E.  Theory IV (post 1930: Anna Freud; Hartmann, Kris & Lowenstein;
> > Jacobson, etc.)
> >
> > F.   Theory V (modern controversies within analysis)
> >
> > G.  Theory VI (Borderline and Narcissism)
> >
> > H.  Case Conferences
> >
> >             I.  Dream Courses I & II
> >
> > 3.  Study Group Chair:  Issues of Self Esteem (PRDF= Psa. Research &
> > Development Fund)
> >
> > 4.  Member of the following study groups (PRDF):
> >
> > A.  Psychoanalytic--Neuroscience (Panksepp/Ostow co-chairs)
> (2001-ongoing)
> >
> > B.  Analysis of the older patient  (Furst, Chair) (2000-2001)
> >
> > C.  Affect Regulation (Ostow, Chair)(2002-2003)
> >
> > D.  September 11th and it?s aftermath (Nunberg, Chair) (2002-ongoing)
> >
> >             E.  Therapeutic Action (H. Blum, chair) 2004-2005
> >
> >             F.  Self Esteem Regulation (S. Herschkowitz, Chair)
>  2003-2005
> >
> > 5.  Member of the following study groups:
> >
> > A.  9/11 & associated traumatic events (Viola Group--Elisabeth Young
> > Breuhl, Chair).
> >
> >             B.  NYUPI curriculum revision (Alan Zients, Chair). 1998-2000
> >
> > 6.  Mentor, NYUPI Fellowship Program (2000-2002)
> >
> > 7.  Supervising and Training Analyst, NYUPI (2000-present).
> >
> > 8.  Theory Instructor, NYUPI psychotherapy program (2001).
> >
> > 9.  Lecturer (medical students and residents)  NYU Department of
> > Psychiatry (1989-present).
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > *Highlights of past and present Administrative and Teaching Positions
> > Held:*
> >
> >
> > Instructor (creative writing)  English Department, Syracuse University
> > (1971-1972)
> >
> > Instructor (critical thinking)  English Department, Syracuse University
> > (1971-1972)
> >
> >
> > Coordinator and Lecturer, Medical School Psychiatry Lecture series,
> > Downstate Medical
> >
> >      Center (1977-1980).   Organized and administered all psychiatric
> > lectures at the
> >
> >       medical school.
> >
> >
> > Curriculum Chairman, NYU Psychoanalytic Institute, 1994-2000.
> >
> >      During this time I coordinated major changes in the Institutes
> > curriculum.  The emphasis
> >
> >      on pathology was eliminated and structural theory and
> > conflict/compromise formation
> >
> >      was highlighted.  In addition, courses such as methodology, writing,
> > critical thinking
> >
> >      about theory formulation(s), neurobiology, applied analysis, etc.
> > were instituted.
> >
> >
> > Student Progression Committee, NYU Psychoanalytic Institute, 2002-present
> >
> >     While on this committee, changes were instituted to further encourage
> > students to write
> >
> >      And think more critically.  Rather than merely ?absorb? classical
> > theory and technique,
> >
> >      Students were encouraged to write and think critically about their
> > craft.  The attempt
> >
> >      Here was to shift the paradigm of an analytic school from the
> concept
> > of a trade school
> >
> >      To the concept of an expanding set of classical cornerstones that
> > could be creatively
> >
> >      used, written about and explored.
> >
> >
> > Education Chairman, NYU Psychoanalytic Institute, 2002-2005
> >
> >   While chair of the EC, I continue to emphasize writing and critical
> > thinking as a means to
> >
> >    understanding classical theory and the various outcroppgs of these
> > foundational
> >
> >     foundational theories.  Writing workshops and entire courses devoted
> > to writing
> >
> >     are now in place and cornerstone within the NYUPI curriculum.
> >
> >
> > Director of the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute, 2005-2009
> >
> >     Administration and coordination of all Institute activities.  I
> > promoted the concept of
> >
> >     TA reciprocity between the Columbia, New York
> > Psychoanalytic  Institute and   NYUPI.  This allowed all three New York
> > Institutes to
> >
> >      provide potential applicants the ability to remain with their
> present
> > analyst or be
> >
> >      treated by an analyst from outside their ?educational? Institute
> > environment. I?ve initiated the collaboration (and anticipated union) of
> > all three child analytic
> >
> >      programs in New York City (New York, Columbia and NYUPI).  I have
> > changed the
> >
> >      manner in which the director is chosen by allowing for full faculty
> > participation in that
> >
> >      process.  I am in the process of developing a CORST program at NYUPI
> > as well
> >
> >     as developing outreach analytic programs for third world
> > countries.  We facilitate
> >
> >     the immigration of potential applicants to the United States for
> > training purposes.
> >
> >     Most importantly, I promote and continue to promote transparent
> > faculty collaboration.
> >
> >     For example, committee meeting minutes (EC, curriculum, etc.) are now
> > circulated to
> >
> >     The faculty.  During my administration, the Institute has increased
> > candidate inclusion     on committees.  We have also developed the first
> > led candidate journal.  The Journal
> >
> >     will soon publish its first online issue.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm
> > Executive Director
> > WITNESS
> > 80 Hanson Place
> > Brooklyn, NY 11217
> > phone: + 1(718) 783 2271
> > europe: +31 619031122
> > mobile: + 1 (347) 210 0152
> >
> > skype: yvette-a or witnessyvette
> > email: yvette at witness.org
> > twitter: @yvettethijm, @witnessorg, #video4change
> > blog: blog.witness.org
> >
> >
> > When elephants fight, the grass suffers
> >
> > Young people across the U.S. are taking action against climate change.
> > By supporting WITNESS, you're supporting these youth. Please donate
> today:
> > witness.org/donate
> >
> > On Jan 13, 2013, at 7:00 AM, Joshua Cohen <jcohen57 at stanford.edu> wrote:
> >
> > griffin....thanks for that moving message....I am really glad that you
> are
> > still with us.
> >
> > though I do not suffer from depression, I have seen the grim, suffocating
> > pain very close up ... my father and others in family. I wish on everyone
> > your epiphany: that we all deserve better than that.
> >
> >
> > warmly,
> >
> > Josh Cohen
> >
> >
> > On Jan 13, 2013, at 3:49 AM, Griffin Boyce <griffinboyce at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hey all,
> >
> >   It's hard to write about one's own experience with depression and
> > suicide in the wake of someone's passing.  Not just for the intense
> > feelings involved, but also no one wants to direct attention away from
> the
> > person who has died.
> >
> >   As some of you mention, the fear of losing respect or "becoming a
> > liability" is very real.  It leads people to close off entirely, to hide
> > away, to conceal their feelings behind smiles.[3]  This is the case
> within
> > tech and in other communities as well.  It's a very tricky problem.  Much
> > harder to spot when someone's having trouble if they live five hundred
> > miles away and only communicate with you online.
> >
> >   In the past two-and-a-half years, I've lost three friends to suicide.
> > Two were academics. Two were transgender. One was a member of the tech
> > community. In light of everything that has happened, I feel the need to
> > emphasize that people are not alone by talking about my experiences.
> >
> >   I've struggled with depression for most of my life. After having a
> > fairly stable level of depression for a long time, I had a sudden
> downturn
> > in late 2011. In December 2011, I planned to kill myself by jumping off a
> > local bridge.[1] In the days leading up to the 8th, I cleaned and tried
> to
> > get things into some semblance of order. A steely calm overcame me, and I
> > closed years-old accounts without emotion.
> >
> >   I'd just moved to Philadelphia and my close friends were all far away.
> > My spot on a waiting list for a trans-friendly therapist had just
> > disappeared -- meaning another 3-6 months of waiting without help.
>  Suicide
> > was not something that I wanted to do, but rather something that seemed
> > like an inevitability. In my grief, I could not see that there would be a
> > resolution that didn't include my death.
> >
> >   When I think back to my beginnings in coding and the internet, what led
> > me to the interest was depression and a sharp sense of alienation.  After
> > serious trauma and suicide attempts, I started to find a community of
> > similar interests online in 1999.  At this point, I have very close
> friends
> > in the tech community, but I did not feel very comfortable talking about
> > the intense feelings that I was having.
> >
> >   In the end, I did not kill myself (spoiler alert). So what changed?
> > Well, not a lot. But also, a lot. As a parting shot, I had agreed to give
> > an interview to a journalist.[2] The interview went *incredibly* badly,
> > causing the epiphany that I deserved to be treated better. It wasn't that
> > simple, and it wasn't easy, but that was the catalyst that probably saved
> > my life.
> >
> >   Getting help was not easy. The first medication I tried sent my
> > cognition to zero and it took until March 2012 to finally see a
> therapist.
> > It was still difficult. There are specific issues that impact the tech
> > community. Busy is not the new happy.  At times it felt like a death
> march,
> > but for me it felt like the alternative was death -- and we all deserve
> > better than that.
> >
> > All the best,
> > Griffin Boyce
> >
> > [1] It's this one, for the morbidly curious:
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_Street_Bridge_(Philadelphia)
> > [2] People who know me well will find that amusing, as I'd pretty much
> > rather be covered in honey and set upon an anthill than talk about myself
> > in print.
> > [3] The day after, I went to a museum with a friend. She had no idea. In
> > fact, I had to send her an email tonight because she *still* has no idea
> > but subscribes to libtech.
> >
> > --
> > "What do you think Indians are supposed to look like?
> > What's the real difference between an eagle feather fan
> > and a pink necktie? Not much."
> > ~Sherman Alexie
> >
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