[ReasonOnline]: John Perry Barlow 2.0; The Thomas Jefferson of cyberspace reinvents his body — and his politics.
Rancher, Grateful Dead lyricist, Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder and general roustabout weighs in on health,
I’ve been systematically mistreating myself for so long it was going to take something this heroic to turn things around…. The
interventions are all behavioral, not surgical or biotechnical. It
turns out you can do a hell of a lot simply by changing the way you eat
and exercise. They are feeding me drugs, and drug-like foods, and
food-like drugs, and hypervitamins. So now I’m not smoking, not
drinking, going to the gym, not eating refined carbohydrates. I’m much
happier about the sight of leafy green vegetables than I used to be.
I personally think intellectual
property is an oxymoron. Physical objects have a completely different
natural economy than intellectual goods. It’s a tricky thing to try to
own something that remains in your possession even after you give it to
and lots more
But to just plead out would be
abdicating my citizen’s responsibility to defend the Constitution. You
have to fight for your freedom individually and not say, “Oh well, it’s
not worth the trouble.”
I’m already being a lot pricklier
than they expected. They asked for a continuation at the last hearing
because they said that the Department of Homeland Security had been
unable to come up with a set of guidelines regarding the release of the
subpoenaed materials for national security reasons. So our national
security depends on whether or not they can get me for carrying
marijuana on that airplane.
The ideal thing would be to have
charges dismissed with prejudice, and then I sue the shit out of them.
I’m merely defending myself right now.
in this long and interesting dialog.
Another long and interesting dialog with another fascinating player here: Business Week talks with Howard Reingold, who’s starting
to take the leap beyond smart mobs, trying to weave some threads out of
such seemingly disparate developments as Web logs, open-source software
development, and Google.