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in the name of Trevor Rhone

Charles —

Tonight I addressed the American people on the future we face together. Though at times it may seem uncertain, it is a future that is ours to decide, ours to define, and ours to win.

Overcoming the challenges we face today requires a new vision for tomorrow. We will move forward together, or not at all — for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

Yet the story of America is this: We do big things.
It means leading the world in educating our kids

so ok, that’s what i’m working on

SET-Jamaica’s Promise – Build a Tent at Mountain View

in collaboration with GoGSAT and BARMAX

Jamaica and America’s War on Drugs

new york daily news

7:08:15 AM
May 29, 2010
No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer, only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution? If you support prohibition then you’ve helped trigger the worst crime wave in history.

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merry christmas to the net

To: Cary Sherman

hi cary,

thanks for your note. i don’t really understand why you are continuing the litigation, but if that’s your position then i ask you to agree to our motion, just filed, to admit internet to the courtroom, and then to join with me in making the trial the best possible example of civil discourse within the rules of federal civil procedure.

happy holidaze
best to you and family from me and fern


game of gotcha

Power plays by the rules only when it suits its purpose
Now the court in Oregon is realizing it has some
Including the power to put their reality back in the face of authority
Power we think comes from on top
Power comes from within

Here’s an article in the new york times about Breyer listening and hearing what the Oregon judges are saying, speaking in their lawyer’s language about instructions to the jury, and Souter asking core questions.

Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Oregon
gotta love it

adam liptak

and then Roberts batting clean-up
where’s he from
home run

“Is there a way for us to ensure against a bad-faith response to our decision?”
Justice Souter asked. Chief Justice Roberts had an answer. Get to the issue at the core so that our decision earns respect. The Supreme Court has no troops to enforce its judgments on lower courts. Supreme Court authority is respect for law, which starts with judges understanding the true source of their power.

where is a transcript of this magnificent exchange
where is the audio/video
why do i not have this to teach to my class

today’s a busy day
here’s from matt:


I have class from 10am-12:45pm. Other than that I am available.

As a rough note to get things started, here is a (probably non-exhaustive) list of things we need to produce/discuss:

1. Request for leave to file reply to plaintiffs’ opposition to our amended counterclaim (ASAP!)
2. Request for leave to file reply to plaintiffs’ opposition to our motion to add RIAA (ASAP!)
3. Request for leave to file reply to plaintiffs’ opposition to our discovery plan (if we chose to do so, and if that is even possible… ASAP!)
4. Produce all three of those documents
5. Figure out what to do if we want to appeal the order against Tova to the 3rd Circuit (if we choose to do so)
6. Figure out how to comply with plaintiffs’ proposed discovery plan, because I think Judge Gertner probably will either adopt their plan or a modified version (provided we don’t/cant reply)
7. Figure out how to prepare all of the discovery stuff we’ll need to do soon anyway (esp. preparing expert reports on our experts)
8. How we’re going to handle the hearing in RI, including whether we’re going to request electronic recording
9. Finalize plans for our motion to allow electronic recording of the D.Mass proceedings
10. Decide how to distribute/coordinate all of this stuff with finals/Xmas break looming


from shubham
-For the reply brief on the amended counterclaim (item 1 above):
A. Argue that the court does in fact have inherent federal authority to allow redress for abuse of process.
B. Argue that our state law abuse of process pleadings are sufficient to continue to trial
C. Argue that the first amendment cannot justify their litigation campaign
D. Unconstitutional delegation argument
E. Civil v. Criminal argument
F. Unconstitutional excessive damages argument

from doc searls

Another example of RIAA heartlessness:




joel fights back

presidential poker game

sitting with position on obama
waits for obama to make his play
not hillary
what does that say
what does that say
to whom is he speaking
mccain sees a tell and makes his play

all-in with palin
straight talk rollin
mccain the maverick fighter
alaska woman at his side
choo choo who do you choose

obama seen and raised
action now to him


obama internet platform

[kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

draft lessig
to be chairman of the fcc

put the net in the hands of people who love it

Forwarded conversation
Subject: obama platform

From: Charles Nesson
Date: Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 9:44 AM
To: Lawrence Lessig

on monday night (july 28) i am hosting a Listen to America platform meeting on Internet Democracy and Education.
where better to start than with your thought. what would you say is platform number one?

From: Lawrence Lessig
Date: Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 6:13 PM
To: Charles Nesson


From: Charles Nesson
Date: Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 8:40 AM
To: Lawrence Lessig

you put a . after trust

trust what
trust whom
trust why

From: Lawrence Lessig
Date: Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 7:50 PM
To: Charles Nesson

trust in the very idea of government. that differences might be differences of good faith. that agreement might be won for the right reason.

forward to eon


i have an idea
a story starts with isaac’s email

Forwarded conversation
Subject: gallery XIV

From: William Kerr
Date: Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 3:41 PM
To: Charles Nesson , Isaac Meister

hi isaac –

i’m planning to get to the gallery early tomorrow morning – so feel
free to come at 10:30 or anytime after 8:30am.

…as we siad, it’d be great to have a few snippets from last night to
use in my next mass communication/press release. we’ll talk about
that tomorrow.

but the live feed is going to be simply amazing.

508.735.1016 cell

gallery director – Gallery XIV Boston
37 Thayer Street
Boston, MA 02118

(617) 482-1414
From: Isaac Meister
Date: Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 3:47 PM
Cc: Charles Nesson

Hi Will,

Bad news on that front – the audio we captured, starting with Charlie’s speech to the camera, is unrecoverable. The incompatible mic adapter HLS media services provided didn’t do the job expected, in spite of the fact that during operation last night everything seemed to be working fine. I’m completely redoing the setup and will test every link in the chain to make sure this doesn’t happen again. If the video without audio will be of any use to you, I can of course provide you with that, but no dice aside from that.

I’ll see you tomorrow and we can test things.


Isaac Meister
+1 617 312-3262 (m)
From: William Kerr
Date: Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 3:55 PM
To: Isaac Meister
Cc: Charles Nesson

oh well. that’s what we thought might be….

..for now, i think that video without audio will be good. just fine.
maybe there are a few particularly interesting moments? we can use
these bits to promote the channel going *LIVE* — and then we can make
some announcements for our programming for the next few weeks, at
least. i’m ready to be here all of the time…even change our summer
hours to be open at night…we’ll see what makes most sense (cents)

i’m planning to sent another communication to my list + press release
tomorrow afternon. i can announce the live show them too if it’s all
worked out.

From: Charles Nesson
Date: Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 6:15 PM
To: Isaac Meister

isaac, please call me

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: Charles Nesson
Date: Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 6:20 PM
To: Isaac Meister

you are kidding, right?


isaac wasn’t kidding. a mono connector from a stereo mic twisted our sound into buzz unrecoverable. ouch.

here’s audio to run as voice over.


here is audio mix thanks to wayne and a DJ friend in san francisco to run under


eager to get running

The Rhetoric Room at Gallery XIV

For most people, “Rhetoric” is synonymous with bullshit. But in classical terms it is the art of communicating effectively. Indeed, how we express our most important ideas, whether in politics, business, or everyday life, plays a critical role in shaping the world we live in. If “ideas have consequences,” as a philosopher once titled an important book about our culture, then so too do words, images and sounds have meaning. For it is rhetoric, after all, that articulates our ideas and gives them wings to fly and allows them to propagate.

The Rhetoric Room is an interactive experiment promoting various modes of effective communication about big ideas. The rhetoric used to promote them ranges from political debate to art to multi-media presentations through video, radio, music, theatre and the Internet. Our goal is to raise the level of discourse by restoring rhetoric to an honorable role in society. No bull. Please join us.

Rhetoric Room Sponsors

Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society

Schedule of Events

July 28, 2008



mark twain tells a wonderful story about poker as a game of skill, called Science_vs._Luck. here he is, front of TIME magazine. why he was ahead of his time on race. what his writing can teach America today


here the copy sits on my desk next to the screen of my machine
with a gallery of windows that open at my click



inside TIME is high rollers with poker barack and crap shooter john





Obama References Lil’ Wayne

Time | July 9, 2008 10:03 AM

kids connect with ABRAHAM_OBAMA


From: Leo Whelan

The kids have been mobilized,
and they are starting to get pretty excited.
So far I’ve brought all my older groups (about 80 kids) to see the
wall , talk about it, and start creating their own colored versions.
Check out the pic of our first batch. Much more to come: I estimate
that if I can get 130-140 pages colored back at the art room – in the
next round mixing paint – we’ll be able to create a block the size of
one of the panels. Could alternatively be made into a book version
with the images accompanied by statements, collage, other types of
reworked versions (digital)… lots of potential directions.
What’s most exciting to me is this contagious feeling of empowerment
that is growing as the kids realize the connection between making an
artistic statement and becoming involved in the political process.
Most of them are too cool to admit it yet (at least to me).
More pics and maybe video to come.


party for the poker philosopher

4:25 AM (1 hour ago) [jamal 263.JPG]

I began play yesterday with 565K chips. My girlfriend was preparing to fly out here to join me. While she was at the airport, I lost most of chips and was down to 135K. I called to warn her that there was a very real danger of my being eliminated before she arrived. She hates flying, and I didn’t want her to spend five hours on the plane each way for nothing. She still had 20 minutes before boarding, so I told her it was her call and I’d let her know if anything changed. Twenty minutes later, she sent me a text message: “On brd. I hv confidence in you. :-)”

Two days later, there are 80 players left, and I am in second place with 4,444,000 chips. We are all guaranteed $77,200. I really don’t know how I made it through the day at all, let alone with so many chips; my table was so tough, full of really solid players.

This is me with another player named Jamal, we’ve been friends since we played together two days ago. I got moved to his table at the end of the day, and we both made it through.

Thanks to everyone who’s called, written, posted, etc. to congratulate me or wish me well. I am somewhere between terrified and exhilarated.

Much love,


what kind of contest can we imagine
what topic for debate
what form for crafting how the contest comes together
will will bring BOSTON together

all politics is local
tip o’neill says so
and my senator galluccio who sponsors little league
and dimasi the speaker of our house
and our governor deval
speak for massachusetts
speak for WE the PEOPLE


look what comes in this morning’s mail


4:38 AM (9 hours ago)

Well, despite starting the day with the second largest chip stack, I ended up getting eliminated from the 2008 World Series of Poker in 35th place, winning $193,000. It’s hard to complain about that result, and if you told me a week ago that I would do so well, I would have been elated. But once we were down to 79 players and I was in such great shape, I started dreaming of the final table, so it’s a bit of disappointment. I’m sure that will pass soon, though.

Overall I made a great run, met a lot of friendly and interesting people, and had a blast. It was even more exciting to have all of you following along and cheering me on. Thanks for all your support,


PARTY on wednesday at a very cool galleryXIV in the south end where ABRAHAM OBAMA is on display. please invite all in the boston area who have been following you to come and raise a glass to andrew.

Andrew Brokos, a.k.a. Foucault, the poker philosopher, did wonderfully at World Series Of Poker. i am hosting a party to celebrate his achievement at galleryXIV 450 harrison st in the south end at 7pm on Wednesday JULY !6 2008. Please come by to see Andrew, hear his stories, experience ABRAHAM OBAMA, have drinks and party.
looking forward to seeing you then.

Charles Nesson, a.k.a. eon