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Latest updates & additions

Thanks for stopping by! My latest updates & additions include:

  • Commentary & analysis, including recent 2013-14 articles and more from 2010-11
  • Many (though not yet all) of my print and broadcast media appearances
  • A rack of poems I've written over the past 20 years, as well as videos of various spoken word performances

Entropy (January 2014)

Entropy rises
he stalks each of us
openly
in broad daylight
 

Kicking the CIA in the groin

The Intercept -- the new media venture featuring Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Dan Froomkin -- reached out to me and printed my comments for the first time, in a story about CIA torture, the Senate's investigation of CIA human rights abuses, and the CIA cover up that drove Senator Feinstein to the Senate floor. 

Late Yet Again (June 2000)

Losing track of time
is to find yourself distracted
by the face of God in the ordinary

conducting It’s train
on a path of Its choosing
while you turn back to the station.

Calling out the FBI in the Guardian

On February 23, 2014, the Guardian quoted me in a story covering the latest proposed NSA reforms from the White House.

Running in a Snowstorm (February 2014)

I went running in a snowstorm for the first time this morning.
It started out as mere flurries, decoration for my visual field,
and escalated over the course of an hour, blanketing all surfaces,
filling the sky with slowly falling cottony puffs,
 

Quoted in the Guardian, on cable TV, and on the mic with Davey D

Today, the Guardian -- the newspaper that first broke the Snowden revelations last year, shaming the American press after a decade of failing its constitutional responsibility -- quoted me in a story on NSA spying. Investigative reporter Spencer Ackerman wrote "Utah lawmaker floats bill to cut off NSA data centre's water supply," from which I excerpt below.

Later in the day, I appeared on Wilkow!, a cable talk program on the Blaze network founded by Glenn Beck.

Earlier, a few weeks ago, I was excited to respond to the President's State of the Union address on the Pacifica Radio network (starting at 1:20:30) alongside underground hip-hop icon Davey D.

VIDEO from my 1/23 performance & panel in Berkeley, CA

Last Thursday offered some of my most memorable highlights of the new year so far. In addition to sharing a microphone with some of my most esteemed personal heroes, I had a chance to kick my newest rhyme for about 500 people attending live, plus another 1,000 tuning in via live stream. High quality video of the entire panel, including my latest rhyme (starting at 1:22), is posted on YouTube.

Speaking in Berkeley, CA about NSA spying

Tonight, I'll be on a panel at 7:30pm PST in Berkeley, CA, “NSA Surveillance and Our ‘Almost Orwellian’ State,” hosted by St. John’s Presbyterian Church and co-sponsored by half a dozen local groups. Details are posted on Facebook, where we currently 130 people have RSVPd. I'm especially excited by my fellow panelists with whom I'll be sharing a microphone, including:

Kickstart a new song about government spying

I launched a Kickstarter project to record my next song: an electro-house dance track with lyrics about NSA and FBI spying.

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