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The Complete Manual of Pirate Radio

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Or, How the world has been transformed by free global communications

I came across this artifact of the history of radio.

Here is no date on this pamphlet.  But, there is a reference to Radio Amateurs Handbook from 1972.  So, this dates the pamphlet from that era.  In the introduction the author cites the reason for the work

This pamphlet is intended for everyone who has a message to communicate but no means with which to do it.  This piece will provide the information necessary to obtain that means.  So, if you’re interested in providing an alternative to corporate-controlled newspapers and magazines… read on.

In theory, freedom of the press exists in this country.  But in practice, only the individuals and groups with very large amounts of money can take advantage of that freedom.  For example, to start a daily paper in just one major city would require assets of at least five, and probably ten million dollars…. So, taking advantage of the much vaunted freedom of the press in this country is out of reach.

Skip ahead about 25 years to 1995 and the utter transformation of global communications made possible by the Internet.  Who now, in 2010, does not have the means of communication to a global audience – for free!  In fact, you are reading an example right now.  Get your own free blog on http://wordpress.com

Here is a piece of history – for which, the Internet has made irrelevant.

The Complete Manual of Pirate Radio –

https://frrl.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/complete-manual-of-pirate-radio.pdf

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March 31, 2010 at 5:55 pm

On Education, Prosperity, and the Generations

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Stumbled upon… from John Adams (1735-1826; US President March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801)

I must study politics and war that my sons have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.  My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy , geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

Adams wrote this during the development and evolution of the prosperity of the United States.  One generation studies “politics and war” to lay the foundation for the next generation.  What “must” be studied by one generation gives the following generation the liberty to pursue the next level of education and culture.

Adams quote in Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

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March 31, 2010 at 4:54 am

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Apple iPad Review: Laptop Killer? Pretty Close

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For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad. After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades.

by Walter S. Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal
http://ptech.allthingsd.com/20100331/apple-ipad-review/

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March 31, 2010 at 4:53 am

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ASUS Express Gate –

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Gimmick, Great New Feature, or Stealth Attach of LINUX?

Your new laptop may have ASUS Express Gate.  Boots in 5 seconds.  Is this a gimmick or a great new feature.  Maybe this is the best of both worlds – an “appliance” to check e-mail, browse the web, chat with Skype, get on-line, play a few games, check the contents of a USB, gaming, and do other basic things – without booting a heavy-weight operating system.

ASUS Express Gate can turn your PC into an appliance – do you want that?

Check out some videos to see what it looks like

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w41vS3UcZdk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu4CdPRYdVc&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLMy-glv498&NR=1

Tech – New motherboards with ASUS Express Gate – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juGAE-0kuJA

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March 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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Dunbar’s number – The theoretical limit on meaningful social relationships?

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Here is an interesting question – Can you have more than 150 friends?  Is there something in human being which imposes a theoretical limit on the number of “meaningful” relationships one can have?

New research is suggesting that if you’re friends with over 150 people on Facebook, the extras are meaningless.

This is a conclusion of some thinking by Oxford professor of evolutionary anthropology Robin Dunbar. He’s recently expanded on some of his original research carried out in the 1990s on the human neocortex–this is a part of your brain heavily involved in language and conscious thought. It’s the bit of brain matter that helps you relate to other people, on a friend-to-friend basis, and Dunbar’s theory is that it can only handle a maximum capacity of roughly 150 ongoing, fully interactive friendships. If you know or are “friends” with more people than this, then actually you’re probably merely acquaintances instead.

Read more –
http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/kit-eaton/technomix/if-youve-got-more-150-facebook-friends-theyre-no-friends-all

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March 28, 2010 at 4:55 am

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What’s the Congress up to / LegiStorm – Transparency’s Sidekick

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Stumbled upon –

LegiStorm launched in September 2006. Our web site is dedicated to providing a variety of important information about the US Congress.

Based on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, LegiStorm’s first information product was a database of congressional staff salaries but we have now added other valuable information, such as the most comprehensive database of all privately financed trips taken by members of Congress and congressional staffers.

The information is provided in a strictly factual, non-partisan fashion. We have no political affiliations and no political purpose except to make the workings of Congress as transparent as possible. We expect this resource to be useful to journalists, researchers, lobbyists and current and would-be staffers – as well as regular citizens who simply want to know how their representatives spend public money.

You can be sure that there are more such legislative resources to come from LegiStorm. You may register for updates by subscribing to our newsletter to learn when we launch major new features on the site or when we update our congressional salaries data.

LegiStorm, the publisher of this  web site, is a sister company to Storming Media, a company supplying a wide range of technical, policy and strategy papers from the Pentagon, and PatentStorm, a searchable database of millions of US patents.

http://www.legistorm.com/

Don’t pass up the U.S. Government Accountability Office

About GAO
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. Often called the “congressional watchdog,” GAO investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The head of GAO, the Comptroller General of the United States, is appointed to a 15-year term by the President from a slate of candidates Congress proposes. Gene L. Dodaro became Acting Comptroller General of the United States on March 13, 2008, succeeding David M. Walker, who appointed him upon resigning. Mr. Dodaro will serve in this position until the President nominates and the Senate confirms a successor from a list of candidates proposed by the Congress.

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March 27, 2010 at 4:57 am

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Civilization

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Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew; if the transmission should be interrupted for one century, civilization would die, and we should be savages again.

–Will and Ariel Durant

Recommended: Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know

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