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Daily Archive for Monday, June 4th, 2007

poker islam

when i googled “poker islam” first time, up came hasan habib.

i would like to represent hasan habib is the muslim court of public opinion against the thought that a good muslim does not play poker.

was mohammed a man who saw truth for himself and preached that others should live like he lived?

poker teaches skill seeing truth for yourself.

why would it be a positive move against terror to engage the muslim world in consideration whether internet poker is a mode of learning muhammed would have loved or shunned?

first, because the question is a good one. it probes an ambiguity in the meaning of the qua’ran and leads back to what muhammed would really have thought if he were to be again a leader in the internet environment of our present day.

the question is of particular appeal to men between teenager and mid life, the power demographic who man the gangs and fight the wars and wield the bombs of terror. these are men who will not only be fascinated by the test and quest for the skill of deception at the heart of poker but will see the wisdom of sun tzu in its mastery.

the question reaches out to young men on all sides with a teaching of intelligence far more likely to reach and calm hearts and minds than are the guns and bombs of terror.

the question speaks to the imams at an academic level of challenge they should respect.

the question speaks to any man or woman who sees that skill at judging what is true is a form of intelligence, more so to those who would agree that our current approach to resolution of dispute lacks intelligence and promotes results good muslims and good americans abhor.

the question reaches out from america to the muslim world with a combination of great american accomplishments, the invention of the game of poker and internet. poker is a great and constructive american social sport.

the question turns on a revelation to muhammed from which has come the muslim stance on gambling. in one meaning the word he used is gambling, in another games of chance.
games of chance meaning lottery, the casting of lots, which muhummed and all enlightened leaders should abhor as a form of cheat upon the people selling them hope at losing odds, the very opposite of which is poker. poker skill predominates over chance. that is the point. poker trains a human ability to predominate is some small measure over the world of chance in which we live our lives. poker teaches how to handle chance, how to think about chance in relation to money. poker trains a person’s confidence to see truth for him or herself, thus better to enable intelligent productive participation in teams. poker trains better citizens for democracy.

the argument for internet democracy epitomized by the values and skills projected by poker has potential to reach every intelligent man and woman on the planet. internet democracy is an argument for peace.

knowledge beyond authority

a story of the internet

Forwarded Conversation
Subject: dance master

From: SchalickJ
To: nesson
Date: Mon, Jun 4, 2007 at 11:17 AM

Charlie, having watched you dance since 1998,… being totally hip-switched in my old age….I really missed you at Ames because your youthful mind keeps us all on our toes one way or the other.

We all did miss you. Spoke to Ogletree and we all know dancers win.

What struck me was the universal awareness that you ‘dance’ mentally in a way we all make best efforts to follow. Wishing you well in life’s dance. In your honor….as dance master….I talked first to a BBC World pal online (Humphrey Hawksley) then to Zittrain at Oxford. Berkman deserves … a keener awareness than is inside the Beltway or WhiteHall.

Cheers, and mend well.

Judith A. Schalick, LLC
Communications Strategies
“Putting People and Ideas Together”
Email: schalickj@

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From: Charles Nesson
To: “SchalickJ”
Date: Mon, Jun 4, 2007 at 12:03 PM

what a nice note. thanks so much.

when appropriate (in my judgment) to an open project and not sensitive (in my judgment) in terms of privacy, i may post email to my blog. all privacy requests respected.


lying back again now monday after is2k7 i realize what a lovely correspondence i have to carry on. i show my class john belushi dancing on his colleagues graves in the winter snow.

Forwarded Conversation

From: Williams, Jeremy
To: nesson
Date: Wed, May 30, 2007 at 11:31 PM


Terribly sorry that you cannot attend the conference you worked so hard to create, but of course hope reason isn’t serious and passes quickly. All the best.

From: Charles Nesson
To: “Williams, Jeremy”
Date: Sat, Jun 2, 2007 at 11:43 PM

Jeremy, I am finally out from under percocet. No doubt you’ve long since returned to L.A. I am so sorry I could not hang out with you some while you were here. I would dearly love to get your reactions to the conference and your thoughts on next steps. It’s amazing to me that I have so little idea about what actually happened.
Fond regards,
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when appropriate (in my judgment) to an open project and not sensitive (in my judgment) in terms of privacy, i may post email to my blog. all privacy requests respected.

From: Williams, Jeremy
To: Charles Nesson
Date: Sun, Jun 3, 2007 at 12:12 PM

A great relief to hear from you. I hope the recovery speeds along.

I found the conference very stimulating and informative; it was a high just to be a part of it. I talked a fair amount the first day, but spent the second saying very little but absorbing a lot, especially in the two working groups I attended (libraries and RIAA).

I am sorting out my thoughts about it all and hope to write something this week to send to you and to share with my studio colleagues. The key topic of that will naturally be, given my perch, what divides different constituencies and what does not regarding the copyright-related issues. My one-line summary: there was more agreement than I expected about the desirability of protecting copyright (Terry noted a decline in resistance to it, I think, amoung students, to take an important example), but the gulfs in methodology remain significant and may prove more difficult to bridge than we’d like to think. That was evident in the RIAA session, probably one of the more “lively” ones!

Of course, the issues discussed at the conference went far beyond copyright and even beyond intellectual property. In that sense the conference succeeded in heightening my awareness, and I assume that of all the participants, of the nature and profound effects of the digital context in which IP issues are being debated and, more fundamentally, in which the function of University is being examined.. I believe it succeeded in achieving your basic goals in that regard.

Your presence was felt and spoken of constantly.
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From: Charles Nesson
To: “Williams, Jeremy”
Date: Sun, Jun 3, 2007 at 5:56 PM

Thank you Jeremy. It is wonderful to hear from you. i very much look forward to working with you.
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hello y.s.
i am so sorry that i did not get to spend time with you while you were here. what comes below from where i do not know yet it is the conversation medium and message.

As Laurence Kirschbaum, a longtime publishing executive who recently became a literary agent, told me at the conference, “Google is now the gatekeeper. They are reaching an audience that we as publishers and authors are not reaching. It makes perfect sense to use the specificity of a search engine as a tool for selling books.”

Google thought so, too, and designed the books project accordingly. In addition to forming partnerships with libraries, the company has signed contracts with nearly every major American publisher. When one of these publishers’ books is called up in response to search queries, Google displays a portion of the total work and shows links to the publisher’s Web site and online shops like Amazon, where users can buy the book. “We are helping the publishers reach consumers that otherwise might not have known about their books and helping them market their books by giving limited but relevant previews of the books,” Jim Gerber, Google’s director of content partnerships, told me. “The Internet and search are custom made for marketing books. When there are a hundred and seventy-five thousand new books each year, you can’t market each one of those books in mass market. When someone goes into a search engine to learn more about a topic, that is a perfect time to make them aware that a given book exists. Publishers know that ‘browse leads to buy.’ ” (Google says that it does not take a cut of sales made through its books site.)