Show Notes and Podcast: The Order of the Pirate Unicorn Podcast 006
The Podcast for the Order of the Pirate Unicorn Mumble chat held on 24 May 2015 and recorded on 26 May.
Offering Free Wifi
A German chatter reported that they are working on free wifi – letting others use their for others and getting around the legal liability by routing packets through Sweden
Using tor was also raised as a possibility
Other ways to create networks that are being explored by makers such as The Pirate Network who are looking to create wifi networks in the UK with home-brew transceivers that are independent of the Internet or can access it only through a few nodes. If you have read Cory Doctorow’s book “Little Brother” you will know what is meant.
A question from Finnish Pirates as to how they can help fight the Spanish gag laws. This is important for Europe as if they succeed there they can be imported into other countries.
Finnish pirate party office attacked and car of chairman had windows broken and a jacket was stolen
Ironically the private CCTV watching the building was not working so the perpetrator was not caught
What is needed for a party to be successful
- educated population
- distrust with current government or system
- a message that resonates
This subject needs to be revisited
Changing patterns of consumption
We are being moved towards non ownership means of consumption
non ownership of the things we buy – cars such as Google self drive cars will be lease only – music and books are moving from owned media that can be resold to digital copies that cannot and now streaming where we pay per view. Copyright laws are falling even further out of line with reality.
Henry George – Georgism – a very interesting concept
Liberland – A physical place between Serbia and Croatia
- have respect for other people and respect the opinions of others, regardless of their race, ethnicity, orientation, or religion
- have respect for private ownership which is untouchable
- do not have Communist, Nazi or other extremist past
- were not punished for past criminal offences
E-Residencies offering Government services digital ID etc.
The loss of John Nash
Nobel Prize winning John Nash and his wife died in a car crash – most will remember him from the film “A Beautiful Mind” but some of us are aware of the work he did in game theory and the term Nash Equilibrium will be a lasting monument to his genius.
General strike in Iceland
Scheduled for 6th June but has been put back for 5 days. Norwegian machine guns for the police were supposed to have been sent back but are still in the hands of the Icelandic Police which is worrying with the prospect of wide spread demonstrations.
Pirate Think Tank
The Pirate Party of Iceland needs practical help and we cannot give them any without breaking Icelandic law. We do not want to compromise the Party in anyway – that could adversely affect their election chances. Our resident Icelander has investigated the situation and having talked government agencies has come up with a way that the world wide movement can help and stay on the right side of the law. The answer is an international Pirate Think Tank based in Iceland. It would be independent of PPIS and IMMI but would share goals and principles. It would employ a few staff members who could then assist PPIS as a part of their research. It could be initially financed through a kickstarter and continuing funding through donations and fundraising activities. Its remit will be something like to do research on policies and tactics that will promote Pirate Ideals around the world. Getting a Pirate led government elected would be a huge boost to the movement without doubt.
It would also do work for the movement but the priority is to assist PPIS to government. After the elections can be held the think tank can widen its remit and concentrate on Pirate matters overseas.
What we intend to do is to get an informal group together and discuss the feasibility and see how we go from there.
Spanish Pirates did very well in the local elections 4 new Pirate representatives.
A Pirate Times article by Lorena Muller-Nischte who is now the new chairwoman of Confederación Pirata will give you more details.
The Pirate Mayoralty in Mariánské Lázně has changed hands from one pirate to another.
Change in PPI conference- The dates remain the same but the venue has changed to Lodz in central Poland.
The transcript of Birgitta’s TEDx speech in Rekjavik “We the People, are the System”, has been put on her blog and is being translated into many languages in a spontaneous action by Pirates and non Pirates who like her message.
In the latest MMR poll from Iceland PPIS’s numbers are slightly up on the Gallup poll at the beginning of the month which means they are stable and cementing their popularity. This is no flash in the pan.
Quote of the week
“The reason activists are a threat isn’t that they are breaking windows. It’s that they’re creating them.”
Next Chat 31 May
With guests reporting from the elections in Spain
The following week we will have guests from Iceland to discuss the ongoing situation there.
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About Andrew Reitemeyer
I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar