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Presidential POKER



re: lunch with speaker dimasi – tell me this isn’t an internet movie script

Forwarded conversation
Subject: Lunch with Speaker DiMasi

From: Quinn, Katie (HOU)
Date: Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Good Afternoon Professor Nesson,
When we last spoke I had promised to send you dates that work for a luncheon with Speaker DiMasi. I apologize for the delay in my response. I do have an opening ion Friday, March 14 at 1pm. Please advise if that time works for you.

Katie Quinn
Special Assistant to the Speaker
Office of Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Room 356, State House
Boston, MA 02133
(617) 722-2500

From: Charles Nesson
Date: Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 1:30 PM
To: “Quinn, Katie (HOU)”

yes, thank you. shall i appear at his office at that time.

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: Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 1:35 PM
To: Jonathan Cohen

From: Quinn, Katie (HOU)
Date: Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 1:40 PM
To: Charles Nesson

I will be in touch with you the week before with a location.

From: Charles Nesson []
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 12:31 PM
To: Quinn, Katie (HOU)
Subject: Re: Lunch with Speaker DiMasi

From: Charles Nesson
Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 11:30 AM
To: “Quinn, Katie (HOU)”

may i confirm
From: Quinn, Katie (HOU)
Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 11:54 AM
To: Charles Nesson

Professor Nesson, I was just going to e-mail you shortly. I have to reschedule lunch tomorrow. I am looking at Friday, March 28th or Friday April 11th for lunch. Please advise if either of these days work for you. Thank you in advance.
Katie Q
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2008 11:31 AM

From: Charles Nesson
Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 12:01 PM
To: “Quinn, Katie (HOU)”

too bad
i had wanted to talk with the speaker about the oped i’m expecting the globe to publish tomorrow (attached) and to brief him on the March 18 Don’t Criminalize Online Poker Rally, which i expect will bring out a lot of young people in “how crazy is that?” t-shirts. that was to be for openers.
march 28
From: Charles Nesson
Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 12:02 PM
To: Joe Finder


From: Charles Nesson
Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 12:04 PM
To: “Quinn, Katie (HOU)”

with attachment
Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 12:08 PM
To: Charles Nesson

Professor Nesson, I will put this article in front of the Speaker today and deliver the additional portion of your message. I will be in touch,

Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2008 12:05 PM
To: Quinn, Katie (HOU)
Subject: Lunch with Speaker DiMasi

From: Charles Nesson
Date: Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 12:16 PM
To: “Quinn, Katie (HOU)”

thank you
Date: Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 6:02 AM
To: “Quinn, Katie (HOU)”

i am hoping not to be disappointed again in confirming a lunch date with speaker dimasi

i hope he will be amused and intrigued by this video


patrick opened with the his casino bill
dimasi calls him on his numbers for dollars and jobs
full of bullshit made of near thin air

patrick leads out again going over dimasi’s head direct to his membership with letters to each rep
challenging dimasi to present a better alternative

dimasi calls and raises
threatening to kill the bill outright in committee
patrick calls
begging to let the bill go to the floor
dimasi can kill it in committee
dimasi can kill it on the floor
he does both
let there be no doubt

nice hand
nice pot
next hand

action to dimasi
does he come with an alternative

thank you popcha, thank you trevor and ken

tune in march 28

To: eon – Subject:Fwd: congratulations and good luck in your run for Congress

Forwarded conversation


From: Larry Tribe
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 5:59 AM
Cc: jpalfrey, Elizabeth Warren , nesson, William Fisher , zittrain

Hey, Larry — What exciting news! I very much hope it works out. I’ll do what I can to support you, including coming to (and maybe co-hosting) the March 13 breakfast event for you in Cambridge. – Larry Tribe
From: Charles Nesson
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 6:22 AM
To: Larry Tribe
Cc:, jpalfrey, Elizabeth Warren , William Fisher , zittrain

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: Larry Tribe
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 7:08 AM
To: Charles Nesson

Charlie, this email contained no message. Did you mean to send me something?

From: Charles Nesson
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 7:58 AM
To: Larry Tribe

sorry. actually, i was thinking we should issue a press release announcing your support. i was about to ask your permission to do this and hit send instead of save by mistake. i’ve been blogging about it this morning and looking for other support. thanks for yours. the Change Congress strategy larry has adopted seems both practical and effective.

nice to see you in the square. you look fit. i hope you are well, considering all.
From: Larry Tribe
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 8:13 AM
To: Charles Nesson
Cc: Kathy McGillicuddy

Sure, a press release would be fine. I’d like to see the text first, of course. Good to see you in the Square too. Yup, I’m fitter than ever, brain tumor and all. Actually, I’ve gotten into the proton radiation treatments. Once I got past the idea of having my head stuffed inside a special “immobilization” mask that covers my nose and mouth and makes it hard to breathe for 25 minutes every day, I took the opportunity to do some meditation, and now I look forward to the damn treatments! Hope you’re doing well. Take care,


From: Lawrence Lessig
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 10:10 AM
To: Charles Nesson
Cc: Larry Tribe ,, jpalfrey, Elizabeth Warren , nesson, William Fisher , zittrain

Thank you Larry and Charlie,

As I will be explaining more extensively later today, after the most careful consideration, I have decided it would harm the cause more than help for me to run. On Friday we got the results from an extensive poll conducted by one of the leading political pollsters in the nation. The race would not just not be winnable; it would not be possible to get even close. The election is just over 30 days away; the candidate I would be running against is literally the most popular politician in the region (positives above Obama and Clinton and every other politician). With $2m in hand today, or a promise from Barack Obama to be in the district next week, it might be possible. But there isn’t the predicate to move people that far that quickly. And my fear in the end was that a wipe-out defeat would send the message that the reform message has no political salience. As our pollster said, the data show it does have salience, and could well be effective, but won’t be effective in this district in 30+ days.

I’m grateful to everyone for their support. As you know, I don’t shy away from losing. But choosing to lose in a way that is certain to harm the movement is not yet a disease I have.

Stanford Law School

From: Larry Tribe
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 10:53 AM
To: Lawrence Lessig , Charles Nesson
Cc: jpalfrey, Elizabeth Warren , nesson, William Fisher , zittrain

I understand and, based on your data, certainly concur. A noble impulse, though, for which I’d commend you. — Larry

From: John Palfrey
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 11:10 AM
To: Larry Tribe , Lawrence Lessig , Charles Nesson
Cc:, Elizabeth Warren , “Charles Nesson @ Law” , “Terry Fisher @ Law” , Jonathan Zittrain



John Palfrey
e: jpalfrey
p: 617-384-9132

From: Charles Nesson
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 10:21 AM
To: Lawrence Lessig
Cc: Larry Tribe , jpalfrey, Elizabeth Warren , William Fisher , zittrain

i see your logic and respect your judgment
might you ask your would-be opponent to run on the CC Campaign


From: Lawrence Lessig
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 10:28 AM
To: Charles Nesson
Cc: Larry Tribe , Elizabeth Warren , William Fisher , zittrain

Another Member of Congress, supportive of our work, is asking that directly. It would be a logical thing for her to do, and costless, since she does not need lobbyist/PAC money to survive in the safe district in which I live.

From: Charles Nesson
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 10:25 AM
To: Jonathan Cohen

am i crazy for thinking there is a great human interest/political story in this
— lessig’s almost run for congress and formation of a Change Congress Campaign–

From: Jonathan Cohen
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 11:20 AM
To: Charles Nesson

Better story (IMO) is how Lessig’s dalliance inspired someone else, and how the open culture movement is getting behind that person or preparing to find an open seat and and a candidate elsewhere.

Jonathan R. Cohen
The Weiser Group
232 Madison Avenue
Suite 204
New York, NY 10016
Office: (646) 254-6000 ext. 12

“…there is one striking feature of Grant’s orders: no matter how hurriedly
he may write them on the field, no one ever has the slightest doubt as to
their meaning, or even has to read them over a second time to understand them.”

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.

Berkman center for Internet & Society at Harvard supports Larry Lessig for United States Congress

wayne last night points out to me ethan’s dynomite blog Don’t Stop Believing with its story of journey and ethan’s hope seen in it that internet can bring us to a better world.

My hope for the internet is that it blurs the idea of nationality, letting people find the most talented collaborators around the world, regardless of their language, culture or national origin.

all respect to ethan zuckerman
he lives his hope in action


we need press releases of support events to impel larry lessig along his journey to the united states congress

we support his Change Congress CC campaign.

we support not just larry lessig’s election but his three-point Change Congress CC Campaign,
which means moving it onto the agenda in our own district and conceptualizing it as a national and internationally supported campaign.

Internet & Society – NEXA – STANFORD – HARVARD


Feb 18
From CyberOne Wiki

colvin is right, and brilliant, schools train the kids to beat the cops to get out of an authority structure that makes them feel bored and stupid.

i want presbelewski and colvin to be teachers in my school.

i want kids to watch the wire with me and then come back and go over and say where the mistake was made and what was the other choice.

i want to convey how much i want to teach

google hypothetical: future of university
mission of university
position of the assn of internet university service providers
bye bye to copyright on transactional base
open the university with a presidential poker game, all proceeds for running the open school

strategic thinking expressed in action
make your play according to assessment of position and strength of other players in your game

for an inmate in prison there are two laws, authority law and inmate law, authority imposed from the force outside that makes the prison, authority from the force within that rules the force of resistance. the stronger the compression the deeper the evil. how to teach and how to learn how to lighten up.

in baltimore two laws. colvin and prez offer strategy to change the valence of the game

think in media terms. hollywood, listen up. let me use your product in open education. me and prez teach math. a new kind of school. embrace parents and love their children. follow colvin down the path of enlightenment to the point of hope in kids. catch the light and keep it burning.

i want to show the wire in kingston prison, and talk about it. i want to show it in juvenile.

==feb 24==
ready for a rush
larry gives me great idea and contact with lauren
palfrey for berkman and perhaps for harvard law
juan carlos for nexa
larry and lauren for stanford

internet & society
can we have your support

first question at google gathering
identity of avatars
behind each a student expressing truth

criminalizing online poker — how crazy is that?


Crimson Poker
click here







remix poetry
= (another mix)


Chippy the Poker Chip



future of university

hear it now






slideshow of open university opening up

GPSTSBusiness – 16 Feb 2008
subject Fwd: bracken on obama on the

i want license to use the wire in my online school. is this within the realm of fair use. i want colvin and pryzbylewski in my classrooms. i want to take it with me in a box to kingston prison and run my class for real in our prison lab. omar, as obama says, is a man of character playing by his code. the lessons of the wire are profound

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: wayne marshall
Date: 2008/1/15
Subject: bracken on obama on the wire!
To: Charles Nesson

Berkman@10 Report


the-mission.mp3 ten years out


i feel like i’m trying to make a deal, trying to arrange the players in a game with civil rules top to bottom. poker is the model, a fair game fairly played.

Dear Professor Nesson,

It was a genuine pleasure to see you again and to participate in the GPSTS conference last Saturday. This was one of the most innovative and stimulating gatherings I have ever known. Bravo to you and Andrew!

I derived some insights that will be useful in my next book, Cubs Fans’ Leadership Secrets Revealed, which attempts to draw unusual yet pertinent lessons from another subject typically thought of as unrelated to leadership, policy, and the law. After all, as a lifelong Cubs fan, I yearn to see some good emerge from all that suffering. Your electrifying conference proved that poker can be the catalyst for mold-breaking ideas, and I feel inspired to do the same from within my perspective.

thank you john

I was honored to participate, Charlie. And of course I’d love to be involved
in that filmed history of hold’em. In the next day or so I’ll send what I
have on the subject.

Please tell Fern I appreciate her ordering the lobster roll, if only to make
me feel less unsophisticated. She’s a very cool lady indeed.

Andrew couldn’t have handled everything more thoroughly, or with more class.
He’s a genuine dynamo, and unobnoxiously smart on top of it all.

More after we unpack . . .

thank you jim

Tim Hwang

To Whom It May Concern:

Tim Hwang is a prime candidate for law school and for the legal profession. He sees and understands social networks. He is a student of how to build them. He understands that the structure of a functioning social network in the integrated media environment of cyber space is connected layered interests to a single focal point each object and audience for the others. He sees this in the structure of argument that makes a winning message in the space.

I refer you to his blog description of a breakfast at my house as my evidence.

Tim explores how social forces manifest themselves, for better or for worse, in technology and law. He thinks about how economic and social forces influence the design of the internet.

Tim is skilled in organization and detail-oriented work. He enjoys dealing with logistical problems, assembling resources for a
project, and collaborating with others towards a goal. He is a valuable person to have on your team. I have asked Tim to help me design and build a social educational network with poker thinking at its core. I recommend him.