MWD yacks late night with tar heel Jack Johnson about why politicians are big meanie dum dum control freaks, Jack’s experiences with radio pirates in the UK (do NOT try THIS at home), and turning a Raspberry Pi $35 computer into a low-power radio transmitter or a high-power torrent server.
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It’s the Incredibly Good (and affordable) Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic Mic.
Less than 70 bucks, USB enabled, our co-hosts use this over Skype. The Audio-Technica AT2005USB mic (GET IT HERE). Also you’ll need a foam windscreen with the mic. (Get those HERE). That and a pair of headphones and you can start your own radio show.
MikeMakesRight is MWD’s co-host on this first-ever MDAD show. Topics include the San Francisco Tenderloin, recovery from statism and the horrors of the San Francisco Civic Center Post Office.
Got a very cool e-mail today. A guy named Jay, who lives on the border between France, Luxembourg and Belgium, told me he had translated chapter 3 of my libertarian self-help / time management book A User’s Manual for the Human Experience.
(Someone also translated three chapters of it into Portuguese, here.)
You can read his French translation HERE (excerpt below). You can get the English version paperback on Amazon here, or free eBook or audio book, here.
Règle 1: Ne pas avoir recours à la force (et ne pas accepter de subir le recours à la force)
La “Force” peut être physique ou émotionnel. Si on vous met une arme sur la tempe pour vous prendre votre porte-monnaie ou vous violer, c’est de la force physique.
Download MP3 of Michael’s 1983 one-hour piece, The Solstice Suite, HERE.
Unlike DJ or Neema, I did not go to “J-School” (journalism school) for college. However, at Jamestown Community College (JCC) in Western New York State, I did take “Communication” classes, which basically taught you to be an intern at a local radio station. And maybe if you were lucky as an intern, you’d eventually get to be on the air. I took a different route to radio. But in my last semester of college, the second part of my second year of the two years I attended, I recorded a one-hour piece of music as an independent study in Communication. I composed and recorded the music, and wrote a paper explaining the process. I got an A. I also got Fs that semester in my other four classes (in English, History, Math and Phys-Ed), because I spent every day that semester skipping all my classes to lock myself in a room and compose and record that one piece of music that got me the A.
The Freedom Feens recently wrote and published an extensive and kick-ass tutorial on setting up encrypted e-mail, here. However, e-mail isn’t always the best tool, especially if you’re going back and forth in a conversational manner. But there is a way to set up encrypted instant messenger, OTR (off-the-record) Pidgin. OTR Pidgin is more instant than e-mail, better for back-and-forth conversations, keeps no record and leaves no trace. It provides actual Plausible deniability (to borrow a phrase from the CIA). I don’t use OTR Pidgin for everyone, only like eight people I trust and know really well, but it’s even better than PGP mail because there is no record, the only record of the conversation is in the heads of both people involved.
A lot of serious hard-core white-hat hacker computer security experts don’t even use e-mail, EVER. They use OTR Pidgin for all Internet communications.
With e-mail and a public key, if someone can get your passphrase, they can read any saved e-mails. But with the OTR Pidgin, NOTHING IS SAVED. Again: The only record is IN THE BRAINS of the two people talking. And it’s even better if you’re using it over a VPN or Tor.
The OTR plugin was created by Cypherpunks. More on them and OTR is here. I showed this tutorial to Cypherpunk Ian Goldberg, who invented the OTR Pidgin plugin. He made a few suggestions for changes, and I made those changes. He added: “If you use OTR and also something like Tor, you can break the link between the username and your physical identity, but *only* if you _always_ use Tor with that IM account, even when creating it….If you need to break the link between the username and your identity, you need to use an anonymous communications network such as Tor in addition to OTR (they’re designed to work well together!).”
Setting up OTR Pidgin is a lot of steps, but each step is simple. The problem with getting more people to use encryption is there’s no way to do it that’s as easy as picking up a phone or using Skype (both of which are uber NOT secure). And so far, the really easy ways of doing encryption (like Hushmail) are not secure. The problem is human stupidity and State evil. Most people say “I have nothing to hide”, and governments don’t want people using encryption. In a real LibPar (without governments, and with all “power” removed from idiots and returned to each honest, smart person), encryption would be in all Internet programs by default.
Instead we get shit like Facebook, where if you’re one of their
marks users, they add a chat bar EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT one. And if you set it to go away, it randomly comes back from time to time like a stalker ex. They WANT you chatting on their un-secure chat program, and they’re a company that will give any information to any law enforcement entity without a warrant. I recently left Facebook, and if you’re interested in security, you should too. You should also use Internet security programs like PGP e-mail and OTR Pidgin, EVEN IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. Because these days, not matter how “legal” or “ethical” your conversations, intentions and actions are, governments around the world (as well as some individuals, and almost all corporations) will try to use what you say against you. The repercussions of this can run the gamut from being spammed to being imprisoned….even if you think you’re not breaking any laws. We’re in a post-Patriot Act world, where doing things that one branch of the government tells you to do (like having a stockpile of food) can get you targeted as a suspect by another part of the government.
“HE WHO DIES WITH HIS ART ON THE MOST HARD DRIVES, WINS…..IF THAT ART PROMOTES LIBERTY.” –Michael W. Dean
So, this is so cool….Sean our Torrent guy and I have set up a torrent feed for all Freedom Feens episodes, Anarchy Gumbo episodes and movies. AND, you’ll get new things before everyone else who isn’t using the torrent link!
It works automatically, it’s completely legal (for now), and seeding will get you on the Golden Floppy Disc of Redemption by helping make the Feens’ media drone proof when it BECOMES illegal, which could be any day now, the way the Central Scrutinizer is stepping up its tyranny. Seed if you want, but at least have them. So if we get droned, or the site gets CISPAed, you can turn the torrents back on and start sharing.
So instead of the usual Feens Tuesday episode, today we have a special treat. The master recording, for free (!), of the new Feens hip-hop song with Rich Black, “Obama’s Feet Stink.” Rich Black provided his vocals, but is not in the video, because he lives in New Jersey and Hurricane Sandy hit there last night and cut off his power just as he was uploading his video. (He let us know via iPhone.) This collaboration is a dope track, has great rapping (and fun dancing!) from Neema, the best mix Neema’s ever done, and we are really proud of it. The song is about how there’s no difference between Obama and Romney, how voting is stupid, and how OBAMA’S FEET STINK!
PLEASE SHARE THE VIDEO, WE ARE TRYING TO GET THIS ONE TO GO VIRAL before the election! (We’re gonna need all the help we can get, with much of the Eastern Seaboard of the US without power.)
Download MP3 for free, HERE.
CREDITS: RICH BLACK (Andre Anarcho-Capitalist Palm, a.k.a MC Fuck You, a.k.a Silver Stax): Words, rapping, beat.
MC LIE-BARRY (Neema Vedadi, a.k.a. MC Choreboy, a.k.a. NeemaV): rapping, beat, words, mixing. mastering.
DJ CONIACAL THE SCRIBE (MC Micromanage, a.k.a Michael W. Dean): Guitar, bass, background vocals on chorus, words, video editing.
Thanks to Jessica Romanowski-Vedadi for the camerawork on Neema.
Label: Angry Peasant Records.
So, check out this short MP3 that I recorded talking about my new very expensive microphone, recorded on the same microphone. (If you’d rather hear it as an uncompressed WAV file, it’s not very big and is here.) I posted the file on Facebook and e-mailed it to some radio producers, podcasters and recording engineers I know. I said:
AUDIOPHILE INPUT PLEASE: Please check out this 20-second MP3. What do you think of the sound of this RE-20 microphone? I bought the mic, but it’s a “try before you buy” deal and I have two weeks to return it for a refund. It was expensive, and I might keep it, but need your opinions, especially compared to the ribbon and condenser mics I usually use on the Feens.
The opinions I got back were all great, and several engineers spoke glowingly of the sound and recommended that I keep it. The ElectroVoice RE-20 Dynamic Microphone is the holy grail mic of talk radio, has been since the 60s, and is in the booth of a high percentage of all professional radio studios in the world.
Sort of….So, after my daughter died of Leukemia in 2006 I was totally crushed. I couldn’t sleep right for a year, and was really depressed. One thing that really helped pull me out of it after a year, something that was really cathartic, was this: I recorded a version of the heart-wrenching Jeff Buckley song (written by Leonard Cohen) “Hallelujah” in remembrance of Amelia. Doing that and making a YouTube video of me singing it really helped me be able to function again.
I actually only watched it a few times since 2008 when I made it. I can’t really watch it. I haven’t even checked comments on much.
I checked it out today finally, and noticed a bunch of comments on it from two years ago saying things like
I have never seen or heard such heartfelt love. I found this video after Roger Ebert commented on it on his twitter page. God Bless you and Amelia Laine Worth.
Found this as well via Roger Ebert’s twitter. A very heartfelt and touching video, my condolences to the both of you.
Followed from Ebert’s twitter. I am so sorry for your loss. This is a beautiful tribute to your daughter.
Also found through Ebert’s twitter. Very touching. I can imagine no better tribute.
I do know Ebert was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer around that time. The tweet said:
@ebertchicago: I found this completely by accident and was so deeply touched by its sadness and heartfelt love http://j.mp/cQreNj
It was a comment on the beauty of the emotion, not the filmmaking. It’s FAR from my best filmmaking. FAR. It was done quick and dirty using a low-rez camera, actually an old still camera that could shoot a little video. My wife, DJ, did the camerawork and I edited it. Ironic that Ebert’s probably never seen my actual films, and I am a filmmaker by trade, but it’s nice that he mentioned this and Tweeted it.
Anyway, Ebert Tweeting my little film kinda made my day today, two 1/2 years after it happened. And I’m glad to see Ebert’s still feisty and I hope he’s Tweeting for many more years.
–Michael W. Dean
p.s. We couldn’t find the original Tweet, Thank you Less Antman for finding a re-tweet. It’s hard to find old Tweets, and they do go away, so I’ve archived a screenshot, below.
The Freedom Feens episode “obedience to law is liberty” is messed up, audio wise and had to be put down. This is the fixed replacement:
PLEASE SEED IN CASE THEY GET DRONED!
The FREEDOM FEENS Podcast:
Michael W. Dean and Neema Vedadi’s fun ‘n’ feisty twice-weekly chat about libertarian, agorist, voluntaryist and anarchist issues, abuse of authority by police, the War on Drugs, self-defense, Natural Rights, Austrian Economics, activism, DIY no-budget filmmaking, digital recording, cats, dogs, punk rock, hip-hop, sex and more. http://www.freedomfeens.com
These torrents cover episodes 1-102. More will follow! Get ready, y’all!
Get them here:
- Freedom Feens 1-10.torrent
- Freedom Feens 11-20.torrent
- Freedom Feens 21-30.torrent
- Freedom Feens 31-40.torrent
- Freedom Feens 41-50.torrent
- Freedom Feens 51-60.torrent
- Freedom Feens 61-70.torrent
- Freedom Feens 71-80.torrent
- Freedom Feens 81-90.torrent
Movie, Guns and Weed – The Road To Freedom: Torrent of decent-looking 900 meg DVD rip.
Thanks to Sean DuVally for putting these up!
TWITTER FEED OF UPDATING CURRENT FEENS TORRENTS IS HERE.
Michael W. Dean does a proof-of-concept live cast with callers using the Feens streaming server and a freeware utility called BUTT (Broadcast Using This Tool.)
How to Set Up Your Own Streaming Server with BUTT (live proof-of-concept episode), article and audio HERE.
Freedom Feens 24-7 streaming link. Bookmark it! Whee:
Also, if you want to listen to the latest episode only, on your mobile chromed robot turd, click the image below to use Stitcher: